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

FYI: CFP, Labor in Southeast Asia

The following CFP is not an AAS or PSG project, but it came to my e-mail inbox via H-SEA and I thought it might be of interest to PSG members.  H-SEA is the Southeast Asia list of H-Net, a site that compiles various resources and opportunities for humanities and social science scholars.  –Megan Thomas, PSG Country Chair

by Ulbe Bosma

ILWCH Special Issue on “Labor in Southeast Asia”: call for abstracts

International Labor and Working Class History (ILWCH) has an international reputation for scholarly innovation and quality. It explores diverse topics from globalization and workers’ rights to class and consumption, labor movements, class identities and cultures, unions, and working-class politics. ILWCH publishes original research, review essays, conference reports from around the world, and an acclaimed scholarly controversy section. Comparative and cross-disciplinary, the journal is of interest to scholars in history, sociology, political science, labor studies, global studies, and a wide range of other fields and disciplines.

The aim of the special issue “Labor in Southeast Asia” is to present a comparative and regional perspective on the labor histories of the region. In the nineteenth century, this part of the world became integrated into the global economy as a commodity producing periphery, which shaped many common experiences.

We are specifically looking for papers that deal with (1) plantations, (2) infrastructure or (3) textiles, sectors that have played a singular role in integrating the region into the global economy. They are also sectors that have articulated the role of the state and exposed the contentious position of labor and labor activism. The nineteenth century saw rapidly expanding plantation economies with their supporting infrastructure (railroads, ports and so on). These sectors were of strategic importance to colonial rule. During the decolonization process much was expected from the states in this region to guide their nations towards industrialization. It is with this in mind that we propose the third theme of textile industries.

Papers are invited that explicitly address questions pertaining to labor movements, civil society and colonial and postcolonial authoritarianism. We welcome papers on French Indo-China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, both by authors from the region as well as from other parts of the world. We are encouraging proposals for papers that are guided by a comparative approach and are based upon original research.

Prospective authors should send, by September 1, 2017, a brief cover letter (including address, e-mail details, and institutional affiliation), a two page CV, and an abstract not exceeding 500 words. Depending on the outcome of the editorial review of the abstracts, full manuscripts (not exceeding 8,000 words) will be invited for peer review.

The deadline for the submission of first drafts of full manuscripts will be May 31, 2018. The papers are to published in Issue 95, which is in Spring 2019.

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Ulbe Bosma, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam,