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New Research on Timor-Leste
A TLSA Conference

Liceu Campus, Universidade Nacional de Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL),

Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, Dili, Timor-Leste 29-30 June 2017

Download the conference programme HERE

Download the list of conference abstracts HERE

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.

During this year's conference there will be two special streams, the first on the theme of 'Elections' co-convened by Clinton Fernandes and Mica Barreto Soares and the second on the theme of 'Gender research in Timor Leste' co-convened by Sara Niner and Therese Tam .

Papers examining Timor-Leste's regional and international relationships, and East Timorese perspectives on regional and global issues, are also encouraged. The ‘New Research on Timor Leste’ conference will be co-hosted by Universidade Nacional de Timor Loro'sae, Swinburne University of Technology, and the University of Lisbon. 


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

  • Regional Studies
  • Peace-building
  • Politics and International Relations
  • History and Heritage
  • Culture and Society
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Economics, Business and Trade
  • Development Policy
  • International Development Assistance
  • Agriculture
  • Health Policy
  • Gender Issues
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Anti-corruption
  • Timor-Leste's regional and international relationships
  • East Timorese perspectives on regional and global issues
  • Elections
  • Gender research in Timor Leste

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


Please send all proposals for 20 minute papers, with a 150-word abstract by Friday 14 April 2017 to:

Tetum language papers should also be sent cc Antero da Silva (Universidade Nacional de Timor-Lorosa'e)

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

Bahasa Indonesia language papers should also be sent cc Alarico da Costa Ximenes (Universidade Nacional de Timor-Lorosa'e)

Papers on the Elections  should also be sent to cc: Clinton Fernandes (University of New South Wales) and Mica Barreto Soares, Swinburne University of Technology,

Papers on Gender research in Timor Leste should also be sent cc: Sara Niner. (Monash University) and Theresa Tam (UNTL)


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

Discount is available for those also attending the Victoria University/UNTL conference 'Finding Strategies to achieve Sustainable Development goals' to be held in Dili on 3-4 July 2017.

For internationals: All international delegates should submit their completed registration forms by Friday 16th June 2017. Internationals can either pre-pay using the registration form, or pay at the registration desk in Dili on 29 June (Write "pay in Dili" at the payment section of the registration form if that is your intention.)

For East Timorese nationals: please register at the registration desk on 29 June 2017. You can also confirm your attendance before the conference by emailing: Alarico da Costa Ximenes, UNTL. Email:


See registration details 
in .doc or .pdf  format. for special discounts for East Timorese participants.

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The 'New Research in Timor-Leste' conference will precede the Victoria University/UNTL conference 'Finding Strategies to achieve Sustainable Development goals' to be held in Dili on 4-5 July 2017. For further information about this conference, please contact Helen Hill:

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

On the weekend between these two conference (Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 July), a number of expos and special events will take place in Dili. More details will be available soon.


Timor Adventures:

Hotel Esplanada venue for Conference Recpetion:

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