Center For Southeast Asian Studies

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This Week @ CSEAS
March 23, 2015 - March 27, 2015

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Friday Forum:

March 27, 2015 - No Friday Forum, ASS Meetings

On Campus Events:

Metals and Prehistoric Society: Debunking the Conventional Paradigm - Dr. Joyce White, Director, Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology
Monday, March 23, 2015. Noon, 5230 Social Science Building
     Conventionally, archaeologists have long assumed that adoption of metal technology required and/or stimulated certain degrees and kinds of complexity. However, as archaeometallurgical research has investigated metal-making societies outside of the greater Meditteranean and Near Eastern areas, unexpected variability has emerged for the socio-economic contexts of early metallurgy. This presentation explores a way forward in the investigation of metals in prehistoric societies, a "new archaeometallurgy paradigm," that integrates life-history and "bottom up" approaches to the study. Illustrations from the archaeology of Southeast Asia and elsewhere will show how applying the new paradigm can shed new light o n the places of crafts and technologies in societies past and present.

Hot Pots, Museum Raids, and the Race to Uncover Asia's Archaeological Past - Dr. Joyce White, Director, Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology
Monday, March 23, 2015. 3:30pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
     The world's historical and archaeological heritage has become increasingly contested and politicized in recent years. The grave threats to the material evidence of humanity's existence make headlines, as stakeholders with different interests - from collectors to scholars, museums to governments, and insurgents to villagers -- claim ownership of the past. This presentation takes you behind the scenes of examples of contested ownership in Southeast Asia. As archaeological research forges ahead in Thailand and Laos, other forces including US Museums, have engaged in activites that have destroyed the evidence of past socieites. From my first hand experiences not only as an archaeological resarcher, but also as expert witness for a Federal case of antiquities smuggling, I will illustrate both the scholarly and destructive processes, and some of the legal efforts to dampen US institutional roles in heritage destruction.

Special Lecture by Dr. David Streckfuss, Director of CIEE-Thailand (Council on International Educational Exchange) Program at Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Tuesday, March 24, 2015. 3:30-5:00pm, Room 206 Ingraham Hall
Lèse Majesté in the Long, Long Twilight of Elite Politics in Thailand

Conversation Tables:

Filipino Conversation Table
Thursday, March 26, 5:00 pm. Lakefront Cafeteria, Memorial Union.
For more information, please contact, Bridget Johnson or Noemi Yutuc.




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Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1397
phone: (608) 263-1755
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e-mail: seasia@intl-institute.wisc.edu