Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies - Deadline Extended



 Friday, 08 July 2016 to Sunday, 10 July 2016
Where: Thammasat University; Bangkok, Thailand

The Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS V) will be held from July 8 to 10, 2016 on the Tha Phrachan campus in Bangkok, Thailand. The main objective of the conference is to promote Lao studies, broadly defined, by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao Studies.

The theme of the Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies is "Lao PDR in the ASEAN Context," with particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

All Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have committed to creating a region which is highly competitive, equitable in economic development and fully integrated into the global economy. The establishment of the AEC in 2015 will bring enormous opportunities as well as great challenges for the individual member countries in the region, especially for Lao PDR .

Suggested topics for the Fifth ICLS include, but are not limited to:
  • Laos' trade integration within AEC
  • Special economic zones (SEZs)
  • Export survival
  • Roles of the private and public sectors
  • Human resources and effects on local employment
  • Migration
  • Infrastructure demands
  • Balancing development growth and environmental conservation
  • Tourism
  • Traditional knowledge and cultural expressions in economic development
  • Impacts on cultures and life ways
  • Lao language, culture, and history
  • Art, literature and music
  • Buddhism
  • Border Trade and culture
  • Isan Regionalism
  • Architecture
  • Education
  • Environment and Health
  • Rural Development
  • Other topics
Submissions for consideration may be individual paper presentations, panels, exhibits, posters, artistic and musical performances, and/or cultural activities. Comparative perspectives are welcome and encouraged.
The following are included within the target groups of the conference:
  1. All self-identified ethnic groups of Lao PDR (e.g. Lao, Khmu, Hmong, Iu-Mien, Akha, Phouan, Phou Tai, Nyouan, etc.);
  2. Lao/Thai Isan and other ethnic Lao groups in Thailand (e.g. Lao Song, Phouan, Phou Tai, etc.)
  3. Ethnic Lao living in Cambodia
  4. Cross-border ethnic groups living in Vietnam, China, Burma, Thailand and Cambodia (e.g. Akha, Hmong, Phouan, Ieu-Mien, Khmu, Tai Lue, Tai Dam, Lahu, Brao, etc.)
  5. Overseas diaspora originally from Laos or descendents of people from Lao PDR (including Lao Americans, Hmong Americans, Khmu Americans, French Lao, Australian Lao, Canadian Lao, etc.)
Procedures and Timelines
Deadline for submissions: Please submit abstracts in English before November 30, 2015.
  1. Abstracts should be submitted electronically, preferably as a Microsoft word document in an e-mail attachment to (see below for specific instructions regarding preparation of abstracts).
  2. The conference committee will review abstracts and send an acceptance letter (via email) in December 2015 with scheduling information and other instructions for submitting final abstract statements and full versions of papers.
  3. Abstracts and full versions of conference papers will be collected for distribution on-line.
Abstract preparation guidelines:

INDIVIDUAL PAPER submissions should include the following information:
  • Title of the paper
  • Name, institution, address and email address of paper presenter
  • Abstracts (250 words or less) with identified keywords
  • Related conference topic(s)
Individual papers will be grouped into panels by the conference committee.   
PANEL submissions should include 3 to 4 scholars presenting formal papers and 1 or 2 discussants. Panels will be approximately 75 to 90 minutes. Panel organizers are requested to supply the following information:
  • Title of the panel
  • Conference theme(s) related to the panel
  • Name, institution, address and email of the panel organizer
  • Name, institution, address and email of each paper presenter
  • Names, institutions, addresses and email of the panel discussants
  • Abstract (250 words or less) describing the panel as a whole

All participants should register online at Registration fees are listed below. The registration fee includes entrance to all official panel sessions, exhibits, performances, the film festival and cultural activities, as well as morning and afternoon snacks during the three-day conference.

Registration fees1:

Rate TypeEarly Registration:
On or before April 30, 2016
Late Registration (after April 30, 2016) or
Registration On-site
Lao & Thai citizens Students
2000 Baht/ USD $602500 Baht/ USD $80
3200 Baht/USD $1003800 Baht/USD $120
Lao & Thai citizens Non-students
3000 Baht/USD$953800 Baht/USD $120
4300 Baht/USD $1354800 Baht/USD $150
Thammasat Staff and Faculty members
1500 Baht/USD $451500 Baht/USD $45
Center for Lao Studies Members (Students)*
2700 Baht/USD $853250 Baht/USD$105
Center for Lao Studies Members (Non-students)*
*Center for Lao Studies Membership information is available
3650 Baht/USD $1154150 Baht/USD $130

1Note: 90% refunds are possible up to March 1, 2016. After this time refunds are not possible.

Conference Banquet will take place on Saturday July 9, 2016. The fee for the banquet, if any, will be determined at a later date.  

Contact information:

Varisa Kamalanavin, Ph.D. (Co-chair) 
Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies
Faculty of Liberal Arts                                                                
Thammasat University
Tha Phrachan, Bangkok 10200


Vinya Sysamouth, Ph.D. (Co-chair) 
Center for Lao Studies
405 Grand Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080

Updates will be posted on the conference website at

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