Theme and Sub-Themes

The 12ᵗʰ International Malaysian Studies Conference (MSC12)

In light of the above, MSC12 has set as its over-arching theme, Malaysia’s Transformation and Sustainable Development, in order to provide a forum where issues related to the theme can be critically discussed. The broad nature of the theme is to encompass contributions that may not be directly related to the theme, but occur within the broader scope of Malaysian Studies and transformation.

Papers can be submitted on, though not necessarily limited to, the following sub-themes:

  1. Malaysian Social Science: Theorising Social Transformation
  2. Sustainable development in Malaysia & the SDGs
  3. ‘New politics’, ‘old politics’: Contestations and Convergences
  4. Federalism & Federal-state relations: Revisiting the formation of Malaysia
  5. Malaysian development and policies beyond 2020
  6. Envisioning a New National Narrative
  7. Class, ethnicity, culture and identity
  8. Contestations, youth, media and popular culture
  9. Economic development, poverty and social inequality
  10. Education, national unity and national integration
  11. Gender, sexuality and social transformation
  12. Globalization, international trade and foreign direct investment
  13. Corruption, Governance and Integrity: Institutional Reforms and the Public Sector
  14. Religion and religious movements: Nation-state and Beyond
  15. Indigenous and marginalized communities
  16. Political developments and international relations
  17. Health, Food security and quality of life
  18. Revisiting literature, language and history
  19. Cross-border Challenges: Migration, Terrorism, Environment & Beyond
  20. Malaysia, ASEAN Community and Regional Integration