Published: Sept. 18, 2012

The Rise of the Asian Century: Trends in Asian and Christian Philosophy for Building a Just and Sustainable World

Quezon City, Philippines, April 10 - 11, 2013 | September 15, 2012

The Asian Association of Christian Philosophers invites abstract submissions for its annual conference to be held from April 4 to 5, 2013, at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. The theme of the conference will be: The Rise of the Asian Century: Trends in Asian and Christian Philosophy for Building a Just and Sustainable World. The conference language will be English. Development theorists, economists, and geo-political scientists have indicated that this century will mark the rise of Asia as the center of economic, political, and cultural activity. Once again, Asian cultures will have a great influence in the shaping of human civilization. This is an opportune time, as we come to the dawn of the Asian century, to reflect upon the trends of philosophical thought that Asian and Christian practitioners of philosophy, or practitioners of Asian or Christian philosophy, are accomplishing. If we are taking a central role in the furthering of human civilization, we must understand what concerns us, how we use our traditions to understand the world that is unfolding, and how we can participate in the articulation of a just and sustainable future.

Each abstract should be no longer than 500 words. Please submit it as an e-mail attachment, along with a short CV and a biographical note as separate attachments, to

Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2012, Notification of acceptance by 30 October 2012, Deadline for full papers: 15 January 2013


Global Encounters in Southeast Asian Performing Arts

Bangkok, Thailand, February 1-3, 2013 | Deadline: September 30, 2012

The World Symposium on Global Encounters in Southeast Asian Performing Arts: International Theatre Festival, Conference and Workshop is sponsored by Bangkok University , Thailand and University of Victoria, Canada and will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 1-3 February, 2013. The main objective of the symposium is to function as a platform of exploration, in search of a lasting live performance culture that can establish an influential and sustainable position in Southeast Asia, regardless of whether it is expressed in traditional, contemporary or postmodern form. It is a communal gathering for performing arts academics, practitioners and enthusiasts with the aim of establishing a productive dialogues and common ground with regard to ways in which Southeast Asian creative arts will survive under the tremendous pressure of the global spectrum of changes currently taking place.

There will be 4 distinctive themes of the conference panels; performance & new media, traditional performance in the changing world, spectrum of contemporary vs. intercultural performance, and transnationalism and globalization. The themes of the international theatre festival and workshop are also both interrelated and operated under the themes.

If you would like to contribute and participate, please go to The deadline for full papers and abstracts are on the 30th of September, 2012.


2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium

University of Oxford, March 9-10 2013 | Deadline: October 1, 2012

The 2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, organised by Project Southeast Asia, will be held on 9-10 March 2013 at the University of Oxford. The Call for Panels is now open until 1 October 2012. 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 debate on and solutions to these issues by providing the Symposium as a platform for the dissemination, discussion, and debate of these issues.

Submissions will be accepted in English. Proposals should be submitted using the Panel Proposal form at: Panel proposers will be expected to circulate their respective Calls for Papers from 15 October to 15 December 2012. For further information, please visit the Project Southeast Asia website a or contact


Panel: Religious Dynamics in Indonesia Between Orthodoxy and Individual Experience

Portugal, July 2-5, 2013 | Deadline: November 30, 2012

The government of Indonesia links religious pluralism with a normative definition of religion (agama). This definition is based on a model of scriptural monotheism, in particular Islam, and is contrasted with a heterogeneous variety of local forms of ancestor and nature veneration and traditional belief systems (adat). Doctrinal purification is progressing quite successfully in Islam, as well as having stimulated the invention of a modern Agama Hindu. It is even under way with Buddhism on Java. This led to the scholarly assumption that Indonesia's pluralistic tradition is gradually being replaced by religious orthodoxy. However, contrary dynamics seem to have developed since reformasi in 1998, when the number of religious groups multiplied. Even though these groups subscribe to one of the politically accepted religions, they simultaneously

offer their members emotionally-oriented, individual religious experiences. The aim of this panel is to investigate the multiple and often opposing relationships between

norm-setting religious agama-politics and increasing religious individualism. The focus is on the situation of change since the beginning of reformasi. We are especially interested in case studies which investigate these opposing tendencies in specific situations, regardless of the religious orientation of the group(s) involved.

Online registration will be open from January 2013 onwards. Registrations until 30th March, 2013 will benefit from the early registration rates. The final program and the book of abstracts will only include the names and abstracts of those who have registered to the conference by May 15, 2013. For more information, see:


Panel: Tracing Political Islam in Southeast Asia: Pan-Islamism, Religious Nationalism, and Contemporary Transnational Networks

Portugal, July 2-5, 2013 | Deadline: November 30, 2012

This panel intends to bring together papers addressing the adaptation of Islamic political ideology to its contingent historical circumstances. Ranging from pan-Islamism to the formation of nationalist movements committed to the establishment of nation-states rooted on religion, and more recent transnational networks, the panel aims at offering perspectives from various disciplines and geographical regions. Abstracts are welcomed from scholars focussing on Muslim Southeast Asia (or liminal regions in connection to SEA), with no restrictions to historical periodization. Panelists will be invited to submit a paper for publication purposes.

Online registration will be open from January 2013 onwards. Registrations until 30th March, 2013 will benefit from the early registration rates. The final program and the book of abstracts will only include the names and abstracts of those who have registered to the conference by May 15, 2013. For more information, see: