The 19th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference

Hawaii Imin International Conference Center
Honolulu, Hawaii,
February 13-15, 2020

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The East-West Center invites students, post-docs, and early-career professionals to take part in the 19th International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) which will take place in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, from February 13-15, 2020. This student-led Conference provides opportunities for emerging academics to professionally network, gain experience, and present and get feedback on their work. Interactions with peers as well as scholars across disciplines will encourage collaborations and create lasting professional connections.

The theme of this year’s IGSC is Community Voices: Bridging Borders.  Recognizing the ethos of the East-West Center’s 60 years of work in the US, Asia, and the Pacific, IGSC-2020 celebrates the voices of communities and their perspectives in the ever-changing local and global spaces.  The conference encourages scholarly work on topics of concern to communities across the region, and it is particularly welcoming of the perspectives of indigenous and marginalized communities.  The conference invites abstracts from a wide range of disciplines, encouraging studies that focus on community in:

  • Environment
  • Culture, Arts, and Education
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Politics, Economics, and Governance
  • Health and Science
  • Other Areas

Abstracts are welcome for poster sessions and for traditional paper presentation formats.

Who should attend?

Graduate students (Master’s and PhD level) are strongly encouraged to participate! All disciplines are welcome, including natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, multi-disciplinary approaches, and others.  If your study is relevant to the issues and communities of the East-West Center’s region of focus (US, Asia, and the Pacific), we want to include your perspective.

This year’s IGSC also welcomes participation from postdoctoral fellows and early-career professionals, in recognition of the unique perspectives that these groups may bring.  Professionals must have earned a graduate degree within the last three years, and those working on community projects or representing unique viewpoints are especially encouraged to participate. The deadline to submit 350-word abstracts is October 15, 2019 11:59PM Hawaii Standard Time.
 Click here to submit your abstract online

Conference Venue and Accommodation

The conference will be held at the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, at 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848, which adjoins the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus and the East-West Center residence halls. Refer to the Conference Center website for more information. Conference registration is $70.

A limited number of rooms at the East-West Center residence halls has been reserved for registered conference participants. Special rates will be made available for conference participants but will be applicable only from February 12–17, 2019. (However, once you check out, the special rates will not be applicable if you check in again during the specified period). Make sure that you mention the International Graduate Student Conference when you reserve a room.

The rates per night for the conference participants are as follows:

Hale Manoa & Hale Kuahine
- Single room dorm - $19/night
- Double dorm room - $29/night

Lincoln Hall
- Studio room - $41/night
- Corner Studio room - $54/night
- 1 bedroom w/kitchen room - $65/night

Rent is due upon check in.

The single and double rooms (in Hale Manoa and Hale Kuahine) are dormitory style with shared bathroom/toilet facilities while the studio (in Lincoln Hall) has its own bathroom/toilet facility. Sheets/blankets/pillows are provided in the dormitories, and all of those plus towels are also provided in Lincoln Hall. None of them has air conditioning. Shared kitchen facilities and coin-operated laundry machines are available in Hale Manoa and Hale Kuahine.

Please refer to the EWC Housing website for details (including pictures of the rooms) and reservation procedure.

Participants are requested to get in touch with EWC Housing authorities directly for their accommodation reservation as well as questions thereto by email at: Please wait until you are notified about the results of abstract selection committee before making a reservation. Due to the busy holiday season, please allow up to a week for the EWC Housing Office to respond to inquires.

We look forward to welcoming you to the East-West Center. In preparation of your arrival, please visit our East-West Center Participant Information webpage where you can find useful tips for your stay here. 

U.S. Visa Information

Non-US participants who need a B-1 visa to enter the United States are encouraged to start looking for information related to obtaining a US visa in your country. The following websites may be useful for you:

US Embassies 
- for embassy location, policies, and procedures for visa applications/issuance

Visa Appointments & Waiting Times
- for wait times for required visa appointments/issuance by consular post

Visa Waiver Program
- for countries participating in a visa waiver program with the United States

Please note that the EWC does not provide visa assistance. However, the abstract acceptance email for the conference serves as a valid document for you to initiate your visa process.

Past Conferences

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Our IGSC Frequently Asked Questions page contains additional information regarding the conference, including visitor information, conference logistics, and transportation options from the airport to the EWC.

Contact Information

The International Graduate Student Conference
c/o EWC Education Program
1601 East-West Road, Burns Hall 2089
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848
Ph. (808) 944-7458
Fax (808) 944-7070