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Inaugural Graduate Student Conference for Southeast Asia Research
at the University of British Columbia, 14-15 April 2016

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The UBC Southeast Asia Graduate Student Network* will hold an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on Southeast Asia from April 14 to 15, 2016, in the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Held in collaboration with the UBC Center for Southeast Asian Research in the UBC Institute of Asian Research, the conference will be the first of its kind at UBC. The conference represents an opportunity for participants to build networks and share perspectives, and experiences with other specialists and graduate students who study Southeast Asia. The UBC Center for Southeast Asia Research is the focal point of a community of faculty, graduate students and undergraduates with interest and expertise in the different Southeast Asian countries and Asia Pacific.

Conference Format

As far as possible, we will customize the Conference programming to maximize its utility for each participant. The 2-day conference will be conducted in the format of a workshopping retreat. Participants can expect sustained discussion of the papers and projects they present from an audience of fellow specialists in Southeast Asia. They will also attend workshops on publishing and on conducting research and fieldwork in Southeast Asia. We are also inviting a senior academic to give a keynote address on the state of Southeast Asian Studies in Canada and the U.S.

Papers and Project Proposals

We invite papers and projects from graduate students from all disciplines who work on topics and themes related to Southeast Asia (or any of its countries, cultures, or peoples). Papers and projects can be works-in-progress or near-completion. We also accept papers or projects from graduate students or independent scholars who take artistic or non-traditional approaches to the study of SEA. Papers and projects proposals will be adjudicated by a committee from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. We regret that we are unable to guarantee any financial support at the moment. Depending on the results of our on-going efforts to secure funding, we may be able to offer limited travel subsidies eventually. We are committed to helping you have a comfortable stay and visit to UBC.

To Apply

Please submit a 300-word abstract of your paper or project, and a one-page CV to csear.grad@gmail.com by January 30, 2016. You can expect notification of acceptance by February 28, 2016. We welcome any enquiry or correspondence. Please do not hesitate to write to us at: csear.grad@gmail.com

*The UBC Southeast Asia Graduate Student Network is a collective of UBC graduate students from different academic disciplines passionate about Southeast Asia. The network is based at the UBC Centre for Southeast Asia Research (CSEAR), and its activities including academic and social events are held in collaboration with the Institute of Asian Research (IAR).

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