University of Wisconsin–Madison

Who We Are

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison fosters a wide variety of research, teaching and outreach activities about Southeast Asia. Since 1981, the Center has been recognized as a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education, and has received Title VI funding for program development and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. We promote greater understanding of the Southeast Asian region through academic year courses, a summer language institute, study abroad opportunities, a publication series, outreach activities, a weekly public lecture series, student research and study grants, and degree programs. Our faculty and students are a vibrant community of scholars with research and teaching interests in a wide variety of academic disciplines. The Center operates a vigorous and well-developed program committed to the study of Southeast Asia that is recognized as one of the best worldwide.


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies 
is a unit in The International Division and a member of the Institute for Regional and International Studies.



23 Spring Semester Begins
FLAS Info Session
Fellowship Open House
11 am  | 301 Ingraham Hall  | 1155 Observatory Drive
25 Lecture by Mr. Bart Édes
“Development Challenges in Asia”
Noon  | 206 Ingraham Hall  | 1155 Observatory Drive
26 Friday Forum: Anne Hansen
“When Religion Ends: Buddhist Prophetic Temporality in Cold War Southeast Asia”
Noon  | 206 Ingraham Hall  | 1155 Observatory Drive
2 Friday Forum: Rachel Jacobs
“Shedding their Custom: Forced Marriage and Social Collectivization in Democratic Kampuchea”
Noon  | 206 Ingraham Hall  | 1155 Observatory Drive
9-10 Conference:
“Cultures in Conflict”
Navigating Cultural Difference in International Human Rights Reporting
8 am to 4 pm | Discovery Building  | 333 N. Orchard St.

This Week @ CSEAS

2018-2019 FLAS and Center Fellowships and Field Research Grant Info 

Spring 2018 Course List

UW Hmong Studies in Thailand


Library of Congress interviews CSEAS PhD student: “Diaries Shed New Light on Laos’ 20th-Century Upheavals”


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