CFP, 7th Conference of the ICHCC-SEA, “Arrivals, Conflict, and Transformation in Maritime Southeast Asia (c. 1400-1800)"

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2020 to February 15, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Southeast Asian History / Studies, World History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Local History


7th Conference of the

International Council for Historical and

Cultural Cooperation-Southeast Asia (ICHCC-SEA)/

2020 Annual Conference of the Philippine Historical Association


“Arrivals, Conflict, and Transformation in

Maritime Southeast Asia (c. 1400-1800)”


April 27-29, 2020

Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines

The Philippine Historical Association (PHA), the National Quincentennial Committee, Republic of the Philippines (NQC), and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will host the 7th International Conference of the International Council for Historical and Cultural Cooperation-Southeast Asia (ICHCC-SEA) with the theme “Arrivals, Conflict, and Transformation in Maritime Southeast Asia (c. 1400-1800)” from April 27 to 29, 2020 at Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines. This is in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Southeast Asian part in the first circumnavigation of the world (1521-2021). ICHCC-SEA is a consortium of the PHA, the Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia (PSM) and the Masyarakat Sejarawan Indonesia (MSI). Since 2015, it has held conferences in Manila, Bukittinggi, Kuala Lumpur and Bali.

Southeast Asia is often conceived as a “crossroads” of cultures and civilizations. Because of its favorable location between India and China and within the monsoon belt, Southeast Asia’s coastal zone engendered the rise of some important cosmopolitan entrepôts. These commercial centers reached unprecedented peak during the so-called “early modern period” (c. 1400-1830) which coincides roughly with the region’s “ages of commerce.” Alongside the burgeoning of maritime commerce in the broader region was the spread of universal religions (Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity) and the adoption of centralizing political ideologies by various local rulers.

But while Southeast Asia’s geographic centrality was key to its material prosperity and cultural diversity, it also contributed to its political and military vulnerability. Island Southeast Asia, in particular, has been referred to as an “exposed zone” in contrast to the “protected zone” which characterized its mainland counterpart. Indeed, most of island Southeast Asia succumbed to European maritime dominance in the early modern period. The time has come to revisit and reassess this episode of our past.

With the theme, “Arrivals, Conflict, and Transformation in Maritime Southeast Asia (c. 1400-1800),” this three-day conference intends to examine Southeast Asia not only as a nexus of culture and peoples but also as a site of negotiations and conflicts that emerged from these multicultural interactions. It seeks new ways of seeing this dynamic period by transcending orthodox, Eurocentric views and by incorporating hitherto under-recognized indigenous sources and narratives. It aims to understand how various indigenous polities in the region was shaped by and helped shape the contours of early modern colonialism.

It shall also assess the state of historical studies in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and the rest of the region; identify new historical sources on the early modern period, promote interdisciplinary approaches to historical studies, recognize current trends in research methods, topics and perspectives; enrich historical education; provide a venue for collaboration and networking; and make historical research relevant to contemporary times.

We invite individual and panel proposals for (but not limited to) the following sub-themes:

History and the Arts
History, Commerce and Trade
History and Culture
History and Education
History and Environment
History and Genders
History and Politics
History and Heritage
History and Institutions
History and Literature
History, Medicine and Science
History and Museums
Public History
History and Religion
History and Rural Society
History and Traditions
History and Urbanization
Social History

A 250 to 300-word abstract must be submitted in English or Filipino to the screening committee through Please include no more than 5 key words and a bio-note (100 words max). Abstracts and bio-notes must be electronically received by the Screening Committee by 15 February 2020.

Call for Papers: 15 October 2019; Second, 11 January 2020
Deadline of Submission of Abstracts: 15 February 2020
Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2020
Deadline of pre-registration: 6 March 2020
Conference proper 27-29 April 2020

Foreign Participants: $100 (US)
Local Participants: Php 4,000.00
PHA Members: Php 3,500.00


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