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Peace in Asia: Past, Present, and Possible

Elizabethtown College and the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association of Asian Studies announce the call for papers for the 47th annual regional conference. The conference theme “Peace in Asia: Past, Present, and Possible” lends itself to interesting scholarly approaches including energy, environment, public health, territorial issues, migration, popular culture, gender, sexuality, religious practices, and more. We encourage proposals from any discipline. We welcome participation from faculty, students, independent scholars, and professionals, and especially encourage panels with innovative combinations of individuals and fields.

The deadline for proposals is 1 June 2018. The conference will be held at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA, 3-4 November 2018.


Weaponizing People: Militarization and Armed Conflict in Asia

Militarization – the heightened role of organized aggression in society – has affected all walks of life in contemporary and historical societies across different regions in Asia. This militarization has been Asian-centric in some contexts but has also involved significant external intervention, most saliently from European colonialism, the geopolitics of the Cold War, and American imperialism. While militarization has resulted in warfare and armed conflict across regions, between countries, or within borders, some manifestations are rendered invisible by relations of power, normalized as the status quo. This conference will be a multi-layered examination of cultures of violence, and the structures in which they are embedded within the context of the Asian continent. With a keynote lecture delivered by AIJAZ AHMAD, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the of militarization effects, armed conflict, and structural violence across the breadth of Asia from critical perspectives that highlight multiple narratives as well as the intersection of local, national, and global trajectories of these.

The deadline for proposals is 1 June 2018. The conference will be held at Binghamton University, 9-10 November 2018.


Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies 2018

The 56th annual meeting of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS) will be held at Soka University of America, on 19-20 October 2018. Organized by the Pacific Basin Research Center, the meeting will bring together established and emerging voices from Asian Studies in Western North America, and beyond! The 2018 conference theme is “Asia in the World”. Given the realities of globalization and Asian investment in Africa, Latin America, and more, area studies must confront the realities of global interactions. The 2018 WCAAS meeting will highlight thematic panels on Asian economic, political, and cultural influences in other world regions.

The deadline for proposals is 30 June 2018. The conference will be held at Soka University of America, 19-20 October 2018.


Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies

Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS) was established in 1972 in order to a) to form a nonpolitical, nonprofit professional association of persons interested in Asian Studies; b) to promote interest in and scholarly study of Asia; c) to promote cooperative activities and exchange of information in the field of Asian Studies within the southwestern United States.

The deadline for proposals is 30 June 2018. The conference will be held at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 19-20 October 2018.


67th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Annual Meeting

The MCAA seeks to promote Asian Studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists in the Midwest as well as with those from other parts of the country and the world. Scholars and students from all regions are invited to participate.

The deadline for papers has passed. The conference will be held at Metropolitan State University, 19-20 October 2018.


Council on Thai Studies 2018

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 for individual paper presentations, panels of papers, roundtable discussions, film screenings and other formats as suggested by participants.

The deadline for proposals is 1 August 2018. The conference will be held at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 12-14 October 2018.


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 deadline for proposals is 1 August 2018. The conference will be held at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 21-24 March 2019.


18th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference

The East-West Center invites graduate students from around the world in a call for abstracts relevant to the Asia Pacific region and its peoples in the following categories: environmental issues, cultural studies, urban planning, social issues, education, economics, political issues, health & population, second language studies, performing arts, engineering, visual arts, philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, and poetry & literature.

The deadline for proposals is extended to 28 September 2018. The conference will be held at Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, Honolulu, 14-16 February 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 deadline for proposals is 1 October 2018. The conference will be held at University of Los Angeles, 24-27 April 2019.


Ho'ala - to waken: Asia Pacific Dance Festival Conference

Dance brings the past to the present and shines its light on the bridges we use to travel these metaphorical and realistic distances as we move into the future. We welcome the submission of proposals that demonstrate how dance can awaken our senses, bring us to awareness, and enlighten our perspectives on a variety of political, social and intellectual pursuits—ho‘alaWe seek scholars, dancers, performing artists, choreographers, performance-based activists, critics, writers and arts administrators and organizers to address a variety of issues and topics including, but not limited to: how dance has served as a vehicle to bring the past into the present, demonstrations of how dance can enlighten our perspectives on life and how we interact with society, unique choreography that draws on a variety of cultural perspectives to showcase both commonalities and differences, cultural appropriation and how it affects our approach to dance studies and the ways we present and promote dance, and understanding analyses and approaches to dance studies and how they affect the ways we teach, present and view dance.

The deadline for proposals (papers, panels, movement workshops, performances of short dance pieces) is 1 November 2018. The conference will be held at University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 2-4 August 2019.


Sustainable Transboundary Governance of the Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia

Economic integration and resource interdependencies in a rapidly urbanising and increasingly middle class Southeast Asia are bringing to the political fore questions about how to sustainably govern common pool resources. As the development interests of Southeast Asian countries and their transnational partners, together with the political cultures that characterize ASEAN, come into growing tension with environmental agendas, the problem of transboundary environmental governance is being heightened by climatic instability and ever more frequent and costly disasters that cannot be neatly contained within nation-states, such as atmospheric pollution (regionally known as “haze”), wildfires, droughts and floods. These trends highlight both the shortcomings of existing transboundary environmental governance regimes and the “ASEAN way”, bringing attention to the need to forge more comprehensive and inclusive pathways to planning, managing and implementing policies for sustainable development within and beyond Southeast Asia.

The deadline for paper proposals is 15 June 2018. The conference will be held at the Asia Research Institute, Singapore, 1-2 November 2018. 


Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Conference 2018

2018 marks a milestone for Engaging With Vietnam - its 10th anniversary. We would like to invite you to the 10th Engaging With Vietnam Conference to experience another stimulating and enriching gathering that will take place all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Khanh Hoa, a coastal province in Central Vietnam. To continue its interdisciplinary engagement, this 10th conference focuses in particular on dichotomies, the dichotomization of knowledge, and the discursive constructions of dichotomies in Vietnam-related knowledge production and scholarship. Dichotomies and dichotomization often come in the form of ‘Self and Other’ and/or in pairs of contrasts, such as ‘global - local’, ‘traditional - modern’, ‘Western values - Asian values’, ‘Vietnamese women – foreign women’, ‘nationalism – cosmopolitanism’, ‘developed - underdeveloped/developing’, ‘urban - rural’, ‘privileged – disadvantaged’, ‘active – passive’, ‘critical thinking – passive and rote learning’, ‘Global North – Global South’, and ‘Vietnam – ASEAN’, etc.

The deadline for proposals is 31 August 2018. The conference will be held in Ho Chi Minh and Khanh Hoa, 15-21 December 2018.


Linguistic Issues in Vietnam and Southeast Asia

The themes of the conference cover all the traditional and modern research issues of linguistics and its sub-disciplines in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. In particular, the conference encourages research on modern issues in Vietnamese and Southeast Asian linguistics from comparative and applied approaches. Key strands of the conference are as follows: Structural linguistics of languages of Vietnam and SEA, comparison of languages in SEA, applied linguistics and the application of linguistic research results into social life in Vietnam and in SEA, history of languages and historical linguistic issues, the roles of mass media communication, information technology, and the internet in language evolution and language shift in Vietnam and SEA, dialectal and societal variation in Vietnamese and SEA languages, language usage of ethnic minority languages in Vietnam and SEA, issues of language status planning and language policy in Vietnam and SEA, and the ethnic process characterized by the linguistic behaviors of SEA citizens.

The deadline for proposals is 30 September 2018. The conference will be held at Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam, 21-22 December 2018.


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 deadline for proposals is 30 September 2018. The conference will be held at Universitas Gajah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 23-26 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 deadline for proposals is 10 October 2018. The conference will be held at Leiden University in Leiden, the Netherlands, 16-19 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 1 December 2018. The conference will be held at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 10-13 September 2019.