4th ITASEAS Conference 2019



4th Conference of the Italian Association of Southeast Asian Studies (ItaSEAS)


ItaSEAS, the Italian Association of Southeast Asian Studies, will hold its 4th conference from the early afternoon of May 22nd to the morning of May 24th

The conference will be hosted by the University of Naples “L’Orientale” in its summer schools centre on the island of Procida (the Gulf of Naples). The venue provides an informal and relaxed setting for constructive scientific exchange. 


The aim is to allow senior and junior scholars to present their work, even work-in-progress, and to get high quality feedback during the conference sessions and beyond. 


ItaSEAS conferences have the primary aim to bring together Italian scholars (including those working abroad) and other Southern European colleagues. However, we also aim to engage with our colleagues and friends from other regions: for this reason, English is the working language of the conference. 

This year the ItaSEAS conference will be back-to-back with a seminar of the project Competing Regional Integrations in Southeast Asia (CRISEA) (http://www.crisea.eu), which involves 13 research institutions in Europe and Southeast Asia and we expect that many CRISEA colleagues will join the conference.


The format will include both plenary and parallel sessions. A roundtable about the status of Southeast Asian studies (and more broadly, area studies) is foreseen. 


The conference programme will be organized around three clusters: 1) Economic and political processes; 2) Social transformations; 3) Culture, Literature, Languages, and Linguistics. Each cluster will combine papers focusing on contemporary Southeast Asia with others looking at historical and longer-term perspectives. 


ItaSEAS will not be able to offer financial assistance to participants, but buffet lunches, coffee breaks, and transport from the hotels to the conference centre will be included in the conference fees (70 Euros). The conference committee will take care of the hotel bookings at very reasonable prices. The island of Procida is about 40 minutes off Naples by boat. The harbour can be reached easily from Naples Airport or Naples Railways Station by public bus.