College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Annual Research Conference

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

40th Annual Research Conference (ARC)



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The University of Guam College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) Annual Research Conference is a multidisciplinary research conference platform for local, regional, and global scholars, scientists, visual and theatrical artists, and students to share their research and experiences.  The committee accepts a range of proposals that include presentations of academic papers, illustrated talks, interactive panels and demonstrations, engaging performances and informative poster sessions. The objective of the Annual Research Conference is to provide a forum for intellectual engagement and discussions on issues related and unique to Oceania, a global resource endowed with significant ecological and cultural diversity.

The 40th CLASS Annual Research Conference themed "I Tano, I Tasi, yan I Taotao Siha: Boundaries, Balance, & Behaviors" will convene on Friday, March 8, 2019 in the Humanities and Social Sciences building on the University of Guam.

The theme of the 40th Annual Research Conference is meant to generate insightful conversations and novel ideas that evaluate, redefine, and promote the collaborative projects in diverse fields in Pacific region. Practitioners and scholars are encouraged to interrogate how those issues manifest in the Pacific, as well as examine the changing role of Oceania as it grapples with the social forces of globalization.

The conference organizers welcome proposals related to the multidisciplinary collaborations and innovations in multidisciplinary areas on topics such as:

  • Social Interactions and Mindfulness
  • Discoveries and Rediscoveries
  • Humanities
  • Community
  • Materials of Creativity
  • Indigenous Identity in Art & Science
  • Education
  • Gender and Women’s Empowerment
  • Tourism 


Proposals beyond the range of these topics will be considered if relevant to the Pacific.

Send proposals (title, abstract, presenters/institutions) inquiries to

Proposals are open, but not limited to faculty and undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline.  Other professionals or artists not affiliated with an academic institution but interested in sharing their relevant professional work through this research conference platform are also encouraged to submit proposals. 

Please note that off-island presenters and participants are responsible for securing appropriate travel visas and arranging their own travel and accommodations.

Important Dates:

  • Proposal Submission Deadline EXTENDED: February 14, 2019
  • Conference Day: March 8, 2019

Guidelines for Presenters:

  • All proposals must include a presentation title.
  • Abstract may not exceed more than 150 words
  • Must include list of author(s) and institutional affiliation(s). 
  • Presenters must provide their own laptop when using classroom projectors.
  • Presentations and discussions are limited to no more than 25 minutes. (20 minutes for presentation, 5 discussion.)

Conference Organizing Committee

  • Sharleen Santos-Bamba, Associate Dean CLASS(Acting)
  • David Ruskin, Division of English and Applied Linguistics
  • Diane Thurber, Division of English and Applied Linguistics
  • Adrian Davis, Administrative Technician CLASS