Conferences Accepting Submissions

“Rediscovering Southeast Asia Amidst Its Multi-layered Burdens”
CFP: Southeast Asia Conference on Media, Cinema and Art (SEA-MCA) 2021

Submission Deadline: August 8, 2021
Conference Dates: October 4-5, 2021 (Virtual)

Southeast Asian studies have been matured in Western centres and have evolved considerably in the scholarly literature on international relations which continue seeing Southeast Asia as an un(differentiated) object of study. In response, even given the fact that no other region on the globe is more diverse than Southeast Asia, against external forces, Southeast Asian member countries have agreed to establish ASEAN — the Association of Southeast-East Asian Nations — community in 1967. Hence, it encounters rough roads in realizing a greater regional integration with its own considerable staggering problems and domestic fluctuations. To name a few, Asian Economic Community (AEC) is at its critical crossroads, ASEAN also has limited success due to its own non-interference norm and has its institutional nadir in political and security environment towards Myanmar coup and Thailand Junta shaping and slipping democracy into crisis. For more information, and to submit an abstract, click here.

COVID-19 in Asia: Communication, Nationalism and Technology

Abstract Deadline: 30 August 2021
Conference Dates: October 6-8, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand

COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020, following the first infections detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, the number of infected cases and death rates have increased exponentially. Governments have introduced emergency and temporary laws, placed their citizens and residents within their jurisdictions under lockdowns, implemented stay-at-home orders, enforced social distancing and closed their borders. The COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to interrupting global and national economic activities and halting cross-border movements, has exposed the weakness of global health monitoring systems and put pressure on national public health infrastructures.

In this environment, the difficulties in tackling disinformation and misinformation – including about the virus and responses to it –  have been compounded by the inordinate amount of online communication. Contact tracing, digital identification technology and surveillance have led to concerns about privacy. The pandemic has also generated inward-looking nationalism as countries, including big powers, increasingly look within for independent sustainability.  ‘Vaccine nationalism’ has reared its ugly head as countries race to demonstrate their technological prowess by being the first to develop one, to manage the resulting intellectual property rights and to acquire enough stocks for their own populations.  It has fostered unprecedented online interactions leading to changes in ways of working, business transactions and spurred innovations in the digital space.

By late 2020, countries were experiencing second or third waves of infection and deaths as resumption of some business activity and relaxing of border restrictions became necessary to revive faltering economies. As the COVID-19 pandemic lives on into 2021 and beyond, it is important to understand its impacts – economic, political, social – upon national and international society. In particular, if the pandemic has contributed to accelerating us towards the 5th industrial revolution and its likely impact on politics and society. This conference, taking place one year after the start of the pandemic, seeks to identify these impacts and to search for practical solutions to challenges, which include shrinking democratic space and regression in rights in Asia.


The impact of the pandemic on the following areas will be examined:

  • Online disinformation, fake news and hate speech during the pandemic;
  • Contract tracing, digital identity recognition, surveillance and privacy;
  • Digital, health and media literacy;
  • Nationalism, multilateral collaboration and geopolitical shifts;
  • Impact on democracy and rights;
  • Digital platforms, remote communications, online services;
  • AI, data analytics, machine learning;
  • Any other relevant themes

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“Belonging Nowhere: States of Statelessness in the Muslim World”
Muslim Studies Program 15th Annual Conference
Michigan State University

Abstract Deadline: August 31, 2021
Conference Dates: February 24-25, 2022

Michigan State University is hosting an international conference entitled “‘Belonging Nowhere’: States of Statelessness in the Muslim World.” This conference recognizes that Muslims comprise a significant portion of the over 36 million refugee and stateless persons worldwide and seeks to understand the drivers of conflicts that lead to displacement in the Muslim world and the effects it has on Muslim communities. Further, we hope to explore avenues for advocacy for such communities, at local, regional and global scales.

Call for papers: The organizers welcome abstracts for previously unpublished research on the conference theme conceived broadly; and hope to include scholarship reflecting a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds—including (but not limited to) refugee studies, sociology, history, anthropology, psychology, political studies, law, and religious studies. Junior scholars and post-doctoral researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2021, and accepted papers will be announced by September 30, 2021.

To submit your proposal please visit the Muslim Studies Program 15th Annual Conference proposal submission page.

“Malaysia and Singapore under Covid-19 Lockdown”
MASSA Symposium

Submission Deadline: September 17, 2021
Conference Dates: November 11-17, 2021

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21st International Graduate Student Conference: Reimagining Our Shared Future
East-West Center

Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2021
Conference Dates: February 17-20, 2022

IGSC welcomes abstracts from current graduate students, as well as from young professionals and scholars, who have completed a graduate degree within the past three years.

We are looking for submissions from various fields of study that:

  • Aim to contribute to the sharing and advancement of the multiple knowledges, epistemologies, and ontologies of the Asia-Pacific region
  • Reimagine theory, practice, and policy for a more just and sustainable shared future.

We also invite artistic expressions that utilize alternative methods for reimagining the world we live in. For more information, visit the conference website here.

Asia Pacific Dance Festival Conference Ulana—To Weave or Knit
University of Hawai’i – Manoa and the East-West Center

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021
Conference Dates: August 12-14, 2022

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Upcoming Conferences

Call for Chapters: Music and Engagement in the Asian Political Space

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Southeast Asian Language Teaching in the Digital Era: Challenges & Opportunities
COTSEAL 37th Virtual Conference

Conference Dates: July 23-24, 2021

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Reconceptualizing the Cold War: On-the-ground Experiences in Asia
2021 National University of Singapore Workshop

Workshop Dates: July 29-30, 2021

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2021 SEAREG Summer Conference
University of Arizona

Conference Dates: August 12-14, 2021

Five 2021 SEAREG Fellows will present their work:

Jangai Jap – “Can Encounters with the State Improve Minority-State Relations? Evidence from Myanmar”

Nicholas Kuipers – “Failing the Test’ – Indonesian Civil Service Examinations”

Nina McMurry – “From Recognition to Integration: Indigenous Autonomy, State Authority, and National Identity in the Philippines”

Minh Trinh – “Statistical Misreporting from Below, as Seen from (Very High) Above”

Chun-Ying Wu – “Political Regimes and Minority Language Recognition: Evidence from Southeast Asia”

For more information, click here. Hybrid format available.

2021 Chulalongkorn Asian Heritage Forum

Conference Dates: August 19-20, 2021 in Bangkok Thailand

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Southeast Asian Literatures and the Anthropocene
4th ASLE-ASEAN Ecocritical Workshop

Workshop Dates: August 23-24, 2021

Organized by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASLE-ASEAN) and the Department of English, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
See the workshop website for more details.

2021 EuroSEAS Conference

Conference Dates: September 7-10, 2021

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“Ub-Ufok: Explorations on Philippine Folklore”
UH – Manoa Center for Philippine Studies 2021 Conference

Conference Dates: September 16-17, 2021 

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2021 International Burma Studies Conference
Northern Illinois University

Conference Dates: September 16-19, 2021

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Cultural Heritage, Digitalisation and Urban Diversity in Asia
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Conference Dates: September 23-24, 2021

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Beyond Covid-19: Embracing Diversity for Sustainable Economic Recovery
13th Annual Indonesia Focus Conference
University of Pittsburgh

Conference Dates: October 1-2, 2021

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Asian Lives/Asian Studies in the Post Pandemic Era
2021 New York Conference on Asian Studies and SUNY – Brockport

Conference Dates: October 1-2, 2021

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ALTA44: Inflection Points
American Literary Translators Association Conference

Conference Dates: October 15-17 (Online) and November 11-13 (In-Person)

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2021 International Conference on Material Culture
School of Arts – Sunway University, Malaysia

Conference Dates: October 20-21, 2021

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Interrogating the Notion of “Cult” as a Social Formation in Asian Religions
National University of Singapore

Conference Dates: October 21-22, 2021

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“Resolve and Perseverance”
14th International Indonesia Forum Conference

Conference Dates: October 22-23, 2021

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“People, Power, Politics, Pandemics & Other Perils in Southeast Asia”
Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Conference 2021

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Conference Dates: October 21-24, 2021

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Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs
Indiana University – Bloomington (Hybrid)

Conference Dates: October 29-31, 2021

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The Malayan Emergency in Film and Literature
Monash University Malaysia

Workshop Date: November 2021 (Dates TBD)

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Religion in Southeast Asia Unit, American Academy of Religion
2021 Annual Meeting

Meeting Dates: November 20-23, 2021

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“Fashioning Gender in Asia”
2021 Women in Asia Conference
La Trobe University

Conference Dates: November 23-26, 2021

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Association for Asian Studies
New England Regional Conference

Conference Date: December 6, 2021

You may register for the conference here. While there is no registration fee, we suggest that attendees donate to the Association for Asian Studies at a level that is comfortable for them.

Anthropology and Environment in Contemporary Vietnam
Vietnam National University – Hanoi

Conference Date: December 8, 2021

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“Thailand at a Global Turning Point”
14th International Conference on Thai Studies

Conference Dates: December 10-12, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

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The SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology and Fine Arts

Conference Dates: December 13-17, 2021

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2022 Modern Language Association Conference

Conference Dates: January 6-9, 2022

Call for papers for two sessions sponsored by the MLA’s Southeast Asia and Southeast Asia Diasporic forum, and the MLA’s Asian American Literature and Southeast Asia and Southeast Asia Diasporic Forums. For the full announcements, please email

Big Data & Social Media in Southeast Asia
How do social media, big data, and/or online platforms reformat geography and power within, through, and beyond SE Asia’s subregions and borders? 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 10 March to and

Alden Sajor Marte-Wood, Rice U ( ) Ben Vu Tran, Vanderbilt U ( )

Archipelagic Thinking in Asian American and Southeast Asian Literature
How might archipelagic thinking connect Asian American and Southeast Asian literary-cultural studies, especially regarding migration, globalization/transnationalism, the environment, settler colonialism, radical friction, aesthetics? 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 10 March to and

Weihsin Gui, U of California, Riverside ( ) Harrod Suarez, Oberlin C ( )