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Understanding Timor-Leste: 2019 TLSA Research Conference
Liceu Campus, Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL), Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, Dili, Timor-Leste, 27–28 June 2019
This two-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 four special streams: the first on the theme of 1999: 20 Years On to be convened by Clinton Fernandes and Mica Barreto Soares; the second on the theme of Gender Research in Timor-Leste to be convened by Hannah Loney and Uka Pinto; the third on the theme of Agriculture to be convened by Claudino Nabais and Robert Williams; and the fourth on 'Decolonising Knowledge" convened by Jose Trindade. Papers are invited for all these special panels.

2019 marks two decades since Timor-Leste’s historic ballot on self-determination and the end of a long period of foreign occupation. TLSA 2019 will be the occasion for a comprehensive reassessment of the momentous events of 1999. This special stream invites contributions with a focus on 1999. Papers on a range of topics are welcome: politics, history, culture, economics, international solidarity, resistance organisations, military strategy, international relations, the 30 August referendum, international peacekeeping, war crimes, human rights, civil-military relations, and much more.  

The Understanding Timor-Leste 2019 conference will be co-hosted by the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e, Swinburne University of Technology, and the University of Lisbon. 

The TLSA gratefully acknoledges the generous support of Centro Nacional Chega! for our 2019 conference and the special panel on 1999: 20 Years On:

Conference 2019

Conference pages in Tetun, Portuguese, English and Indonesian will be available soon.

Conference Proceedings

Proceedings from previous TLSA conferences are available to download here.


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