Journal of immigrant and refugee studies, vol. 15, n° 3 (2017)

Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, vol. 15, n° 3 (2017), Special Issue : Statelessness, Irregularity, and Protection in Southeast Asia

Table of contents


  • Protection Elsewhere, Resilience Here: Introduction to the Special Issue on Statelessness, Irregularity, and Protection in Southeast Asia by Marie McAuliffe


  • Foreigners Everywhere, Nationals Nowhere: Exclusion, Irregularity, and Invisibility of Stateless Bajau Laut in Eastern Sabah, Malaysia by Greg Acciaioli, Helen Brunt and Julian Clifton
  • Contested Statelessness in Sabah, Malaysia: Irregularity and the Politics of Recognition by Catherine Allerton – A télécharger sur :
  • Unpacking the Presumed Statelessness of Rohingyas by Nyi Nyi Kyaw
  • Refugees, Islam, and the State: The Role of Religion in Providing Sanctuary in Malaysia by Gerhard Hoffstaedter
  • Birth Registration and Protection for Children of Transnational Labor Migrants in Indonesia by Jessica Ball, Leslie Butt and Harriot Beazley
  • Who Migrates? Tracking Gendered Access to Migration Within Households “In Flux” Across Time by Choon Yen Khoo, Maria Platt and Brenda S. A. Yeoh

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Call for papers : International Federation for Theater Research-Asia 2018

Call for papers : International Federation for Theater Research-Asia 2018 : Bodies in/and Asian Theaters, 20-23 February 2018,  University of the Philippines Diliman

IFTR-Asia 2018 is now accepting abstract submissions.

Please remember: abstract submission closes on 15 September 2017

IFTR-Asia 2018’s website is:

The conference attempts to answer these general questions: What do we mean when we talk about bodies in Asian theatres and performances? What do we mean when we talk about Asian bodies in different performances outside the region? How does theatre affect the way we think about the bodies of Asians?

Possible sub-themes include but not limited to the following:

The Spectacularization of the Body in Asia
Performing Queer Asian Bodies
Performing Displaced Bodies
Gendered Bodies
Asian Bodies Recuperated
The Body as Medium
Asian Corporeality and/in Choreography
The Asian Body as Method

For details of these sub-themes, please visit:

IFTR-Asia 2018 is now accepting abstract submissions. As you prepare your abstract, please note the following:

1. Please make sure your abstract is related to the major theme Bodies in/and Asian Theatres or one of the sub-themes of the joint ATWG International Colloquium and IFTR Regional Conference.

2. Please limit your abstract to not more than 300 words. Otherwise, the system will not accept your submission.

3. Please submit a short bionote of not more than 150 words.

4. You will receive a confirmation email from the conference conveners as soon as your submission is received.

5. Announcement of successful submissions shall start on 2 October 2017.

To submit your abstract, please go to this link:…/1FAIpQLSeyCdzDSdpPugz6wK…/viewform

Rituals across Buddhist Cultures: challenges, virtues and methods

Le séminaire Anthropologie comparée du bouddhisme,
animé par Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière (Centre Asie du Sud-Est)
et Nicolas Sihlé (Centre d’études himalayennes),
reprendra le 13 octobre 2017, au 54 bd Raspail, salle 751 de 9h30 à 12h30.

Pour cette séance inaugurale, nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir
John Clifford HOLT,
Professor of Humanities in Religion and Asian Studies
au Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine, USA).

Sa conférence, intitulée :
Rituals across Buddhist Cultures: challenges, virtues and methods
sera l’occasion de revenir sur son dernier ouvrage Buddhist Traditions: Ritual Cultures in Contemporary Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka
(University of Hawai’i Press, 2017).

Quatre séances suivant la conférence du Prof. Holt seront consacrées à la discussion des quatre grandes catégories de rituels dont il traite dans son livre : les grands rituels d’Etat, les ordinations, les grands rituels de dons méritoires (kathina / kathein), les rituels funéraires. Ces discussions ont pour objectif, en prenant comme point de départ les données de l’ouvrage de J. Holt et parfois d’autres lectures, d’affiner le regard comparatif sur ces types de rituels, y compris en regardant au-delà des seules traditions du Theravada examinées par J. Holt. Le programme précis ainsi que le résumé de la conférence du Prof. Holt seront diffusés prochainement.



Call for papers : Reorienting Myanmar Studies in Myanmar, 5-6 february 2018, Departement of Historical Research and National Library, Yangon

Myanmar studies among international scholars and researchers over the recent decades have been based in universities and institutions outside of Myanmar. Understanding of Myanmar Studies primarily dwelled on social science in Myanmar. However, the scope of Myanmar Studies has been becoming widespread and developing into a variety of focuses in recent years. Today, diversity of views and ideas has been emerging due to the impact of democratization process followed by socio-economic and political changes in Myanmar. Thus, Myanmar Studies has become an umbrella term that can cover every disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research focusing on Myanmar. With recent democratic and political liberalizations, it is the right time for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to organize international conferences on Myanmar studies.

“Reorienting Myanmar Studies in Myanmar” is a conference which is expected to serve as a platform that encourages a new direction in local and foreign scholarships on Myanmar. Therefore, we may find new perspectives discussing newly-emerged researches, both local and foreign, on a variety of disciplines.
So, the conference welcomes research papers in any discipline under the category of Myanmar Studies.

Submission Guidelines
Please submit your Title, Abstract, and short Biography in MS Word Format as an attachment to an email addressed to not later than 15 September 2017.

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CALL FOR workshop PAPERS: Populism in Asia: Contours, Causes, Consequences

Call for workshop papers : Populism in Asia: Contours, Causes, Consequences, 15-16 November 2017, Monash University Malaysia

During the last few years, populism has gained widespread attention in the Western world. Populist tendencies in Asia, however, have been largely ignored. Apart from the volume by Mizuno/Pasuk (2009), the phenomenon has slipped academic attention so far. Yet in recent years, the success of a new “Islamic populism” in Indonesia and Turkey, the rise of populist-authoritarian strongmen such as Duterte in the Philippines and Prabowo in Indonesia illustrate the salience of the phenomenon in Asia. A two-day-workshop organized by Monash Malaysia’s School of Arts and Social Science and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (GIGA) is exploring the issue of populist mobilization in Asia, its causes and consequences.

Altough the concept itself is fuzzy, recent scholarship has made some significant contributions to the understanding of populism. We follow a narrow definition of the concept and understand it as a mobilization strategy, which uses ideas that divide society into two homogenous and antagonistic camps : the “pure people” and the “corrupt elite” (Mudde 2004 ; Müller 2016). We can distinguish between classical, right-wing (ethno-nationalist), neoliberal and left-wing populism. Often, populism as a “thin ideology” is combined with elements of nationalism or socialism. The causes and effects of the rise of populist movements and parties are subject to intense debate : structuralist explanation such as economic insecurity, delayed modernization or uneven globalization stand next to culturalist assumptions, e. g. the cultural backlash thesis that is the “retro reaction by once-predominant sectors of the population to progressive value change (Inglehart/Norris  2016).

The workshop explores the following questions :

  1. How can we caracterize Asia’s emerging populism ?
  2. What are the root causes for the rise (or failure) of populists leaders/movements/parties ?
  3. How do populists mobilize their followers ?
  4. What are the effects of the rise of populists on foreign policy and domestic politics ?

Organizers :

Marco Bünte, Monash University Malaysia :

Andreas Ufen, GIGA, Hamburg : andreas.ufen@giga-hamburg.d

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Call for papers : Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference 2018

Call for papers : Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference 2018, 3-5 July 2018, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

We are proud to host the 22nd biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).

Co-organised by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the China Studies Centre and the School of Languages and Culture, this conference will bring together academics from across the disciplines with a shared interest in Asia. The conference is open to scholars, students and community members wishing to share their research and hear about the latest developments in Asian Studies.

The theme for 2018, Area studies and beyond, builds upon the traditional interdisciplinary fields of research within Asian Studies and seeks to move beyond them, to celebrate the full breadth and depth of interest in Asia across all fields of research.

Call for papers

Proposal submissions are now open for panels, individual papers and workshops. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2017.

We strongly encourage multi-country or multi-disciplinary representation, as well as gender balance and the inclusion of a combination of junior and senior scholars, in all proposals.

Conference committee members

  • Conference convenor: Professor Michele Ford, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre
  • Dr Elisabeth Kramer, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre
  • Professor Yingjie Guo, Chinese Studies
  • Dr Elizabeth Hill, South Asia Network
  • Dr Su-Kyoung Hwang, Korean Studies
  • Dr Tanya Jackimow, Development Studies (UNSW)
  • Ms Natali Pearson, Indonesian Studies
  • Dr Sandra Seno-Alday, International Business
  • Dr Matthew Stavros, Asian Studies
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Suter, Japanese Studies
  • Professor Luigi Tomba, China Studies Centre
  • Professor Adrian Vickers, Asian Studies

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Myanmar’s Peace Process (Part III)

« Myanmar’s Peace Process: Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, Borderland Economies, Service Delivery, and other Post-Panglong Concerns » (Part III) by Bobby Anderson, 25/08/2017, Tea Circle (Oxford)

DDR processes are only one aspect of the state building process that will need to occur in EAO areas; durable peace will only arrive when communities in EAO areas discern value in citizenship, and so a distrusted state must deliver health, education, and other services, and offer impartial protections, including the provision of land tenure. Education is particularly important: successful reintegration and enhanced livelihood security in EAO areas are fundamentally a question of human resources, the foundation of which is public schools. Across Myanmar, the educational system is in need of repair, and this is doubly so in many EAO areas. Education is supposed to create citizens as well as workers literate in a common language. A lack of vocational and technical training centers, not only in areas accessible to EAO populations, but in Myanmar as a whole, is also an urgent issue. These matters warrant much greater exploration— exploration that is beyond the scope of this analysis, however.  Afghanistan amply demonstrates how both DDR and alternative livelihood programs fail when they are standalone programs occurring in areas lacking the administrative, service-oriented, and coercive presence of the state. 

The process of state building in insurgent areas will occur through an inflow of Bamar civil servants into these areas to deliver services, and this will also lead to resentment. As a rule of thumb, many EAO host populations will not possess the requisite human resource capacity to completely staff education, health, and general administrative posts. Business and capital, some of it exploitative, will follow. Migrants historically dominate local markets in newly colonized areas; Chinese already play this role in Kachin, while Naga markets in Northeast India are dominated by Marwaris and Biharis, and Han Chinese in Tibet. This can also cynically play into conflict resolution efforts, if it gives struggling ex-EAOs entities to levy extra legal taxes on.

Myanmar’s ethnic minorities—and for that matter, China’s Tibetans, Indonesia’s highland Papuans, Thailand’s hill tribes, and others—know that uncontrolled in-migration will reduce them to minorities, with their cultures and lands subsumed by newcomers. James C Scott’s engulfment— defined as the settlement of loyal (read: docile) populations with an existing “national” identity in areas where such identity was lacking among indigenous peoples— may occur as a part of an unstated but overarching government strategy to dilute the concentration of peoples with separatist tendencies in sensitive areas.

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Myanmar’s Peace Process (Part II)

« Myanmar’s Peace Process: Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, Borderland Economies, Service Delivery, and other Post-Panglong Concerns » (Part II) by Bobby Anderson, 24/08/2017, Tea Circle (Oxford)


The government of Myanmar possesses the capacity to undertake disarmament and demobilization processes. But what it is still theoretically building with EAOs is the trust necessary to engage in such a process. Despite this, the government is unlikely to go down the well-trod path many other states have travelled via the subcontracting of Disarmament and Demobilization processes to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and other UN agencies that have expertise in such work. China’s acquiescence, however, matters here: elements of One Belt, One Road require the stability in Myanmar’s border with Yunnan, and this has been amply demonstrated by the involvement of special envoy Sun Guoxiang in the latest Panglong Meeting. It is unlikely that China would involve itself in disarmament and demobilization directly; a process under the auspices, not of the EU or DPKO, but of ASEAN, may be more palatable for them.

The disarmament aspect of DDR is a technically easy, time-bound process that only requires the will of each entity to engage with the other, under third party facilitation. This may involve insurgent entry into cantonments and dual-key weapons storage after a given peace process reaches a certain pre-defined milestone. The weapons initially handed over will likely be constituted in large part by “museum pieces”, while better functioning weaponry is held back in case Panglong 21 breaks down, or for sale. Implicit in such a process is the building up of state police forces in insurgent areas— often made up of ex-insurgents under state command— in a structure resembling BGFs, but more lightly armed.

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Myanmar’s Peace Process (Part I)

« Myanmar’s Peace Process: Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, Borderland Economies, Service Delivery, and other Post-Panglong Concerns » (Part I) by Bobby Anderson, 23/08/2017, Tea Circle (Oxford)

Myanmar’s history is defined by violence between a relatively stable lowland Bamar core and a fragile non-Bamar highland periphery. The country hosts numerous ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) including the world’s longest-running separatist insurgency. Since independence in 1948, Myanmar has never met Weber’s minimalist definition of a state as the holder of the monopoly of the use of physical force within a given territory. Beginning from a low point in 1948, when Karen separatists were assembled on the outskirts of Rangoon, Myanmar’s army or Tatmadaw grew over the years into a formidable military force as it asserted central control over all lowland areas, pushing insurgents year-by-year into more inhospitable and state-resistant terrain.

The country’s “Panglong 21” Peace Process, which seeks to end 70 years of insurgency in the country’s borderlands, has been subjected to significant criticism, not least from the participants themselves. Of the 17 EAOs who have signed the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), in July 2017, eight formed a “Peace Process Steering Team” to evaluate the current NCA, referring to it as a “deviation from the path they had envisioned.” Other EAOs excluded from signing by the Tatmadaw, and still others who declined to participate, have come together under a bloc, the Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC), led by the most powerful EAO in the country, the United Wa State Party, but the government refuses to negotiate with them collectively. A previous bloc, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), has, for all intents and purposes, fallen apart. Apparent from the process is the disconnect between the EAOs and the Tatmadaw in regard to sequencing: for example, EAOs want a political dialogue about the parameters of a federal state followed by security sector and constitutional reform, after which disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants (DDR) shall occur. Conversely, the Tatmadaw want DDR immediately, pressing for a disarmament prior to political negotiations. Each side has its own understanding of federalism that is, so far, incompatible with the other.

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Call for Papers Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages

Call for Papers

Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages   

Deadline: September 30, 2017


February 16-17, 2018

Web announcement

The Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages will focus on heritage/community language studies as a multidisciplinary field, impacting a variety of educational contexts. Submissions are welcomed from disciplines including but not limited to anthropology, applied linguistics, assessment, bilingualism, demographics, education, linguistics, policy, psychology, and sociology.

Please provide a 400-word (maximum) abstract of your paper, panel, poster session and a 50-word (maximum) summary.

Academic Position Vietnamese Lecturer Columbia University

Academic Position Vietnamese Lecturer Columbia University

Deadline: September 15, 2017

Web announcement:

The Vietnamese Language Program of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures invites applications for a full-time lecturer position in modern Vietnamese, beginning fall 2018. Responsibilities include teaching first-year through fourth-year modern Vietnamese. We are particularly interested in an engaging instructor willing to work collaboratively with other Columbia faculty and staff in developing Vietnamese studies at Columbia. Applicants should have extensive experience in teaching Vietnamese at the university-level to native speakers of English, demonstrated exceptional teaching achievement at all levels (level 1 through level 4) with both heritage and non-heritage learners, and familiarity with instructional technology.

Call for Journal Articles : Labor in Southeast Asia

Call for Journal Articles : Labor in Southeast Asia

Deadline: September 1, 2017

Web announcement

International Labor and Working Class History (ILWCH)  “Labor in Southeast Asia” special issue will present a comparative and regional perspective on the labor histories of the region. In the nineteenth century, this part of the world became integrated into the global economy as a commodity producing periphery, which shaped many common experiences. We are specifically looking for papers that deal with (1) plantations, (2) infrastructure or (3) textiles, sectors that have played a singular role in integrating the region into the global economy. Papers are invited that explicitly address questions pertaining to labor movements, civil society and colonial and postcolonial authoritarianism.


Prospective authors should send a brief cover letter (including address, e-mail details, and institutional affiliation), a two page CV, and an abstract not exceeding 500 words to Ulbe Bosma, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Depending on the outcome of the editorial review of the abstracts, full manuscripts (not exceeding 8,000 words) will be invited for peer review.

Call for Papers : Touring Vietnam: Exploring Development, Tourism and Sustainability in Vietnam from Multi-disciplinary and Multi-directional Perspectives

Call for Papers : Touring Vietnam: Exploring Development, Tourism and Sustainability in Vietnam from Multi-disciplinary and Multi-directional Perspectives


Deadline: August 31, 2017

Part I: December 28-31, 2017: Ho Chi Minh City & Bình Dương

Part II: December 31, 2017: Train from HCMC to Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen

Part III: January 1-4, 2018: Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen

Web announcement:


With the theme of exploring “development,” “tourism,” and “sustainability” in/of Vietnam from multi-disciplinary and multi-directional perspectives, the 9th “Engaging with Vietnam – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” Conference will introduce various activities, ranging from keynote sessions and academic presentations to exhibitions, a policy forum, Q&A sessions, field observations, and music performances that are all integrated to offer participants opportunities to feel, think, engage, try out and live the conference theme.


Submit your panel proposals (500 words), individual paper proposals (200-300 words) or ideas for exhibitions and poster displays online by the deadline.

Call for Papers: Economic Development in Laos and the Greater Mekong Region


Call for Papers Economic Development in Laos and the Greater Mekong Region

 Deadline: August 31, 2017

National University of Laos

November 2-7, 2017

Web announcement:

The 41st Southeast Asia seminar is organized by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University and the Faculty of Economics and Business Management, National University of Laos.

The countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region have experienced dynamic economic development in the recent years. Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos share several common economic development strategies, such as promotion of the agricultural sector, industrialization with foreign technology, as well as management of exports in the natural resources sector. This economic growth trajectory is accompanied by drastic changes in traditional social structures in both urban and rural areas, and poses urgent challenges to ecological sustainability. The seminar will examine the history, mechanisms and future challenges of the region’s economic development and improvement of life for the people of the region.

Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories

« Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories », 14/07/2017 – 11/03/2018, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Landmark exhibition at Asian Art Museum showcases centuries of creativity and cultural exchange

On view July 14, 2017–March 11, 2018 and presented in the Tateuchi Thematic Gallery, Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories is the result of more than a decade of study and collecting by the museum’s curatorial team — a labor of love to expand the institution’s holdings in this oft-overlooked area.

This is the first exhibition ever mounted in the United States of Philippine art spanning from the precolonial period to today. It explores the Philippines’ diverse artistic practices through twenty-five rare and compelling works: traditional carving and weaving; Islamic metalwork; Christian art from the colonial period; and modern and contemporary painting and mixed-media. This rich variety comes together to tell the sometimes unfamiliar story of how the Philippines — an island nation positioned along ancient trade routes between China and India, and, later, Europe via the Americas — has for centuries been a center for artistic exchange and innovation.

“The artistic culture of the Philippines has been marked by a history of invasion, resistance, accommodation and adaptation,” explains Natasha Reichle, who as the museum’s associate curator of Southeast Asian art spent years acquiring the artworks organized into this exhibition. “What has been fascinating is seeing how contemporary artists draw upon aspects of this complex legacy to create new works, works that are celebrated in the Philippines and valued in a global art market that is beginning to appreciate their beauty, originality and sophistication.”

“Ironically, the Philippines’ colonial history and Christian artistic legacy placed much of its art outside familiar ‘Asian art’ storylines of Hinduism or Buddhism, which may have led to its exclusion from our museum’s original founding collection,” explains Reichle. “Luckily for our visitors, this is a story that wants to be told. We have pieces in this exhibition acquired by donation, given directly from artists and collectors, even from the families of former missionaries and on-the-ground field researchers. The backstory of how we acquired every artwork mirrors the fascinating history of the Philippines.”

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