CALL FOR PAPERS For the 2022 International Conference of KIAS-BUFS

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SUVANNABHUMI 2021-10-26 10:33

Call for Papers

For the 2022 International Conference of KIAS-BUFS

To be held on 21~23 April 2022 and hosted by:
Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies (KIAS),
Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS),

Busan 46234, South Korea

Conference Theme:
Roles and Functions of ASEAN Sub-regions: 

For ASEAN Community, Developmental Cooperation and Regional Security

ASEAN sub-regional cooperation began in the 1990s, focusing on the trans-border domain of sharing economic interests. Sub-regional cooperation, which is promoted in line with the interests of transnational actors and various international capital inflows, has emerged as a new international cooperation scheme that possibly promote economic development and regional security at the same time. 

The sub-regional cooperation in ASEAN region first took place in the Indonesian-MalaysianSingapore Growth Triangle (IMS-GT, 1989) in response to Singapore's proposal to create an economic hinterland. Since then, the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS, 1992), IndonesiaMalaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT, 1993), and Brunei-Indonesia-MalaysiaPhilippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA, 1994) have emerged as the sub-regional cooperation schemes. 

Among others, GMS is a sub-region of great interest from the ASEAN community by responding to the ASEAN Integration Initiative (IAI) to address the development gap between the developed and the underdeveloped member countries. BIMP-EAGA is a sub-region of high interest to maritime ASEAN members by promoting the development of the underdeveloped peripheral areas. The two sub-regions are the areas of cooperation and competition among the ASEAN external partners. As a result, the sub-regional cooperation could have a great implication for the regional political security in the East Asia. 

The KIAS-BUFS kicked off the 6-years-research project on 1 September 2021, funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea. The research agenda is “A Strategic Study for the Advancement of (Korean Government’s) New Southern Policy by Linking ASEAN Sub-regions.” Under the grand research agenda, the 2022 International Conference of KIAS-BUFS invites scholars who are interested in the theme, “Roles and Functions of ASEAN Sub-regions: For ASEAN Community, Developmental Cooperation and Regional Security.” Papers on the following sub-themes are particularly welcomed: 

1) ASEAN Sub-regional cooperation: Past, Present, and Future 

2) Individual countries’ standpoint on the ASEAN sub-regional cooperation 

3) Interests of ASEAN external partners on the sub-regional cooperation, specifically on GMS and BIMP-EAGA 

4) Other general topics on ASEAN and Southeast Asian studies

Submission of Proposal/Full paper and Journal Publication

1) The one-page abstract should contain the basic arguments of the final paper.
2) The final paper should be written in English, 5,000 to 10,000 words in length, and must conform with the Text and Manuscript Guidelines of SUVANNABHUMI: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies(
3) After the Conference, presented papers are expected to be improved and/or revised by the authors for submission to SUVANNABHUMI: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. The articles will undergo a peer-reviewed process before publication.
4) Schedule for Abstract/Paper submission:
√ Deadline of abstracts, accompanied by Curriculum Vitae: 20 November 2021
√ Submission of Full Papers (for selected abstracts only): 31 March 2022
√ Submissions should be sent via email to 

Privileges for the Conference Participants

1) Individual Participants: 
√ Individual participants shall be invited according to the merits of the paper proposal.
√ The invited individual participants will be provided a round trip air ticket to Busan, 3- nights of hotel accommodation, and city tour in Busan. 
√ Regardless of the travel distance, the subsidy for the air tickets could not be exceeded USD 1,000. 
2) Panel Participants (sponsored by institutions) 
 Panel proposals shall be prioritized in the selection process. 
 Panel participants will be provided 3-night hotel accommodations and a city tour of Busan. No subsidy for the air tickets will be provided. 
√ Upon request, the institutional title of the panel sponsor shall be posted in the list of the Conference sponsors.

Contact to:

Dong-Yeob KIM, Ph.D.
Conference Organizer
Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies
Office: +82-51-509-6642, Mobile: +82-10-8786-2184