Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2024 AC Graduate Student Conference, “Asia in an Era of (Un)Certainties: Transitions and Trajectories.” The deadline for submission is on 15 May 2024, Wednesday, 5:00 PM. The conference is open only for the students of the UP Asian Center and TriCollege Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program.


The year 2024 is when more than half of the Asian and global population participate in major elections amid the continuing war in Ukraine, and worsening crisis in West Asia. As many nations transition to deepening globalization efforts, establishing new political leaderships, and embracing new ways of living, Asia remains to play a strategic role in its pursuit of security cooperation and sustainable development and in its will to shape its economic, political, and socio-cultural futures. This year’s graduate student conference gathers Asian Center and TriCollege Ph.D. students to exchange ideas about their ongoing studies on Asia to reflect on the region’s role in these uncertain times.


1.     Society and Culture
2.     Health and Social Security
3.     Sustainable Development
4.     Climate, Disaster, Crisis, and Conflict
5.     Media and Communications
6.     Arts and Literature
7.     Migration and Diaspora
8.     History and Heritage
9.     Technology and Innovation
10.     Politics and International Relations


•     Must be currently enrolled in UP Asian Center or Ph.D. TriCollege Philippine Studies Program. 


•     The abstract submission must be written in English or Filipino, not exceeding 200 words. It should outline the scope, objectives, methods, and findings of the paper.
•     Submissions must be solo-authored and unpublished.
•     The format must be single-spaced, on an A4 document size. The font must be Times New Roman, 12 pt.
•     Submissions must use the latest APA reference style.
•     Participants must indicate if they will join the paper presentation or the poster presentation.
•     The deadline for submission is on 15 May 2024, Wednesday, 5:00 PM (PH Time). Results will be released on 22 May 2024 through email. Additional guidelines will be sent to qualified proposals.
•     Click here to submit your abstract.


•     All finalists will be required to do an oral presentation during the conference in 1 June 2024.


This conference is organized by the UP Asian Center. View past graduate student conferences.
For inquiries, please contact us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 891-8500 loc. 3586.

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.