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SSEAC Emerging Scholars Conference

A conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers

The SSEAC Emerging Scholars Conference provides a forum to bring together expertise on Southeast Asia from postgraduates and early career researchers at the University of Sydney and beyond.

Who: Higher Degree by Research Students and Early Career Researchers with interests in Southeast Asia
When: Monday 20 June 2022 from 10:00am to 5:30pm (AEST)
Where: Online via Zoom and in-person in ABS Lecture Theaters 2080 and 2090, Abercrombie Business School, Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney (view campus map here)

This conference is an opportunity for postgraduates and early career researchers working on Southeast Asia-related topics to present their research in preparation for upcoming conferences. It’s also a chance for academics, practitioners and the wider community to engage with the next generation of Southeast Asia research excellence.

The conference is multidisciplinary, with sessions organised across SSEAC’s five areas of research strength to go beyond disciplinary boundaries:

  • Economic and social development
  • Environment and resources
  • Health
  • Heritage and the arts
  • State and society

This conference will be delivered in hybrid form, meaning you can choose to deliver your presentation in person or online. 

Note: Participants from the University of Sydney are required to attend the SSEAC Public Speaking Workshop on 7 June 2022. 

The full program is now available! View it here to register for the online sessions.


Conference information

The program can be viewed here.

Note: The conference organisers reserve the right to change the program on short notice.

To present at this conference, applicants must be:

  • a SSEAC member (free to join)
  • a Higher Degree by Research student or Early Career Researcher (less than five years out from PhD)
  • conducting research on any of the countries within Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam), or Southeast Asia as a region
  • available to participate in the SSEAC Public Speaking Workshop on Tuesday 7 June 2022*
  • fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination if presenting in person**

* Speakers from the University of Sydney are required to attend the SSEAC Public Speaking Workshop on Tuesday 7 June 2022.

** A fully vaccinated person is a person who has received the number of doses required for a complete course of a COVID-19 vaccine. For further information on vaccination requirements, please visit the Australian Government website.

  • All participants should plan to speak for a maximum of 15 minutes, followed by a question and answer session of 5-10 minutes.
  • You may use slides for your presentation.
  • This conference is open to the public. We encourage you to invite your supervisors and colleagues! The public registration link will be shared in mid-May once the conference program has been confirmed.
  • If you elect to deliver your presentation online, you will need to be available to Zoom in for your talk and the question and answer session on the day of the conference.
  • The conference will be livestreamed to Facebook. 
  • Lunch and light refreshments will be provided on the day for in-person attendees. 
  • We are committed to a COVID-safe environment. Throughout the entire duration of the event, all attendees will be required to maintain physical distancing (keep 1.5m away from others) where possible, and follow good hygiene practices so as to reduce the risk of infection with COVID-19. In accordance with current COVID-19 guidelines, all participants will also be strongly encouraged to wear face masks in all indoor settings (unless able to show proof of medical exemption, or when eating and/or drinking).

Email any queries about the conference to

Applications are now closed.

When submitting your abstract, you will need to provide a 350-word abstract. 

Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 17 May 2022.

Please email any queries about the conference and the call for papers to

On the day of the conference, you are invited to join live panel discussions with our speakers, organised by thematic cluster. You may attend the conference online or in person. Attendance is free and open to all. 

Please note registration is essential to attend the conference online via Zoom. Zoom login details will be provided upon registration.

You do not need to register to attend the conference in person. All speakers and attendees will be required to follow social distancing and good hygiene practices so as to reduce the risk of infection with COVID-19. 


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre reserves the right to cancel this program on short notice. The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre will be closely monitoring the situation and following NSW Health Advice to assess all risks associated with the program’s activities, and will notify participants of any changes to the program. In participating in this program, all individuals will be required to follow social distancing and good hygiene practices so as to reduce the risk of infection with COVID-19. 

In person conference location