Call for Proposals

TOURING VIETNAM: Exploring “Development”, “Tourism” and “Sustainability” in Vietnam from Multi-disciplinary and Multi-directional Perspectives


Part I: December 28-31, 2017: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Part II: December 31, 2017: Express train from Ho Chi Minh City to Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen

Part III: January 1-4, 2018: Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen, Vietnam

Co-hosting organizations: University of Social Science and Humanities – Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City and University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

Conference Co-Chairs and Co-Convenors:

The 9th Engaging with Vietnam conference with three joined parts will bring about a completely new experience to those who have so far participated and will participate in our conference series. With the theme of exploring “development,” “tourism,” and “sustainability” in/of Vietnam from multi-disciplinary and multi-directional perspectives, the 9th EWV conference will introduce various activities, ranging from keynote sessions and academic presentations to exhibitions, idea contests, a policy forum, Q&A sessions, curriculum development, sightseeing, field observations, and music performances that are all integrated to offer participants opportunities to feel, think, engage, try out and live the conference theme.

Other distinctive features of EWV9 are its length and location. Its length is innovative, as the complete experience will take place over a period of almost 8 days, from December 28 2017 to January 4 2018. Its location is also innovative, as the conference will be held at two places and participants will “tour” from South (Ho Chi Minh City) to Central Vietnam (Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen), a connection that will entail an enjoyable evening tour on the Thống Nhất (Reunification) express train. Participants will celebrate together New Year’s Eve and welcome 2018 on “tàu Thống Nhất,” whereby their explorations of and engagement with Vietnam’s “development,” “tourism” and “sustainability” will continue.

As usual, our keynote sessions and featured panels with speakers from several disciplines will lay out larger (re)conceptualisations, interdisciplinary bodies of scholarship, contradicting arguments, methodologies, and questions that invite everyone to (re)think about “development,” “tourism,” and “sustainability.” Examples include:

1) How has the past been packaged in terms of history, heritage, and memory?

2) In what ways have tourism and development always been tied up with the past?

3) What is the relationship between education, development, and sustainability?

4) How and to what extent do the globalisation, regionalisation, internationalisation and nationalisation of “development,” “tourism,” and “sustainability” pose challenges and create new knowledge(s) and discourses for academic disciplines, legal practices, and policy making?

5) Why and in what ways have (foreign) language policies and educational reforms been used to justify development?

6) What are some major responses from schools, higher education institutions, think tanks, and relevant organisations to such challenges, discourses, policies and reforms raised in the above questions?

We expect to showcase a featured exhibition of a STE(A)M curriculum that demonstrates a strong sense of place and purpose designed to immerse pupils/students and communities in well-rounded “development,” “tourism” and “sustainability” values and practices. In addition, we envision another highlighted exhibition that showcases the various stages of modern Vietnam’s heritage and traditional festival making processes. All of this is really exciting, isn’t it?

Tentative Agenda:

Part I: Ho Chi Minh City


Part II: Thống Nhất train from HCMC to Tuy Hoa (31 December, arriving 1 January 2018)


Part III: Tuy Hoa- Phu Yen

Thanks to the generous support of the sponsoring parties, we expect that this conference will be unbelievably affordable given its length and locations. We will provide more details about this later, but for now please do not have any hesitations in submitting abstracts for presentations and ideas for exhibitions and poster displays.

We will have a support team that will be able to provide information and assistance regarding travels, accommodation, visa, and other related logistical matters. The details will be available on our two official websites by the end of March.

You are invited to submit your abstracts and ideas for academic presentations and/or exhibitions and poster displays, following the instructions on our websites and (which will be updated by the end of March). The submission deadline is August 31, 2017. However, if you need an early notification of acceptance to make necessary arrangements, we can accommodate that too.





Individual presentation: 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for questions.

Panel (4 papers maximum): up to 120 minutes, including question time.


Please direct all your questions to and Thank you!

We would greatly appreciate your help to circulate the conference call.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation in this very exciting conference.

Warmest Regards,

Phan Lê Hà, Liam Kelley, Võ Văn Sen, and Jamie Gillen

On behalf of the 9th EWV Conference Organizing Team and its Advisory Board