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7th International Conference on Lao Studies

7th International Conference on Lao Studies

Event Venue:

Deakin Waurn Ponds 75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, VIC, 3216, Australia ( Map )

The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Seventh International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS7) will be held on November 15-18, 2022, with the theme Science, society, and healthy futures.

It will be the first online Lao Studies Conference. The main objective of the conference is to provide an international forum for scholars and practitioners to present and discuss any research that is directly concerned with Laos.



  • Online performance and dance lesson by Fang Lao contemporary dance

  • Online art show featuring contemporary Lao artists and art talks

  • Comprehensive academic program

  • Film screening and talks

  • Easy-to-access and interactive keynote addresses

  • Sessions accessible to people from all time zones

  • Limited space for a small face-to-face gathering hosted at Alfred Deakin Institute, Geelong, Australia.


Elizabeth Elliott

Elizabeth is a Medical Anthropologist and currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Science, Technology and Society cluster of the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

She also works as an applied anthropologist within public health to research and develop approaches which listen and respond to the experiences of the people it aims to support.

Paul-David Lutz

Dr. Paul-David Lutz recently completed his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Sydney. His thesis provides an ethnographic account of socio-economic and rituo-cosmological change in an upland Khmu and Akha village in far-north Laos. It is currently being developed into a book. Prior to his PhD, Paul-David worked for various rural development projects in upland Laos and Vietnam.

Rosalie Stolz

Rosalie Stolz is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Anthropology at Heidelberg University. In her ethnographic research, focused on Southeast Asia (and Laos in particular), she specializes in the topics of houses, kinship, sociality and socio-economic change. As well as having published on kinship, spirits and houses in Social Analysis, Ethnos and HAU among others, she is co-editor of the special issue on ‘Upland Pioneers’ in the journal Social Anthropology (together with Oliver Tappe, 2021).

Charles Zuckerman

Charles Zuckerman is a linguistic anthropologist who studies Laos. His doctoral project explored gender and the moral and communicative dimensions of gambling in Luang Prabang. He was recently named a 2022-2023 Fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies and will spend his fellowship year turning his research on gambling into a book.


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