CFP: UC Berkeley-UCLA Joint Conference on Ethnic and Community Identity in Southeast Asia

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Call for Papers
April 24, 2020 to April 25, 2020
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Asian History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies


The Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA - a consortium U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asia - announce a Call for Papers for their joint conference on the theme Ethnic and Community Identity in Southeast Asia, to be held April 24-25, 2020, at UCLA.

This conference is designed to explore aspects of group and individual identity in the region. Broadly conceived, papers would consider the ways in which people are articulating, embracing, or contesting different forms and reconfigurations of personal or group identity. Such forms might encompass aspects of ethnic, gender, or religious identities, or perhaps overlaps across these and other dimensions of identity. Papers might consider the political implications of how people and groups articulate or embrace identity and possible conflicts pitting groups against the state or each other. The hope is that papers will explore newly emerging forms of identity as well as long-existing ones that are being reconceptualized or reasserted in new circumstances. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome as are ones that cross disciplinary lines. 


Possible paper topics might touch on any of the following:


  • state ethnic labeling policies and their implications
  • contestation centered on competing ethnic identities and terminologies
  • identities or communities formulated in terms of gender or sexual orientation
  • identities defined in terms of religious affiliation or organizations
  • academic, state, or public discourse surrounding racial or ethnic identities.
  • ethnic or identity politics that cross national boundaries and complicate state narratives


The two centers invite submissions for presentations from scholars and graduate students conducting original research in the social sciences and humanities that address the primary theme of the conference. Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be emailed to UCLA CSEAS by Monday, January 20, 2020. Abstracts should include your name, affiliation and discipline and contact information (including e-mail address).


The conference is open to all scholars and graduate students. Travel funding is available for faculty and graduate students at University of California and California State University campuses.


Contact Info: 

UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

11288 Bunche Hall

Box 951487

Los Angeles, CA 90095