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.

Asian Studies
Conference Japan
Asian Studies on the
Pacific Coast
2021 Cancelled
(Except student paper competition)
October 22-23, 2021
Villanova University
Villanova, PA
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs

Fall 2021
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
New England Conference
2021 Conference Information
New York
October 1-2, 2021
SUNY Brockport
Brockport, NY
Southeast Conference (SEC/AAS)
January 14-16, 2022
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
Southwest Conference
October 22-23, 2021
Western Conference
October 2021
Utah Valley University
Orem, UT

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