EuroSEAS is the world’s largest organization devoted to the study of Southeast Asia. Founded in 1992, it aims to stimulate scholarly cooperation within Europe in the field of Southeast Asian studies. Our main activity is the organization of a biennial international conference bringing together hundreds of specialists on Southeast Asia from all over the world. Traditionally, EuroSEAS members work primarily in the humanities and social sciences, but no disciplinary barriers are set.
Our conferences are hosted each year by a European university or research centre. So far, they have been held in Leiden (1995), Hamburg (1998), London (2001), Paris (2004), Naples (2007), Gothenburg (2010), Lisbon (2013), Vienna (2015), Oxford (2017), Berlin (2019), Olomouc (2021) and Paris (2022).
EuroSEAS is a European-based but world-oriented association. Although our secretariat is permanently based in Leiden, we are inclusive and networking, and we see with satisfaction more and more non-Europeans joining the association and participating in its activities: from Australia, North America, Asia and elsewhere – a growing contingent from Southeast Asia itself.
Beside the conference, EuroSEAS organizes other events. The Ph.D. students masterclasses, held yearly either in conjunction with the conference or in other, volunteering sites, offers Ph.D. candidates at different stages of their career the chance to present and discuss their works and projects. From this year on, more focused activities are proposed for the “sleeping” year such as the Young Scholars MeetUp or the Visual Studies Interconference.
EuroSEAS relates to various national and area-based associations and many of its members participate in local conferences and initiatives.