Mid-/Advanced-Career Thematic Sessions at the SEAREG Conference provide more established scholars of Southeast Asia the opportunity to present their research and gain valuable feedback from the SEAREG community.


Thematic Sessions will feature two or three working papers that are substantively connected to one another, as well as a discussant. Sessions will be conducted in an APSA-style format of fifteen minute paper presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussant comments before opening to questions from the audience.

Because the purpose of the SEAREG Thematic Sessions is to engage with more established scholars, lead authors for the working papers should be at least three years beyond their PhD. Although co-authored papers will be considered, all presenters and discussants named in the proposal should be at least three years post-PhD completion.


All paper or panel proposals for Thematic Sessions should fit within SEAREG's broad mission: to provide a forum for presenting and discussing the best new research by social scientists working on Southeast Asia.

Prior Thematic Sessions have included “Challenges of Political Inclusion: Examining Minority Representation, State Policies, and Religious Organizations in Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes,” “The Dynamics of Public Participation in Vietnam,” “Exploring Subnational Democratic Variations in Indonesia: Insights from Electoral Democracy, Neighbourhood Leaders, and Ideological Diversity,” “Politics and Development in Southeast Asia,” and “Unpacking Causal Relationships: Exploring the Role of Colonial Narratives, Bureaucratic Selection, and Mosques in Shaping Societal Outcomes.”

To Apply

Please submit the following via this link to a Google Form:

For a paper submission (we will determine your panel assignment if accepted):
•Title and abstracts of the paper (2,500 max characters)
•Names and affiliations of author(s) (indicate the presenter)

For a panel submission:
•Thematic session abstract of 200 words
•Title and abstracts of the two or three papers (2,500 max characters)
•Names and affiliations of presenters and discussant for the session

We strongly encourage all sessions to attend to and recognize the diversity of our scholarly community when submitting their proposals.   

Application Deadline

For early acceptance, please submit your application by May 15, 2024. Submissions will still be accepted until June 1, 2024.


Please email Nico Ravanilla (nravanilla@ucsd.edu).