Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

DATES: Friday–Saturday, April 27–28, 2018

LOCATION 180 Doe Library

SPONSORS: UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies
UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

The Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA form a consortium U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

Conference chair: Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley)



This conference proposes to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Migrations have characterized Southeast Asian lives and livelihoods in different ways in different eras; they have affected work, settlement patterns, resource use, small and large investments, religion, and culture. Migrations have formed and changed the composition of Southeast Asian societies and given rise to complex cultural, social, environmental, and political problems and opportunities. Past and present, migrations have been both forced and voluntary: forced to make way for certain kinds of development; triggered by violence and war; but also intentional and, at times, pioneering: to change lives, secure new livelihoods, or explore new ecologies. Contributors to this conference will discuss continuities and changes in migration practices, patterns, and personnel, addressing a wide range of historical periods, disciplines, and themes.


Call for papers

The organizers seek submissions for the conference on such topics as:

  • labor migration and remittances;
  • resource extractions, claims, and trade;
  • shifting policies governing international movements of people, resources and capital; human rights issues raised by transnational migration;
  • transformations in urban and rural spaces brought by domestic and transnational migrants;
  • cultural changes and cultural productions associated with migrant, resource, and capital flows;
  • the ways that mobilities have changed or are changing gender, generational, racial, and cultural relations in families, communities, and across nations.

Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be sent to CSEAS at UC Berkeley (cseas@berkeley.edu) by Friday, January 19, 2018. Abstracts should include your name, affiliation and discipline and contact information (including e-mail address). The conference is open to all. Some travel funding is available for faculty and graduate students at UC and CSU campuses.



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Directions to 180 Doe Library

Doe Library is located in the middle of the UC Berkeley campus. Please find Doe Library on this map.


To get to Doe Library from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, walk up Center and enter the campus. Follow the curve of the road to the left and then turn right so you pass the parking kiosk that will be on your left. The Campanile will be in the distance in front of you. Walk straight up towards the Campanile. Just before the road that runs in front of it, you will turn left and enter Doe library. Go through the security gate, and 180 Doe will be on your right.

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