International University Symposium on Humanities and Arts 2020

Universitas Indonesia’s (University of Indonesia) Faculty of Humanities will hold its annual international symposium, International University Symposium on Humanities and Arts 2020, under the theme “The Humanities in The Time of Crisis”.

This year’s symposium will be held virtually from 29 September to 2 October 2020. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate, and there will be no registration fee for international participants.

More information on how to register and how to submit an extended abstract can be looked up at You can also contact the organizers by email at


Call for expressions of interest: Research for new UNHCR publication on forcibly displaced – EOI Deadline April 15, 2020

UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) is currently working on a book, State of the World’s Forcibly Displaced (SOWFD- working title) to be published in 2021 marking the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention. It will focus on the potential of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). The GCR is a milestone in the 70 year history of the international refugee regime: setting a renewed direction in international refugee responses. Building on the capacities of a broad coalition of stakeholders, it firmly links refugee responses to advancing human development. Through its Programme of Action, States aspire to enabling refugees to live dignified and productive lives, ensure more opportunities for lasting solutions, and enhance support to hosting communities.

The SOWFD 2021, will focus on what will be required to deliver on these ambitions. This will include a reflection on the historic evolution of international responses to forced displacement of relevance to the GCR and how international responses will need to adapt to meet the aims of the GCR today and the anticipated displacement challenges of the future. In providing a holistic analytic overview the book is intended to be of interest to policy makers; academics; UNHCR and partner staff; researchers and students.

Research papers: UNHCR is seeking contributions on the research for this volume in the form of papers of 15-20 pages in length. Among the papers being solicited are ones that examine the history, current context and future engagement of:

  • Cities
  • NGOs (international and local)
  • Faith based groups
  • Academics (reflecting the exponential growth in literature beyond the traditional realms of political science and law)
  • Private sector
  • Innovation and technological development

Additionally, UNHCR is interested in commissioning papers on:

  • International responses to climate displacement
  • Proposals for holding states to account for the causes of forced displacement
  • Whether the international architecture for responding to forced displacement is appropriately designed to respond well to varied displacement situations of today and the future.

Material from these papers that are used in the book would be fully attributed to the authors, with possibilities to hyperlink the text to the papers in the electronic version.

Timeline: Research and background papers completed: June 2020-September 2020

Expression of interest: UNHCR welcomes receiving expressions of interest from qualified applicants to be sent by 15 April 2020 to with the subject matter of proposed research indicated. Remuneration will be based on UNHCR guidelines and the scope of the research agreed.

CFP: Sending State Regimes and International Skilled Migration: Asian Perspectives in the Age of Global Migration (Deadline Mar 31, 2020)

This workshop is organized by the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, with funding support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant at Wilfrid Laurier University. The event will be held August 26-28, 2020 at ARI.

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words) and a brief biography (150 words) for submission by 31 March 2020. Abstracts should include clear statements explaining the conceptual and methodological bases of the paper in addition to summarizing the paper’s key arguments and findings.

You can submit your proposal to Ms Kristel Acedera at, and the submission form can be downloaded here. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by end of April 2020, and participants will be required to send in a completed draft paper (about 6,000 words) by 31 July 2020.

For more information including the list of possible paper topics, please visit the event page:

Call for Papers: Ethnic and Community Identity in Southeast Asia (Deadline: Jan 20, 2020)

The Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA have announced a Call for Papers for their joint conference on the theme Ethnic and Community Identity in Southeast Asia, to be held April 24-25, 2020, at UCLA.

Possible paper topics might touch on any of the following: state ethnic labeling policies and their implications; contestation centered on competing ethnic identities and terminologies; identities or communities formulated in terms of gender or sexual orientation; identities defined in terms of religious affiliation or organizations; academic, state, or public discourse surrounding racial or ethnic identities; ethnic or identity politics that cross national boundaries and complicate state narratives.

The two centers invite submissions for presentations from scholars and graduate students conducting original research in the social sciences and humanities that address the primary theme of the conference. Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be emailed to UCLA CSEAS ( by Monday, January 20, 2020. Abstracts should also include your name, affiliation and discipline and contact information (including e-mail address).

For more information, visit the CFP page:

USINDO Summer Studies (deadline: Jan 24, 2020)

USINDO Summer Studies is an intensive 10-week Indonesian language & culture studies fellowship held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, aged 18-30 years old, and university juniors or seniors, or graduate students, currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program. They may also be recent graduates (within 6 months) of any accredited U.S. college or university.

Applications and required documents must be received by USINDO no later than January 24, 2020 to be considered for the Summer Studies 2020 program. More information can be found here: