Category Archives: Conferences & Workshops

Research Colloquium on Southeast Asia, Uni Passau

Passau Research Colloquium on Southeast Asia, University of Passau
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Dr.-Hans-Kapfinger-Straße 14b, Room 314a

Starting tomorrow (13 April):
Facebook as a Weapon of the Weak? A Case Study of Thai Protestor on EHIA Project of Mae Wong Dam, Thailand.
Wimonsiri Hemtanon, PhD student, University of Passau

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The Passau Southeast Asian Research Colloquium is a forum for all those with an interest in Southeast Asian Studies, and brings together researchers, teaching staff members, students and guest participants.

The research colloquium provides a window on ongoing research on Southeast Asia at the University, including the presentation of work currently being undertaken by guest researchers from Germany and overseas. This information on the most recent developments in the field provides students with valuable inputs for the design and implementation of their own research projects.

All those with a connection to Southeast Asian Studies at the University are welcome to attend the colloquia and take part in the discussions.

The colloquia are organized and led by the Chairs of the two Southeast Asian Studies departments at the University:

Chair of Southeast Asian Studies
Professor Dr. Rüdiger Korff

Chair of Comparative Development and Cultural Studies (Focus: Southeast Asia)
Professor Dr. Martina Padmanabhan

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.

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EuroSEAS Master Class for PhD Students


On Friday, June 17, 2016 EuroSEAS and the Department of Anthropology of the University of Leiden (NL) organize a master class for PhD students from European universities who work on Southeast Asia. During this day participants present their research proposals or a key chapter of their thesis which will be discussed by a panel of senior scholars from Leiden.

Students interested in this meeting should send an application and a letter of recommendation from their supervisor to the Secretary of EuroSEAS, Professor Henk Schulte Nordholt ( before April 1, 2016.

A limited number of students will be invited to join this master class.

EuroSEAS can offer modest financial support, but the home universities of the participants are expected to pay most of the costs.

Students are also highly recommended to attend the Southeast Asia Update which will be held in Leiden the day before, Thursday, June 16, 2016. More information on this event will be announced in due time.

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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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Panel Proposal for Conference in the Netherlands in July 2016

Panel proposal for the Political Ecologies of Conflict, Capitalism and Contestation (PE-3C) Conference in Wageningen/NL, 7-­9 July 2016

Convenors: Rosa de Vos (Wageningen University) and Izabela Stacewicz (University of Reading)

Contestation, participation and violence in Indonesia’s oil palm industry
Sub-­themes: ethnography, access to resources, sustainability, sustainability standards, gender, socio-­environmental activism

For this panel please send papers that present ethnographic material on Indonesia regarding processes of contestation, participation and violence, to shed light on the politics of this high impact rural transformation. It is aimed to submit a full panel proposal containing four papers. If you are interested in this panel, please send your abstract (max. 300 words) before 10 December 2015 to

Rosa de Vos: Oil palm expansion in Littoral West-­?Kalimantan: resistance, local activism and gender
Izabela Stacewicz: The capacity of the RSPO to contribute to land and labour rights issues: Local participation in West Kalimantan

Detailed information can be found here.

Call for Papers for Conference in the Netherlands in July 2016

International Conference

Political Ecologies of Conflict, Capitalism and Contestation (PE-3C)
When: 7-9 July 2016
Where: Hotel Wageningse Berg, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Organised by: Wageningen University and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Paper and Panel themes
proposals for papers and panels are invited that address a combination of the following themes and issues:

  • Resources and land use practices including but not limited to: biodiversity and conservation, agriculture, agroecology, forests, water management, marine resources, etc;
  • Drivers of violence and conflict such as inequality, resource access, capitalism, markets, governmental policies, ecotourism, militarization, climate change, science and technology, war and crisis, conservation and development programs;
  • Forms and conceptions of violence including but not limited to structural and material forms of violence, symbolic and epistemic violence as well as practices of contestation, resistance and the development of alternatives;
  • Conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to political ecology and beyond: (post-)structuralist, (post-)Marxist, governance studies, ANT, discourse analysis, governmentality, biopolitics, cultural studies, posthumanist, ethnographic, etc.

Paper and full panel proposals (with a maximum of 4 paper presentations for 1 panel) are invited for this conference; please send these to before 15 December 2015. Abstracts of the papers as well as abstracts describing a full panel should not exceed 300 words.

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Call for applications – Transregional Academy 2016

Modernisms: Concepts, Contexts, and Circulation

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the German Institute for Art History in Paris (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, DFK, part of the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad) invite applications from doctoral and postdoctoral scholars of art history and related disciplines to participate in a Transregional Academy in São Paulo on the topic of modernisms.

The academy will take place from July 17–24, 2016 at the Universidad Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp) and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC-USP).

Application deadline: 28 November 2015

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Weingartener Asien-Gespräche vom 13. bis 15.11.2015

Die diesjährigen Weingartener Asien-Gespräche befassen sich mit dem Thema “Menschenrechte, Bürgerrechte und Repräsentation in Asien – Zwischen Macht und Ohnmacht”

Termin: 13. bis 15. November 2015
Ort: Tagungshaus Weingarten (Oberschwaben), Kirchplatz 7, DE-88250 Weingarten
Telefon: +49 (0)751-5686-100

Anmeldung online:[ver_nummer]=19844

In Zusammenarbeit mit den Universitäten Freiburg und Marburg
Menschenrecht und Bürgerrecht sind in vielen Verfassungen der Staaten Asiens enthalten. Ihre tatsächliche Einlösung steht aber meist auf einem anderen Blatt. Die Interessen von ethnischen oder religiösen Minderheiten und marginalisierten Gruppen werden selten in ausreichender Weise repräsentiert. Auch lassen sich Menschenrechte, etwa von ArbeitsmigrantInnen und Flüchtlingen, nicht allein im nationalen Rahmen adressieren. Die Tagung widmet sich der der Rolle von Zivilgesellschaft, staatlichen und regionalen Akteuren bei der Verletzung und dem Schutz von Rechten.

EUROSEAS 2015 – Southeast Asia on Screen

The 8th EuroSEAS Conference presents:

Indonesia – Thailand – Myanmar / Burma


12–14 August 2015, 14:00
University of Vienna – Main Auditorium / Audimax
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna /  Wien, Austria / Österreich


The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will hold its 8th conference from 11 to 14 August 2015 in Vienna. A daily film programme of documentaries from and about Southeast Asia will accompany the EuroSEAS conference which will be shown in the main auditorium (“Audimax”) of the University of Vienna.
The screenings focus on Indonesia (Wednesday), Thailand (Thursday), and Myanmar/Burma (Friday). The programme will also provide a forum for the presentation of recent initiatives from and in these countries, like the “Yangon Film School” (Myanmar) and the “International People’s Tribunal 1965” (Indonesia).
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