CFP: McGill University's IOWC Graduate Student Conference on Indian Ocean World History, October 20, Quebec, Canada - submissions due June 10
CFP: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia (TLC) Board panel for AAS, March 22 - 25, Washington, D.C. - proposals due June 15 to email@example.com
Suggested themes: Changing Buddhist/Muslim relations, religious conversion & diversity, politics of the Mekong (environmental issues), ethnomusicology, popular culture, intellectual property & cultural practices/cultural heritage, exchange (symmetrical and asymmetrical) in mainland Southeast Asia, and ecological plurality Mainland Southeast Asia.
Reframing the Archive: The Reuse of Film and Photographic Images in Postcolonial Southeast Asia Conference, June 22 - 23, United Kingdom
CFP: Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia - Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies for an AAS panel, March 22 - 25, Washington, D.C. - applications due July 1
Call for Papers: “Southeast Asian Natures: Defining Environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia”
Sponsors: UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society & Southeast Asia Program
Organizers: David Biggs, Christina Schwenkel and Hendrik Maier
Location: Palm Springs CA
Date: March 12 – 14, 2018
Over one hundred fifty years ago, naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace journeyed through the islands of Southeast Asia, drawing from the region’s rich biodiversity to co-discover with Darwin the theory of natural selection. However, even at that time he noted that forests were quickly giving way to colonial clear cuts and species from one island were showing up in the markets of others. The Anthropocene, an era in which human activity has become a dominant shaping force in ecosystems, global climate and species histories, was already underway. Wallace’s environmentalism was also deeply contingent upon imperial networks of travel and communication; the ensuing wars of empire and decolonization left many eco-cultures in tatters. A critical challenge then for policymakers, intellectuals, scientists and others in the region is to articulate new notions of environmentalism that respond to these complex intersections of ecology, history, and culture. As people and governments struggle to articulate locally meaningful responses to Anthropocene problems, scholars, artists and activists can play important roles in identifying ideas of nature, ruin, sustainability and health that resonate locally or inter-regionally. As literary critic Raymond Williams once noted, the word “nature” is one of the most complex in the English vocabulary. If this is so, then how do these ideas fare in translation?
“Southeast Asian Natures” asks participants to consider the complexities of nature and its changes in the many different languages and ecologies of Southeast Asia. Proposed themes of the workshop are purposefully broad, and they include:
- histories, ecologies and flows
- spatial practices, representations and bio-politics
- nature, sustainability and health in language, ritual and performance
Call for Works-in-Progress
Interested participants are invited to email a ~300-word abstract and 2-page cv by July 1 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “SE ASIAN NATURES.” The abstract should outline a project (textual, visual, digital) that engages with the theme of environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia. A 3000 to 4000-word draft essay will be due February 1, 2018 and pre-circulated among the workshop’s participants.
CFP: Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Conference at Florida State University, November 3 - November 5, Florida - abstracts due August 15