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
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 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 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

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”?

CFP: AAS workshop “Asia and the Anthropocene”


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

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



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 ( 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 (

–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.). 

URGENT: Your Help Needed to Save the Fulbright-Hays Program

This message just went out to AAS members; If you are US-based or a US citizen please read and take the time to act today.  Fulbright-Hays recently funded, for example, NIU’s program on Ethno-Religious Diversity and Human Rights led by Susan Russell and Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail in 2015.  If you know of other specific examples you’d like to share on this list, please let me know.  –Megan    

Dear Members of the Association for Asian Studies,

We are writing today with an urgent request for help from all of you. On the morning of Wednesday, July 19—that is, tomorrow—the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee will mark up a bill that, in its present form, eliminates the Fulbright-Hays program. Fulbright-Hays grants have supported generations of AAS members in their research and language training, and while the program has already suffered severe budget cuts in recent years, eliminating it entirely would cut off a vital source of funding for area studies specialists.

We urge all AAS members to take action TODAY to prevent the elimination of Fulbright-Hays.

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) has prepared a summary evaluation of the draft bill that will be considered by the House Appropriations Committee.

Use this form provided by the NHA to express your support for Fulbright-Hays.

If your representative is on the House Appropriations Committee, please contact his/her office directly to voice your support for Fulbright-Hays and the continuation of area studies in the United States. (List of House Appropriations Committee members.)

Thank you for your assistance in this urgent and important matter.

The Association for Asian Studies

AAS Western Conference CFP

Call for Papers: Joint Meeting of the SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE ON ASIAN STUDIES and the WESTERN CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR ASIAN STUDIES (Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas Nov. 17-18, 2017)

Panel proposals should include the following: (1) A panel summary (250 words max.) that includes a brief description of each paper and makes clear the connection between the papers; (2) A list of participants, their paper titles, their affiliations and their contact information, including email addresses.

Individual paper proposals should include the following: (1) Paper title and summary (150 words max.); (2) Presenter’s name, affiliation, and contact information, including email addresses.

Please send proposals to Hiroki Takeuchi, Deadline for proposal submissions: July 31, 2017.

For more information see the SWCAS website:


FYI SOAS grad student conference CFP: Movement: Southeast Asia

This is another CFP that came to my inbox via H-SEA, which may be of interest to grads and recent Ph.D.’s working on Philippine Studies based in Europe.  It is not an AAS or PSG project.  –Megan

by Aria Danaparamita

Movement: Southeast Asia
1st Postgraduate Conference on Southeast Asia 

SOAS University of London 
22 September 2017


With evolving political, social, and cultural currents in Southeast Asia, movement is an important discursive lens to understand the dynamism of the region. Reflecting on movements, and change—from prehistory to the contemporary period—can improve our understanding of Southeast Asia, in terms of its constituent nation-states, peoples, and cultures, and as a region as well as an area of study.

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 displacement? Diaspora and transnationalism? Trade? 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”?

The conference is open to Masters and PhD students and recent graduates, and aims to provide a collegiate setting for early researchers to discuss their work. Presenters are encouraged to seek their own financial support for travel expenses, although we may be able to provide limited funding for those who can demonstrate need. We will also welcome tele-conference presentations for speakers who are not able to travel to London.

Please send your title, abstract (250 words), and short biography (100 words) to by 28 July 2017Selected abstracts will be notified by 7 August 2017.

This conference is organised by postgraduate students with the generous support from the SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies and the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. For more information, visit