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2023 SWCAS Annual Meeting
Nov 2-4, 2023, University of Houston, Houston

Voices and Visions: New Perspectives in Asian Studies


      In a year of possibility and new beginnings, SWCAS celebrates local and global communities of Asian Studies with a focus on "Voices and Visions: New Perspectives in Asian Studies." The conference is open to individual and panel proposals on all topics related to Asian Studies, but we especially welcome proposals that address diverse voices and visions that help us understand multiple aspects of Asia from renewed angles and perspectives. In particular, we invite proposals that establish new interdisciplinary conversations, promote previously marginalized perspectives, and consider the increasingly vital connections between Global Asia and the US.


Individual submission click here

Panel submission click here

Panel Proposals of three to four papers should include the following:

(1) a 300-word summary, including a brief description of each paper and the connection between them; (2) a list of participants, paper titles, affiliations, and e-mail addresses; and (3) mode of presentation (in-person or virtual)

[note: all panelists must present in the same mode]


Individual Paper proposals should include the following:

(1) a paper title and 150-word abstract; (2) the presenter’s name, affiliation, and e-mail address; and (3) mode of presentation (in-person of virtual)

51st Annual SWCAS Registration is Available Here

2022 Registration Fees:

Faculty: $100 before Sept 1; $130 after

Graduate Students:

$60 before Sept 1; $90 after

Virtual Only Registration: $30 (includes broadcast of keynote & special virtual plenary session)

Undergraduate Virtual Registration: Free



Click here to learn more about the early history and by-laws of SWCAS.

SWCAS Board of Directors

Christopher Born (2025)

​John Barnett (2025)

Aryenda Chakravartty  (2024)

Jooyoun Lee (2024)

Melody Yunzi Li (2023)

Marcy Tanter (2023)





Click here for a PDF of the directory. If you would like to join the SWCAS Mailing List, all you will need is an institutional email address. Send a request to the SWCAS administrator in the contact form below.

Journal of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies


Click HERE to access the Call for Submissions to the 2021 edition of the Journal. 




Click here to access former programs and other information about SWCAS Annual Meetings.

SWCAS Officers 2022-23

Melody Yunzi Li, President

Aryendra Chakravartty, Vice President

Zach Smith, Past President

Leah Renold, Secretary-Treasurer

Miao Dou, Webmaster

Patricia Schiaffini, CoC Rep

Past Meeting: October 7-8, 2022
University of Central Arkansas Hybrid (In Person & Online)

The 51st Annual SWCAS meeting was held in-person and virtually at the University of Central Arkansas on October 7 - 8, 2022. Focusing on the theme of “Reconnecting in a (Post) Pandemic World,” the conference invited over one hundred scholars, teachers, and students representing fifteen different countries. The conference featured a keynote lecture from AAS President Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali, a roundtable on Asian and Asian American Studies under the framework of Global Asia, cultural performances from Dr. Melody Li and Dr. Cynthia Ma, and a public teacher education workshop on “Asia Across the Curriculum.”

Southwest Conference on Asian Studies  

is a regional conference of the 

Association for Asian Studies

* Our logo depicts a tree bending in the prevailing southwest wind, inscribed in a red ochre circle symbolizing the southern sun. Our conference in general encompasses Asianists located in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, although anyone is invited to join.

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