Call for Films – AAS 2018 Annual Conference

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Current AAS members received this directly from the AAS.  It would be great for the Philippines to be well represented among these films.  Pls. note the criteria noted in linked page given below: “Criteria utilized in the selection process include timeliness, broad appeal to the scholarly community, and examples of new field work.”   –Megan

CALL FOR FILMS

The Association for Asian Studies is now accepting films for consideration and inclusion on the 2018 Annual Conference Film Expo program.

The Annual Conference will take place in Washington, DC, March 22-25, 2018.

We welcome the submission of films related to Asia produced by scholars and independent filmmakers. All films selected to be screened at the Annual Conference are promoted in a special Film Expo Booklet which includes contact information for distributors or filmmakers who self-distribute. In addition to the main screening room, we will offer a ‘on demand’ room for attendees who miss scheduled screening times.

The deadline for submissions is November 10, 2017. Please visit the AEMS website for detailed instructions and submission form.

AAS Film Expo is curated by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS), a program of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We look forward to seeing you and your film in Washington DC!

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Call for Proposals Open: AAS-in-Asia, India

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AAS members would have received this announcement directly from the AAS.  If you are interested in organizing a panel and would like to circulate something to PSG members, contact me.  –Megan (mcthomas@ucsc.edu)

Call for Proposals
Now Open
5-8 July, 2018 New Delhi, India

On behalf of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and Ashoka University in India we are pleased to invite colleagues in Asian studies to submit proposals for organized panels and roundtables (no individual paper proposals accepted) to be presented at the fifth AAS-in-ASIA Conference to be held July 5-8, 2018 at India Habitat Centre in Delhi, India.

The Program Committee for the AAS-in-ASIA conference seeks proposals dealing with all regions of Asia on subjects covering a wide range of scholarly disciplines and professional fields under the broad theme: Asia in Motion: Geographies and Genealogies.

One of the goals of this AAS-in-ASIA conference is to foster lines of dialogue and scholarly communication that cross the ordinary (often nation-specific) boundaries of academic networks. Panels are welcomed from scholars in disciplines across the field of Asian studies, wherever they may be based academically, and are especially encouraged from scholars representing academic communities that are relatively underrepresented in international meetings.

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the proposal submission website.

AAS 2018 Annual Conference CFP Submission Deadline Just 1 Week Away – August 8!

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AAS members would have received the below reminder directly from the AAS.  Also note: If you’re compiling a panel proposal with a Philippine Studies theme but missed Monday’s deadline to request PSG sponsorship, be in touch with me (mcthomas@ucsc.edu) as it may be possible to consider late requests.  In any case, do take note of the AAS submission deadline.  –Megan

One week left before submission deadline
2018 AAS Annual Conference 

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Present at the Largest Asian Studies Conference

The AAS Annual Conference is returning to Washington D.C. for the first time in 16 yearsThe 2018 Conference will take place the Marriott Wardman Park hotel March 22-25, 2018.

The AAS Program Committee is accepting Organized Panel proposals, Roundtable proposals, Workshop proposals, and Individual Papers for review and consideration. If you have not already done so, log in now to start the process of submitting a proposal submission.

Questions? Email aasconference@asian-studies.org.

Proposal Submission Deadline:
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 5:00pm EST

For complete and detailed submission instructions, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) and information on how to submit a ‘ seeking panelists/panels‘ posting, please visit the AAS Conference website.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

CFP: AAS workshop “Asia and the Anthropocene”

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The AAS is pleased to invite applications to participate its workshop, Asia and the Anthropocene, which will take place August 23-27, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Note that early career scholars (including doctoral students) and scholars based in Asia are especially encouraged to apply, and that all participants’ travel, room, and board will be covered.  The deadline to apply is October 2.  Here’s an excerpt from the CFP, available in full at http://www.asian-studies.org/anthropocene:

The purpose of this gathering is to explore the emerging concept of the Anthropocene through shared readings and collective conversations about how scholars of Asia might best respond to the scientific proposal of a new geological epoch. The selection committee seeks bold ideas and broadly framed research papers that grapple with the challenges posed by this new understanding of planetary conditions. Participants will present short papers (20-30 pages, double spaced, including notes) designed to further this new field of study, leaving ample time for discussion. We will also read and discuss certain key texts that are relevant to this emerging field. The workshop will include a field trip to a location to be determined.

The goal of this workshop is to explore a range of ways in which scholars in non-science fields might draw on their regional expertise to engage with the dramatic paradigm shift that sees human beings as a planet-changing species.

PSG sponsorship deadline extended

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The deadline to apply for PSG sponsorship for AAS 2018 panel proposals has been extended to July 31.  If you would like your panel to be considered for PSG sponsorship, send the complete proposal to Megan (mcthomas@ucsc.edu) by that date.  As always, the PSG sponsorship request is independent of the AAS submission process; endorsement of a selected panel does not guarantee acceptance by the AAS conference committee but is acknowledged as an expression of support from a community of peers. 

The rest of this message has reminders about developing proposals and submitting them to the AAS.

–AAS’s submission deadline is Tuesday, August 8.

–No one has yet asked me to circulate a panel idea on this list, but you are still welcome to do so if you have a panel idea or partially-complete panel and want to invite other participants.  Send the information you’d like to circulate to Megan (mcthomas@ucsc.edu).

–You may want to check out the “sessions seeking participants” and “participants seeking sessions” forum of the AAS conference website.  There are a couple there with SEA themes.

–As you consider how to organize yourself into a panel with others, remember that the LDC travel grant is available to help fund scholars from “late developing countries”.  See the full call for proposals for more information.  Only one LDC grant of a maximum of $2,000 is available per panel, and must be requested at the time of submitting the panel.  If you would be applying for an LDC grant, be sure to communicate this to your panel organizer and make sure both of you carefully follow the AAS’s instructions.

–Keep in mind the program committee’s criteria.  (The below text is copied from the full call for proposals.)

The Program Committee focuses on the following criteria when reviewing and scoring proposals:

     1.      Intellectual quality of the research (originality of material or interpretations, soundness of methodology, knowledge of the field, etc.).
     2.      Quality of the written abstracts, the overall panel abstract being of greatest importance (clear, jargon-free prose is especially valued).
     3.      Coherence of the papers to the overall panel topic and quality of paper abstracts.
     4.       Diversity in Gender, ethnicity, and institutional balance with a combination of junior and senior scholars.
     5.       Indication of a commitment to stimulating active discussion at panel sessions.
     6.      Attention to AAS guidelines (deadline, prohibition on more than one appearance, limits on number of presenters, etc.). 

AAS 2018 CFP now open

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The call for proposals is now open for the 2018 AAS meeting in Washington DC, March 22-25.  The submission deadline is August 8.*   (This message replaces my message of June 21 looking ahead to the call for proposals.  –Megan Thomas, PSG Country Chair)

–If you have an idea for a Philippine studies-themed panel and are seeking others to join, please let me know (e-mail me at mcthomas@ucsc.edu) and I can post an announcement here.

–If you’re interested in organizing a panel and having it be considered for Philippine Studies Group sponsorship, please plan to submit the complete proposal to me (mcthomas@ucsc.edu) by July 25,* which is 2 weeks before the AAS deadline; I’ll let you know at that point when you can expect to hear whether PSG would sponsor your panel.  As always, the PSG sponsorship request is independent of the AAS submission process; endorsement of a selected panel does not guarantee acceptance by the AAS conference committee but is acknowledged as an expression of support from a community of peers. 

–You may also want to check out the “sessions seeking participants” and “participants seeking sessions” forum of the AAS conference website.  You may well have other networks too, of course, but this is one way to connect with scholars you don’t already know for the purposes of putting together a panel.

–Junior scholars: Remember the SEAC Rising Voices panel on Environmental Issues and Human Health in SEA.  Proposals are due for this panel July 1.

–As you consider how to organize yourself into a panel with others, remember that the LDC travel grant is available to help fund scholars from “late developing countries”.  See the full call for proposals for more information.  Only one LDC grant of a maximum of $2,000 is available per panel, and must be requested at the time of submitting the panel.  If you would be applying for an LDC grant, be sure to communicate this to your panel organizer and make sure both of you carefully follow the AAS’s instructions.

–Keep in mind the program committee’s criteria.  (The below text is copied from the full call for proposals.)

The Program Committee focuses on the following criteria when reviewing and scoring proposals:

     1.      Intellectual quality of the research (originality of material or interpretations, soundness of methodology, knowledge of the field, etc.).
     2.      Quality of the written abstracts, the overall panel abstract being of greatest importance (clear, jargon-free prose is especially valued).
     3.      Coherence of the papers to the overall panel topic and quality of paper abstracts.
     4.       Diversity in Gender, ethnicity, and institutional balance with a combination of junior and senior scholars.
     5.       Indication of a commitment to stimulating active discussion at panel sessions.
     6.      Attention to AAS guidelines (deadline, prohibition on more than one appearance, limits on number of presenters, etc.). 

* These dates are 5 days later than I’d indicated in my June 21 post/e-mail; the AAS bumped back their deadline, and in turn I’ve adjusted the deadline for consideration for PSG sponsorship.

AAS-in-Asia June 24-27

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Get ready for Seoul!  AAS-in-Asia is coming up June 24-27, and many PSG members will be attending and presenting.  I’ve used keyword searches to compile a list of panels with papers that appear to relate to Philippine Studies in some way: Philippines panels AAS-in-Asia 2017.  (Pls. pardon the awkward formatting–I had a tough time with this but I hope it’s at least readable.) The on-line program, which allows you to view the full panel information including panel and paper abstracts, is available here:

https://admin.allacademic.com/one/aas/asia17/

[No one requested additions or corrections to the version I sent June 10, so that remains the latest version.]

It promises to be a great meeting!

–Megan Thomas, PSG Country Chair

SEAC Call for Papers

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Junior scholars, please note the below CFP from the Southeast Asia Council.  
–Megan Thomas, PSG Country Chair
Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia
Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies
Deadline July 1, 2017

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, to be held in Washington, D.C. from March 22–25, 2018.

Panel Topic Details:

For this year’s Rising Voices Panel, we seek to build a panel on the broad topic of “Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia.” In addition to receiving financial support from the AAS/SEAC, this year’s Rising Voices Panel also has financial support provided by TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia ( http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=TRN).

The exact panel description will be developed and refined once panelists have been selected, but the theme is designed to be inclusive enough to solicit a wide range of applicants. Papers can discuss ways that transnational borderland identities are both formed and performed in various contexts, and may pursue the topic from any disciplinary angle, either contemporary or historical. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Pollution and Human Health
  • The Wildlife Trade and Human Health
  • Environmental Degradation, Poverty, and Human Health
  • Government(s) in Southeast Asia, the Environment, and Human Health
  • The Anthropocene and Human Health
  • International Organizations, the Environment , and Human Health in Southeast Asia

The only restriction regarding proposed paper topics is that they must be about “Southeast Asia” and “Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia.”

For further details on this year’s panel topic, eligibility, and selection criteria, please visit the call for papers at http://www.asian-studies.org/SEAC-Rising-Voices . Further questions may be addressed to this year’s panel organizer:thompsonc2@southernct.edu.

Mike Cullinane receives 2017 Grant Goodman Prize

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Cullinane (left) accepting the award from Rodell.

Michael Cullinane received the Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies at the Toronto PSG meeting.  We wanted to share the photo and the committee’s citation (below) with all, regardless of whether you were able to attend the event.

Congratulations, Mike!

The Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies is pleased to award the Grant Goodman Prize for 2017 to Michael Cullinane for his substantial contributions to Philippine historical studies. Cullinane is the Associate Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he teaches as a Faculty Associate.

It was during his undergraduate days in California that Cullinane’s interest in Southeast Asia began. Afterward, his service in the Peace Corps introduced him to Cebu and since then he has channeled his considerable energy and intellect toward that island province, the country and even the Filipino diaspora. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Cullinane was a prominent member of a group of young social historians who explored local histories of the Philippines. His concentration on Cebu and its social-political elites bespoke his interest in the country’s wrenching turn-of-the-century transition from Spanish to American colonial rule. This interest became the focus of his dissertation and his influential book Ilustrado Politics: Filipino Elite Responses to American Rule, 1898-1908 published by Ateneo de Manila University Press in 2004, a unique and definitive account.

In addition to this major work, Cullinane has authored twenty book chapters and articles on a wide range of historical topics, periods and geographical areas. The most numerous of these publications explore Cebuano topics such as its Chinese mestizos, both the Spanish and American colonial periods, and prominent Cebuano leaders such as Sergio Osmena. His other publications have explored topics that include demography, transportation strikes, Manuel L. Quezon, basketball and culture, and Hilario Moncado and local Filipino history in Hawaii.

Cullinane has continued his productive service to Philippine history and in 2014 he published two more major works both based on his Cebuano research interest: The Battle for Cebu (1899-1900): Andrew S. Rowan and the Siege of Sudlon and Arenas of Conspiracy and Rebellion in Late Nineteenth-Century Philippines: The Case of the April 1898 Uprising in Cebu. As was the case of Ilustrado Politics, these recent titles were published in the Philippines which increase the availability of his work to the Filipino scholarly community. He has at least two forthcoming articles and is working on two on-going book projects that will further deepen his already extensive contribution to Philippine history.

All of these publications were produced despite demanding administrative responsibilities for the Southeast Asia programs at the University of Michigan and now in Madison as well as his work with the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute programs on those two campuses. Of course he still has teaching responsibilities and has been involved in oral history and archival projects while presenting papers at a long list of international conferences.

The Philippine Studies Group is pleased to acknowledge his scholarship and leadership by conferring on him the 2017 Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine history.

petition on academic publishing standards

Dear PSG Folks,  I do not generally use this list for activist purposes but PSG member Noah Theriault called this to my attention and we think many of you would want to know about it, if you don’t already via social media.  Please note that the petition will be delivered on Friday.   –Megan
Forwarding on behalf of a colleague….
———- Forwarded message ———-

Apologies for cross-postings:

Dear colleagues,
I wish to bring to your attention a highly problematic practice in academia of not holding scholars or journals to high standards of accuracy, merit, or rigor. This is particularly so when they publish shoddy racist click-bait pieces. Some of you may already be following the debates for the last few days on other forums or online (there’s been a lot said on social media), but if you have not, I would be grateful if you could please read through this email and sign the petition below.
Recently, an author published a piece calling for the return of colonization and white supremacy in the well-respected journal Third World Quarterly. [In order to NOT raise the view or download metrics of the article or the journal, which will only increase its popularity, please read it for free here instead: http://fooddeserts.org/images/paper0114.pdf ] The article is full of inaccuracies & falsehoods, misqualifies existing scholarship on the topic, lacks proper citations, is poorly written and conceptualized, and morally reprehensible. It should’ve been rejected on lacking of academic merit alone, let alone the contents of its argument legitimizing racist brutality. The article seems like a faux ‘shock’ piece to manufacture controversy and very much conforms to click-bait practices. The piece did not undergo the regular peer-review process as it was submitted as a Viewpoint. Even though Viewpoints and Commentaries are usually reviewed by several members of the Editorial Board for most journals, we are not sure whether TWQ does this at all. Apparently some of their own Editorial Board members were completely unaware of it until it came out in print. Some members of the Editorial Board (e.g. Vijay Prashad) have publicly threatened to resign if the article is not retracted. The Editorial Board consists of many distinguished scholars, so we are not sure who authorized the publication of this particular piece. Clearly whichever editor or editors who sanctioned the piece did not even bother to read it.  Journals should be held to higher standards than partaking in such practices, as otherwise it is a slap to our collective faces as scholars who strive for rigor, integrity and accuracy in our scholarship. We learnt that the journal wanted more ‘traffic’ to its website through publishing this piece, and thus we are actively discouraging people from giving them that (please view or download it above). We are instead calling for a retraction and an apology from the journal, and raising awareness of such problematic practices.
The author in question (a political scientist at Portland State University) has published white supremacist drivel in the past (e.g. supporting ethnic cleansing), and has made a name for himself in doing so. We all know there are plenty of colonial apologists in academia as well as overt and closeted white supremacists who enable/promote/encourage such success; many more support it through silence and enabling such behavior to go unchecked thereby allowing racism to flourish. Perhaps that is why there is an urge amongst many to act now. There are many other sites where meaningful interventions can be made about decolonizing, postcolonial critique, etc. (e.g. recent TIBG special issue on this, etc.). We encourage such endeavors as well. Engaging with this piece does not advance our knowledge of colonialism or anything else, and thus does not serve any purpose. Rather, it amplifies and emboldens horrific ideologies and practices to persist in academia and beyond.
What the journal probably did not expect is this much push-back or threats of boycott in readership as well as in contributing pieces or agreeing to peer review. These are strategies to hold journals accountable in my opinion. The lack of accountability and integrity displayed in this instance (among many others) makes a mockery of the academic publishing process. Accountability, rigor, empirical evidence, sound reasoning, and engaging with existing scholarship are essential foundations in academic publishing, and this particular article did not do any of that. TWQ needs to be held accountable for promoting such practices.
Whether or not the petition we started will encourage TWQ to retract the piece or not is up for debate. Ideally they should. That would send the message to all and sundry that shoddy scholarship, based on racist ideologies, has no place in academia. We were clear to state in our petition that we are not asking for curtailing of academic freedom (whatever that means anymore in the US), but holding the journal more accountable. This way we are not enabling this author to gas-light us and get away with click-bait. We are not engaging with him directly as he wants. We felt that the petition to TWQ and the publisher that produces it would demonstrate that we’re engaging the journal itself in order to improve overall scholarship and publishing processes and standards in academia itself. If in the process they do retract the article, then that author and his supporters will have hopefully learnt a lesson. This will put a dent in his dossier, however small. In the process of all this, it’ll also raise awareness that scholars and journals are responsible and can be held accountable.
This particular article has caused a lot of stir among various disciplines, groups, and organizations in the last few days. Many folks are writing letters of complaint to the journal about the piece, calling for a retraction and an apology (as which we have done). Even more are tweeting about it [If you’d like to see some of the tweet thread on this, here’s one example among many circulating now that contains info on this author’s other alt-right pieces, etc.: https://twitter.com/Farhana_H2O/status/907440614144462848].
Personally, I do not want to give any more oxygen directly to this racist fascist author who has written for alt-right websites and published reprehensible material in the past (his piece justifying ethnic cleansing was also published by TWQ and it should have generated pushback then but it did not — I think that emboldened both the author and the journal). We will not be able to change the mind of this man or racist his allies. I also worry about the hundreds of students who take his courses, and wonder what they have learnt. I doubt his university will take any steps to hold him accountable (it seems that US universities only fire professors if they call out injustices and not the other way around), so while many people have left this man, his department, his university voicemails and messages, I highly doubt anything will come of it in terms of reprimands. What we can do is put pressure on TWQ and other journals who enable this kind of behavior to count as ‘ cholarship’ to desist from doing so any further.  In my opinion, not doing that is a disservice to all of us for all the labor we put into our own publications and scholarship.
If anyone is interested, my blog post that inspired the petition is here: https://www.facebook.com/farhanasultana/posts/10101130697230492  I  have been requested by many scholars to turn this into some sort of ‘proper’ publication or contribution to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which I may do in the future, as otherwise it will ‘not count’ (again, a feature of our horrible metric-based system where other forms of labor go invisible and unrecognizable — but that’s another topic of discussion) 🙂
Thank you for your support. Please feel free to forward this email on to other lists and people who may be interested. Thank you.
In solidarity,
Farhana

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Farhana Sultana, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography

&
Research Director for Environmental Conflicts and Collaborations, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University
144 Eggers Hall, Syracuse, NY, 13244, USA

Email: sultanaf@syr.edu
Web: www.farhanasultana.com
Web: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/faculty/sultana.aspx
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Farhana_Sultana
Twitter: @Farhana_H2O

Books:

Eating, Drinking: Surviving http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319424675

The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles https://www.routledge.com/products/9781849713597

SEA Studies Postdoc

I just received this postdoc notice via H-SEAsia and thought it would interest some PSG advanced grad students and recent Ph.D.s.  –Megan

Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies

by Allegra Giovine

Full details of this position are available on the H-Net Job Guide at the following link: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=55487

The Chao Center for Asian Studies (CCAS) at Rice University is currently accepting applications for the Henry Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies to begin January 1, 2018 (pending funding approval). The search is open to any aspects of academic research in Southeast Asia with a transnational orientation. By “transnational,” we mean an approach that devotes particular attention to the movement of people, products, ideas, beliefs, ethics, technologies, etc. across established borders and boundaries.

The annual stipend is $50,000, with an additional $5,000 for research and travel expenses, and a one-time relocation allowance of $3,000 will also be provided. Renewal for the second year will be contingent upon the appointee’s performance in the first year.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in hand by the time of appointment in one of the following fields: Anthropology, Art History, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Cinema, Comparative Literature, Global Health Studies, History, Political Science, Religion, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, or Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies.

Job responsibilities: (1) Teaching one class per year, and (2) Active participation in the Center’s Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) leading to one public seminar and two publishable articles per year.

This position has no application deadline and will remain open until filled.

APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLY THROUGH Rice University’s electronic system, and complete instructions are available at https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/search.

The position will remain open until filled. The following documents are required:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One sample syllabus for an undergraduate course
  • Academic statement addressing one’s research agenda and publication strategy
  • Writing sample (or online site link for online publications), preferably published
  • Official transcript clearly indicating conferral of a Ph.D. degree
  • Three signed letters of recommendation

Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

CFP: International Research Forum on the Philippines (Melbourne, November–apps due Sept)

FYI, the Philippine Australia Studies Centre of La Trobe University will be hosting an International Research Forum on the Philippines in November of this year, in cooperation with the Filipino Australian Student Council.  This is not a project of AAS or PSG but may be of interest to PSG members especially those based in or traveling to Australia.  –Megan
The Filipino Australian Student Council – Victoria (FASTCO), in cooperation with La Trobe University’s Philippine Australia Studies Centre (PASC), is pleased to announce a CALL FOR PAPERS for the
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH FORUM ON THE PHILIPPINES 2017
Interrogating Paradoxes in the Philippines
23-24 November 2017, La Trobe University, City Campus, 20th Floor, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia
Philippine postcolonial realities reveal the limitations of understanding national territories, cultures, politics, institutions, and identities in either monolithic or dichotomous terms. The 21st century has at once constituted and been constituted by conditions whereby the Filipino people’s ways of belonging to the nation, the region, and the world have become more fractal and less predictable than before. Recent developments in the Philippines show that political, geographic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethical demarcations have not only become blurry but are also, and more importantly, constantly shifting or adjusting. This international research forum calls for papers from the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and engineering that explore ways to surmount totalistic perspectives about Philippine or Filipino life, and grasp the tensions in reconfigured or newly emerging issues on contemporary Philippines. We welcome scholarly submissions that address or may fall under broad themes such as, but not limited to, the following:
  • Globalisation and Localisation
  • Nation and Diaspora
  • Materiality and Intangibility
  • Mobility and Stasis
  • Innovation and Convention
  • People and Environment
  • Power and Susceptibility
  • Progress and Poverty
  • Secularity and Sacredness
  • Sustainability and Loss
Submission Guidelines
Submission deadline: 15 September 2017, 5:00 PM (AEDT)
Notification of acceptance: At least one week after abstract submission
Selected papers maybe invited for inclusion in a refereed conference proceedings 
Complete the submission through http://bit.ly/IRFP2017 and provide (1) title, (2) 250-word abstract, (3) 5 keywords and (4) 100-word bio.
Kindly address all inquiries concerning the conference to the co-chairs, Oscar T Serquiña and Allen A Espinosa, at official@fastcovic.org with the subject “IRFP 2017“.
Conference Fees
AUD150 – Professionals and international participants
AUD30 – Australia-based students
Free for FASTCO members

CFP: SOAS “Movement: Southeast Asia” Conference, September (apps due 7/28)

The Centre of South East Asian Studies at SOAS (University of London) will be hosting a conference for Masters students, Ph.D. students, and recent graduates in September.  Applications are due this Friday, July 28.  Only limited travel funding may be available, but presenters who are not able to attend in person will be encouraged to participate via tele-conference.  Here’s an excerpt from the CFP, available in full at https://www.soas.ac.uk/cseas/events/22sep2017-postgraduate-conference-movement-southeast-asia-.html:

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”?