CFP: Doing Theory in Southeast Asia
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Division of Cultural Studies
Workshop Date: May 20-21, 2021 (Online)
Proposal Deadline: November 1, 2020


The goal of this virtual workshop is to map theoretical frameworks and keywords from the diverse, archipelagic cultures of greater Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Timor Leste. It builds on recent initiatives around the world to decolonize the scope and vocabulary of theory away from dominant sites of knowledge production in North America, Western Europe, Australia, and Northeast Asia by turning to other locations as frames of reference for inquiry, speculation, and analysis. The workshop aims to uncover the different methods, objects, conditions, and terminologies for critical knowledge production that use Southeast Asia as a discursive and symbolic lens.

Teachers, writers, scholars, curators, filmmakers, and artists are all welcome to participate. Selected papers will be considered for inclusion in a planned edited volume.

This workshop is organized by CUHK’s Centre for Cultural Studies and MA in Intercultural Studies Programme, with support from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council’s (RGC) General Research Fund (GRF).

Please email your proposal of 250-300 words with a short CV to co-conveners Elmo Gonzaga ( and Nazry Bahrawi ( by 1 November 2020.

Empire Competition: Southeast Asia as Site of Imperial Contestation
Pace University, New York
Conference Date: April 8-9, 2021

Southeast Asia has long been in the shadow of China.  Different countries in the region have different historical relations with the Middle Kingdom.  New York Southeast Asia Network and Pace University’s Global Asia Institute are sponsoring a conference that asks how has Southeast Asia been subject to power projection from great powers and/empires from the past to the present?  In what ways has a combination of state-sponsored and voluntary migration to Southeast Asia been a soft power tool for China or Western countries?  How have ethnic Chinese communities in the region been tied to, and shaped by, larger political, social, and economic trends within China? How did these similarities and differences of interactions between Chinese diaspora and various Chinese regimes vary across different periods of rule (CCP, KMT, and Qing)? How did these historic relations change under European colonial rule, Japanese military occupation, and post-independent movements?  And how is Southeast Asia today addressing great power rivalries between the US and China over the control of maritime space—especially groups of resource-rich islands—and the exercise of maritime jurisdiction related to disputes taking place in international waters?

This conference aims to balance a historical perspective with more current questions about relations between strong and weak powers, and the role of immigration and migrant communities within these relations. The conference will take place April 8-9, 2021 at Pace University in New York, NY. We are hopeful that we can hold the conference in person, but should conditions prohibit that, we will conduct the conference virtually.

Abstract Deadline: October 9, 2020, 11:59 PM Hawai‘i Standard Time
Conference Date: February 11-13, 2021

We are excited to send out our third call for abstracts for the East-West Center’s student-led 20th annual International Graduate Student Conference, to be held in February 2021! The conference theme is Lei of Knowledge: Communicating Knowledge across Communities and Disciplines, and the geographic focus is the Asia-Pacific region. The deadline to submit an abstract and a non-technical summary for your paper presentation, poster talk, or any other format of presentation is October 9, 2020.

We look forward to connecting our many communities, in academia and beyond, through this year’s conference. Please circulate our call for abstracts to your contacts in as many offices and fields as possible!

Conference Information:

Venue: Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center

Location: Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA

Dates: Thursday, February 11, through Saturday, February 13, 2021

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 9, 2020, 11:59 PM Hawai‘i Standard Time

Abstract Criteria: 350-word abstract (for review) and a non-technical summary (to be printed in the booklet) submitted to Submittable

Website: International Graduate Student Conference / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Contact Email:

International Conference on Politics and International Studies 2020 (ICPIS 2020)
Theme: Malaysia in a De-Globalising World: Conflict and Uncertainty in the Age of Pandemic
November 18-19, 2020
Abstract deadline: October 15, 2020

The second International Conference on Politics and International Studies (ICPIS 2020) will be organised by the Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in collaboration with the Department of International and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya. The theme is ‘Malaysia in a De–Globalising World: Conflict and Uncertainty in the Age of Pandemic’ which we strongly feel is necessary to understand how the process of de-globalisation is increasingly altering nation-states’ position within the realm of domestic and international politics.


2021 Southeast Regional Conference of the Association of Asian Studies
January 15-17, 2021 (virtually)
Abstract deadline: October 30, 2020

The Carolina Asia Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies welcome proposals for the 60th annual meeting of SEC-AAS, which will be held virtually on January 15-17, 2021.

The program committee welcomes proposals for individual or panel presentations and round tables. The virtual format provides new possibilities for creative panel formats and the deployment of asynchronous conversations alongside real-time discussions, so you are encouraged to consider innovative structures in your proposals. There is no conference theme, but all presentations should be on topics in Asian Studies.

Each panel will be 90 minutes long and will include some interaction between the presenters and other digital participants. The program committee is prepared to group individual papers into appropriate panels and provide moderators or commentators, but they will rely on the abstract and keywords provided on this form. Given time constraints, the program committee has agreed that no more than three traditional papers may be presented in one panel, but panels hoping to include more than three interlocutors can consider creative formats that move beyond formal presentations in succession.

Please direct any questions about conference logistics to arrangements chair Dr. Kevin Fogg

The 20th Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia
Saturday, October 24th, 2020
Cornell University
Call For Proposals
On Public Health and Well-Being in Indonesia: COVID-19 and Beyond


COVID-19 and the responses to contain it have brought into sharp relief several health-related issues in Indonesia that encompass social, political, and economic concerns. The pandemic has highlighted, among other concerns, a reliance on foreign medical supplies, strained government resources, and a lack of healthcare providers in parts of the archipelago, prompting the Indonesian government to announce new efforts to bolster health security and stave off further economic decline.

In response to this contemporary moment, the 20th Northeastern Conference on Indonesia, hosted by the Cornell Indonesian Association in cooperation with the Yale Indonesia Forum, will focus broadly on the state of health in Indonesia, whether in the past or in the present. We welcome abstracts from all academic disciplines. These need not be limited in subject and scope to COVID-19. With the aim of understanding how health organizes various aspects of life in Indonesia, we invite abstracts that use health as a concept creatively and broadly to discuss important issues that encompass politics, culture, economics, histories, and ecologies across Indonesia. Thematically, these might include topics such as environment and sanitation; mental and sexual health and policy; food security and nutrition; health and religion; the place of healthcare in national development; the moving of the national capital and its ecological implications; transboundary haze pollution; and more.

Professor Siddharth Chandra of Michigan State University will deliver the keynote address. This year’s conference joins a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell.

Submission Guidelines
Presentation abstracts should be submitted in English and contain no more than 450 words. Authors may submit no more than one individual and one co-authored abstract. All abstracts will be blind-reviewed by a committee of graduate students in corresponding areas of study. Please note: The body of the abstract should not include the author’s name or institutional affiliation. All abstracts are due by October 2, 2020, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by October 6, 2020.
All submissions can be made through our online form here:

Presentation Guidelines
Each presenter is allotted 20 minutes for their presentation, followed by a collective question and answer session which will be facilitated by a moderator. To promote the use of Indonesian in academic settings and for academic purposes, the Northeast Conference allows presentations to be delivered in English or Indonesian, but not both. Should you decide to present in English, your presentation should include a PowerPoint display in Indonesian (to the best of your ability). Likewise, a presentation in Indonesian should be accompanied by PowerPoint slides in English.

This conference is organized by the Cornell Indonesian Association, in cooperation with the Yale Indonesian Forum, with co-sponsorship from the Cornell Southeast Asia Program.

Please direct inquiries to the organizers at