APISA 11: 20-21 October 2017

at the College of ASEAN Community Studies, Naresuan University
Phitsanulok, Thailand

APISA 11 Deadlines


15 September 2017
Deadline for Early Bird Registration

15 October 2017
Deadline for Standard Registration

16-21 October 2017
Late Registration Rate

Submission Deadlines

1 October 2017
Deadline for submission of abstracts

15 October 2017
Full list of accepted panels available online
(individual submissions will be contacted continuously as they are approved)

1 February 2018
Deadline for submission of revised papers for publication

Naresuan University is in Phitsanulok, 370 km north of Bangkok. Connectivity is good and there are multiple options for getting to Phitsanulok:

By Air
Three airlines service the 40 minute flight to Phitsanulok daily from Don Muang Airport (only):

Nok Air  Air Asia  Thai Lion Air

By train

Ten trains leave from Bangkok to Phitsanulok daily, taking about 5 – 6 hours. See train schedules and prices here, and book tickets online here.

By Bus
From Bangkok, it takes about 5 – 6 hours to Phitsanulok and costs about 500 baht. Buy tickets at the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal—Mor Chit Song.

Travel within Phitsanulok
APISA 11 will provide free van service between the conference site, Phitsanulok Airport, and hotels.

Metered taxi service within Phitsanulok is also available. Taxi Call Centre: 055 – 338888.



On Sunday 22 Oct, a one-day excursion to the ancient historical city of Sukhothai (60km from Phitsanulok) is available for APISA 11 participants at a reasonable rate through Paradee tour. Their program includes transportation, entrance fees, a guide, and lunch. Please register your basic details here if you’d like to sign up for the tour! (Payment made in cash on day of tour).

Conference Themes

ASEAN at 50

ASEAN at 50 and Asia’s Contemporary Challenges
ASEAN is thriving as a result of continuing growth in Asia combined with transnational collaboration and a focus on shared norms. Challenges and threats, however, persist:

  • Human Security Issues
  • Conflict Management
  • Security Sector Reform
  • Local Democratization
  • Social movements in modern and contemporary Asia
  • Citizen engagement and political participation in modern and contemporary Asia
  • Organized interest representation, nongovernmental organizations and civil society in Asia
  • Formal representation, party politics and electoral systems
  • Deliberative democracy and participatory politics
  • Different forms of resistance in Asian societies
  • Communities at the margins
  • Politics of internal migration
  • Religion and society
  • International migration, transnationalization of migration and diaspora politics
  • Transnational issues, environmental politics, energy politics
  • Creative Economy
  • Multi-Culturalism in Asia
  • Issues of Economic Inequality
  • Issues of Gender and Gender Orientation


The Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) was founded in November 2001 by academics with the idea of launching an Asian-based academic organization dedicated to political and international studies. Asian scholars had been marginalized from the decision-making processes of Western-based associations of a similar nature. Asian schools of thought had been stifled as a consequence of American hegemony in the social sciences, and the state of Asian studies was underdeveloped. In the light of these concerns, APISA was established and held its founding congress in Singapore in 2003.

Patterned after academic institutions in North America and Western Europe, the organization seeks to promote theoretically informed comparative scholarships, based on the Asian experience in the fields of conflict and peace, democracy and governance, development, and area studies.

The 11th conference of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) is happening 20-21 October 2017, hosted by the College of ASEAN Community studies of Naresuan University in Phitsanulok, Thailand.