East-West Center - The 21st International graduate student conference

January 14, 2022

Opportunity begins:

Feb 17, 2022

Opportunity ends:

Feb 20, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Online


This year is the 21st year of the International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) taking place February 17-20th, 2022. The East-West Center (EWC) is inviting graduate students and young professionals from around the world to submit abstracts relating to the Asia Pacific region.



The IGSC will be hosted online, utilizing the conference platform Whova, which incorporates real-time program sessions, poster sessions, Zoom group meetings, and various virtual activities for dynamic interactions among participants.


The conference will provide an opportunity to share interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary perspectives formally, through presenting and attending panel presentations, and informally, through networking with scholars and community members across disciplines in the warm and collaborative environment of the EWC.

A long-standing goal of the EWC has been to promote collaborative and mutually-beneficial partnerships between communities and scholars. Much of our research is rooted in the collective knowledge, insight, and years of effort contributed by communities, organizations, and experts across the Asia-Pacific region. Even so, academic findings can often end up limited to scholars and experts, which leads to a greater knowledge gap between researchers and working professionals. Therefore, innovative types of communication and partnership are needed to promote research understanding and community interaction.

This year the conference theme is "Reimagining our Shared Future." With emergent challenges at the planetary level, ranging from environmental issues, rising inequalities, poverty, ideological polarization, to a global pandemic, it is essential to reimagine a more just and sustainable future for all on our shared planet Earth. These issues prompt renewed attention to the entire ecosystem—living beings and nonliving things—that form the basis of life on Earth. This includes but is not limited to humans, animals, plants, inanimate objects, elements, energy, systems and structures.  

Besides producing new knowledge and innovative solutions, emerging scholars’ responsibilities may also include revisiting ancient or indigenous knowledge concerning the human or non-human world that crosses a multiplicity of disciplines to address the contemporary issues on Earth. Thus, IGSC 2022 invites contributions across a wide range of disciplines that 

  1. aim to contribute to the sharing and advancement of the multiple knowledges, epistemologies, and ontologies of the Asia-Pacific region, and 
  2. reimagine theory, practice, and policy for a more just and sustainable shared future. 

We also invite artistic expressions that utilize alternative methods for reimagining the world we live in. 

We especially welcome (but are not limited to) interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contributions, and research that applies non-Western, decolonial, post-colonial, and indigenous lenses. 

For any inquiries or questions regarding the conference, please connect with us at igsc@eastwestcenter.org

The 2022 conference activities will be hosted fully online this year, utilizing the conference platform Whova. Information for logging into Whova will be provided at a later date. We are excited to plan an integrated conference and networking experience from the comfort of our own homes.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

  •  Graduate students and young professionals from around the world 


Deadline: January 14, 2022

Program Starts: February 17, 2022

Program Ends: February 20, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

The early bird registration fee for presenters is $25.00 (US Dollar) if registering before 12/31/2021. After this, the fee will increase to $35.00. Registration closes on 1/14/2022.

Do you offer registration waivers for financial hardship?
In general, no, however, if you have extenuating circumstances we may be able to provide you with a registration waiver to be able to attend the conference. Please email us at igsc@eastwestcenter.org so we can consider your situation on a case-by-case basis.

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