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Engendering Migrations: Southeast Asia

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 8:30am to 12:30pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

3/11/2020 UPDATE:

Due to the impacts of the global COVID-19 virus, we have proactively opted to move our conference “Engendering Migrations: Southeast Asia” (March 13-15, 2020) to a primarily-online format. Participants are welcome to join us from anywhere in the world through Zoom, a free online service you can download from


The following links will provide you with access to the conference's Zoom channels, through which you can view presentations, submit questions via chat and join your fellow participants in small breakout sessions.


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The full conference schedule can be viewed here.


Cornell University recently launched a Global Grand Challenge across departments and programs on the theme of Migrations: Researching, Teaching and Building for a World on the Move. For the 22nd annual Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Conference, we invite submissions that speak broadly and creatively to this theme, and to the engendering of migrations across time and space. The Graduate Student Conference will highlight dynamic research on Southeast Asia carried out by graduate students across disciplines and the globe, united by this common theme.

In its narrowest sense, “migrations” refers to the movement of people and animals between places, we encourage submissions that also explore the movement of ideas, practices, material objects, or even disciplinary boundaries, within, beyond, or relating to Southeast Asia.

We particularly encourage reflection on how these migrations are “engendered,” in the dual sense employed in Ashley Thompson’s Engendering the Buddhist State (2016). Thompson considers both the general use of “engendering” - to originate, cause or give rise - and how “gender” itself may play a role in that origination. For Thompson, historical events are fundamentally intertwined with their aesthetic representations, social constructions, and gendered dynamics. In the 22nd Annual Graduate Student Conference, we hope participants will similarly consider how gender, or other previously-obscured categories, may be intertwined with and engender the Southeast Asian migrations we study.

The Graduate Student Conference will be held March 13-15, 2020 at the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia, located on Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, New York.

This event is free open to all. For access and accomodation requirements please contact Bruno at bms297 [at] cornell [dot] edu.

Friday 13 March

Registration (4:00pm)

Welcome Event (4:30pm)

  • Opening Remarks from Tom Pepinsky, Professor of Government and Interim Director of SEAP

  • Keynote Lecture from Lindy Williams, Professor of Development Sociology

Reception (6:00pm)

Saturday 14 March

Breakfast (8:30am)

Labor at the margins (9:00am)

Buddhist circulations (10:45am)

Postcolonial cultural production (1:00pm)

Roundtable: From “graduate student” to “professional scholar” (2:30pm)

Law, rights and belonging (3:45pm)

Art on the move (5:15pm)

Dinner (6:30pm)

Sunday 15 March

Breakfast (9:00am)

Labor between two places (9:30am)

Closing remarks (10:45am)

Lunch (11am)

This event is co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Programme, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, the Cornell Institute for Policy Analysis, the Department of Asian Studies, the Religious Studies Programme, the Department of Science and Technology Studies, and the Department of Performing & Media Arts.


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