NACIRA Virtual Conference 2021

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The annual conference of the National Committee for Information Resources on Asia (NACIRA), UK, is taking place virtually on 30 November 2021, 13:00-17:00. The conference theme is “Lessons and reflections: new ways of working in the pandemic era“.

Talks and paper presentations on the day include:

“Research Libraries and Public Engagement: A new future?” by Christopher Burgess, Head of Exhibitions and Public Programmes, Cambridge University Library

“Working in Pandemic Times: the Digital Scholarship Perspective” by Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert, Digital Curator, Asian and African Collections, British Library

“The Endangered Archives Programme – Responses to a Pandemic” by Sam van Schaik, Head of the Endangered Archives Programme, British Library

“TEA and TEI: How I survived Lockdown” by Alasdair Watson, Bahari Curator of Persian Collections, Bodleian Library

“Hebrew Manuscripts Exhibition” by Ilana Tahan, Lead Curator Hebrew and Christian Orient Collections, British Library

NACIRA was established in March 2008, the direct successor to NCOLR (National Council on Orientalist Library Resources) which was itself a development from the U.K. Standing Conference of National and University Libraries Advisory Committee on Orientalist Materials (SCONUL ACOOM).

Its objectives are to provide a general forum for librarians, archivists and researchers involved in the collection, development and use of library resources and services for Asian and Middle Eastern studies; to promote and improve access to these resources; to liaise with and encourage co-operation between the various library groups concerned with particular regions of Asia; and to promote contacts with similar organisations outside the UK.

All members of Regional Library Groups reporting to NACIRA, including the Southeast Asia Library Group (SEALG) have automatic membership. For more information and registration, please contact the NACIRA secretary via the group’s contacts page.

Conference Announcement: EuroSEAS 2021

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The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will hold its 11th conference at the Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic from 7-10 September 2021.

EuroSEAS invites scholars and PhD students from all academic disciplines with an interest in Southeast Asia to submit panels that explore relevant research topics from an interdisciplinary perspective as well as discuss theoretical and methodological aspects of research generated in the field of Southeast Asian Studies.

Proposals are also invited for a limited number of roundtable discussions about recent developments in Southeast Asia; for a limited number of laboratories that would develop cross-disciplinary collaboration; and for screenings with academic discussion of documentaries or artistic movies on various topics from Southeast Asia.

Due to a limit on the number of participants (aprox. 400) during the 2021 EuroSEAS conference in Olomouc, the organizing committee will favour (but not limit its selection to) panels, roundtables and laboratories on language, literature, performing arts, postcolonial studies, and archaeology/material culture – fields that were underrepresented in previous conferences.

EuroSEAS and the Organising Committee will have to follow international, national and local regulations related to Covid19. In case a physical conference is not possible, the board would do its best to facilitate and organize an on-line EuroSEAS conference or series of activities.

Find out more detailed information from the EuroSEAS conference website.

The Palacký University Information Centre, known as the Armoury, in Olomouc.
Photograph by Michal Maňas. CC BY 4.0

South Asian Arts and Crafts – 89th SAALG Conference

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The South Asia Archive and Library Group (SAALG) is pleased to announce that its next conference will take place in Norwich on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the SADACC Trust.

The conference will explore South Asian arts and crafts and will include talks on:

Early British Observations: The Madras and Environs Album 1804-1808’ by Diana Grattan (Collection Curator, The SADACC Trust)

Indian anthropology and it’s archive’ by Dr Dan Rycroft (Lecturer in the Arts and Cultures of Asia at the School of World Art Studies, UEA)

Networked Artist-led Initiatives in South Asia‘ by Emily Crane (PhD Candidate, Sainsbury Institute for Art, University of East Anglia).

There will also be presentations by Taylor and Francis of their new ‘South Asia Archive’ and Adam Matthew Digital of the digital archive of ‘Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980‘.

For more detailed information and registration, please visit the SAALG Blog.

6th International Conference on the Asia-Pacific Region

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The 6th International Conference on the Asia-Pacific Region “Network interrelations in the Asia-Pacific Region: Society – Economy – Politics” will be held at the Wrocław University of Economics on 17-18 November 2013, in Wrocław, Poland. The purpose of the conference is to exchange experiences and to popularize the knowledge of the Asia – Pacific Region.

The conference will concern multifaceted issues of networks in the Asia – Pacific, in the social, economic and political dimension. The conference will have an international character, and the leading language will be English. Papers in English will be published in Wroclaw University of Economics Research Papers after a positive peer review. Deadline for submission of full text papers is 12 May 2013 (max. 10 pages).

For further information, please visit: http://www.azja-pacyfik.edu.pl

88th SAALG Conference

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SAALG is very pleased to announce that its next conference will take place on Friday 8th February at the British Library in London. The day will focus on The Mughals and will include talks on Mughal music, art and the Mughal imperial library. There will also be a fantastic opportunity to view the current British Library exhibition Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire with highlights presented by the curatorial team.

A folio from the Royal Asiatic Society's manuscript Persian 239 which bears the sealsof several Mughal Emperor's and is displayed in the current British Library exhibition

A folio from the Royal Asiatic Society’s manuscript Persian 239 which bears the seals
of several Mughal Emperor’s and is displayed in the current British Library exhibition

The full program for the day is:

10.15 – 10.45 Arrival, networking and refreshments
10.45 – 11.00 Welcome by Dr Malina Roy (Curator of Visual Arts, British Library)
11.00 – 11.40 The ‘Spurious’ Jahangirnamah: A Preliminary Study. Dr Saqib Baburi (Teaching Fellow, Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS)
11.40 – 12.20 The Mughal Imperial Library. Ursula Sims-Williams (Curator of Iranian Collections, British Library and Honorary Librarian, Ancient India and Iran Trust)
12.20 – 13.00 SAALG Business Meeting
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.40 ‘Cultivation and connoisseurship: the social history of musical manuscripts in Mughal India’ Dr. Katherine Schofield (Lecturer, Music Department, Kings College London)
14.40 – 15.20 ‘Image and essence in the Akbarnama’ Emily Hannam (MPhil Student, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford)
15.20 – 16.00 Guided tour of highlights of the British Library Exhibition ‘Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire’
16.00 – 17.00 Additional time to view the exhibition http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/mughalindia/index.html.

The conference fee including the visit to the exhibition is £15 payable on the day. Although lunch is not included the British Library has a number of food and drink establishments on site and so there will still be an opportunity to network with colleagues during the break.

If you would like to attend please email Helen Porter, SAALG Chair at hp@royalasiaticsociety.org for a booking form or more information, by Friday 1st February.

5th SSEASR Conference on Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia

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The 5th SSEASR Conference on Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia is being co-organized by the National Museum of the Philippines in Manila and the University of Santo Tomas, and will take place in Manila from May 16 to 19, 2013.

Bodies, made up by different elements and substances, are sites of and vehicles for the expression of our existence. It is not surprising, therefore, that the peoples of South and Southeast Asia have long expressed the belief that religious practice can facilitate (and at times, hinder) healing. The diverse beliefs systems and cultural practices of South and Southeast Asia offer many ways to reach this goal, but all reflect the premise that healing is related to spirituality. This is the philosophy of our life and belief in South and Southeast Asia. Coming under various names such as guru, albularyo, achariya, sages and sufi, the healers and their methods reflect the distinctive cultures of this region. Today, several healers come out to combat diseases and restore our health. However, does this process include the treatment to our body only?  For us, health and healing go beyond our mortal body. Healing, in this context, however, encompasses more than just the body; it also includes healing the mind, the conscience, the soul and the essential self. South and Southeast Asians encompass the traditional, alternative ways and the conventional methods of healing. This Conference covers various aspects of healing beliefs and practices in the cultures and religions of South Asia and Southeast Asia.

The 5th SSEASR Conference is dedicated to providing an academic platform for discussing the relationship between culture and religious healing through various scholars from all over the world. The National Museum of the Philippines in collaboration with the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, Manila invites you to participate in this multinational conference. This 5th SSEASR Conference has been also declared as an IAHR Regional Conference for the year 2013, thus attracting a large number of international experts on the subject. Sessions and paper proposals dealing with the study of this phenomenon through various academic disciplines are invited.

For more details and online registration, please visit the website http://www.sseasr.org or send an email to SSEASRphilippines@yahoo.com.

Important Deadlines: Show of Interest: November 24, 2012

Early Registration Deadline: January 15, 2013

Last Submission of Abstract: February 24, 2013

International Conference on Seals as Symbol of Power and Authority in Southeast Asia

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Date: 6-7 November 2012

Venue: Lecture Hall A, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya

Jointly Organised by:  Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya & École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO)

Seals and symbols of authority are important representations of the power and status of individuals or institutions. Seals were used and found in great civilizations including that of China and India. Often, seals were used to provide status and authority to documents and transactions. While seals are commonly linked to historical documents of significance, including treaties and agreements between states and rulers, they are also found in documents of transactions among common folks sealing business deals or in making agreements. In this sense, seals represented the embodiment of the status and perhaps even the personas of the individuals. In Southeast Asia, the usage of seals is wide spread as evident through the many documents that bore different types of seals.

In the Malay World, the usage of seals was wide spread and important. Their historical importance is evident through scholastic discussions that continue to emerge. More recent discussion that centres on the Seals of the last Singamangaraja of the Batak people in Lake Toba, Sumatra for instance is an indication of such interest. An extension of the study would include examples and data from other parts of Asia, including China, Japan, India which had strong and long standing ties with Southeast Asia.


Borneo Studies Workshop: The State-of-the-art and Future Directions

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Date: 30th November – 1st December 2012

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Venue: IAS Meeting Room, FASS Building, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Keynote speaker: Victor T. King (Eminent Visiting Professor, Institute of Asian Studies, UBD)

Among the major contributions to post-war studies of the island of Borneo are those within the fields of anthropology and other related social sciences. Some of this research has also contributed to the multidisciplinary fields of development, environment and ecology, cultural studies, and gender. The impetus for this workshop, which is being organised and sponsored by the Institute of Asian Studies, comes from the recent Borneo Research Council conference hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UBD on 25-27 June at which several local social scientists suggested that we begin a stock-taking exercise to determine where we are now in research in Borneo Studies and where we should go or intend to go in the future. One of the major themes in the inaugural research programme of the Institute of Asian Studies is Borneo Studies and an important objective of the Institute is to become a major focus of research on Borneo.

The time is ripe to take stock of, analyse and evaluate the contributions of the social sciences (particularly anthropology) across the whole island (Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei and Kalimantan) in the context of more general developments in these disciplines both within Southeast Asia and more generally. It will require the categorisation of these studies as well as the compilation of a chronological record. It will also involve the compilation of those institutions in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei which have been involved in and havesponsored and organised research on the island; and those which hold published and unpublished resources, and which house ethnographic collections. One outcome of the workshop will be a detailed bibliography, a list of theses, and a record of relevant government and other official publications and reports. It is anticipated that the results of the research will be posted on the Institute’s website as the work progresses. A summary paper will be sent to the Borneo Research Bulletin in due course and an edited book will be prepared.

For further information, please contact:

Institute of Asian Studies, Level 2, FASS Building, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Tel: +673 246 3001 extension 2592/2586  Email: office.ias@ubd.edu.bn

The First SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology

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Date and Venue

7-10 May, 2013 (4 days including a one-day post conference excursion).

The conference will be held at Tao-Thong Hotel Operation Center, located in Burapha University, Tambon Saensuk, Amphoe Muang Chonburi, Chonburi Province, Thailand. For more information, please visit their website: http://hotel.buu.ac.th/about_en.htm

Conference Overview

The conference will consist of plenary and parallel sessions taking place for three days covering a broad range of disciplines on archaeology and related subjects including prehistoric archaeology, historic archaeology, underwater archaeology, cultural heritage management, conservation, museology, as well as, issues of current interest such as public archaeology, politics and archaeology, and urban archaeology.

Who should attend?

This international conference will engage archaeologists, heritage  professionals, museologists, and interested individuals from across the region and beyond to exchange their knowledge and experiences on the current trends and issues on Southeast Asian Archaeology in order to gain updated knowledge on the subject and to promote the research and sharing of knowledge. The conference will offer limited scholarships to speakers from the Southeast Asian region to attend the conference.

Call for Papers

The conference organizers are calling for papers relating to Southeast Asian archaeology such as prehistory, history, maritime archaeology, theories and methods, conservation, restoration and cultural heritage management and related topics.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words and full papers should be submitted to SEAMEO SPAFA by 31 December 2012 should be accompanied by a short personal biodata of no more than 150 words. The abstracts and speaker information (biodata) will be used for the conference handbook. The abstract and paper submission form can be downloaded at www.seameo-spafa.org.

For more information please contact the conference organizer at

Conference 2013, SEAMEO SPAFA, 81/1 Sri Ayutthaya Road, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, THAILAND

Tel: +662 2804022-9 Fax: +662 2804030

Email: conference2013@seameo-spafa.org

Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies

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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS) will be held on April 19-21, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The main objective of the conference is to promote Lao studies, broadly defined, by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao Studies.


The theme of the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies is ‘Lao Studies’ as well as ‘The diverse ethnic groups of Laos’.  However, this conference intends to accommodate all academic scholarship in the social sciences and humanities related to Laos, and peoples linked either to identifying as Lao or to the country of Laos more generally, including people from all ethnic groups in Laos, and diaspora communities all over the world.


The conference will bring together Lao Studies scholars and researchers from all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and all intellectual and political perspectives, to share paper presentations, panel presentations, exhibits, performances, and cultural activities.

Abstracts are to be submitted in English before October 31, 2012. All participants are requested to register online. The registration fee includes the conference program, and morning and afternoon snacks for the three-day conference. Early registration deadline is January 15, 2013.

More detailed information and contacts can be found on the conference homepage http://www.laostudies.org/research-programs/icls .

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