Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Hosted by the University of the Philippines Diliman led by the UP Asian Center, the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA)  is now accepting submissions for its 5th Biennial International Conference with the theme "De/Centering Southeast Asia." The deadline for submission is on 30 November 2023. 


The 2024 edition of the SEASIA biennial international is conceived as a platform for centering Southeast Asian scholarship within Asia. Insofar as global academic metropoles are recognized centers of knowledge production, the notion of De/Centering involves the twin processes of provincializing capitals of power while affirming the unique and compelling contributions of, and from, the region. "De/Centering" is defined here as a shift in one's analytical position away from a dominant center towards the periphery in order to strengthen expertise, amplify voices, and resist subordination in these peripheries. De/Centering challenges the dominant narratives and perspectives historically centered in the "West" and its gaze on Southeast Asia, instead highlighting diverse and complex experiences, histories and cultures of the region as told by Southeast Asians themselves. Scholars from, and of, the region take ownership of their own narratives and histories, which have often been erased, marginalized, or misrepresented.


1.   Frontiers and Challenges in Autonomous Knowledge Production in Southeast Asia
2.   Politics and Governance
3.   Changing Political Economy
4.   Transnationalism in Southeast Asia
5.   Performance and Heritage: (Re)/Creating SEA
6.   Social Life in Southeast Asia
7.   Geopolitics, Diplomacy, and International Relations
8.   Global Ecological Crises and Southeast Asia
9.   Critical Perspectives on New Media and Emerging Digital Technologies


The deadline for submissions is on 30 November 2023. 
For any inquiries, please send a message via messenger to the Secretariat or thru any of the following channels:
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The 5th SEASIA Biennial International Conference of the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA) is organized and hosted by the University of the Philippines Diliman led by the UP Asian Center,  in cooperation with the  Political Economy Program of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS), the UP Center for International Studies (CIS) and the Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), UP Diliman. This activity is also co-organized by the SEASIA members.
For more information about the Consortium, please visit the SEASIA website.  

For inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 8 981 8500 local 3580.
The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.