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Vietnam & China in the Longue Durée

This symposium interrogates the political, cultural, social, and linguistic categories associated with "China" and "Vietnam" from ancient times to the present moment, and calls into question how assumptions about what constitute "China" and "Vietnam" over various periods inform, constrain, illuminate, or mislead our understanding of the region and its history. The symposium will not only explore the diversity and dynamics of "Sino-Vietnamese relations" over that long history, but will also confront how notions of "China" and "Vietnam" exert real and powerful force on the geopolitical arena in the present day.

The symposium will be held at Columbia University, New York, 22-23 February 2019.


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 pre-registration student member cost is $75 ($65 if environmentally-friendly) and ends 21 February 2019. The conference will be held at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 21-24 March 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.


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.

Registration for students costs $160 and ends on 1 March 2019. The conference will be held at University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 2-4 August 2019.


The Empowerment of Women in [Contemporary] Indonesia

UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies invites submissions from academics, teachers, researchers, and graduate students who are involved in or have conducted research about the empowerment of women in contemporary Indonesia. Our conference aims to highlight research and work that analyze the various socioeconomic, religious, or legislative changes that have advanced or hindered the empowerment of women in Indonesia in recent decades. The goal of this conference is to address not only the progress made through policy, education, and activism in elevating the position of women in Indonesian society but also the challenges that remain. Paper/presentation topics may fall under but are not limited to the following themes: Women in Education, Women in Politics, Women in Economy, Women in Literature, Women in Religion, and Women in Science, Media, & Technology.

The conference will be held at University of California Los Angeles, 8-9 February 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.

Early registration costs $75 for students and ends 15 February 2019. The conference will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 13-15 June 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 deadline for proposals is 8 February 2019. The conference will be held at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 30 March 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 deadline for proposals is 15 February 2019. The conference will be held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, 25-27 April 2019.


Digital Asias: Penn State Global Asias Summer Institute

We have been willing participants in our own digital colonization. This digitalization has some historical roots in Asia and today is routed through Asia. It is saturated in stereotypical techno-orientalist images of a futuristic Asia, and proliferates through Asian media, finance capital, and artistic production. In short, Asia has been entangled in the global digital culture that occupies our everyday. As a major node in digital mediations of the world, Asia plays a primary part in producing computational gadgets (whether made by Sunway, LG, or Fujitsu), designing new forms of social media (Line, Weibo, SyncYu, and KakaoTalk), or creating innovative digital content (Bollywood, K-pop, anime). The 2019 Global Asias Summer Institute is interested in promoting scholarship on all forms of Digital Asia. Institute participants spend a week reading and thinking about the annual theme, as well as significant time workshopping their work in progress. Applicants must have completed their PhDs no earlier than June 2014, or be advanced graduate students who are completing their dissertations.

The deadline for applications is 4 March 2019. Meals and housing are free, and there is an honorarium to defray travel costs that varies in amount based on region. The institute will be held at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, 3-7 June 2019.


WORKSHOP: Connecting Modern Art Histories in and across Africa, South and Southeast Asia

The Dhaka Art Summit, Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM) at Cornell University , and Asia Art Archive, with support from the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, launch a new research project entitled Connecting Modern Art Histories in and across Africa, South and Southeast Asia. The project brings together a team of leading international faculty and emerging scholars to investigate parallel and intersecting developments in the cultural histories of modern South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. By integrating presentations by participants with core faculty lectures, the program is envisioned as a reciprocal process of learning exchange. Presentations may also take place at universities in Hong Kong and Bangladesh, as well as at the Dhaka Art Summit. Field trips such as collection, museum, and modernist architecture visits and guest lectures will be organized during both the Hong Kong and Dhaka sessions. With the goal of optimizing the impact of in-person workshops, virtual meetings will be held in advance of and following the respective Hong Kong and Dhaka sessions.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2019. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered. The workshops are in Hong Kong from August 11-22, 2019 and Dhaka from February 5-16, 2020.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 deadline for proposals is 22 February 2019. The early bird registration is ฿5000/$150 and ends 28 February 2019. The conference will be held in Bangkok, 17-21 June 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 strifeThe 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.


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.


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.


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 conference will be held at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 10-13 September 2019.