looking ahead to 2018 AAS proposals


Dear PSG Members, The call for proposals for the 2018 AAS meeting in Washington DC will open soon (Monday June 26), and the submission deadline will be August 3, so it’s a good time to start thinking about your panel and paper proposals.  I’m writing now with a few notes now to get those juices flowing, but I’ll post an update once the CFP is posted and the submission site opens.  –Megan Thomas, PSG Country Chair

–If you’ve an idea for a Philippine studies-themed panel and would like to find others who may be interested in joining, 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 Philippines Studies Group sponsorship, please plan to submit the complete proposal to me (mcthomas@ucsc.edu) by July 20, 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.  PSG sponsorship isn’t necessary, and it also isn’t a guarantee that your panel would be accepted, but it may help in some small way to enhance the chances of your panel being accepted by the program committee, and the visibility of the panel in the conference program.

–If you are interested in being part of a panel that isn’t itself focused on Philippines studies in some way, keep in mind that the AAS website usually facilitates that by allowing you to post your idea and view others’; of course you may well have other networks you can tap, too.

–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 at least last year, the AAS would consider only one presenter per panel for an LDC travel grant (for scholars from “less-developed countries”).  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 instructions on the AAS website when they’re posted.

–If you’re organizing a panel, keep in mind the AAS’s tips for getting a panel proposal accepted: (I’ve copied the below from last year’s conference website)

Session organizers are advised to diversify their panel. Multi-disciplinary and/or multi-institutional representation as well as gender balance and a combination of junior and senior scholars are strongly encouraged for all proposals. Additionally, the panel abstract for Organized panels is extremely important and should accurately convey the ideas that will be presented; panel paper abstracts should be clear and concise and form a cohesive panel that supports the overall purpose of the panel session.  Roundtable proposals should submit one overall abstract that clearly describes the views each discussant will share regarding the topic.

Update from PSA–Pandaigdigan Kongreso sa Araling Filipinas sa Wikang FIlipno

Dr. Bernardita Churchill, of the Philippine Studies Association (PSA), kindly wrote me to update PSG membership on PSA activities since the International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPHIL) in Dumaguete 2016.  The PSA and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino are co-sponsoring the Pandaigdigan Kongreso sa Araling Filipinas sa Wikang Filipino 2-4 Agosto 2017.  More information, including the program and featured speakers, is available on that site.  Also, planning for the PSA 2018 National Conference is underway, as is planning for ICOPHIL 2020 in Alicante, Spain (co-convened by Dr. Churchill and Isaac Donoso).  Thanks to Dr. Churchill for keeping Philippine Studies Group members apprised of these events and plans.  –Megan Thomas, Country Chair, PSG

(To avoid confusion: The PSA is not formally affiliated with the Association for Asian Studies or the Philippine Studies Group.  However, the Philippine Studies Group has co-sponsored PSA’s ICOPHIL, and some members are active in both organizations.  We appreciate the chance to share information on each others’ events.)

AAS-in-Asia June 24-27


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:


[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