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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 the theme of '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:


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 may be published after the conference. Conference programme will include, but is not limited to:

Special panels
1999: 20 Years On
Gender Research in Timor-Leste
Decolonising Knowledge

Other themes
•    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
•    Human Rights
•    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 29 March 2019, to:
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 an abstract proposal for each paper, as well as a panel title and abstract.  

Tetum language papers should also be sent cc: Dulce Martins and Leo Soares (Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e)

Portuguese language papers should also be sent cc: Nuno Canas Mendes (University of Lisbon)

Indonesian language papers should also be sent cc: Alarico da Costa Ximenes (Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e)


For more information regarding conference registration fees and how to make a payment download the forms in .doc or .pdf format.

A discount is available for those also attending the ‘Engaging Young People in the Sustainable Development Goals' conference organised by Victoria University and the National University of Timor-Lorosa’e, in Dili 1-2 July.

For internationals: All international delegates should submit their completed registration forms by Friday 7 June. Internationals can either pay at the registration desk in Dili on 27 June (Write "pay in Dili" at the payment section of the registration form if that is your intention) or use this new Eventbrite link to pre-pay your conference registration using a credit card:

For East Timorese nationals: please register at the registration desk on 27 June. You can confirm your attendance before the conference by emailing:  Dulce Martins da Silva, UNTL, Email: dasilvamartinsdulce at


See registration details (available online shortly) for special discounts for East Timorese participants.


The Understanding Timor-Leste conference will precede the UNTL/ Victoria University conference to be held in Dili on 1–2 July 2019. For further information about this conference, please contact Helen Hill: or view the UNTL/Victoria University Conference web-page:

These are linked conferences and discounted co-registration will be available for those who attend both

On the weekend between these two conferences (Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June), a number of special events will take place in Dili. More details will be available soon.


Further details about registration, accommodation and travel will be available soon on the TLSA website:

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