Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting, October 20-22, 2023

Extended deadline for submitting paper/panel proposals until August 1, 2023

The Council of Thai Studies (COTS) invites students, scholars, and practitioners to submit proposals for individual papers, panels of papers, and roundtable discussions for its 2023 Annual Meeting, which will be hosted in-person by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Thai Studies Committee at Northern Illinois University (NIU) from October 20-22, 2023. We welcome all topics and perspectives from any discipline and background that focus on Thai Studies broadly construed. We also welcome presentations in Thai language.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Prasit Leepreecha (Chiang Mai University). Dr. Leepreecha will start the conference off on Friday, October 20 at 12 noon US Central Time with his keynote address.

First established in 1972 at NIU by Dr. Ladd Thomas and Dr. Clark D. Neher, COTS is an informal consortium of scholars with interests in Thai Studies. The annual COTS meeting was designed as a space for scholars, students, and practitioners to share works in progress, preliminary findings, notes from the field, as well as present projects that are more developed on topics related to Thai Studies. 

This is a free event and is open to the general public.


Types of Proposals:


-Individual Papers, Film Screenings, and other types of media presentation: Please submit an abstract (250 words), along with the presenter’s contact information.


-Panels of Papers: Please submit an abstract (300 words) for the panel, a list of participants, and abstracts (250 words) for individual papers, along with the panel organizer’s contact information 


-Roundtable Discussion: Please submit an abstract (250 words) for the roundtable and a list of participants, along with the roundtable organizer’s contact information


-Virtual presentations: A small number of asynchronous virtual papers or panels of papers will be considered. If you wish to propose a virtual paper or panel, please indicate that clearly on your proposal submission. If you have questions about virtual options, please contact Dr. Kanjana Thepboriruk (


Proposals can be submitted electronically on the conference website at


Please submit your proposals no later than August 1, 2023. 


NIU’s Thai Studies Committee invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit their full paper for the COTS 2023 Best Student Paper Prize ($250 for undergraduate level; $500 for graduate level), to be presented at the meeting. Students should submit papers for consideration by email to Dr. Micah Morton ( by September 8, 2023. Please include “COTS 2023 Best Student Paper Prize” in the email subject line. In addition, non-NIU undergraduate and graduate student presenters will be provided with free shared hotel accommodation at NIU’s Hotel at Holmes in the center of campus. A block of rooms in the Hotel at Holmes will also be reserved for non-student COTS’ participants.


Inquiries regarding the submission process or the conference, more generally, can be sent to Dr. Micah Morton ( 

Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 12:00 PM

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