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The Pattana Kitiarsa Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper—Southeast Asia Council

March 18

The AAS Southeast Asia Council’s annual prize recognizes emerging scholarship in the field of Southeast Asian studies, from any disciplinary perspective. Graduate students at any stage, enrolled at the time of submission, are eligible and welcome to apply. The committee invites papers that fit the definition of “conference papers,” i.e. of a length and scope that can be presented on an AAS panel, and that make an intellectual and/or methodological contribution to the study of Southeast Asia.

The prize honors the memory of Pattana Kitiarsa, who was Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. He was born in the northeastern Thai province of Nong Khai and maintained his roots in this Lao-speaking region. As a scholar, teacher, and friend he touched many people’s lives. Sadly, Pattana passed away from cancer at the age of 46. With his passing the field lost one of its leading scholars of Southeast Asian labor, religion, class, and media.

Please submit your 2024 AAS Annual Conference paper, proof of current doctoral program registration, and accepted AAS panel abstract in PDF format up until March 18, 2024 to seacpaperprize@gmail.com. Submissions should be up to 10,000 words maximum. Papers received after March 18, 2024 will not be considered. Any questions regarding the prize can be sent to the same email address.

The award of $500 and a certificate will be presented at the 2025 AAS Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The Southeast Asia Asia Council of the AAS will also provide a sum of up to $400 to the winner of the prize to partially cover the cost of his or her travel to the 2025 Columbus Conference, where the winner will be recognized at the AAS Awards Ceremony.


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