First International Conference on Lao Studies

May 20-22, 2005   Northern Illinois University   DeKalb, USA | Home | Abstracts & Papers | Program | Registration | Post-Conference | Accommodations | | Participants | Downloads | Sponsors


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First International Conference on Lao Studies


 Overall Theme: Promote & Develop Lao Studies

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Northern Illinois University is pleased to announce the First International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS) to be held on Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2005 in DeKalb, Illinois, USA.  The main objective of this conference is to provide an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao studies.



The Lao PDR today has a population of more than five million people, comprising an amazing complex of ethnolinguistic groups.  Moreover, the number of people in the Lao "diaspora" numbers as many as twenty-five million. In recent years there has been an increased interest in Laos and its peoples as subjects of serious discussion by scholars and the interested public alike. Indeed, there has been a flowering of scholarly publications on topics pertaining to Laos in the last several decades and a growing interest cultivated by the international media with its global reach. The First Lao History Symposium, held in the Spring of 2003 at the University of California-Berkeley, heralded the burgeoning of a growing interest in Lao studies among a new generation of scholars.  This conference will build on that momentum.

The 2005 conference will feature papers on any topic concerning Lao Studies.  Topics include all ethnolinguistic groups of Laos, the Isan Lao and other ethnic Lao groups in Thailand, cross-border ethnic groups in Thailand, Vietnam, China, Burma, and Cambodia (e.g., Akha, Hmong, Khmu, Mien, Lao Phuan, Tai Lue, Tai Dam), and overseas Laotians.

For more information, please contact:


Center for Southeast Asian Studies Outreach Coordinator Julia Lamb:
Professor Catherine Raymond:
Professor John Hartmann:
Vinya Sysamouth:

or other organizers


Contact Address:


Center for Southeast Asian Studies
412 Adams Hall
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115 USA
Phone: 1-815-753-1771

FAX: 1-815-753-1776
Center's Webpage:

Lao Studies I Webpage:


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