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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.

Upcoming Conferences

UCB-UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Conference | April 14-15, 2023

Southeast Asia’s past, present, and future is shaped by its situation as a nexus of networks that has sent a complex array of people, ideas, and products along with their various ways of knowing and being across the globe. These movements have resulted in new developments of knowledge and interconnection. This conference will focus on such notions of knowledge and networks in a Southeast Asian context, broadly understood as (but not limited to) cultural interactions, diaspora, migration, digital networks and social media, social and political movements, trade, collaboration and exchange, and knowledge production.
For more info, please visit the conference’s page [new window]

34th Annual Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference | April 27-28, 2023

The 34th annual Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, held in-person at the Center for Korean Studies on the UHM campus in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, on April 27–28, 2023. 
For registration, visit the conference registration page [new window]

Call For Papers

Call for Application: Political Scientist Training Academy June 5-9, 2023 | Deadline: Jan 20, 2023

PS Training Academy” provides training and mentoring of doctoral students in political science, with a focus on researchers from Southeast Asia. Two interrelated activities form the basis for the program: 1) daily sessions where students receive training and guidance from experienced scholars on academic research, publishing, and professional development; and 2) in-person networking events at each of the two sites. By the conclusion of the workshop, each participant will have: 1) an enhanced understanding of the professional aspects of an academic career in political science, and 2) new and stronger networks with other doctoral students in/from Southeast Asia, and established researchers specializing in Southeast Asian political science research.
Participants and Eligibility
The program is intended for doctoral students in political science with long-term career plans in academia/higher education in Southeast Asia. Only doctoral students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply: 1) resident of any Southeast Asian country, 2) enrolled in a political science, politics, government or international relations PhD-by-research program, and 3) have completed no more than their second year of their PhD studies by the start of the program (June 2023). Students from PhD programs in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Singapore are not eligible to apply. Professional fluency in English is required.
To apply, go here
For more info, please contact 

CFP: Harvard Southeast Asian Studies Conference | Deadline: Jan 25, 2023

The inaugural Harvard Southeast Asia Graduate Conference invites submissions engaging the possibilities of and limits to thinking about Southeast Asia and the world, regardless of disciplinary background. We welcome studies of Southeast Asia that examine the construction of nation-states, flows of transnational exchanges, and movements of diasporic communities, to name just a few areas of interest. Papers that creatively transgress political borders, traverse the distances between disciplinary locations, and/or interrogate the terrain on which we constitute our knowledge are very welcome.
The areas of studies that we are interested in but not limited to include: (post-)colonial studies, empire studies, posthuman studies, animal studies, environmental humanities, (trans-)regional studies, Sinophone/Xenophone studies, diaspora and migration studies, indigenous/native studies, histories of Southeast Asian art and architecture, religious studies, linguistics, regional/global health, studies of oceanic and archipelagic identities, economics and trade, foreign policy, international economic development, ASEAN and transboundary institutions, legal and justice studies, disaster and refugee, race, gender and identity, public health, science and technology, political and socioeconomic frameworks.
For more info, please visit the Asia Center’s website [new window] and contact

Call For Papers: 34th Annual Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference | Deadline: Jan 25, 2023

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) and the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) invites proposals for papers, performances, and panels that seek to move beyond the ‘traditional’ regions of Asia for the 34th annual Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, held in-person at the Center for Korean Studies on the UHM campus in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, on April 27–28, 2023. 

Beyond the constructed and narrow boundaries of South, Southeast, West, Central, and East Asia, the conference presents participants with the opportunity to think particularly about the movements of peoples, ideas, forms, and technologies across space and time through the perspective of Inter-Asia. How can historical and/or contemporary understandings of Asia(s) be enriched when one moves beyond established geographical and regional limits? How can networks be established, thickened, broken, and re-established again? Why might such networks be important?
Submissions from across different disciplines—whether rooted in one specific region of Asia or focused on Inter-Asia from the outset—are welcomed, but all papers should engage in some way with the wider implications of mobility across space and time. The definition of Asia is taken to be as expansive as possible, with a stress on connections and networks rather than clearly defined boundaries. 
For more info, please visit the conference’ page [new window]

CFP: Asian Studies Development Program 30th National Conference – Resilient Futures: Using Asian Studies to Envision a More Humanely Shared World | Deadline: Feb 1, 2023

The ASDP committee is now accepting proposals for the 2023 National Conference. Proposals can be for individual papers, panels, poster sessions, or round-table sessions and should not exceed 250 words. Proposals addressing some aspect of this year’s theme, Resilient Futures: Using Asian Studies to Envision a More Humanely Shared World, are encouraged, but we welcome any that touch on issues in Asian Studies broadly construed.
All proposals must be submitted by February 1, 2023. Early submissions greatly facilitate putting together meaningful panel sessions. No late proposals will be accepted.
For individual proposal, complete the Individual Proposal Form and submit proposals to
For panel proposal, complete the Panel Proposal Form and submit proposals to

CFP: Asian Approaches to Urban Challenges: Insight for the Public and Policy Makers | Deadline: Feb 1, 2023

The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce a call for papers for “Asian Approaches to Urban Challenges: Insight for the Public and Policy Makers,” a conference to be held at the University of San Francisco on Friday, April 21, 2023.
With this conference, the Center aims to promote research and academic discussion on issues related to Asian approaches to contemporary urban issues. This year we will be focusing on pressing issues of urbanization in 21st-century East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan) and their implications for policy in the United States. Our goal is to cultivate a discussion across the Pacific region on these important matters that have deep ramifications for US policy makers and public welfare.
Proposed themes include: 
carceral and penal policy
children and schooling
city diplomacy
commerce and tourism
crime and policing
drug policy
environmental issues
public health and hygiene
public transportation
race and ethnicity
waste management
For more information, visit the conference’s page [new window]
Deadline: Application review will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, and continue until all panels are filled.

CFP: Indonesia Council Open Conference 2023 | Deadline: Feb 15, 2023

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney and Humanitarian and Development Studies at Western Sydney University are proud to host the Indonesia Council Open Conference 2023. This conference brings together academics and postgraduate researchers from across the disciplines with an interest in Indonesia, and is open to scholars, students and community members interested in engaging with cutting-edge research.
The theme for ICOC 2023 is Indonesia 25 Years On. In 2023, we mark a quarter-century of Indonesia’s abrupt rejection of authoritarianism following the resignation of Suharto in May 1998 after millions took to the streets in protest against the economic and social chaos that accompanied the Asian financial crisis of the previous year. But what does Indonesia look like now?
We invite abstract submissions from any disciplines for individual papers, panels and roundtable discussions that reflect on one or more of the myriad facets of life in today’s Indonesia, how Indonesia got there, and where it might go next.
For more info, please visit the conference page [new window]

CFP: International conference “Mainland ASEAN countries in regional integration processes: modern challenges and development prospects”, Center for Vietnam and ASEAN Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences | Deadline: Mar 15, 2023

On May 17-18, 2023, the Center for Vietnam and ASEAN Studies within the Institute of China and contemporary Asia, the Russian Academy of Sciences (ICCA RAS), organizes an international conference “Mainland ASEAN countries in regional integration processes: modern challenges and development prospects”.
The conference’s discussion is aimed to focus on the reasons and motives for sub-regional cooperation of the ASEAN mainland countries among themselves and with the other members of the Association, on this basis to assess the implementation of internal and external development goals, the socio-economic situation, the process of integrating the CLMV quartet into the ASEAN community, cooperation with extra-regional dialogue partners and donors (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, USA, etc.), the goals and means of interaction of the latter with the countries of the peninsula. It is also proposed to highlight important historical milestones and cultural aspects.
For more info, please visit the conference page [new window]

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