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.

Send submissions and questions to:

2022 Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs
University of Kansas

Conference Dates: September 16-18, 2022

Read the full call for papers here. Note also the paper prizes (open to graduate and undergraduate students, papers on Asian Studies in any field) with submission deadline of June 3, 2022. Awards for undergraduates and graduate students include prizes and travel funds as well as conference presentation and publication opportunities. See conference website for more details.

The 5th Philippine Studies Conference in Japan (PSCJ)
University of Tokyo

Conference Dates: November 26-27, 2022

Philippine studies have been in the interphases of various intellectual efforts. As a part of area studies, most of the scholars engaging in Philippine studies appreciate multidisciplinary approaches and are open to discussion beyond national borders. Since the first Philippine Studies Conference of Japan (PSCJ) in 2006, we have cultivated this tradition of multidisciplinary approaches with international settings.

While Philippine society has become globalized, academia has gradually broadened its eyesight into two frontiers: multispecies ethnography and international relations. The PSCJ steering committee appreciate s the pioneering work of Tsurumi Yoshiyuki’s Banana and the Japanese (1982) and further studies on sea cucumber, whales, or a new generation of banana studies, which are arguably a part of multispecies ethnography in Anthropocene.

Meanwhile, the rise of China has brought international relations back into area studies. While more and more researchers have discussed Philippine foreign policy with geopolitical frameworks, they have not sufficiently collaborated with Filipinists. Such collaboration may generate new intellectual frontiers for both kinds of scholars. These are, of course, only segments of academic disciplines the PSCJ 2022 will cover. Since the COVID 19 pandemic started in early 2020, we have faced new challenges and revisited the old issues with new lenses. Following the tradition of halo halo, we welcome proposals for panels and individual presentations from various areas of inquiry, which would stimulate interdisciplinary discussion on a broad range of topics.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
– Economic liberalization, development policy and its effects on everyday lives in rural and urban contexts
– Emerging trends in gender and sexualities studies
– Shifts in international geopolitical and legal policy in the Post-EDSA Philippines
– New challenges of Bangsamoro and “Mindanao”
– Predicaments and resistance of Lumad people (IPs) in the age of development
– Emerging dynamism of ethnicities and identities
– New trends in transnational migration and the Filipino diaspora
– The Duterte administration: the ‘Drug War’, extra-judicial killings, emergent populism and civil society
– Risks and resilience amidst natural and man-made disasters in the past and present
– Continuity and discontinuity of natural resource management
– Tourism and/or new insights into the cultural heritage and cultural resource management
– Revisiting the Philippine Revolution and/or the Philippine historiography
– Religious lives in historical and contemporary contexts
– New media, “fake news” and the online public sphere
– Film, literature, popular culture, and the arts in the past and present

Submission guidelines:
We accept two types of proposals: panel proposals and individual paper proposals. A panel with 3 presenters will run for 90 minutes while panels with 4 or 5 presenters will run for 120 minutes For proposals that involve performances, the showing of films, or the like, please use the panel proposal format and describe your plan in the “note” section. Please submit your proposals for papers and panels by June 3, 2022 by using the following links:

Individual Presentation
Panel Proposal

Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of July or beginning of August, 2022.

For inquiries, please send an email to the following email addresses.

2022 Annual Council on Thai Studies Meeting

Conference Dates: October  21-23, 2022

Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ingraham Hall, Room 206
1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706

The Council on Thai Studies (COTS) is an informal organization of scholars interested in all aspects of Thai studies, broadly defined. First established in 1972, COTS annually provides scholars with a venue for reporting preliminary findings, opportunities to receive prepublication feedback and a forum to discuss field and archive challenges. Please consider giving a presentation or gathering a small group for a roundtable discussion or panel.
Graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit papers, although everyone is welcome. Individual topics or groupings of papers are also welcome. An effort will be made to group individual papers into panel sessions around common themes. Each presenter will have a maximum of 15 minutes for an oral presentation. This year is the 50th Anniversary of COTS, and thus this conference will be historic. Keynote speakers will include Professor Emeritus Thongchai Winichakul (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Professor Pinkaew Laungaramsri (Chiang Mai University).

Please send brief abstracts (no more than 300 words, including contact information and institutional affiliation) to Ian Baird ( by the deadline of July 1, 2022. Acceptance of paper proposals, information regarding scheduling of panels and assignment of panel moderators and discussants will be sent via email. All presentations will be given in-person, and the conference will not provide virtual access.

A block of rooms will be held at the Middleton Fairfield Inn, which is farther than walking distance from the conference site. Conference participants should make their own reservations as soon as possible at: 608-831-1400. These rooms will be held until September 20, 2022; please mention the Council on Thai Studies Conference group block. We are also willing to help graduate students from other institutions arrange to stay with UW-Madison graduate students.

22nd Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association

Conference Dates: November 7 – 12, 2022

  • We accept abstracts in English. If it helps to reach a wider readership, a translated version of the abstract in the author’s preferred language can be included later, once the abstract has been accepted.

  • Authors must be registered and be included in the IPPA mailing list to ensure receipt of all updates concerning the conference. Visit the Contact Us page to update your details.

  • An author can present a maximum of two papers. However, this only applies to lead authors and panel chairs, e.g., as a panel chair and one paper, as a chair to two panels (but no paper presentation), etc. We might consider a separate poster presentation depending on authorships and circumstances. Please contact the IPPA Secretariat to confirm your eligibility for a separate poster entry.

  • In submitting the abstract, the author also grants the IPPA Secretariat and the organising committee the right to publish abstracts in the conference program, both online and in print format. The author also agrees to abide by the presentation criteria and other guidelines set by the IPPA 2022 organising committee and the session panel chair (such as time limits, structure, etc.).

  • Accepted abstracts may be edited, if necessary, but it is the author’s responsibility to ensure the lack of errors in its final format.

  • The IPPA 2022 organising committee reserves the right to reject any abstract if it does not meet these criteria.

  • All papers are to be presented in person at the IPPA22 Congress. IPPA cannot guarantee that facilities will be available for remote presentation during the conference.

More information available here. 

Upcoming Conferences

Southeast Asian History in Literature
Modern Language Association
CLCS Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian Diasporic Forum

Conference Dates: January 5 – 8, 2023

The CLCS Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian Diasporic Forum invites submissions for a panel at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention on January 5–8, 2023 in San Francisco, California:

Southeast Asian History in Literature

In traditional terms the part of the world between China and India, Southeast Asia lies at a global crossroads where its powerful neighbors, the giants of the continent, have historically spread their influence and where the East met the West in the European scramble for “the (East) Indies.” The region’s position at a Pacific borderland has led it to be conceived, even prior to post–World War II globalization, as a transnational contact zone, thereby to be defined in reference to or from the perspective of external actors—as intimated by a name for its peninsular half, “Indochina”—or in indeterminate ways—as intimated by a name for its maritime half, the “Malay Archipelago.” The multifarious colonial histories—Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, British, French, American—that bear on the different territories in the region, not to mention the diverse precolonial regimes, have, moreover, tended to thwart the development of a regional identity at the same time that the nation-state persistently proves to be a potent political framework despite the area’s global entanglement.

In the context of this indeterminacy rooted in overdetermination, what does the history of Southeast Asia look like from Southeast Asia? Given the undermining of regional autonomy by larger forces and the reassertion of autonomy at the level of the nation, how might an autonomous history of Southeast Asia be told? How has this history been told in literature from (nations in) the region, given literature and history’s shared narrative structure and incommensurability? To what extent can such literature be thought of as postcolonial, given the historical separation of Southeast Asian from postcolonial studies? What might the reading of Southeast Asian literature as a site of subaltern history contribute to postcolonial theory? What do the traces of neglected or appropriated history in liminal literature say about the (im)possibility of learning history from literature? How do gender and sexuality complicate the relation between history and literature as they give rise to alternatives to the discourse of the “motherland” written by the “fathers” of the nation in Southeast Asia?

This panel seeks proposals that reflect on any of these questions to think about the ways in which Southeast Asian history gets narrated in literature from specific, if also emblematic, nations in the region. Focus on any genre of literature in the expansive sense (including not only the novel, the literary medium of the nation, but also, e.g., creative nonfiction, life writing, critical travel writing) is welcome. Send a 250-word abstract for 12–minute papers with your CV to Ryan Ku (English Literature, Swarthmore College) at no later than March 15, 2022. Please note that all accepted speakers will be asked to provide a 100-word bio and must be members of the MLA by April 1, 2022. More information available here.

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

Email for more information.