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Graduate Student Conference

A picture of a decaying plastered wall, with the text "(De)Constructing Southeast Asia" and the dates of the conference.

(De)Constructing Southeast Asia

24th Cornell SEAP Graduate Student Conference

March 11-13, 2022

Abstracts Due: December 7th (extended deadline)

A .pdf of this information is available here.

How do we construct, deconstruct, and maintain Southeast Asia? Who is doing this labor and why? The sinews by which we entangle Southeast Asia take many forms: from the epic to the quotidian and every shade in between and beyond; as connective strands; as resonating sounds; as adjoining bridges; as shared images; as documenting videos; as so much more. This year's Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Conference theme, (De)Constructing Southeast Asia, thinks about the dynamic ways we come to, work with, and move from the region as a constructed space. With these considerations, (De)Constructing Southeast Asia is an inquiry which brings these strands together, tugs at them, or perhaps pulls them apart. We encourage submissions which seek to think through how Southeast Asia is formed and Southeast Asia forms geographies and ecologies.

The Graduate Student Conference will be held in a hybrid format 11–13 March, 2022 at the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia, located on Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, New York and online over Zoom. COVID restrictions will be applied as per university policy and are subject to change.We, the Graduate Student Committee composed of graduate students in the Cornell Southeast Asia Program (Cornell SEAP), welcome abstract submissions by 30 November, 2021 from current (i.e. at the time of the conference) graduate and select undergraduate students who have completed original work related to Southeast Asia. Our concept of work is broadly conceived, and we welcome—in addition to traditional papers—poetry and literature readings, student film, and other performances and types of art informed by scholarship and critical engagement. For such presentations, please note that the Kahin Center is equipped with audiovisual projection for standard academic paper presentations. The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Student Committee will review the abstracts, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. In order to aid the process of thematic organization, we ask that you please include a few keywords summarizing your presentation along with your abstract. This year, the committee is pleased to solicit abstracts from advanced undergraduates; three undergraduate submissions will be selected for one panel.Accepted contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and abstracts will be included in the conference program. All the panels will have faculty discussants; therefore, presenters should be prepared to submit full papers of 5000-8000 words by 14 February, 2022. Please note that while your discussant will respond to your whole, submitted paper, you will only have 15 minutes to present your paper at the conference itself. Your presentation at the conference will be followed by your discussant’s response and a question and answer period. Contributors submitting work in non-paper format will also be asked to keep their presentation within the 15 minutes time frame and to submit their materials (film, poetry, etc) for the discussant by 14 February, 2022.A very limited number of modest travel allowances will be available for those traveling longer distances. We encourage applicants to first seek funding from their home institutions. Please indicate along with your abstract whether you expect to receive travel funding from your home institution and if you would like to be considered for a travel allowance from the Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Committee. We will be in touch in February to coordinate graduate student host lodging for confirmed presenters. In the spirit of collegial engagement, all presenters are expected to attend the entire conference.

Please submit abstracts to the following email address by December 7th:

​​All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in .doc or .docx format. Do not send a PDF. 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 “SEAP Graduate Conference Submission” (please note capitalization) and the body of the email must include the following information:

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

  • Title of presentation
  • Style of presentation (paper, poetry reading, film, etc.)
  • Keywords
  • Abstract attached as a .doc or .docx file
  • In-person or online presentation
    • If in-person:
      • Do you expect to receive funding from your home institution?
      • Would you like to be considered for a modest travel allowance from the Cornell Southeast Asian Program Graduate Student Committee?
      • From what city and country will you be traveling for the conference?

Please contact Brian V. Sengdala and Nikita Sukmono, conference committee co-chairs, at if you have any questions regarding abstract submissions or selection.