Paul Chanmbers


Napisa Waitoolkiat


Contact Details:

Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs, affiliated with Chiang Mai University

E-mail: paul.chambers[at]


An Agenda for Asia

Human Security, Conflict Management, Security Sector Reform and Local Democratization

19 - 20 September 2014

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Asia today is witnessing unprecedented economic prosperity and demographic growth. This intensifying 'Asian Century' is reflected in a growing Asian upsurge in identity consciousness based upon culture, religion, politics and economics.


The dynamics of the new Asian Century has enhanced in the region an ethos of confidence as manifested in its aspirations and attitudes. Despite the positive trends of this Asian Century, there remain numerous obstacles. These include economic disparities; persistent underdevelopment; marginalized peoples, cultures and religions; environmental challenges; health problems; gender issues; border disputes; and democratic erosion. To address such issues, the Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs (ISEAA) will convene the 8th Congress of the Asian Political and International Association on September 19 and 20, 2014. The 8th Congress is co-hosted by Department of Asian and Policy Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Hong Kong Institute of Education.


The activities of this multi-disciplinary conference will be divided into different issue-areas which represent challenges facing Asia. The various disciplines participating include political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, fine arts, international business, geography and history. These activities will be grouped into several panels that will take place across two days. Also, there will be several key-note addresses. Conference proceedings will be recorded in a book of abstracts. Papers from this conference are to be published afterwards in APISA-connected journals or edited volumes.


Objectives of the Conference

APISA 8 at ISEAA seeks to contribute to scholarship about Asia, encompassing interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, especially with regard to issues of identity, economics, food, environment, health, education, security, peace, gender and minority rights, and democracy. 


We welcome panels and papers which reflect these objectives. One principal goal is to produce theoretically-informed analyses of single and/or comparative case studies about Asia. Another is to showcase novel perspectives to current issues and themes pertaining to Asia.



Themes of the Conference

  • Human Security Issues
  • Conflict Management
  • Security Sector Reform
  • Local Democratization
  • Social movements in modern and contemporary Asia
  • Citizen engagement and political participation in modern and contemporary Asia
  • Organized interest representation, nongovernmental organizations and civil society in Asia
  • Formal representation, party politics and electoral systems
  • Deliberative democracy and participatory politics
  • Different forms of resistance in Asian societies
  • Communities at the margins
  • Politics of internal migration
  • International migration, transnationalization of migration and diaspora politics
  • Transnational issues, environmental politics, energy politics
  • Panel proposals are encouraged and may be considered for special issue publications.

Submission Guidelines

  • Individual paper abstracts: 300 words maximum
  • Panel proposals: Panel description (200 words maximum) and paper abstracts (150 words maximum)
  • Panel proposals must include no more than four papers

All submissions should include a short bio, institutional affiliation, and contact information of each participant

Important Dates

1 March 2014

Start of online submission of proposals and registration

15 May 2014

Deadline for submission of panel proposals and paper abstracts

15 June 2014

Announcement of accepted proposals by the International Review Committee 

1 September 2014

Deadline for submission of papers

1 December 2014

Deadline for submission of revised papers for publication

For further information please access APISA 8 website hosted by the Congress Secretariat:

Congress Secretariat

Prof. Paul Chambers

Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs (ISEAA)

Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration

Chiang Mai University, Thailand



APISA Secretariat 2014