• Associate Prof. Liam C. Kelley
    University of Hawaii Manoa
  • Professor Phan Le Ha
    Founder of EWV, University of Hawaii Manoa & Monash University
  • Dr. Jason Gibbs
    San Francisco Public Library
  • Nhung Walsh
    Indochina Arts Partnership
  • Professor Pierre Asselin
    Hawaii Pacific University
  • Nguyễn Quốc Thành
    Nhà Sàn Collective & Queer Forever!
  • Professor Fazal Rizvi
    University of Melbourne
  • Nguyen Phuong Linh
    Nha San Collective
  • Trinh Le Anh
    USSH, Vietnam National University Hanoi
  • Professor Frederick Lau
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Dr. Tuan Hoang
    Pepperdine University
  • Dr. Bao Dat
    Monash University
  • Professor Peter Arnade
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Dr. Nguyễn Thị Hạnh
    Hawaii Pacific University
  • Dr. Deane Neubauer
    UH Manoa, APHERP, East-West Center
  • Dr. Thanh Phùng
    ULIS - VNU Hanoi
  • Associate Prof. Jonathan Warren
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Professor Donald B. Young
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Dr. Le Thuy Linh
    Hanoi National University of Education
  • Ngô Hồng Quang
    Independent Musician/Singer

The 8th "Engaging with Vietnam - An Interdisciplinary Dialogue" Conference


Engaging With Vietnam through Scholarship and the Arts

(Just to clarify: You do not have to be an artist or work in the arts to participate in this year's Engaging With Vietnam Conference. As always, this is a MULTI-DISCIPLINARY conference. The keynote sessions will demonstrate how artists and musicians are asking the same questions about society as academics, while the breakout sessions will enable academics to "engage with Vietnam" in their own ways. While you do not have to do arts to participate and present at the conference, being at the conference will give you every opportunity to have a dialogue with the arts and with scholars working on scholarship related to Vietnam.)


Dates: 4th - 10th October, 2016

(including pre and post conference receptions, lectures, and activities)

Venue: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu

Host: University of Hawaii at Manoa


Engaging with Vietnam: www.engagingwithvietnam.org

Engaging with Vietnam Conference: www.engagingwithvietnam.net


EngagingwithVietnam YouTube Channel


The Engaging with Vietnam conference series has always encouraged dialogues between disciplines. It is in that spirit that this year’s conference will seek to facilitate conversations between various academic disciplines and the arts.

In recent years the Vietnamese arts world - be it music, painting or performance - has been very active and dynamic in attempting to “engage with Vietnam,” in the broadest sense, in our current era of globalization and societal change. Alongside the featuring of signature scholarship from scholars in various academic disciplines, in this year’s conference we will also be highlighting in our keynote sessions the work of various artists and their engagements with Vietnamese society, culture and history as a way to build connections between the arts world and academia. We find that both of these communities ask many of the same questions, but they, for most part, remain rather disconnected. Therefore, by engaging the two in a dialogue we hope that all can work together more productively and creatively and to find more rigorous and interdisciplinary answers to their questions.

As well as dedicating to Engaging with Vietnam through Scholarship and the Arts, we are also making every attempt to engage in this event the arts community/ies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and in Hawaii more broadly. We hope such multiple engagements will enrich and stimulate scholarship and creativity in meaningful ways.

With this in mind, we would like to invite you to participate in the 8th Engaging with Vietnam conference. As usual, we look forward to receiving abstracts from you that continue to inform and challenge us with solid and innovative ideas and findings. You do not have to do arts to participate and present at the conference, but being at the conference will give you every opportunity to have a dialogue with the arts.


Thank you and we look forward to a stimulating conference.


Aloha nui,


On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Phan Le Ha, College of Education (Founder, Conference Co-Chair and Co-Convener)

Liam Kelley, Department of History (Co-Founder, Conference Co-Chair and Co-Convener)