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Armed Forces, State, And Society in Southeast Asia: Identity, Authority, Legitimacy, Legacy

Civil-military relations literature proceeds from a heavily Western-centric premise that claims that the military must not be involved with politics. In Southeast Asia today, there exists a range of arrangements along a spectrum. Some countries operate, at least nominally, under a regime of objective control. In others, the military operates explicitly or implicitly as a tool of the ruling political party. Indonesia is a former military dictatorship that has reformed its armed forces; Myanmar operates what might be called a transitional model. Thailand has only recently emerged after five years of military rule and may return. This conference will explore the following key questions: What is the relationship between the military and the identity of the nation, people, or elites? What is the relationship between the military and political authority? How does the military impact structures of legitimacy? What are the key principles, myths, or events that have helped shape the relationship between the military and the country?  Is that expected to change or remain the same in the future?

The conference will be held at New York University, New York City, 6 December 2019.


Harvard East Asia Society Conference 2020

The theme of this year's conference is "Life on the Edge: Borders and Boundaries in East Asia." More information to come.

The conference will be held at Harvard University, Boston, 8-9 February 2020.


The 19th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference

The theme of this year’s IGSC is Community Voices: Bridging Borders. Recognizing the ethos of the East-West Center’s 60 years of work in the US, Asia, and the Pacific, IGSC-2020 celebrates the voices of communities and their perspectives in the ever-changing local and global spaces.  The conference encourages scholarly work on topics of concern to communities across the region, and it is particularly welcoming of the perspectives of indigenous and marginalized communities. Graduate students (Master’s and PhD level) are strongly encouraged to participate. All disciplines are welcome, including natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, multi-disciplinary approaches, and others.

Abstracts are due by midnight 15 October 2019, Hawaii Standard Time.  The registration fee is $70. The conference will be held at Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, Honolulu, 13-15 February 2020.

The flyer can be found here.


AAS 2020 Annual Conference

The Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference is the largest Asian Studies conference held in North America.  Individuals attending the AAS Annual Conference are presented with the latest research within multiple disciplines in Asian Studies as well as unlimited networking opportunities via receptions, business meetings, and one-on-one contact with the editors & publishers located in their Book Exhibition.

Film Expo submissions are still open until 19 November 2019. The early-bird fee for non-member students is $85 ($75 for members). The conference will be held in Boston, 19-22 March 2020.


This conference is designed to explore aspects of group and individual identity in the region. Broadly conceived, papers would consider the ways in which people are articulating, embracing, or contesting different forms and reconfigurations of personal or group identity. Such forms might encompass aspects of ethnic, gender, or religious identities, or perhaps overlaps across these and other dimensions of identity. Papers might consider the political implications of how people and groups articulate or embrace identity and possible conflicts pitting groups against the state or each other. The hope is that papers will explore newly emerging forms of identity as well as long-existing ones that are being reconceptualized or reasserted in new circumstances.

Abstracts are due by 20 January 2020. The conference will be held at University of California Los Angeles, 24-25 April 2020.


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.

The conference will be held at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, 22-24 January 2020.


The 1st International Conference on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism In Malaysia And Southeast Asia

The International Symposium on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism in Malaysia and Southeast Asia (ICVE) 2019 is a multidisciplinary symposium that aims to bring together scholars, researchers and practitioners from around the world to promote collaboration, present research findings and policy recommendations on P/CVE. Suggested topics include drivers and enablers; pathways; radicalisation, deradicalisation, and rehabilitation; history; politics; narratives; social media; international relations; security and governance; financing; women; extremism. The top 15 absracts will be awarded a $600 travel stipend and considered for journal publication.

The deadline for abstracts is 30 November 2019. The conference will be held at the International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 16-18 March 2020.


Institute of Islamic Studies Graduate Student Symposium

The conference's aim is to provide an opportunity for graduate students based in various parts of the world and approaching the study of Islamicate thought and life across time and space through a multiplicity of disciplinary and methodological approaches to share their work with the Institute’s faculty and students in an atmosphere of constructive and supportive criticism. They are pleased to invite graduate students at all stages of research and dissertation-writing related to Islam and Islamicate communities anywhere in the world (Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East) to submit proposals for individual paper presentations.

The deadline for abstracts is 30 November 2019. The conference will be held at McGill University, Montreal, 26-27 March 2020.


SEA The World! Southeast Asian Cinemas and Global Film Theory

The theme of this conference will be addressed from a broad range of perspectives in order to encourage critical engagement with current debates in film theory and global studies, inviting papers that theorize the diverse film and media practices across Southeast Asia beyond Area Studies. It seeks to extend and build on recent developments in film theory in relation to "minor cinemas," "small cinemas" and "cinemas at the periphery."

The conference will be held in Cebu, The Philippines, 20-22 July 2020.


International Conference on Philippine Studies

The conference's theme is “Philippine Studies Across Borders, Across Disciples: Collaborations, Interventions, Linkages.” Philippine Studies as an academic field has expanded considerably in the last three decades, with regular conferences of Filipinists convened both in the Philippines and in the United States, Europe, and Australia. The initiative for institutionalizing regular periodic conferences in Philippine Studies has been undertaken by Filipino, American, European, and Australian academics with the aim of bringing together all scholars working on all aspects of Philippine studies in the various disciplines–in the social sciences and the humanities–gathering many foreign Filipinists and Filipino academics to present, share, and discuss with one another studies on Philippine society and culture.

The deadline for abstracts is 15 December 2019. The student fee is $75. The conference will be held at Universidad de Alicante, San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain, 21-23 September 2020.