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Calls for papers (CFPs) for professional and academic conferences related to the study of Southeast Asia.

Postings are removed after deadlines have passed, and new CFPs are highlighted bi-weekly in our email newsletter.

Have a CFP and/or conference to share? Email us.

Please note that in light of the unpredictable developments of the COVID-19 Pandemic, all events, conferences, and workshops are subject to change. Please check with the organizers for the latest updates.

Call for Papers: United Kingdom Association for Buddhist Studies (UKABS) Conference

The theme of the conference is “Word, Image, Object, Performance”. This conference will be held on 1st and 2nd July 2021 at the University of Edinburgh.

CFP: “Northeast Asian Countries’ Soft Power in Southeast Asia and South Asia” at the University of Hong Kong, May 1, 2021

Please send abstracts (350 word limit) and a CV to Mr. Trevor Wan at The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 1, 2021.

CFP: Religion in Southeast Asia Unit, American Academy of Religion 2021 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, November 20-23.

The Religion in Southeast Asia Program Unit at the American Academy of Religion invites proposals for individual papers, paper sessions, and roundtables. 

CFP: 1st ALTERSEA Videoconference

The theme of this conference is: “From social regulation to social movements – Alterpolitical engagements across Southeast Asia”. This conference is organized by the Observatory of Political Alternatives in Southeast Asia (ALTERSEA), hosted Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CASE, Paris), in collaboration with our partners: SEA-Junction; LP3ES; Institut Pondok Perancis; KITA-UKM/Unesco Chair on social practices in intercultural communication and social cohesion.

CFP: Yale InterAsia Water(s) Graduate Conference

We are excited to share the Call for Papers for the upcoming interdisciplinary InterAsia Water(s) Graduate Student Conference hosted by the Yale InterAsia Initiative, which will take place on May 28th-29th, 2021. Other events and activities.

CFP: Yale InterAsia Water(s) Graduate Conference

We are excited to share the Call for Papers for the upcoming interdisciplinary InterAsia Water(s) Graduate Student Conference hosted by the Yale InterAsia Initiative, which will take place on May 28th-29th, 2021. Other events and activities.

CFP: Sixteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society 2021

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, focused discussions, creative practice showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2021 Special Focus: “Voices from the Edge: Negotiating the Local in the Global.” Held 16–18 June 2021 at The University of Western Australia, School of Design in Perth, Australia.

Association for Asian Studies AAS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference March 21-26, 2021

Association for Asian Studies AAS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference March 21-26, 2021 Reduced rates and extended access!

CFP: Inaugural AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies, June 23-26, 2021

The inaugural AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies co-organized by the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) and Michigan State University Asian Studies Center (MSU-ASC). The virtual event is scheduled to be held from June 23-26, 2021. Deadline: March 31, 2021.

CFP: “Rethinking Southeast Asia in World Politics” – 16th Lodz East Asia Meeting

The Department of Asian Studies and the Centre for Asian Affairs of the University of Lodz (Poland), are pleased to invite you to the 16th Lodz East Asia Meeting, “Rethinking Southeast Asia in World Politics”.

CFP: 2021 National Humanities Conference, November 11-14, 2021, Detroit, Michigan

The conference will be held November 11-14 in Detroit, Michigan (format tbc). The Conference offers an occasion for thinking about borders and how the humanities can help us understand how they are constructed, the challenges they pose, and ultimately explore ways they can be crossed.

FPCALL FOR PAPER: “Things in Daily Life, Life of Things in the East. Past and Present,” Online International Conference on Material Culture – Asia and Southeast Asia, Sunway University, 20-21 October 2021

The conference this year aims to provide a better understanding of past and present societies through objects that are no longer used or whose “life” is endangered by new modern lifestyles. We also aim to reconstruct the vision and perception of time through the use of objects, that is: routines; the idea of rapid or progressive obsolescence; phenomena such as “ageing” or travelling things; the different life cycles from the making to the “death” of objects (manufacturing, use/reuse, meaning in society, destruction etc.); the crystallisation of some objects in the memory of some individuals through emotions and feelings. We invite researchers to explore the following themes:   Utilitarian Objects, Moving Objects, Playful Objects, Objects Through Time(s)

Other Conferences:

The annual conference and workshops and lectures on the Linguistic Anthropology, The Sociolinguistics, and the Language and Society, of Asia will be held at Department of Linguistics, University of The Philippines Diliman, Diliman. Theme – Symbol and New Society.

Submission deadline: November 23, 2020.

The CU Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association invites submissions for its annual graduate student conference, to be held on Zoom.

Submission deadline: November 25, 2020

The International Conference on the Digital Humanities for Historical Works and Sinographs, from May 28 to May 29, 2021, Dankook University, Jukjeon, South Korea is calling for abstracts.
Sponsoring Organizations: National Research Foundation of Korea, South Korea and The Academy of Korean Studies, South Korea

Submission deadline: November 30, 2020

This conference, tentatively to be held on 9-10 March 2021 in Hanoi, Vietnam, is now calling for papers.

Submission deadline: November 30, 2020

The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will hold its 11th conference at the Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic from September 7-10, 2021.

Submission deadline: December 1, 2020

New Dates: January 18 to 21, 2021 at Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal.

Deadline for abstract: December 1, 2020

The 23rd Cornell SEAP Graduate Student Conference, which has the theme “Links and Fractures,” and which will take place virtually March 19-21, 2021. Questions can be sent to the graduate committee organizers at All current graduate students with research on Southeast Asia in any discipline are welcome to submit.

Submission deadline: December 18, 2020.

This workshop will be held virtually on July 12-16, 2021. Graduate students working on topics related to Southeast Asia are invited to submit abstracts based on research at an advanced stage. If research plans were disrupted due to the pandemic, students are encouraged to submit proposals based on work in progress that critically reflects upon pandemic research modalities through methodological innovation.

Submission deadline: December 25, 2020

The Regional Outlook Forum (ROF), ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute’s flagship event held at the beginning of each year, will take place in a month’s time on the 6th and 7th of January 2021 with the theme “POWER, POLICY AND POLITICS IN A POST-COVID WORLD”. Register before December 28, 2020.

Northern Illinois University’s 2021 Southeast Asian Studies Student Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers for this conference. Deadline: January 31, 2021

The Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive (VNCA) and the Institute for Peace & Conflict (IPAC) at Texas Tech University are inviting applications for a Vietnam War conference focused on the years 1970 and 1971. Deadline: February 1, 2021

This conference on “People, Power, Politics, Pandemics & Other Perils in Southeast Asia” will be held on 21–24 October 2021, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Deadline: February 5, 2021

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) and the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) welcome proposals for papers, performances, and panels for the 32nd annual Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held on Zoom, April 14-15, 2021.  Deadline: February 7, 2021

The 14th International Thai Studies Conference will be co-organized by the Graduate School for Asian and African Area Studies and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, at Kyoto University. Dates: December 10-12, 2021, at Kyoto Terrsa. Deadline: February 14, 2021

Institute of Thai studies wishes to call for papers on Thai studies/related disciplines for the Chulalongkorn Asian Heritage Forum to be held on 19th -20th August 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand. Deadline: February 14, 2021

This year’s theme is “Making and Unmaking Southeast Asian Spaces”. The conference will be held virtually on May 14, 2021. Deadline: February 15, 2021

Ninth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art: The Environment and Ecology in Islamic Art and Culture, 7-8 November 2021, Doha, Qatar. To be held virtually and in person. Deadline: February 20, 2021