ICAS 11
 

The 11th Engaging With Vietnam Conference

Vietnam in Europe, Europe in Vietnam:
Identity, Transnationality and Mobility of People, Ideas and Practices across Time and Space

 

15-16 July 2019, Leiden, the Netherlands

 

In conjunction with

The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 11)

16-19 July 2019, Leiden, the Netherlands

 

engagingwithvietnam.org & engagingwithvietnamconference.org
icas.asia/icas11

 

Engaging With Vietnam is very delighted to announce its 11th Engaging With Vietnam Conference (EWV 11), to be held on 15-16 July 2019 in Leiden, the Netherlands, alongside the 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 11) on 16-19 July 2019.

ICAS is the most inclusive international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. The convention attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. The collaboration between ICAS 11 and EWV 11 is a special way to mark a new decade of Engaging With Vietnam, whereby EWV will embark on new initiatives to deepen and broaden dialogues and knowledge production between EWV participants and varied communities of scholars and participants that are often outside the usual Vietnam-focused forums.

EWV 11 will take place alongside ICAS11 and promises to be an exciting experience for EWV 11 participants and ICAS 11 participants. Both sides can engage in a diverse range of scholarly and professional activities that both ICAS and EWV have built up over the years and take pride in.

Having just completed its 10th Conference that sought to examine and move beyond dichotomies in knowledge production about and on Vietnam, Engaging With Vietnam is pleased to announce that the 11th Engaging With Vietnam conference will focus on one particular, and particularly complex, dichotomy/relation: Vietnam and Europe. This particular focus of EWV 11 intersects with ICAS 11’s theme “Asia and Europe. Asia in Europe.”

While the equation of “Europe” with “France” is a phenomenon that was prominent in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, over the past 70 years there have been numerous different “Vietnams” that have engaged with numerous different “Europes,” and vice versa. From students, immigrants and refugees from the Republic of Vietnam, to students, workers, immigrants and migrants from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, to the wide population of Vietnamese who travel by different means and routes to work, tour, build, invest, live and study in Europe today, there has been a constant flow of different Vietnamese to different Europes for decades now. Moving in the other direction has been a flow of people, ideas, technologies that have likewise brought different “Europes” to different “Vietnams.” The 11th Engaging With Vietnam conference will examine these issues under the theme of “Vietnam in Europe, Europe in Vietnam: Identity, Transnationality, and Mobility of People, Ideas and Practices Across Time and Space.”

There are many Vietnamese connections that EWV 11 would like to invite its participants to engage with. The French connection is an obvious one, given the multiplicity of human connections forged through history. While much has already been said about the historical connections between Vietnam and France, there are still many historical connections, such as intimate memories or reminiscences at the individual or familial levels, that remain “buried” beyond the traditional academic purview.

Then beyond the personal level are larger issues of collective ideas and memory. For instance, a theatre play released in 2017, entitled 'Saigon', by the French-Vietnamese playwright Caroline Guiela Nguyen had a surprisingly major impact on France’s public sphere. The play triggered intense discussions about the fact that the Vietnamese part of France's collective memory continues to remain almost invisible when compared to that of Algeria or sub-Saharan Africa.

Similarly, when the documentary entitled “Công binh, đêm dài Đông Dương / Công binh, La longue nuit Indochinoise” by filmmaker Lam Le, was first screened in Vietnam in 2016, it unveiled many forgotten historical truths about the eventful lives of some 20,000 Vietnamese worker solders brought to Europe during World War II, bringing to light a complex historical connection that was largely absent from the public consciousness in Vietnam (and France).

Meanwhile, beyond France there are so many other examples across Europe that one can think of: the presence of Vietnamese dishes in national or regional diets (e.g. north Vietnamese snacks in former East-Berlin), the forgotten cases of European citizens who supported Vietnam during the American War, the multiple influences of Vietnam on European artistic creativity (and vice-versa), the active presence in Europe of many influential Vietnamese intellectual, religious, artistic and literary voices, the increasing number of Vietnamese students all over Europe, the phenomenon of so-called modern slavery regarding Vietnamese workers in the UK, the reported quasi industrial, illegal, Vietnamese-owned marijuana production plants in Belgium and France, and the diverse forms of convergence and divergence among the Vietnamese communities beyond the former socialist countries in Europe since the Soviet period.

The 11th Engaging With Vietnam conference is aimed at uncovering such different spaces of this Vietnamese presence and its connections with Europe - physical, mental and cultural, beyond what is often promoted in national and state narratives. These many incongruous connections and stories await interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary engagement that EWV 11 seeks to highlight.

At the same time, the mobilities of people, ideas and practices during the French colonisation period and later the Soviet period have left long-lasting legacies at the foundations of many aspects of Vietnam’s modern development and identity. It is not an exaggeration to say that many of the individuals who influenced Vietnam’s recent developments and continue to shape its contemporary destiny are those who received their education in the former Soviet countries. Just in the sphere of education, the past decade has witnessed the establishment of a British University in Vietnam, a Vietnamese-German University, and a Vietnam-France University. Hundreds of Vietnamese engineers and professional farmers are being trained in the Netherlands. There have been debates over the opportunity to introduce the Finnish education model into Vietnam, or heated debates over the lasting influences of French and Soviet/Russian education legacies on Vietnam’s higher education, or again, Vietnam’s recent adoption of the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for languages in its National Foreign Language Project 2020. These many connections and stories are also what EWV 11 wishes to bring up, examine critically, and discuss. The conference acknowledges the need for these connections to be recovered or uncovered in Europe and Vietnam.

 

Types of Proposals

The focus of EWV 11 is “Vietnam in Europe. Europe in Vietnam: Identity, Transnationality, and Mobility of People, Ideas and Practices Across Time and Space,” but proposals for EWV 11 may involve topics from all disciplines in the broadest possible sense.

We welcome various types of proposals. Each individual can submit up to two proposals, and one of which can be for inclusion in a panel/symposium/colloquium that you organize or is organized by others. Your proposals can also be for roundtable discussions, exhibitions, documentary/film screening, and performances that are linked to the overall theme of the conference. You can always email us if you need more instructions or clarifications.

Individual Presentations

  • Proposal submissions are in English and within 300 words. Proposals for individual presentations can be single-authored or multi-authored.
  • If accepted, only those who register can have their names listed in the program. This applies to all presentations, single-authored or multi-authored.
  • The accepted submissions for individual presentations will be grouped into 105-minutes parallel thematic panels by the conference organisers. We encourage each individual presentation, regardless of whether it is presented by one author or multiple authors, to be within 15-20 minutes, leaving time for general discussion and Q&A. Interacting with the audience is highly encouraged.
  • The organisers will assign a chair for each thematic panel, and in some cases a discussant if necessary.
  • All proposals are to be submitted online via the official conference websites: engagingwithvietnam.org & engagingwithvietnamconference.org.

Panels/Symposia/Colloquia

  • The conference also accepts proposal submissions in English for a panel/symposium/colloquium session that discusses a related or common theme. This type of session provides panellists with the opportunity to plan ahead how to run the session and to coordinate presentations and discussion in a fruitful manner. It is encouraged that the panellists leave ample time for overall discussion and Q&A. Interacting with the audience is highly encouraged.
  • Proposals for a panel/symposium/colloquium session are within 500 words, specifying the overall focus, key points and arguments, insights and methodological issues, and how each individual presentation is linked to the whole session. Together with this overall proposal of max. 500 words, a proposal of max. 300 words is also required for each individual presentation.
  • Panellists of each panel/symposium/colloquium session usually propose a chair and a discussant at the time of submission. The chair is often the moderator as well. However, if the panellists need the conference to look for a suitable chair or discussant in case their chair or discussant cannot attend the conference, this could be arranged although not guaranteed.
  • A panel/symposium/colloquium session should be within a 105-minutes time frame, consisting of up to 4 related individual presentations. These individual presentations can be single-authored or multi-authored.
  • If accepted, only those who register can have their names listed in the program. This applies to all presentations, single-authored or multi-authored.
  • All proposals are to be submitted online via the official conference websites: engagingwithvietnam.org & engagingwithvietnamconference.org.

In-depth Roundtable Discussion Sessions

  • In-depth Roundtable Discussion is a form of academic discussion, which is often interactive, lively and in focus, and is led by a chair. Participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. Each person is given equal right and time to participate, and as such no one should dominate the discussion. This format is facilitated and illustrated by the idea of a circular layout referred to in the term round table.
  • Proposals for this type of sessions are within 500 words, specifying the overall topic/issue, key points and what is to be discussed and debated, and how each member contributes and what each brings to the whole discussion.
  • The maximum time for a Roundtable Discussion is 105 minutes, and the maximum number of members is 10 for each session. You may request multiple sessions if the number of participants is more than 10 and if the topic under discussion requires extensive engagement. We encourage general conference participants to attend this type of sessions, and therefore Roundtable Discussion members are asked to engage with the audience as much as possible during the session.
  • Only those who register will have their names listed in the program.
  • All proposals are to be submitted online via the official conference websites: engagingwithvietnam.org & engagingwithvietnamconference.org.

Art Exhibitions/Performances

  • Proposals for art exhibitions and/or performances can be emailed directly to the conference address engagingwithvietnam@gmail.com.
  • We need a detailed description of the proposed event, who will participate, if artist’s talk is included, and what is required in terms of space, space setting, equipment, sound and lighting.

Movie/Documentary Screening

  • Proposals for movie/documentary screening can be emailed directly to the conference address engagingwithvietnam@gmail.com.
  • We need a detailed description of the proposed event, including a summary of the movie/documentary, its length, who among the film/documentary making team will participate, if any post-screening discussion is included, and what is required in terms of space, space setting, equipment, sound and lighting.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: April 5th 2019

Notification of Acceptance: On-going until April 10th 2019

  • If you need early notification of acceptance, please indicate it in your submission and contact us via the conference email address.

Registration

EWV 11 participants will pay the same registration rates as ICAS 11 participants. Registered EWV 11 participants can attend both EWV 11 and ICAS 11. In addition to being provided with coffee breaks on Monday 15th July/Tuesday 16th July and lunch on Monday 15th July, EWV 11 participants can enjoy all what ICAS 11 registration covers for the period of 16-19 July 2019. For more information on registration and fees, please see https://eu.eventscloud.com/ehome/icas11/register. Please note the registration rates remain the same for those participants who only participate in EWV 11.

For ICAS 11 participants the Early Bird rate is available until 15 March, but for EWV 11 accepted authors it has been extended to 1 May 2019. The registration link will be included in your acceptance letter.

Queries and questions can be directed to EWV conference email: engagingwithvietnam@gmail.com.

Founders of Engaging With Vietnam:
PHAN Le-Ha & Liam C. KELLEY (University of Hawaii at Manoa & Universiti Brunei Darussalam)

EWV 11 Conference Convenors:
PHAN Le-Ha, Liam C. KELLEY (University of Hawaii at Manoa & Universiti Brunei Darussalam), & Philippe M.F. PEYCAM (International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands)

Members of the Organising Team,
LE Thuy Linh (Monash University, Australia), TRAN Kien (School of Law, VNU Hanoi), VU Minh Hoang (Cornell University), CHAU Duong Quang (SUNY Albany), DANG Phuong Anh & NGO Thi Diem Hang (HNUE, Vietnam), TRAN Le Hoa Tranh & TRAN Nguyen Khang (USSH HCMC), and NGUYEN Huu Su (SOAS, University of London)