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The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars to join a “Rising Voices” panel on the broad topic of “Archaeology, Heritage, and Nationalism in Southeast Asia.” We seek to recruit early career scholars from Southeast Asian countries in order to form a panel for eventual inclusion in the 2019 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, to be held in Denver, Colorado from March 21–24, 2019.

Panel Topic Details:

For this year’s Rising Voices Panel, we seek to build a panel on the broad topic of “Archaeology, Heritage, and Nationalism in Southeast Asia.”  In addition to receiving financial support from the AAS/SEAC, this year’s Rising Voices Panel also has financial support provided by TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia

The exact panel description will be refined once panelists have been selected, but the theme is designed to be inclusive enough to solicit a wide range of applicants. Papers can discuss how notions about the recent or distant past can play a role in national identity, ethnicity, cultural heritage, and perceptions of inclusion and exclusion, and may pursue the topic from any disciplinary angle, using materials that are archaeological, historical, or contemporary. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Appropriations of the past for nationalistic or political agendas
  • Contested constructions of history or national meta-narratives
  • Identity formation and notions of ethnicity
  • Challenges and opportunities in the interpretation of archaeological data
  • Culturally significant or sacred landscapes or artifacts
  • Commodification of the past, tourism, and economic development

The only restriction regarding proposed paper topics is that they must be about “Southeast Asia”, though comparisons with other Asian regions are welcomed and encouraged.

For further details on this year’s panel topic, eligibility, and selection criteria, please visit the call for papers at  Further questions may be addressed to this year’s panel organizer:

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