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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.

Posted by katemw at March 13, 2012 07:49 AM


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