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March 26, 2012

Buddhist Traditions: New Directions; 9/14-16/2012

This is a reminder to submit your paper proposal for the 2012 North American Graduate Student Conference in Buddhist Studies, "Buddhist Traditions: New Directions," hosted by the University of Virginia on September 14-16, 2012. The submission deadline is now extended to April 10. Please email your 500-word proposal, along with a brief bio, to buddhiststudiesgroup@virginia.edu.

We are delighted to announce that Gregory Schopen, esteemed scholar and pioneer in Buddhist Studies, will deliver our opening keynote address. The model he has forged of bringing economics, legal studies, and social history to bear on the study of Buddhism was an early harbinger of the "New Directions" toward which this conference aspires.

Please visit the conference website for ongoing information about the schedule. We look forward to hearing from you.
-The Officers and Members of the Buddhist Studies Group at UVa

P.S. We have received inquiries from several international applicants; please know that graduate students worldwide are welcome to apply.

Christina Kilby
Ph.D. Student, History of Religions
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia USA

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March 16, 2012

Call for Papers (4/20/12): Diaspora Strategies of Migrant-Sending Countries

Call for Papers (Deadline: 20 April 2012)
The ‘Diaspora Strategies’ of Migrant-Sending Countries:
Migration-as-Development Reinvented?
Date :8 – 9 November 2012
Venue :Asia Research Institute Seminar Room, Tower Block Level 10
469A Bukit Timah Road, National University of Singapore @ BTC
Website :http://www.ari.nus.edu.s/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1280

Jointly organized by Asia Research Institute and the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore.

Over the past decade there has been growing scholarly interest in the ‘diaspora strategies’ of migrant-sending countries in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in how these strategies are constituted and played out through an increasingly dominant migration and development, or migration-as-development, discourse in the international development policy sphere. The latter, migration-as-development (MAD), emphasizes the way migration is mobilized actively by the state and other actors to advance development goals. The MAD discourse argues that (transnational) migrants are actual and potentially powerful agents of economic and social development in their home countries and communities. It promotes a policy vision (usually articulated at the state level) that aims to both encourage higher levels of migrant remittances, as well as to more effectively control, capture and allocate migrant contributions to national prosperity and welfare. As such, MAD is shaped by key assumptions about which countries are in need of development, which (migrant) actors can or should contribute to national development, including under what circumstances, and what constitutes ‘development’.

This workshop will critically interrogate the assumptions underlying the MAD discourse by examining the currently under-studied relationship between MAD and the growing popularity of the ‘diaspora strategies’ promoted by migrant-sending countries spanning the development spectrum. ‘Diaspora strategies’ refer to purposeful initiatives by migrant-sending countries aimed at mobilizing their citizens (and even former citizens) abroad to contribute towards advancing the country’s economic and political interests. These initiatives include using rhetoric to emphasize the significance of citizens-in-migrancy, and implementing legislation and policies to extend rights and responsibilities to them. The label, ‘diaspora’, attached to such strategies can be, however, problematized for the very acting of naming the diaspora cements a national and diasporic imagination where it may not have been salient amongst citizens-in-migrancy previously. Additionally, contemporary proliferating emigrant mobilities (e.g. transnational sojourning patterns) may further complicate national claims of affiliation, identity and belonging on which ‘diaspora strategies’ are premised.

Our workshop will highlight ‘diaspora strategies’ trends in the Asia-Pacific region and, in particular, Southeast Asian countries. This approach opens up theoretical space for exploring and re-connecting the conceptual divide between so-called ‘developing’ countries (usually incorporated into the MAD discourse) and ‘developed’ countries (largely detached from the MAD discourse and framed as brain circulation instead). In addition, the regional focus will bring into view the distinctive logics and aspirations underpinning ‘diaspora strategies’ by member countries as well as draw out the commonalities shared with countries implementing similar policies in other regional contexts such as Africa, the Americas and Europe. Significantly, selected papers will focus specifically on discursive, legal and policy mechanisms aimed at engaging with diasporas, usually promoted at the state-level, while keeping in view its interactions with migrants, migrant associations and other groups.

In addition, participants are encouraged to consider one or more of the following questions in their paper presentations:

1. How are ‘diaspora strategies’ shaped, or not shaped, by the MAD discourse in specific country contexts and in the broader Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asian regional contexts? Why?

2. In what ways are strategies to mobilize a national ‘diaspora’ complicated by proliferating emigrant mobilities that generate multiple affiliations, identities and belonging amongst citizens-in-migrancy?

3. What are the methodologies appropriate for studying ‘diaspora strategies’ given the way such initiatives, and concomitantly the field-site, extend beyond the confines of national territories?

4. To what extent are ‘diaspora strategies’ an effective and/or sustainable policy formulation for furthering development and/or nation-building goals?


Paper proposals must be for original previously unpublished work, as selected papers from the workshop proceedings will be compiled for a journal special issue.

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form.

Please send your form to Mr Jonathan Lee at jonathan.lee@nus.edu.sg by 20 April 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by 20 May 2012 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 20 September 2012.


Dr Maureen Hickey
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arimhh@nus.edu.sg

Dr Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho
Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
Email: geoehle@nus.edu.sg

Mr Jonathan Lee
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: jonathan.lee@nus.edu.sg

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International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference

It is our pleasure to inform you that International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference 8 will be organized by the University of Macau. It will take place from 24-27 June 2013 in the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel.
The more than four century long interaction between Western and Chinese traditions in Macao, the first and last European colony in China, has left the city with a unique blend of cultural diversity, modernity, and cosmopolitanism. Join us at this world heritage site for ICAS 8.

Please check out our Call for Panels and Papers below or online. The deadline to submit proposals is 15 July 2012.
Visit the ICAS booth 103 at the AAS Annual Meeting in Toronto (15-18 March 2012).

The ICAS Team
Dr. Paul van der Velde - Chief Executive Officer
Martina van den Haak, MA - Executive Officer
Thomas Voorter, MA - Communication Coordinator
Call for Panels and Papers

Macao, P.R. China
24-27 June 2013
The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the premier international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. It attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. Since 1998, ICAS has brought more than 15,000 academics together at seven conventions.
ICAS 8 will be hosted by the University of Macau (UM) and will be held in the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. Some 1,500 to 2,500 Asia specialists are expected to attend. This city is located in the heart of East Asia and successfully merges its long history of culture and tradition with diversity and cosmopolitanism.

Deadline Proposals: 15 July 2012

Submission of Individual Papers, Organized Panels (organized by a group of varying (national) backgrounds), Institutional Panels (constituted and sponsored by an institution, association, network or company), and Roundtable proposals.

Please note that all abstracts and presentations should be in English. Submission of abstracts for panels, roundtables and papers can be made using ICAS 8 registration forms, available from http://www.icassecretariat.org. General information about ICAS 8 can be found at http://www.umac.mo/icas8 .

ICAS Colleagues Calling
You can connect with colleagues through our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AsiaScholars, where you can share information or discuss the possibilities of forming a panel.
ICAS Book Prize

The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) was established by the International Convention of Asia Scholars in 2004. It aims to create an international focus for publications on Asia while increasing their worldwide visibility. The biennial ICAS Book Prize is awarded for outstanding English-language works in the field of Asia Studies.

The five awards are:
Best study in the Humanities;
Best study in the Social Sciences;
Best dissertation in the Humanities;
Best dissertation in the Social Sciences; and
The Colleagues' Choice Award.

Deadline IBP: 15 October 2012
Participants are expected to fund their own travel and accommodation.
For more information on ICAS 8 and requirements for participation, please visit http://www.icassecretariat.org or http://www.umac.mo/icas8

The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the premier international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. ICAS founded in 1997, is a platform for representatives of academia and civil society to focus on issues critical to Asia and by implication to the rest of the world. ICAS is an active active accelerator of research. The ICAS Secretariat is hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies.

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March 14, 2012

14th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists

UCD School of Archaeology will host the 14th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA 14) from the 18th-21st September 2012 in Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library. This is the first time that the conference is being held in Ireland and we anticipate a truly successful and memorable event.

We would like to direct you to the conference webpage where you can find panel themes and registration information: http://www.ucd.ie/archaeology/euraseaa14/index.html

Kind regards

Dr. Helen Lewis

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March 13, 2012

The Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies

April 19-21, 2013 University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies
(ICLS) will be held on April 19-21, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
The main objective of the conference is to promote Lao studies, broadly defined, by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao Studies.


The theme of the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies is
'Lao Studies' as well as 'The diverse ethnic groups of Laos'.
However, this conference intends to accommodate all academic scholarship in the social sciences and humanities related to Laos, and peoples linked either to identifying as Lao or to the country of Laos more generally, including people from all ethnic groups in Laos, and diaspora communities all over the world.


The conference will bring together Lao Studies scholars and researchers from all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and all intellectual and political perspectives, to share paper presentations, panel presentations, exhibits, performances, and cultural activities.

The following are included within the target groups of the conference:
1) All self-identified ethnic groups of Laos (e.g. Lao, Khmu,
Hmong, Ieu-Mien, Akha, Phouan, Phou Tai, Nyouan, etc.);
2) Lao/Thai Isan and other ethnic Lao groups in Thailand (e.g. Lao
Song, Phouan, Phou Tai, etc.)
3) Ethnic Lao living in Cambodia
4) Cross-border ethnic groups living in Vietnam, China, Burma,
Thailand and Cambodia (e.g. Akha, Hmong, Phouan, Ieu-Mien, Khmu, Tai Lue, Tai Dam, Lahu, Brao, etc.)
5) Overseas diaspora originally from Laos or descendents of people
from Laos (including Lao Americans, Hmong Americans, Khmu Americans, French Lao, Australian Lao, Canadian Lao, etc.)

The following are some, but certainly not all, of possible topics of interest to the conference organizers:

* Architectural Transformations
* Art and Music
* Border Trade and Interactions
* Buddhism and Other Religions
* Community
* Cultures of Ethnic Groups in Laos
* Education
* Environment and Health
* Ethnic Groups and Economic and Social Change
* Extractive Industries
* Families and Children
* Gender Relations
* Identity Politics
* Internet-Based Communications and Networking
* Irredentism and Regionalism
* Language, Linguistics and Literature
* Lao American Issues
* Lao Heritage
* Lao History
* Lao People in the Regional/Global Economy
* Lao Politics
* Lao Relations with People from Other Ethnic Groups
* Large-Scale Economic Land Concessions
* Livelihood Changes
* Nature Conservation (including Wildlife and Protected Area Management)
* Nature-Society Interactions
* Research Methodologies in Lao Studies
* Rural Development
* Transnational Networks and Relations
* Urbanization and Development


1) Please submit abstracts in English before October 31, 2012
2) Submit abstracts electronically, sending preferably a Microsoft
word file (document) in an e-mail attachment to 4thinternationallaostudiescon@gmail.com (see below for specific instructions regarding preparing abstracts)

General Contact information:
The Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies Center for Southeast Asian Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, Wisconsin
USA 53706-1397

Tel: +1-608-263-1755
Fax: +1-608-263-3735

3) The conference abstract committee will review abstracts and send
an acceptance letter with scheduling information and other instructions for submitting final abstract statements and full versions of papers.
4) Abstracts of panels, and individual papers and full versions of
conference papers will be collected for distribution on-line.


Organized panels, composed of 3-4 scholars presenting formal papers and 1 or 2 discussants that can be scheduled into one-and-a-half-hour time slots are also invited. Panel organizers are requested to supply the following information:
* Title of the panel
* Conference theme(s) related to the panel
* Name, institution, address and email of the panel organizer
* Name, institution, address and email of each paper presenter
* Names, institutions, addresses and email of the panel discussants
* Abstract (250 words or less) describing the panel as a whole
* Title of each paper and abstract (250 words or less) for each paper


Individual papers will be grouped into coherent panels. The papers must include the following:
* Title of the paper
* Name, institution, address and email address of paper presenter
* Abstracts (250 words or less) with identified keywords.
* Related conference topic(s)


All participants are requested to register online. The registration fee includes the conference program, and morning and afternoon snacks for the three-day conference. Early registration deadline is January 15, 2013. Please note that there will be no refund for cancellation or absence.

Conference and Conference Banquet Registration
Non students
US $175 Early registration fee (on or before January 15, 2013) US $200 Late/on-site registration fee (after January 15, 2013)

US $90 Early registration fee (on or before January 15, 2013) US $115 Late/on-site registration fee (after January 15, 2013)

Center for Lao Studies Members or Senior Citizens* (with low income)
Center for Lao Studies Membership information is available at:
US $150 Early registration fee (on or before January 15, 2013) US $175 Late/on-site registration fee (after January 15, 2013)

Community participants (Upper Midwest: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota) US $125 Early registration fee (on or before January 15, 2013) US $150 Late/on-site registration fee (after January 15, 2013)

Note: 90% refunds are possible up to March 1, 2013. After this time refunds are not possible.

* Center for Lao Studies Fundraiser Banquet: Friday April 19, 2013
at 7PM. US$25. Tickets are available for purchase separately at

* Conference Banquet: Conference Participants US$25/Non-Conference
Participants US$35

Note: CLS Fundraiser Banquet must be purchased through CLS website at:
Tickets will also be sold at time of registration on Friday, April 19, 2013.

Conference Banquet tickets for Saturday, April 20, 2013 must be purchased before March 1, 2013. There will be no refunds for banquet tickets after March 1, 2013.

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March 06, 2012

Religion in Southeast Asia - AAR 2012

Call for papers for the AAR (in Chicago November 17-20, 2012)
Religion in Southeast Asia
This Group invites both individual paper and panel proposals on the following two topics:

- Change and religious culture in Southeast Asia ? how changes in the social, economic, and political climate have elicited changes in the nature of religious culture in Southeast Asia. Please note that this topic in effect reverses a common way of talking about religious culture; i.e., we are not interested in how changes in religious culture prompt other changes in society. Instead, we are particularly interested to learn about shifts in religious belief and practice relative to the wider social, political, and economic dynamics that prompt them. Papers can address any society or sociopolitical grouping in Southeast Asia and topics can relate to any element of Southeast Asian religious culture.

- Media and religious culture in Southeast Asia and in Southeast Asian diasporas ? for a cosponsored session with the Religion, Media, and Culture Group. What roles do various types of media ? comedic performances, film, television shows, digital medias, comic books ? play in the constitution of local, national, and transnational religious cultures among Southeast Asian communities? Papers that address this question about media and religious culture in light of such topics as performative content, employment of tradition, use or development of new sources, the construction of authority, and institutional aspects of state and local control would be welcome

This link takes you to the login page for submitting papers: http://papers.aarweb.org/;

Deadline is March 13, 2012 11:59PM EST.

Mission of the Group
Situated at the nexus of several civilizational influences, including Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern, Southeast Asia, as a region, remains understudied in terms of its relevance to the theoretical and methodological study of religion. This neglect is in part due to the tendency to reduce Southeast Asian religious systems to the named ?world religions,? often identified with other regions. As a result, indigenous practices are not viewed in terms of their conceptual and other linkages, and in some cases the dynamic interactions between those practices and the religious practices brought over by different classes of immigrants are frequently overlooked. However, and especially in the last fifteen years, exciting materials addressing different religious cultures in Southeast Asia have emerged. Hitherto, there has been little scholarly conversation at the AAR on Southeast Asia. And, perhaps even less commonly, are Southeast Asian religious cultures (e.g., Buddhist, Islamic, Christian, Hindu, ?animist,? Chinese, and Pacific) put into conversation with one another. In light of this need in the field, we strive to provide a context for this conversation as well as to foster critical thinking about Southeast Asia as a region.

Please contact either of the following with any questions:
Vivienne Angeles
La Salle University

Jason Carbine
Whittier College

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March 01, 2012

Imagining Cambodia: Cambodia Studies Conference

Conference abstracts are due March 15, 2012.
Please send title and abstract and all queries to: CambodiaConf2012@niu.edu.
For more details, see the conference website at: http://www.niu.edu/cseas/conferences/cambodiaconf2012/index.shtml

Conference panels will be September 14-15.
Papers are welcome in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The conference honors renowned Cambodian-American composer Dr. Chinary Ung with an evening program of his music for soloists and small chamber groups on Saturday, Sept. 15.

We invite submissions of conference papers or panels (four presenters and a discussant, fifteen minutes per paper). We also invite special topics panels for which papers will be circulated in advance to all registered participants to allow for in-depth discussions. The conference concludes with a visit to the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial in Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Conference registration ($175) includes all meals, performances, and transportation to the museum on Sunday. Funds are being sought to subsidize transportation and registration costs for students and for Cambodian scholars and artists.

Conference Organizers: Northern Illinois University Cambodia Studies Working Group and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies; Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ohio University, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the Center for Khmer Studies.

Cambodia Studies Working Group: Kenton Clymer, Trude Jacobsen, Kheang Leang, Judy Ledgerwood and Kheang Un

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