ASEAS 2020 Conference

Sadly due to the COVID19 pandemic we are no longer able to hold the ASEAS50@LSE conference in September 2020. However we are negotiating with the London School of Economics and Political Science to postpone our event until September 2021.

In the interim, we are planning to hold a digital roundtable event in collaboration with LSE and will post further details in due course.

Prosperity and Precarity

4-6 September 2020
Hosted by the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Today’s Southeast Asia is an increasingly prosperous region. Technological innovation, education, new investments in infrastructure – countries in the region have much to celebrate. At the same time, significant sections of the region’s population are experiencing ever more precarious lives. The challenges posed by the climate crisis, natural hazards, resource appropriations, urbanisation, industrial expansion and; political conflict can fall disproportionately on those on the margins. What needs to be changed to create shared and sustainable prosperity?

ASEAS50@LSE will explore this question across a series of interdisciplinary panels, framed by keynote speeches from leading experts on the rapid transformation of Southeast Asia. We invite scholars and practitioners across the humanities, social sciences, development sector, and business to propose panels. Panel proposals are due 25 March 2020. Approved panels will be announced at the end of March with a call for papers and all abstracts to be submitted by 29 May 2020. 

Join ASEAS50@LSE to celebrate our 50th year as a Learned Society!

Possible Panel Themes:

Geographies of the super-rich

ASEAN economic integration

Global value chains and Southeast Asia

Emergent middle classes and urban elites

Cross-border investments and trades

(Trans)national real-estate drives

Non-alignment, ASEAN and global power shifts

ASEAN and the sustainability agenda

ASEAN and smart cities

Land-grabbing and livelihoods, rural and urban

Politics of the precariat

Environmental and climate precarities

Prosperity religions in Southeast Asia

China’s Belt and Road investments and their impacts

Emerging innovation hubs and special economic zones

Borders and bordering processes

Precarious childhoods

Gender, generation, prosperity and precarity

Ethnicity, inequality and Intra-Southeast Asian migration

Water and transborder management

Human rights, social media and political polarisation 

Expulsions and modern-day slavery

Decolonising and globalising Area Studies for Southeast Asia

Academic freedom in Southeast Asia

Arts and creativity in social transformations

Heritage as an agent of social change

Faith and freedoms, texts and treasures

Archaeological frontiers and new social histories

Career conundrums; fitting Area Studies into your discipline

Panel proposals due 25 March 2020

Please email proposals and any questions to