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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 bi-weekly in our email newsletter.

Conference Program: Child Migrants, Border-crossing Children, Border- blurred Children – Conference Opens November 25

Child Migrants, Border-crossing Children, Border- blurred Children DATE 25 November 2017 (Sat) 9:30-18:00 VENUE Conference room nos.1&2, 10F, McKim Hall, Rikkyo University 3-34-1, Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, 171-8501, Tokyo Professor Rhacel S. Parrenas Title: “The Global Inequalities of Reproduction” Professor Nicola Piper Title: “Migrant Precarity and Displaced Care at the Intersection of Temporality and Transnationality” 9:30-10:00 Opening Speech: Kayoko Ishii 10:00-11:00 Keynote Speech 1: Rhacel S.

NEW! Call for Papers – Katipunan, Filipino language journal, Theme: Problematizing translation in Southeast Asia – Deadline: 11/30/17

Katipunan, the Filipino language journal of Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, is looking for papers problematizing translation in Southeast Asia.

Association for Asian Studies 2018 Annual Conference – Register by December 1

March 22-25, 2018, Washington, D.C. Conference pre-registration and housing now open (including lottery for FREE grad student conference registration!)

Midwest Pol Sci Assoc Conf, Chicago, April 5-8, 2018. – Proposals due Oct 6, Dec 8

MPSA | Midwest Political Science Association. The MPSA Conference Program Chairs and section heads invite you to submit proposals that reflect the best thinking in the discipline, informed by theory, research and practical application. Papers, roundtables, and complete panel proposals are due October 6, 2017. Subfield and working group proposals are due December 8, 2017.

Call for Papers: Asia Intermedialities: New Objects, Themes, and Methods at the Convergence of East and Southeast Asian Cultural and Media Studies – Submit by December 11

Centre for Cultural Studies Department of Cultural and Religious Studies The Chinese University of Hong Kong 25-26 May 2018 Convener: Elmo Gonzaga (Cultural and Religious Studies, CUHK) In the past decade, increased scholarly focus has been devoted to Asian media flows under the rubrics of ‘Inter-Asia,’ ‘TransAsia,’ and ‘Global Asia.’

Call for Papers – “Possession and Persuasion”, Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference – Abstracts Due December 13

Conference will be held on March 9-11, 2018 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Possession and Persuasion conjure a range of images and concepts, from cultural performance, to the control and mobility of objects, bodies, and spaces, to modes of coercion, influence, and authority. The terms also evoke possibilities of resistance and transformation. How are entanglements of subjectivity and materiality at work across Southeast Asia? How have possessions and persuasions, broadly imagined, organized studies of Southeast Asia, and to what futures do they beckon? Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference invites submissions that engage these questions.

The conference will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Chiara Formichi from the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell will deliver the keynote address.

We welcome submissions of abstracts by December 13, 2017 from graduate students who have completed original research related to Southeast Asia. There is no specific theme for this conference, as we hope to attract a wide range of submissions. Our intention is to reflect the dynamic research currently undertaken by graduate students. The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Committee will review submissions, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper abstracts will be included in the conference program. Each panel will have a faculty member serve as a discussant.

How to submit

Please submit abstracts to the following email address: All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in MS Word format. Do not send a PDF file. Please name your abstract using your first and last name together (for example, janedoe.doc for Jane Doe’s abstract). The subject of the message should specify “Abstract” and the body should include the following information:

  • Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a primary email address
  • Title of paper
  • Keywords to aid thematic organization
  • The abstract

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 13, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: January 24, 2018

Deadline to Confirm Attendance: February 2, 2018

Full Papers Due: February 16, 2018

INTCESS 2018 – 5th Intʻl Conference on Education and Social Sciences – Abstracts due December 15

5-7 February, 2018, ISTANBUL, TURKEY Website: Enquiries: Organized by: OCERINT- International Organization Center of Academic Research CALL FOR PAPERS: You are invited to participate in INTCESS 2018- 5th International Conference On Education And Social Sciences that will be held in ISTANBUL, Turkey on the 5-7 February, 2018.

Call for Papers – Deconstructing Borders & Barriers: UMich CSEAS Grad Student Conference 2018 – Submit abstracts by December 15

Conference will take place at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on February 16, 2018.

The inaugural Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference at the University of Michigan invites applicants from all fields of study and levels to engage, connect with, and explore the topics of borders and boundaries in Southeast Asia and its diaspora. Historically, Southeast Asia and its diaspora have confronted issues relating to borders and barriers – of colonization, of citizenship, of diverse ethnic and religious groups, of movement and migration. These issues continue to develop into the present. How are borders created, maintained, and challenged? How do individuals and groups overcome these barriers and obstacles?

Participants are invited to give a 10-15 minute paper presentation. Please submit a 250 word maximum abstract here. Accepted applicants may be reimbursed up to $300 in travel funds.

Call for Papers – Sacred Sites/Sacred Stories: Global Perspectives – Abstracts due December 20

The conference will have the following panels: Pilgrimage and Tourism, Historical Perspectives, Visual Arts and Architecture, Indigenous Traditions, Competition and Contestation. We welcome proposals for paper presentations that address the theme of one of these panels. Individual papers that are relevant to the main theme but are not aligned with any of the proposed panel streams will also be considered for presentation.

EducationUSA SEA Fair Series 2018 – Late registration open until December 31

Join the most successful U.S. college fairs in South East Asia with Widest Coverage, Largest Attendance, and Great Value! Through the 2017 EducationUSA SEA Fair Series, 100+ U.S. institutions met 15,000+ prospective students at EducationUSA Fairs in Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam. With continued rising interest in U.S.

Workshop on Sustainability and Tourism Management at Archaeological and Heritage Sites – Register by January 5

SEAMEO SPAFA, in conjunction with the APSARA National Authority, is organizing a Workshop on Sustainability and Tourism Management for Archaeological and Heritage Sites, which will be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia from 5-8 February 2018.

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) Summer Institutes 2018 – Registration opens January 8

Get energized with practical, research-based professional development on a wide range of exciting topics!

Call for Papers – UC Berkeley-UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Conference: Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia – Abstracts due January 19

Conference Information

UC Berkeley-UCLA SEA Studies Conference will be held Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, 2018 at UC Berkeley.

Conference chair: Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley).

The aim of this conference, jointly sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley (Director: Prof. Pheng Cheah) and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA (Director: Prof. George Dutton), is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Migrations have characterized Southeast Asian lives and livelihoods in different ways in different eras; they have affected work, settlement patterns, resource use, small and large investments, religion, and culture. Migrations have formed and changed the composition of Southeast Asian societies and given rise to complex cultural, social, environmental, and political problems and opportunities. Past and present, migrations have been both forced and voluntary: forced to make way for certain kinds of development; triggered by violence and war; but also intentional and, at times, pioneering: to change lives, secure new livelihoods, or explore new ecologies.

Contributors to this conference will discuss continuities and changes in migration practices, patterns, and personnel, addressing a wide range of historical periods, disciplines, and themes. For this conference, we solicit papers on such topics as: labor migration and remittances; resource extractions, claims, and trade; shifting policies governing international movements of people, resources and capital; human rights issues raised by transnational migration; transformations in urban and rural spaces brought by domestic and transnational migrants; cultural changes and cultural productions associated with migrant, resource, and capital flows; the ways that mobilities have changed or are changing gender, generational, racial, and cultural relations in families, communities, and across nations.

How to Submit & Contact Info

The two centers invite submissions for presentations from scholars and graduate students conducting original research in the social sciences and humanities that address the primary theme of the conference. Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be sent to CSEAS at UC Berkeley by Friday, January 19, 2018. Abstracts should include your name, affiliation and discipline and contact information (including e-mail address). The conference is open to all. Some travel funding is available for faculty and graduate students from UC and CSU campuses. The conference will be held at UC Berkeley. Contact: CSEAS, 1995 University Ave., 520H MC 2318, Berkeley CA 94704 Tel: (510) 642-3609; Fax: (510) 643-7062; E-mail: [note: NO website link yet for this conference.]

Call for Proposals – Africa-Asia: A New Axis of Knowledge Conference – Submit by February 1

Call for (institutional) panels, roundtables and papers ’Africa-Asia, A New Axis of Knowledge’ Conference, September 20-22, 2018, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Proposals should be in English or French. Emphasizing an inclusive approach, the conference, modelled after ICAS international conventions, will be organized around a series of broad thematic multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial groupings that highlight multiple flows and mobilities linking the two continents such as: transcontinental connections & interactions, economics & development, intellectual; encounters, arts & culture, migration & diasporas and Asian studies in Africa & African studies in Asia.

Call for Proposals – Envisioning Global Asia ASPAC 2018 Conference – Apply by February 28

Conference to be held on June 8-10, 2018 at Washington State University, Pullman. The Asia Program at WSU invites college and university faculty, K-12 schoolteachers, independent scholars and graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in Asian or Asian diaspora studies to submit proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, individual papers or poster presentations on historical or contemporary topics in the humanities, arts, social sciences, education, health, law, business, environmental sciences or other disciplines related to East, South, or Southeast Asia and their diasporas. Graduate students may also apply for two available awards. All graduate student proposals for the prizes must include a cover letter from the supervising professor recommending the paper to ASPAC.

Summer Institute: Contested Territory: America’s Role in Southeast Asia, 1945-75 – Apply by March 1

National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center will be hosting a Summer Institute for Teachers on the theme, “Contested Territory: America’s Role in Southeast Asia, 1945-75.” This institute seeks to situate the Vietnam War within a broader context using an interdisciplinary framework incorporating a variety of humanities lenses. The star-studded faculty includes many VSG regulars who, over two weeks in July 16-27, 2018, will introduce K-16 teachers to the fascinating history and geography of Vietnam and Southeast Asia.