When: Friday, 19 April 2013 to Sunday, 21 April 2013

Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (Pyle Center)

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS) will be held on April 19-21, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The main objective of the conference is to promote Lao studies, broadly defined, by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao Studies. Conference information (as well as information on previous International Lao Studies Conferences) can also be accessed at the Center for Lao Studies Conference website.


The theme of the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies is ‘Lao Studies’ as well as ‘The diverse ethnic groups of Laos’. However, this conference intends to accommodate all academic scholarship in the social sciences and humanities related to Laos, and peoples linked either to identifying as Lao or to the country of Laos more generally, including people from all ethnic groups in Laos, and diaspora communities all over the world.


The conference will bring together Lao Studies scholars and researchers from all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and all intellectual and political perspectives, to share paper presentations, panel presentations, exhibits, performances, and cultural activities.


  1. Please submit abstracts in English before October 31, 2012
  2. Submit abstracts electronically, sending preferably a Microsoft word file (document) in an e-mail attachment to [email protected] (see here for specific instructions regarding preparing abstracts)

For further information, see here, or for discussion of the previous conference in Khon Kaen, Thailand, in 2010, see here, here, and here.