International Convention Bugis Diaspora 2011



bridging the gap between physical dispersion and heritage resilience


25th to 27th November 2011

FAB. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru. Johor. Malaysia

Call for abstract: 31st July 2011

Call for full paper: 30th August 2011

Bugis Diaspora Conference would like to bring together academicians, practitioners and individuals from diversified disciplines to meet, share and debate about Bugis heritage. Bugis is still one of the single most influential ethnic group in Proto-Malay world which disperse all around Malay Archipelago  and Pacific Islands since 15th century.

The significance of Bugis Heritage would be their extraordinary ability to survive through the centuries amidst its geographical fragmentation and adapt to diversified local socio culture (Ammarell, 2002).

Bugis migrants assimilated with existing locals’ elites in their adopted homes, which led to social revolution in Malay proto-states hierarchy of major kingdoms around South East Asian and Asia Pacific islands countries (Caldwell, 1995).

This conference would like to question how heritage resilience happened even when they were physically fragmented for centuries?

Today, Bugis heritage is deep rooted in their political, social structure, traditions, cultural values, dialect, lifestyle, settlement layout and architecture. Historians, anthropologist, or researchers about ethnography, linguistic, etymology, sociology, Asian studies, religious studies, geography, urbanism, architecture and even fine arts are encourage to participate. Bugis descendents and general public are welcome to attend and hopefully share about their Bugis roots.

Given the complexity of inter-disciplinary fields that exist within a complex framework in Bugis heritage resilence, the division between  all these areas were classified to 3  main focus (as below) to discuss in the conference;

History / Sejarah

Culture / Budaya

Architecture / Senibina

“The Bugis are high-spirited people: they will not bear ill-usage…They are fond of adventures, emigration, and capable of undertaking the most dangerous enterprises.” (Forrest, 2010)   




  • The seminar is in Malay and English and all abstracts and papers written are requested to use either one of these languages.
  • The abstract must not exceed 300 words and should be in “Microsoft Word”. The letter type should be ‘Arial’ with font size 11 and titles to be on 14 point size “BOLD UPPER CASE’.
  • Email your abstract to Please include your full postal address and telephone number in your e-mail.



  • Abstract should reach us before 31 July 2011
  • Submission of final paper : 30 September 2011

The submission dates will be strictly adhered to. This is necessary to ensure that the full proceedings are available at the time of the conference.




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CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN THE MALAY WORLD (KALAM) The Centre was set up in June 1996 on the foundation of numerous intricate measured drawing works done by the students of the Department of Architecture out of concern for the rapid disintegration and elimination of Malaysia 's architectural heritage. With the accumulation of these works since 1975 (over 350 buildings documented), the research towards the identification, classification and analysis of the architectural heritage was established through undergraduate and post-graduate studies.

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