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

Abstracts/submissions are now open for the 4th SEASIA Biennial Conference 2022, which will be held from 9 to 11 June 2022 at the National Research and Innovation Agency in Jakarta, Indonesia. The theme of this hybrid conference is “Managing Disruption, Developing Resilience for a Better Southeast Asia,’ and the deadline of proposals is on 31 December 2021. 


"The 4th SEASIA Conference will be held in a hybrid event. There will be a variety of panel sessions, roundtable discussions, and side events virtually and in person at the conference. The host will use a special application for a virtual conference which allows all participants to watch live webinars and have many opportunities to ask questions, make comments and download any materials presented in the conference. All the sessions will be recorded and available to watch at any time.
The theme is important to be discussed at this conference as an effort to respond to the latest developments and challenges experienced by countries in Southeast Asia related to political, economic, socio-cultural dynamics in the region, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit countries in the region.
The 4th SEASIA Biennial Conference specifically has three objectives. First, it aims to conduct critical analysis on economic, social, history, art, cultural, heritage, religion, politics, human rights, and international relations issues within Southeast Asian countries. The second objective is to investigate the challenge and prospect of Southeast Asia countries in managing turbulence and developing resilience in dealing with global health, climate change and environment, and socio-economic, cultural, and political development. Thirdly, the conference aims to provide a platform for dialogue, share experiences and lessons learnt, as well as to build an international network among scholars on Southeast Asian Studies.
The conference will consist of a number of fascinating activities ranging from the presentation of Guest of Honor by the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo and Keynote Speech by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Retno Marsudi, Roundtable Discussions from experts in their fields and panel discussions, to various supporting activities such as poster presentations, book fairs, and screenings of films about Southeast Asia. Specifically, the panel discussion will cover nine sub-themes which are strategic issues in the Southeast Asia region.
Therefore, we warmly invite all academics, researchers, practitioners and observers of Southeast Asian studies to take part and deliver their ideas by submitting abstracts and manuscripts related to the sub-themes and panels as well as to propose additional panels with new titles. The accepted papers will be considered for publication in leading international journals and international proceedings indexed by Scopus" (Source).


  • New Models of Economic Development in Southeast Asia
  • Challenge to Education Quality, New Skills, and Labour Market of Southeast Asia in the Digital Era
  • Demographic Changes and Critical Issues of Young and Elderly People in Southeast Asia
  • Cascading Disasters as a Future Challenge for Risk Management in Southeast Asia
  • Understanding Contemporary Society and Culture in Southeast Asia: Natural Resources and People, Digital Humanities, and COVID-19 Social Development
  • Religions, Minorities, Identity, and Social Harmony in Southeast Asia
  • Diaspora, Migration, Pandemic, Citizenship and Human Security in Southeast Asia
  • Democracy, Security, and Human Rights in Southeast Asia: National and Sub-National Contexts.
  • Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, and State Sovereignty in Contemporary Southeast Asia

Important dates to remember

  • 31 December 2021: Deadline for abstract submission and panel proposals
  • 20 January 2022: Confirmation deadline for successful applicants
  • 21 January 2022–1 April 2022: Online registration for participants
  • 9 May 2022: Deadline for full paper submission
To view details and submission procedures, please visit the SEASIA Conference website


The conference is organized by Indonesia's National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), and co-organized by the UP Asian Center and other members of the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia, as well as the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Jeonbuk National University in South Korea and the American University of Phnom Penh. The first SEASIA conference was first held in Kyoto, Japan in December 2015; the second in Chulalongkorn University in December 2017; and the third in Taiwan in December 2019.
For general inquiries, please visit the SEASIA Conference website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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