The submission deadline has been extended to Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time

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Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Program Committee for the Association for Asian Studies, we are pleased to issue the Call for Proposals for the AAS Annual Conference to be held July 1-4, 2019 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.  

Asia has been depicted as the new global hegemonic center replacing the United States, which is withdrawing from Asia, and Western Europe, which is embedded in financial and migration problems. China’s rise to economic, political and even cultural power has become an index of global influences while growth in India is regarded as a complementary phenomenon confirming the sustained economic dynamics in this large part of the world.

However, such a ‘rise’ often takes place at the expense of global values such as democracy and environmental justice and the decay of nature. In addition, despite steady economic growth, a young population and the development of social media across Asia, a few countries in Southeast Asia have fallen under authoritarian regimes where human rights, freedom of speech and ethnic and religious diversity have been severely challenged. Given its multifaceted complexities, is Asia really on the ‘rise’? Is Asia on the ‘right’ path of progress when political violence, censorship, and environmental disasters become instrumental to maintain political control and secure economic growth?  How are these developments reverberating in daily life? Does history teach us anything?

Located at a geographical crossroads where people, ideas and trades intersect, the 2019 AAS-in-Asia conference hosted by Thammasat University in Bangkok in collaboration with Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University, Kasetsart University, and Chiang Mai University, is pleased to invite scholars, students, development practitioners and public intellectuals to participate and critically examine and discuss these topics under the overarching theme “Asia in Motion: Asia on the Rise?” This event will be an opportunity for people to share their research and professional experience with a view to better understand the risks, challenges and problems that lie at the heart of "Asia’s rise," to explore its long-term history and cultural depth, and to ensure that they can be understood rightly and coped with properly.  

Asianists interested in participating at the 2019 AAS-in-Asia may submit proposals for Organized Panels and Roundtables sessions for consideration. No Individual Papers will be included for this conference.  The program committee seeks sessions that will engage panelists and audiences in the consideration of ideas, information, and interpretations that will advance knowledge about Asian regions and, by extension, will enrich teaching about Asia at all levels. AAS Membership is not a requirement for the submission of a proposal or participation.

We have updated our Call for Proposals related webpages to try and make this process as simple and clear as possible. Please see the three-step guide below to start your submission process. The deadline for submission of all proposals and travel subsidy requests is Wednesday, October 31 at 5pm Eastern Time. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the AAS electronic submission application. We will not accept proposals submitted via email. This proposal submission application will be available through Wednesday, October 31, 2018. After the submission deadline, your proposal will be forwarded to the appropriate program committee members for review. You will find detailed instructions via the sections listed in the right hand column on this screen.

If you have any questions regarding panel participation or proposal submissions that are not answered in this Call for Proposals or the FAQ's, please contact the AAS secretariat at

We look forward to an exciting and intellectually stimulating conference in Bangkok, Thailand.


AASin-Asia 2019 Program Committee 


a) Review this Call for Proposals and the information regarding the two (2) proposal submission types - Organized Panel sessions and Roundtables submissions.  

b) Review the requirements of each proposal type, including the minimum/maximum number of participants, abstract word counts, etc.

c) Review the AAS diversity and inclusion submission guidelines to ensure your preparations and final submitted proposal meet the AAS conference requirements.



a) Develop overall session and presentation abstracts based on the submission requirements.  All organizers/submitters are responsible for collecting and submitting ALL data and information from session proposal participants including paper titles/abstracts, names and contact information for each participant on the session.

b) If applying for a Travel Subsidy on behalf of a participant, review the information to ensure the participant qualifies for an travel subsidy.

c) Have questions? Find answers at our CFP Frequently Asked Questions section.



a) Do not wait until October 31 to begin the submission process. You may begin the process and save a partially completed application. Edits to pending or submitted proposals may be made anytime before October 31 @ 5pm.

b) Follow the "Submit a Proposal' button posted here on this page in the right column.

c) Questions? Confused? Contact the AAS Secretariat

d) Sit back and relax while the program committee carefully reviews, evaluates the submission received.

The Program Committee will complete the review of all final selections during their January 2019 meeting.  All organizers/submitters will receive a decision via email in mid-late January.  Please keep in mind the AAS receives approximately 400 submissions and can only accommodate a portion of the submissions received.