The 18th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference

Hawaii Imin International Conference Center
Honolulu, Hawaii,
February 14-16, 2019

Opening Ceremony:  Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sabrina S. McKenna

Sabrina S. McKenna, Justice of Supeme Court of Hawai’i, will deliver the conference’s keynote address  on ‘Gender, Sexuality, and Access to Resources: One  Womxn’s Story’ on Feb. 14 at 4:30 p.m. It will be followed by a panel discussion on the same topic, with panelists: Ms Pamela DeLargy, an advisor for international development initiatives for Arizona State University and worked with UN on issues such as gender, border-control, HIV-prevention to name a few, Ms Ava Ladner who is an instructor at UH and focuses her courses on gender and sexuality, and Ms Crystal Kwok, the moderator for the panel, is one of the founder members of International Women's Group of EWC.

Conference Paper Presentations:  Friday-Saturday, February 15-16, 2019

Download the 18th IGSC Program Booklet for a complete list of presentations and additional conference information.

For updates about the conference, please check out the IGSC Facebook page

The East-West Center invites graduate students from around the world to submit abstracts for the 18th International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) on the Asia Pacific region, taking place February 14-16, 2019, in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA. The Conference will provide an opportunity to share interdisciplinary perspectives formally, through presenting and attending panel presentations, and informally in the warm and encouraging environment of the East-West Center in Hawai‘i. Participation in the 2018 conference had broad representation of 112 presenters, representing 31 countries, from 54 prominent universities throughout the world.


All presenters and guests of presenters must register and pay online via the two links provided below. The registration fee of US$70/person, which covers the cost of coffee service and meals provided at the opening reception and during the conference, is due by January 4, 2019

Important note about refunds:  If you need to cancel your registration and request a refund of the fee, please be aware that the conference registration website,, will only issue refunds if you request the refund within the same month you registered and paid the fee.

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.

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: [email protected]. 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

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
Email:  [email protected]