The Second International Conference on Lao Studies

Arizona, USA - The main objective of this conference is to promote Lao studies by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao studies.

The Faculty of Southeast Asian Studies at Arizona State University, and the Center for Lao Studies, San Francisco, CA are pleased to announce the Second International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS) to be held on Thursday-Sunday, May 3-6, 2007 in Tempe, Arizona, USA.

The Lao PDR today has a population of roughly five million people, comprising an amazing complex of ethnolinguistic groups. Moreover, the number of people in the Lao diaspora numbers as many as twenty-five million. In recent years there has been increased interest in Laos and its peoples as subjects of serious research and discussion by scholars and the interested public alike. Scholarly publications on topics pertaining to Laos have flourished in the last several decades and the international media have helped to cultivate interest in the region.

The programme will include invited speakers, paper presentations, panel presentations, exhibits, performances, and cultural activities.

The 2007 conference will feature presentations on any topic concerning Lao Studies. Topics include all ethnolinguistic groups of Laos (e.g. Mon-Khmer, Hmong-Mien, Tibeto-Burman, Lao-Tai), the Isan Lao and other Lao (Tai) groups in Thailand, cross-border ethnic groups in neighboring countries, and overseas diaspora heritage groups. We welcome both proposals for panels and abstracts for individual papers on a wide range of interests including but not limited to history, politics, development and planning, environment, classical literatures, linguistics, music, sports, science, health, religion and ritual, ethnic groups, media and art history, and women and society.

The languages to be used in the conference will be English, French and Lao.

For more information please contact:

Arizona State University
Center for Asian Research
Faculty of Southeast Asian Studies
Box 871702
Tempe, AZ 85287-1702
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 480 965 0118
FAX: +1 480 965 8317

Center for Lao Studies
1201 San Bruno Avenue, Suite 1
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: +1 415 401 6255
Email: [email protected]

Notice to All Who Plan to Attend
Please go to the conference website soon and indicate there that you “plan to attend the conference.”This does not necessarily mean that you intend to give a presentation. Your cooperation in doing this will greatly assist the conference planners in estimating how many will attend and what kinds of facilities will be needed.

From 03 May 2007
Until 06 May 2007
Arizona, USA
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