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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.

AAS 2020 Annual Conference – Register to attend by March 12 (or onsite)

Location: Boston, Massachusetts. Dates: March 19-22, 2020.

The Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference is the largest Asian Studies conference held in North America.  Individuals attending the AAS Annual Conference are presented with the latest research within multiple disciplines in Asian Studies as well as unlimited networking opportunities via receptions, business meetings, and one-on-one contact with the editors & publishers located in our Book Exhibition.

UC Berkeley-UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Conference: “Ethnic and Community Identity in Southeast Asia” – Abstracts due January 20

This conference is designed to explore aspects of group and individual identity in the region. Broadly conceived, papers would consider the ways in which people are articulating, embracing, or contesting different forms and reconfigurations of personal or group identity. Such forms might encompass aspects of ethnic, gender, or religious identities, or perhaps overlaps across these and other dimensions of identity. Papers might consider the political implications of how people and groups articulate or embrace identity and possible conflicts pitting groups against the state or each other. The hope is that papers will explore newly emerging forms of identity as well as long-existing ones that are being reconceptualized or reasserted in new circumstances. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome as are ones that cross disciplinary lines.

31st Graduate Student Conference, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa – Abstracts due January 31

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) welcomes proposals for papers, performances, and panels for its 31st annual Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held at the Center for Korean Studies on the UH Mānoa campus in Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 7-9, 2020. The theme this year is “Stories of Movement in Asia: Boundaries and Exile.”

Northern Illinois University 2020 Southeast Asian Studies Student Conference – Abstracts due January 31.

Abstract submission and questions can be sent to: The conference will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Holmes Student Center in DeKalb, Illinois.

Literature and Journalism in the Republic of Vietnam (1955-1975) and the Reception of Western Thought – Abstracts due February 15

December 12, 2020, Asien-Afrika-Institut, University of Hamburg. This one-day conference approaches literature and journalism in South Vietnam in connection with western theories in humanities, aiming at exploring how this body of literature was engaged with and influenced by contemporary political, social, cultural, religious, aesthetic, philosophical, and literary thought of the West.

CFP – 2020 National Humanities Conference – Deadline: February 21

The Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Humanities Alliance are excited to announce the 2020 National Humanities Conference, which will be held in Indianapolis. This annual conference brings together representatives from colleges, universities, state humanities councils, cultural institutions, and other community-based organizations to explore approaches to deepening the public’s engagement with the humanities.

CFP – The First Int’l Conference on Preservation and Advancement of the Arts of Hát Xẩm in Contemporary Society – Deadline: February 29

The organizers formally invite scholars, researchers, experts, artists, enthusiasts and the public at-large to attend and/or submit original and unpublished works in Hát Xẩm studies [the folk music of the blind travelling beggars].

The Self-Determination of Timor-Leste: Resistance, Diplomacy, Solidarity – Abstracts due March 31

The organizers wish to call for contributions to this conference from scholars, actors of the process, activists and other citizens interested in the history of the self-determination of Timor-Leste. The conference will look at three different aspects: the Resistance and its various components; diplomatic efforts of different countries involved in the process; and the solidarity movements that spread all over the world. Perspectives on actors, networks, institutions and strategies are welcome.

Working languages: Portuguese and English. For other languages, please contact the organizers.

CFP – 7th International Conference on Language, Literature, Linguistics & Communication 2020 – Abstracts due May 15

June 18-19, 2020, Singapore. Theme: “CULTURAL UNIFICATION THROUGH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT”. The LLS2020 will cover topics pertaining to Language, Literature, Linguistics and Communication in various institutional, social, and cultural contexts. The conference also welcomes presentations based on studies conducted from inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives, involving research into language/s in different academic disciplines. We welcome individual paper presentations, panel sessions, round table discussions, performances, short films, and posters.

CFP – Asia-Pacific Conference on Education, Teaching and Technology 2020 – Abstracts due May 15

Theme: “Education & Technology – Challenges and Issues”. Conference to be held in Singapore on June 18-19, 2020. Paper presentations, panel sessions, round table discussions, performances, short films, and posters are welcome.

CFP – 8th International Conference on Asian Studies 2020 – Abstracts due August 30

Theme: “Asian Vision for Shared Prosperity”. Conference to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from October 22-23, 2020, hosted by International Center for Research & Development (ICRD).