Friday, December 20, 2013

CFP: Networks and Interactions

Call for Papers:  "Networks and Interactions"

A Leiden University graduate student conference jointly organized by the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) and the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CA-DS)

Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands

Conference dates: May 9-11, 2014

The Institute for Area Studies and the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University invite graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to submit individual abstracts and panel proposals for the
Networks and Interactions Graduate Student Conference.

Scholarship has recognized the importance of networks – social, structural, conceptual – in shaping individual lives and human societies at large. The theme of this year’s conference, Networks and Interactions, invites participants to consider interactions, interrelatedness, and interconnections across space, time, and concepts. How did Egyptian bishops in the seventh century CE organize their professional networks and interact with civil officials, monastic communities, and ‘the common people’? How do recycling requirements and communal garbage collection sites influence social relations in contemporary Japanese neighborhoods? How did interpersonal and cross-cultural connections shape trade routes along the Silk Road? Where does agency reside when literary texts connect and interact, and artistic images, and musics? Networks and Interactions will provide a platform for students and junior scholars to present and engage with emerging insights into the formative role of networks and connections in the human world. The conference welcomes those working from various theoretical and methodological orientations, including but not limited to actor-network theory, symbolic interactionism, and social network analysis, and is open to all regional specializations.

Topics of particular interest to the conference include, but are not
limited to:
- Inter- and intra-regional networks
- Human-material interactions
- Borders and boundaries
- Cross-temporal connections
- Cross-cultural connections

Networks and Interactions will provide participants with opportunities to present their work to peers and senior scholars (including experienced academics who will act as moderators), and will serve as a platform to connect researchers across a variety of disciplines. Papers will be pre-circulated to discussants, presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length, and there will be ample opportunity for discussion of individual presentations and panels alike.

Application Guidelines:
1. Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students (at the master’s or doctoral level), post-doctoral fellows, or early-career researchers.
2. Papers must relate to the conference theme of ‘Networks and Interactions.’
3. Individual applicants must submit the attached application form by February 10, 2014.
4. Panel proposals should be submitted using the attached form; applicants who would like to suggest a panel should include a brief description of the panel’s theme, as well as a list of 2-4 papers to be presented in the panel. Applications should be submitted by February 10, 2014.

Successful applicants will be notified by February 21, 2014. Presenters will be required to submit a paper of maximally 8,000 words to by March 21, 2014.

Papers will be forwarded to their discussants only, and will not be
otherwise circulated.
For inquiries, please contact:
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Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting

Council on Thai Studies
Annual Meeting 
October 17-19, 2014 
Center for Southeast Asian Studies 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Ingraham Hall, rm. 206 

The Council on Thai Studies (COTS), established in 1972, is a consortium of universities with a particular interest in Thai Studies.  In 2014, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hosting COTS’ annual meeting, which is designed to provide scholars and students with opportunities to present both preliminary and more developed research findings, mainly in the social sciences and humanities, related to Thai. This year the conference will lead off, at noon on October 17, with a presentation by Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphutti, often described as an “activist-intellectual”, and the director of the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. In the early afternoon of October 17 films related to Thailand will be shown. The first panel presentations will begin early on that same evening. Most of the presentations will be made throughout the day on Saturday, October 18, and on the morning of Sunday, October 19, all participants are invited to an informal brunch hosted by Professor Katherine Bowie. 
More details regarding the program will become available closer to time of the conference. One of the wonderful things about COTS is that registration is free for everyone, including presenters and others who simply want to observe. This makes it accessible for everyone, and we do encourage everyone to attend. Please join us! 

Call for Papers and Organized Panels 
The COTS 2014 organizers urge individuals and small groups to submit both individual presentation abstracts (not more than 250 words in length), and proposals for organized panels involving more than one presenter and possibly a discussant. Proposers of organized panels should submit 1) a panel abstract explaining the broad objective of the panel (not more than 250 words in length) and 2) the abstracts for each of the individual presentations included within the panel. Discussants may also be proposed for particular panels. 

Presenters will be provided with between 15-20 minutes to present their papers, depending on the number of submissions and available time. Discussants should speak for no more than 10. The deadline for individual abstracts and panel proposals is July 31, 2014. All submissions should be sent to Dr. Ian Baird, (Chair, COTS 2014). 

Location and Accommodation 
COTS 2014 will be held at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ingraham Hall rm. 206, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Tel: 1-608-263-1755. For questions related to logistics, please contact Mary Jo Wilson at CSEAS, 

A block of rooms have been reserved for out-of-town participants at the Lowell Center, which is university accommodation within walking distance from the COTS venue. The following is the information required to book rooms: Council on Thai Studies (COTS) Conference Guest Room Block (Event #73007) 
Quantity of rooms: 10 rooms on night of Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014  
20 rooms on nights of Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 
Cut-off date for block reservation: September 16, 2014, so please do not delay in making your reservation. Guests need to call Lowell Center toll-free 1-866-301-1753 or local 1-608-256-2621 to make reservations.  When calling to make reservations please refer to group code: COTS. Or, for those who want to reserve online, please contact: Check-in Time: after 3:00 pm. Check-out Time: before 11:00 am 

Lowell Center location: 610 Langdon Street, Madison, WI, USA, 53703 
Room rates: Rates for 2014 have not yet been set. However, check for information as it becomes available.

Reminder CFP: Cornell Graduate Student Conference on SEA

Call for Papers: 2013 Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Conference


February 28 – March 2, 2014

George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

***Paper Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2014***

OVERVIEW: The Cornell Southeast Asia Program invites submissions for its 16th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held February 28 - March 2, 2014 at the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Tom Pepinsky from the Department of Government at Cornell will deliver the keynote address.

We welcome submissions of abstracts from graduate students who have completed original research related to any of the areas in Southeast Asia. Submissions are welcome from all fields of study and on any topic or time period. The theme for this year’s conference is “Southeast Asia in the Disciplines.” Throughout the past few decades in many segments of academia, an emphasis has been placed on the concept of interdisciplinarity within the politics of knowledge production. While recognizing the importance of interdisciplinarity in Southeast Asian Studies, we would like to step backto better understand how scholars approach the study of Southeast Asia from within their respective disciplines. We are particularly interested in papers that reflect on the ways that a presenter's particular research engages with and/or critiques knowledge production from the vantage of their particular discipline, with a focus on research methods and methodologies, theoretical frameworks, and understandings of socio-cultural, political, environmental, and economic processes. The conference seeks to showcase new projects in Southeast Asian Studies and to encourage vigorous dialogue between graduate students and faculty.

The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Committee will review all abstracts, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. In order to aid the process of thematic organization, we ask that you please include a few keywords summarizing your presentation along with your abstract.

Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper abstracts will be included in the conference program. All the panels will have discussants, so presenters should be prepared to submit full papers of 5000-8000 words by February 15. All accepted papers will be rigorously reviewed for potential submission toSOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. If selected, we will work with you to further prepare the paper for submission.

A limited number of modest travel allowances may be available for those traveling longer distances. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their home institutions first. Please indicate along with your abstract whether you expect to receive travel funding from your home institution and if you would like to be considered for a travel allowance from the Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Committee. We will be in touch in February to coordinate graduate student host lodging for confirmed presenters. In the spirit of collegiate engagement, all presenters are requested to attend the entire conference.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Please submit abstracts to the following email All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in MS Word format. Do not send a .pdf. Please name your abstract using your first and last name together (for example, johnsmith.doc for John Smith’s abstract). The subject of the message should specify “Abstract” and the body should include the following information.

- Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a primary email address
- Title of paper
- Paper topic or keywords
- The abstract (maximum of 250 words)
- Expectations of Funding Needs

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: January 15, 2014
Confirmation of Attendance Deadline: January 22, 2014
Full Papers Due: February 15, 2014

Please contact with any questions. 

Thank You,
The SEAP Grad Conference Committee

CFP: Changing Vistas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Asia Pacific

Call For Abstracts!

Changing Vistas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Asia Pacific

The Masters of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) Program at the University of British Columbia in collaboration with the University of Washington will be hosting thethird annual UBC/UW graduate student conference on Asian studies. The conference will be held from April 11th – 13th , 2014, at the UBC Vancouver campus in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The UBC/UW conference is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to compare methodologies and discuss current research on the Asia Pacific region. Conference participants can interact, network and collaborate with peers from different institutions and across a wide range of academic disciplines.
In addition to highlighting completed research projects, the UBC/UW conference will serve as an opportunity to develop works in progress. Alongside more traditional research presentations, there will also be a roundtable discussion aimed at tackling methodological and thematic challenges.
Currently enrolled graduate students interested in presenting their work and/or participating in the roundtable discussion are welcomed to do so according to the following guidelines:

Application Guidelines
The conference organizers ask that all applicants…
 a. be currently enrolled in a graduate/postgraduate studies program
 b. submit abstracts focused on issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific region
c. limit abstracts to a maximum of 300 words
d. include a short personal biography (100 word limit) along with their abstracts
Abstracts must be received by January 15th,  2014.
The conference organizers will respond to all applicants by mid February regarding the status of their abstracts/ presentations. 
For general inquiries concerning the conference, please contact: 
For abstract submissions as well as submission inquiries, please contact: or visit  

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thai social science data at the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan

The Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan has recently archived data from the various Thai research projects Professor Emeritus John Knodel has been doing for the last four decades. It is now available to other researchers. In some cases researchers will need to apply for approval from the College of Population Studies at Chulalongkorn University but for others it is publicly available without prior approval. Below is a listing of the projects. 
Comparative Study of Asian Elderly-Focus Groups, 1996 [Singapore,
Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand] (740)
Contraceptive Prevalence Survey 2, 1981 (1322)
Contraceptive Prevalence Survey 3, 1984 (1327)
Demographic Health Survey: Thailand (1333)
Extramarital Sex Focus Groups, 1994 [Thailand] (1295)
National Longitudinal Survey of Social, Economic, and Demographic: Round 11969-70
Change in Thailand: Round 1 (1329)
National Longitudinal Survey of Social, Economic, and Demographic Change in Thailand: Round 2 1972-73(1330)
National Survey of Family Planning Practice, Fertility, and Mortality in Thailand (1332)

To access any of them just go to: 
To pull up the full list just put the name Knodel in the investigator cell. 
To get a specific study only enter the study name or number.

Monday, December 16, 2013

3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia (PASEA)

14-20 JUNE 2014
Indonesian Institute of  the Arts (ISI) Denpasar
Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

The 3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia (PASEA) will be hosted by the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. This Symposium will officially open on 14 June 2014 in conjunction with the opening of the Bali Arts Festival, which features a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions and other culture-related activities from throughout Indonesia, and which will take place at the Taman Werdhi Budaya Art Centre just adjacent to the ISI campus.

The PASEA Symposium will feature several paper presentations, panels and a film showing. A cultural excursion day for PASEA attendees will include the hands-on experience of a kecakworkshop led by the GEOKS performance group/studio and visits to nearby workshops of mask (topeng) makers, wayang puppet craftsmen and other artists, a visit to a gamelan factory and to the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets, culminating with a stop at a well-known outdoor market featuring paintings and crafts of Bali as well as commercial goods.

The Tentative Schedule is: June 13 (Friday)–Registration; June 14 (Saturday)–Opening of Symposium, and Sessions;  June 15-16 (Sunday-Monday) Sessions; June 17 (Tuesday) Excursion; June 18-19-20 (Wednesday-Friday) Sessions and Closing on Friday afternoon. All paper/panel/film sessions in this Symposium will take place in the newly completed seminar facilities of the Gedung Serba Guna multipurpose building on the ISI campus located along Jalan Nusa Indah in  Denpasar (

A tentative Post-Symposium cultural tour is being planned to Lombok to visit sites and performances by the Sasak community and will take place immediately after the Symposium in Denpasar.  The tentative date for the Post-Symposium tour is from Saturday June 21 to Monday June 25. This tour will be organized through a travel agent in Lombok with the assistance of David Harnish, Mohd Anis Md Nor and Made Mantle Hood.  More information on this Post-Symposium tour will be provided in the next announcement on local arrangements forthcoming in late December.  

In 2014 this Symposium will focus on two major themes that will form the basis of the presentations and discussions, and will also include papers on new research.  The major themes for 2014 are:

I. Interculturalism and the Mobility of Performing Arts in Southeast Asia
Throughout the history of Southeast Asia, people have moved across the region, bringing with them their music, dance and theater. Trade, colonialism, religious evangelization, and transnationalism have promoted the diverse flow of the arts, for example, the circulation of Muslims and associated music/dance genres in Southeast Asia, early exchanges between the courts of Yogyakarta and Siam, the presence of gong chime ensembles throughout insular Southeast Asia, the current pop music scene, and so on.  Southeast Asian music and dance have also been displayed in world's fairs in Europe, North America, and other countries. What happens when the performing arts move across the regions or continents? What are the reception and the impact of the performing arts in question in their new cultural space?  How do people, musicians, dancers and other artists represent cultural difference and appropriation? These are some of the pertinent questions that would challenge us to explore the kind of transformations that take place when the performing arts travel outside their home country, in the past and the present.

II. Sound, Movement, Place: Choreomusicology of Humanly Organized Expression in Southeast Asia
This theme opens a platform for a rich description of the various aural and visual elements involved in Southeast Asian performing arts. Cross-modal relationships between sound and movement have deep implications for the way we perceive objects, moving bodies, color and sonic events among others. The interactions between sound and movement are not always congruent even though the two mediums may cohabit the same space.  Analyzing the convergence and divergence of sound, movement, and place is crucial to an understanding of the emotional, perceptual, and affective features of humanly organized expression.  In music, dance, puppetry, and other movement arts, the variable relationships between sound and movement reveal characteristics of performance traditions housed in culturally organized social contexts.  This theme brings attention to multisensory experience, the interactions between sound and movement, the field of metonymic relationships between music, dance, and space in Southeast Asian societies.

III. New Research (all topics).

While English is the official language of this symposium, the official language of the host country is Indonesian and papers may be presented in Indonesian with English language Powerpoint and Abstract, and a detailed Outline of the presentation in English to be handed out at the time of the session.

For PASEA members who are interested in starting a sub-study group focusing on a specific theme or topic, please select a chair or spokesperson and write up a brief description of your proposed sub-study group, noting the rationale and any projects that can be earmarked by the group at the time of your proposal. Submit your proposal for the particular sub-study group to the Chair of this Study Group at email: Your proposal will be included at the Study Group Meeting for discussion and consideration for approval. If you are interested in joining one of the existing sub-study groups, please contact the following sub-study group Chairs: Mohd. Anis Md. Nor ( for ‘Performing Arts of the Muslim Communities in Southeast Asia’, and Lawrence Ross ( for ‘Studies of Performance in Royal Contexts in Southeast Asia’.

All registration fees and other information on hotels and so on will be announced by the Local Arrangements Committee, Mohd. Anis Md Nor and Made Hood, Co-Chairs. Those visitors who wish to attend this Symposium will be able to do so according to instructions forthcoming in December by the Local Arrangements team.

The Program Committee for this Symposium is Tan Sooi Beng, Chair (Malaysia), Lilymae Montano (Philippines), Ako Mashino (Japan), Sumarsam (USA), R. Anderson Sutton (USA), Bussakorn Binson (Thailand), Tan Shzr Ee (UK), Paul Mason (Australia).

If you are interested in joining the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia, please inform the Chair ( and see the main ICTM website for membership information at

See you in Bali!

Summer Junior Resident Fellow Program: Undergraduate Program in Cambodia

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is offering 5 American, 5 Cambodian and 5 French undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to join a 6 week Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia. It will take place from Monday June 30th to Friday August 8th 2014.

CKS will offer successful candidates a fellowship of a maximum of $800 to contribute toward the cost of flights and other program related expenses.

CKS has been running a Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Programs in Cambodia since 2004. The program is intended for those individuals who have a genuine interest in Cambodia and Southeast Asia, and who may be considering graduate studies or careers in the region. With this in mind the focus is on striking a balance between academic rigor and extra curricula activities and field visits designed to give students a better understanding of contemporary Cambodian society.

The program provides a unique experience allowing students to live and study alongside others from different backgrounds and cultures while learning about the history and society of today’s Cambodia. During their residency students will be based at the CKS campus in Siem Reap, which is situated in the beautiful grounds of Wat Damnak, one of the town’s largest Buddhist pagodas, only minutes away from the famous Angkor World Heritage Site with its enigmatic temples.

For more information or to download an application formCLICK HERE
 or download the poster below.

Please pass this announcement on to any individuals/ groups/ and institutions that may be interested. 
Thank you for your cooperation.

Dr. Krisna Uk
Center for Khmer Studies
Siem Reap, Cambodia

CFP: Destabilizing Centers and Peripheries: Re-examining Approaches to the Study of Southeast Asia

Explorations: A Graduate Student Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

The history and present condition of Southeast Asia has been very much shaped by hierarchical arrangements specific to its global and local context, including colonialism, state-sponsored nation-building, the international capitalist economy as well as globalization. These arrangements have been highly influential in the manner in which academics have organized knowledge and have created categories through which that knowledge is presented.

Explorations is looking for papers that re-examine established approaches to the study of Southeast Asia. We are particularly interested in papers that destabilize or problematize existing categories and approaches in the light of contemporary research. In raising these questions, it is possible to consider alternative ways of thinking about Southeast Asia, both past and present. We encourage submissions from all fields of study, topics and time periods.

Possible topics (but not limited to) to explore:
    *    Typologies of political systems, e.g. authoritarianism, patrimonial democracy, bureaucratic polity
    *    Periodization of, or transitions within, Southeast Asian history e.g. Angkor and post-Angkor; colonial and post-colonial
    *    Formations of power: top-down or bottom-up
    *    State-centered approaches to the production of knowledge
    *    Constructions of gender
    *    Change and continuity: production of visual, written, or oral culture
    *    Diversity/homogeneity: exploring identities in their production, consumption and perpetuation

Deadline for paper submission: Friday, February 14, 2014
For more information, please see 

Call for Panels or Papers: Association of South East Asian Studies in the UK Annual Conference

Call for Panels/Papers
Association of South East Asian Studies in the UK Annual Conference

12th-14th September 2014
University of Brighton | Brighton, Sussex, UK

The 2014 ASEASUK Conference is being hosted at the University of Brighton’s Falmer campus five minutes from Brighton city centre and will include keynote addresses, workshops and performances, publishers fair and a conference dinner at Brighton Pavilion. The conference provides a first class opportunity to share research and network with established and early career scholars of South East Asia from across a wide range of academic disciplines in a convivial and friendly setting.

ASEASUK invites proposals for panels on any theme relating to South East Asian Studies. We encourage submissions from a wide range of disciplines and welcome the participation of early career scholars and those based in the South-East Asian region. Panel sessions will normally include five papers of 20 minutes each (including time for questions) or four papers and a discussant. Panel organisers are responsible for nominating a chair and (if required) a discussant for the panel. Heavily subscribed panels may run across two panel sessions. Panel proposals should take the form of a panel outline of no more than 200 words, which will be published on the conference website and in the conference programme. Panel chairs are responsible for collecting paper abstracts from panellists. Paper abstracts should be no more than 200 words and must include a title, author affiliation and contact details. Your panel proposal should include your panel outline, name, affiliation and contact details of panel chair/s and submitted abstract authors. Please note that the focus of the conference is South East Asia so whilst there is no restriction on academic discipline, papers must be focused on countries of that region (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam).

Submit your panel proposal and abstracts to the conference committee no later than 31 January 2014.

The ASEASUK conference also includes an open panel for papers not affiliated to any particular panel. If you wish to submit a paper for consideration in the open panel, please send a 200 word abstract (with your affiliation and contact details) to the organising committee by 31 January 2014.

Please note that to participate in the conference, you must be a member of ASEASUK. Membership gives you access to a number of privileges, including ASEASUK News, networking and early notification of funding opportunities. If you wish to register as a member, this should be done prior to conference registration.

Check the ASEASUK website for details:< Online registration will open from January 2014 on the ASEASUK website

Please contact us if you have any questions about panel organisation or abstract submission. We look forward to receiving your panel proposal and abstracts.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CFP: Youthful Futures? Aspirations, Education and Employment in Asia


Youthful Futures? Aspirations, Education and Employment in Asia

5-6 May 2014
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

This workshop examines the complexities around young people (aged 15-30); their aspirations for education, work and the future; alongside the potential opportunities and challenges they face in realising those aspirations under conditions of neoliberal development and cultural globalisation in Asia’s rapidly developing societies. Over the past quarter century, increasing numbers of young men and women have moved into formal secondary and post-secondary education. Participation in the education system not only prolongs youth as a life phase, but often also carries with it social status. In addition, schooling often changes young people’s expectations about the kinds of jobs they value and their idea of themselves as educated persons. While Asian youth have the possibility of aspiring towards very different futures than their parents could have imagined at the same age, the routes into such futures can be more risky, demanding and insecure. For some, there are many more opportunities for higher education and stable employment, offering prospects for upward social mobility, new consumer lifestyles, and relatively smooth transitions into partnerships/marriage and future family life. Other young men and women may benefit from better and longer periods of education, but find that there is no space for them in the workforce and so they remain un- or underemployed in relation to their educational qualifications. Even though their futures may not develop along a clearly discernible path, young people are often very mobile and alert to opportunities to make money or expand their personal networks. Additionally they may make choices to migrate (locally or internationally) and so stretch familial or cohort relations within other parts of Asia and beyond. The current youth cohorts are forced and exhorted to be more flexible and entrepreneurial and yet they face a shifting global economy. Within a neoliberal context of individualism, this often means that failures in relation to employment, income or security are seen as young people's own inabilities rather than part of structural political-economic shifts and neglect.

In this workshop, we use the social category of youth as a lens for understanding and rethinking the connections between education, youth transitions and the economy. In this spirit, we try to move away from problem-centred approaches in which young people appear as victims of global and local circumstances beyond their control, or are themselves stereotyped either as the ‘future of the nation’ or as troublesome agents. Rather, we wish to highlight how young people define their own conditions and explore possibilities for work and income through social relations with peers and the adults around them. Although youth in Asia may share certain conditions brought on by neoliberal development, youth un(der)employment, proliferation of new communication technologies, consumer lifestyles and global youth cultures, we are mindful of diversity and inequality within Asia’s youth population. The workshop will therefore pay particular attention to questions of autonomy and dependence in youth and key divisions of inequality along cultural, class, caste, ethnic, gender and generational lines.
Participants are encouraged to explore and interrogate the following questions and issues within an Asian context:

  • What are the gendered, ethnicised, and class-based types of futures expected of young people in different parts of Asia and what kinds of futures are young people themselves expecting? How do these social identities affect educational and employment opportunities?
  • What are the aspirational desires of young people and their parents, how do these connect with discourses of aspiration, and what are the material realities?
  • What are the promises and realities of an expanding education system for young Asians?
  • What particular problems do young people in Asian contexts face and tackle in relation to education, training, and employment?
  • What role does migration/mobility play in young people’s search for education and employment?
  • What social relations, competencies, strategies and resiliences are young people developing and utilising to work towards positive outcomes for their futures? What support systems are in place to assist them in these approaches?


We invite those interested in participating in the workshop to submit original paper proposals. We expect to publish selected papers from those accepted for presentation in a special journal issue / edited volume. Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract of 350 words maximum (including a note about methodology and main findings) and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 21 January 2014. Please send all proposals to Dr Suzanne Naafs at and A/P Tracey Skelton at For a copy of the submission form, click here.

Successful applicants will be notified by mid February 2014 and are required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 15 April 2014. Based on the quality of proposals and availability of funds, partial or full funding will be granted to successful applicants. Participants are therefore encouraged to seek fund for travel from their home institutions. Full funding covers air travel to Singapore by the most economical means, plus board and lodging for the duration of the workshop.



Dr Suzanne NAAFS
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Assoc Prof Tracey SKELTON
Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
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Monday, December 9, 2013


Call for Papers

Explorations: A Graduate Student Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Destabilizing Centers and Peripheries:
Re-examining Approaches to the Study of Southeast Asia
The history and present condition of Southeast Asia has been very much shaped by hierarchical arrangements specific to its global and local context, including colonialism, state-sponsored nation-building, the international capitalist economy as well as globalization. These arrangements have been highly influential in the manner in which academics have organized knowledge and have created categories through which that knowledge is presented.
Explorations is looking for papers that re-examine established approaches to the study of Southeast Asia. We are particularly interested in papers that destabilize or problematize existing categories and approaches in the light of contemporary research. In raising these questions, it is possible to consider alternative ways of thinking about Southeast Asia, both past and present. We encourage submissions from all fields of study, topics and time periods.
Possible topics (but not limited to) to explore:
    *    Typologies of political systems, e.g. authoritarianism, patrimonial democracy, bureaucratic polity
    *    Periodization of, or transitions within, Southeast Asian history e.g. Angkor and post-Angkor; colonial and post-colonial
    *    Formations of power: top-down or bottom-up
    *    State-centered approaches to the production of knowledge
    *    Constructions of gender
    *    Change and continuity: production of visual, written, or oral culture
    *    Diversity/homogeneity: exploring identities in their production, consumption and perpetuation
Deadline for paper submission:
Friday, February 14, 2014

Summer Program: Local, National, and Transnational Modes of Belonging in Indonesia and Beyond

Summer Program
Local, National and Transnational Modes of Belonging in Indonesia and Beyond
Kleinwalsertal, Austria

July 20-26, 2014

Organizers: Prof. Kathryn Robinson (ANU), Prof. Karl-Heinz Kohl (Goethe-University), Prof. Susanne Schroeter (Goethe-University), Dr. Birgit Braeuchler (Goethe-University), Dr. Kristina Grossmann (University of Passau), Dr. Ross Tapsell (ANU)

The program, open to PhD candidates and early career researchers, will assess current 'modes of belonging' by taking differing vantage points, including the peripheries, and from below, and based on theoretical reflections in areas such as concepts of citizenship; national identity and community formation; transnational social movements; and forms of representation and communication. Cost: approx. 300 Euros including accommodation (6 nights), transport (Frankfurt to Kleinwalsertal) and meals. Send a short letter outlining your reasons for wishing to attend, your paper title and abstract (maximum 250 words), along with your institutional affiliation and a short bio sketch (maximum 150 words), to Birgit Braeuchler (birgitbraeuchler [at] and Kristina Grossmann (rossarigo [at] by January 25, 2014.

Dissertation Research and Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Multi-Country Research

Dissertation Research and Post-doctoral Fellowships for Multi-Country Research
Council of American Overseas Research Centers

Citizenship: Open only to U.S. citizens.

Doctoral candidates who have completed all PhD requirements with the exception of the dissertation, and established postdoctoral scholars. Must wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in two or more countries outside the United States, one of which must host a participating American overseas research center. The two Southeast Asia countries with AORCs are Cambodia and Indonesia.

Stipend of up to $10,500.

Deadline: 13 January 2014

Approximately 9 awards will be given to scholars who wish to carry out research on broad questions of multi-country significance. Fellowships are limited to the support of study and research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences. Tenure must be of at least 3 months duration.

For More Information: CAORC, Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 37012, MRC-178, Washington, DC 20013-7012, (202)

Web announcement: 

CFP: Michigan Journal of Asian Studies

Call for Papers
Michigan Journal of Asian Studies

MJAS is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to publish papers relevant to the field of Asian Studies. MJAS and is currently accepting submissions for its next issue until January 5, 2014. Submission guidelines can be found on the website  

Summer Program: Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition, SOAS

Summer Program
Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

June 30 - July 18, 2014
This intensive course will enable students to read Malay and Indonesian written in Jawi (Arabic based script). Instructors will introduce students to key resources such as dictionaries, electronic resources and catalogues. Many of the materials discussed in class are in London collections, and students will have the opportunity to view them during visits included in the course. Students should have intermediate-level knowledge of Malay or Indonesian. It is not necessary to have any knowledge of Jawi. See the program website for more details, including costs

Globalization East


Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH): “Globalization East”

June 23-26, 2014 University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsors: World History Center (, Global
Studies Center (, Humanities Center (,

Each year beginning in 2010, the Flying University of Transnational
Humanities (FUTH) has gathered graduate students and young scholars in the
humanities and social sciences for a summer school centering on
presentations by leading scholars and sharing of information and
perspectives by all present. The Flying University of Transnational
Humanities, based at Hanyang University, Seoul, was brought into existence
through the energies of Professor Jie-Hyun Lim, director of the Research
Institute for Comparative History and Culture.

During the week of June 23-26, the University of Pittsburgh will host the
2014 FUTH meeting, with the theme “Globalization East.” The summer school
will address contemporary and past globalization in its socio-economic and
cultural dimensions. It centers on “the East” – the various regions of Asia
– in two ways. First, it focuses on the nature and impact of globalization
in the East, present and past, tracing the nature of globalization in the
region of densest population. Second, it focuses on the impact of Eastern
processes of globalization on other regions in the world, notably Europe,
the Americas, and Africa.

The program is to include lectures, discussions, and panels of papers
presented by participants. Distinguished speakers include Edmund Burke III
(Univ. Cal-Santa Cruz), Patrick Manning (Univ. of Pittsburgh), Rila
Mukherjee (Hyderabad Univ.), Naoki Sakai (Cornell Univ.), Joanna
Waley-Cohen (New York Univ.-Shanghai), and Christine Yano (Univ. of
Hawai’i). FUTH 2014 will include up to 40 participants from around the
world. Conference facilities, including food and lodging, are on campus at
the university.

We invite applications from graduate students and junior scholars in all
disciplines. Prospective participants should send proposals that include a
title, a 500-word abstract, a short (2-page) CV, names of two referees to by Feb 28, 2014.  Proposals should include a clear
topic and may include methods, temporal organization, and reference to any
links between the proposal and broader global, historical, and especially
interdisciplinary approaches and questions. Participants will be selected
for paper presentations or as discussants in transdisciplinary workshops.
Those admitted will be notified in mid-March.