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Post Conference



Photo: Toni Philadeng


Congratulations to Arizona State University who will host the Second International Conference on Lao Studies on May 3-6, 2007




Please click below to see pictures of the Lao Studies Conference and Lao Cultural Night.

Phet.Org (cultural night)

LaoPlanet.Net (conference)

LaoPlanet.Net (cultural night)

OnLaos.Com (cultural night)



Dr. John G. Peters, President of Northern Illinois University opens Lao Studies                                                    Lao Studies participants 

Photo: Phoumy Sayavong


The First International Conference on Lao Studies was overwhelmingly successful due to your contribution and participation. The conference brought together over 350 people from five continents and 15 different countries, of which over 20 participants were from Lao PDR. This three-day conference consisted of 36 sessions and featured over 110 presenters. Representatives from various ethnic groups (e.g., Hmong, Tai Dam, Khmu), religious affiliations (e.g., Buddhist monks and Christian pastors), Lao overseas and Lao PDR scholars, high school students, university professors, and community members were participants at ICLS, truly making it an international gathering. The number of people who participated in the Lao Culture Night in Elgin was over 600.

The success of the conference also garnered three university institutions to compete to host the next conference. The next Lao Studies conference will be in 2007, hosted by Arizona State University at Tempe, which currently has an active Lao Studies program. See:



                                   Lao Studies participants                        Photo: Fongsamouth Phengphaengsy


Conference Program

To view and print conference program in PDF file, click on the naga below:

PDF Adobe Format   7MB


Scenes from the conference

Photo: Phoumy Sayavong



If you would like to provide feedbacks on the conference, please feel free to email back at this email address:  If you want to remain anonymous, please send your comments via regular mail to:

Lao Studies Conference
c/o Vinya Sysamouth
PO Box 410874
San Francisco, CA 94141-0874


                Lao Cultural Night, Elgin, IL                               Photo:



We need pictures. Most of the conference committee members were very busy so we didn't' get a chance to take many pictures. We desperately need your contribution. Please provide us with links to pictures you have taken during the conference or send them directly to this email address: Please provide us with your full name and permission allowing Lao Studies to post them on our website or compile them into a CD. We need your full name so we could give you the photo credit. You may also burn your pictures into a disk and send them to:

Lao Studies Conference
c/o Vinya Sysamouth
PO Box 410874
San Francisco, CA 94141-0874


                  Lao Studies presenters                Photo: Toni Philadeng


Full Paper for Proceedings

Presenters who wish to be considered for publication in the conference's proceedings, please follow the guidelines provided on the webpage: The deadline for submission is September 1, 2005.  Vetted papers will be published in the First ICLS Proceedings using Author's Guidelines developed by the NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies Publications Program.  To ensure inclusion in the volume, submit a camera-ready copy of your paper by September 1, 2005.   Papers should be single space, no longer than 20 pages, left and right margins should be set at 2.13 inches, top and bottom margins should be set at 1.75 inches, paper's font size should be set at 11 pt., and the font size of the paper's title should be set at 12 pt. (Times New Roman font) in the final format described in Author's Guidelines (See sample document).  If you are using any special fonts such as Lao fonts or IPA, please attach the font files with your article when you e-mail the paper.



Lao Studies presentation               Photo:



     Lao Studies presentation rooms         

Photo: Phoumy Sayavong


Official Conference DVD

We had a professional film maker, Mr. Nith LaCroix, documenting the conference and Cultural Night. He has recorded 15 hours of footage and will reduce it down to about 5 hours. More details will be provided later about the purchase of this DVD when as it becomes available.



         Lao Studies participants carrying conference tote bags       Photo: Toni Philadeng


Reports on Lao Studies

Radio Free Asia: :

Listen to report, click HERE


Voice of America:

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Lao Cultural Night

    Photos courtesy of Todd Haverkos Photography.  Used with permission.
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ICLS organizing committee