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The AAS is now accepting proposal submissions for our 2018 annual conference, which will be held March 22-25 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for all submissions is 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. There are no exceptions to this deadline. We welcome proposals for organized panels (especially those with innovative formats), individual papers, roundtables, and workshops. Please see the complete Call for Proposals for information about preparing your submission. When submitting a proposal online, those who have previously applied to an AAS conference might notice that things look very different this year. Over the past 5 months, the AAS has completed a search for a new proposal/abstract management system in an effort to address requests made in recent years by proposal submitters, reviewers, end users, and AAS-in-ASIA administrators for a more user-friendly and intuitive system. After trying out a number of the options available, we have selected the award-winning event management pl ...

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Launching the New Timor-Leste Initiative at AAS

By Richard Fox   Image 1: Roundtable discussion on the future of Timor-Leste studies, with Lisa Palmer, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhaes and Susana de Matos Viegas, and chaired by Elizabeth Drexler. The 2017 conference in Toronto marked the beginning of an ambitious two-year initiative devoted to raising the profile of Timor-Leste studies—both at AAS and in the wider North American academy. With generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Southeast Asia Council’s (SEAC) Indonesia and Timor-Leste Studies Committee (ITLSC) hosted a series of special events, including an all-day pre-conference workshop attended by senior scholars, students and public intellectuals from Timor-Leste as well as North America, Australia, Europe and other parts of Asia. Looking ahead, the ITLSC is planning a similar series of events for 2018 in Washington, D.C. Let us know if you’d like to get involved and help to shape the future of TL studies at AAS—additional information and contact details ...

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Wrapping Up AAS 2017

Bob Snow, who will retire in June from his position as the AAS Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives, receives a commendation for his ten years of service from AAS President Laurel Kendall at the President’s Reception on Saturday, March 18. As the 2017 annual conference enters its final hours, here are your AAS Sunday highlights: Panel sessions run from 8:30am to 12:45pm. The Exhibit Hall is open between 9:00am and noon—and many publishers will be offering deep last-day discounts on their books!  Graduate students interested in submitting their presented papers to the Area Councils for consideration in the “Best Graduate Student Paper” competitions must do so by the end of the day. See your individual Area Council page on the AAS website for more information. Graduate students eligible for travel stipends who have not yet picked them up should visit the Vide office on the Lower Concourse to do so; stipends are available during registration hours this morning (8:00 ...

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Saturday Happenings at AAS 2017

AAS Executive Director Michael Paschal and the AAS officers at Friday’s Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony. Seated, L-R: Laurel Kendall (President), Tim Brook (Past President), Katherine Bowie (Vice President), and Mrinalini Sinha (Past Past President). Toronto’s weather forecast calls for snow today—AAS snowball fight, anyone?  If there aren’t any takers for that, here are the highlights of today’s conference schedule, all of which are happening inside where it’s warm and dry: Panel sessions and the AAS Film Expo both begin at 8:30am.  The Exhibit Hall will be open from 9:00am through 6:00pm. Between 2:30 and 3:00pm, we’ll have a coffee break in the Vide lobby outside the Exhibit Hall on the Lower Concourse, so grab a cup to sip while you browse the many offerings of our exhibitors. Two editors of AAS publications will be available at the AAS booth (#201) in the Exhibit Hall beginning at 9:00am to meet prospective authors. Those interested i ...

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AAS 2017: Friday Highlights

Dr. Zhang Longxi delivering the opening keynote address for AAS 2017 on Thursday, March 16. Good morning, and welcome to the first full day of AAS 2017 in Toronto! A few of the notable happenings in the hours to come: Our Exhibit Hall will be open on the Lower Concourse level (today’s hours: 8:30am-5:00pm).  Screenings at the AAS Film Expo continue between 8:30am and 8:00pm. Between 8:30 and 9:00am, join us for a coffee break in the Vide lobby on the Lower Concourse level, take a spin through the Exhibit Hall, and then make your way to the Grand Ballroom Centre by 9:00 for the Awards Ceremony and Presidential Address. AAS President Laurel Kendall will give a talk titled “Things Fall Apart: Material Religion and the Problem of Decay with examples from Korea, Vietnam, and Myanmar.” See the list of AAS Book Prize winners here. Panel sessions begin at 10:30am and run until 7:15pm. Special panels on today’s schedule include an Asia Beyond the Headlines discussion on “Parti ...

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