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LSE Southeast Asia Forum

Meeting up with influential thinkers in a field of my interest was a great opportunity for me to ask questions and put a human face to the incisive argumentation and pages of publications carrying their names. This event was truly a gem!

Cheryl Shea Tham, International Relations student at LSE

Our flagship event, the annual LSE Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) brings together leading Southeast Asia experts to engage with some of the region's most critical and pressing issues, as well as showcases the high-quality research on Southeast Asia conducted at LSE.

Plans for the 2022/3, SEAF are underway and it will take place in a hybrid format, currently scheduled in February 2023. Further details will be posted in due course. The events will offer a unique opportunity to learn from cutting-edge research and gain insight from experts working in and on Southeast Asia. We look forward to seeing you there. 


Previous Years’ Forums


LSE Southeast Asia Week 2021 - 25-29 October

Session I: Environment and Politics in Southeast Asia: Presentations by the awardees of the SEAC Research Fund
Session II: Roundtable: Comparative Urbanism for Southeast Asia 
Session III: The Role of Philanthropy in a New Social Contract
Session IV: Work and Life in the COVID-19 Era: (Preliminary) findings from the SEAC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Projects
Session V: Society and Economy in Southeast Asia: Presentations by LSE PhD researchers

Summary, programme and recordings of the 2021 Forum


LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2020 - 26-30 October

Session I: Politics and Economics of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia
Session II: Migration and Mobility in the COVID-19 Era
Session III: ASEAS UK-SEAC Panels on ECR and Southeast Asia Research
Session IV: Whither Southeast Asia Research?: Roundtable with Centre Directors
Session V: Politics of City-Making in Southeast Asia
Session VI: Environmental Resilience and Southeast Asia

Summary, programme and recordings of the 2020 Forum


LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2019 - Tuesday 29th October

Keynote Lecture: Partnership and Sustainability for Thailand and ASEAN for the Future
Panel I - SEAC #urbanisation theme: Smart Cities in Southeast Asia 
Panel II - SEAC #connectivity theme: The impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on infrastructure and politics in Southeast Asia                          
Panel III -  SEAC #governance theme: Electoral politics in Southeast Asia from a grassroots perspective

Summary, programme and recordings the 2019 Forum

LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2018 - Monday 21st May

Keynote Lecture: ASEAN in a Contested World: Singapore's 2018 chairmanship priorities
Panel I – The Great Powers' Economic Engagement of Southeast Asia
Panel II – Economic Challenges and Risks in Southeast Asia
Panel III – Leadership and Political Futures
Panel IV – Myanmar: challenges and risks

Summary, programme and podcasts of the 2018 Forum

LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2017 - Monday 22nd May

Keynote Lecture: Southeast Asia in 2017: challenges and opportunities
Panel I – The ASEAN Economic Community: reality and myth
Panel II – ASEAN 50 Years and Regional Order
Taster session – Hypnotism and Javanese Magnetism
Panel III – Political Landscapes and Dynamics: Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand
Panel IV – Political Change and Foreign Policy: Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines

Summary, programme and podcasts of the 2017 Forum

LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2016 - Friday 13th May

Morning Keynote Lecture
Panel I – ASEAN Security
Panel II – Religion in Southeast Asia
Panel III – ASEAN Horizons
Panel IV – Inclusion and Exclusion in Southeast Asia
Evening Keynote Lecture

Summary, programme and podcasts of the 2016 Forum