CALL FOR PAPERS For the 2023 KIAS-BUFS International Conference

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SUVANNABHUMI 2022-12-27 13:02


For the 2023 KIAS-BUFS International Conference

To be held on 9~11 November 2023 and hosted by:

Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies (KIAS),

Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS),




Conference Theme:

The Political Economy of ASEAN Sub-Regions:

Issues and Concerns


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.


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 about “Korean Government’s Strategic Approach toward ASEAN by Engaging in ASEAN Sub-regional Cooperation.” Under the grand research agenda, the 2023 KIAS-BUFS International Conference invites scholars who are interested in the theme, “The Political Economy of ASEAN Sub-Regions: Issues and Concerns.” Papers on the following sub-themes are particularly welcomed:


1)        ASEAN sub-regions: Past, present, and future

2)        Political, economic, and social issues facing ASEAN sub-regions

3)        ASEAN sub-regions and external partners in the midst of great power rivalry

4)        ASEAN-Korea relations: Progress and challenges

5)        Other general topics on ASEAN and Southeast Asian studies





■ Submission of Proposals/Full Papers and Journal Publication


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

2)   For panel proposal, the one-page of proposal should contain a short description of the panel, and the titles and abstracts of each paper.

3)   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 Scopus-indexed 0SUVANNABHUMI: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (

4)   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. 

5)   Schedule for proposal/full paper submission: 

ü  Submission of proposals and curriculum vitaes: 31 January 2023

ü  Confirmation of acceptance: 15 February 2022

ü  Submission of full papers (for selected proposals only): 10 October 2023

ü  Submissions should be made via email to


■ Privileges for the Conference Participants


1) Individual participants:           

ü  Individual participants shall be invited according to the merits of the paper proposal.

ü  Individual participants will be provided 3-night hotel accommodations and a city tour of Busan. No subsidy for the air tickets will be provided.


2) Panel participants:

ü  Panel participants will be provided 3-night hotel accommodations and a city tour of Busan. No subsidy for the air tickets will be provided.

ü  Upon request, the institution name and logo of the panel sponsor will be posted in the list of the conference sponsors.


■ Contact to:


Zulfikar Rakhmat, Ph.D

Conference Organizer,

Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies, BUFS

Office: +82-51-509-6642

Mobile: +82-10-6538-9321