EuroSEAS Homepage


Welcome to the website of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS), the world’s largest organisation devoted to the study of Southeast Asia. EuroSEAS aims to stimulate scholarly cooperation within Europe in the field of Southeast Asian studies. It was founded in 1992 and EuroSEAS members work primarily in the humanities and social sciences, from archeology to economics, from anthropology to linguistics, and from art history, literature, theatre studies to religious studies.The main EuroSEAS activity is the organization of an international conference bringing together hundreds of specialists on Southeast Asia from all over the world. So far, conferences have been held respectively in Leiden (1995), Hamburg (1998), London (2001), Paris (2004), Naples (2007), Gothenburg (2010), Lisbon (2013) and Vienna (2015). The next EuroSEAS conference will be held in Oxford from 15-18 August 2017.

I attended my first EuroSEAS conference in Hamburg in 1998, and soon found that lots of people all over Europe shared my own longstanding fascination with the region. By pooling our expertise and exchanging ideas, we have been able to create a vigorous international and inter-disciplinary academic community. The conferences have attracted hundreds of participants, not just from Europe, but also from Australia, North America, Asia and elsewhere – including a growing contingent from Southeast Asia itself.

From its modest experimental beginnings in the early 1990s, EuroSEAS has now become a European-based, globally-oriented organisation. With our secretariat now permanently based in Leiden, in the years ahead we hope to move to a two-year conference cycle. EuroSEAS will also initiate yearly meetings of talented PhD students whose work will be discussed by senior scholars. The next PhD Master Class will be held on 17 June 2016 in Leiden.

I am also proud to announce that the 9th EuroSEAS conference will take place at the University of Oxford from 15-18 August 2017. Please keep an eye on our website for updates. There we will continue our great tradition of gathering in some of the finest cities in Europe, to meet old friends and colleagues, and to encounter new ones in a cosmopolitan spirit of exchange. EuroSEAS is always the most welcoming conference in my diary, and you will not regret adding it to yours.

Duncan McCargo

Membership EuroSEAS
Participants of the EuroSEAS conferences are automatically member of EuroSEAS until the next conference. It is also possible to become a member without visiting the conference. The membership fee is € 30 (for two years). For registration send an email to Yayah Siegers-Samaniri (secretariat EuroSEAS):