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.

AAS Western Conference
(WCAAS)
Fall 2021
Utah Valley University
Orem, UT
New York
Conference
(NYCAS)
Fall 2021
SUNY Brockport
Brockport, NY
Mid-Atlantic
Region
(MAR/AAS)
October 22-23, 2021
Villanova University
Villanova, PA
Southeast Conference (SEC/AAS)
January 14-16, 2022
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast
(ASPAC)
2021 Conference Cancelled
(Except student paper competition)

New England Conference
(NEAAS)
2021 Conference Information TBD
Southwest Conference
(SWCAS)
October 22-23, 2021
Tarleton State University-Fort Worth and online
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA)
Fall 2021
Indiana University Bloomington, IN
Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ)
July 3-4, 2021
Sophia University
Tokyo, Japan

Resources for Regional Conference Organizers

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 »

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.