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Abstract Background


In Malay, perbualan means 'conversation' - it is an oral effort to collectively share ideas, remarks, and suggestions. And this term has traveled across borders influencing other languages of the region.


ISAC's perbualan provides a platform where graduate students and early-career scholars can present and discuss ongoing research. Our perbualans are specifically designed for early career scholars seeking mutual support and intellectual exchange. It usually takes place via Zoom, on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1 pm (Singapore Time). During the meeting, one presenter talks for about 30 minutes, followed by a response from a scholar of the particular field and a discussion with the audience.


Although we give priority to theoretical and empirical papers which apply a social scientific approach to the study of Asian Catholics within the fields of sociology, anthropology, political science, religious studies, environmental studies, geography, etc. we also welcome papers from other disciplines (theology, history, literature, arts, etc.) as long as they also engage with social sciences. Please contact us for more information about the foci of the ISAC research area.


This perbualan is also an opportunity to meet regularly, without cost, and to foster exchange on various research on Asian Catholics. While English is our mode of presentation and discussion, participants who may be less confident in English can simply join the audience and write their questions/comments in the text box. 

To submit paper abstracts, or discuss a presentation proposal, please contact

Bubbles Beverly Asor via

To attend the perbualan or be informed about our next online meetings, please register to our dedicated mailing list: 

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