SWCAS Secretariat

EAST Interdisciplinary Program

Trinity University

One Trinity Place

San Antonio, TX 78212

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The Southwest Conference on Asian Studies  is a regional conference of the Association for Asian Studies

The initiative for the Southwest Conference came as the result of an informal meeting of seven scholars held during the March 1971 annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Conference in Dallas. The seven agreed to communicate their intent to the Secretariat of the AAS and to begin polling their colleagues regarding the need for a regional conference. Dr. Wonmo Dong of Southern Methodist University was charged by the group with these tasks.

In early August of that same year a survey was sent to just under a hundred colleagues in the region to assess support for the formation of a regional conference of the AAS. About two-thirds of those polled responded. The highly favorable nature of the responses resulted in a decision to call an organizational meeting in January 1972 at SMU. An ad hoc committee of SMU faculty, including Provost Neil McFarland, then set about preparing for the meeting.

The organizational meeting took place in Dallas on January 28-29, 1972. The keynote speakers were Dr. McFarland representing SMU and Dr. Robert Crane representing the AAS. The agenda for the meeting included a panel on the state of Asian studies in the region, review of the organization's bylaws drafted by Mr. Arthur Stone of the University of Dallas, selection of officers, and initial planning for the first annual conference. Selected as the founding officers of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies were:

          President……………........…Neil McFarland

          Vice-President………...…..Edgar C. Polome

          Secretary-Treasurer….….Wonmo Dong

The Board of Directors included Robert Detrick, Pauline Kolenda, Virgil Medlin, Robert Robins, Suk-Soon Suh, and James Ware. Responsibility for organizing the program for the first annual conference scheduled for fall 1972 was assigned to Dr. Roy E. Teele of the University of Texas at Austin.

The first Newsletter of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies appeared in early October 1972. The Newsletter contained the program for the upcoming first annual conference of the SWCAS, a listing of its officers, and a list of recent publications by members of the SWCAS. The first annual conference of the SWCAS was held on October 27-28, 1972, in Austin, Texas. The Friday afternoon and Saturday morning sessions consisted of six panels.

Annual Conferences

Since its first annual conference in Austin, the SWCAS has met in the following communities:

Early

History

1973 Denton, TX

1974 Little Rock, AR

1975 Houston, TX

1976 Oklahoma City, OK

1977 San Antonio, TX

1978 Little Rock, AR

1979 Arlington, TX

1980 New Orleans, LA

1981 Austin, TX

1982 Denton, TX

1983 Norman, OK

1984 Houston, TX

1985 Unknown

1986 Waco, TX

1987 Unknown

1988 Denton, TX

1989 Unknown

1990 Austin, TX

1991 San Antonio, TX

1992 Shreveport, LA

1993 Mexico City

1994 College Station, TX

1973 Denton, TX

1974 Little Rock, AR

1975 Houston, TX

1976 Oklahoma City, OK

1977 San Antonio, TX

1978 Little Rock, AR

1979 Arlington, TX

1980 New Orleans, LA

1981 Austin, TX

1982 Denton, TX

1983 Norman, OK

1984 Houston, TX

1985 Unknown

1986 Waco, TX

1987 Unknown

1988 Denton, TX

1989 Unknown

1990 Austin, TX

1991 San Antonio, TX

1992 Shreveport, LA

1993 Mexico City

1994 College Station, TX

1995 Waco, TX

1996 Dallas, TX

1997 San Antonio, TX

1998 El Paso, TX

1999 San Marcos, TX

2000 Houston, TX

2001 San Antonio, TX

2002 Huntsville, TX

2003 Houston, TX

2004 Huntsville, TX

2005 Denton, TX

2006 Dallas, TX

2007 Salt Lake City, UT

2008 Huntsville, TX

2009 Austin, TX

2010 Fort Worth, TX

2011 San Antonio, TX

2012 Dallas, TX

2013 Houston, TX

2014 Lawrence, KS

2015 Ft. Worth, TX

2016 San Antonio, TX

2017 Dallas, TX

2018 Waco, TX

Roy E. Teele 1970 (photo courtesy Tim Shropshire)