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Fifth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 5)

2-5 August 2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON) and the Institute of Malay World and Civilization (ATMA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia are pleased to announce the Fifth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 5). ICAS 5 offers an excellent opportunity for networking with scholars and sharing in the latest developments in Asia. Please do consider joining us either as participant, exhibitor or as an observer. For participants, please follow the instructions stated below. As for observers, please fill in the Observer Form.

The venue for ICAS 5 is the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) situated at the centre of Kuala Lumpur 's central business district. The KLCC is the city's most technologically-advanced purpose-built facility for international and regional conventions and public exhibitions. Designed as a "city within a city" and it offers a stimulation environment with views overlooking the KLCC Park and the landmark PETRONAS Twin Towers. The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre also enjoys a prestigious location alongside extensive public transport and a wide range of hotels.

Interested indviduals, panel organizers, and institutions are welcome to sumbit their abstracts through the ICAS5 website:

"Sharing a Future in Asia" is the main theme of ICAS 5. Panels at ICAS 5 are categorised into the following Sub-Themes/Disciplines, please select one when submitting your abstract:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Development and Urbanization
  • Documentation, Resource Management and Technology
  • Economy, Business and Law
  • Environment and Energy
  • History
  • Knowledge and Philosophy
  • Language and Literature
  • Media and Communication
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Religion
  • Society and Identity
  • Welfare and Health
  • important dates

Deadline for individual abstracts submission: 15 November 2006

Deadline for organised and institutional panels submission: 15 December 2006 [TOP]

Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture

4-5 September 2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A study of popular culture will exhibit the panoply of beliefs, practices and wisdom of ordinary people, and show how it is closely associated with the belief systems and socio-political institutions and practices. It is timely that a comparative study should be carried out to determine the ways in which issues of gender and sexuality inform popular culture in Southeast Asia. Gender and sexuality have long been regarded as taboo subjects in the context of this region. Although the issues of gender and sexuality are discussed in academia, little research has been conducted specifically on their relationship with popular culture. The unique context of Southeast Asia with its varied languages, myths, religions and traditions does not easily lend itself to contemporary Western theories on gender and sexuality. Uninformed use of these theories risks over-generalisations and consigns specific popular cultural traditions into third world productions. The different religions, customs and histories of respective countries in Southeast Asia have given birth to distinctive and specific creative productions. However, the increasingly borderless world and rapid technological innovations and e-economy have exacted similar effects on its people. This negotiation between maintaining distinct national identities and keeping abreast with globalisation provides avenues for the unique voices of Southeast Asia. This workshop is therefore timely because it is concerned with understanding, examining, interrogating and creating critical pathways in issues that are germaine to the study of gender and sexuality in popular culture in Southeast Asia.

Deadline for submission of paper proposal: 15 July 2007

For more information: please download the workshop announcement.

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