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.

Southeast Conference (SEC/AAS)
January 17-19, 2020
New College of Florida
Sarasota, FL
Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast
June 12-13, 2020
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Hilo, HI
New England Conference
November 1-2, 2019 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH

AAS Western Conference
October 18-19, 2019
El Colegio de México
Mexico City
New York
October 4-5, 2019 SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, NY
October 12-13, 2019 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
Southwest Conference
October 18-19, 2019 Saint Edwards University
Austin, TX
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA)
October 4-6, 2019 Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ)
July 4-5, 2020
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