Call for Papers: Conference on Lao Studies in Asean (10 July 2016)(Bangkok, Thailand)

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There’s a lot of time to prepare for:
Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies: Lao PDR in the ASEAN Context
When: Friday, 08 July 2016 to Sunday, 10 July 2016
Where: Thammasat University; Bangkok, Thailand

The Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS V) will be held from July 8 to 10, 2016 on the Tha Phrachan campus in Bangkok, Thailand.
The theme of the Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies is “Lao PDR in the ASEAN Context,” with particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
All Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have committed to creating a region which is highly competitive, equitable in economic development and fully integrated into the global economy. The establishment of the AEC in 2015 will bring enormous opportunities as well as great challenges for the individual member countries in the region, especially for Lao PDR .

Suggested topics for the Fifth ICLS include, but are not limited to:
• Laos’ trade integration within AEC
• Special economic zones (SEZs)
• Roles of the private and public sectors
• Human resources and effects on local employment
• Migration
• Infrastructure demands
• Balancing development growth and environmental conservation
• Tourism
• Traditional knowledge and cultural expressions in economic development
• Impacts on cultures and life ways
Lao language, culture, and history
• Art, literature and music
• Buddhism
• Border Trade and culture
• Education
• Other topics
Submissions for consideration may be individual paper presentations, panels, exhibits, posters, artistic and musical performances, and/or cultural activities. Comparative perspectives are welcome and encouraged.

All participants should register online at Registration fees apply.
Contact information:;
Updates will be posted on the conference website at


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