Funding  Jobs Conferences

Below is a list of open calls for papers (CFPs) for professional and academic conferences related to the study of Southeast Asia. Interested in sharing a CFP and/or conference with us? Fill out our event submission form and select “other” in question 6. Postings are removed from this page after their deadline has passed and new CFPs are highlighted each week in our email newsletter.

CFP – Hakluyt Society Symposium 2017: Trading Companies and Travel Literature, 11-12 September 2017 – Abstracts Due by April 30

This conference explores how the various European companies collected, created, curated, protected and utilised material relating to travel and discovery around the world. Speakers: Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State), Nandini Das (Liverpool), Michiel van Groesen (Leiden), Margaret Hunt (Uppsala), Djoeke van Netten (Amsterdam).

CALL FOR PAPERS | Remapping the Arts, Heritage, and Cultural Production: Between Policies and Practices in East and Southeast Asian Cities | April 30

We invite the submission of papers from early career and established scholars, policy makers, activists, and creative practitioners to explore the role of arts, culture, and heritage in developing more progressive urban societies in East and Southeast Asia cities. We encourage applicants to consider empirical case studies and theories within comparative contexts and to extrapolate policy options for other regions apart from the East and Southeast Asia that explore innovative ways to build co-operation between varied social groups, institutions, and local governance.

Chulalongkorn Summer School of Southeast Asian Linguistics 2017 (ChulaSEALing2017) – Apply by April 30


Binghamton University – Asian Symposium “Mobile Bodies: A Long View of the Peoples and Communities of Maritime Asia” – Abstract Due May 1

This conference will explore the mobility of individuals across maritime Asia and seek to pair contemporary and historical experiences of travel and mobility to understand continuities and changes experienced and brought about by traveling bodies.

Speech and Space: Discursive Environments Across Non-Arab Islam @ Vanderbilt University Sept. 7 – 9, 2017 – May 1

n contrast to the core Arabic-speaking world of Islam that, through a common language, sought a unity that reflects the universality of the shari’ā, the Islam that has been domesticated in the non-Arab world appears of necessity to be more dialogic in its action. Conference themes: Speech, Space, Integration

River Cities: Water Space in Urban Development and History – Abstracts Due May 1

This symposium seeks to uncover the relationship between rivers and cities from a multi-disciplinary perspective in the humanities and the social sciences. The symposium welcomes both scholars and practitioners. It aims to contribute innovative ways of thinking about how to better integrate rivers, creeks and canals—including their environmental, historical, social, political, cultural and economic dimensions—into the fabric of contemporary cities. The focus is on cities in Asia, but papers on other parts of the world will also be considered if they make explicit their relevance to Asian cities. Symposium dates: 11 & 12 December 2017Hosted by Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia Supported by the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA), Airlangga University, and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, the NetherlandsConveners: Dr Paul Rabé, Adrian Perkasa (M.A.) and Dr Rita Padawangi Introduction

EuroSEAS masterclass | Apply by May 8

PhD masterclass In connection with upcoming EuroSEAS conference in Oxford (16-18 August), EuroSEAS organizes in cooperation with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies a masterclass for a limited number of PhD students from European universities who work on Southeast Asia in the field of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

NEW!! – National Human Rights Institutions in Southeast Asia: Challenges of Protection – Abstracts Due May 15

Asia Centre invites the submission of abstracts on the role of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in Southeast Asia in protecting human rights. We welcome submissions from specialists in this field, including by former and current practitioners in the region’s NHRIs. Background and rationale: In 2008, the ASEAN’s first-ever Charter came into force.

NEW!! – Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice @ Columbia Univ. – Abstracts Due May 15

6th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice December 7-9, 2017 Columbia University, New York City In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time.

The 2nd Studia Islamika International Conference 2017 – Abstracts Due May 15

Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM) of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta will carry out an international conference in August this year. This conference is dedicated to promoting Studia Islamika, an international journal published by the Center. This is the second Studia Islamika conference, and this event is expected to be held regularly in the future. In the coming conference, scholars and students on Southeast Asian Islam are invited to present their papers, research and posters. Relevant themes and topics have been selected to accommodate different research interests of the participants.


EUROSEAS CONFERENCE | 16-18 AUGUST 2017 The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will hold its 9th conference from 16 to 18 August 2017 at the University of Oxford . As an international and multi-disciplinary organisation, EuroSEAS invites scholars and PhD students from all academic disciplines with an interest in Southeast Asia to submit papers on research in the field of Southeast Asian Studies.

NEW!! – Cultures of Occupation: Establishing a Transnational Dialogue – Abstracts Due May 31

A three-day conference on foreign occupation and how it influences cultural expression.

NEW!! – Materialities of Postcolonial Memory @ the Univ. of Amsterdam – Abstracts Due May 31

The aim of this conference, organized through the ERC-funded ‘Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia’ project, is to bring scholars from a range of disciplines, backgrounds, and countries together to explore how ‘foreign occupation’ (broadly defined) shapes cultural expression.

NEW! – CALL FOR PAPERS | The Politics of Distribution: Migrant Labour, Development and Religious Aid in Asia | Abstracts Due June 2

The conference will examine forms of contemporary distributive practices in Asia as they are enacted by religious actors, whether through religious aid organisations, religious networks or informal religious giving, within the context of migrant labour and how these interrelate with wider development processes in the region. Migrant labour is taken to encompass those who engage in rural-urban migration as well as what are usually assumed to be binary categories of legal and illegal, temporary and permanent, economic migrant and refugee/asylum seeker; in the recognition that these categories are often not fixed but fluid and permeable.

NEW!! – Tropics of the Imagination conference 2017 in Singapore – Abstracts Due June 30

A multidisciplinary conference on imaginative and creative approaches to culture and nature in the tropics.

Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue – Abstracts Due August 31

TOURING VIETNAM: Exploring “Development”, “Tourism” and “Sustainability” in Vietnam from Multi-disciplinary and Multi-directional Perspectives. The 9th Engaging with Vietnam conference with three joined parts will bring about a completely new experience to those who have so far participated and will participate in our conference series. With the theme of exploring “development,” “tourism,” and “sustainability” in/of Vietnam from multi-disciplinary and multi-directional perspectives, the 9th EWV conference will introduce various activities, ranging from keynote sessions and academic presentations to exhibitions, idea contests, a policy forum, Q&A sessions, curriculum development, sightseeing, field observations, and music performances that are all integrated to offer participants opportunities to feel, think, engage, try out and live the conference theme.Its length is innovative, as the complete experience will take place over a period of almost 10 days, from December 27 2017 to January 4 2018.