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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Mobility and Cultural Exchange in Southeast Asian Ports
Center for Global Asia, NYU Shanghai

Abstract Deadline: October 25, 2021
Workshop Dates: May 2022

This interdisciplinary workshop seeks to spotlight the role of Southeast Asian port cities as places of cultural and intellectual exchange from the early modern period to the contemporary present. The workshop will be held in-person in Shanghai in May 2022. If an in-person workshop is not possible, it will be held in a fully online format. More information here.

Halo-Halo Ecologies: A Transnational Workshop on Emergent Philippine Environments and Foodways

Abstract Deadline: October 30, 2021
Virtual Workshop Dates: June 2022

CFP (abridged): Acclaimed Filipino food scholar Doreen G. Fernandez once wrote that “In the act of eating, we ingest the environment.” In the everyday practice of eating, however, food can be easily disembodied from its environmental underpinnings, even as writers like Fernandez serve up its cultural and historical bearings. Take halo-halo, the iconic crushed-ice dessert beloved by many. Food writing frequently describes this midday treat as a colorful assortment of local and foreign ingredients now considered prototypically Pinoy. Rarely, however, is this concoction understood as a material product of Philippine ecosystems — that is, as an eclectic blend of environmental tales in an ever evolving and highly politicized Philippine foodscape. Crushed ice, for instance, might tell the story of urban Manila’s classed transformations with the democratization of refrigeration technologies. Evaporated milk betrays tales of colonial ranching, the supplanting of local carabao-centered cultures, and shifting human-animal relationships with military incursion. Tropical fruit toppings like mangoes, bananas, and jackfruit are windows into the rise of plantation agriculture and the scientific management of Mindanao’s landscapes. And ube, the purple tuber world-famous as comfort food for the diaspora and as a social media phenomenon, has become a harbinger of climate change to the farmers of the Cordilleras.The “Halo-Halo Ecologies” Workshop endeavors to explore the intersection of food and environment by bringing together a transnational community of scholars, writers, activists, and food enthusiasts from the Philippines and the diaspora. We invite papers on any Filipino food item or practice, mundane or iconic, that combines the cultural commitments of food writing with attention to agrarian, marine/maritime, or urban-ecological issues. We hold that the Philippines and its diasporic networks are exemplary sites through which to examine this topic. Our main goals for this workshop are to:

  • create a transnational community of Philippines and Filipino/x Studies scholars, writers, activists, and food enthusiasts interested in these issues,
  • to map the contemporary body of literature on food and environment on the Philippines,
  • craft a space within global theoretical discourse for our collective contributions, and
  • contemplate on the trajectories, promises, and limitations, as well as set an agenda for the future.

We endeavor to achieve these goals by preparing a collection of selected papers from the workshop in the form of either an edited volume in a reputable international university press or a special issue in a high-impact journal. For the full CFP, as well as instructions on how to apply to participate, please see our website. This workshop is co-organized by Dr. Alyssa Paredes (University of Michigan, Anthropology) and Dr. Marvin Montefrio (Yale-NUS, Environmental Studies). It is sponsored by Yale-NUS College and the University of Michigan’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

For inquiries and abstract submissions, please write to

“Engineering Buddhism: Infrastructure and Soft Power in Asia and Beyond”
Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies
University of Copenhagen

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2021
Conference Dates: June 23-24, 2022

Buddhist social activities have gained increased visibility recently in national and transnational contexts. Various Buddhist organizations (temples, charity groups, NGOs) have begun to actively engage with social and global issues—education, poverty, environmentalism, etc.—and this, in turn, is changing their relationships to societies, states, and global politics. This workshop addresses these changes in Buddhism, using various ethnographic examples to explore how Buddhism is playing a role in providing platforms and resources for matters that were once largely considered state or political affairs. By focusing on this “new” role of Buddhism at the national and global levels, this workshop asks how Buddhism, and religion more broadly, serve as forms of infrastructure and “soft power” in national and transnational contexts; it examines whether or how Buddhism itself operates as a physical or virtual network, or as a platform for facilitating and (dis)connecting movements, ideas, people, and technologies; and in doing so, how Buddhism challenges, confirms, or transforms state governance and global relationships within and beyond Asian countries. The workshop will mainly focus on, but is not limited to, the following questions:

  • What are the (new) roles of Buddhism in transnational contexts and how are they taking place? Why now?
  • How does Buddhism function as a form of infrastructure that can support or impede flows of materials, ideas, and people?
  • What does “thinking infrastructurally” or “religion as infrastructure” mean in global Buddhism?
  • Is Buddhism effective as soft power in global politics?
  • What is the relationship between Buddhism and development?
  • What actants are at work and what roles do they play in engineering Buddhist social activities?
  • What does it mean to do ethnographic research on faith-based organizations as forms of infrastructure or soft power for the state? What are the challenges and how are such settings different from non-religious settings?

We seek papers that address these issues in a broad range of societies, not only in Asia where Buddhism has been influential and well acknowledged, but also in countries where Buddhist influence is traditionally weak, but where one can see the clear emergence of Buddhist activities. The papers must be based on original research and have not been published previously. This workshop brings together scholars from around the world who work on this cutting-edge phenomenon of globalizing Buddhism, and in doing so, seeks to understand the new role of Buddhism, and religion broadly, in global society and politics. For more information and to submit an abstract, click here.

1972: The War Between North and South Vietnam
Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive

Abstract Deadline: November 1, 2021
Conference Dates: April 1-2, 2022

The Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive and Institute for Peace & Conflict at Texas Tech University, and the War and Society Program at Chapman University, are pleased to announce a Vietnam War conference focused on the year 1972. This conference will approach a wide range of historical events and topics by hosting presenters who examine diplomatic, military, international, regional, social, cultural, and domestic aspects of the Vietnam War. We also seek presentations that reflect the recent and emerging scholarship on the policies, strategies, and decisions of the military, political, and diplomatic leaders of all nations involved as they sought to bring a successful conclusion to the war. Find more information and registration here.

Asia Pacific Dance Festival Conference Ulana—To Weave or Knit
University of Hawai’i – Manoa and the East-West Center

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021
Conference Dates: August 12-14, 2022

For more information, click here.

Buddhist Identities in Twenty-First Century Asia
University of Cambridge

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2021
Conference Dates: April 8-9, 2022

The Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge invites scholars to submit proposals for papers for an international conference on the theme of Buddhist identities across twenty-first century Asia. The conference is associated with Cambridge’s Global Humanities Initiative, which aims to develop approaches to the humanities that engage with scholars around the globe and across religious, cultural, linguistic and political borders.
The conference will explore the character, changes and challenges of Buddhist identity in contemporary Asian cultures. Papers may concern the evolving nature of how Asian Buddhist identities are constructed, negotiated and intersect with other modes of identity in the globalized, technologized twenty-first century; they may investigate the dynamics of modern Asian Buddhism in relation to other religious groups, as well as cultural contexts, ethnicity and/or political institutions in different regions and settings. A central aim of the event is to provide a forum for discussion between scholars working on regions of Buddhist Asia from a distance, such as those affiliated to Western academic institutions, and those who conduct research at institutions within or proximate to Buddhist cultures, whether in South, Central, East or Southeast Asia.
Proposed contributions may employ any relevant methodology or concern any narrower subject matter that illuminates the themes outlined above. The conference is particularly interested in and encourages papers submitted by scholars at any stage in their career, including the late stages of doctoral research, who are affiliated to universities or research centres in regions of Buddhist Asia.

Five keynote speakers will present papers that deal with a range of Asian Buddhist contexts:
Prof. John Clifford Holt (Bowdoin College, USA)
Dr Elizabeth Harris (University of Birmingham, UK)
Dr Adam Yuet Chau (University of Cambridge, UK)
Dr Nicolas Sihlé (CNRS, France)
Dr Johannes Beltz (Museum Rietberg Zürich, Switzerland)

The conference will take place in Cambridge over 8–9th April 2022. The event will take a hybrid format, allowing for some contributors to present remotely, although the aim is to host in person as many participants as circumstances permit. Authors of chosen submissions will be offered accommodation in Cambridge between 7­–10th April 2022. Contributors will be encouraged to seek institutional funds to support travel to and from the event, but will also be eligible to seek financial support for travel from the conference.

Paper titles and abstracts no longer than 400 words, anticipating papers no longer than 30 minutes in length, should be submitted together with a CV by 1st December 2021 to the convener, Dr Chris V. Jones, at the following address: Queries may be sent to this same address. Outcomes will be communicated by early 2022.

Emerging Voices in the Study of Theravada Civilizations
The Theravada Studies Group

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2021
Meeting Dates: March 24-27, 2022

The Theravada Studies Group Meeting, as part of the annual Association of Asian Studies meeting, is hosting a series of short presentations showcasing new research by recent PhDs and graduate students who are working on their dissertation.

The TSG Committee Members are accepting proposals from recent PhDs and graduate students to present their meeting at the AAS meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii (March 24-27; Precise date to be announced). At this point, we are planning the meeting will be held in-person, but we will do our best to also accommodate virtual presentations.

We are interested in roughly 10-minute talks on any aspect of Theravada civilizations. The presentations may focus on recent field or archival work, or on a new critical framework of analysis for Theravada societies. Nominations of younger scholars by thesis advisors are welcome.

Please send a brief prospectus of no more than 200 words on your topic. Please also include a brief description of your current status (i.e., year of graduate study, ABD status, or recent PhD (last three years), and academic affiliation). Send inquiries to Brooke Schedneck <> and Jack Meng-Tat Chia <> and your proposals to

More information available here.

Upcoming Conferences

ALTA44: Inflection Points
American Literary Translators Association Conference

Conference Dates: October 15-17 (Online) and November 11-13 (In-Person)

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2021 International Conference on Material Culture
School of Arts – Sunway University, Malaysia

Conference Dates: October 20-21, 2021

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Interrogating the Notion of “Cult” as a Social Formation in Asian Religions
National University of Singapore

Conference Dates: October 21-22, 2021

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“Resolve and Perseverance”
14th International Indonesia Forum Conference

Conference Dates: October 22-23, 2021

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“People, Power, Politics, Pandemics & Other Perils in Southeast Asia”
Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Conference 2021

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Conference Dates: October 21-24, 2021

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LSE Southeast Asia Forum
London School of Economics and Political Science

Conference Dates: October 25-29, 2021

Our flagship event, the annual LSE Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) is a full-day conference that brings together leading Southeast Asia experts to engage with some of the region’s most critical and pressing issues, as well as showcases the high-quality research on Southeast Asia conducted at LSE.

In 2021, as with the previous year, in light of continued issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, SEAF will be held as a week-long series of online discussions titled LSE Southeast Asia Week. The events offer a unique opportunity to learn from cutting-edge research and gain insight from experts working in and on Southeast Asia. More information here.

Asia’s Wet Natures: Past, Present, and Future
Yale-NUS College, Asia Research Institute, and NUS Libraries (Biodiversity Library of Southeast Asia)

Workshop Dates: October 27-29, 2021

Water—the fluid substance that permeates bodies, landscapes, and the air—is gaining new kinds of material force today. In some places, there is either too little of it, with dying aquifers, or too much, as extreme rainfall floods cities. Yet other places face abundance and lack simultaneously as seas rise and mangrove-rich shores are reclaimed to make room for development. This workshop thinks with “water”—as method, source, and archive—to explore the past, present, and future of Asia’s wet natures. In particular, it aims to cultivate an interdisciplinary conversation about the lives and legacies of water through questions such as: How can ecological pasts and transboundary futures be rethought or reframed as water abandons or occupies new geographies and economic spaces? How can approaches to art, science, and conservation be used to restore critical understandings of intertidal habitats and how do these approaches rest against the rising tide of intensive infrastructural interventions? In what ways do aquatic biota—and their the more-than-human-worlds—weave into evolving urban landscapes and environmental imaginaries? How are the contours and memories of coastlines, rivers, and islands altered due to climate change, reclamation, and migration? While anchored in specific times and particular places, this workshop seeks to bring together narratives, stories, insights, and practices that speak to larger questions about Asia’s watery pasts and its aqueous horizons.

More information and registration here.

Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs
Indiana University – Bloomington (Hybrid)

Conference Dates: October 29-31, 2021

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The Malayan Emergency in Film and Literature
Monash University Malaysia

Workshop Date: November 2021 (Dates TBD)

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“Malaysia and Singapore under Covid-19 Lockdown”
MASSA Symposium

Conference Dates: November 11-17, 2021

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CFP: 2021 Council on Thai Studies (COTS) Meeting
Ohio University

Meeting Dates: November 12-13, 2021 (Virtual)

COTS invites students, faculty, and practitioners to submit proposals for the 2021 annual meeting, hosted by Ohio University. We welcome all topics, perspectives, and disciplines, including comparative studies, with a focus on Thailand, Thais, and Thai studies. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 COTS meeting will be conducted online. COTS is free and open to the public. To submit an abstract, click here.

Religion in Southeast Asia Unit, American Academy of Religion
2021 Annual Meeting

Meeting Dates: November 20-23, 2021

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“Fashioning Gender in Asia”
2021 Women in Asia Conference
La Trobe University

Conference Dates: November 23-26, 2021

For more information, visit the conference website here.

Association for Asian Studies
New England Regional Conference

Conference Date: December 6, 2021

You may register for the conference here. While there is no registration fee, we suggest that attendees donate to the Association for Asian Studies at a level that is comfortable for them.

Anthropology and Environment in Contemporary Vietnam
Vietnam National University – Hanoi

Conference Date: December 8, 2021

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“Thailand at a Global Turning Point”
14th International Conference on Thai Studies

Conference Dates: December 10-12, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

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The SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology and Fine Arts

Conference Dates: December 13-17, 2021

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2022 Modern Language Association Conference

Conference Dates: January 6-9, 2022

Call for papers for two sessions sponsored by the MLA’s Southeast Asia and Southeast Asia Diasporic forum, and the MLA’s Asian American Literature and Southeast Asia and Southeast Asia Diasporic Forums. For the full announcements, please email

Big Data & Social Media in Southeast Asia
How do social media, big data, and/or online platforms reformat geography and power within, through, and beyond SE Asia’s subregions and borders? 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 10 March to and

Alden Sajor Marte-Wood, Rice U ( ) Ben Vu Tran, Vanderbilt U ( )

Archipelagic Thinking in Asian American and Southeast Asian Literature
How might archipelagic thinking connect Asian American and Southeast Asian literary-cultural studies, especially regarding migration, globalization/transnationalism, the environment, settler colonialism, radical friction, aesthetics? 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 10 March to and

Weihsin Gui, U of California, Riverside ( ) Harrod Suarez, Oberlin C ( )

Multiple Decolonialities and the Making of Asian Commons
Hong Kong Research Hub, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Conference Dates: February 11 & 18, 2022

This online conference highlights the notion of Asian Commons as a way to engage Asia both in its incredible heterogeneity and its important historical resonance.The intellectual and political desire to create an Asian Commons comes from a collective history of anti-colonial struggles and shared vision for social and economic justice. First articulated in the idiom of national independence and socialism, the struggle for decolonization, justice, and equality continues to resonate in contemporary movements based on identities and autonomy. As a working concept, Asian Commons is informed by the historical resources accumulated through Asia’s varied but connected experience with decolonization, as well as the intellectual project to study such lived experiences on their own terms. Mindful of the trap of exclusionary nationalism and false internationalism which flattens the differences between/within nations and peoples, Asian Commons would allow intellectual and political innovation that embraces both the heterogeneities and commonalities of Asia. We invite Southeast Asia scholars who, perhaps even more than other area studies scholars, are keenly aware of the historical processes that created the region and the nations within to reflect on the concept of Asian Commons. More information and registration here.

21st International Graduate Student Conference: Reimagining Our Shared Future
East-West Center

Conference Dates: February 17-20, 2022

IGSC welcomes abstracts from current graduate students, as well as from young professionals and scholars, who have completed a graduate degree within the past three years.

We are looking for submissions from various fields of study that:

  • Aim to contribute to the sharing and advancement of the multiple knowledges, epistemologies, and ontologies of the Asia-Pacific region
  • Reimagine theory, practice, and policy for a more just and sustainable shared future.

We also invite artistic expressions that utilize alternative methods for reimagining the world we live in. For more information, visit the conference website here.

“Belonging Nowhere: States of Statelessness in the Muslim World”
Muslim Studies Program 15th Annual Conference
Michigan State University

Conference Dates: February 24-25, 2022

Michigan State University is hosting an international conference entitled “‘Belonging Nowhere’: States of Statelessness in the Muslim World.” This conference recognizes that Muslims comprise a significant portion of the over 36 million refugee and stateless persons worldwide and seeks to understand the drivers of conflicts that lead to displacement in the Muslim world and the effects it has on Muslim communities. Further, we hope to explore avenues for advocacy for such communities, at local, regional and global scales.

Call for papers: The organizers welcome abstracts for previously unpublished research on the conference theme conceived broadly; and hope to include scholarship reflecting a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds—including (but not limited to) refugee studies, sociology, history, anthropology, psychology, political studies, law, and religious studies. Junior scholars and post-doctoral researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. Accepted papers will be announced by September 30, 2021.

To submit your proposal please visit the Muslim Studies Program 15th Annual Conference proposal submission page.

SEALC Reading Proficiency Assessment Workshop
Northern Illinois University

Workshop Dates: March 3-6, 2022

The Southeast Asian Language Council (SEALC) invites applications from Southeast Asian language instructors for a Reading Proficiency Assessment workshop, in collaboration with and hosted at Northern Illinois University from March 3-6, 2022. This professional development opportunity will provide a valuable opportunity for participants to collaborate with colleagues across the United States, to develop reading proficiency assessment materials for the field of Southeast Asian languages. Lodging, meals, and workshop fees are covered for all participants. Find more information here.

Fragilities Unmasked: Emerging from Social Isolation, Social Inequalities and COVID
14th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

Conference Dates: March 25-26, 2021

The unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent global lockdowns continue to unmask our fragilities, long existing social inequalities, and have had a profound impact on society and our mental health as life continues to transition and shift. Our knowledge of the impact of the pandemic is evolving, will continue to expand, and the lessons for how we have adapted need to be highlighted. In this year’s conference, we invite conversations on how COVID-19 has impacted your practice: what insights have you gained, how has your practice shifted, what is emerging from the research, and what visions do we have for the future of the mental health field in the era of COVID-19? We welcome insights from practitioners, community organizations, researchers, and religious leaders, thus seeking diverse perspectives of the ways in which COVID-19 has served as a mirror for our vulnerabilities, and the ways in which we have responded and risen to the occasion.

  • To submit a proposal, complete the Cover Sheet online here.
  • Abstracts should be submitted via online form by September 30, 2021.
  • Format: Abstracts must adhere to the American Psychological Association (APA) format and must not exceed 300 words.
  • Notification: Authors will be notified by December 6, 2021.

Aquatic Powers: Divine Animals of the Asia-Pacific
University of Oslo

Conference Dates: June 1-3, 2022

From the Himalayan glaciers to the expanses of the Indian and Pacific oceans, Asia is intersected and connected by waterways. Riverine and maritime trade networks have long enabled cultural and economic exchange between different parts of the Asian continent and the larger Pacific region. Countless human and non-human animals depend upon the Himalayas and the plains and deltas of rivers like the Mekong, Yangtze, and Ganges for survival. Myriad others live along continental and island coasts and depend upon the sea. Asia-Pacific societies and ecologies are shaped by the glaciers, rivers, lakes, deltas, seas, and oceans that connect them. To many people, these waters are sacred—as are the creatures that inhabit and protect them.

The sacred waterways of continental Asia and the maritime Asia-Pacific region are home to a variety of divine animals. People worship albatrosses, catfish, cranes, crocodiles, dolphins, dragons, dugongs, nagas, octopuses, orcas, rays, sharks, squid, turtles, whales, and other animals. These animals are divine messengers, incarnations of ancestral spirits, and the embodiments of gods. They are divine agents who affect human lives and are central to numerous Asian and Pacific cosmologies and ritual traditions. But they are also threatened: by habitat loss, climate change, overfishing, river dams, and pollution. What happens to more-than-human spiritual ecologies when divine animals die out? What new meanings do these sacred creatures acquire in a time of mass extinction, ecological breakdown, disenchantment, and religious transformations?

For this conference, we invite scholars working on one or more Asian and/or Pacific traditions to share their research on divine aquatic animals. We welcome historians, scholars of religion, anthropologists, geographers, political ecologists, Indigenous studies scholars, environmental scientists, biologists, philosophers, and everybody else who feels affinity with and has done research on this topic. The conference will have an interdisciplinary, exploratory, and small-scale character. We welcome applications by scholars in all stages of their academic careers, from all parts of the world. For more information on how to submit, click here.

Gendering Labor in Contemporary Asian Religions
Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University

Workshop Dates: June 21-23, 2022

This workshop will investigate how worlds, individuals, collectives, and the things they produce are transformed through gendered/gendering realities by exploring labor at the intersection of religion and gender within contemporary Asian contexts. The workshop will take place in-person. Check the website for more information.