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

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 The Consortium of the Southeast Asian Studies in Asia welcomes paper and panels for the biennial Southeast Asian Studies in Asia Conference (SEASIA 2019), with the theme “Change and Resistance: Future Directions of Southeast Asia,” on 5 to 7 December 2019 at the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.


Scholars are encouraged to submit papers with the following subthemes to be presented at the conference.

1)  Historical Continuities and Changes;

2)  Dynamics of International Relations and Regionalism;

3)  Debating Inclusive Growth in Rural and Urban Settings;

4)  Environmental Justice, Land and Maritimes Sustainability and Climate Change;

5)  Arts, Cultures, Photography and Literatures;

6)  Innovation, Technology, Media and Cybercultures;

7)  Mobility and Migration;

8)  Democratization, Populism and Civil Society;

9)  Dynamics of Religions and Spiritualties;

10)  Ethnicity and Gender;

11)  Challenges to Economic Vitality.


Please view the guidelines for submission and registration, and download the application form for the panel and individual paper proposals.


  1. Deadline of submissions: 15 March 2019.
  2. Notification of successful applications: 22 April 2019
  3. Registration period: 22 April 2019 – 1 October 2019


The SEASIA Biennial Conference 2019 is organized by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), National Chengchi University and the Center For Asia-Pacific Studies (Research Center For Humanities And Social Sciences), Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) in Kyoto University, Japan. Members of the Consortium of the Southeast Asian Studies in Asia, including the UP Asian Center, are co-organizers of the event.


For queries, please send an email to the SEASIA Secretariat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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