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.

New! – Call for Submissions Journal of Lao Studies (JLS)

The study of Laos and the Lao has grown significantly over the past decade. With the opening up of some historical and manuscript archives, the improvement of communication and transportation, and the launching of joint Lao-foreign research projects, Laos has attracted a number of new scholars in diverse fields of expertise. The Journal of Lao Studies (JLS), published by the Center for Lao Studies, is an exciting new scholarly project which is expected to become the first and most prestigious venue in the many disciplines under the umbrella of “Lao Studies.”

We are now accepting submissions of articles, book review suggestions, review articles (extended reviews of major publications, trends in the field, or of political, social, or economic events). These submissions can cover studies on Laos (all ethnic groups), Lao residing in bordering countries (Northeast Thailand, Northeast Cambodia, Vietnam, China, and Burma), ethnic groups bordering Laos with a representation in Laos (e.g. Akha, Mien, Khmu, Hmong, Tai Lue, etc.), or studies in regards to Lao disapora outside of Asia (the Americas, Australia, France, Argentina, etc.).

Extended Deadline: Reframing the Archive: The Reuse of Film and Photographic Images in Postcolonial Southeast Asia | Submit by Feb. 17

Reframing the Archive: The Reuse of Film and Photographic Images in Postcolonial Southeast Asia

Explorations: Call for Papers Deadline Extended to Feb. 18

Theme: “Seas, Oceans, Rivers, and Springs: Perspectives on Water in the Study of Southeast Asia” Explorations is looking for graduate student papers that bring water, in all of its forms, to the forefront of Southeast Asian Studies. We are particularly interested in papers that examine the role of water in Southeast Asian societies or analyze and critique water-related policies and trends. In raising these questions, this journal seeks to consider the possibilities of using the water perspective in studying Southeast Asia. We encourage submissions from all fields of study, topics, and time periods.

New! – Call for Papers: 2017 Annual Conference on Southeast Asian Studies in Taiwan – Abstracts Due by Feb. 20
2017 Annual Conference on Southeast Asian Studies in Taiwan (ACSEAST)

Call for Papers – Political ideologies in Southeast Asia – Deadline February 20, 2017

The Institute of Asian Studies (Chulalongkorn University) in partnership with the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies (University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus) invites submissions that explicitly engage with ideological analysis related to state-society relations, political contest and the construction of political power in a Southeast Asian setting. Papers that apply existing or new forms of ideological analysis to explore concrete expressions of the ideology in question are strongly encouraged. Some of the themes or issues we hope to explore include:

  • the distinctive traditions of meaning surrounding key political concepts such as liberty, equality, the general interest, or security in particular political settings.
  • the dissemination of explicit ideological forms and the role of public intellectuals, media or think-tanks play in the consolidation of particular ideological orientations.
  • manifest ideological competition in parliamentary debates or other public forums.
  • the social basis of distinctive ideologies or of ideological hybrids.
  • unnamed ideological forms and their lifeworld.
  • the impact of ideological currents on public policy.
  • the morphology of liberalisms, conservatisms, feminisms, environmentalisms, fascisms or any other recognized ideology.
  • the value or otherwise of thick ideological analysis in enhancing understanding of well-described political conflicts.

Interested authors are requested to submit an abstract to Michael Connors ( Earlier submissions are welcomed. Scholars who have written on ideology in languages other than English and who wish to develop their work for publication in English are especially welcome to submit. Selected participants will be invited to attend a two-day workshop in Bangkok in May or June 2017 to present draft papers. A second workshop may be held in Kuala Lumpur. Financial assistance to attend will be provided, but only airfares from within Southeast Asia may be funded. Publication will be subject to blind review. Depending on the number of papers received, an edited monograph may also be published.

New! 0 Comparative peacebuilding conference series calls for abstracts – Abstracts Due Feb. 24

Conference dates:1) Colombo, Sri Lanka: 30 June-2 July 2017. 2) Yogyakarta, Indonesia: December 2017 (precise dates to be confirmed), 3) London, UK: June 2018 (precise dates to be confirmed). This series of three conferences seeks to promote research and facilitate interdisciplinary discussions on the illiberal, nationally driven peacebuilding processes in conflict-affected South and Southeast Asia.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Awards – UH Mānoa App Deadline 2/27

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge of languages and cultures not generally included in U.S. curricula. More broadly, Fulbright-Hays programs aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

Call for Papers: Gender in Southeast Asian Art Histories – Abstracts due Feb. 28

Gender in Southeast Asian Art Histories An international symposium hosted by Power Institute, University of Sydney, Australia 11-13 October 2017 Proposals due 28 February 2017 Studies focused on gender in Southeast Asian societies have emerged, in recent decades, in approximate concurrence with the development of regionally focused Southeast Asian art histories.

New! – Call for Papers: AAR Religion in Southeast Asia Unit | Abstracts Due March 1

We welcome contributions on any topic pertaining to religion in Southeast Asia, and will favor submissions from both underrepresented groups and those who have never before presented in this Program Unit. We are particularly interested in papers and sessions that explore the varying media and means through which people create and maintain, as well as question and challenge, religiously-laden vulnerabilities. Possible topics and formats might include, for example, a roundtable discussion on inclusiveness and diversity in the academy, with specific reference to religion in Southeast Asia. Another possibility would be an organized panel on queer spiritualities, or the mounting challenges faced by LGBTQIA scholars in religious studies—or, again, new forms of religious bigotry and persecution in Southeast Asia, with a comparative eye to developments in Europe and America.

Summer Institute: Islam in Asia at the East-West Center – Apply by March 1

This institute will examine Islamic traditions in South and Southeast Asia. The first three weeks of the program will consider Islam while the final week will review the interplay of Islam and globalization in the context of contemporary Asia. Participants will receive a travel stipend to help defray costs. The program is open to full time faculty at 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S., and to non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty.

Call for Panels: Trade and translation of Buddhist material culture across Asia – Deadline March 1

Copenhagen ADI Conference 2017 9th annual international ADI conferenceAsian Dynamics InitiativeUniversity of Copenhagen 26-28 June 2017 Conveners: Trine Brox, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen; Emma Martin, Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester Historically, trade routes served as transmission belts for Buddhist theology.

CALL FOR PAPERS | 12th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies | Abstracts Due by March 3

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from graduate (master’s and PhD) students who are engaged in research on Southeast Asia to attend the 12th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies on 24-28 July 2017. This five-day forum, the twelve of an annual series of forums for graduate students who work on Southeast Asia, will be organised thematically. Themes broadly reflect (though not limited to) the core research strengths of the Asia Research Institute, including the Asian dynamics of religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, population and social change. Keynotes will be delivered by professors Sunil Amrith (Harvard University), Tom Boellstorff (University of California) and Lily Kong (Singapore Management University).

Trans-Asian Indigeneity/ Summer Institute at Penn State in June 2017 – Apply by March 15

Applications are sought from the humanities and social sciences that examine “Indigeneity” in Asia, Asian America, and Asian diasporic communities across the globe. The organizers are especially interested in the concept’s travels between Asian and western settler societies, or those following the movement’s historical concurrence with the rise of neoliberal political economy and the onset of massive anthropogenic environmental change. Applicants must have completed their PhDs between August 2012 and 2017, or be advanced graduate students completing their dissertations. Travel stipend and housing provided

Summer Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL) | Center for Lao Studies – Apply by March 15 for Scholarship Consideration – Final Deadline April 3, 2017

The Center for Lao Studies (CLS), dedicated to promoting and advancing the field of Lao Studies, is sponsoring its annual Summer Study Abroad in Laos program (SAIL) in the summer of 2017. During the five-week program, students will partake in language and cultural lessons at the Lao-American College (LAC) in Vientiane, the first private college and the only school founded by an American citizen in the Lao PDR. Students will also have the opportunity to study Lao history and culture, augment their academics with cultural trips throughout the area, and experience volunteering with a variety of organizations.

Global Asias 4 Conference – Asian Studies – March 31 – April 1, 2017

Penn State’s Department of Asian Studies announces Global Asias 4, a biennial conference hosted to complement the work of our journal Verge: Studies in Global Asias (published by the University of Minnesota Press). By bringing into relation work in both Asian Studies and Asian American Studies, Verge covers Asia and its diasporas, East to West, across and around the Pacific, from a variety of humanistic perspectives—anthropology, art history, literature, history, sociology, and political science—in order to develop comparative analyses that recognize Asia’s place(s) in the development of global culture and history. In that expansive and multidisciplinary spirit, we invite proposals for the specific panels and roundtables listed below for the conference, to be held March 31-April 1, 2017.

Call for Manuscripts: Water and Asia | Deadline April 20


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



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.