Call for Abstracts: Possession and Persuasion (Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference)

December 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia

Possession and Persuasion conjure a range of images and concepts, from cultural performance, to the control and mobility of objects, bodies, and spaces, to modes of coercion, influence, and authority. The terms also evoke possibilities of resistance and transformation. How are entanglements of subjectivity and materiality at work across Southeast Asia? How have possessions and persuasions, broadly imagined, organized studies of Southeast Asia, and to what futures do they beckon?

Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference invites submissions that engage these questions. The conference will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Chiara Formichi from the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell will deliver the keynote address.

We welcome submissions of abstracts by December 13, 2017 from graduate students who have completed original research related to Southeast Asia. There is no specific theme for this conference, as we hope to attract a wide range of submissions. Our intention is to reflect the dynamic research currently undertaken by graduate students. The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Committee will review submissions, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper abstracts will be included in the conference program. Each panel will have a faculty member serve as a discussant.

Please submit abstracts to the following email address:

All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in MS Word format. Do not send a PDF file. Please name your abstract using your first and last name together (for example, janedoe.doc for Jane Doe's abstract). The subject of the message should specify “Abstract” and the body should include the following information:

  • Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a primary email address

  • Title of paper

  • Keywords to aid thematic organization

  • The abstract

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: December 13, 2017

  • Notification of Acceptance: January 24, 2018

  • Deadline to Confirm Attendance: February 2, 2018

  • Full Papers Due: February 16, 2018


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  • Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia

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