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The Timor-Leste Studies Association was established in June 2005 (following the "Cooperating with Timor-Leste" Conference at Victoria University) to connect researchers with information, other researchers and research on Timor-Leste.

If you have a thirst to know more about Timor-Leste this website can link you to people and websites which may be useful if you are planning your first or your 50th field trip to Timor.

The Timor-Leste Studies Association is now affiliated with the
Asian Studies Association of Australia.

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CALL FOR PAPERS TLSA Conference 2015


Liceu Campus, National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL), Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, Dili, Timor-Leste
9 – 10 July 2015

This two-day conference for researchers is organised by the Timor-Leste Studies Association (TLSA). The TLSA 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. There will also be a special stream on the theme of 1975, to commemorate the 40 year anniversary of the declaration of independence and the Indonesian invasion. Papers examining Timor-Leste's regional and international relationships, and East Timorese perspectives on regional and global issues, are also encouraged. The ‘Timor-Leste: The Local, the Regional and the Global’ conference will be co-hosted by the National University of Timor-Lorosa’e, Swinburne University of Technology, and the Technical University of Lisbon.

For more information click here


Hatene kona ba
Comprendeer               TIMOR LESTE   Vol. I & II

Edited by Hannah Loney, Antero B. da Silva, Nuno Canas Mendes, Alarico da Costa Ximenes and Clinton Fernandes, Hawthorn: Swinburne Press, 2014, (hardcopy) AU$70 Institutions and Libraries / AU$60 (individuals) (GST and Postage included). All sales fund free copies to East Timorese universities and libraries.

The papers included in volumes I & II were presented at the Timor-Leste Studies Association’s Understanding Timor-Leste conference, held at UNTL Liceu Campus 15 - 16 July 2013. Papers are divided into language sections. Volume I includes papers presented in Tetun and Portuguese language, volume II includes English and Indonesian language papers.

To download the Table of Contents click here for vol I and vol II.

To order a hardcopy use the order form in word or pdf.

You will need to have Adobe Reader (eg. version 6 or later) to view the PDF correctly. You can download and install this software for free by visiting: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

The 2013 conference Understanding Timor-Leste 2013 was co-hosted by the National University of Timor-Lorosa’e, Swinburne University of Technology, and the Technical University of Lisbon.

The TLSA gratefully acknowledges the support of the following for our 2013 conference:

The Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

The Asia Foundation


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