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Privileging the Southeast in Asia with distinct countries as a multilateral entity and bloc region is vitalized via cooperation, gamesmanship, and histories of particular and regional differences and affinities coalescing into a “Southeast Asia.” With particular models of development, policy-making and cultural nuancing emanating from within or adopted from elsewhere, Southeast Asia adapts, positions and situates itself alongside and competes with the rapid growth and resultant changes and challenges coming out of what’s referred to as East Asia- China, Japan and Korea, and a World of globalizing intersections and tensions. Disruptions and opportunities abound between countries and in relationship to East Asia in terms of security via territorial sovereignty, politics and economics, coaxed or hindered by local political developments and critical junctures, poverty, rural development, environmental concerns, energy management, human and drug trafficking, health care (HIV/AIDS), cultural, religious and gender identity polemics, urbanization, transnational mining, lumber, dam building industries. In what ways has or has not Southeast Asia become a “bloc force” economically, politically, socially and culturally, and via scholarly and popular discourse? In what ways do individual countries respond to each other in the framing of and adjudication of sensitive social, religious, and cultural matters? The 5th International Seminar on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA2013) aims to bring together academics, scholars, observers and experts to discuss, debate and examine various issues that prosper or perhaps inhibit a Southeast Asia Rising with themes as follows:

 Political Development in Southeast Asia 

  • Critical junctures: Elections in Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines
  • The Relevance of Royalty: Emblematic, Functional, Dysfunctional?
  • Twenty-First Century Governance and Dynastic Politics in Southeast Asia
  • Hindrances to Development:

1)      Bribe-Free Southeast Asia: Only a dream?

2)      Corruption as “Tradition”

  • Political Allegiances: An Orgy of Changing Bedfellows


 Economy and Social Development 

  • Inter-country cooperation for regional economic development
  • Worker Migrations: From Where, To Where, For What- Opportunities, Limitations, Risks
  • Poverty in Southeast Asia: All talk, real alleviation, hopes and realities
  • Policing or Enabling Trafficking: Ethics, Hidden Economy, Human Rights

1)      People

2)      Drugs

3)      Pirated goods

  • Economic competition with China, Japan, Korea
  • China Dominance: Real, Exaggerated, Temporal?
  • The Realities of “Open Markets”: Whither coercive, mutually beneficial, cooperative?
  • Financial Markets: Future Crashes?
  • Resource Extractive Industries: Transnational Corporate Efforts Impacting the Local

1)      Mining

2)      Lumber

3)      Sea beds

  • Dam building: Immediate and Long-term Hazards and Benefits
  • Micro-Lending
  • GMOs in Southeast Asia: Help, Hazards, Hype toward feeding the masses?

1)      Scientific Studies Supporting GMO Safety

2)      Scientific Studies Contesting GMO Safety

3)      The Use of “Science” as a Polyphony of Food Security Discourses

4)      Sustainability and the Profit Motive

5)      Monsanto as Hegemonic GMO Provider and Beneficiary


 Education in Southeast Asia 

  • Language Education in Southeast Asia
  • Language Policy in Southeast Asia
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Southeast Asia
  • Indigenous Languages and “Literacy”: Heritage, Assimilation Ideologies and Language Death
  • Systems of Education in Southeast Asia
  • Current Issues in Education: The Public and the Private
  • Access: Who Gets Educated? And for What Purposes?
  • Tertiary Research Funding Values and Marginalizations: Sciences, Math, Business, and Cultural Heritage, Traditional and Contemporary Arts


 Culture issues in Southeast Asia


  • Economic Contributions of Creative Industries
  • Arts, Literature and development in Southeast Asia
  • Belief: adaptation and changes
  • Gender equality, (in)equality, invisibility
  • Southeast diaspora and cultural issues
  • Presentation, representation and preservation of cultural heritage and authenticity
  • Performing arts and identity: Dance, Music, Theatre
  • Tangible and intangible cultural heritage and tourism
  • What Do you Mean? Enculturation, Acculturation, Interculturation, Multicultural  

 Minority Issues in Southeast Asia 

  • Who are Minorities?
  • Where are the Orang Asli?
  • Land grabbing and Deforestation of Ancestral Domains
  • “LGBT” Emerging
  • Religious Proselytizing, Conversion, and Local Identity among minoritized peoples
  • HIV/AIDS and the struggle for acceptance of afflicted people
  • Citizenship and Statelessness- The never ending woes of the minorities.
  • Transnational spaces and the minorities.
  • Temporal refuge, permanent residence and asylum seekers
  • Empowering the minorities through activism and foreign funding.


Maritime Issues in Southeast Asia


  • Our Maritime Security: Strategies, Boundaries and Sovereignties 
  •  Enviable Marine Resources: Competition and Cooperation
  • Impacts and Shifts in Ports and Trade
  • Marine Production: Fisheries, Aquaculture
  • Touristing the Ocean

International Relations and Security issues in Southeast Asia 

  • Southeast Asia “Versus” China?
  • The United States Presence
  • Conflict Resolution and (Im)Balance of Power
  • Food security
  • Regional Disaster Response and Relief
  • Terrorism: Global networks and Local malcontents  

 Regional cooperation 

  • ASEAN: Imagined Community?
  • ASEAN security cooperation
  • ASEAN economic cooperation
  • ASEAN and Regional Integration 

And any other themes related to the objectives of  the conference

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