international conference and cultural event (icce) of aceh 2008: call for papers and proposals

THE 1st International Conference and Cultural Event (ICCE) of Aceh will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21 & 22, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The ICCE of Aceh 2008 is organized through a collaboration of over ten international Acehnese student associations around the globe. International graduate students, scholars and community workers across Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the United States are kindly invited to join approximately 60 international Acehnese graduate students and participants in order to provide inputs as well as to endorse a wider opportunity for researchers and academics activity.

As an interdisciplinary conference, we welcome applications from international graduate students engaged in research on topics: Natural Disaster, Conflict Resolution, Peace Building, Islam and Democracy, Disaster Management, Peace Building, Ethnic Identity and Culture, and Recovery and Development; enclosed by the theme, “Beyond Tsunami: The Aceh Experience and International Application”

The general tentative agenda of the event includes:

THE TENTATIVE AGENDA
Saturday, September 20, 2008
01:00pm – 01:30pm Opening Exhibition: “Aceh Visual Retrospective”
Evening
07:30pm – 09:30pm 1st Screening Movie and Discussion (the program will continue the following weeks till October 18, 2008)

Monday, October 20, 2008
09:00am – 05:00am Field Trip to the Historical site in Hawaii

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
09:00am – 09:40am Opening Remarks
09:30am – 09:40am Acehnese art performing “Rapa’i Geleng”
09:40am – 12.00pm Seminar and Dialog I
12:10pm – 02:00pm Lunch Break
02:00pm – 05:00pm Seminar and Dialog II
Evening
07:30pm – 09:30pm International Indonesian-Acehnese Students Forum I
(Workshop and Leadership Development Program for Indonesian-Acehnese Students)
Venue: Korean Studies Auditorium
05:00pm – 7:00pm Conference Dinner
Presents:
• “Holoku”, Hawaian dance
• “Pho”, Acehnese ritual ceremony and dance

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
08:30am – 10:30am International Graduate Students Conference
10:30am – 10:45am Coffee Break
10:45am – 12:45pm International Graduate Students Conference
12:45am – 02:00pm Lunch Break
02:00am – 05:00pm International Indonesian-Acehnese Students Forum II
Evening
06:00pm – 9:00pm Potluck

Thursday, October 23, 2008
07:30am – 09:30pm Special Performing Arts “DANCE FROM ACEH” (Invited by the EWC, Honolulu, Hawaii)

The venue of the event will mainly be at the Hawaii Imin Conference Center at Jefferson Hall (http://www.eastwestcenter.org/about-ewc/conference-center/).

A group of graduate students and scholars can also propose to organize a special session of their specific interest on research about Aceh. The organizer will try their best to accommodate any proposed special session into the overall agenda of the conference. However, it is strongly recommended that funding for such session to be borne or secured by those who propose them.

Presentations are 20 minutes long and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. The paper and proposal must include a 200 to 250 word maximum abstract. Student’s contact information including: full name, university affiliation, field(s), and a current email address, should be at the top of every document submitted.

Abstracts should demonstrate a clear focus or statement of the problem, a coherent argument, knowledge of previous research, and a statement of the implications for the selected ICCE of Aceh 2008’s theme.

The online and postmark deadline for submission of Abstract is Sunday, August 31, 2008. (Extended)

Address for submissions:
*Online: acehconf@gmail.com
*Postal mail:
LAC – Aceh Conference
c/o Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), UHM
1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 416, Honolulu, Hawai’i 96822 USA

The organizer is unable to offer funding for transportation and accommodations. Please contact your home institution for available funds. The organizer, however, will provide an official invitation letter for those who need it.

Three scholarships from Aceh Relief Fund (www.acehrelief.org), in the form of travel reimbursement of $500 each will be awarded to three best graduate student papers. In order to be considered for the scholarship, full papers must be submitted by Monday, September 8, 2008. (Extended).

No-shows inconvenience the chair, discussant, fellow panelists, and audience members attending the session. Participants who discover they are unable to attend the meeting should notify the LAC chair and acehconf@gmail.com immediately.

Travel and Lodging
Shuttle Bus or Taxi takes about 25 minutes from Honolulu airport to the conference housing at the site of the main conference venue: 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96848 USA;
Tel. +1 808 944 7805

A limited number of rooms are available for conference accommodation. Please reserved immediately and check the following link for the detail information about the conference accommodation. (http://www.eastwestcenter.org/about-ewc/housing/conference-housing/)

Participant may also check the available lodging in the close vicinity to the conference’s venue through the link:http://www.citytowninfo.com/places/hawaii/honolulu/travel

For information about Honolulu airport and transportation, please check the following website: http://www.honoluluairport.com/

The local Arrangements Committee for this event is working in cooperation with several organizations and in Honolulu to ensure its success. This included the Hawaii chapter of the Indonesian Students Association (PERMIAS), the East-West Center arts and education programs, the Center of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, and the Indonesian Embassy and Consulate in the United State.

The event invites speakers whose expert in their fields to share their expertise and experience during their involvements rebuilding Aceh. Students are expected to appreciate and take advantage the information shared throughout this conference. At the end of the meeting, it is expected that the primary host of this event, the collaboration of over ten international Acehnese student associations, will form an Aceh Studies Association to endorse a wider opportunity for research and academic activities.

For questions about local arrangements, please contact:
+1 808-944-6105 or 808-542-2497 (Ari)
or email: acehconf@gmail.com

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