AAS Southeast Asia Council (SEAC): Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies

Call for Papers: Transnational Borderland Identities in Southeast Asia

Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies – A SEAC / AAS Initiative with Support from
the Journal TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia*

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2016

The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars to join a “Rising Voices” panel on the broad topic of “transnational borderland identities in Southeast Asia.” We seek to recruit three early career scholars from Southeast Asian countries in order to form a panel for eventual inclusion in the 2017 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, to be held in Toronto, Canada from March 16–19, 2017.

The panel will be chaired by Dr. Erik Harms, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, and Dr. Ian Baird, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will serve as discussant. Once paper presenters have been selected, the chair and discussant will assist the panel members in preparing a panel abstract, facilitate revision of individual paper proposals, and offer mentoring and networking support to the panel participants. With support from the AAS and TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, SEAC will be able to offer modest travel support to members of the panel with demonstrated need traveling to the conference from Southeast Asia. If necessary, it is hoped that participation in the panel will also enable scholars to obtain funding from other sources, including the individual country groups at AAS, as well as home institutions. Once the panel is formed, the organizers will also make every effort to help panelists seek additional funding on the basis of demonstrated need. After the conference, authors may be encouraged to submit their papers to TRaNS for potential publication, subject to peer-review.

Panel Topic Details:

For this year’s Rising Voices Panel, we seek to build a panel on the broad topic of “Transnational Borderland Identities in Southeast Asia.” The exact panel description will be developed and refined once panelists have been selected, but the theme is designed to be inclusive enough to solicit a wide range of applicants. Papers can discuss ways that transnational borderland identities are both formed and performed in various contexts, and may pursue the topic from any disciplinary angle, either contemporary or historical. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • border zone geographies
  • migration
  • trade and/or smuggling
  • border identities
  • regimes of border governance and policing
  • gender, class, ethnic, religious, and spatial dynamics in Southeast Asian borderlands

The only restriction regarding proposed paper topics is that they must be about Southeast Asia and “Transnational Borderland Identities.”

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

We seek papers by Southeast Asian scholars who are early career scholars, or “rising voices.” Rising voices are defined here as advanced graduate students (currently writing dissertations based on original field or archival research) or untenured faculty members (including tenure-track assistant professors, adjuncts, and lecturers, or the approximate equivalent based on the academic tradition from which the scholar is coming). Applicants may be currently enrolled as students in, or employed by, any institution of higher education in the world. However, preference may be placed on students or faculty currently based at underfunded institutions in Late Developing Countries (LDC) in Southeast Asia. (Please note that the definition of LDC used by the AAS excludes the following Asian countries: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of China (Taiwan), Republic of Korea (South Korea), and Singapore). In addition to the stated goal of supporting rising voices from Southeast Asia, the primary criteria for selection will be the quality of the paper proposals as well as the way selected proposals work together as a viable panel.

Submission Instructions:

To submit a paper proposal, please submit the following, in the order listed below, all in a single Microsoft word file or PDF document, by July 1st, 2016:

  1. Applicant’s Name, affiliation, and contact information, clearly indicating applicant’s country of birth and current country of residence.
  2. Paper abstract. 250 words in the format of the standard AAS paper proposal.
  3. Brief bio-sketch of 200-300 words describing current and recent scholarly positions, a brief sentence or two about current research, and any significant publications. The model for this should be the standard blurb one sees on a faculty or graduate student website.
  4. A current curriculum vitae.
  5. Please save the file with the following filename convention: RisingVoices2016_ApplicantsFamilyName.doc

Complete applications should be sent via email to erik.harms@yale.edu by July 1st, 2016.

Notes on Funding:

This proposed panel is part of the “Rising Voices Initiative” which was initiated in 2013 by the Southeast Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies in order to help supplement the limited amount of existing funding to support participation of young Southeast Asian scholars in the annual AAS Conference. Funding has been generously allocated for this project by the AAS Board of Directors.

Application Timeline:

  • June 2016: Call for papers sent out
  • July 1: Applications due by email to erik.harms@yale.edu
  • July 15: Notice of selected papers sent out to applicants
  • July 15–August 1: Panel description revised, individual paper proposals revised in communication with panel chair (Erik Harms) and panel discussant (Ian Baird)
  • August 4, 2016: Panel Submission Deadline to AAS

* TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia is a journal in the field of Southeast Asian studies published by the Cambridge University Press. TRaNS encourages globally engaged writings on Southeast Asia that cross national borders and disciplinary boundaries.