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May 3-6, 2007 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona www.laostudies.org The Faculty of Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Asian Research at Arizona State University, www.asu.edu/asian and the Center for Lao Studies, www.laostudies.org San Francisco, CA are pleased to announce the Second International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS) to be held on Thursday-Sunday, May 3-6, 2007 in Tempe, Arizona, USA.  The main objective of this conference is to promote Lao studies by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao studies.


The Lao PDR today has a population of roughly five million people, comprising an amazing complex of ethnolinguistic groups.  Moreover, the number of people in the Lao diaspora numbers as many as twenty-five million. In recent years there has been increased interest in Laos and its peoples as subjects of serious research and discussion by scholars and the interested public alike.  Scholarly publications on topics pertaining to Laos have flourished in the last several decades and the international media have helped to cultivate interest in the region.


The program will include invited speakers, paper presentations, panel presentations, exhibits, performances, and cultural activities. The 2007 conference will feature presentations on any topic concerning Lao Studies.  Topics include all ethnolinguistic groups of Laos (e.g. Mon-Khmer, Hmong-Mien, Tibeto-Burman, Lao-Tai), the Isan Lao and other Lao (Tai) groups in Thailand, cross-border ethnic groups in neighboring countries, and overseas diaspora heritage groups. We welcome both proposals for panels and abstracts for individual papers on a wide range of interests including but not limited to history, politics, development and planning, environment, classical literatures, linguistics, music, sports, science, health, religion and ritual, ethnic groups, media and art history, and women and society.

The languages to be used in the conference will be English, French and Lao.

Abstracts for Panels and Individual Papers

To present a paper at the conference, abstracts must be submitted by the following deadlines.

December 15, 2006 is the deadline for panel proposals. For panel proposals, please provide the title of the panel and a brief paragraph describing its goal/rational, participants' names, affiliations and e-mail address, the titles of their presentations and a paragraph-long abstract for each presentation.

January 5, 2007 is the deadline for individual paper abstracts. For individual papers please provide no longer than a one page abstract with the title of abstract, author name(s), author affiliation and e-mail address, and content.

Time Limitation: Presentations will be 20 minutes with 5 minutes for discussion.

Panel Proposals and Abstracts must be typed and formatted. You may submit by postal mail or by an e-mail MS-Word attached file or at the conference website.

Send abstracts to: icls2@asu.edu (or)
Faculty of Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Asian Research,
Arizona State University, P.O. Box 871702
Tempe, AZ 85287-1702, USA


Early registration deadline is April 5, 2007

Additional information on registration will be available on line at www.laostudies.org. Information on travel and accommodation and plans for publication of papers will also be available on the website.

Faculty of Southeast Asian Studies,

For more information please contact:

Center for Asian Research                               
P.O. Box 871702
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-1702

Email: icls2@asu.edu
Phone: +1 480 965 7184
FAX: +1 480 965 8317

Center for Lao Studies
1201 San Bruno Avenue, Suite 1
San Francisco, CA 94110

Email: laolanxang@yahoo.com
Phone: +1 415 401 6255

Notice to All Who Plan to Attend

Please go to the conference website soon and indicate there that you "plan to attend the conference." This does not necessarily mean that you intend to give a presentation.  Your cooperation in doing this will greatly assist the conference planners in estimating how many will attend and what kinds of facilities will be needed.  Thank you.


Dear Friends and Members of LHF,

We are pleased to announce a very important cultural exhibition taking place in Luang Prabang, Laos this fall. This is a culmination of three years of collaboration between scholars, artists, local communities and officials, UNESCO, and the Department of Information and Culture.  Among the distinguished artists is our very own Prince Nithakhong Somsanith, who will unveil the long-awaited product of his many years' dedication to the project.  If you plan on attending, he will be delighted to see you.  Please let him know at tiaonith@laoheritagefoundation.org

Below is the press release.

Niphasone Souphom
President, LHF http://www.laoheritagefoundation.org


THE QUIET IN THE LAND art and education project invited between 2004 and 2006 more than 40 artists and scholars from the Lao PDR, the Mekong Region, and elsewhere to visit Luang Prabang, Laos and collaborate with a wide range of local community members.

From October 6 to October 11, 2006 THE QUIET IN THE LAND is organizing in Luang Prabang a reunion/symposium with many of its participants (artists, scholars, educators) who came to Luang Prabang, Laos as part of our residency program.

We have also invited many of our supporters to attend this private event. The goal of the reunion is to discuss the artists' projects and collaborations with the communities of Luang Prabang, as well as our work in the fields of education. We also wish to discuss Phase 2 of our project that would take place from 2007 to 2010.

The program of these five days will consist of a seminar, openings of the exhibitions, meetings, discussions, celebrations and visits of the 24 monasteries as part of Boun Ok Pansa, The Quiet in the Land has been collaborating and supporting, for the past few years, the 24 monasteries of UNESCO's World Heritage Site Protected Area to encourage the creativity around this typical Luang Prabang festival.

We wanted our Reunion/Symposium to coincide with this very special event.  During the rainy season, which lasts about three months, the monks traditionally remain in their monasteries.  At the end of this period of retreat, Luang Prabang celebrates a Festival of Light (Boun Ok Pansa) where all the monasteries and houses in the city are lit throughout one night with lanterns made of bamboo and paper.  In the previous days, monks and novices, families and other groups of lay people, start making decorations, bamboo boats and rafts of different sizes.  After a ceremony of blessings at Vat Xieng Thong, the fireboats float downstream.

Many of the exhibitions will take place at the LUANG PRABANG NATIONAL MUSEUM (former Royal Palace) in the newly restored temporary exhibition rooms around the courtyard, as well as in The House of Guards (behind the museum), from October 7 to March 7, 2006.

The official opening ceremony at the Museum will be on October 7, 2006 at 2 PM.  Projects by artists Hans Georg Berger, Ann Hamilton, Allan Sekula, Shahzia Sikander, Dinh Q Le and Nithakhong Somsanith, Janine Antoni, Vong Phaophanit, and Rirkrit Tiravanija will be presented.

The film project of Shirin Neshat will continue during our second phase as well as the project of Marina Abramovic The film of Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba will be presented in Luang Prabang in January 2007, and the artist Cai Guo-Qiang will be in residency at Vat Pou Khouay Monastery in October 2006 after the reunion.

For more information, please contact THE QUIET IN THE LAND project at fmorin5627@aol.com or call the Project House in Luang Prabang at + 856 71 212 849.

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