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2023 SWCAS Annual Meeting
Nov 3-4, 2023, University of Houston, Houston

Voices and Visions: New Perspectives in Asian Studies

November 3, Friday Conference Agenda


8:00-9:00 am

Virtual Event:

Conversation with writer Zhang Ling Where Waters Meet (2023):

9 -10:15 am

Virtual Panels Session I 

10:30-11:45 am

Virtual Panels Session II

In-Person Registration opens

(UH Student Center South, 2nd floor) 


Welcoming Luncheon (Student Center South, Ballroom)  

(livestream for virtual audience:


1:30-3:30 pm

Cultural Fair (Student Center South, Ballroom)


1:45-3:00 pm

In Person Panel Sessions I


3:15-4:30 pm

In Person Panel Sessions II


4:45- 6:00 pm

In-Person Panel Sessions III


6:45-8:45 pm

(Optional) Night Market in Texas Asia Society

(1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004)


November 4, Saturday, Conference Agenda

   (UH Student Center South, 2nd floor) 

7:30-8:45 am

Virtual Panels Session III


9am-10:15 am

Virtual Panels Session IV

In-Person Panels IV

Teachers’ Workshop I

10:30-11:45 am

Virtual Panels Session V

In-Person Panels Session V

Teachers’ Workshop II

12-1:30 pm

Keynote Speech by Prof. Jean C. Oi /Luncheon/Student Paper Awards

 (Student Center South, Ballroom)  

1:30-2:45 pm

In-Person Panels Session VI

3 - 4:15 pm

In-Person Panels Session VII

4:30-5:30 pm

Film Screening:  Camellia Flowers (dir. Changhee Chun)

Q&A with the director 

 (Student Center South, Ballroom)  


Closing Remarks and Sharing 

  6-7 pm  

Board Meeting (all welcome)

7-7:30 pm

Car Pool/Uber


Hang out in Bellaire AsiaTown

(Optional Group Dinner, ticket required)


Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express in Medical Center (about 20 mins to campus by uber)

 Follow this link for reservation. 

Hilton Houston Plaza: (about 15 mins to campus by car)  

Booking Link.

52nd 2023 Annual SWCAS Registration is Available Here

2023 Registration Fees:

In-Person Tenure-track/Tenured Faculty:

$120 before Sept 1; $150 Sept 1-Oct 6.

In-Person Adjunct/Postdoc/Independent Scholar:

$100 before October 6.

Students (Graduate/Undergrad):

$80 before Oct 6

In-Person Late Registration:

$180 Oct 6-Nov 1

Virtual Registration:

$40 before Oct 6

Virtual Late Registration:

$60 October 6 - Nov 1

SWCAS 2023, at University of Houston 

SWCAS Board of Directors

Allison J. Truitt (2026)

Miao Dou (2026)

Christopher Born (2025)

​John Barnett (2025)

Aryenda Chakravartty  (2024)

Jooyoun Lee (2024)

SWCAS Officers 2023-24

Aryendra Chakravartty, President

Zhaojin Zeng, Vice President

Melody Yunzi Li, Past President

Leah Renold, Secretary-Treasurer

Miao Dou, Webmaster

Jooyoun Lee, CoC Rep




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Journal of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies


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


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

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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