20th annual International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC)
Our conference will be hosted by the East-West Center which is based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, U.S.A. from February 11 - 13, 2021.

Due to unfortunate global circumstances, our conference activities will be hosted online this year, utilizing the conference platform Whova (please click here for our Whova conference user guide). 


Early conference registration (25$) will be open until December 27th 11:59pm HST. After that, regular registration (35$) will be open until January 5th 11:59pm HST. We strongly encourage registering early! Please click here to register 

Payments: We encourage all participants to pay via the online format. If that is not possible for you, please email: and we can explore other options.



Please share this acceptance graphic to your social media account to encourage people within your professional and academic circles to register to listen to your talk. Registration for guests will be open in late January or early February. In your post, be sure to include our website link: and our hashtag: #IGSC2021.


The committee and East-West Center will be highlighting select abstracts through our social media outlets that address particularly timely, unique, or trending topics. If you are willing to have your abstract posted (including your topic, university affiliation, Twitter/IG handle, and headshot), please fill out the form which can be found in your acceptance letter email.


Depending on the type of presentation you have been accepted for, please see the following for specifications on what you should begin preparing. We will host live sessions comprised of panels of 3-4 individual presentations of 15 minutes each, followed by Q&A at the end of each session. All program session participants are required to be present during their scheduled real-time session. We will try to ensure your presentation is slotted for a convenient time in your time zone based on the information you provide in your registration. All materials (as specified below) must be submitted by Monday January 25th, 11:59pm HST.

Academic talk or PowerPoint Style Presentation

Prepare materials you intend to use to help you present as well as a presentation recording up to 12-15 minutes.*
The presentation recording will be used in case of technical difficulties on the day of, or for asynchronous viewing of your presentation by attendees with timing conflicts.


Prepare a performance recording up to 15 minutes to be viewed during the live session followed by a live Q&A for the remaining time.*

Poster Session

Prepare a brief summary of your poster presentation in an audio recording up to 3-5 minutes along with the poster itself in pdf format to be uploaded closer to the conference date.*


*Details for uploading the recording will be provided closer to the conference date



We are offering a brand-new opportunity for conference presenters to submit a working paper to the IGSC Working Papers Series. This is a chance for you to publish your work while retaining copyright to it.
We will be accepting paper submissions until January 28th, 11:59pm HST with an opportunity for post-conference revisions by February 22nd, 11:59pm HST.

Papers should be a maximum of 5,000 words following a standard citation method and include your conference abstract.

Paper content should not diverge significantly from your presentation, performance, or poster content. For performances, you can consider your final performance recording as a submission if you submit an explanation of the performance that is a maximum of 1,500 words.