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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Southeast Asia and the World
Asia Center-Southeast Asia
Harvard University

Conference date: April 7-8, 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.

This is  pre-read conference. All participants are expected to read the papers in advance, as one of the critical objectives of the conference is to ensure panelists receive helpful feedback on the papers they have prepared.

Please submit a 300-word abstract, 100-word bio, and a 2-page maximum CV in a single PDF document together with a short biographical note, to by January 25, 2023. Please mention any audiovisual accommodation you might require in your submission. Presenters will be notified by early February 2023 and asked to submit a paper of no more than 7,000 words by March 13, 2023.

Please contact for any clarifications.

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

Click the link in the title for more information and the paper template.

25th Cornell SEAP Graduate Student Conference
Crossing Boundaries, Sustaining Connection

Conference Dates: March 10-12, 2023

This year’s theme—Crossing  Boundaries,  Sustaining  Connections—calls for us to reflect on our positions as scholars of Southeast Asia. We make our own field, but we do not make it as we please. Climate change, authoritarian revanchism, pandemics, political polarization, new modes of association—these are problems which demand the adaptation of old tools for new ends. How can we connect with and draw on the collective heritage of Southeast Asian Studies without remaining bound by limitations given and transmitted from the past?  We invite reflexive,  boundary-transgressing, and/or connection-making submissions that arouse productive,  future-oriented(re)consideration of the historical,  geographical, and institutional heritage of Southeast Asian Studies.

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9th SSEASR Conference on Sacredness, Symbolism, and Society: Practices in South and Southeast Asia

Central Department of Nepalese History, Culture and Archaeology Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Conference dates: March 30 – April 1, 2023

Sacredness is based on the belief of human beings. It varies indifferently amongst the different cultural and religious groups. Sacredness dots entire region and covers both tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the society. Sacredness and belief systems go together in almost all segments of culture and religion in the South and Southeast Asia. Our region as a very ancient past has been the cradle of most of the religions in the world. Therefore, the symbolism becomes significant and features in our daily life. No wonder, we have hundreds of pilgrimage sites since hoary past. The interesting point of our academic study hovers around the practices involved therein. As it is observed, socio-cultural and religious life of a common South and Southeast Asian presents a kaleidoscopic view. The Conference would deal with these phenomena academically at various locations in our region.

Submission of Abstracts: Abstracts (200 words) can be submitted on this Google Form

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UC Berkeley – UCLA Joint Conference on Southeast Asian Studies
Networks and Knowledge in Southeast Asia

University of California-Berkeley
Conference Date: 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.

Papers may address a variety of themes, including but not limited to:

  • International and internal migration, refugees and human trafficking
  • Intra-regional cultural networks and exchanges
  • Diasporas throughout time across Southeast Asia
  • Black market networks
  • Transmission of ideas and knowledge across borders
  • Literary and knowledge production and dissemination across borders and digital spaces
  • Transnational and connected histories
  • The role of multinational corporations, international and regional organizations
  • The role of aesthetics in the formation of Southeast Asia and epistemologies
  • Postcolonial networks within Southeast Asia

This conference seeks to foster dialogues across the conventional boundaries of disciplinary inquiry. We welcome proposals from scholars across all disciplines who seek to explore these broad themes in a Southeast Asian context.

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For additional information, contact the conference organizers at

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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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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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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Upcoming Conferences

16th Annual Muslim Studies Program Conference

Measuring Muslim Publics: Curves, Columns, Spheres and Squares
Michigan State University, International Center, East Lansing, MI, USA

Conference Dates: February 23-24, 2023

Michigan State University is hosting an international conference entitled “Measuring Muslim Publics: Curves, Columns, Spheres and Squares.” This conference investigates who is ‘the public’ in public opinion? What effect does it have on politics? These questions have received a great deal of attention by scholars of American and European contexts where their contributions have taken on a universalistic overtone. Are these generalized assumptions valid in other societies – notably in Muslim-majority contexts? In addressing these questions, this conference aims to contribute to the interdisciplinary study of public opinion and ‘the public’ in Muslim contexts inside and outside of the Muslim world.

Conference format: The two-day conference will take place on February 23-24, 2023, and will likely include a networking dinner, panels, and a keynote. The precise format will be announced at a later date. We intend to publish papers presented at the conference at a later time (format TBD).

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