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NYCAS: New York Conference on Asian Studies

The 2019 NYCAS conference is centered on the theme of “Movement,” exploring how movement happens across many types of terrain: physical, social, temporal, ideological. As changes to the world’s economic, political, and ecological systems occur at an ever faster clip, movement reshapes both our physical and intellectual landscapes. For instance, internal and transnational migration, economic remittances, and desertification exist in the same landscape as the rise of populist nationalism, the growth of new religions, and the sharing of music and art on social media. Movement perennially forces us to rethink our relationship to the world. What role has Asia played in moving the world to where it is now, and how will it foster new ways of thinking and being in the future?

The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2019. The early-bird fee for students is $90. The conference will be held at SUNY New Paltz, NY, 4-5 October 2019.


Council on Thai Studies (COTS)

The annual COTS meeting is designed to provide scholars, students, and practitioners with opportunities to present both preliminary and more developed research analysis and reflections, primarily in the social sciences and humanities, related to Thai Studies. The organizers welcome proposals having to do with Thailand, Thai diaspora, or Tai studies, broadly conceived. They encourage a variety of submissions, including individual paper presentations, panels of papers, roundtable discussions, film screenings, or other formats as suggested by participants.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 August 2019. The conference will be held at University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, 18-20 October 2019.


Critical Hmong Studies: Change, Continuity, Progress

The themes of the conference—change, continuity, and progress—highlight our own reflections about the Hmong four decades after they were dispersed from Southeast Asia across the globe. We wish to contemplate the implications of such historical displacement in the midst of various “homelands” as new generations of Hmong negotiate varying identities in new locales, each asking what should be kept, what must be discarded, and how should the old and the new be reconstituted to redefine a much more inclusive Hmong identity. For this reason, we invite papers that critically examine changes, continuities, and progress in all contexts of the various Hmong societies around the globe and in the homelands of Asia. We invite papers that focus on issues pertaining to gender and sexuality, identity, citizenship and belonging, development and modernity, social justice issues, and history and politics. In addition to the conference paper presentations, there will be a special summit on Hmong language and language teaching in state institutions in the U.S.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 August 2019. The registration fee is $75. The conference will be held at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, 24-26 October 2019.


Emerging Voices in Filipino and Philippine Studies

According to Filipino author and Martial Law opponent Renato Constantino, the inevitable consequence of the Philippines’s experience with colonialism and its subsequent emergence as a nominally independent republic under the larger global conflict of the Cold War in East and Southeast Asia, which is the dispossession of Filipinos from the rights and privileges that derive from the principle of national sovereignty, would lead to two separate developments: that of “the Filipinos” as an exile populationeven within the boundaries of their native land; and that of the Philippines as an object of scientific investigationresource extraction, and global security In the USthese developments manifested themselves in the intertwined but separate elaboration of Filipino American Studies and Philippine area studiesThis conference analyzes and evaluates the key lines of academic research in Philippine studies, which converge or intersect with the emergence of a transnational Filipino American cultural studies that grapples not only with Asia but also with Pacific worlds.

The cost of attendance is $100, but that is reduced for students and early birds. The conference will be held at University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Honolulu, 6 November 2019.


Fake News and Elections in Asia

A range of governments in Asia have introduced or have announced their intention to enact legislation to cover fake news. Traditionally “fake news” or one-sided propaganda have been generated by authoritarian governments who control local media and later introduce a variety of legislation to mitigate the flow of alternative information from websites and social media. The introduction of fake news bills targeting individual actors and alternative news portals is an evolution in the slew of legislation authoritarian regimes have been passing over the years against alternative content generated by online communications. This conference will examine the phenomenon of fake news and its use and abuse by governments, private entities and social media, the role of the citizen in the consumption of such ‘news,’ the responsibility of media outlets and the emerging legislation around it and its impact on human rights.

The attendance cost is $300. The conference will be held at the Asia Centre, Bangkok, 10-12 July 2019.


International Convention of Asia Scholars 2019

The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the most inclusive international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. ICAS attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. The special focus of ICAS 11 is Asia and Europe. Asia in Europe, but proposals for ICAS 11 may involve topics from all Asian Studies disciplines in the broadest possible sense. Topics could range from (but are not limited to) Eurasia; Citizen participation; Political economy; Heritage and Identity;  Connectivity; New Pedagogies; Foreign Workers; Mediascapes; Social Capital; Rethinking Education; Religious Transformation; Postcolonial; Democracy; Neoliberalism; Intellectual History; and Big Data.

The early-bird student registration fee is €200/$224 and ends 15 June 2019. The conference will be held at Leiden University in Leiden, the Netherlands, 16-19 July 2019.


The Use and Abuse of Diversity: Anthropological Responses to the Threats of Disintegration

The year of 2019 will be an important time as it coincides with the political year, when Indonesia organizes general elections and the local and national parliament (DPR/DPRD) members. A year before the election, the socio-political atmosphere in Indonesia is marked with conversations on national ideology, a heated discussion of development and its outcomes, socioeconomic inequalities, and other political debates that are feared to bring Indonesia to a disintegration. Coming from an imagined community with different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, unity becomes an important concept for this nation. This symposium will be specifically a proposal, discussion, and debate about the contribution of anthropology in analyzing and offering solutions to the problem of disintegration of the nation. Anthropologists, or other experts with ethnographic approaches and interests, will meet and discuss the use and abuse of diversity in the academic, social institution, media, and advocacy fields.

The early-bird registration is $175 and ends 30 May 2019. The conference will be held at Universitas Gajah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 23-26 July 2019.


EuroSEAS Conference 2019

As an international and multi-disciplinary organisation, the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies invites scholars and PhD students from all academic disciplines with an interest in Southeast Asia to submit panels that explore relevant research topics from an interdisciplinary perspective as well as discuss theoretical and methodological aspects of research generated in the field of Southeast Asian Studies. Proposals are also invited for a limited number of roundtable discussions about recent developments in Southeast Asia and for laboratories that would develop cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2019. The conference will be held at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 10-13 September 2019.


Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories

Some key questions guiding this conference are: Have recent developments in identity politics and populism in Indonesia (and globally) affected common understandings of race and ethnicity in place since the colonial period? Two decades after the fall of the New Order, has there been a shift in dynamics of racial politics among the diverse networks or communities of Chinese Indonesians, and between members of such communities with the broader mix of people? What are some of the new features or trends in the studies of Chinese Indonesians, and how do they compare to recent studies of ethnic minorities elsewhere? What have been the new discoveries in the field in the past 30 years or so? The conference is open to individual and group paper presentations across many fields, including Anthropology, Architecture, Diaspora, Economics, Gender, History, Human Rights, Language & Literature, Media, Performing Arts, Politics, Regional Comparison, Religion, and Visual Arts. While panel proposals will be prioritised, individual proposals are welcomed. Submissions are also welcome for roundtable discussions and art exhibitions.

The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2019. The early-bird student registration fee is $130 AUS/$92 USD and ends 30 June 2019. The Conference will be held at Monash University (Clayton Campus), Clayton, VIC, Australia, 1-3 October 2019.


Power in Southeast Asia

Questions of power permeate virtually all social relations and social facts. Southeast Asia is an especially fertile area in which to examine the question of power. The notion of power itself invites critical inquiries from many disciplinary and ontological perspectives. Whether one is interested in transnational flows, religious movements, symbols and discourse, or gender relations, power is an important element that suffuses social and political life in Southeast Asia and beyond. The 2019 Conference of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, to be held in Montreal, invites papers and panels on the theme of power in all its manifestations. We especially encourage proposals that address the question of power from inter‐disciplinary and comparative perspectives.

The conference will be held at McGill University and the University of Sherbrooke (Longueil), Montréal, 24-26 October 2019. More information here.


SEASIA Biennial Conference 2019, Change and Resistance: Future Directions of Southeast Asia

Sub-themes are: Historical Continuities and Changes; Dynamics of International Relations and Regionalism; Debating Inclusive Growth in Rural and Urban Settings; Environmental Justice, Land and Maritimes Sustainability and Climate Change; Arts, Cultures, Photography and Literatures; Innovation, Technology, Media and Cybercultures; Mobility and Migration; Democratization, Populism and Civil Society; Dynamics of Religions and Spiritualties; Ethnicity and Gender; Challenges to Economic Vitality.

The conference will be held at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 5-7 December 2019.


Relocating Governance in Asia: state and society in South- and Southeast Asia, c. 1800-2000

The conference welcomes empirical investigations on the fluctuations of colonial and postcolonial governance, policy making and practice in its daily realities. Of interest are for instance: the hybridity and ambiguity of colonial law in theory and practice, the roles of intermediaries, colonial bureaucracies and the connections between old and new forms of statecraft, or ritual and bureaucratic procedure. Comparative studies between South- and/or Southeast Asia and other parts of the world are also welcome.

Abstract submissions are due by August 15, 2019; please email abstracts here. The conference will be held at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, January 22-24, 2020.