Re-SEAing SouthEast Asian American Studies
Memories & Visions: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
San Francisco State University
March 10-11, 2011
Call for Papers
The third tri-annual interdisciplinary Southeast Asians in the Diaspora conference will take place at San Francisco State University. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to sizable populations of Burmese, Cambodian, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Lao, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, and Vietnamese Americans. This conference will foreground the large Southeast Asian American communities of the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and the Pacific Northwest, as well as continue to build momentum and grow just as the Southeast Asian American demographics increase in size and visibility here in the U.S. and in particular, on the West Coast.
The main objectives of this conference are:
- to encourage the interdisciplinary and comparative study of Southeast Asian American peoples and their communities
- to promote national and international cooperation in the field
- to establish partnerships between academia and the community.
This two-day conference explores memories (e.g., memories of homeland; memories of war; memories of childhood and growing up American; historical memories; embodied memories; intergenerational memories; technologies of memories; and imagined/created memories) and visions (actual sightings and sites of Southeast Asian Americans and their communities, both real and imaginary). Because this conference takes place after the constitutionally mandated 2010 census, the focus will be on locating/situating Southeast Asian American Studies for the 21st century.
The conference invites proposals for panels, workshops, and individual papers from all disciplines and fields of study that explore the dialectical relationship between memories and visions related to the following topics:
- Southeast Asian American health and wellness
- Southeast Asian American social justice
- Southeast Asian American and critical pedagogy
- Southeast Asian American youth cultures
- Southeast Asian American folklore, folklife, and religions
- Southeast Asian American families, relationships, and communities
- Southeast Asian American queer cultures and spaces
- Southeast Asian American sexualities
- Southeast Asian Americans of mixed heritage/race
- Southeast Asian American transnationality, transnationalization, and transnationalism
- Sino-Southeast Asian Americans
- Explorations of how artists (writers, filmmakers, visual artists) “see” and envision themselves and their communities as Southeast Asian Americans
- the location and relationship of Southeast Asia to Southeast Asian America
- the shifting demographics of Southeast Asian Americans vis-à-vis (in)visibility
Papers will also be considered on any related topics in Southeast Asian American Studies.
250 word abstracts should be submitted by June 15, 2010 to Dr. Jonathan H. X. Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, and d) abstract with title.
All papers will go through an internal review process and decisions regarding acceptance of papers for the conference will be communicated by October 15, 2010.
For information on previous conferences click on the title:
First conference: 2005 at University of California, Riverside
Second conference: 2008 at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign