Monday, August 8, 2016

Human Rights Conference at Asia Centre, Bangkok

Asia Centre -an independent non-profit think-tank based in Bangkok- is bringing together academics and researchers for an evidence-based analysis of the Universal Periodic Review's (UPR)  impact on Southeast Asia. 

About the conference
All Southeast Asian states have undergone two review cycles of their respective human rights situations under the process.But what is the impact of the UPR on human rights in the region? And does the focus on constructive dialogue and the state-centric nature of the process help improve the situation?
This conference seeks to critically examine the UPR process through evidence-based research to evaluate its impact on SoutheastAsian states and societies. 
The findings will be compiled into a publication after the seminar. Participants will be given the opportunity to revise their papers following the conference.
We will also be accepting submissions on the Asia-Pacific region.

Abstract Submission
Submit an abstract of 300 words and a short bio by 15th August 2016. Please note that this is the final extension for submission of abstracts.
For more information please refer to the attached call for abstracts or visit our website.
Full Papers are due on 1st September 2016.

Conference Details
Date: 15th -17th September 2016
Venue: Asia Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.
Conference Fees: USD 200
USD 150 Early bird rate until 31 July 2016 (Closed)
                             USD 75   Special Student Rate

For inquiries, please contact Michelle @

Monday, July 25, 2016

South China Sea Arbitration Discussion, ASEANFocus

The ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) at the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute is proud to present to you the Special Issue ofASEANFocus on the South China Sea Arbitration which can be accessed and downloaded at

• The “ABCs” of the Tribunal Award
• The Next Steps after The Award: Views from the Philippines and China
• Debunking the Myths of the South China Sea: A Chinese Perspective
• Analyses from Selected ASEAN Member States and Dialogue Partners
• Thoughts and Reflections from International Thought Leaders

Call For Papers - At the Crossroads of Care and Giving, 2017 Association for Asian American Studies Conference

April 13-15, 2017, Portland, Oregon
Deadline: Friday, October 14, 2016

In recognition of Portland’s reputation as one of the greenest cities in America, the 2017 conference of the Association for Asian American Studies focuses on the broad theme of care and caregiving through the history, culture and practices of governmental and non-governmental care. We ask participants to think of care–and the lack of care–in broad terms: care as humanitarian relief, care of the environment, care of historical heritage and culture, care of the self, and care of others. How have Asian Americans received care and contributed to a caring world both at home and overseas? Conversely, how have some knowingly or unintentionally participated in larger institutions of power and profit that compete with communities and cultures of human expression, nurturing, sympathy, humanitarianism and bridge-building? What can governments and people in power do to provide support for these individual and collective efforts for a caring world?

Call For Papers - Slave Trade in the Indian Ocean and Indonesian Archipelago Worlds (16th to 19th Century)

November 10-11, 2016
International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Deadline: August 10, 2016
This workshop aims specifically at scholars currently doing source-based historical research on the slave trade in Asia. The workshop will address the following themes: Size of slave trade; Patterns of slave trade; and, Sources on slave trade. Early career scholars (including Ph.D. researchers) who are currently engaged in source-based historical research on the slave trade in Asia are encouraged to react.

Research Opportunities: Greater Mekong Countries Social Survey Center, Khon Kaen University

Leveraging the success of the Isan Culture Maintenance and Revitalization Programme, which involved large-scale mixed methodology surveying of municipal populations in Northeast Thailand on sensitive issues such as language and culture rights and the implementation of rights-oriented civic policies, the College of Local Administration at Khon Kaen University, the regional university for Thailand's Northeast, is happy to introduce to you the Social Survey Center, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation.

We specialize in:
1) Academic instruction and training.
2) Facilitation for Thai and foreign researchers.
3) Research and public education.

Through COLA's network in Thailand and throughout Greater Mekong Countries, we intend to open up local governments for research and have a proven track record in conducting and publishing research which has a real effect on implementing policy changes in association with municipal governments. We will work with you to help plan, implement, and publicise your research, always with the goal of policy change in mind. Email John Draper ( if interested.

Research Affiliations - Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia

Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia has announced a new program for practitioners, researchers and graduate students that supports an affiliation with the university and some funding support.