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July 17, 2012

Migration and Forced Labor

The Open Society Institute is calling for position papers for an edited volume on human trafficking titled, Human Trafficking: Reconsidering the Problem, edited by Rhacel Parenas and Kimberly Kay Hoang. The editors seek manuscripts from scholars and practitioners from all academic disciplines (economics, law, social sciences, gender and sexuality studies, public policy, health, and business). People working with relevant NGO’s, government agencies, and
public health organizations are also invited to submit their work. Open Society will publish the volume in 2013.

The current literature on human trafficking focuses overwhelmingly on the issue of sex trafficking often overlooking the problem of “human trafficking” through the lens of migration and “forced labor”. A focus on “forced labor” avoids conflating trafficking with prostitution, and at the same time calls attention to the susceptibility of a wide range of migrant workers, not just
sex workers, to human trafficking. The volume thus, seeks papers on trafficked persons that include not only sex workers but also agricultural, construction, factory, and domestic workers to understand the structures and systems that render migrant workers vulnerable to human trafficking.

In an attempt to expand the literature and research on human trafficking, this volume will consider a wide array of jobs that leave migrant workers vulnerable to human trafficking. We seek papers that describe how the conditions, structures, social institutions, and systems of various occupations leave workers vulnerable to forced labor and human trafficking. We will focus on the following themes:
- The vulnerability of migrant workers in the 21st century, including sex workers, agricultural workers, construction workers, and domestic workers among many others.
- The systematic ways that social institutions such as broker industries and guest worker programs impact human trafficking
- Papers that work to provide a more precise definition for the concept of exploitation that systematically accounts for the gradations of indenture among victims of “human trafficking,” by distinguishing between peonage, servitude, and slavery
- Papers that predict long-term consequences of forced labor by examining the reintegration of rescued trafficked victims and the plight of the children and families of migrant workers vulnerable to forced labor In addressing the themes above, we hope to provide a more systematic understanding of the problem of human trafficking that recognizes the structural problems caused by institutions and
systems of migration. Position papers should be written in a style that is accessible to nonacademic audiences and no longer than 3500 words (15 double-spaced pages) including all relevant citations.

Please submit papers to: Kimberly Kay Hoang via email at kayhoang@rice.edu no later than October 31, 2012. Acceptance notifications will be made by November 30, 2012. Please direct
all questions and correspondence via postal mail to: Kimberly Kay Hoang | Rice University | 6100 Main St Mech Lab 210 | P.O. Box 1892 MS-38 | Houston, TX 77005.

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Indigenous Communities and the Projects of Modernity in Indonesia

Call for Papers

4th International Graduate Students Conference on Indonesia
The conference will be held in the Postgraduate School of Gadjah Mada University (Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM), Jalan Teknika Utara Pogung Yogyakarta 55281, 30-31 October 2012.

This Conference is aimed at exploring how the indigenous communities in post-Suharto Indonesia are negotiating with the ‘the projects of modernity’ initiated by the state, the trans-national capitals, and the institutionalised religions – three actors whose interests are to some extents intertwined, but to another extent are in contradictory. These ‘projects of modernity’ have in fact been undertaking since the colonial era. However, the political reform after the fall of Suharto’s New Order has witnessed not only the different ways the indigenous communities deal with these ‘projects of modernity’, but also the rising issue of ‘indigenity’ as such and its relation to contested various interests. It is the concern of this Conference to explore and critically discuss these issues.

Abstract submission deadline: 17 August 2012

For more detail information please contact: Ana Zahida or Woelan Sejathi, E-mail: igsci@ugm.ac.id; igscindonesia@gmail.com; Tel / Fax: +62 274 564239
Website: pasca.ugm.ac.id/v2.1/agenda/id/56

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Self-fashioning in Southeast Asia

Call for Papers
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference
March 21–24, 2013
San Diego, California

Philosophers, historians and literary theorists have produced an impressive corpus dedicated to understanding the sources and creation of the modern self/subject in Western history. By contrast, in Southeast Asian studies there has been very little done on this topic.

How have ideas of self-authority, personal dignity, individual rights and free thought been constructed in the region? How have religious and political movements, aesthetics and art helped shape the modern self? Do Western formulations of the self make useful comparisons or are they largely irrelevant? This panel for the 2013 AAS meeting in San Diego (March 21-24, 2013) seeks papers that research the modern history (c.1800 to 1950) of any country in the region. Please send a proposal (not more than one page) to Arjun Subrahmanyan, asubrahm@berkeley.edu by July 23, 2012.

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Southeast Asian Cultural History through Law

Call for Papers
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference
March 21–24, 2013
San Diego, California

All-call for panel participants for an Association for Asian Studies Southeast Asia Council-sponsored panel on Southeast Asian cultural history through law.

Scholars of Southeast Asia have been fortunate to benefit from the groundwork laid by legal historians of the region who have analyzed and made available Southeast Asian legal codes and texts. Much of this history, however, has been written from the vantage point of proscriptive law. By contrast, members of this panel offer new cultural and social histories that spring from court cases and other socially embedded legal documents. Their work focuses the social, cultural and political milieu within which law was manipulated, imposed upon, and implemented by individuals from all walks of life.

Through legal sources, panelists offer a window onto vibrant, albeit partial, narratives of conflict and resolution in a variety of Southeast Asian locales. The panelists also investigate the limitations on their historical narratives based on legal documents. If you are interested in joining this panel, please send a one page abstract to Tamara Loos, TL14@cornell.edu by July 25, 2012. We encourage scholars working on any time period and place in Southeast Asia.

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July 02, 2012

Myanmar Roundtable 2012: Understanding the Changes, Realising the Opportunities

Date : 9 July 2012
Venue: Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur
The Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia is organising the Myanmar Roundtable 2012 with the theme “Understanding the Changes, Realising the Opportunities”.
The recent suspension of sanctions by the US, EU and other countries have led to a common governmental advice to businesses in developed and developing countries alike to ‘Invest in Myanmar and do it responsibly’. This has signalled a heightened interest in investing in Myanmar in a variety of context and dimensions. Consequently, Myanmar is now on the radar screen of many governments and businesses.
This Roundtable aims to highlight recent political, economic and business developments in the ‘Golden Land’, touching on current trends and future directions as well as challenges and responses by a select group of Myanmese speakers, comprising of advisors, director general of planning, think tank directors, prominent and dynamic businessmen and a well-known Myanmar watcher. This line-up is probably the most distinguished assembled in Malaysia in recent times.
ISIS Malaysia is privileged in bringing together key personalities from Myanmar to talk at the above Roundtable. We are expecting 150 participants, consisting of corporate executives, government officials and Myanmar watchers. We believe the Roundtable can offer excellent networking opportunities and engagement due to its high-level speakers and participants.
This Roundtable is supported by CIMB Group Berhad and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad.
To register : http://www.isis.org.my/attachments/MyanmarRT2012_RegForm.pdf
Programme : http://www.isis.org.my/attachments/MyanmarRT2012_Prgrm_13Jun12.pdf

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