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Southeast Asia Papers and Panels at 2018 AAS Annual Conference

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. The Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference is the largest Asian Studies conference held in North America. This year it is being held in Washington, D.C., from March 22-25, 2018. Additionally, two panels (#217 and #259) are being organized by UH Mānoa faculty and students.

We have compiled Southeast Asia panels and papers here for your viewing convenience. We have also compiled a list of Southeast Asia films which will be screened at the conference.


AAS has posted a searchable database of all the papers being presented at the 2018 Conference. Click here to see the Southeast Asia-focus papers.


For panel information including organizers and abstracts, click here (PDF).

20. Mimetic Entanglements: Rethinking Sociopolitical Dynamics in Upland Southeast Asia

21. The Cambodian 2018 Election: Youth, Party Strategies, and the New Political Landscape

22. “Saving the Soul of Our Youth:” Religious Education and Ethical Dilemmas in Southeast Asia

62. Contesting Religious Authority in Southeast Asia: Comparison Across Religions

63. Airs, Waters, Places and the Peoples Who Use and Abuse All of Them in Southeast Asia

64. Vietnam’s Modern Underworlds

99. Queerness

100. Speculative Futures of the Southeast Asian City Part I: Urban Consequences of Economic Change

101. Thailand 4.0: Reading the Military Junta’s “Roadmap”?

102. Inter-Asian Intimacies and Interdictions in Colonial and Postcolonial Southeast Asia

144. Speculative Futures of the Southeast Asian City (Part II): Cultural Politics of Economic Change

145. Beyond Borders: Global Perspectives on Early Communist Movements in the Malay World

146. Contested “Chineseness” in Cold War East and Southeast Asia: Literature, Cinema, and Publishing

147. Visual and Material Translation: Southeast Asian Elite Cultural Constructions in Late 19th-Early 20th Century Southeast Asia

148. The Politics of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Vietnam

177. Liberalism and Its Discontents in Southeast Asia

178. Unpacking Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama: Internal Tensions, Regional Variations, and Current Transformations

179. History, Ecology, Literature: Dwelling in Sinophone Writings

180. Subaltern Bodies in Film and Literature

216. Timor-Leste: Historical and Archival Perspectives

217. 20 Years after Suharto: Trajectories of State and Social Forces in Indonesian Politics

218. Difference, Belonging, and the Politics of Memory at Southeast Asia’s Margins

219. Re-locating Taiwan in Southeast Asia: A Multifaceted Engagement

220. Disciplinary Idioms: Reason, Rhetoric & Repression in Southeast Asian Modernity

244. Communicating Content: Linking Southeast Asian Language Instruction to Area Studies

257. Media, Messaging, and Mystics: Thinking through Religious Encounters

258. Technopolitics in Southeast Asia

259. Landscape Change in Mainland Southeast Asia: Collaborative Research Across Institutions, Geographies and Generations

260. Contemporary Populism in Southeast Asia

261. The Public Spectacle of Loss: Royal Funeral Monuments in Modern Thai and Khmer Buddhism

262. Imagining Boundaries and Peripheries in Indonesia

281. Expanding Language Instruction on Your Campus; New Possibilities through Distance

290. Border Theories

295. (Re)claiming Identity: Reflections on Heritage Students’ Participation in Study Abroad Programs in Post-Conflict Southeast Asia

296. Politics and Elections in Thailand

297. Whose Culture? : The Return of Cultural Treasures

298. Huy Đức and His Pioneering History of Post-1975 Vietnam, Bên Thắng Cuộc [The Winning Side]

299. Islam and the Mediation of the Indonesian Public Sphere

300. Varieties of Land Dispossession in Mainland Southeast Asia

301. Historical Imaginations: Science, Knowledge, and Environment

336. Cultural Flows Across Uneven Borders

337. Nation-States, Migration, and Popular Sovereignty: Evidence from the History of Modern Vietnam

338. Lecturing Orthodoxy from the Periphery: Religious Beliefs and Texts in Early Twentieth Century Vietnam

380. Reflecting the Development of Southeast Asian Studies Through the Analysis of Library Collection and Journal Assessment in Japan and the United States

381. Manipulating Fear for Political Gain in Southeast Asia

382. Food, Belonging and Identity in Colonial and Post-colonial Malaysia/Singapore

421. Performing Citizenship in Singapore

422. Constructions of Human Rights in Contemporary Southeast Asia