Advice for those proposing panels & papers

Are you preparing a panel or individual paper proposal for AAS 2019 in Denver, or still considering trying to do so? Please read these words of encouragement and advice (below) sent to us by one of the program committee members. –Megan

—– Forwarded message ———

From: Maitrii Victoriano Aung Thwin
Dear SEAC Country and Committee Chairs
Please remind your colleagues that the AAS Call for Papers/Panel proposal deadline is August 1st 2018.  Southeast Asia is traditionally under-represented in the conference program so it is important that we submit excellent proposals that also meet AAS’s efforts to promote diversity.
As colleagues (and first-timers) are usually scrambling at this point to get their panel proposals together, please circulate amongst your groups the following general guidelines:
Panel Proposal Abstracts
  • Panel organizers need to make sure that the panel and presentation abstracts are edited and clearly written
  • Panel abstracts should state clearly how the topic of the panel is relevant to Southeast Asian Studies (and other relevant fields)
  • Panel abstracts should give a sense of how the panel’s individual presentations work together in relation to the main theme/focus
  • Panel participant abstracts should also demonstrate how they relate to the broader panel focus/theme
  • The panel line-up should ideally demonstrate diversity via gender, rank, and institution (ex. a panel of grad students will unlikely make the cut)
  • We recommend that first-time panel organisers seek a more experienced colleague to vet their panel proposal materials
Individual Paper Abstracts
  • Individual paper abstracts need to be clearly written and edited
  • Individual paper abstracts should state clearly how their topic is relevant in broad terms (intellectually) to Southeast Asian Studies (if accepted, this enables us to include your paper with others to form a panel)
  • Individual paper abstracts might suggest how their topic is relevant to sub-fields within Southeast Asian Studies or other fields/disciplines of study that help us understand the region in novel ways
  • Individual paper abstracts should be clearly written to express the main questions, theories or ideas that the presentation will be addressing
  • Individual paper abstracts should state the main argument or idea of the presentation
  • Paper abstracts might state how this research is original (new evidence, new approach, new interpretation, etc.)
Just to reiterate, these are guidelines only and meeting every bullet point doesn’t necessarily guarantee acceptance either.  So if anyone has any questions about the process, please feel free to email me directly at (
As Denver offers us a conference venue that (in theory) provides SEAC with more panel slots, this is a good opportunity to get your panel in, so please encourage your country group members to submit a panel proposal.
Best wishes for the coming academic year and the conference,
(AAS Program Committee)

Reminder: AAS proposal deadline Aug 1; Deadline for PSG sponsored panel consideration July 23


Just reminders here: The deadline to submit individual paper or panel proposals for AAS 2019  is August 1, 5pm EDT. See:

Association for Asian Studies 2019 Call for Proposals

If you are preparing an individual paper proposal and haven’t yet found a panel to be part of, do check the AAS conference website for panels seeking papers, or other paper presenters seeking a panel (perhaps you can put one together quickly!).  You can of course submit an individual paper proposal and many of us have presented at the AAS as a result of such a submission; often (though not always) panel proposals are more successful.

As you prepare your AAS panel proposals, please keep the AAS’s selection criteria in mind. In addition to evidence of quality research, coherence of the panel as a whole, and clearly-written, compelling titles and abstracts, a successful panel will include panelists who are diverse in gender, institutional home, and professional rank/role.  The AAS’s website has more information here and here.

If you’re organizing a panel for the 2019 AAS and would like it to be considered for Philippine Studies Group sponsorship, please submit your panel’s complete proposal by attachment to an e-mail addressed to all of the PSG panel sponsorship committee members (see below) by July 23.  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.  Many thanks to this year’s panel sponsorship committee members, who are:

  • Paul Michael Atienza: atienza2 (at) illinois (dot) edu
  • Carinnes Gonzalez: magonzalez (at) ust (dot) edu (dot) ph
  • Sharon Quinsaat: quinsaat (at) grinnell (dot) edu
  • Michael Baran: ikebar (at) hotmail (dot) com

updates and upcoming conferences


I apologize that it took me so very long to compile announcements from the 2018 meeting–because it has, I’ve taken the liberty of omitting a few no longer timely, and adding a few that have since come to my attention.  If I left something out you’d like me to circulate, remind me:  Thank you!   –Megan

PSG Business:

The 2018-2019 PSG Advisory Board members are: Stephen Acabado (UCLA), Jade Alburo (UCLA), Aries Arugay (U Philippines Diliman), Paul Michael Atienza (U Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Michael Baran (Puget Sound CC), Rosa Castillo (Humboldt U, Berlin), Bernardita Churchill (U Philippines Diliman), Carinnes Gonzalez (U Santo Tomas), Maureen Justiniano (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency), Ruth de Llobet (independent scholar), Sharon Quinsaat (Grinnell College), Ramon Santos (U Philippines Diliman), and Stephanie Santos (UCLA). Barbara Gaerlan (UCLA) is serving as Treasurer. As sitting Executive Secretary/Country Chair (me: Megan Thomas, U California, Santa Cruz) I’m very grateful for board members’ and the treasurer’s service!

The PSG advisory board is currently soliciting ideas for vice chair or co-chair, as the vice chair position is currently unfilled.  The vice-chair or co-vice-chairs would take over as executive secretary/country chair whenever feasible.  If you have ideas or are interested in finding out about what would be involved, please contact Megan (

Remember that 2019 the PSG will award the Grant Goodman Prize in Historical Studies.  The 2019 committee will circulate a call for nominations later this year. (Thanks to Paul Rodell, Nicanor Tiongson, Cherubim Quizon, and Michael Cullinane for agreeing to serve the PSG in this very important way) .

Upcoming AAS conferences:

  • Remember that proposals for AAS 2019 (Denver) are due to the AAS by August 1.  Applications for PSG panel sponsorship are due to the PSG selection committee July 23.  More information on preparing proposals and applying for PSG sponsorship can be found here. Note that PSG sponsorship is not required to apply to the AAS, nor is it a guarantee that one’s panel will be accepted.
  • At the SEAC meeting in DC, it was announced that AAS-in-Asia 2019 will be held in Bangkok, and in 2020 it will be in Hong Kong.

Other upcoming conferences:

Ongoing Speaker Series that PSG membership might keep in mind (not AAS affiliated):

Other announcements and opportunities (not AAS affiliated):

  • For Filipino language training for North America-based grads, remember SEASSI at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • New journal is out: Filipinas: Journal of the Philippine Studies Association Volume 1 (2017).
  • UNITAS is inviting proposals to guest-edit an issue.  More information is available here.


Philippine Studies Conference in Japan CFP: Deadline July 13!

With apologies for the extremely late post, which is entirely my fault not that of the conference organizers, please see below the CFP for the Philippine Studies conference in Japan 2018 (Hiroshima).  Philippine Studies in Japan is not an AAS affiliate or a PSG project, but it is important for many of our members.  I’m grateful to the organizers for inviting PSG members to participate and apologize that I’m forwarding the notice with the deadline only a few days away.  –Megan

Dear Colleagues:

Greetings from Hiroshima!

We are pleased to inform you that the 4th Philippine Studies Conference
in Japan will be held at Hiroshima University, Japan, on November 17 and 18,
2018. The call for papers is now open. The deadline of submission of
abstracts is July 13, 2018. We welcome proposals for panels and individual
presentations on a broad range of topics from academics, practitioners
and students. We would be very grateful if you could circulate the following
call for papers with your relevant colleagues and students.

Call for Papers:

About the schedule, conference venue, invited speakers, registration
fees and contact information, please visit the link below:

If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact the secretariat:
pscj2018 (at) gmail (dot) com

Kind regards,

Koki Seki & Itaru Nagasaka
Hiroshima University

FYI special issue of UNITAS CFP

Below please find an announcement from Maria Luisa (Lulu) Torres Reyes, Editor-in-Chief of UST’s journal UNITAS, inviting applications to guest edit a special issue.  UNITAS is not formally affiliated with PSG or the AAS but we thank editor Reyes for sharing the announcement with us.  –Megan

Invitation to Guest-Edit a Special Issue of UNITAS

Dear esteemed colleagues,

UNITAS (meaning “Oneness”), is inviting proposals for a guest-edited special issue to be published for its Fall/Winter 2019-2020 issue. UNITAS is a double-blind peer-reviewed international online journal of advanced research in literature culture, and society. It is published bi-annually by the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest modern university in Asia. The journal itself was established in 1922, making it the oldest extant, multidisciplinary journal in the Philippines.  UNITAS is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

In general, UNITAS aims to publish leading-edge and challenging articles and monographs in regular and special issues in relation to the critical currents and themes of the nation, the Asian region and the world which try to meet the various challenges and opportunities of today’s globalization. Although single-authorship of articles remains typical, UNITAS encourages the submission of papers that are co-written by authors working across multi-cultural and multi-linguistic settings, which have resulted from an inter-cultural, inter-regional or international collaboration of researchers in an effort to internationalize knowledge production, circulation and reception.

 In particular, under the rubric of literary and cultural studies in Asia, UNITAS aims to be a platform for ethically engaged studies that represent intersections of national and international literatures, arts and cultures, crisscrossing critical and creative categories, authors and readers, “East” and “West,” “North” and” South,” text and context, close readings and fieldwork, original works and translations, and theoretical and practical methodologies. (

Please submit queries to unitasust (at) gmail (dot) com

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