Deconstructing Borders & Barriers

The Southeast Asian Studies graduate students at the University of Michigan are hosting a student conference: “Deconstructing Borders & Barriers,” held in Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 16, 2018. Please see call for papers below.

Submissions deadline: Dec. 15. 2017
Conference: Feb. 16, 2018

Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference 2018
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Deconstructing Borders & Barriers

The inaugural Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference at the University of Michigan invites applicants from all fields of study and levels to engage, connect with, and explore the topics of borders and boundaries in Southeast Asia and its diaspora. Historically, Southeast Asia and its diaspora have confronted issues relating to borders and barriers – of colonization, of citizenship, of diverse ethnic and religious groups, of movement and migration. These issues continue to develop into the present. How are borders created, maintained, and challenged? How do individuals and groups overcome these barriers and obstacles?

Participants are invited to give a 10-15 minute paper presentation. Contingent on interest, opportunities to present a poster or to workshop current drafts may be available.

Please submit a 250 word maximum abstract here. If there are any questions or concerns, please email

Accepted applicants may be reimbursed up to $300 in travel funds.