University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jobs, Conferences and Scholarships in Southeast Asian Studies

Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: 6th Annual International Conference on Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCS 2018) |


26th – 27th November 2018, Singapore
Full Paper Submission Deadline: 31st July 2018
Early Bird Registration Deadline:24th August 2018


– Keynote Speakers:

Assoc. Prof. Kelvin E.Y. Low, Deputy Head of the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore – Theorising Senses and Social Life in Asian Contexts

Prof. Jeanette Hoorn, Visual Cultures, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, Australia – Art and the Everyday: Female Painters in the age of Orientalism

Prof. Prof. Anne Raffin, National University of Singapore Sociology Department, – Post-Colonial Places of Retirement: French Retirees in Cambodia and Vietnam: Sihanoukville and Nha Trang

– CCS 2018 Conference Proceedings: All accepted and presented papers at the conference (CCS 2018) will be published in the conference proceedings (Print ISSN: 2382-5650, E-Periodical ISSN: 2382-557X).

– Journal of Law and Social Sciences: All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS) – Print ISSN: 2251-2853, E-periodical: 2251-2861. All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All accepted papers (after the review process) will be included in the JLSS.

– Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).

– CCS 2018 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.

– Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.

COTS 2018

  • COTS: 12-14 October 2018
  • Location:
    Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    206 Ingraham Hall
    1155 Observatory Drive
    Madison, WI 53706
  • Deadline for proposals for presentations: 1 August 2018 

The organizers welcome proposals for individual paper presentations, panels of papers, roundtable discussions, film screenings and other formats as suggested by participants. For individual paper presentations and films, please send an abstract (250 words).

For roundtable discussions, please send an abstract (250 words) and list of participants. For panels of papers, please send an abstract of the panel (250 words) as well as abstracts of the individual papers.

Questions and proposal submissions should be sent to Tyrell Haberkorn, (Chair, COTS 2018).


Upcoming Conferences

12th China Goes Global Conference (Sino-Southeast Asia Issues)

Location: Shanghai, China
Dates: June 18th-20th, 2018

International Conference on Business & Human Rights: Holding Governments Accountable in Asia

To be held on 12 – 13 July 2018.  More information on conference objectives and themes are available at the conference website and our Facebook event.

International Convention of Asia Scholars

Dates: July 16-19, 2019
Location:  Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands

12th International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS XII)

CHAGS XII is the conference of the International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research and is locally hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. The conference will take place 23–27 July 2018 on the premises of the School of Social Sciences, with the theme “Situations, Times, and Places in Hunter-Gatherer Research.” The keynote speakers will be P. Bion Griffin, Nurit Bird-David, and Peter Schweitzer.

CFP | 13th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies

Date: 23 Jul 2018 – 27 Jul 2018
Venue: National University of Singapore

For more information about the conference please go to the NUS website.

The Rohingya Crisis: A Multidimensional Tragedy

One-day conference entitled The Rohingya Crisis: A Multidimensional Tragedy, which will be held on 24 August 2018.  More information can be accessed from the Asia Centre website and the Facebook event page.

8th Annual International Conference on Political Science Sociology and International Relations (PSSIR 2018)

Conference Date: 24th – 25th September 2018
Location: Singapore

PS SIR 2018 provides a forum in which scholars from different countries, with diverse scholarly interests and orientations, can engage in exploring and exchanging experiences, observations, comparisons and theories of importance to understanding the perceptions, policies and actions of particular actors and communities, as well as issues and developments of wider, actual or potential significance in a globalizing world.

You may visit the following link for PSSIR accepted and published papers  

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. the Hon. Dr. Stephen Martin, Chairman, Board of Governors, Global Science & Technology Forum (GSTF), Chairman, Bank of China (Australia), Former Speaker Parliament of Australia, Former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) Curtin University of Technology, Former Pro Vice Chancellor International, Victoria University.           

Assoc. Prof. Andrew T. H. Tan, Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University, Australia – “Asia Strategic Environment”  

PSSIR 2018 Conference Proceedings: Print ISSN: 2251-2403, E-Periodical: 2251-2411 will be published and submitted to several indexing partners.

Journal on Law and Social SciencesAll authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS) – Print ISSN: 2251-3043, E-periodical: 2010-2283). All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All accepted papers (after the review process) will be included in the JLSS.

Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).

PSSIR 2018 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.

Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.

Dates: October 19-20, 2018
Location: Metropolitan State University, located near downtown St Paul, MN

Give the wonderful students at your university a boost by nominating their papers for an essay prize awarded by the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs! There are two prize categories, one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students. See the details below.

Four Percy Buchanan prizes of $100 each, plus travel expenses of up to $100, will be awarded for the best original graduate student research papers. Papers should be no longer than 35 pages double spaced including the bibliography. Students will have an opportunity to present winning papers at the conference. There is one prize for each of the four main AAS regions: China and Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Graduate student winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in Studies on Asia. Papers will be reviewed by scholars in the appropriate field.  Graduate students may submit their papers directly without faculty recommendation.

The Sidney DeVere Brown Prize, and the Mikiso Hane Prize are awarded to the two best original papers composed by undergraduates. Prizes of $100, plus travel expenses of up to $100, are awarded to the authors of the winning papers. Paper submissions should be between 10 and 35 pages double spaced and must be accompanied by a letter from the student’s professor or advisor confirming that the paper was written while the author was an undergraduate. Papers will be reviewed by scholars in the appropriate field. Undergraduate winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in The Wittenberg East Asian Studies Journal.

Please note: Graduate and undergraduate students may compete for these prizes if they attend a college or university in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Papers become the property of MCAA and will not be returned. Decisions of the judges are final.

Do consider submitting your students’ best papers for this competition.  You may do so by accessing the Awards link on the MCAA’s home page, and then follow instructions on the Submissions link.  All papers must be submitted in digital format.

The deadline for submission (sorry, no extensions can be considered) of all papers is June 15, 2018.

This year the MCAA will be held October 19-20, 2018 at Metropolitan State University. I’ll look forward to seeing everyone there.


Jobs and Scholarships

Asian Research Center for International Development (ARCID)


One Research Associate at the Asian Research Center for International Development (ARCID), School of Social Innovation, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai.

Academic Qualification: 
A Master’s degree or higher in social sciences

Job Description:
 The candidate will on work on the relations between Southeast Asia and China. He/she must be good in English and speak one of the Southeast Asian languages. Preference will be given to a candidate who has some experiences working on the Mekong region and/ or China

Interested candidates should send the following:

  • His/her CV (In English),
  • Two to three letters of recommendation,
  • A short statement (2-3 pages) about his/her research background and interests and samples of English publication, if any,

To ARCID by post (School of Social Innovation ,Mae Fah Luang University, 4th floor, Building E1, Thasud, Muang District, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand) or by email ( or

The candidate will be offered a competitive salary package. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information please visit our Facebook page:

Translators Needed:

We are a linguistics company that provides language translation services to the federal government and are continuously seeking to hire bilingual people on a full-time or part-time basis to help us with our growing volume of translation work. Currently, we are looking for people who speak Burmese, and would be very grateful to hear from you if you or anyone you know speaks that language.

Depending on your availability, we are able to provide either W2 or 1099 arrangements.

We are looking forward to your response and future assistance. If needed, we are happy to provide all of the necessary training!


Sinaí Méndez
The Language Doctors Recruiting Team
Phone: 1-800-414-6140

Research Assistant: University of Texas – Austin currently hiring RAs, with interests in Global South.

The Global Leadership Project at the University of Texas is looking to recruit country specialists to collect biographical information on political leaders around the world and update this data in our website. Foreign language readers are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Global Leadership Project (GLP) is the first dataset to offer biographical information on leaders throughout the world including members of the executive, the legislature, the judiciary, and other elites whose power is of an informal nature. At present, the GLP encompasses 145 sovereign and semisovereign nation-states and 38,085 leaders, each of whom is coded along 31 parameters, producing approximately 1.1 million data points in a cross-sectional format centered on 2010-13. With this data, one can compare the characteristics of leaders within countries, across countries, and across regions. The GLP promises to serve as a fundamental resource for researchers, policymakers, and citizens, and several research papers are currently under review or in progress.

We are about the launch the second wave of data collection with a grant from the World Bank and we are looking for individuals to take a strong role in such tasks as:

(a) Look for biographical information of political leaders of your country of expertise such as leaders of the judiciary, executive, and members of the parliament. This data is usually available online. In countries where the data is not easily available in online sources, the coder is expected to make research in other sources (i.e. newspapers, parliamentary archives, etc..) where the data might be available.

(b) Update the data found in our website

The work will be done remotely. So, there is no need to be in the US or in Austin to work with us. Some stipend will be paid per country coded, i.e. around $500. However, the “payoff” from this project would be primarily in the form of name recognition in your website under the data one collected and CV improvement purposes. We will fully attribute credit to the country experts for the country on which they work.

In bottom of this email you can find the list of countries that we are currently looking for country specialists.

If you are interested please let us know by sending a copy of your CV, along with your country(ies) of interest

Job Announcement: UCSC Political and Legal thought Assistant Professor

The Politics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Political Theory in areas of non-Western political and legal thought.

Open date: June 27th, 2017
Next review date: September 29th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2018

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Click here for more information.

Internship Announcement: Auditsi Consulting Group

The Auditsi Consulting Group, a management consulting company based in Jakarta, is looking for candidates for internships in professional companies in Indonesia.

About Us:
• Auditsi Management Consulting delivers worldwide executive search solutions and is committed to securing exceptional talent to lead and direct the most successful organizations on the planet.
• For more than 23 years we have been advising clients on top leadership matters and recruiting the most effective executives for their organisations.
• We work with a wide range of clients, including multinational corporations, entrepreneurial businesses, private equity firms, family-owned companies and nonprofit organisations.
• As a privately held firm, we are able to dedicate our resources to what really matters – providing outstanding service for clients. We consider client needs to be paramount

Ideal candidates shall be willing to attend up to 12 months of internship, he or she shall have interests in subjects such as; Marketing, Communication, Business Development, Social Study, and Human Resources, Social Media Management will be an added value. For more information on specific positions, please click here.
For more info, contact Susan Chandra at, or Daniel Fabien at


Since 1975, CSEAS has had an established and highly appraised visiting scholarship program to promote research activities in and on the region by distinguished scholars. To date, over 350 – many of them leading researchers in their respective fields- have availed themselves of the Center’s considerable scholarly resources to engage in path breaking, multidisciplinary research and develop comparative, historical, and global perspectives on Southeast Asia.

CSEAS hosts scholars and researchers who work on comparative and regional issues from a multi-area perspective, and are interested in spending time in Kyoto, Japan to conduct research, write, or pursue other scholarly interests in connection with their field of study. With considerable scholarly resources, CSEAS also offers the invigorating atmosphere of scenic Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and the main repository of the country’s cultural treasures, to enable researchers to pursue their interests in Southeast Asian area studies.

Successful applicants will receive an appropriate stipend to cover international travel and living expenses in Kyoto and research funds will be provided to facilitate work. Funds will also be allocated for domestic travel, subject to government regulations. Visiting Research Scholars are considered as employees of Kyoto University and are therefore subject to some of the University’s regulations.

Fellowship Slots and Periods

Seven fellowships, including one librarian position, will become available on the following dates:
1) January 21, 2019 (librarian)
2) February 1, 2019
3) April 1, 2019
4) June 1, 2019


Applicants must be productive scholars of high reputation under 65 years of age at the time of the fellowship appointment; those over 65 may be considered only if they are outstanding. This fellowship is not available to individuals currently pursuing graduate degrees or post-doctoral studies. Only experienced librarians are eligible to apply for the library position. Scholars who have previously held CSEAS fellowships must wait six years after the completion of their fellowships before reapplying.

Application Procedure

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application via e-mail. Email applications must have the following attached documents (A4 size in PDF or MS word format):
a) A completed application form (can be downloaded from here)
b) A curriculum vitae (not exceeding 5 pages, must include research experience and a list of main publications)
c) Two referees (Applicants must also contact their respective referees and request them to send their letters of recommendations to CSEAS via email. The letter should be written in their institution’s letterhead.)

Email applications and letters of recommendations must be sent to this address: grants[at]

(Important note: please put “CSEAS fellowship” as the subject or title of the email message, otherwise your message will not reach us).

Applicants with no access to email may write to CSEAS to ask for an application form. They must then submit the above forms, as well as ask their referees to send their sealed letters of recommendation directly to:

General Affairs Section
Attention: CSEAS Fellowship
Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University
46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has submitted all the necessary documents. Application materials will not be returned.

Application Deadline

No later than May 31, 2018 regardless of the postmarked date.

The 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) competition will open on April 2, 2018!

Mark Lilleleht, the campus Fulbright Program Advisor, will offer a number of information sessions and open houses over the coming months.

Complete information on the competition, campus resources & deadlines, and more is at

The program is open to undergraduates graduating in December 2018, May 2019, currently enrolled graduate students, and alumni. But all are welcome to attend the upcoming information sessions!

To be eligible for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, you must be a U.S. citizen. We will discuss the different types of grant categories, the application process, and how to start planning for your project.

Information sessions will be held on:

Tuesday, March 13, 4-5pm, 336 Ingraham Hall
Wednesday, April 4, 4-5pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Thursday, April 19, 4-5pm, 336 Ingraham Hall

We will also have drop-in FUSP open houses – all in 301 Ingraham Hall – on:

Monday, April 30, 2-4pm
Thursday, May 3, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, May 8, 10am-12pm
Thursday, May 10, 1-3pm

In addition to the above, the Writing Center is offering a “Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Essays” workshop on Wednesday, April 11, 4-5:30pm in Helen C White. Learn more and register @

You can set up an appointment at any time with the UW-Madison’s Fulbright Program Advisor, Mark Lilleleht, by emailing or calling: & 608.265.6070. Skype appointments for those abroad are encouragedCall for Applications:

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Deadline: Annually December 30

The Blakemore Freeman fellowship covers tuition for a year of study, and includes a stipend. The following candidates are eligible to apply for the Fellowship:

  • Pursuing academic, professional, business, or technical career involving regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language.
  • Have a college undergraduate degree by the start of the program.
  • At or near the advanced level in the language. Minimum requirement is three years of language study at college level, either through classes taken in university or in combination with study abroad language programs.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

More information available at:

Call for Applications: Boren Awards for Language Study and Research in Southeast Asia

Deadlines: Boren Scholarship (Undergraduates& Graduate students) applications are closed for 2018, but will reopen later in the year.  Please check back for new deadlines (campus & final) or go to the Boren Awards website for more information at

Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Boren Awards promote longer‐term linguistic and cultural immersion overseas, and are available to applicants in most fields of study.

Boren Awards will give preference to applicants planning to study in a number of East & Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Preference is also given to students who are willing to study abroad for longer periods of time, and those who are highly motivated to work in the federal government following graduation.

The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language‐focused study abroad.

The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate‐level research, and academic internships abroad.

Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the 2017‐2018 academic year. Sign up today at Additional information on preferred countries, languages, and fields of study can be found at

Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution‐specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at 1‐800‐618‐NSEP or


Additional Links and Opportunities

Volunteer Announcement:  Tutors and Learners

Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS), Foreign Language Learners (FLL) program is designed to help students learn a new language by partnering them up with a native speaker of that language.

We are currently recruiting tutors and learners for our program. Please encourage students to apply to our program as it is a great opportunity for them to improve their speaking and listening skills. Also if you know of any students that are exceptionally skilled in a language, please let them know about our program.

Contact: Daniel Kwak, Foreign Language Learners coordinator.
Job/internship opportunities: Turn area studies into an internship or a career. See job listings at NGOs, think tanks, government, and private-sector employers.

Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Interns: Pan-Asian social service organization accepting candidates for interns for business development grant writing and workforce development and outreach liaison duties. Contact Michelle White at or 773-784-2900.

U.S. Department of State
Student internship program: Internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at Washington headquarters and US embassies, consulates and missions worldwide.

Room to Read
Positions open: San Francisco-based organization that helps develop literacy skills among primary and secondary school students.

Asia Society
Career opportunities: Internships and jobs posted regularly on website.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Jobs listed under Opportunities tab of ASEAN website.

Devex: Do Good. Do it Well
International aid and development jobs in 1,000 agencies, companies and NGOs in 100 countries.
International development jobs and consulting opportunities.

Hess International Educational Group
Teach English across Asia: Taiwan-based organization offers free training, benefits, and flex scheduling. Email NIU alum Derek Wright at or seewebsite.
Privately funded website offers searchable database of nonprofit international jobs and volunteer opportunities.

Specialized digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that posts jobs regularly.

World Health Organization
Global health agency in the United Nations system encourages online applications for potential employment.