Regional Conferences

Nine regional scholarly organizations of Asianists are affiliated with the Association for Asian Studies. These regional conferences are independent entities with their own leadership and members.

The regional conferences are dedicated to building supportive communities of Asianists in the regions in which they operate. These annual gatherings particularly welcome participation by graduate students. Many of the regional conferences also strive to make their programs attractive to K-12 teachers. All are open to participants from across the world.

The AAS encourages the activities of the regional conferences by providing financial support and assistance in publicizing their meetings. Each regional conference promotes the AAS by sharing information about the AAS with its members.

As an affiliate of the AAS, each regional conference sends a representative to the AAS Council of Conferences. The nine regional Asian Studies conferences currently affiliated with the AAS are listed below.

Resources for Regional Conference Organizers

Are you planning a regional conference? The AAS offers various resources—from a planning timeline to tips on advertising your meeting—available to make this process easier for you.
Check out our resources for conference organizers »

Asian Studies
Conference Japan
July 6-7, 2024
Sophia University
Asian Studies on the
Pacific Coast
2023 Event To Be Determined
September 29-October 1, 2023
Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown, PA
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs

September 29-October 1, 2023
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
New England Conference
October 14, 2023
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA
New York
October 14, 2023
Southeast Conference (SEC/AAS)
January 26-28, 2024
Wake Forest University
Wake Forest, NC
Southwest Conference
November 2-4, 2023
University of Houston
Houston, TX
October 5-6, 2023
University of Montana and BYU-Idaho
West Yellowstone, MT

If you are the Program Chair for an upcoming regional conference and wish to have information posted here (dates, venue, website link), please contact Executive Director Hilary