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
(ASCJ)
July 1-2, 2023
Sophia University
Tokyo
Asian Studies on the
Pacific Coast
(ASPAC)
June 11, 2022
Graduate Student Webinar
Mid-Atlantic
Region
(MAR/AAS)
October 1-2, 2022
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs
(MCAA)

September 16-18, 2022
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
New England Conference
(NEAAS)
2022 Conference TBD
New York
Conference
(NYCAS)
October 7-8, 2022
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
Southeast Conference (SEC/AAS)
January 20-22, 2023
University of Richmond
Richmond, VA
Southwest Conference
(SWCAS)
October 7-8, 2022
University of Central Arkansas
Hybrid
Western
Conference
(WCAAS)
October 21-22, 2022
Asian Studies Symposium
Virtual

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 Finchum-Sunghvfinchum@asianstudies.org.