Call for papers: Eighth Worldwide Conference of the SEAA

Call for papers: Eighth Worldwide Conference of the SEAA

The Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA) is pleased to announce that the Eighth SEAA Worldwide Conference will be held in Nanjing, China, on June 8-11, 2018. The conference will be hosted by the School of History at Nanjing University. The local organizer of the conference is Professor ZHANG Liangren.

The conference offers an opportunity for researchers to present the results of their work on any of a broad range of topics relating to East Asian archaeology. We look forward to receiving proposals for presentations, posters or short films as individual proposals or in organized sessions. We welcome submissions that highlight the growth and depth of East Asian archaeology as a field of study, and encourage submissions that focus on adjacent regions such as Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and North and Central Asia.

Examples of possible topics include, but are not limited to, archaeological scientific approaches to East Asian topics, theoretical deliberations that crosscut geographical boundaries, and research of particular sites, regions, or cultures. The length of individual talks will be approximately 20 minutes, although the specifics will ultimately depend on the final number of presentations. The conference language is English.

Information about SEAA, SEAA membership, and the Eighth Worldwide Conference in Nanjing (including the registration and proposal forms as well as post-conference tours and accommodation options) will be published on the SEAA website as they become available.

The deadline for the submission of presentation and session proposals is December 1, 2017.


General information and procedures:

SEAA membership and conference fee

  • All conference participants are required to be current SEAA members AND to pay the conference registration fee of USD120.
  • SEAA members whose membership expires prior to the conference will be notified by email by the SEAA Treasurer so that they have the chance to renew their membership ahead of time. Relevant forms and instructions for the payment of the SEAA membership and conference registration fees are available on the SEAA website:
  • Inquiries regarding a participant’s current SEAA membership should be directed to the SEAA Treasurer, Anke HEIN:


Proposal submission process

  • Proposers of individual presentations and organized sessions should fill out the relevant downloadable proposal form and submit it to by no later than December 1, 2017.
  • Once proposers have become current SEAA members and paid their conference fees, their proposals will be submitted to the conference organizing committee in Nanjing for review. Once the proposals have been accepted, they will be incorporated into the conference program. In the event the proposal is rejected, both the conference and membership fees will be reimbursed.


Visas and accommodation

  • All non-membership and non-conference registration inquiries should be directed to Professor ZHANG Liangren of Nanjing University (, including requests from those in need of an acceptance letter confirming their participation at the conference as well as those in need of an invitation letter to obtain a visa for China.
    Letters will be available after satisfying membership and conference fee requirements.
  • Further information regarding the conference (e.g. additional accommodation, postconference excursions, etc.) will be communicated as it becomes available. This will be done on the SEAA website itself, as well as by occasional emails sent to all current members.