CALL FOR PAPERS(The 2022 International Conference of KIAS-BUFS)-for Domestic Participants

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For the 2022 International Conference of KIAS-BUFS

To be held on 27~29 October 2022 and hosted by:

Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies (KIAS),

Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS),

Busan 46234, South Korea



Conference Theme:

ASEAN Subregionalism and Korea-ASEAN Relations:

Towards Complementary Cooperative Relationship


ASEAN sub-regional cooperation emerged in the 1990s, focusing on the trans-border domain of shared 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 promotes economic development and regional security simultaneously. The first ASEAN sub-regional scheme was the Indonesian Malaysian-Singapore Growth Triangle (IMS-GT) in 1989, which was established in response to Singapore's proposal to create an economic hinterland. Since then, other sub-regional cooperation schemes within ASEAN have emerged, including the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS, 1992), Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT, 1993), and Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA, 1994). Among others, GMS is a subregion created to respond to the ASEAN Integration Initiative (IAI) to address the development gap between the developed and the underdeveloped member countries. Meanwhile, BIMP-EAGA is a sub-region concentrating on the maritime ASEAN members which aims to promote the development of the underdeveloped peripheral areas. Beyond their own internal cooperation, these ASEAN sub-regions have increasingly become areas of cooperation and competition among the ASEAN external partners. This has made the sub-regional cooperation have a considerable implication for the regional political security in East Asia.


Among these external partners is South Korea. Under the Moon Jae-in government, it has continued to expand its outreach to Southeast Asia through its New Southern Policy (NSP). President Moon demonstrated his commitment to Southeast Asia, visiting all 10 ASEAN countries in his first two years in office. In November 2019, the South Korean president hosted ASEAN state leaders in Busan for the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) commemorative summit celebrating 30 years of ASEAN-South Korea relations. The NSP, which was announced in Indonesia in November 2017, is one of the foreign policy projects of President Moon that are geared toward deepening diplomatic and economic engagements with ASEAN. NSP’s document outlines its three pillars which include, “People,” “Prosperity,” and “Peace”. The “People” element includes people-to-people (cultural) exchanges, increased travel and tourism, advancement of the rights of migrant workers and immigrants in South Korea, human capacity-building, healthcare cooperation, and poverty alleviation. “Prosperity” concentrates on increased economic exchanges in the forms of trade, investments, fourth industrial revolution cooperation, infrastructure connectivity, as well as state support for Korean small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Meanwhile, the “Peace” aspect focuses on peacebuilding endeavors, consisting of maritime security, defence industry cooperation, high-level exchanges, terrorism, cybersecurity, natural disasters and climate change.


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, “ASEAN Subregionalism and Korea-ASEAN Relations: Towards Complementary Cooperative Relationship,” 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)        Cooperation between external partners and ASEAN sub-regions, specifically GMS and BIMP-EAGA

4)        Korea-ASEAN relations

5)      Other general topics on ASEAN and Southeast Asian studies

Submission of Proposal/Full paper and Journal Publication

1)   The one-page of proposal (title and abstract) should contain the basic arguments of the full paper.

2)   The full paper should be written in English, 5,000 to 10,000 words in length, and must conform to 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 Proposal/Full paper submission:


 ✔     Submission of proposals and curriculum vitaes: 15 June 2022

 ✔      Submission of full papers (for selected proposals only): 15 September 2022

 ✔      Submissions should be made via email to



Privileges for the Conference Participants


 ✔      Panel organizers will be given a priority to participate the conference.

 ✔      Paper presenters will be subsidized the travel expenses (KTX or Bus only) and a night of hotel accommodation.

 ✔      Paper presenters will be given an opportunity to publish the presented paper at the SCOPUS indexed journal,  SUVANNABHUMI: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.


Contact to:

LEE Yohan, Ph.D

Conference Organizer, Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies, BUFS

Office: +82-51-509-6643, Mobile: +82-10-6713-5225