Category Archives: Call for Papers

Call for Book Chapter on Social Media Activism

Activism / Digital Activism / Hacktivism
Call for chapters for an edited book on the evolution and growth of digital activism. The book will enrich the understanding of contemporary protests and their cultural, historical and technological expression. It will look in detail at the role social and digital media play in enabling protests and the new constitution of activism, including how people have employed innovations in technology to tackle global problems.  The editors are also interested in old forms of activism from the pre-social media era (civil rights, anti-Vietnam war, women’s movement) as a way of providing an historical context for, examining the differences between and comparing earlier and new forms of activism.

Possible Topics
A list of possible (but not exhaustive) topics and themes that contributors could submit:

  • How do we make sense of the kinds of political participation and activities flourishing in online spaces?
  • What conditions, under which participation in social media thrive, lead to successful political activism?
  • Does the Internet help to bring down or bolster dictatorships?
  • How are digital media technologies used to coordinate action?
  • What does the concern about “slacktivism” or “clicktivism” mean for physical street protests?
  • Is “slacktivism” or “clicktivism” still considered a form of participation by other means?
  • Is there a relationship between online and offline activism?
  • How have hacktivists used digital tools to disrupt large groups, corporations, institutions and individuals (e.g. leaks, network shutdowns, data mining, malware attacks)?
  • Do activists simply create pre-digital forms of activism using digital tools?
  • What are the factors that explain participatory differences across old and new social movements?
  • Is terrorism a form of activism?
  • If pre-digital activists relied on word of mouth, petitions, pamphleting, posters, sit-ins and membership in a political party to bring people together to fight for a common cause, how do contemporary digital activists work? What are the differences in styles and methods of communication? How do these differences matter, if at all?
  • How is the Internet changing the political environment and the conditions for protest?
  • Is traditional activism dead?

Please send an abstract of your proposed chapter (no more than 300 words) by 1 October 2016 with a short bio (no more than 100 words).

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 1 November 2016
Deadline for full papers (5,000-6,000 words excluding references): 1 February 2017
Publication: mid-late 2017

For more information please download the call here.

1. Student Southeast Asian Conference at the University of Hamburg

On 5 November 2016, the first Student Southeast Asian Conference will be held at the
Asia Africa Institute of the University Hamburg. The conference is limited to 200
participants. 18 presentations, divided into 8 panels, will be highlighted by two keynote
speakers. The conference seeks to allow students to present their research on
Southeast Asia, while also bringing together students from various German research
institutes which focus on the region.

All students currently engaged in research about Southeast Asia are welcome to submit
their abstracts on the following topics:

  1. Development = Economy, Politics, International Relations, Environment
  2. Language = Sociolinguistics, Historical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics
  3. Society = History, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies
  4. Intellectual Culture = Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality, Art

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the 1. Student
Southeast Asian Conference in Hamburg, Germany on 5 November 2016.

For more details regarding abstracts  and their submission please click here.

CfP der 8. Tagung der Nachwuchsgruppe im Januar 2017

Vom 27. bis 29. Januar 2017 findet die 8. Tagung der Nachwuchsgruppe Asienforschung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Asienkunde in Rothenfels am Main statt. Das Ziel der Tagung ist es, NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen der Asienforschung eine Plattform zu bieten, um ihre derzeitigen Forschungsarbeiten („Work in Progress“) in Form einer Präsentation oder eines Posters vorzustellen und zu diskutieren. Die möglichen Themenfelder können sich von Politik, Recht und Wirtschaft bis hin zu gesellschaftlichen und kulturellen Fragestellungen im asiatischen Raum erstrecken. Interessierte werden gebeten, ein Abstract bis zum 15. Juli 2016 online einzureichen unter:

Conference Call: Universal Periodic Review in Southeast Asia, September 2016, Bangkok

Asia Centre is proud to announce the

Universal Periodic Review in Southeast Asia: An Evidence-Based Regional Assessment.
15th – 17th September 2016, Asia Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

By May 2016, each state in Southeast Asia will have completed its second cycle of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). But what is the impact of the UPR on human rights in the region? And does the focus on constructive dialogue and the state-centric nature of the process help improve the situation?

Asia Centre – an independent non-profit social initiative based in Bangkok – is bringing together academics and researchers for an evidence-based analysis of the UPR’s impact on Southeast Asia. The findings will be compiled into a publication after the seminar.

Abstract Submission: Submit an abstract of 300 words and a short bio by 30th May 2016. For more information please refer to the attached call for abstracts.

Conference Fees:
USD 150 Early bird rate until 15 June 2016
USD 75   Special Student Rate

Detailed information can be found in the UPR Conference Call.

For any further inquiries please contact Michelle: Do also like the Facebook page for conference updates.


Call for papers: Conference “Reconciling Indonesian history with 1965”, Frankfurt

International Conference
“Reconciling Indonesian history with 1965: facts, rumours and stigma”

10-12 November 2016
Goethe University – Frankfurt (Germany), Westend Campus

This conference  will focus on events held in collective memory and historiography, which were taken as justification explaining the necessity to eradicate the Communist party, its affiliated organizations and sympathisers in 1965-1966, and which are still in use in the public discourse in Indonesia.
This international conference invites participants to reflect on the fear of communism and its violent consequences in past and contemporary Indonesian society. It aims to examine historical facts and events involving the Communist Party of Indonesia and its sympathisers, to question stereotypes and stigma, to analyse how they appeared, the reasons allowing them to remain operative and finally their impact over the last century in Indonesia.

This event intends to bring together scientists from several countries, but also people engaged in non-academic advocacy and Indonesian government officials. Uniting the collective effort of scholars and civil society actors, the conference aims to present the abundant research of the last years which must be placed in the present revision context of Indonesian history. This international event advocates the conciliation of strong academic research with societal and political issues. Taking the form of a forum on the last day, the conference stands for an alternative between pure fundamental research and commissioned policy reports.

Abstract Submissions

Please submit a 250 to 300 words abstract and a short biographical note by March 25, 2016.
For submission and further information:

– Jun. Prof. Dr. Elsa Clavé:
Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
– Prof. Dr. Asvi Warman Adam:
LIPI, Jakarta, Indonesia
– Friederike Trotier:
Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Dates :
1st April 2016: Deadline for Abstracts
22nd April 2016: Notification of Acceptance
1st July 2016: Opening of Registration
1st September 2016: Closing of Registration
10th-12th November 2016: Conference
Fees: 50 euros
Reduces fees (students, unemployed): 10 euros
Registration fees are to be paid exclusively by bank transfer. Further details will be provided upon
registration. Local students and postdocs may attend sessions for free.

Please, click here for detailed information.

Call for Papers for the 6th Symposium of Journal of Anthropology Indonesia in July 2016

6th Symposium of Journal of Anthropology Indonesia
Department of Anthropology, University of Indonesia
Date: 26-28 July, 2016
Venue: University of Indonesia, Depok

Call for Papers

Since Reformasi began in 1998, Indonesia has experienced tremendous political, economic, social, and cultural transformations. The nation has made significant progress in building a more democratic polity. The general election in 2014 was an important turning point. The newly elected president, Joko Widodo (widely known as Jokowi), is the first with no ties to the Suharto regime which many people take as a positive sign of change.

When we organized the first Symposium of Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia in 2000, we were optimistic that Reformasi would improve the lives of Indonesians everywhere. In particular, we believed that greater political equality and increased multiculturalism would lead to greater social and economic equality. However Indonesia is experiencing rising income gaps, conflicts over access to resources and jobs, increasing religious intolerance, and continued marginalization of groups and individuals. Some scholars predict that these problems will continue because reformasi alone could not address the root causes of inequality.

For the 6th International Symposium of the Journal of Anthropology Indonesia, we invite Indonesian and foreign scholars to propose panels and papers to discuss pressing issues associated with inequality. The objective of the symposium is to explore the social, political-economic, and cultural dimensions of these inequalities, their underlying causes, and the challenges of addressing them. We seek contributions that critically analyze various forms and processes producing inequalities, including government and non-government initiatives and interventions meant to address these problems.

Important dates

  • Deadline for paper abstract is 4 March 2016
  • Notification of acceptance of paper abstract is 31 March 2016
  • Deadline for submitting conference paper is 30 June 2016

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Panel Proposal for the 6th Symposium of Journal of Anthropology Indonesia in July 2016

6th Symposium of Journal of Anthropology Indonesia
Department of Anthropology, University of Indonesia
Date: 26-28 July, 2016
Venue: University of Indonesia, Depok

Panel proposal

An Islamic Digital Divide? Exploring Islamic Interfaces of the Internet and Their (In)Equalities in Indonesia

Convenors: Dayana Parvanova (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Martin Slama (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

The panel discusses current research about Islamic uses of popular interfaces of the internet, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, LINE etc., with a special emphasis on how no or limited access to these interfaces might create or reinforce (religious) inequalities among Indonesian Muslims. The panel also welcomes contributions that indicate trends toward equality and de-hierarchization in Indonesia’s Islamic field in connection with the appropriation of digital technologies. Whereas phenomena that can be subsumed under the popular expression “digital divide” clearly exist in Indonesia – given that not all Indonesians are online or have access to digital realms to the same extent – the panel asks how existing (infra)structures of technological inequality affect Islamic practice, intra-religious relations, and the constitution of Indonesia’s Islamic field at large. In this regard, papers that are inspired by one or more of the following questions are particularly welcome: To what extent do the uses of social media influence Islamic practices, and how do they inform the inclusion of Muslims in or their exclusion from particular religious communities? How does the (dis)connection between social media and Islamic authority look like in Indonesia? Who can gain additional Islamic authority by engaging in social media practices and who cannot? How are digital interfaces used to subvert existing hierarchies in Indonesia’s Islamic field? To what extent or in which cases can one discern a correlation between broader societal inequalities, digital inequalities and Islamic hierarchies? What is the analytical value of concepts such as class, generation and ethnicity for such an analysis? Finally, does it make sense to speak of an Islamic digital divide, or a broader pattern of Islamic digital divides, in Indonesia?

Please submit all the proposed paper abstracts of max. 250 words by 4 March 2016 to and

Important dates

  • Deadline for paper abstract is 4 March 2016
  • Deadline for submitting conference paper is 30 June 2016
  • Notification of acceptance of paper abstract is 31 March 2016

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Call for papers – südostasien, issue 2/2016

Call for Papers

Editorial deadline: 29.02.2016
Contact: Frank Arenz (,

Thematical focus: Refugees

Hardly another topic has provoked similiar media coverage in the past few months. Also most controversial social and political debate has arisen over it, not only in Germany, all around the globe. According the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) more than 60 million people are currently forced to flee their homes , the highest number ever reported by the UNHCR.

The people are searching for a better place to live because of the severe social, economic and political conditions in their home countries. Though, most states refrain from openly welcoming refugees. The probably most noted case from Southeast Asia in this context might have been the mass exodus of Rohingya from Maynmar through the Andaman Sea. For weeks, boats with more than thousand refugees of the endangered ethnic group were floating near the coastlines of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, but at first restricted from landing. Only under international pressure and financial promise (from Qatar), Malaysia and Indonesia granted asylum for the displaced. However, the basis of those pledges was only meant temporarily.

The broad topic is narrowed to the following central questions and emphases:

  1. Reasons for becoming refugees / Situation of refugees
  2. Refugee policy
  3. Refugee aid

Articles should be
1 page (up to 3,800 characters including spaces),
2 pages (up to 6,900 characters including spaces) or
3 pages (up to 11,000 characters including spaces)
and, if possible, should include commented photographs (please clarify copyright issues before handing in articles) as well as short self introductions of the authors. Please do not use any text formatting. Authors from Southeast Asia are most welcome.

Please submit articles by 29 February 2016.

For more details please click here.

For the German version click here.