Southeast Asia and the Diaspora: Gender, Labor, and Performance

deadline for submissions: 
February 17, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
SEASGRAD at UC Riverside
contact email: 


Southeast Asia and the Diaspora: Gender, Labor, and Performance

1st Annual SEASGRAD Conference

University of California, Riverside

May 10, 2019 

On May 10, 2019, the Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Association (SEASGRAD) will host its first annual conference at the University of California, Riverside. We intend this conference to provide a platform for engaging with interdisciplinary research in Southeast Asian Studies, to create a communal space for generative dialogue and networking, and to support emerging student-scholars and artists in the field. Therefore, we invite scholars and artists—current and past undergraduate and graduate students—to explore the ways in which gender, labor and performance intersect in Southeast Asia and the diaspora.

SEASGRAD is looking for submissions on a range of topics related to our conference keywords of gender, labor, and performance. While we ask that participants engage at least one of the conference keywords, submissions might also address one of the following questions:

  • How do Southeast Asian histories of migration, trade, colonization, revolution, and state-making shape gender, labor and performance? Inversely, how do contemporary gender relations, performance, and forms of labor come to re-articulate these long histories?
  • What do processes of writing and performing narratives reveal about knowledge production on gender, performance, and labor in “Southeast Asia and the diaspora”?
  • What generative tensions in methodology, theory, and practice emerge from examining gender, labor, and performance through the geopolitical space of Southeast Asia, Southeast Asian diasporas, and/or beyond the specific objects often linked with these places?

We welcome proposals in the format of papers, performances, workshops, and other experimental approaches. Moreover, we welcome proposals that engage in interdisciplinary methods and inquiry, such as those that draw on the intellectual formations of, but not limited to, critical area studies, critical race/ethnic studies, anthropology, cultural studies, dance studies, disability studies, feminist studies, geography, performance studies, queer studies, sound studies, and visual culture.

All proposals should be sent in MS Word format, as a single document, and include:

  1. Name(s) and primary email address,
  2. title of proposal,
  3. topic or keywords,
  4. proposal description/abstract (300 words),
  5. a resume or curriculum vitae,
  6. and, if applicable, technical requirements.

Please submit proposals, and any questions to For conference updates and information, please visit: Note: participants will be expected to secure their own funding for attendance. There is no registration fee.

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 17, 2019

Notification of Acceptance: March 3, 2019

Conference Date: May 10, 2019



SEASGRAD is an association of MA and PhD students affiliated with UC Riverside’s Southeast Asian Studies Program, SEATRiP (Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual and Performance.) SEATRiP brings together faculty and students who share an interest in the arts and humanities and are actively engaged with the languages and expressive cultures of Southeast Asia. Work within SEATRiP addresses regionally-specific texts, rituals and performances across time and space. The interdisciplinary program was founded in 2002 by scholars in the Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, and Comparative Literatures and Languages departments. See: