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

cc  janraenledesma (at) gmail (dot) com


Preparing panel proposals and PSG sponsorship (July 23 deadline)


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


AAS 2019 CFP


The call for proposals for AAS 2019 is now out!  Deadline August 1.  Current AAS members should already have received the below message directly.  –Megan

Association for Asian Studies 2019 Call for Proposals

Now accepting submissions

This is your opportunity to present at the leading Asian Studies conference of the year!

The Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference is the largest Asian Studies conference held in North America. With over 3,300 attendees, average of 375+ panel sessions, a book exhibition, and much more, the AAS Annual Conference is the must-attend event for anyone interested in the study of Asia.

The AAS Program Committee is accepting Organized Panel proposals, Roundtable proposals, and Workshop proposals, as well as Individual Papers for review and consideration. 

The 2019 AAS Annual Conference will take place at the  
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado, March 21-24

Proposal Submission Deadline
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00pm EDT

All proposals should be submitted via the online abstract submission application link posted on the AAS Call for Proposals webpage. Please make sure to review ALL instructions and guidelines carefully before submitting a proposal.

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.

updated AAS panel list


Dear PSG Folks, Please find attached an updated list of panels and roundtables at the AAS meeting of likely interest for PSG members.  I missed several exciting-looking ones in my first too-hasty scan, so ditch that file and use this one instead. Thanks, and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at our meeting Friday, 7:30pm, Park Tower 8212, Lobby Level.  –Megan

updated 2018 AAS panels of PSG interest

AAS Panel Update: Dr. Maria Ela L. Atienza, University of the Philippines, Diliman, will no longer be attending the conference. Her presentation “Local Challenges, Disasters and Human Security: Local Communities, Governments and Human Security during and after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)” will not be included in the panel, Disaster and the Asian Society.

Grad Student Paper Prize–apply by March 25


If you are a grad student presenting at this week’s conference in DC please read the below and consider submitting your paper for the competition.  If you aren’t a grad student presenting at this week’s conference, but know someone who is, please urge them to apply!  –Megan

Dear SEAC Council Members and SEAC Country Group Chairs,

Please circulate the call for the Pattana Kitiarsa Prize to your group
listservs/Facebook groups. Any graduate student who presents a paper
in Washington is eligible to apply — but they must do so before the
end of the conference.




The AAS Southeast Asia Council’s annual prize recognizes emerging
scholarship in the field of Southeast Asian studies, from any
disciplinary perspective. Graduate students at any stage, enrolled at
the time of submission, are eligible and welcome to apply. The
committee invites papers that fit the definition of “conference
papers,” i.e. of a length and scope that can be presented on an AAS
panel, and that make an intellectual and/or methodological
contribution to the study of Southeast Asia.

The prize honors the memory of Pattana Kitiarsa who was Associate
Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National
University of Singapore. He was born in the northeastern Thai province
of Nong Khai and maintained his roots in this Lao-speaking region. As
a scholar, teacher, and friend he touched many people’s lives. Sadly,
Pattana passed away from cancer at the age of 46. With his passing the
field lost one of its leading scholars of Southeast Asian labor,
religion, class, and media.

Please submit your 2018 conference paper, proof of current doctoral
program registration, and panel abstract in PDF format up until March
25, 2018 to Oona Paredes and Michele Thompson at Submissions should be up to 10,000 words
maximum. Papers received after March 25, 2018 will not be considered.
Any questions regarding the prize can be sent to the same email
address. The award of $500 and a certificate along with up to $400 in
travel funds to attend the AAS Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado
in 2019 will be presented at the 2019 AAS Annual Conference in Denver,

Philippine Studies at the 2018 AAS


Dear PSG Folks, I’ve scanned the program for the 2018 AAS meeting in DC and made a preliminary list of panels and roundtables with some Philippine Studies content.  I hope this might be helpful; if I’ve omitted anything I’d like to correct it.  If you are on a panel, will you do me the favor of checking my list to make sure your panel is included with the correct information?  Please e-mail any additions or corrections to me (  Finally, just a reminder that our PSG group meeting is on Friday evening of the conference, 7:30, in Park Tower 8212, Lobby Level.  I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there!  –Megan

2018 AAS panels of PSG interest

AAS Panel Update: Dr. Maria Ela L. Atienza, University of the Philippines, Diliman, will no longer be attending the conference. Her presentation “Local Challenges, Disasters and Human Security: Local Communities, Governments and Human Security during and after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)” will not be included in the panel, Disaster and the Asian Society.

PSG travel grant deadline extended: Monday Feb. 19


The deadline for applications for a PSG travel grant has been extended!  Please send your applications by Monday, February 19 to me (  See below for more information-it’s my earlier post, with the date changed as indicated.  –Megan

Dear PSG Members, If you’re a grad or recent Ph.D. presenting at the AAS or AAS-in-Asia this year, please be sure to send your application for the PSG travel award to me by the deadline of February 19.  Also please help us spread the word and forward this message to relevant contacts you have.  Original announcement follows below. Thanks!  –Megan

In support of excellence in scholarship on the Philippines, and to increase the participation of junior scholars, the Philippine Studies Group (PSG), a committee of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, is pleased to announce the Philippine Studies Group Travel Award for the fifth year.

The PSG invites applications from individuals who will present a paper on the Philippines at the 2018 AAS Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. or the AAS-in-Asia Conference in New Delhi. This year, we expect that up to four (4) awards of approximately $250 will be given to assist eligible individuals in defraying travel costs to the conference. Applicants must personally deliver their presentations at the conference to receive their award. The PSG Travel Fund committee will select awardees using the following criteria:

  • Eligibility: Current Ph.D. students are given priority; other graduate students as well as recent Ph.D.s (2016 on) are eligible to apply.
  • Excellence: peer review/acceptance of the paper by applicable AAS/AAS-in-Asia Conference Committee. Excellence is prioritized over financial need; accepted works that are part of organized panels are also prioritized over individual papers. Applicants may indicate additional measures of scholarly merit such as a related publication/exhibition/other media not otherwise indicated in the paper abstract.
  • Philippine themes/topics/issues: The entire paper or a significant portion must be devoted to Philippine material, regardless of discipline. For comparative works/case studies/multiple foci, the Philippine dimension must be evident, as demonstrated by title and abstract published in the AAS or AAS-in-Asia program.
  • Impact: the award should not be relied upon to cover all participant costs of travel but help defray customary conference expenses. Applicants are asked to briefly state other funding sources applied for and received, if applicable (such as the AAS Graduate Student Stipends, AAS LDC awards, AAS-in-Asia travel subsidy, own institutional or grant support, etc.). PSG’s travel awards have less restrictive residence requirements than the AAS Graduate Student Stipends.

Applicants are invited to send an email to the PSG country chair Megan Thomas (University of California, Santa Cruz) by February 19, 2018. In your email, please include your name, your institutional affiliation, your residence (city), your rank (if a grad student, pls. tell us in what degree program; if a recent Ph.D., pls. tell us your degree date, position title, and whether it’s a tenure-track position), paper title, a copy of the abstract and panel information (session number, date and title), and use the email subject line “PSG Travel Award 2018.” Award decisions will be announced by March 1; recipients will be presented with their awards during the PSG Section Meeting on Friday March 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

On behalf of the PSG Travel Fund Committee Bernardita R. Churchill (University of the Philippines, Diliman), Barbara Gaerlan (University of California, Los Angeles), and Yoshiko Nagano (Kanagawa University, Yokohama), thank you for your interest and support!