APISA Conference: 24-25 October 2019

Asian Conference on Human Security, Multiculturalism and Democracy at The Faculty​ of Humanities, Srinakharinwirot​ University, Bangkok, Thailand​

The Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) and the Center of ASEAN Community Studies (CACS), Faculty of Social Sciences, Naresuan University are proud to host the Asian Conference on Human Security, Multiculturalism and Democracy at The Faculty​ of Humanities, Srinakharinwirot​ University, Bangkok, Thailand​ on October 24-25, 2019.

The spotlight in the world today is focused on Asia, demographically, politically, economically, socially and culturally. Human security concerns in Asia are increasingly under scrutiny and there is a growing awareness of the continent’s multicultural mosaic. Finally, while flickers of democracy exist in parts of Asia, most of the continent remains under the shadow of authoritarianism. Southeast Asia represents a microcosm of this situation.

Human security itself represents an emerging paradigm that seeks to shift the meaning of security from its traditionally military-oriented and state-centric focus to a “people-oriented” approach that comprehensively addresses both “freedom from fear” – protective human security advocated by Canada that stresses the international “responsibility to protect” (R2P) individuals from physical threats beyond the capability of their governments – and “freedom from want” – the “soft” version of human security that favors a long-term development approach to the promotion of human security. This broad definition of human security is advocated by Japan and draws largely on the work of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which identifies seven possible types of human security threats: economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security. In order to achieve the goal of human security, that is, “to protect the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedoms and human fulfillment,” it requires systematic and comprehensive protection and the empowerment of people to develop their capabilities and resilience to difficult situations. Despite the normative appeal of human security, however, the concept remains vague and contested. It is often criticized because of its broad definition, excessive idealism, inoperability, ineffectiveness in the face of continuing human rights violations, and tendency to be exploited by actors seeking to enhance their legitimacy and international prestige.
In light of the continuing debate on human security and the pervasiveness of threats to peace and human security in the region, it is therefore necessary to further analyze the concept and evaluate regional responses to human security threats.

Multiculturalism, meanwhile, refers to the simultaneous existence in one setting of multiple cultural, linguistic or ethnic groups and their ways of life within one society. It also acknowledges the presence of various beliefs, traditions and ideologies. Sometimes it is state-directed.

Democracy has been conceptualized by Merkel (2004) as either embedded or defective in terms of the quality of A) electoral regime; B) political rights; C) civil liberties; D) horizontal accountability; and E) the effective power to govern among other factors.

Participants in the 2019 APISA Conference are encouraged to submit their papers for publication in one of the 6 APISA journals which exist: Though we cannot gurantee publication in these journals to conference paper-presenters (that depends upon the decisions of the referees), we can help facilitate the process of article submission.


Asian Affairs: An American Review (SCOPUS)


Asian International Studies Review (SCOPUS)


Journal of Asian Public Policy (SCOPUS)


Asia-Pacific Social Science Review (SCOPUS)


Asian Journal of Peace Keeping (SCOPUS)


Philippine Political Science Journal (SSCI)


Conference fee 149 USD

Registration Payment Options:

  • A. Bank transfer
    Branch Naresuan University
    Account No.: 857-0-67424-4
    Account Name: APISA 2019


  • B. Pay onsite at the beginning in 149 USD. Cash only. Change will be in Thai Baht.

Please attach the evidence of your payment for the confernce fee here.


Online Submission

Submission of abstracts and panel proposals
The working language of the conference is English. As to encourage an informed dialogue, we welcome papers (5000-9000 words) by scholars and professionals from any discipline including but not limited to international relations, conflict studies, economics, law, political science, sociology, philosophy and cultural studies. PhD students are also encouraged to take part. Paper presenters and panel organizers are requested to submit the theme of their panel or the title of their paper along with an abstract (approx. 200 words) and a short CV online through this website. Proposals will be peer-reviewed by an international review committee.

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Important Dates

1st Call for Papers 2nd Call for Papers
May 1, 2019 Online Registration starts  May 1, 2019
July 15, 2019 Deadline for abstracts for panels, papers and round-table discussions  September 2, 2019
July 30, 2019 Announcement of Abstract Acceptance  September 9, 2019
September 30, 2019 Final Date of Registration and Payment for Presenters and Participants  September 30, 2019
October 24, 2019 Final Date of Registration and Payment for Walk-in Participants  October 24, 2019
October 5, 2019 Deadline for full paper submission  October 5, 2019
October 24-25, 2019 Conference takes place  October 24-25, 2019
November 1, 2019 Deadline for submission of selected revised papers for conference proceedings publication  November 1, 2019



Swutel. Green University Hotel, the trendy-decorated hotel concerns about environment with comfortable and well-equipped-serviced-like-4-star accommodation is locating in the heart of and enchanted Bangkok. Within the big city in the concept of green hotel in a tranquil environment on top of a new building that provides Lounge with full panoramic view of Bangkok. Just 5-10 minutes walk to technological and modern transportations ; MRT, BTS and Airport Link.

Conference Themes

Approved panels and paper presentations shall focus on the following themes, each corresponding to different dimensions of human security as identified by global academic discourse and policy formulation

  1. Any examination of a human security or responsibility to protect (R2P) issue in Asia
  2. Any examination of a multiculturalism issue in Asia
  3. Any examination of a democracy or civil-military relations issue in Asia


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.