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Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2013

9 – 10 March 2013
University of Oxford

The 2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium was held on 9-10 March 2013 in St Anne’s College, Oxford, OX2 6HS.

Southeast Asia is a vitally important region of the world, and its most urgent issues are transregional and multidisciplinary in nature. Project Southeast Asia seeks to contribute to solutions to these issues by providing the Symposium as a platform for the dissemination, discussion, and debate of ideas.

The Symposium has three core aims:

  • To present solutions for contemporary Southeast Asian issues by bringing together the brightest minds from all fields and disciplines, and from around the world. Its core goal is to promote the integration of the humanities and social sciences with science, medicine, and business in order to create solutions which are effective, viable, and appropriate to culture and geography.
  • To build networks and relationships between current and future decision-makers in Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as connections among academia, government, NGOs, and business. Integral to the Symposium will be opportunities for Southeast Asian and European politicians, corporate leaders, academics, and NGOs to interact and build relationships.
  • To promote the research of the most talented scholars of Southeast Asia and offer a platform for young academics to present their work.

Already one of the largest annual Southeast Asian Studies conferences in the world, this year sees 21 panels with 104 papers spread over 32 sessions. Speakers and paper presenters come from over 20 countries, and represent a wide array of disciplines and expertise. The keynote will be delivered by Mark Pritchard MP, Member of Parliament for the Wrekin in Shropshire and Chair for the All-Party Group for ASEAN in the UK Parliament. Burmese performance artist, activist, and former political prisoner Htein Lin will be performing on Saturday evening. For more information, please see the programme and the list of panels.

Registration is available for one or both days. The advance registration fee for students, OAP, and others eligible for concessions is £40 per day or £50 for two days; for professionals, £60 per day or £80 for two days. The registration fee includes a conference pack, refreshments, and lunch on both days. Lunch will be catered by St Anne’s College’s award-winning kitchen, selected as “Kitchen of the Year” in the Oxford Colleges annual dining awards.

The Symposium dinner will be held at 8pm on Saturday, 9 March 2013, at Balliol College, Oxford. The College, founded 1263, features the historic candlelit Balliol Dining Hall. A 3-course set menu including wine, coffee, and Balliol mints has been specially developed by Balliol’s award-winning kitchen, headed by Chef de Cuisine Bertrand Faucheux. The dinner will also feature a speech by renowned zoologist of Southeast Asia Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 5th Earl of Cranbrook, as well as a special Sarawak Cultural Show sponsored by the Sarawak Ministry of Tourism. The cost of the dinner is £29. Registration for the dinner will close on 23 February 2013, so please register before then if you wish to attend the dinner.

Please head to the registration page to register. For more information, please refer to the links on the right-hand sidebar. We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium!


19 April 2013

short report and photos of the 2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2013 are now available.

11 March 2013

The 2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium was held on 9 – 10 March 2013 and it was a huge success. Nearly 250 participants, over 100 papers, and countless fruitful conversations. This makes us officially the world’s largest annual Southeast Asian studies conference. A wonderful time was had by all.

Thank you to all participants for making the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2013 such an amazing event. Special congratulations to the conference team for all their hard work over the past few months and over the very hectic two days. Please check our Facebook page for photographs and updates. We look forward to seeing all of you at future Project Southeast Asia events!

28 February 2013

Advance registration for the Symposium is now closed. Onsite registration will be available on the day of the Symposium. The onsite registration fee for students, OAP, and others eligible for concessions is £45 per day or £55 for two days; for professionals, £65 per day or £85 for two days. Cash or cheque only.

24 February 2013 

Registration for the Symposium dinner has now closed.

8 January 2013

Registration is now open.

1 January 2013

A tentative programme and updated list of panels is now available. Please note that this programme remains subject to change.

6 October 2012

The Call For Panels is now closed. The selected Panels are listed on the List of Panels page. Please submit paper proposals to the Panel organisers.

3 August 2012

The Call For Panels has been released. Please visit the Call For Panels page for more information. Panel proposals should be submitted using the Panel Proposal Form (PDF, 97kb,  requires Adobe Reader X) by 1 October 2012. Please submit proposals to