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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 University of Lisbon.

For more information: in English click here, in Tetun click here,
in Portuguese click here, in Indonesian click here

The TLSA gratefully acknowledges the support of the following for our 2015 conference:

The Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste



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Edited by Hannah Loney, Antero B. da Silva, Nuno Canas Mendes,  Alarico da Costa Ximenes and Clinton Fernandes, Hawthorn: Swinburne Press, 2014. Vol. I & II

The papers included in this volume were presented at the Timor-Leste Studies Association’s Understanding Timor Leste 2013 Conference, held at UNTL Liceu Campus, Dili, Timor-Leste, 15 - 16 July 2013. Papers in the collection are divided into two volumes. Volume I contains papers presented in Tetum-Dili and Portuguese, Volume II contains English and Bahasa Indonesia papers.

The online edition also includes a new section of online refereed articles not included in the hard-copy original volumes.

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/

Click here to view the table of contents of VOL I & II

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

All sales fund free copies to East Timorese universities and libraries.

To download complete VOL I click here
To download complete VOL II click here

To download separate chapters click here


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