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Indonesia Council Open Conference 2013
Conference dates: July 11-12, 2013
The Indonesia Council Open Conference is a multi-disciplinary conference which provides a forum for the presentation of new and innovative work on Indonesia with particular emphasis on encouraging engagement between newer Indonesianists and established scholars. For conference information and abstract submission details, see the website asaa.asn.au/indonesiacouncil/icoc2013.php.
Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia (5th SSEASR Conference). Manila.
Conference dates: May 16 - 19, 2013
Bodies, made up by different elements and substances, are sites of and vehicles for the expression of our existence. It is not surprising, therefore, that the peoples of South and Southeast Asia have long expressed the belief that religious practice can facilitate (and at times, hinder) healing. The diverse beliefs systems and cultural practices of South and Southeast Asia offer many ways to reach this goal, but all reflect the premise that healing is related to spirituality. This is the philosophy of our life and belief in South and Southeast Asia. Coming under various names such as guru, albularyo, achariya, sages and sufi, the healers and their methods reflect the distinctive cultures of this region. Today, several healers come out to combat diseases and restore our health. However, does this process include the treatment to our body only? The answer is pure NO. For us, health and healing go beyond our mortal body. Healing, in this context, however, encompasses more than just the body; it also includes healing the mind, the conscience, the soul and the “essential self.” We South and Southeast Asians encompass the traditional, alternative ways and the conventional methods of healing. Our various beliefs systems and religions and cultures offer many ways to reach this goal.
More information at: http://www.sseasr.org/Final-Shape-First-Announcement.pdf
Forefront Asia: the Signature Series
Critical Research at the Forefront of Asia
Asia today is a vast, heterogeneous and complex collection of cultures, societies and
polities. The pace at which change takes place in Asia – in terms of phenomena like
economic development, urbanization, demography, cultural transformation, people
movements and others – necessitates close critical attention, with appropriately
updated methodologies, theoretical approaches, and data.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of the National University of Singapore is
committed to advancing knowledge of Asia, from within Asia. The lively and continuing
dialogue of dozens of Asia experts in a variety of disciplines and in our five area studies
departments (Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian
Studies, Malay Studies), together with our central position in Asia as a whole, provides
an ideal forum for new data, paradigms and discoveries to be disseminated.
FASS is pleased to present Forefront Asia: the Signature Series, an annual forum for
expert dialogues on Asia. Each forum in the annual series will consist of focused
workshops on topics of critical interest, as well as talks designed for a wider audience of
scholars, graduate students and interested members of the public.
Forefront Asia: the Signature Series 2013
“The Study of Southeast Asia Today: A Dialogue at NUS”
A familiar problem in most major research universities today is overcoming longestablished disciplinary “silos” of knowledge production in order better to grapple with
social, political, economic, and philosophical problems that straddle institutional divides.
The great need to encourage the flow of scholarship across these boundaries comes
from the imperative, to borrow a term used by the Gulbenkian Commission, to “reenchant” the world. Within universities, area studies departments and centers have
long been the most hospitable sites for the encounter of multiple streams and
competing forms of knowledge. The virtues of area studies centers as sites of
intellectual hybridity were not always fully appreciated. Today, we can see that these
centers may well represent the most effective existing institutional container for
producing scholarship that is responsive, reflexive, relevant, and transnational, while
drawing in timely research and methodologies from a variety of disciplines. Learn more...
Transformation towards the Future: Continuity versus Change in Indonesia
Conference dates: August 21-22, 2013
The conference will be held in Sunan Kalijaga University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Change is a normal course of events. Indonesia experiences rapid changes as it increasingly experiences economic growth and asserts its position in the world. Changes also often occur inside of Indonesia and take a multitude of shapes touching upon all aspects of life and society.
Within this process of change there are aspects of society which are successfully accommodated in, and persist through the changes taking place, albeit in a different form. These elements, processes and relations in Indonesia that are so valuable and resilient that they can adapt and survive the tides of change are the theme of the 6th International Indonesia Forum to be held in Sunan Kalijaga University, Yogyakarta. We specifically ask all participating scholars to focus in their proposals on elements of continuity taking place in Indonesia. Transformation and change take place everywhere in Indonesian society. We again welcome contributions from researchers in various fields and working on a wide range of themes touching upon Indonesian society, culture, law, environment, politics, economics and religion and otherwise considered relevant to the theme.
True to its concept of interdisciplinary cooperation of Indonesian and non-Indonesian scholars working in their own fields of Indonesia; the International Indonesia Forum would again like to invite scholars working on specific research issues relevant to the theme of the sixth International Indonesia Forum Conference. We welcome scholars working on Indonesia to once again pool their expertise addressing the theme of transformation towards the future: continuity versus change in Indonesia.
Learn more: http://iif.or.id/
Beyond Borders: Building a Regional Commons in Southeast Asia
Conference dates: 22-23 August 2013
3rd International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD 2013)
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
We welcome papers on the themes of development, international relations and human rights in Southeast Asia, in particular those that interrogate the various forms of 'commons' (norms, values, concepts and institutions), including from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Religion and the Politics of Development: Priests, Potentates and "Progress"
Conference Date: 28-29 August, 2013
Organized by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Development practitioners and academics alike are often kept awake at night with the vexing question of why development does not seem to be ‘working’. Why are there still 2.6 billion poor on the planet? Why do children die from malnutrition every day in some of the world’s richest countries? All of this despite $125 billion annually of public development dollars being poured into making things “better”. Many explanations are offered for this, however one argument that has recently gained traction within development circles is the notion that development is inherently political, and hence political approaches are necessary to render it effective (Unsworth 2009). Allocating resources towards poverty alleviation rather than other priorities requires political will, not just technical training or instruments; development must face up to the primacy of politics (Leftwich 2005). Acknowledging this, major donors and development agencies have begun developing research projects and program strategies on ‘working politically’. Glaringly absent in this discourse is analysis of the role of religious leaders, communities and discourses in impacting the political realities of development. This absence is despite the fact that the notion that religion and religious organizations have roles to play in development is no longer considered radical in development circles. Over the past decade several major research efforts have examined the role of religion in development initiatives, resulting in nuanced analysis of the multiple ways that religion engages with development, and vice-versa (Rakodi 2011; Marshall 2008). Yet in these initiatives there has been little explicit or thoroughgoing attention to the politics of religion in development, including the leverage that religious actors exert on political processes, the ways that development actors engage with religion, and the different religious visions of progress that inform practices of poverty alleviation.
Priests, Potentates, and “Progress” will explore the nexus of religion, development, and politics in Asia. Any discussion of politics must pay close attention to the state and discussion at the conference will be informed by recent developments in religion-and-the-state theory. However, politics extends beyond the state and includes activity at communal-levels as well as global flows of ideas, finances, and institutions. We are interested in exploring religion and the politics of development at multiple levels ( e.g. -municipal, provincial, national, transnational).
For more information visit: www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1369
1st International Conference in Indonesian Development (ICID), “Innovation-driven Economy as the Fundamental of the Indonesian Economic Growth”
Conference dates: September 12-14, 2013
The International Conference on Indonesian Development (ICID) 2013 is a conference designed to become a hub between the Indonesian scholars, policy makers (executive and legislative), professionals, and the public. It will be an exciting opportunity for Indonesian scholars to exchange their ideas through interactive and comprehensive discussions. The conference aims to create a “blueprint” of an ideal Indonesian development. It will take place at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Erasmus University, The Hague, The Netherlands.
The conference committee invites researchers from relevant disciplines to submit and to present their scholarly works at ICID 2013. The main theme of the conference is
“Innnovation-driven Economy as the Fundamental of the Indonesian Economic Growth”
Major topics to be included are (1) policy towards competitive economy and (2) innovation-driven economy from the perspective of social sciences, management, and technology. However, researches on overlapping and relevant topics are also accepted.
Abstract (max. 300 words) must be written in English and include background of the research, research questions, methods, findings, conclusions and keywords. Deadline for abstract submission is April 15th, 2013. The accepted authors should submit their full papers and register to the conference by June 30th, 2013 in order for their abstracts to be included in the final program. Abstracts and papers can only be submitted electronically through the conference website at http://icid.ppibelanda.org under “Abstract and Paper Submission” tagline.
Conference on Inter-Asian Connections VI: Istanbul
Conference dates: October 2-5, 2013
Koç University, Turkey
Co-organized and co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, Yale University, the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, Göttingen University and Koç University – collectively the “Conference Organizing Committee.”
The History of Medicine in Southeast Asia
9-11 January 2014
Conference Host: Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, The Philippines
All proposals on the subject of the history of medicine and health in Southeast Asia will be considered, but preference will be given to those on the following themes in Southeast Asia:
Please submit a one-page proposed abstract for a 20-minute talk, and a one-page CV, by 1 March 2013 to: Laurence Monnais: email@example.com
Please note that it may be possible to subsidize some of the costs of participation for scholars from less wealthy countries, and for graduate and postgraduate students.
Call for Papers: New Research in Southeast Asian History, Graduate Student Conference, Yale University
Application Deadline: July 1, 2013
October 18-19, 2013
The Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University invites submissions of abstracts for its inaugural graduate student history conference, “New Research in Southeast Asian History.” The conference aims to establish a forum at Yale dedicated to the exchange of graduate-level historical work that spans Southeast Asia.
In recent years, historians of Southeast Asia have renewed attention to the dynamic and fluid nature of the region, engaging with historical movements that extend beyond the national frame. Contesting the rigid interpretation of societies and states as self-contained entities, this interest in transnational and cross-border issues has provided a critical Southeast Asian perspective to international and global history. In turn, recent scholarship in the areas of migration, diasporas, culture, language, law, commerce, technology, security, and diplomacy have helped illuminate local histories within the region.
This one-day conference will bring together current graduate researchers to identify common questions, current challenges, and new approaches to the history of Southeast Asia. Papers from all time periods and across all of Southeast Asia are welcome. We especially encourage those exploring transnational themes and methodologies.
James C. Scott (Yale University) will deliver the Opening Remarks, and Keynote Speakers will be Michael Laffan (Princeton University), and Mark Bradley (University of Chicago).
Paper titles, brief bios, and abstracts of 250 words should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1, 2013. Please include “Abstract” in the subject and attach your materials in MS Word. The bio should include your name, institutional affiliation, research interest, and primary email address.
Applicants should seek funding from their home institutions to support their travel. Accepted panelists will be offered hotel accommodations for an overnight stay.
For information and updates, see conference website: http://www.yale.edu/seas/SEAHistoryConf
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