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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 each week in our email newsletter.

Call for Papers: Muslim Cultures in the Indian Ocean:
Diversity and Pluralism, Past and Present – Apply by September 30

This conference aims to explore the diversity of Muslim cultures prevalent in the Indian Ocean region where, historically, Muslims have interacted for centuries with each other and with other peoples and cultures. This conference marks a reconnaissance of the Indian Ocean not as a periphery but as a centre for the study of Muslim cultures. See the conference website for more information.

Call for Papers: Colonial Mobilization in Africa and Asia during the Second World War: soldiers, labourers and women, March 22-23, 2018, Kyoto | H-Asia | H-Net – Abstracts due September 30

The conference focuses on the policies and praxis of empires in the mobilization and deployment of colonial subjects as well as the various strategies employed by the mobilized people and societies to protect themselves and their dignity during WWII. Speakers: David Killingray (University of London), Tekeste Negash (Uppsala University), Yasmin Khan (Oxford University), Ruth Ginio (Ben Gurion University of the Negev). Deadline: September 30, 2017. See the H-Net announcement for more information.

11th Intl Conf on the Inclusive Museum, Sept 6-8, 2018, U. of Granada, Spain. –
Proposals due October 6, 2017

The Eleventh International Conference on The Inclusive Museum will be held at University of Granada, Granada, Spain, 6-8 September 2018

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.

Critical Tourism Studies-Asia Pacific, March 4-6, 2018, Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Deadline: 10/15/17

Critical Tourism Studies – ​​Asia Pacific

InterAsian Connections VI: Hanoi (2018) – Submit Proposals by October 31

InterAsian Connections VI: Hanoi is the sixth in a series of conferences showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines that explores themes that transform conventional understandings of Asia. Crossing traditional area studies boundaries and creating international and interdisciplinary networks of scholars working to theorize the intersection of the “global” and the “regional” in a variety of contexts, Asia is reconceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, to East Asia.

Call For Papers: The Politics of Faith, Spirituality, and Religion in Southeast Asian Cinemas – Abstracts Due October 31

10th Biennial Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC)
July 23-26, 2018, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:
  • Representation of religion, religious themes, and spirituality in cinema
  • Faiths, identity-based politics, sectarianism
  • Cinema as a vehicle for the adaptation and continual development of religious or traditional ideologies and systems of thought
  • Cinema as a mediator between religious and political authorities and the public
  • Cinematic reference to, or quotation of, traditional systems of belief and forms of expression
  • Cinema and Institutional investment in defining and promoting tradition
  • Faith/religion and reception, exhibition, distribution (ex. themed festivals)
  • Films as interventions into religious politics/cultures and sectarian politics
  • Faith/religion/spirituality, film, and consumer culture
  • Religion and censorship
  • Islamic themed films as a contemporary phenomena in Indonesia and Malaysia (and elsewhere)
Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2017. Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) to: Katinka Van Heeren (, Patrick Campos (, and Sophia Harvey (

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.