The 21st East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference
Virtual Conference Dates: February 17-20, 2022

The IGSC will be hosted online, utilizing the conference platform Whova, which incorporates real-time program sessions, poster sessions, Zoom group meetings, and various virtual activities for dynamic interactions among participants.

Theme: Reimagining our Shared Future

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This year is the 21st year of the International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) taking place February 17-20th, 2022. The East-West Center (EWC) is inviting graduate students and young professionals from around the world to submit abstracts relating to the Asia Pacific region. The conference will provide an opportunity to share interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary perspectives formally, through presenting and attending panel presentations, and informally, through networking with scholars and community members across disciplines in the warm and collaborative environment of the EWC.

A long-standing goal of the EWC has been to promote collaborative and mutually-beneficial partnerships between communities and scholars. Much of our research is rooted in the collective knowledge, insight, and years of effort contributed by communities, organizations, and experts across the Asia-Pacific region. Even so, academic findings can often end up limited to scholars and experts, which leads to a greater knowledge gap between researchers and working professionals. Therefore, innovative types of communication and partnership are needed to promote research understanding and community interaction.

​​This year the conference theme is "Reimagining our Shared Future." With emergent challenges at the planetary level, ranging from environmental issues, rising inequalities, poverty, ideological polarization, to a global pandemic, it is essential to reimagine a more just and sustainable future for all on our shared planet Earth. These issues prompt renewed attention to the entire ecosystem—living beings and nonliving things—that form the basis of life on Earth. This includes but is not limited to humans, animals, plants, inanimate objects, elements, energy, systems and structures.  

Besides producing new knowledge and innovative solutions, emerging scholars’ responsibilities may also include revisiting ancient or indigenous knowledge concerning the human or non-human world that crosses a multiplicity of disciplines to address the contemporary issues on Earth. Thus, IGSC 2022 invites contributions across a wide range of disciplines that 

(1) aim to contribute to the sharing and advancement of the multiple knowledges, epistemologies, and ontologies of the Asia-Pacific region, and 

(2) reimagine theory, practice, and policy for a more just and sustainable shared future. 

We also invite artistic expressions that utilize alternative methods for reimagining the world we live in. 

We especially welcome (but are not limited to) interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contributions, and research that applies non-Western, decolonial, post-colonial, and indigenous lenses. 

​​For any inquiries or questions regarding the conference, please connect with us at [email protected].

Logistical Information (FAQs)

The IGSC Frequently Asked Questions pages contain comprehensive information regarding the conference, including abstract submission, registration and fees, and guidelines for presenters.

Conference Venue and Accommodation
U.S. Visa Information
Past Conferences

For additional information, as well as photos, please refer to the web pages for past conferences, available in the right-hand menu. Also see the video below:

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IGSC 2020 footage
Contact Information

The International Graduate Student Conference
c/o EWC Education Program
1601 East-West Road, Burns Hall 2089
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96848
Ph. (808) 944-7458
Fax (808) 944-7070
Email: [email protected] 

Travel notice:

The East-West Center is committed to following travel guidelines set out by the CDC regarding the coronavirus. The 2022 conference activities will be hosted fully online this year, utilizing the conference platform Whova. Information for logging into Whova will be provided at a later date. We are excited to plan an integrated conference and networking experience from the comfort of our own homes.