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Call for papers : Writing Malaysia and Singapore: Shared Pasts, Global Futures

Call for papers : Writing Malaysia and Singapore: Shared Pasts, Global Futures, 20/10/2017, The Open University, Camden, London

Convenors : Dr Alex Tickell, The Open University; Dr Florian Stadtler, University of Exeter; Kelly Tse, University of Oxford.

Deadline for submissions : 30 July 2017

In the last decade an emerging generation of writers from Malaysia and Singapore has achieved international recognition, pioneering new global English fiction and embarking on more confident imaginative journeys across South East Asia. This one-day symposium, a collaboration between the Open University and the University of Exeter, seeks to remap global English fiction (dominated by neighbouring South Asia) and draw fresh attention to the dynamic colonial literary cultures and postcolonial, globalising futures of Malaysian and Singaporean Anglophone writing.

The shared past of Singapore and Malaysia, until the former’s secession from Malaysia in 1965, and the comparable post/colonial trajectories and contexts of English fiction in the region, form the geographical rationale for the symposium’s two-country approach. Consequently, colonial fiction, new forms of historical writing and the narrative potential of the region’s wartime history, and conflicts such as the ‘Emergency’ will be a focal point. Another significant, shared literary concern is the position of the creative writer in relation to the colonial and postcolonial legacies and the ambiguous place of English in the postcolonial cultural politics of both countries. Papers are also welcome on ethnicity, diaspora and English, publishing and book history, significant writers, and on the development of local forms of Anglophone genre fiction.

Keynote Speakers: Philip Holden, National University of Singapore; Angelia Poon Mui Cheng, National Institute of Education, Singapore.

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Call for papers : Postgraduate Conference « Movement: Southeast Asia »

Call for papers : Postgraduate Conference « Movement: Southeast Asia », 22/09/2017, SOAS


With evolving political, social, and cultural currents in Southeast Asia, movement is an important discursive lens to understand the dynamism of the region. Reflecting on movements, and change—from prehistory to the contemporary period—can improve our understanding of Southeast Asia, in terms of its constituent nation-states, peoples, and cultures, and as a region as well as an area of study.

For this first postgraduate conference on Southeast Asia at SOAS, we invite papers that consider “movement.” For example, how can we critically investigate migration? Conflict and forced displacement? Diaspora and transnationalism? Trade and the transfer of capital or goods? The movement of objects in and out of the region? Political movements? Social movements? Artistic movements? The movement of bodies in performance? Exchanges of ideas? Musical, visual, or filmic influences? Translation? Changes in the natural or architectural landscape? Climate change, resources, and resilience? Or indeed rethinking the delimitations of Southeast Asia as a region—and as an object of “area studies”?

The conference is open to Masters and PhD students and recent graduates, and aims to provide a collegiate setting for early researchers to discuss their work. Selected presenters are encouraged to seek their own financial support for travel expenses, although we may be able to provide limited funding for those who can demonstrate need. We will also welcome tele-conference presentations for selected speakers who are not able to travel to London.

Please send your title, abstract (250 words), and short biography (100 words)  by 28 July 2017. Selected abstracts will be notified by 7 August 2017.

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Call for papers : ASEAS 11 (2) : Forced Migration in Southeast Asia

Call for papers : ASEAS 11 (2) : Forced Migration in Southeast Asia

Deadline for submission : 31 december 2017

Issue 11(2) of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS), to be published in December 2018, features a focus on forced migration in Southeast Asia, assessing past, current, and future trends, reasons, and drivers as well as the cultural, social, economic, ecological, and legal dimensions of forced migration in the region.

Recently, movements of forced mass migration have mainly been associated with war torn countries such as Syria and Iraq. However, Southeast Asian countries are not only hosting a significant number of international refugees and asylum seekers but have also been witnessing regional crises of transnational and domestic mass displacement due to armed conflicts, cultural, ethnic, and religious prosecution, or environmental degradation and natural disasters. Two most recent cases include the so-called Rohingya crisis of 2016 and the conflict in Marawi, Philippines, where most of its 200,000 inhabitants fled the city after it had been overrun by a local offshoot of the Islamic State. From an area studies perspective, these and many more examples raise the question of how the issue of domestic and transnational forced migration is being addressed at domestic as well as bi- and multilateral levels within the region.

Thus far, little do we know about the current state of refugees and internally displaced persons in Southeast Asia. There are only rough estimates available on the actual number of people that migrate involuntarily to or within the region. However, according to UNHCR, 14% of the 65.3 million forced migrant population worldwide are currently hosted by countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. Regarding refugees and asylum seekers in Southeast Asian countries, official numbers only exist for Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines which, according to UNHCR, hosted close to 285,000 in 2015 (UNHCR, 2016, Global Trends Forced Displacement in 2015). In Southeast Asia, only Cambodia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste have ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 protocol. Although the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration mentions ASEAN’s and its member states’ commitment to guarantee the right to seek asylum, thus far, member states’ way to address the issue of forced migration has been rather individualist.

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AAS 2018 call for proposals

AAS 2018 Call for proposals

The AAS is now accepting proposal submissions for our 2018 annual conference, which will be held March 22-25 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for all submissions is 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

We welcome proposals for organized panels (especially those with innovative formats), individual papers, roundtables, and workshops. Please see the complete Call for Proposals for information about preparing your submission.


Call for papers : Southeast Asian Natures: Defining Environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia

Call for papers : Southeast Asian Natures: Defining Environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia, 12-14 March 2017, Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside

Deadline : 1st July 2017

Over one hundred fifty years ago, naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace journeyed through the islands of Southeast Asia, drawing from the region’s rich biodiversity to co-discover with Darwin the theory of natural selection. However, even at that time he noted that forests were quickly giving way to colonial clear cuts and species from one island were showing up in the markets of others. The Anthropocene, an era in which human activity has become a dominant shaping force in ecosystems, global climate and species histories, was already underway. Wallace’s environmentalism was also deeply contingent upon imperial networks of travel and communication; the ensuing wars of empire and decolonization left many eco-cultures in tatters. A critical challenge then for policymakers, intellectuals, scientists and others in the region is to articulate new notions of environmentalism that respond to these complex intersections of ecology, history, and culture. As people and governments struggle to articulate locally meaningful responses to Anthropocene problems, scholars, artists and activists can play important roles in identifying ideas of nature, ruin, sustainability and health that resonate locally or inter-regionally. As literary critic Raymond Williams once noted, the word “nature” is one of the most complex in the English vocabulary. If this is so, then how do these ideas fare in translation?

“Southeast Asian Natures” asks participants to consider the complexities of nature and its changes in the many different languages and ecologies of Southeast Asia. Proposed themes of the workshop are purposefully broad, and they include:

1.     histories, ecologies and flows

2.     spatial practices, representations and bio-politics

3.     nature, sustainability and health in language, ritual and performance

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Call for proposals : Digital humanities Asia

Call for proposals : Digital humanities Asia : Harnessing Digital Technologies to Advance the Study of the Non-Western World, 26-29 April 2018, Stanford University

Deadline : 15 July 2017

Over the past decade, a powerful new suite of spatial, textual, and social network analysis tools – broadly understood as the Digital Humanities – has begun to reshape the methods that we as Humanists and Social Scientists bring to bear on our questions, and indeed the very questions we ask. Looking out over the terrain of Digital Humanities (DH) initiatives, the vista is a marvelous and dynamically changing one. At Stanford University alone, one can point to award-winning programs such as the Mapping the Republic of Letters project, myriad initiatives based at the Stanford Literary Lab, the Kindred Britain project, and the ORBIS Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, to cite only a handful of examples. When we extend our view across the United States and worldwide, the roster of DH initiatives becomes ever more compelling and exciting.

At the same time, an impartial view of Digital Humanities scholarship in the present day reveals a stark divide between “the West and the rest.” With notable exceptions, such as the Markus platform, CText, the China Biographical Database Project, the Digital Islamic Humanities Project, and others, far fewer large-scale DH initiatives have focused on Asia and the Non-Western world than on Western Europe and the Americas.

This divide runs very deep, and is not primarily a question of scholarly interest or orientation. The “Asia deficit” within Digital Humanities is in no small part the outcome of more entrenched divides within the platforms and digital tools that form the foundation of DH itself. Digital databases and text corpora – the “raw material” of text mining and computational text analysis – are far more abundant for English and other Latin alphabetic scripts than they are for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, and other Non-Latin orthographies. This deficit, in turn, derives in large part from the widespread unavailability of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) platforms, text parsers, and tokenizers capable of handling and processing Non-Latin scripts – not in any way due to the paucity of primary source materials. As a result, when we look at DH in Western Europe and the Americas, we find a vibrant intellectual environment in which even college and university undergraduates – let alone more advanced researchers – can download off-the-shelf analytical platforms and data corpora, and venture into new and cutting-edge research questions; while, in the context of Asian Studies, we find an environment in which many of the most basic elements of DH research remain underdeveloped or non-existent.

The objective of this multi-day conference is to advance a new era in Non-Western Digital Humanities by bringing together leading and emerging scholars of East, South, Southeast, and Inner-Central Asia working in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Engineering.

With support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and multiple departments, centers, and divisions at Stanford University, the conference will focus on four (4) areas of research that represent both the core of DH as a whole, as well as areas in which Asian Studies scholars have been underserved and under-resourced: (1) the Spatial Analysis of Asian Human Geographies, (2) Text Mining and Computational Analysis of Asian & Non-Latin Scripts, (3) Network Analysis of Non-Western social formations, and (4) the development of Digital Humanities tools and platforms designed for the unique challenges of Asian Studies scholarship.

DHAsia is seeking paper proposals for its 2018 Summit Meeting focused on East, South, Southeast, and Inner/Central Asia.

Material should be submitted via email/attachments to Tom Mullaney : with the subject heading « DHASIA 2018 APPLICATION ».

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The Philippine Journal of Linguistics (PJL) – FINAL Call for Submissions (2017)

The Philippine Journal of Linguistics (PJL) – FINAL Call for Submissions (2017)

The Philippine Journal of Linguistics (PJL) is the refereed journal of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines. It publishes original theoretical and applied research on various areas of linguistics. As such, it welcomes articles that are related but not limited to the following areas of research:

Theories of language development
Language variation
Descriptive linguistics
Language policy
Language planning
Language pedagogy
Language and power

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Call for Papers « Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia »

Call for Papers « Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia »

Association for Asian Studies conference – Washington, D.C.

March 22-25, 2018

Deadline July 1, 2017

Web announcement:

The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars to join a “Rising Voices” panel on the broad topic of “Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia.” We seek to recruit three early career scholars from Southeast Asian countries in order to form a panel for eventual inclusion in the 2018 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies.

Postdoctoral fellowship : Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at Kyoto University, Japan, invites applications for a two-year CSEAS Postdoctoral Fellowship under its program “Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies.”

Southeast Asia, through its regional inter-governmental institution of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), has emerged as a hub for Asian community-building. The highly diverse societies in this region have undergone rapid social, economic, political and environmental changes.

Under this six-year program funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), we aim to establish several sub-projects that are solution-oriented. By developing a “transdisciplinary platform”, we seek to generate a practical dialogue between academic and non-academic stakeholders for transformative research on the ASEAN region.

We attend to a variety of issues, such as:

1) environmental degradation
2) natural resource governance
3) economic growth and distribution
4) democratization
5) aging, health, and welfare
6) urbanization and depopulation
7) emerging infectious diseases
8) natural disasters
The root causes of these pressing issues must be understood and solutions must be sought beyond the confinement of nationalism, academic disciplinarity, and barriers separating academic and non-academic stakeholders.


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Visual Documentary Project 2017 : Urban life in Southeast Asia

Visual Documentary Project

Call for short documentaries : Theme : Urban life in Southeast Asia

Deadline : 1st September 2017

Southeast is progressively urbanizing. By 2025 just under 50% of the region’s population will be urban. What kinds of life do people live in the rapidly transforming urban landscapes of Southeast? From life in slums to financial districts, informal settlements to gated communities, revitalization projects to mass urban restructuring, what values shape urban life in Southeast Asia? and how does cultural diversity, heritage, and aesthetics also define urban life? For 2017, we are looking for inspiring documentaries that deal with any aspect of urban life in Southeast Asia.

Kyoto :

Tokyo :

  • Date & Time:December 9, 2017
  • Venue: The Japan Foundation Hall SAKURA
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Call for Papers : 7th international East Nusantara Conference

Call for Papers : 7th international East Nusantara Conference, 14-15/05/2018, Kupang, NTT, Indonesia

Deadline : 15 October 2017

The Seventh International East Nusantara Conference aims to create a platform whereby linguists and anthropologists can discuss the latest insights of their work relating to the languages and peoples of East Nusantara, Indonesia. The conference also seeks to bring together scholars from relevant fields such as (oral) history, archaeology, and genetics, with the specific aim of understanding migration patterns and the history of contact in the region. For the purposes of this conference, the East Nusantara region is taken to include Austronesian as well as non-Austronesian communities in eastern Indonesia (east of Bali) and Timor Leste.

Call for papers

Abstracts addressing any topic relating to to the languages and cultures of East Nusantara are especially welcome.

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Appel à contributions – Journal des anthropologues – Violences et terreurs instituées

Appel à contributions – Journal des anthropologues – Violences et terreurs instituées

La revue souhaiterait publier des articles sur la Birmanie en particulier, mais aussi sur d’autres pays de l’Asie du Sud-Est

Les résumés doivent être adressés aux trois coordinateurs au plus tard le 30 septembre 2017 et les articles le 31 janvier 2018.

Parution prévue : 2e semestre 2018.

Le terme de terrorisme a envahi l’actualité tout en recouvrant un ensemble de violences très diverses. Ce terme est néanmoins difficile à définir que ce soit sur le plan juridique, politique ou sociologique. La terreur peut être revendiquée comme un mode d’action tandis que le terrorisme peut être pour les gouvernements une arme de fustigation qui stigmatise l’ennemi à abattre. La confusion règne fréquemment sur les intentions et les inspirations des auteurs de violences et ajoute à la terreur des populations, autorisant les États à s’emparer de la thématique de la sécurité pour installer une gouvernance de crise. En quoi ces configurations appellent-elles un regard anthropologique ?

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2017 Vietnam Update: The Politics of Life 20-21 November 2017

2017 Vietnam Update: The Politics of Life

20-21 November 2017

Australian National University, Canberra

Vietnamese people often tell their foreign visitors that Vietnam is the most secure place in the world. The country has no terrorists, no political disorder, and the police are second to none. Decades of devastating warfare are long-past. Poverty is declining and incomes are rising in a region with good economic prospects. People in Vietnam appear to fling themselves at life’s everyday challenges with intensity and no little optimism.


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Call for papers: graduate student symposium

Mass Meditation: Practices and Discourses in Contemporary Global Buddhisms
October 6, 2017—Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, California

This conference will focus on the phenomenon of mass meditation (e.g., lay meditation practices, mindfulness, secularization) in contemporary global Buddhism. Of particular focus will be the means by which Buddhist meditation is understood and promoted in various contexts. We welcome submissions that consider how meditation has gained an ambivalent relationship to Buddhism—sometimes being promoted as a “spiritual technology” not connected to any particular tradition, sometimes as the condition sine qua non for Buddhist identity and the only practice recommended by the Buddha. Through the presentations given, we hope to reflect not only on the ways that meditation has been constructed through the Buddhist encounter with modernity, but how it has altered modernity and modern peoples through its global impact.

Topics include but are not limited to: the origins and popularization of lay meditation practices in Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka; the Vipassanā (Insight) and Mindfulness movements in  North America, Europe, and Asia; meditation practice and the construction of Buddhist identity or subjectivity; the “mystification” of meditation in promotional literature; the use of scientific language to justify and promote meditation both within and beyond Buddhist contexts.

Dr. Erik Braun, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and author of The Birth of Insight (co-winner of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism), will serve as the symposium’s keynote speaker.

Graduate students at any stage of their program are encouraged to submit paper proposals. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Thomas Calobrisi ( The deadline for submission is July 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified about their submission by August 15, 2017.

Limited travel funds may be available; low-cost housing is available on site at the Jodo Shinshu Center.

5th Borneo International Beads Conference | Malaysia

The 5th Borneo International Beads Conference (BIBCo), entitled ‘Our Universal Beads’, will take place in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, on 13-15 October 2017. The conference takes place in the context of the What About Kuching Festival 2017, a month-long celebration of local arts, culture and lifestyle.

The conference celebrates the bead culture of Sarawak, part of a greater Malaysian heritage, rooted in centuries of tradition.  An ancient maritime trading network linked Sarawak to the world; the beads most treasured today came from production centres on the Malay Peninsula, India, China and even further afield.

In the hands of Sarawak’s craftswomen and collectors, these masterpieces of the glassmaker’s art became intrinsically ‘Borneo Beads.’

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