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Asian American Studies Annual Conference 2019

The Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference is the largest Asian Studies conference held in North America. The 2018 Conference featured 447 sessions, a book exhibition, 3,800 plus attendees and much more. The AAS Annual Conference is the must-attend event for anyone interested in the study of Asia.

The late registration student member cost is $95 ($85 if environmentally-friendly) and ends 14 March 2019. The conference will be held at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 21-24 March 2019.


Nexus: Southeast Asia: 2019 Southeast Asian Studies Student Conference

The Northern Illinois University's Southeast Asia Club invites papers for its interdisciplinary 2019 Southeast Asia Student Conference. Papers may be submitted on any topic pertaining to Southeast Asia. Undergraduate and graduate papers welcome. Best paper awards will be given for both undergraduate and graduate papers.

The conference will be held at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 30 March 2019.


Frontiers of Prevention II

This conference has two linked objectives. The first is a critical assessment of the status of existing genocide and atrocity prevention mechanisms, and an exploration of emergent mechanisms and actors in the global effort at atrocity prevention. The second is to organize an open forum where leading academic researchers with research programs dedicated to prevention can meet with practitioners, both in government and non-governmental service, fostering critical exchange and finding new grounds for knowledge exchange and collaboration. Panel topics include the Rohingya crisis and Cambodia.

RSVP on the website. The conference will be held at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, 5-6 April 2019.


49th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association, Special Track on Urban Issues in Asia and the Pacific Rim

Today, Asia and the Pacific Rim are the focal points of world urbanization with increasing population concentration and economic activities in small, medium, large, and mega-cities. Rapid and massive demographic shifts, economic restructuring, social change, and environmental deterioration are accompanying the urbanization process in this region and are creating unique opportunities and challenges. Urban scholars, planners, and policy practitioners are well positioned to contribute to the understanding of these diverse and complex urban dynamics and to examine the emerging outcomes of various policy innovations.

The non-member student fee is $346 or $445 (meals/receptions included with the latter) and ends 27 April 2019. The conference will be held at University of California Los Angeles, 24-27 April 2019.


1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War

The Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA) and the Institute for Peace & Conflict (IPAC) at Texas Tech University are pleased to announce a conference focused on the year 1969. We expect this conference to approach a wide range of historical events and topics examining diplomatic, military, international, regional, and domestic aspects of the Vietnam War. We also seek presentations that reflect the recent and emerging scholarship on the transition of leadership from Johnson to Nixon and from Westmoreland to Abrams in challenging and complicating existing interpretations of them and their policies. We are also particularly interested in papers that address the concepts of “Vietnamization” and the shift toward “pacification.” We seek presentations that reflect all participants and perspectives, including those of the US, RVN, DRV, NLF, and other nations involved. Additional areas of interest include the strategic and tactical decision-making to expand the war into Cambodia with Operation Menu. We also encourage presentations that examine the social and religious aspects of the war, the antiwar and peace movements at home and abroad, the effect of journalism and reporting on the war, and the efforts to end the conflict through international diplomacy and military and diplomatic means in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

The conference will be held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, 25-27 April 2019.


6th International Conference on Lao Studies

The main objective of the conference is to promote Lao studies, broadly defined, by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao Studies. The Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies has no specific theme. As in past ICLS conferences, this conference intends to accommodate all academic scholarship in the social sciences and humanities related to Laos, and peoples linked either to identifying as Lao or to the country of Laos more generally, including people from all ethnic groups in Laos, and diaspora communities all over the world.

Late registration costs $100 for students. The conference will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 13-15 June 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 deadline for proposals is 18 April 2019. The cost of atendance 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.


Beauty, Brutality, and the Neocolonial City

This two-day event brings together international scholars and critics to explore the complexity, dynamism, and significance of Manila within and beyond Asia. As a city that has experienced the multiple vestiges of empire, the disciplinary machinations of dictatorial rule, the effects an infamous “war on drugs”, and the continued realities of uneven resource distribution, Manila serves as a productive physical and ideological space to explore the dialogic nature of beauty and brutality—as these concepts intertwine in the urban repertoires of the global south. On March 22, speakers (including our very own Prof. Balance!) will reflect on how Manila influences their work as diasporic critics scholars. On March 23, renowned Filipina-American author Jessica Hagedorn will have her Toronto debut and read from her most famous works.

RSVP on the website. The conference will be held at University of Toronto, Canada, 22-23 March 2019.


Imagining Futures in the Asia Pacific Region

This is a pivotal moment in the history of the Asia Pacific region, with a global realignment of power dynamics that are playing themselves out in both large and small scales across the region. Larger-scale movements such as ASEAN's imagined form of post-nationalist "regionalism" and China's "Belt and Road Initiative" are countered by a global rise in populism, which generally seeks to return sovereignty to local communities. At the foundation of all of these important developments are particular imaginations of the future that underpin them. These imagined futures affect policy planning and implementation, social responses to these policies, identity movements, development work, conflict and conflict resolution, cultural revitalization movements, and on and on. And of course these imagined futures are deeply connected to the imagined histories with which they make up larger scales of temporal imagination.

The conference is free, though the hotel is ~$40. Optional week-long post-conference tour around Yunnan Province is ~$600. The conference will be held at Yunnan University, Kunming City, China, 20-24 May 2019.


Transformation of youth identities in East and Southeast Asia: Public spaces and intimacy

East and Southeast Asian societies have been undergoing profound demographic, political, economic, and technological transformations in recent decades. As the so-called “Millennials” or “Generation Y” grow up with values, cultures, and means of communications that are in many ways distinct from previous generations, they have also begun to play a significant role in shaping the political, socio-economic and cultural developments of these societies and thereby redefining their own individual and social identities. This conference aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines to explore the construction, transformation, and negotiation of youth identities through the prism of “public space” and “intimacy.” The discussion will approach the idea of public space in both physical and virtual senses, examining the ways in which the young people’s appropriation of public space—online and offline—or withdrawal from it influences their negotiation of social, cultural, and political identities.

The deadline for proposals is 15 March 2019. The conference will be held at Université libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium, 27-28 May 2019.


11th Annual ADI Conference: Asian Mobilities

The 11th ADI conference continues the tradition of investigating Asian intra-regional and transregional connectivities. Our point of departure is that the multi-directional movement of people, ideas, things and technologies across space and time produces ever-changing configurations of human relationships, knowledge systems, and power relations. Through a focus on multiple connectivities and their impact on human perceptions, actions, knowledge paradigms and the material world, the conference will further expand understanding of the historical and contemporary significance of Asia in global contexts.

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 15The conference will be held in the University of Copenhagen, 17-19 June 2019.


3rd SEAMEO-SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology

This conference is part of SEAMEO-SPAFA's flagship program of Advancing Southeast Asian Archaeology, and is intended to provide an avenue for scholars to share and disseminate research about the archaeology of Southeast Asia. There are 23 proposed sessions on a variety of topics for which proposals can be submitted. The 22nd session, "From Field to Display: Embracing or Limiting Digital Technologies in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Conservation," has specifically sent out an email to SEAP asking for submissions.

The registration fee is ฿7000/$210. The conference will be held in Bangkok, 17-21 June 2019.


Asia as Action: Scaling Ethnography of the Everyday - A Graduate Student Conference

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing is inviting graduate students and emerging scholars to participate in a graduate student conference to consider the meaning and politics of “Asia” in everyday contexts. We seek to estrange and embrace the notion of “Asia” as a call to scholarly action. We ask, how can methodologies in the social sciences and humanities re-center around “Asia” while being informed by the everyday practices, habits, affects and thoughts of ordinary actors? Recognizing the challenge of using ethnography to represent the complexities of regional constructs like “Asia,” we encourage innovative ways of scaling the local and the everyday to speak to inter-Asian histories, politics and cultures.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 April 2019 (UTC +8). The conference will (presumably) be held at The University of Chicago Center in Beijing, China, 21-22 June 2019.


AAS-in-Asia 2019: Asia on the Rise?

The AAS-in-Asia conferences are intended to be smaller size conferences than the typical AAS Annual Conferences. This conference gives our members and others interested in Asian Studies, who are unable to attend the Annual Conferences held in North America, the opportunity to participate in panel sessions and network with colleagues in a more intimate setting. Although smaller in size, these conferences include the same exciting features as the Annual Conference including sessions, keynote speakers, book exhibits and receptions.

The early-bird student registration is $80 and ends 31 March 2019. The conference will be held at Thammasat University, Bangkok, 1-4 July 2019.


ISA Asia-Pacific Singapore 2019: Asia-Pacific and World Order: Security, Economics, Identity and Beyond

The rise of populism and authoritarianism worldwide has caused friction to established orders and tested institutional strengths. In the Asia-Pacific the increasingly potent competition between major powers poses significant challenges to the stability and security of states and societies. The region has also witnessed the realignment and restructuring of middle powers’ alliances and foreign policies. The rising politicization of diaspora has affected domestic politics across the region. State capacities and human development have grown more significantly in the Asia-Pacific than elsewhere.  Often gone unheard are the voices of states and societies in the Asia-Pacific and their understandings and conceptualizations of world affairs and the prospects and challenges for peaceful sustainable development in the region. This ISA Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2019 seeks to explore and debate world affairs engaging scholars and practitioners active in the Asia-Pacific but encouraged to think about the broader implications of their research and scholarship.

The conference will be held at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 4-6 July 2019.


Mindanao: Cartographies of History Identity and Representation

The Annual Philippine Studies Conference SOAS focuses its 2019 edition on Mindanao. It seeks to gather academics, policymakers, cultural workers and artists to map the contours of Mindanao’s struggle for peace after centuries of violent strife. The island — volatile home to Muslim, settler, and autochthonous societies variously staking out claims for resources, territory, and opportunity— is complex and, as an object of study, extremely dense. Its dimensions are simultaneously global, national, and local — and these layers are often collapsed into each other. The 2-day conference takes up the challenge of addressing this complexity and density with an emphasis on cultural analysis. In taking up mapping as metaphor for approaching Mindanao, the conference draws attention to its various histories, ethnolinguistic polities and cultural traditions.

The deadline for proposals is 15 March 2019. There is no registration fee. The conference will be held at SOAS University of London, 5-6 July 2019. More information here.


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 €150/$171 and ends 15 March 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.


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 deadline for proposals is 1 April 2019. 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 deadline for proposals is 1 April 2019. The conference will be held at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 5-7 December 2019.