SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Postgraduate Conference "Movement: Southeast Asia"

Date: 22 September 2017Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 22 September 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Conference

Summary

With evolving political, social, and cultural currents in Southeast Asia, movement is an important discursive lens to understand the dynamism of the region. Reflecting on movements, and change—from prehistory to the contemporary period—can improve our understanding of Southeast Asia, in terms of its constituent nation-states, peoples, and cultures, and as a region as well as an area of study.

For this first postgraduate conference on Southeast Asia at SOAS, we invite papers that consider “movement.” For example, how can we critically investigate migration? Conflict and forced displacement? Diaspora and transnationalism? Trade and the transfer of capital or goods? The movement of objects in and out of the region? Political movements? Social movements? Artistic movements? The movement of bodies in performance? Exchanges of ideas? Musical, visual, or filmic influences? Translation? Changes in the natural or architectural landscape? Climate change, resources, and resilience? Or indeed rethinking the delimitations of Southeast Asia as a region—and as an object of “area studies”?


The conference is open to Masters and PhD students and recent graduates, and aims to provide a collegiate setting for early researchers to discuss their work. Selected presenters are encouraged to seek their own financial support for travel expenses, although we may be able to provide limited funding for those who can demonstrate need. We will also welcome tele-conference presentations for selected speakers who are not able to travel to London.

Please send your title, abstract (250 words), and short biography (100 words)  by 28 July 2017. Selected abstracts will be notified by 7 August 2017.

Important dates:

28 July: deadline for abstracts

29 July - 6 August: selection by a committee through blind review

7 August: announcement of selected abstracts

22 September: conference

This conference is organised by postgraduate students with the generous support from the SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies and the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Organiser: SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

Contact email: seas.grad.conference@gmail.com