Call for Papers: Politics of Protest: Social Movements that Transformed Southeast Asia Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies – A SEAC / AAS Initiative
July 14 - July 15
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference 2021 (AAS2021 @ Seattle) Submission deadline: July 15, 2020
Proposal format: See below for details
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 topic of “Politics of Protest: Social Movements that Transformed Southeast Asia.” We seek to recruit early career scholars from Southeast Asian countries to form a panel for inclusion in the 2021 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, to be held in Seattle, Washington from March 25-28, 2021. SEAC will provide partial financial assistance for presenters to attend the meetings.
Panel Topic Description
Mass protests are a striking demonstration of popular agency and political will, offering an important avenue for critical exploration in Southeast Asian studies. In the ongoing quest for local autonomy in historical narrative, the aim has been to break away from colonial and Cold War sensibilities—recognizing Southeast Asia as a region of sovereign nations engaged in complex relations both with one another and the wider world. Studies focused on local forms of politics and social practice have made a significant contribution to the field. Yet, their emphasis on regional autonomy has not fully addressed the problem. For local political leaders and state policy in Southeast Asia are all too often driven by extrinsic forces, not least those of global capital and neoliberal development. It is here that the study of protests and social movements may be crucial for our understanding of the myriad voices and forms of agency that shape social, cultural and political life in the region—and how they have transformed through the post-colonial and post-Cold War periods.