Call for Papers: Links and Fractures
23rd Cornell SEAP Graduate Student Conference
March 19 – 2 1 , 2 0 2 1
Abstracts Deadline: December 18, 2020

We welcome submissions of abstracts by December 18th, 2020 from graduate students who have completed original research related to Southeast Asia. The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Student Committee will review the abstracts, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. In order to aid the process of thematic organization, we ask that you please include a few keywords summarizing your presentation along with your abstract. Presenters should be prepared to submit full papers of 5000-8000 words by February 12th, 2020. Please submit abstracts to the following email address:

All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in .doc or .docx format. Do not send a PDF. Please name your abstract using your first and last name together (for example, janedoe.doc for Jane Doe’s abstract). The subject of the message should specify “SEAP Graduate Conference Submission” and the body of the email should include the following information: · Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a primary email address · Title of paper · Paper keywords · The abstract (attached as a .doc or .docx file).

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CFP: Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference 2021
Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience
April 14-15, 2021
Abstract Deadline: January 31st, 2021

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) and the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) welcome proposals for papers, performances, and panels for the 32nd annual Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held on Zoom in synchronous webinar format April 14-15, 2021.

We are proud to present the theme Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience: Overcoming Challenges Across Asia for the 2021 Conference. From climate change to COVID-19, the past several decades have challenged the Asian region to find ways to innovate, adapt, and remain resilient.  New normals brought about by modernization have necessitated the adaptation of groups across the region. Additionally, the challenges faced by indigenous groups have allowed for a renewed sense of cultural solidarity and tradition preservation. The development of 5G and cyber security abilities by China and South Korea have surpassed technological advancement across the world. Innovation, adaptation, and resilience in Asia is not exclusively a modern phenomenon; from the rise of new religious systems like Buddhism or Confucianism in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE to the colonization of the region starting in the 16th century, Asia is historically an innovative, adaptive, and resilient region. The goal of this conference is to evaluate the ways in which Asian nations have innovated, adapted, and remained resilient in the face of adversity, thus we welcome submissions from interdisciplinary fields that tackle novel theoretical approaches to new and old challenges alike.

The 2021 Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference will feature three keynote speakers: Dr. Jeremy Spoon of Portland State University, Dr. Aynne Kokas of the University of Virginia, and Dr. Mireya Solís of The Brookings Institution.

Applicants should submit a 250-300 word abstract to with “SPAS 2021 Grad Conf Abstract” as the subject by January 31st, 2021.

Please direct any questions to conference organizers Kimery Lynch and Hannah Cole at

COVID-19 in Asia: Communication, Nationalism and Technology
October 6 – October 8, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand
Abstract Deadline: 30 August 2021
Full Paper Deadline: 30 September 2021

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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[Call for Papers] 2021 Chulalongkorn Asian Heritage Forum
19th -20th August in Bangkok, Thailand
Abstract Deadline:
February 14, 2021

To increase and disseminate research works and encourage young researchers in Thai Studies, Institute of Thai studies wishes to call for papers for the Chulalongkorn Asian Heritage Forum to be held on 19th -20th August 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Areas of interest include:

-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 Linguistic, Literature, Ethnography, Anthropology, Sociology, 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.

Application procedures and contributions

Interested scholars and researchers are required to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words with at least 3 key words as well as a short biography of no more than 200 words including name, address, nationality, email, institute, institute address and position to by 14th February 2021. Selected abstracts will be notified by 1st   March 2021. Following the acceptance of their abstracts, authors should submit a full paper for a double-blind peer review by 30th April 2021 and a final paper within 31st July 2021. (The feedback will be given back to the authors within 8 weeks). Applicants also need to inform the organizers if they wish to participate in the conference. The participants are expected to fund their own travel and accommodation. Limited financial support for travel expense is available for selected paper. Besides, the six best selected papers will be rewarded 50000THB budget exclude from the travel expense. The grant consideration will be started in the paper review process.

-No registration fee

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

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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