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Graduate Student Conference

A picture of a decaying plastered wall, with the text "(De)Constructing Southeast Asia" and the dates of the conference.

(De)Constructing Southeast Asia

24th Cornell SEAP Graduate Student Conference

March 11-13, 2022

How do we construct, deconstruct, and maintain Southeast Asia? Who is doing this labor and why? The sinews by which we entangle Southeast Asia take many forms: from the epic to the quotidian and every shade in between and beyond; as connective strands; as resonating sounds; as adjoining bridges; as shared images; as documenting videos; as so much more. This year's Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Conference theme, (De)Constructing Southeast Asia, thinks about the dynamic ways we come to, work with, and move from the region as a constructed space. With these considerations, (De)Constructing Southeast Asia is an inquiry which brings these strands together, tugs at them, or perhaps pulls them apart. We encourage submissions which seek to think through how Southeast Asia is formed and Southeast Asia forms geographies and ecologies.

The Graduate Student Conference will be held in a hybrid format 11–13 March, 2022 at the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia, located on Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, New York and online over Zoom. COVID restrictions will be applied as per university policy and are subject to change.

Anyone seeking accommodations of any kind, including COVID safety procedures, should reach out to us at

A pdf conference packet is available here, with more information on speakers and panels. Alternatively, click the links below.



Speakers and Abstracts

Conference Schedule - including Zoom links to attend virtually