Conferences Accepting Submissions

Call for Submissions: Justice in Translation

The Justice in Southeast Asia Lab (JSEALab) is calling for submissions to Justice in Translation, a web publication series that will publish one short-to-medium length translation [up to 10,000 words] from a Southeast Asian language to English each month. This may be a law, a court decision, an essay, a short story, a poem, a protest declaration, etc. — any piece that a given translator would like to share with a broad, English-reading audience including scholars, practitioners, journalists, and others. Translators should provide a short [500-1000 words] introduction to their translation elaborating its context and significance. Accepted and published translations will receive a 100 USD honorarium.

The JSEALab is part of a five-year initiative on Social Justice in Southeast Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and located in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Human Rights Program. A combination of intensive exchange between faculty and graduate students and public-facing events that aims to foster significant collaboration between academics and practitioners, reflecting both the recognition that a growing number of MAs and PhDs in Southeast Asian Studies are choosing to pursue professional careers outside the university and that there is a need for academic work to be directly responsive to ongoing social justice crises in the region.

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1st Regional Conference SE Asian Urbanisms to Address Global Warming

KU Leuven
Conference Dates: 29 – 30 May 2023 in HCMC, Vietnam

The conference will address the particularities of contemporary Southeast Asian urbanism at a moment when massive urban growth, shifts in productivity and a frantic rush to “modernization” threaten to homogenize territories and settlement systems. The extensive filling of lowlands, alarming deforestation, proliferation of hardscapes, countless road developments, uncontrolled sprawl, and endless multiplication of export processing zones, intensifies the consequences of global warming—with more frequent and intensive storms, sea level rise, salination, unprecedented flooding and landslides alternating with long droughts and an increase in the heat island effect that directly threatens livability in many localities. The conference will critically look to the region’s past, where urban and architectural traditions of living were more in-sync with the rhythms of nature and embedded within the rich landscape structures of the region, can perhaps offer insights for cities and settlements of tomorrow to develop context-responsive approaches to urbanism able to address the tremendous socio-ecological challenges ahead.

Abstracts are to be submitted via the following link (please create an individual account in order to submit)

  • Deadline of 500-word abstracts for PhD/research seminar: 28 February 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: 10 March 2023
  • Deadline for 3000-word draft of paper/ images: 15 April 2023
  • Comments on draft paper: 1 May 2023
  • Final paper/images: 15 May 2023

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Conference on Amulet Cultures in Thailand

Thammasat University, Bangkok
Conference Date: June 10-11th 2023

Amulets are one of the most important, visible and dynamic areas of religious material culture in Thailand. This international conference provides a number of scholarly perspectives on Thai amulet culture. Themes to be explored include the materiality of amulets, the economics of the amulet trade, the narratives around particular amulets and their creation and contemporary experimentation in amulet culture. Pridi Banomyong International College, Thammasat University, is located right next to one of Southeast Asia’s largest amulet markets at Tha Prachan on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Scholarly examination of the topic will be complemented by events including an amulet market tour and amulet exhibition. The gathering will constitute the first academic conference dedicated to Thai amulet scholarship.

Paper proposals on a wide range of issues related to amulets and amulet culture are welcome. Proposals may be for either single paper presentations or panel presentations and are due by April 5th.

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AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies 2023

Dates: July 11 – 15, 2023 (Virtual)
Abstract Submission deadline: April 2, 2023

The AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies continues to highlight and celebrate the growing and evolving academic study of Indonesia. The conference aims to expand research dissemination and collaboration by connecting Indonesian scholars with international colleagues in a bilingual and virtual format.

The Promises and Dilemmas of Indonesia

This year’s conference theme, “The Promises and Dilemmas of Indonesia,” seeks to inspire reflection on Indonesia’s successes, discontents, and efforts to rework, reinterpret, and negotiate all aspects of civic, legal, and cultural living, against and in light of Indonesia’s internal fractures and frictions and its important profile and positionality globally and in the Asia-Pacific region. The conference seeks to explore and investigate a broad range of topics, including kebangsaan, in its diverse and competing meanings, adat and law, gender and race, environment and climate change, business, politics, and religion, and Indonesia’s place in the world. Indonesia continues to grapple with internal tensions and regresses as she also reaps the rewards of developmental leaps and resilience amidst global uncertainties and adverse challenges from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting geopolitical relations, and economic volatility.

The Conference Program Committee selected a multidimensional theme for our conference, one which is at once capacious enough to welcome and allow for an array of scholars working in/on/from Indonesia to reflect the specificity of Indonesian Studies in our current global climate. We encourage scholars to present research and reflections on the ways scholars of Indonesia historicize the country’s past, navigate current times, and explore imaginative futures and possibilities, all while contributing to the richness of the community’s collective legal and ethical-epistemological frameworks.

More information is available on the Abstract Submission tab.

2023 Chulalongkorn Asian Heritage Forum
Empowering Network for International Thai Studies (ENITS)

Dates: August 17 – 19, 2023
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

Chulalongkorn University is calling for papers on Thai studies and/or Thai food and/or ASEAN food studies and related disciplines.

Areas of interest

  •  Thai Studies – both as area studies and a specific field of study
  •  Tai Studies – both as area studies and a specific field of topics, such as Linguistics, Literature, Ethnography, Anthropology, Sociology, and Health Science;
  •  Buddhist Studies and Thai Buddhism – for Buddhist studies, the research should be done in the Thai -region and help to understand Tai-Thai Buddhism;
  •  Trends and critical theory on a subject in the Tai–Thai region; and ASEAN regional and comparative research, of which Thailand is a major subject of the research or that aims for an understanding of Tai- Thai.
  •  Thai and ASEAN food studies

Interested scholars and researchers are required to submit a 15-page paper included bibliography and please also provide us with your professional short biographies to

Submission deadline: April 30, 2023
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Indonesia Council Open Conference 2023: Indonesia 25 Years On

Dates: 26–27 September 2023
Venue: Online via Zoom and in person at the University of Sydney, Camperdown campus

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.

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Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting
October 20-22, 2023

The Council of Thai Studies (COTS) invites students, scholars, and practitioners to submit proposals for individual papers, panels of papers, and roundtable discussions for its 2023 Annual Meeting, which will be hosted in-person by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Thai Studies Committee at Northern Illinois University (NIU) from October 20-22, 2023. We welcome all topics and perspectives from any discipline and background that focus on Thai Studies broadly construed. We also welcome presentations in Thai language. This is a free event and is open to the general public. We are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Prasit Leepreecha (Chiang Mai University). Dr. Leepreecha will start the conference off on Friday, October 20 at 12 noon US Central Time with his keynote address.

First established in 1972 at NIU by Dr. Ladd Thomas and Dr. Clark D. Neher, COTS is an informal consortium of scholars with interests in Thai Studies. The annual COTS meeting was designed as a space for scholars, students, and practitioners to share works in progress, preliminary findings, notes from the field, as well as present projects that are more developed on topics related to Thai Studies.

 Types of Proposals:

–        Individual Papers, Film Screenings, and other types of media presentation: Please submit an abstract (250 words), along with the presenter’s contact information.

–        Panels of Papers: Please submit an abstract (300 words) for the panel, a list of participants, and abstracts (250 words) for individual papers, along with the panel organizer’s contact information

–        Roundtable Discussion: Please submit an abstract (250 words) for the roundtable and a list of participants, along with the roundtable organizer’s contact information

–        Virtual presentations: A small number of asynchronous virtual papers or panels of papers will be considered. If you wish to propose a virtual paper or panel, please indicate that clearly on your proposal submission. If you have questions about virtual options, please contact Dr. Kanjana Thepboriruk (<>).

Proposals can be submitted electronically on the conference website at submit your proposals no later than July 1, 2023. Acceptance notifications will be sent by August 15, 2023.

6th Conference on Human Rights
Indigeneity and Human Rights in Asia and the Pacific Towards a Just Society: Challenges and Opportunities?

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2023Venue: Online and in-person at the University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The relationship between indigeneity and human rights has long caused various challenges to promoting democracy and fulfilling human rights in Asia and the Pacific Region. Some of the basic rights of indigenous people have continued to strengthen, as indicated by the existence of political and legal movements. However, it was also found that indigenous people groups were actually marginalized in the development of democracy. Some reasons behind these challenges are the absence of a single term related to indigeneity and the variant concept of indigeneity propagated by various parties. This variant concept causes the terms indigeneity and indigenous to become terms that can be used for any purpose. Some countries use the term to differentiate the treatment of certain individuals or groups. The term indigeneity is also used to reject several human rights norms that are deemed inconsistent with locality, the context of indigeneity, and national interests.

To respond to those matters, we are delighted to organize the 6th Conference on Human Rights. The conference is expected to become an academic platform to share ideas and experiences from academia, practitioners, civil society organizations, and governments in Asia and beyond. Proposal submissions are now open for individual papers that converge on thematic areas.

Abstract submission deadline: March 31, 2023

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