51st Annual Meeting

The 51st Annual meeting of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies will be held on campus at the University of Central Arkansas on October 7 - 8, 2022. Focusing on the theme of “Reconnecting in a (Post) Pandemic World,” the conference will include both on-site and virtual events, highlighting cutting-edge research and pedagogical approaches that connect different disciplines, eras, and contexts in ways that speak to Asia’s global significance in the past and present.


This year’s conference offers two ways to participate:


On-Site Registration will provide access to all in-person and virtual conference events, including cultural performances, networking opportunities, and a keynote lecture from Current AAS President Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali. On-site registration also includes three meals and twice-daily shuttles from the conference hotel to the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on UCA’s Campus. Finally, UCA will arrange one shuttle from the Little Rock Airport on Thursday evening, as well as a return Shuttle to the airport on Sunday morning.


On-Site Early Registration Rates:

Faculty: $100  before September 1 ($130 after)

Graduate Students: $60 before September 1 ($90 after)


Virtual Registration** Rate:

Faculty and Graduate Students: $30

**Virtual Registration includes access to all virtual events, including a special all-virtual plenary session on Global Asia(s) and diaspora, as well as a broadcast of the keynote lecture.

TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE, please use the following link:



*NOTE: SWCAS is proud to offer FREE virtual registration to scholars with home institutions outside of the US, and to undergraduate students participating virtually. Please simply use the code SWCAS2022 when selecting Virtual Registration at the above link.



This year’s conference will take place at the Brewer - Hegeman Conference Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas at 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 72035. Conway is easily accessible via I-40, and is located about 40 minutes away from the Little Rock Airport. UCA will arrange one group shuttle from the Little Rock airport to the conference hotel on the evening of Thursday, October 6th and a return shuttle on the morning of Sunday, October 9th. UCA will also provide twice daily shuttles from the conference hotel to UCA’s campus.



The official hotel for the SWCAS 2022 annual meeting is Home2 Suites by Hilton, located at 820 Bill Dean Drive, Conway, AR 72032. The hotel has reserved a number of King Bed Studio Suites at the conference rate of $129 a night. You may access the conference rooms at this link:



If you would prefer to book a double bed room, you may do so separately, either at the Home2 Suites or at a nearby hotel such as the Hilton Garden Inn Conway or Days Inn by Wyndham Conway.



To help you plan your visit, the SWCAS organizing committee will send out a draft program of the conference in mid August.

For any other questions regarding registration, programming, or local accommodations, please contact Dr. Zach Smith at zsmith@uca.edu

Everyone: Follow this link for payment, hotel information, and more.