5th ASLE-ASEAN Ecocritical Conference

Posthuman Southeast Asia

23-25 November 2023

As human actions continue to undermine the sustainability of Earth’s ecosystems and the stability of the planet as a whole, posthumanism seeks to overcome the legacies of humanism by exploring from a non-anthropocentric perspective the ongoing entanglements of humans and nonhumans. A variety of approaches to the human, the nonhuman, the inhuman, and the posthuman have been at the center of recent work in ecocriticism and across the environmental humanities. Many scholars view posthumanism as a paradigmatic change that is not only reconfiguring academic knowledge about naturecultures, but also giving rise to new and unexpected ways of being-together in a more-than-human world.

Ecocritics and other scholars interested in Southeast Asia are also actively engaged in posthumanist inquiries. After all, this is a region where humans and nonhumans have always been deeply entangled, from the indigeneous and ancient traditions of animism to the variegated and blooming creativity of contemporary literature, art, music, drama, film, and other media.

In this international conference, we want to explore and discuss all these naturalcultural entanglements, the various ways in which we can speak of a posthuman Southeast Asia. But we also hope to provide a forum where scholars, researchers, students, writers, artists, and activists based or working on Southeast Asia may contribute to the global conversation on the posthumanities.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline 31 August 2023
Registration Deadline Registration Extension 1 October 2023 8 October 2023
Publication of Conference Program 1 November 2023
Conference 23-25 November 2023


The conference will take place at Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai, north of Thailand.

Previous ASLE-ASEAN Conferences

Since the creation of ASLE-ASEAN in 2016, its members have regularly hosted ecocritical conferences across Southeast Asia. Click on the images below to find out more about the previous four conferences:

Singapore 2016

Hanoi 2018

Manila 2019

Kuala Lumpur 2021