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The Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies is back again! The forum is organised by the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. Registration details can be found here.

4th Asian Graduate Forum On Southeast Asian Studies
Date: 13 Jul 2009 – 17 Jul 2009
Venue: National University of Singapore, Bukit Timah Campus & Kent Ridge Campus

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from postgraduate students who are engaged in research on Southeast Asia to attend the 4th Asian Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies on 13 – 17 July 2009. This 3-day forum will be part of ARI’s 5-day Graduate Development Institute and Forum, which in addition to the forum will include two full days of sessions aimed to develop graduate student understandings of academia and relevant skills, through roundtable discussions with faculty, focused practical seminars and breakout group discussions.

This event will take place toward the end of the Asia Research Institute’s Asian Graduate Student Fellowship Programme 2009, in which 35 graduate students will be spending 3 months at ARI working on Southeast Asian topics. It will provide a platform for communication and cooperation among the postgraduate students as they mature into the next generation of academic leaders.

Postgraduate students working on Southeast Asia are invited to submit abstracts based either on work in progress that is at an advanced stage (i.e. already completed data collection and analysis), or on completed work. NUS students are encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with students from ASEAN as well as those from other regions whose interests focus on Southeast Asia.

This 3-day forum will be organized thematically. Themes will include (but are not limited to) issues in religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, and population and social change.

In addition to student presentations, experts of the region will also be invited to give keynote speeches, sharing their insights on challenges and issues facing contemporary social science scholarship.

Students whose papers are selected for presentation at the forum will participate in the full 5 days of the Graduate Development Institute and Forum. Registration fees and Singapore expenses will be covered for those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation. If necessary, students may also apply for some funding to cover regional travel costs.


Graduate students should submit a 400-word abstract of their proposed paper and application form to Miss Sharon Ong at no later than 15 April 2009. Successful applicants will be notified by 24 April 2009. The abstract should clarify the substantive issues which your paper will address and be firmly grounded in your own research project. Using the format provided, the abstract should include information on objectives, methods, and findings, as well as explain the original contribution the research makes to the field of study.

Registration details here.

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