2023 TLSA Conference (12-14 July 2023, Dili) – Call for Papers

This three-day conference for researchers is organised by the Timor-Leste Studies Association (TLSA). The TLSA is an interdisciplinary, international research network focussed on all aspects of research into East Timorese society, including politics and history, economics, communications, health, language, agriculture and science.

This year’s conference will also have a number of special streams: Economic Development to be convened by Guteriano Neves; Gender Research in Timor-Leste, convened by Sara Niner; Human Rights and Democratisation to be convened by Bernardo Leto; LGBTIQ+ issues in Timor-Leste convened by Li-Li Chen; Decolonising Timor-Leste Studies convened by Kisho Tsuchiya; and Resistance History to be convened by Clinton Fernandes.

The New Research on Timor-Leste 2023 conference will be co-hosted by the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e, Swinburne University of Technology, and Institute of Contemporary History, NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

The 2023 TLSA conference is generously supported by the Association for Asian Studies, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and the Centro Nacional Chega!


The organisers now call for papers addressing any aspect of social science / humanities / scientific research related to Timor-Leste. The conference organisers welcome papers from academics, researchers, activists, community groups, and policy makers. A refereed conference proceedings publication will be published after the conference. Conference sub-themes will include, but are not limited to:

Special Streams:

  • Economic Development
  • Gender Research in Timor-Leste
  • Human Rights and Democratisation
  • LGBTIQ+ in Timor-Leste
  • Decolonising Timor-Leste Studies
  • Resistance History

Open research areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Community Development
  • Culture and Society
  • Development Policy
  • East Timorese Perspectives on Regional and Global Issues
  • Economics, Business and Trade
  • Education
  • Health
  • History and Heritage
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Peace-Building
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Resource Management
  • Timor-Leste’s Regional and International Relationships


Papers may be presented in Tetum, Portuguese, English or Indonesian.


Please send all abstract proposals for 20-minute papers, with a 150-word abstract, by Friday 28 April 2023, to: tlsa2023conference@gmail.com

Proposals must include:

  • Name:
  • Affiliation:
  • Paper Title:
  • 150-word Abstract:
  • Language(s):
  • Theme:

You may also propose a 1.5-hour panel (3 papers). Please include the above information for each individual paper, as well as a panel title and abstract.

Tetum language papers should also be sent cc: Dr Mica Barreto-Soares barreto_mica@hotmail.com

Portuguese language papers should also be sent cc: Dr Zélia Pereira  zeliacruzpereira@gmail.com

Indonesian language papers should also be sent cc: Dr Mica Barreto-Soares barreto_mica@hotmail.com