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*Cambodia and Mainland Southeast Asia at its Margins: Minority Groups and Borders Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) International Conference http://www.khmerstudies.org/ Siem Reap, Cambodia, March 14-15, 2008

*European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) 12th International Conference, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1-5 September 2008

*Journal of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Development Studies

*The Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture, Payap University , Chiang Mai , Thailand

*The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA)

*'The Map and the World' Worshop -- Buddhism and Cartography (Bangkok, Thailand and University of California, Riverside, USA)

*South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR)

*Human Rights Delegations for Young Leaders -- El Salvador, Cambodia, and Rwanda

*Southeast Asian Text, Ritual, and Performance (SEATRiP) of the University of California, Riverside (USA)

*SEAGA Conference 2006 Sustainability and Southeast Asia (Bangkok, Thailand)

*Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies -- Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

*Gender and Nation-building in the Border Zones of Asia (Singapore)

*interdisciplinary conference on Sex, Power and Slavery -- McGill, University, Montreal, Canada

*Thirty-fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference, Seton Hall University (South Orange, USA)

*Student conference for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University, February 17, 2007

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for Papers

Cambodia and Mainland Southeast Asia at its Margins: Minority Groups and Borders Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) International Conference http://www.khmerstudies.org/ Siem Reap, Cambodia, March 14-15, 2008 Cambodia and Southeast Asia is undergoing dramatic political, economic and social changes, placing new pressures on minority groups and vulnerable peoples.  Some changes are driven by Cambodia's uniquely troubled history.  Other forces are global, affecting Cambodia and all other nations in the region.  The conference invites innovative interpretations of "margins," "borders" and "minority groups" in Southeast Asia. The problems of ethnic groups are one central concern. Transnational and cross-border influences are creating new challenges and opportunities for ethnic minorities.  The Cham and other Muslim communities are reconnecting to international Islam.  Labor markets cross national boundaries.  Vietnamese migrant workers travel to Cambodia, as Cambodian workers travel to Thailand.  International loans, agencies and programs targeting "development," itself an often disruptive cross-border force, are transforming many Cambodian institutions and redefining traditional social margins in the process. This clash of forces is most profoundly felt by the indigenous peoples.  The conference invites examination of other minorities and vulnerable groups “on the margins” who have been systematically denied access to important social resources.  Theories of social exclusion teach that the landlessness, street children, victims of domestic violence and gay and lesbian persons are on the margins of different Cambodian institutions and that significant borders and boundaries need not be of a strictly geographic nature. Developing from the sixth semester session of the Center for Khmer Studies' Rockefeller Foundation funded Building Capacity in Higher Education (BIC-HE) program covering vulnerable peoples and ethnic minorities in Mainland Southeast Asia, this two day conference provides a forum in which early career Cambodian academics present their research alongside international scholars with related interests.  With an emphasis on developing comparisons between Cambodia and other countries in Southeast Asia, individual presentations and panel discussions provide opportunities for the presentation of research, trends and analyses covering minority groups in Southeast Asia. Scholars based in Southeast Asia are especially encouraged to participate, and some limited funding may be available to support their attendance. Please submit titles, short abstracts with 300 words maximum and contact details to cheanmen@khmerstudies.org by December 15, 2007. Conference Advisory Committee: Peter Hammer, Kate Frieson, Chean R. Men.

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Call for Papers

European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) 12th International Conference, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1-5 September 2008 This is to announce that the 12th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists will be hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 1-5 September 2008. We invite papers on all aspects of Southeast Asian archaeology, including art history, epigraphy, and numismatics. Papers on China and India that closely relate to Southeast Asian themes, may also be presented by agreement and if time permits. Paper titles and abstracts are due by 1 February 2008. To submit paper titles and abstracts, or for further information, please contact: Euraseaa12@let.leidenuniv.nl or http://www.iias.nl/euraseaa12/ We will apply for grants from various Dutch funding organizations, specifically for travel grants. As there is an overwhelming demand for support, the organizing committee has decided to support mainly young (below 40) and promising scholars from Southeast Asia and eastern Europe. The grant may include: registration fee, (partial) travel costs, and shared hotel accommodation during the conference. To qualify for a grant: please submit an abstract of your intended paper, your CV, and a short letter of motivation to the above e-mail address. The organizing committee, Marijke Klokke, Leiden University Martina van den Haak, International Institute for Asian Studies.

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Call for Papers

Journal of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Development Studies To encourage academic research and discourse on the Greater Mekong Subregion, and to promote a GMS research agenda, a journal will be published under the auspices of the Asian Development Bank. The journal will be released semi-annually. The Journal invites original contributions from scholars, researchers, and practitioners dealing with GMS development issues.  The GMS comprises Cambodia, People's Republic of China (Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The articles should have a strong emphasis on the policy implications flowing from the analysis. Analytical book reviews will also be considered for publication. All submitted manuscripts are subject to review by two referees. Manuscripts may be sent by email to editorsgmsjournal@adb.org or by mail to the Editor, Journal of GMS Development Studies, c/o of the Director, Social Sectors Division, Southeast Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, 1550, Metro Manila, Philippines. For more information, please see http://www.adb.org/GMS/phnom-penh-plan/program.asp#journal . Authors can also be guided by observing the style used in published articles in the Journal found at http://www.adb.org/GMS/phnom-penh-plan/Editorial-Guidelines.pdf . ______________________________________________________

 

The Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture

 

Payap University , Chiang Mai , Thailand

 

invites you to an international conference on

 

“RELIGION AND CULTURE”

 

June 24 – 30, 2007

 

The Conference is being planned and hosted by Payap University's Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture, and is being co-sponsored by a large number of academic and religious organizations including the American Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religions, ASIANetwork, International Network of Engaged Buddhists, AMAN (Asian Muslim Action Network), Church of Christ in Thailand, Asian Christian Higher Education Institute, The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), and the Philosophy and Religion Society of Thailand.

 

The Conference will coincide with the publication of the Thai translation of H. Richard Niebuhr's Christ and Culture . Keynote presentations and panels will focus on the relation of religion and culture from inter-religious and cross-cultural perspectives. Speakers and panelists will include leading international scholars from Buddhist, Christian, East Asian, Hindu, Islamic, Modern Tribal and Secular traditions. Speakers will represent a variety of academic fields and disciplines, including the comparative study of religion, the history of religion, the study of particular religious communities, theology, and the social sciences.

 

Participants are invited to submit papers for presentation at the conference on a variety of topics related to the relationship between religion and culture in various religious and cultural settings. Papers may focus on a topic or theme from a particular religious tradition, or they may be comparative. Specific paper topics may fall under, but are not limited to, the general categories listed below:

 

Methodological Approaches to the Study of Religion and Culture

 

Critique of Neibuhr's Understanding of Religion and Culture

 

Contemporary Challenges to the Relevance of Religion

 

Religion and Government Religion and Science Religion and Art

 

Religion and Peace-making Religion and Sexuality

 

Religion and Economics Religion and Spirituality

 

The paper should be 15-25 pages, double spaced, and in a legible font like Times New Roman or Courier in size 12. The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 1, 2007 and the full paper by March 15,2007. Please submit your paper to isrc@csloxinfo.com as an attachment, or if not possible, send a hard copy to

 

The Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture

Crystal Spring Campus

48/5 Huay Kaew Road

T. Sutep, Chiang Mai 50200

Thailand

 

 

The cost for registration for the Conference will be $600 U.S. This includes lodging (Amari Rincome Hotel) and all meals from Sunday dinner, June 24, through Saturday lunch, June 30, as well as an all-day excursion and evening cultural show on June 27.

 

For further information, please contact us at isrc@csloxinfo.com or check our website at http://isrc.payap.ac.th/

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Call for Papers
*The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA) invites academics, advanced graduate students, and independent scholars to submit paper proposals for the workshop, "Beyond Teleologies: alternative voices and histories in colonial Viet Nam," to be held on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington from Thursday, March 1st, to Sunday, March 4th, 2007.

Prof. Patricia Pelley (Texas Tech University), award-winning author of "Postcolonial Vietnam: new histories of the national past" (2002), will give the keynote address.

For this workshop, we are seeking papers that engage the broad themes of alternative voices and counter-histories for the period of French colonial rule, as well as the first phase of the Franco-Viet Minh war in all areas of the country known today as Viet Nam. Moving beyond the ideological demands of colonialism, traditionalism, and nationalism, we seek to re-evaluate
various political, social and cultural movements and phenomena of the colonial era within their particular contexts and meanings. Therefore, without diminishing the historical centrality of 1945, the workshop will problematize teleologies of 1945 in revolutionary-nationalist historiographies; i.e., the ways in which colonial-era histories often have come to be interpreted merely through their supposed linkage to, and subsumption under, the August Revolution as historical endpoint. Papers might rather engage, for example, those social and intellectual histories
that illuminate mentalités, or modes of thinking and being in the modernizing colonial world, and investigate the symbolic order and semantics of colonial power. Such topics might include explorations of food, fashion, travel, advertising, performance arts, or literature. Other papers might be concerned with certain religious activities, social identities, and political organizations beyond those that so far have been paradigmatically privileged. Research on ³Cochinchina² up to 1949 is particularly encouraged.


Please submit
(1) a paper abstract,
(2) a brief statement how the paper will engage the larger themes and
concerns of the workshop, and
(3) a short C.V. to:

Christoph Giebel & Judith Henchy
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Washington, box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650, USA
seac@u.washington.edu

Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2006

Participants should agree to submit their draft papers no later than three weeks prior to the workshop, be willing to provide detailed comments on other select papers, engage in group deliberations during the entire workshop, and thereafter commit to actively participate in periodic follow-up discussions and commentary for the planned publications. Participants will receive a modest travel subvention from the organizers, but will be expected to cover most of their expenses through other institutional funds.
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Call for Proposals

Conference:

“The Map and the World”

 

June 22-23, 2007

[ National Museum of Bangkok / Chulalongkorn University ]

Bangkok , Thailand

and

February 18-19, University of California, Riverside

Papers are invited from those working in religion, history, art, and cartography that re-examine images of the universe through the lens of Buddhist cosmology. These images may include maps, diagrams, art or artifacts that embody spatial representations created in Buddhist terms. Topics may explore Buddhist concepts but are also encouraged to seek the changes, cross-influences, and conflicts arising from Buddhist contact with non-Buddhist forms and perspectives. Proposals that engage questions related to historical or contemporary technologies of spatial representation will be considered, and may address a range of forms: printed and painted maps, architectural forms, murals, steles, calendars, horoscopes, inscriptions, amulets, tattoo, astrological and tantric diagrams. Through the varied responses and examples arising in a range of Buddhist traditions, participants hope to trace the shifting negotiation of evolving understandings.

Proposals of up to 300 words, together with CV, email, address, phone, and fax information, should be sent by email to Program Co-chairs at the following addresses. Limited support may be available for qualified graduate student participants.

Participants can apply to give papers at either the UC Riverside Workshop on Februrary 18-19th. 2007 at UCR (California) or at the National Museum of Thailand (Bangkok) on June 22-23, 2007. They may also propose two talks to be given -- one at each venue.

Justin McDaniel, University of California , Riverside

Email: justinm@ucr.edu

and

Pattaratorn Chirapravati , California State University, Sacramento

Email: pchirapravati@csus.edu

Proposals due: October 1, 2006

Acceptance Notification: December 1, 2006

 

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CALL FOR PAPERS
International Conference on Syncretism in South and Southeast Asia: Adoption and Adaptation

This is a South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR) Conference dealing with South and Southeast Asia and is co-sponsored as a Regional Conference by International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), Member of CIPSH, a n affiliate organization of the UNESCO.

We plan to hold the Conference in Bangkok, Thailand from May 24 to 27, 2007 . We would be pleased if you would present paper on any subject covering the scope of the Conference. The information can be seen also at http://www.sseasr.org/ and the Pre-registration form can be filled in online.

If you have any query, please do not hesitate to enquire.
Sophana Srichampa, Ph.D .
Chair, Organising Committee,
2nd SSEASR Conference, 2007
http://www.sseasr.org/
Email: conf2007@sseasr.org    sseasr@gmail.com

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CALL FOR PAPERS


Human Rights Delegations for Young Leaders

El Salvador, Cambodia, and Rwanda Winter 2007 Programs

Global Youth Connect, an international human rights organization, is pleased to announce that we are currently recruiting young leaders (ages 18-25) to participate in human rights delegations during the winter of 2007.  Program locations include: El Salvador, Cambodia, and Rwanda.

Human rights delegations are a unique, first-hand opportunity to cross cultural boundaries and learn about the daily reality of human rights as experienced in a complex and increasingly globalized world.  Each delegation weaves together three core sets of activities: site visits to local organizations, hands-on fieldwork projects, and a cross- cultural human rights training workshop.

Cambodia (December 27, 2006 - January 17, 2007)
Program Tuition:  $1,795

Participants will learn about the historical roots of conflict and genocide in Cambodia.  We will examine how current human rights challenges are impacting the country, particularly their effect on the lives of Cambodian youth.   We will connect with young Cambodians and get involved in collaborative projects to support the development and rebuilding process already underway.

Application Deadline:  Applications accepted on a rolling basis but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.  Final deadline to receive applications is September 22, 2006.

How to Apply:  We invite interested young leaders to apply.  We are looking for participants who are between the ages of 18-25, possess U.S. citizenship or residency, or are studying full-time at a U.S. college or university.  Most importantly, applicants should wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of human rights and social justice.  Participants will become part of a growing global movement of youth acting together for compassion, human rights and responsibility.

For more information on the program details, costs, and how to apply,
please visit our website: http://www.globalyouthconnect.org/participate.html

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

In celebration of its commencement, the academic program Southeast Asian Text, Ritual, and Performance (SEATRiP) of the University of California, Riverside will organize a conference entitled, "Religious Festival in Contemporary Southeast Asia," on February 16-18, 2007 in Riverside.  The conference will explore festivals as embodied narratives in which the connections between religion and nationalism, globality and locality, tourism and politics are drawn, urgent issues that invite careful unfoldings in Southeast Asian Studies today. Our ideas for this conference are steered by two complementary assumptions. Firstly, religious festivals are pivotal events in the life of a local community, no matter how heterogeneous itself. Secondly, in spite of its differences, Southeast Asia is tied together by certain commonalities, and a discussion of religious festivals could make a substantial contribution to determining these commonalities.

In order to make the conference lively and focused to be commemorated by the publication of a volume of interconnected essays, participants are invited to address some of the following issues and questions:

• Religious festivals are concentrated moments of communality and expressions of a community's faith. However they are also a means of empowering political and economic networks.  What is the nature of the intersection of the sacred and the secular in religious festivals celebrated in Southeast Asia today.

• Increasingly inherent to religious festivals are the concerns of the tourist industry: religious festivals are actively employed for tourist consumption. In this process of touristification, issues of authenticity, locality, and heritage have become more prominent, but also more problematic.

• Religious festivals often foreground narratives of various sorts, which are stories of origins and beginnings. Performative activities such as dancing, singing, chanting, procession, and theatrical presentations, i.e the central elements in every festival, are embodiments of these narratives, evoking those very beginnings in a continuous cycle. How do these embodiments occur?

• Religious festivals are extraordinary occasions in which, among many other things, gender is played out and displayed in public. How are festivals gendered in contemporary Southeast Asia?

• Festivals are by nature repetitive, and repetitions are by definition a process of similarities and differentiations. discussion of any festival necessarily implies articulation and a distinct interest in shifts and changes over time.Â

Kindly email your title and abstract (not to exceed 2 pages, double spaced), no later than 15 July 2006 to:

Dr. Patrick Alcedo
Program for Southeast Asian Studies
Department of Comparative Literature
University of California, Riverside
Email: <patrickalcedo@gmail.com>

Conference Organizers and Editors:
Patrick Alcedo
Hendrik M.J. Maier
Sally Ann Ness

CALL FOR PAPERS

SEAGA Conference 2006
Sustainability and Southeast Asia
28 to 30 Nov 2006
@ Nanyang Girls High School, Singapore

Please visit http://www.seaga.co.nr/ for details

SEAGA, the Southeast Asian Geography Association, celebrates its 16th year as an association of geographers and professionals in related fields like history, the geo and environmental sciences, urban planning and others in academia, education, government and the private sector in the region, in 2006. The SEAGA Conference 2006 is also the 8th conference that is being organised since the association was established in 1990.

SEAGA is inviting trans-disciplinary perspectives of sustainability from scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs as well as researchers and teachers. The aim is to debate the progress which the Southeast Asian region has made towards sustainability. Such assessment concerns national governments, local processes in cities and the agricultural areas as well as the business sector. This debate should translate the concept of sustainability into terms relevant for all who have worked to advance the cause. Sustainability is however, a contested concept and there is an urgent need to provide the terms upon which citizens and governments alike, consumers and producers can engage effectively with processes of realising the goals that have been set.

Conference Theme

Sustainability and Southeast Asia is the conference theme in 2006 and we are inviting multidimensional perspectives of
sustainability from scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs as well as researchers and teachers. The aim of the conference is to debate the progress that has been made towards sustainability in the Southeast Asian region by national
governments, in cities and the agricultural areas and among its businesses. This debate should begin with the translation
of the concept of sustainability into terms relevant for interested parties and vested interests. While recognising that sustainability is a contested concept, there is nonetheless the urgent need to provide the terms upon which citizens and governments alike, consumers and producers can engage effectively with processes of realising the goals set.

Second Call for Papers
This is a second call for papers. Abstracts of papers are to be sent to SEAGA Conference Organising Committee at
seaga@nie.edu.sg by 31 May 2006.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
July 28-29, 2006

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from advanced postgraduate students who are engaged in research on Southeast Asia to attend its inaugural Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies.

The two-day workshop, the first of an annual series of forums for graduate students who work on Southeast Asia, will be organised thematically around issues that include religion, international relations, politics, gender, and language.

In addition to student presentations, experts of the region have been invited to give keynote speeches. Among these will be Professor Wang Gungwu, Director of the East Asian Institute, NUS, and Professor Dato' Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, Director of ATMA (Institute of the Malay World and Civilization), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Advanced postgraduate students working on Southeast Asia are invited to submit abstracts based on work in progress as well as polished final drafts. NUS students are encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with students from ASEAN countries as well as those from other regions whose interests focus on Southeast Asia.

Fees and Singapore expenses will be covered for those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation. Some funding is also available to cover regional travel costs, on application.

Submission of Paper Proposal:
Graduate students should submit a 200-word abstract of their proposed paper using the PROPOSAL FORM no later than 30 May 2006. Successful applicants will be advised by 12 June 2006. The abstract should clarify the substantive issues which your paper will address and be firmly grounded in your own research project.

Please include your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address and other contact information. One confidential letter of recommendation from a supervisor should also be forwarded to this address by the same date.

Those selected have to submit full-length papers, of around 5,000 words in length, by 7 July 2006.

Please send abstracts to Miss Alyson Rozells at: ariaar@nus.edu.sg by 30 May 2006.

For more details, logon to http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/conf2006/1stAseanGraduateWorkshop.htm

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR A SPECIAL JOURNAL COLLECTION

Gender and Nation-building in the Border Zones of Asia

Although significant scholarly attention has been given to the feminisation of transnational migration within Asia, relatively little attention has been given to the role that migrant women play in gendered representations of borders and border regions. Closer attention to the inter-play between gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality within border zones, reveals the processes by which boundaries and nations are produced. Migrant women often play important discursive roles in the construction of national boundaries; as prostitutes, entertainers, domestic workers, factory workers, wives, or mistresses, they are often portrayed as bearers of racial impurity or inferiority, and culturally disruptive to an accepted 'way of life'.

This collection of papers seeks to examine the part that territorial borders play in the construction of gendered ideologies of the nation within Asia by drawing on studies of women who cross borders legally or illegally to live and work within border zones. Border zones may refer to areas of disputed territory between nations or to spaces occupied by communities that share territorial boundaries. In particular, we welcome empirical research about borders that separate nations (e.g. the Thai-Burma border) as well as internal boundaries within nations (e.g. the China-Hong Kong border).

Deadline for submission of abstracts of no more than 300 words is 7th April 2006, with final papers ready for submission in September 2006. Authors are requested to pay particular attention to the ways in which their research sheds light on the gendered processes of nation-building in host and/or sending countries.

For enquiries and to submit abstracts, contact: Lenore Lyons (Director, Centre for Asia-Pacific Social Transformation Studies, University of Wollongong, Australia) at Lenore_Lyons@uow.edu.au

CALL FOR PAPERS

An interdisciplinary conference on Sex, Power and Slavery: The Dynamics of Carnal Relations under Enslavement in the Indian Ocean World (defined as Africa from the Cape to Cairo divide eastwards, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia including the Indonesian Archipelago and Australasia, and the Far East) will take place on the campus of McGill, University, Montreal, Canada, from Thursday, 19th April to Saturday, 21st April 2007.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st August 2006.

The review process will be completed by 1st October 2006. Papers selected for the conference must be submitted no later than 1st February 2007.

A wide range of subjects will be given consideration. Prospective participants are asked to consider the following themes:

- sexual relations within the enslaved community
- sexual relations between the enslaved and non-slaves
- sexual relations within maroon communities
- the sex slave traffic
- structures of sexual enslavement
- the harem
- concubines
- eunuchs
- homosexuality and enslavement
- enslaved children and sex
- rape
- affective relationships within the enslaved community; between the enslaved and non-slaves
- sex and the enslaved household
- enslavement, sex and the slave-owning household
- enslavement, sex and disease
- enslavement, sex and taboos
- sex and enslavement as reflected in traditions, myths and literature
- sex as slave agency

The conference will follow the Avignon model. Papers will be grouped according to theme, and a summary presented by a discussant during sessions devoted to each theme. Individual authors will NOT present papers; rather, all papers will be posted on the website after 1st February 2007.

Each session will involve a presentation by the discussant, followed by general discussion. Therefore, it is essential that all conference-goers be familiar with all of the papers under consideration. In the Interests of fostering debate, the number of conference participants will be limited.

As it is our intention to publish selected papers, participants must submit only original unpublished material, and grant conference convenors exclusive publication rights to their paper for a period of one year following the conference.

The registration fee is $150 US ($60 US for students), payable by 1st March 2007. The late registration fee (after 1st March 2007) is $200 US ($80 US for students).

All those interested in participating should complete the application (see below) and return by email attachment to:

gwyn.campbell@mcgill.ca
Or by post to Gwyn Campbell, Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World
History, Department of History, McGill University, 855
Sherbrooke St.W.,
Montreal, P.Q., Canada H3A 2T7

Conference sponsors:
McGill University, the Centre for Developing-Area Studies (CDAS), the Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), and the Department of History, McGill University.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Thirty-fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference. October 27-29, 2006. Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

The 2006 MAR/AAS Annual Conference will be held at Seton Hall University on October 27-29, 2006. The Conference theme will be "Connecting Asias: Places, Peoples, Portrayals." We use the plural in recognition of the fact that Asia is not a unified site. The Asias that we learn from, study, and interact with are many. Papers may deal with Asian pasts, the Asian present, or imagined Asian futures.

To propose a panel or an individual paper, please send completed the proposal form along with a one-page abstract for each proposal paper by May 1, 2006 to Dr. Diditi Mitra, MAR/AAS 2006 Program Chair at the address on the bottom of this page by mail, or e-mail (as an attachment). Acceptance notices will be sent to you by June 1, 2006. Further details will be available on the website (www.maraas.org).

In order to submit a proposal for the 2006 meeting, you must be a 2006 MAR/AAS member or submit a membership application to Executive Secretary, Dr. Diane Freedman, MAR/AAS, Department of Social Science, W2-40, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 19130. Annual membership is $10.00. To obtain MAR/AAS membership information, go to (www.maraas.org) or contact Dr. Diane Freedman (215-751-8547, dfreedman@ccp.edu).

June 20, 2006 will the deadline for conference pre-registration for presenters ($50.00 for current members, $60 for non-members, $30 for current member students, and $35 for non-member students). When non-members pay the pre-registration fee ($60), the membership fee for 2006-2007 will be complimentary. Pre-registration by this date is necessary if you wish your name to appear in the program.

We welcome participation from faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, independent scholars, and professionals, and invite you to propose innovative combinations of proposals. Limited funds to support travel to the meeting for South/Southeast Asian specialists only will be available for the 2006 meeting.

Dr. Diditi Mitra, Program Chair
Department of Sociology
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Spring Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738
E-Mail: dmitra@brookdalecc.edu

Application Form (DEADLINE: May 1, 2006)
Thirty-fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Region
Association for Asian Studies Conference
October 27-29, 2006
Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

Send this Application Form along with One page Abstract or Inquiries to:
Dr. Diditi Mitra, Program Chair
Department of Sociology
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Spring Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738
E-Mail: dmitra@brookdalecc.ed
Acceptance notice will be sent to you by June 1, 2006.

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Call for Papers
Student conference for Southeast Asian Studies
Northern Illinois University

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to announce the student conference for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University on February 17, 2007.

The topic of the conference this year will be "Southeast Asia: Crossroads of the World."

We invite students interested in Southeast Asia from all disciplines to submit abstracts of papers for the event. Please send abstracts to seaclubniu@yahoo.com under the subject heading "Student Conference Submission." The deadline for abstract submission is December 1, 2006. If the abstract is accepted, you will be required to submit the completed paper by January 16, 2007.

Professor Mohamad Abu Bakar will be our keynote speaker. Professor Dato' Mohamad is the current Tun Abdul Razak Professor at Ohio University.

Information from the Tun Abdul Razak chair website on Prof. Dato' Mohamad:  "He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Malaya and a master's degree from the University of Lancaster.  He also studied at the London School of Economics and earned a certificate in public administration from the European Institute of Public Administration in the Netherlands.  His areas of research include Malay politics and foreign policy, contemporary Islam and globalization.  He has been a faculty member administrator at the University of Malaya for more than thirty years. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle; Visiting Professor at La Plata National University in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies in England; and Lecturer in Malaysian Studies at the University of Cairo, Egypt.  In Malaysia he has been a lecturer with the Armed Forces Staff College, the Defense College, and the National Institute of Public Administration."

A limited amount of funds will be available in the form of travel grants for conference attendees. Please indicate whether you would like to be considered for a travel grant when you submit an abstract.

Thank you,

Jacob Ricks
Southeast Asia Club VP
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115


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