Each year, SEAREG conducts events designed for participants to engage in thoughtful discussion and analysis of critical research questions affecting the countries of Southeast Asia.


The core SEAREG events are our semi-annual conferences in North America and, since 2017, in Asia. At these meetings, SEAREG Fellows present unpublished working papers, promoting dialogue on salient issues affecting the region. Additionally, mid-career and advanced scholars present papers in Thematic Sessions and senior scholars and policy practitioners share their perspectives on broad topics related to the state of the field (trends and themes related to scholarship of Southeast Asia) and the state of the region (emerging issues rife with possibility for further study).

These events provide ample opportunities for networking, a chance to explore collaborative research projects, and a forum for younger scholars to learn more about the realities of an academic or policy-oriented career path.

The conference schedule and environment evolve each year in response to feedback from members.

Upcoming Conferences

July 1-3, 2024Hong KongSoutheast Asia Research Centre at City University of Hong Kong
December 2024N. AmericaBoston University


Interested in hosting a future conference?

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We also welcome inquiries and proposals from research institutions in Southeast Asia for activities to take place in the region. Such activities may include co-sponsored research workshops or joint meetings with local researchers. Please contact Jack Daly with your interest.

Previous Keynote Speakers

Dan Slater, University of Michigan, 2023

Yuko Kasuya, Keio University, Japan, 2023 | About the keynote

Edward Aspinall, Australian National University, Australia, 2022

Allen Hicken, University of Michigan Ann-Arbor, 2022

Richard F. Doner, Emory University, 2021

Steven Wilkinson, Yale University, 2018

Ernie Bower, Bower Group Asia, 2018

Terence Gomez, Universiti of Malaya, 2017

Jonathan Stromseth, Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asian Studies, Brookings Institute, 2017

Stephan Haggard, University of California San Diego, 2016

Donald Emmerson, Stanford University, 2015

Bill Liddle, Ohio State University, 2014

Richard F. Doner, Emory University, 2013

Prasenjit Duara, Duke University, 2023

Kian Ming Ong, Taylor’s University, Malaysia, 2023

Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 2022

Pauline Tweedie, the Asia Foundation, 2022

Elina Noor, Asia Society, 2021

Ooi Kee Beng, Penang Institute, 2018

Michael Green, Georgetown University, 2018

Audrey Sacks, World Bank, 2018

Barbara Rodriguez, Asia Foundation, 2018

Evan Medeiros, Georgetown University 2018

Dam Bich Thuy, Fulbright University, 2017

Vu Thanh Tu Anh, Fulbright University, 2017