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Vietnam Update 2013: Consensus and Conflict in Contemporary Vietnam

The Australian National University, 31 October - 1 November 2013

As they approach four decades since the end of the Vietnam Wars, most people in today's Vietnam have no direct personal experience of war or revolutionary violence. Most have known only peace and political stability as they have attempted to benefit from a postwar expansion in socio-economic opportunities and widening of social and cultural horizons. Is this era of peaceable change durable? Have the factors that contributed to decades of destructive wars and divisive social, regional and religious conflicts been resolved decisively?

This Vietnam Update is devoted to the examination of consensus and conflict as key dimensions of contemporary Vietnamese life. The organizers of this year’s Update seek papers which combine first-hand research with critical analysis and the ability to place the conference theme in wider social context. We are particularly interested in the following sets of questions:


1. In an era of globalization and markets what is the ‘glue’ that binds together Vietnamese society? What integrating or co-ordinating role is played by state institutions? How effective are the country’s longstanding political institutions in responding to demands for change?


2. Is nationalism–official and non-official–a unifying force? What other rallying-points and processes promote consensus and community from ‘micro’ to ‘macro’ societal levels?


3. How important in the regulation of social, economic and political affairs are formal conventions and written agreements? Are unwritten norms and rules potentially more binding? What part is played in the regulation of social life or in mobilisation for change by sentiments, memories, stories, symbols and rites?


4. Despite an official emphasis on stability and harmonious integration, conflicts and disputes are a prominent feature of Vietnam’s domestic landscape. What do disputes and conflicts tell us about the grievances and fault-lines that divide the society? By what means, formal and informal, are such disputes articulated, managed and resolved? Of what relevance today are the politics of resistance and revolution by which the ruling party came to power?


5. What are Vietnam’s prospects and means for peaceable dealings with its neighbours, most importantly with China? How might Vietnam find itself aligned in emerging regional, transnational and global conflicts? What structures, forces, passions and trends shape the country’s negotiation of its fast-changing regional context and new security challenges?


Interested writers are invited to submit paper proposals on the above themes. We do not expect each paper to address all the sets of questions noted above. We would like, however, each paper to take up issues from more than one of these sets. Papers can approach the issues in different ways; we expect variety in this regard. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged Contributions should endeavour to put the discussion in comparative perspective.


Proposal Submission:
Contributors should send their proposals and a one page CV to Philip Taylor by 25 May 2013. Email:
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Each proposal should be no longer than 600 words. The proposal should outline how the paper relates to the issues highlighted in the above set of questions and the kind of research the paper will be based on. The conference organizers will then decide which proposals to accept. We will then extend invitations to the authors of the selected proposals to prepare and present their papers to the conference. The organizers also reserve the right to solicit papers, if necessary, from individuals who did not submit proposals.


Funding for travel and accommodation is available and details will be discussed later with each paper presenter.


Paper Specifications:
The paper itself should be submitted 30 days before the date of the conference.


The paper should not exceed 10,000 words and it should include appropriate bibliography and citations. Each paper should include an abstract of 200 words.


Presentation and Publication:
We envisage about ten paper presentations during a one and a half day workshop in Canberra on 31 October and 1 November 2013.


At the Update each author will have approximately 40 minutes to summarize what her/his paper argues and the evidence used. The conference will also have to other presentations about recent political and economic developments in Vietnam. The full text of the paper may be included subject to any necessary revisions to meet publication requirements, in a refereed book that we hope will be published within a year after the conference.

For more information on this Vietnam Update theme or questions about paper proposals please contact the Update convenors John Gillespie ( Địa chỉ email này đã được bảo vệ từ spam bots, bạn cần kích hoạt Javascript để xem nó. ) and Philip Taylor ( Địa chỉ email này đã được bảo vệ từ spam bots, bạn cần kích hoạt Javascript để xem nó. ).

Philip Taylor
Department of Anthropology
College of Asia and the Pacific
Australian National University
Canberra, ACT, 0200
Ph. 61-2-61252300
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