2025 and 2026 AAS Annual Conference Locations

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is thrilled to announce the selection of two brand-new conference locations for its 2025 and 2026 Annual Conferences. In an effort to provide diverse and exciting settings for its members, the AAS has chosen Columbus, Ohio as the venue for its 2025 conference, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for its 2026 conference.

Columbus 2025 (March 13-16)

The selection of Columbus, Ohio, as the 2025 conference location underscores the AAS’s commitment to embracing diversity and supporting member communities. With a strong support system for the LGBTQ+ community, Columbus provides an artistic and inclusive environment for the AAS and its programs. “This is a long overdue opportunity to showcase Asian Studies in the Midwest, and we are looking forward to welcoming our members, Asianists, librarians, educators, and students to this vibrant city,” said Hilary Finchum-Sung, AAS Executive Director. In addition, there are many Ohio-based universities with Asian Studies programs and offerings, and this is an opportunity to highlight their contributions and engage with Midwest-based Asianists on their home turf.

“I am thrilled to welcome fellow Asianists to Columbus, OH, and I’m eager to share with the 2025 AAS conference attendees the vibrant culture of this area, from the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, which were just recently designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to the contemporary art scene. The network of Ohio scholars and institutions devoted to Asian Studies looks forward to hosting the AAS membership in Columbus,” said Naomi Fukumori, 2025 AAS Local Arrangements Chair and Director of Japanese Studies at The Ohio State University.

Vancouver 2026 (March 12-15)

Looking ahead to 2026, the AAS is delighted to return to Canada, this time to the stunning waterfront location of Vancouver, British Columbia. After hosting the conference numerous times in Toronto, we are excited to move westward and immerse the AAS in the rich Asian community and cultural experiences that Vancouver has to offer.

The selection of these two conference locations marks a significant milestone for the AAS and its members. By expanding its reach to the Midwest and returning to Canada with a fresh destination, the AAS aims to offer its attendees unique and enriching experiences. We remain committed to supporting all members, the Asian Studies community, and programs across the continent and abroad.

Are you interested in learning more about how AAS annual conference locations are selected? Please visit the future conferences webpage for more details.

Contact: AAS Conference Organizer’s Email: aasconference@asianstudies.org

The AAS Secretariat will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day