Annual Conference on South Asia

51st Annual Conference on South Asia
October 18-21, 2023

The 51st Conference in 2023 is scheduled to meet in-person at
The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club (1 W. Dayton, Madison, WI 53703).

Conference theme: Structure and Spontaneity

The Annual Conference on South Asia invites scholars, students, and professionals to Madison, Wisconsin, for a three-day event featuring research panels and round tables, lectures, performances, film screenings, booksellers, association receptions, and other special presentations! The conference has grown year-by-year since its inception in 1971, welcoming over 1100 registered attendees in 2019.

[Call for Papers]: Southeast Asia and Taiwan Conference

Southeast Asia and Taiwan Conference
April 25-26, 2024
University of Washington, Seattle
Co-hosted by the UW Center for Southeast Asia & its Diasporas, Taiwan Studies Program, and East Asia Center

CfP online, conference in-person.

Southeast Asia and Taiwan have been linked for millennia by migrations of indigenous peoples and maritime trade. Today, both have become rising economies and embroiled within global political conflicts. This conference seeks to bring together scholars working on broad issues between Southeast Asia and Taiwan, historically and contemporary.

We invite scholars working in social sciences and humanities disciplines to present their ongoing research projects in a two-day workshop.

Participants will be expected to pre-circulate substantive works-in-progress, such as dissertation/manuscript chapters or journal articles.

Three nights of local accommodation, up to $250 in airfare subsidy, and meals will be provided for all participants. We especially welcome junior scholars (such as PhD candidates, postdoctoral fellows, non-tenure track and adjunct faculty).


Please send an abstract (250-350 words), title, and brief academic biography (1-2 paragraphs) as a single PDF file to by September 1, 2023. If the abstract is for a part of a larger project (i.e. a manuscript, dissertation, etc.), please also provide brief context (2-3 sentences) of the larger project.

Submission deadline: September 1, 2023

Decision notification: September 15, 2023

Please send any inquiries to

25th New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) Conference

The 25th New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) International Conference will be hosted by the School of Language, Social & Political Sciences, University of Canterbury from 29 November to 1 December 2023.
Our biennial conference is multidisciplinary and aims to bring together scholars working in all areas of Asian studies. We encourage papers and panels that explore any aspect of Asian studies, from any disciplinary or theoretical perspective.
Paper/Panel proposal submission deadline: extended to 31 August 2023.
More information is available at:

2024 AAS-in-Asia Conference

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at AAS-in-Asia 2024, the conference that brings Asian Studies to a more intimate and engaging setting. Designed specifically for scholars and enthusiasts of Asian Studies, this event offers an incredible opportunity to participate in panel sessions, network with colleagues, and explore the latest research in a smaller, more focused environment.

AAS-in-Asia 2024 is a joint collaboration between the prestigious Association for Asian Studies and the Universitas of Gadjah Mada. While it may be smaller in size compared to the Annual Conferences held in North America, this conference packs a punch with its exciting features. You can expect a diverse range of sessions, thought-provoking keynote speakers, captivating book exhibits, and delightful receptions.

The call for proposals will open in September and close on October 31. Registration will open January 2024.

AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies: The Promises and Dilemmas of Indonesia

In its third iteration in 2023, the AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies continues to highlight and celebrate the growing and evolving academic study of Indonesia. The conference aims to expand research dissemination and collaboration by connecting Indonesian scholars with international colleagues in a bilingual and virtual format.

This year’s conference theme, “The Promises and Dilemmas of Indonesia,” seeks to inspire reflection on Indonesia’s successes, discontents, and efforts to rework, reinterpret, and negotiate all aspects of civic, legal, and cultural living, against and in light of Indonesia’s internal fractures and frictions and its important profile and positionality globally and in the Asia-Pacific region. The conference seeks to explore and investigate a broad range of topics, including kebangsaan, in its diverse and competing meanings, adat and law, gender and race, environment and climate change, business, politics, and religion, and Indonesia’s place in the world. Indonesia continues to grapple with internal tensions and regresses as she also reaps the rewards of developmental leaps and resilience amidst global uncertainties and adverse challenges from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting geopolitical relations, and economic volatility.

Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations Asia Conference

The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations will be organizing its 32nd Asia Conference in Hong Kong this August, with the spotlight now transfixed on challenges and opportunities in the Greater China and Asia-Pacific regions. How will inert institutions adopt to an ever-globalizing and ever-digitalizing population? How will office spaces and workspaces acclimate to a post-COVID world? And what do trailblazers and policymakers have to say about innovation and sustainability across the rapidly developing continent?

With the theme “Architects of Asia: Building Tomorrow”, HPAIR hopes to bring together global and community leaders, young professionals and changemakers — both current and future — to deliberate these issues over a 5-day forum at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. Join us from August 22nd to 26th, 2023 for lively firesides, thought-provoking keynotes and mind-bending impact challenges.

Applications are open until July 15th at

“What Is Asia?” The Inaugural Conference of the USC Asian Studies Group (GEAS-Silkway)

The Asian Studies Group (GEAS) is an initiative of the University of Santiago de Compostela integrated in The Silkway International Network: Energy, Connectivity, Environment, People (website under construction). Its main objective is to promote a transcultural and transdisciplinary dialogue between East and West, fostering their mutual understanding. We have the conviction that only by knowing each other better can a true dialogue take place. Hence our choice of title, What Is Asia?, for the inaugural conference of GEAS-Silkway. As is the case with any other continental designation (“Europe”, for instance), “Asia” names a cultural reality full of disparities and idiosyncrasies, assumptions and worldviews, achievements and failures, traditions and conflicts, histories and projects, languages and artistic manifestations, geographies and geopolitics which will be task of the scholars at this three-day conference to begin to disentangle and illuminate. What Is Asia? will engage the participation of both Silkway members and external experts. The conference will be fully conducted in English.
Both young postdoctoral and senior researchers are welcomed to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations on any relevant aspect of Asian life and cultures (philosophy, art, literature, history, geography, politics, religions, etc.). Inter-/Transdiciplinary approaches will be given preference. Among other topics, papers could address:

  • processes of renarrativization of Asia-Europe historical relations
  • population movements inside Asia and between Asia and Europe, and their cultural influence
  • the ways in which Globalization is presently being redefined by Asian geo-political and geo-economic relations and networks
  • Asia as a future concept
  • Cross-pollination of art, culture, knowledge, and technology across the East-West divide
  • European-Asian cooperation on energy transition and climate change
  • Figurations of Asian / European borders in philosophy, arts, and literature
  • Material culture in transit across Asian and European geographies

Along with the title, please, send a 350-word proposal for a 20-minute presentation and a 150-word bionote to both Jorge Sacido-Romero ( and Noemí Pereira-Ares ( by July 15, 2023. Though the conference will be held onsite, we will exceptionally accept online participation.
For useful information about travel & accommodation, please visit:


The 8th AAS-in-Asia conference will take place on the Kyungpook National University (KNU) campus in Daegu, Korea, June 24-27, 2023.



CFP: “Transforming Asia with Food: Women and Everyday Life”

We invite abstracts for a conference that will explore the role of women in effecting change across Asia by engaging in everyday practices of food production, handling, preparation, and
consumption. Over the past few decades, the study of food has burgeoned and attracted increasing scholarly attention. However, we see a stark polarization across geographic foci and disciplinary
engagements. We propose an interdisciplinary and transtemporal analysis in which women— whom we see as a heterogenous category, intersecting with class, education, etc.—displayed
autonomous agency, with their “domestic” practices effecting significant impact on “public spaces” in a variety of locales across Asia. We plan to investigate how women’s daily practices
restructured familial, social, cultural, and at times political relations in the transition to “modernity.” Papers will examine the central themes of the conference: Identity, Movement, Media, Nation-Building, and Modernity in different sub-regions of Asia (South, East, and South-East).

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please send a paper proposal (250–300 words abstract) accompanied by a brief CV to Chiara Formichi ( and
Suyoung Son ( by July 1, 2023. Selected participants are expected to send in a paper draft by 15 March 2024. We especially encourage abstract submissions from junior scholars, and those based at institutions located in Asia. Travel expenses to Ithaca, NY and lodgings will be covered.

Chips and Chains: Trends in US-Taiwan Business

As US-China relations grow increasingly tense, Taiwan has found itself in the middle of a decoupling of the two largest economies in the world. Taiwan-based semiconductor firm TSMC has responded to the recent US CHIPS Act by building a new fabrication plant on US soil. Taiwan and the US are on the cusp of signing a major bilateral trade deal. Meanwhile, the global economy is still reeling from multiple years of supply chain disruptions from the COVID pandemic and its effects on inflation. How will these changes affect Taiwan’s businesses?

This conference invites experts from academia, think tanks, and industry to discuss Taiwan and US business trends. Three panels discussing the semiconductor industry, supply chains, and US-Taiwan trade will take place from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning. Ryan Hass, Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies at the Brookings Institution, will give the keynote address.

This event is hosted by the East Asia Center, the Foster Global Business Center, and the Taiwan Studies Program.

Registration is required to attend in person. Individuals without tickets will be denied entry at the door.

65th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies (2023)

Call for Papers
65th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies
Institutional Host: The UCLA Asia Pacific Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
October 13-15, 2023

The American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) annual conference program committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers on issues concerning China, Taiwan, other Chinese-speaking communities, and the Chinese diaspora for the 65th Annual Conference, hosted by the UCLA Asia Pacific Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, on October 13-15, 2023. We welcome panels and papers from such disciplines as economics, education, history, international studies, literature, political science, public policy, and sociology. The 2023 conference will feature two highly respected and accomplished keynote speakers: Prof. Susan Shirk (UCSD) and Prof. Michael Berry (UCLA).

The AACS is an interdisciplinary association devoted to the study of subjects related to China and Taiwan ( Membership in AACS is required for participation in the annual conference, and non-members are welcome to submit proposals, join the Association, and participate in the annual conference. Please note this conference is in-person only.

The program committee will give preference to proposals for panels (a chair, 3 papers, and a discussant) and roundtables (a chair and 4 other panelists). We also encourage individual paper proposals on various themes.
Panel proposals and individual submissions should include contact information (address, telephone number, and email) for all participants, paper topics, and brief abstracts (not exceeding 250 words). Panel proposals should specify the names and roles of panel/roundtable participants. Please send your proposal by email to:

The deadline for panel and individual proposals is March 24, 2023. Scholars submitting proposals by the deadline will be notified of their inclusion in the program by April 24, 2023.
All panelists must register for the AACS 2023 conference and renew or apply for AACS membership before August 21, 2023.

2023 AACS Conference Program Committee: Yenna Wu (University of California, Riverside), Co-Chair; Yao-Yuan Yeh (University of St. Thomas), Co-Chair; Huei-Ying Kuo (Johns Hopkins University); Fang-yu Li (New College of Florida); Ya-chen Chen (Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan); Yu-Shan Wu (Academia Sinica, Taiwan).

[Call for Paper] International Symposium and Exhibition on Javanese Culture

In conjunction with the accession in the throne anniversary (Tingalan Jumenengan Dalem) of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, the Yogyakarta Palace will hold an International Symposium and Exhibition on Javanese Culture. The International Symposium, which presents speakers from Indonesia and overseas, aims to discuss research results based on ancient manuscripts or other literature related to the Yogyakarta Palace.The “International Symposium on Javanese Culture 2023” with the theme “The Meaning and Function of Vegetations in Preserving Nature and Traditions in The Palace of Yogyakarta”, will be held on 7 – 8 March 2023, located in Yogyakarta.

Energy in Asia

Energy has been commonly viewed as a source of power for performing work. Through its many forms, such as chemical, thermal, electrical, and nuclear, energy has been a crucial component for various types of production. In this capacity, energy has been an integral, material-based resource for economic purposes and security. Beyond its value as a resource for material production, energy, from the premodern to the modern era, has assumed other meanings and been valued in different ways. In religious and spiritual traditions, for example, energy has been defined as a source of creation, living, and healing. As an abstract force, energy has been seen as a spiritual element that influences, determines, and powers location, place, space, relationships, the workings of the human body, and the make-up of nature. In terms of language, energy has been used as a metaphor or a colorful term to describe human actions, emotions, and behavior. In these different forms, energy has been long framed and defined through a variety of angles.

In whatever form it has existed, been employed or conceived of, energy cannot be understood without its connection to social context, especially different forms of authority. Political, social, cultural, economic, philosophical, and religious systems have played a role in the formation and influence of energy as a material and discursive element and force. The ways in which energy has been employed and defined have not only influenced geo-politics and international relations, but also gender relations, patterns and directions in design, paths for healthcare and well-being, and relationships between humans and non-humans. In order to understand energy’s role and place in human and non-human life, it is necessary to interrogate the relationship between energy and context.

This conference specifically examines the different meanings, values and uses of energy in Asia from the premodern to the modern era and the intersection between energy and context. It welcomes papers on energy from different periods of time, disciplines, including the sciences, and fields of study. Please send an abstract of 500 words (maximum) of a potential paper and a one-page CV to Albert L. Park (Claremont McKenna College, The Claremont Colleges), and Namhee Lee (UCLA), by October 12. Selections will be announced by October 22. Travel and accommodations will be covered by the conference (including international travel).

Taiwan’s New Security Challenges: Economic Security and Military Security

Taiwan is increasingly being tested by both military and economic security pressures from China. Beijing’s stepped-up manned and unmanned military activities and imposition of greater economic and military costs on other countries engaging in otherwise regular diplomatic and international engagement with Taiwan since August poses serious challenges to the rules-based international order, undermine the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, destabilize the Indo-Pacific region, and negatively impact international trade and transit. Combined with intense cybersecurity challenges, supply chain pressures and US-China tech competition, Taiwan faces a unique set of economic and military security challenges that are increasingly recognized and shared by like-minded partners in the region as well as across the globe.

Experts at the conference will offer their views on key economic and military issues currently facing Taiwan, and the prospects for Cross-Strait and regional stability.

Registration is free and open to the public. This event is IN-PERSON only. Lunch is provided.
This event will be recorded and will be available on the Sigur Center YouTube channel after the event.

International Virtual Conference on Judicial Independence in Developing Democracies

The conference has three panel discussions: a) judicial independence: judges roundtable discussion; b) civil society, media, and judicial independence c) judicial independence in developing democracies: works in progress.

This may be of interest to those focusing on East and South Asia, law, and politics. They can register their interest at

Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) Institute 2023: De-colonization in the 21st Century

We face the drastic increase in international migration and stateless persons, the prolonged pandemic, extensive digital surveillance, the prevalence of extended platform economies, the precarity of temporary laborers on land and at sea, environmental crisis, and climate change. Along with these developing conditions, the intensified social inequality worldwide also escalates.

The project of decolonization in the 21st century is to identify and analyze the uneven power relation in contemporary societies that engineers and reproduces the unequal social relations and environmental injustice. We invite interdisciplinary critical analysis and innovative artistic projects to engage with the task of decolonization in the 21st century:

(I) Global Capitalism and Technologies of Governance

(II) Marginalized Populations, Stateless Persons and Migrant Laborers

(III) Environmental Justice/Injustice

(IV) Social Engagement and Art Intervention

We welcome postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and advanced scholars worldwide to share their ongoing projects with various disciplinary backgrounds: cultural studies, media and communication studies, critical legal studies, cultural sociology, literary studies, film studies, visual cultural studies, cultural anthropology, political philosophy, and related fields are all welcome.

The Institute will offer lectures, seminars, roundtables, and workshops for participants to spend the week learning from one another. The following keynote speakers have been confirmed:

• Ranabir Samaddar (Distinguished Chair, Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group, India)
• Pun Ngai (Chair Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
• Ruba Salih (Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS University of London, UK)
• Tess Lea (Head, Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada)
• Ken Kawashima (Associate Professor, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto, Canada)


Apply to Participate:

Organized by International Center for Cultural Studies, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan & Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia

In collaboration with Calcutta Research Group, India & Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Chinese dialects festival – 2022

Dear Colleagues,
The Association for the Advancement of Sinology is currently accepting proposals for the 3rd annual international online conference “Chinese dialects festival – 2022”.

Chinese dialects festival – 2022 is an event, which was first organized in 2019. It helps sinologists from all over the world to create a community of scholars of dialectology and exchange their knowledge and experience concerning Chinese Dialects. We provide our participants with lectures and conversations about language, culture, dialectology, history, customs, music and architecture, business, travel.

The conference will be organized on August 08-15, 2022 and is provided by the Association for the Advancement of Sinology.

Check out our website for registration:

We are looking forward to your proposals!

President of the Association for the Advancement of Sinology
Pavlova Alena

4th World Congress of Taiwan Studies

The University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program will host the 4th World Congress of Taiwan Studies from June 27 to 29, 2022.

All three days of the conference will be livestreamed on our Facebook and YouTube pages. To join us online, please register at the WCTS website. Registration to view the livestream is free and open to all. The conference program and additional information are also on the WCTS website.

The WCTS brings together the world’s leading Taiwan Studies scholars to share their research. The 4th World Congress general theme is “Taiwan in the Making,” exploring the processes, forces, and dynamics that made and continue to make Taiwan. The quadrennial conference is jointly organized by Academia Sinica and the Taiwan Studies Program and will be the first time WCTS is held in North America.

The 4th World Congress of Taiwan Studies is sponsored by the University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program, Academia Sinica, The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the ROC (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the ROC (Taiwan) Ministry of Education.

Reckoning with Race & Racism in Academic Medicine

The Department of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
The Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University
The Program in Racism, Immigration, & Citizenship, Johns Hopkins University


Molina Symposium on the History of Medicine

May 5th – 6th, 2022

The legacies of race and racism cast a long shadow on academic medical institutions today: ongoing scientific racism in medicine, unequal access to health care, the segregation of medical facilities, and the exclusion of African Americans and other racialized groups from medical education. Medical research and medical practice have not merely been incidentally affected by racism in broader society, but rather have been key sites for the production and reproduction of biological understandings of race. In order to develop more effective anti-racist responses to endemic health inequalities made so visible in the COVID-19 epidemic, medicine needs to fully confront these painful histories of structural violence.

This conference includes historians, sociologists, medical educators, medical trainees, advocates and activists from around the United States to work towards a more inclusive version of historical reckoning. Over two days, we will examine the centrality of history as a tool and as a method to understand the intersections of structural racism and health past and present, aim to build anti-racist curricula and commit to engaging with structural racism as a key aspect of medical training and policy change.

Learn More & Register:

United Nations and Korean War (1950-53): Politics, War and Peace

Since the Korean War has been over 70 years, Pusan National University, South Korea is hosting an international conference on the subject (United Nations and Korean War (1950-53): Politics, War and Peace). The interdisciplinary conference will be on 21-24 October 2022.

The aim of this (on-site) conference is to explore the involvement of the United Nations for ‘the Forgotten War’ through the various case studies of individuals, groups, or nations. The theme can be analysed in a multidisciplinary approach of history, politics, anthropology, sociology, war strategy, human movement, medicine, refugee, POWs, Busan studies, unification policy, education, and human rights.

If you are interested or your current research is relevant to the Korean War, we invite your abstract before 15 June 2022.

Please send your abstract or panel proposals to David W. Kim ( including the following information:

Paper title
Nominated stream
Name and affiliation
Contact details (email)
Abstract of 150-200 words
Biography of 80 words highlighting teaching and research interests and publications (3-4 title and year only).

Proposals for panels of 3 or 4 papers must include the above information for all papers and a brief description of the panel itself of 100 words.

There will be limited bursary for some accepted doctoral candidates and early career researchers ($100-$300 each) as well as award for two best papers ($500 each). The bursary and award will be given away after conference.

Post-conference Publication
The selected papers (in a book volume) will be published by the Cambridge Scholars Publishing or Routledge in UK.

Conference Committee
(Chair) David William Kim (Australian National University and Kookmin University, Seoul)
(Co-Chair) Kiseob Kim (Director, Institute for Korean Unification, Pusan National University)
Jihyun Kim (Institute for Korean Unification, Pusan National University)

Please see the conference website for more details: