Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Social Knowledge Sciences and Education (ICSKSE 2022)

Conference name: Proceedings of the International Conference on Communication, Language, Education and Social Sciences (CLESS 2022)
Date: 25-27 July 2022
Location: Cyberjaya, Malaysia (Online)

Each country in Southeast Asia has experienced numerous adversities, from pandemic and disasters, to inequalities and threats to democracy. Adding to these challenges, are our common experiences of colonialism where its legacies still resonate in the present. Southeast Asia connectivity in early modern times through trade networks and migration, for example, diminished along with colonial occupation and trade monopoly. The effects of colonialism became part of Southeast Asia social political contour today, such as the politics of othering and social segregation. Despite these challenges, we continue to participate in global commitments geared towards realizing sustainable development and tackling environmental problems. Furthermore, Southeast Asia’s social movement has shown a strong contestation towards authoritarianism. The protests against the military regime in Thailand and Myanmar, and also the global connectivity of agrarian movement, are part of Southeast Asia’s continuous struggles towards democracy and to countervail the imbalance global power relation.

On the other hand, Southeast Asia has produced significant studies that critically examined the global power of knowledge production. Categories of ‘developing, undeveloped or third world’ have been largely questioned, as these categories created more segregation and reflected Orientalist notion rather than acknowledging countries of Southeast Asia and others as a distinct entity. Influential works, such as Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities have contributed greatly to scrutinize the concept of nationalism. In the field of political science and citizenship, practices such as informal politics, clientelism and patronage that delineate the political sphere in Southeast Asia, have brought scholars to demand a move from seeing these practices as a deviation in conventional political science into considering them as a distinct political practice. The term ‘patronage democracy’ emerges as an example of how studies on Southeast Asia contribute to the production of new knowledge and critical theories.

As one of the transformative forces, Southeast Asia also participated in the production of technology for research and education. The COVID-19 pandemic created challenges for scientists and teachers, but also encouraged us to overcome the situation of remote teaching and research. As one of the top-user countries of social media, digital technology has evolved in its features and functions more rapidly than before, which also transforms the use of printed media today. Furthermore, the use of technology in environmental research brings enormous advantages in producing influential output and results. However, the vast development of technology triggers further problems. It includes while at the same time excluding other groups.

Under this backdrop, our conference will explore these important questions: What makes Southeast Asia resilient? Why? What brought Southeast Asia together as ‘Southeast Asia’? What are the challenges for Southeast Asia today? How do we overcome them? How does Southeast Asia contest and cooperate with global powers within the international network? This conference will bring together academics, educators, activists, or even policy makers who work on Southeast Asia to discuss those questions. Experts within and outside the countries of Southeast Asia are welcometo share their research and knowledge on various issues about the region.

The aim of this conference is to bring scholars, practitioners, educators in the field of social science, to generate interdisciplinary approach in social science research, particularly in Southeast Asian studies, to identify emerging issues of social science in Southeast Asia, to create new network of scholars, practitioners, and educators in Southeast Asia, and the possibility to establish a consortium of various institutions.