The 2014 APSA CONFERENCE IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND (Call for Papers attached)

October 28, 2013


Dear colleagues,

It is our pleasure to inform you that the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, together with the Asia and Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) will host an international conference  “Transforming Societies:  Contestations and Convergences in Asia and the Pacific during February 15-16, 2014 at Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

The conference will be held as a part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Chiang Mai University, graciously joined by National Research Council of Thailand, Siamese Association of Sociologists and Anthropologists (SASA), and Chula Global Network.

In entering the 21st century, various countries in the Asia-Pacific region – from China to the Pacific Islands, from the South China Sea to the Indian sub-continent – are experiencing different degrees and speeds of urbanization, industrialization, and development, yet with diversity and paradoxes. Many countries face rising inequalities and conflicts that threaten their social fabric, stabilities, and social and environmental justice. The conference will be a platform for scholars, from sociology and other disciplines, to analyze and interpret changes in the 21st century, and to examine possible convergences, conflicts and negotiation, as well as suggesting alternatives for the benefits of the respective societies and for humankind.

We are now calling for individual abstracts and panel proposals which accommodate wide-ranging themes, for example:

  • Globalization and Urbanization Transition in Asia-Pacific
  • Democratization and Civil Society
  • Conflicts and Conflict Resolution
  • Religion, Politics and Contestations
  • Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
  • Aging Society
  • Urbanism and Public Space
  • Middle Class, Youth and Lifestyles
  • Media, Social Media, Information Technology and Media Industries
  • Regional Cooperation from Below
  • Consumerism and Cosmopolitanism
  • Transnationalism & Migration
  • Gambling Studies
  • Fifty years of Thai Social Sciences

We sincerely invite you to submit an individual abstract or a panel proposal which fits to one of these themes.  As we are facing temporal limitation, we would be highly appreciative if this information will be distributed among your colleagues or students.

With my warm regards,

Chayan  Vaddhanaphuti, Ph.D.
RCSD Director
APSA 2014 Secretariat
Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD)
Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University

Attachment: (Click to download) APSA 2014 Announcement

BOOK OF ABSTRACTS: The 11th Conference of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association

November 19, 2012

Abstracts presented at the 11th Conference of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM: The 11th Conference of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association

November 9, 2012

Conference Program of the 11th Conference of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association held on October 22-24 at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Fashioning the Truth: A Documentary by Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase

October 19, 2012

The 11th Asia Pacific Sociological Conference 2012

September 5, 2012

APSA Background

January 31, 2012

Asia Pacific Sociological Association Conference (APSA), Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Oct. 22-24, 2012

Conference Theme: Sociology and Social Transformations in the Asia Pacific region

The first Asia Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) Conference was held at the Philippine Social Science Center under the leadership of Prof. John Western (University of Queensland), Prof. Corazon Lamug (Philippine Sociological Society), and Dr. Virginia Miralao (Philippine Social Science Council) and a number of sociology colleagues from the Asia Pacific region in 1996. Since then conferences have been held at least every two years in South Korea, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Each conference has a specific theme which addresses the development of sociological research and scholarship in the Asia-Pacific region.

The 2012 APSA Conference will be held in Quezon City, Metro Manila at the School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University.

For more information about the APSA, please visit their site at

Presidents of APSA

January 30, 2012
  1. Emeritus Professor John Western (Australia) : 1996-1999
  2. Professor Kenji Kosaka (Japan) : 1999-2002
  3. Professor Dae-Yeun Jeong (South Korea) : 2002-2004
  4. Professor Santhat Sermsri (Thailand): 2004-2009.
  5. Professor Ruchira Ganguly Scrase (Australia) : 2009 – present

APSA and the Goals

January 30, 2012

APSA, the Asia Pacific Sociological Association is an academic association established in 1996 having goals as follow:

  1. to establish a network to link sociological associations, sociology departments and individual sociologists in the Asia Pacific region;
  2. to provide information and contacts using such means as the Internet, email and newsletters;
  3. to act as a clearinghouse for co-operation in teaching, research and other professional activities;
  4. to promote and assist the publication of social research focusing upon the region;
  5. to encourage co-operation between sociologists, planners and policy makers at both the regional and community level;
  6. to hold regular regional conferences, seminars and workshops;
  7. to establish and maintain an on-line journal concerning issues in the Asia Pacific region to sociologists worldwide; and
  8. to establish and maintain a website to better promote the concerns deemed most important by the association membership.