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ASAA Conference 2018

Call for panels and papers

ASAA Conference 2018: Area studies and beyond

Find a panel for your paper, contact your disciplinary champion, or propose a panel.

A team of ‘disciplinary champions’ has been put together for the ASAA Conference 2018 to champion each thematic/disciplinary focus and organise panels or panel streams within their discipline.

The deadline for submission is 1 November 2017. Please contact your disciplinary champion with your proposal as soon as possible. View submission instructions here.

Submit a panel proposal here.

Submit a paper proposal here.

If you need some advice, please contact your disciplinary champion as soon as possible. You can identify the appropriate person from the list below.

Conference themes and disciplinary champions


Champion (s)


Holly High

Art History 

Stephen Whiteman

Architecture/Urban Planning 

Non Arkaraprasertkul

Rizal Muslimin

Cultural Studies 

Rebecca Suter

Development Studies 

Tanya Jakimow 

Jenny-Anne Toribio

Russell Bush

David Guest

Diaspora Studies 

Josh Stenberg

Disability Studies 

Thushara Dibley

Digital/Communication Studies 

Aim Sinpeng


David Evans

Environmental Studies  

Pichamon Yeophantong

Film and Performance Studies 

Josh Stenberg


Phil Hirsch

Jeff Neilson


Robert Cribb

Hist/Phil of Science and Medicine 

Warwick Anderson

Hans Pols

International Relations 

Justin Hastings

International Business 

Sandra Seno-Alday

Labour Studies 

Michele Ford

Legal Studies 

Simon Butt

Melissa Crouch


Nicola Piper

Stephanie Short

Pre-modern Asia

Matthew Stavros


Aim Sinpeng

Nicole Curato

Popular Culture 

Rebecca Suter

Public Health 

Kirsty Foster

Religious Studies 

Mark Allon

Social movements

Michele Ford

Contribute to an existing panel

The majority of Asia’s population continue to live in rural areas, at the same time that agrarian livelihoods are changing rapidly. Increasing diversification of livelihoods, changing flows of migration, feminization of labour, and environmental degradation are just some of the factors transforming social life, economics and politics in Asia’s villages. This panel invites papers on any aspect of agrarian change from any region in Asia. 

Email abstracts to Tanya Jakimow:

This panel encourages submissions that look beyond the state as an agent of authoritarian practice and examines the role of non-state actors in shrinking spaces for democratic engagement.

Email abstracts to Nicole Curato:; or Diego Fossati:

This panel invites paper submissions that examine how social movements, activists or other interest groups challenge state policy and/or 'official' histories in Southeast Asia.

Email abstracts to Elisabeth Kramer:; or Dyah Pitaloka:

This panel explores the promise and pitfalls of 'democracy' in contemporary Myanmar. We welcome papers unpacking how the transition from direct military rule has altered state-society relations, including: underlying ideologies or informal institutions and how these shape notions and practices of 'democracy' ; how these norms animate ideas of rights, capitalism and inclusion/exclusion of women, youth and minorities; how legacies of direct military rule continue to shape the possibilities of peace and more democratic governance. 

Email abstracts to Gerard McCarthy: by Friday 27th October. 

This panel explores the emotions and affects engendered in sites of development and humanitarian aid, and the ways emotional landscapes and/or affective configurations shape practice, sociality and subjectivities across Asia. We welcome papers exploring topics such as (but not limited to) the psychosomatic symptoms of poverty, emotional logics of aid, and what development practitioners can learn by being attentive to the emotional and affective dimensions of life. 

Email abstracts to Tanya Jakimow:

Convened by Dr Ramona Vijeyarasa

Women across Asia have been forging new pathways into leadership roles. Despite undeniable progress, political and parliamentary life in most countries remains dominated by men. This panel aims to look at the various ways in which women in Asia have held leadership roles at different levels and in various contexts, both in times of peace and conflict. Is there a distinctly distinct style of women’s leadership? What barriers have women overcome to hold leadership roles? What lessons can we learn from women’s leadership? 

Email abstracts to Tany Jakimow:

This panel examines the productive effects of discourses and imaginaries of ‘development’, ‘progress’, and intergenerational socio-economic mobility in Asia. Papers may explore how these discourses shape subjectivities, sociality, family relations and livelihoods, and/or the consequences when hoped for futures fail to materialise. 

Email abstracts to Hannah Bulloch:

We would like to invite submissions for abstracts for law-related panels around the following themes: Legal pluralism; Courts and legal culture; Law and Human Rights; Criminal law; Public law.

If you would like to be considered for one of these panels, please contact Melissa Crouch or Simon Butt by no later than 15 October. 


This panel will explore political institutions and practices in mountainous regions in Asia, with a focus on the Himalayas. The aim of the panel is to bring together research across this region in order to explore how particular characteristics, such as mountainous terrain, migration, ‘remoteness’ for example, shape the nature of politics, with distinct differences from politics on the plains. 

Email abstracts to Tanya Jakimow:

Paper proposals are now welcome, including case studies, comparative accounts and historical investigations of the cults and their importance.

Email abstracts to Holly High:

Read the full call for papers here.

Textual histories are indispensable to our understanding of premodern Asia. This panel will explore the textuality of history and the history of texts throughout and across the continent. We especially welcome papers that consider how premodern texts and histories have connected across different parts of Asia. Some themes might include: new approaches to traditional historiographies, the regional circulation of textual knowledge, the roles of power in the production of texts and histories, texts as sites of intercultural encounter, and methodologies for handling textual sources in concert with visual and material sources.

Email abstracts to Jarrah Sastrawan:

This panel invites submissions that consider the challenges and opportunities in the protection and preservation of underwater cultural heritage in Asia.

Email abstracts to Natali Pearson:; or Milly Bendell:

This panel explores a number of key questions regarding the importance of vocational education to social transformation in Asia, including (but not limited to): a) How does the push to increase formal vocational training fit within the broader political economy of development in Asia? b) Does vocational education offer pathways to inclusive and sustainable development in the region? c) What is the lived experience of youth enrolled in vocational education? d) How is vocational education implicated in challenging or reproducing inequalities in Asia? 

Email abstracts to Trent Brown:

This panel provocatively asks: ‘What remains of the Greater Mekong Subregion?’. In posing this question, the panel seeks to consider: (1) Whether new regionalisation programs within Southeast Asia enhance or weaken a shared sense of Mainland Southeast Asian regional identity and geopolitical solidarity; (2) Whether such shared solidarity has ever existed; (3) In what ways mainland Southeast Asia may be considered distinct from island Southeast Asia; and (4) How new regional and transregional infrastructures and partnerships are reconfiguring traditional area studies boundaries, such as ‘East’ and ‘Southeast’ Asia? (5) Who benefits, and is disadvantaged by current regional reconfigurations and interconnectivities? 

Email abstracts to Kearrin Sims:

If you want to propose a panel but have yet to identify four speakers please contact the committee here to have your call for papers displayed in the list above.