|Center For Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday Forum Spring Semester 2007 - 08
January 25, 2008 - Megan Thomas (Dept. of Politics, UC-Santa Cruz)
History without Documents: Sources and Methods in the Historical Writings of Philippine Nationalists
In the 1880s, a number of young Filipinos became interested in writing the history of their people(s) before the arrival of the Spaniards. Hampered by a lack of surviving documents, they employed novel methods—including those of ethnology, linguistics, and folklore—and read Spanish sources against the grain, writing innovative histories during this period of nationalist thought and political agitation.
February 1, 2008 - Shoua Yang (Visiting Asst. Prof., UW-Stevens Point, Political Science)
Hmong Social and Political Capital: The Formation and Maintenance of Hmong-American Organizations
Previous studies on Hmong-American organizations focus on the issues of intraorganizational conflicts, managerial styles, and functional responsibilities. Although these studies have provided meaningful analyses on serveral aspects of these organizations, what has been left undetected is the topic of organizational formation and maintenance. The talk examines a sample of Hmong-American organizations to explain the formation and maintenance of these cultural émigré organizations. How are these organizations formed in the first place? How have these organizations survived over time?
February 8, 2008 - Kevin Hewison (Director, Carolina Asia Center; Dept. of Asian Studies, UNC at Chapel Hill)
Post-Thaksin Thailand; Made possible by the University Lectures Committee
Thaksin Shinawatra came to power as a representative of the business class, transformed into a "populist" representative of the poor and dispossessed and was overthrown in a palace-military coup. The paper traces these developments and reflects on the emergence of a conservative Thai-style democracy as an opposition to "populist" mass politics.
February 15, 2008 - Kikue Hamayotsu (Dept. of Political Science, NIU.)
The Welfare State or Faith? Explaining Weak Islamist Mobilization in Malaysia
How do Islamists recruit committed activists and what are the conditions for successful recruitment for Islamist movements? This talk attempts to explain outcomes in the interesting case of Malaysia, where Islamist movements have largely been unsuccessful in recruiting committed followers in one of the most important electoral constituencies: the urban middle-class. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, Prof. Hamayotsu shows that the Malaysian State’s provision of both secular and religious services significantly affects organizational and ideological conditions for Islamist recruitment, and sets Malaysia apart from many other Islamic societies by moderating forces for Islamic radicalism.
February 22, 2008 - Nora Taylor (Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Anti-Art in Vietnam: Adventures in (in)visual anthropology
In spite of rapid economic growth and increased international attention, in the past few years artists in Vietnam have also been subject to greater creative restriction and renewed government censorship. This talk will examine the imaginative ways in which some Vietnamese artists have created experimental works that remain invisible to officials and manage nonetheless to find their way into international bienniales and triennials under the category of non-object, event based, collaborative art.
February 29, 2008 - Gadis Arivia (Philosophy/Women's Studies, University Indonesia)
Women and Freedom in the Reformasi Era in Indonesia
Women in Indonesia are facing problems of political and civil liberties in the Reformasi Era. Although Indonesian women have enjoyed some political freedom, they are restricted in their civil liberties due to a new kind of fundamentalism.
March 7, 2008 - Christina Schwenkel, Co-Sponsered by Trauma Tourism
March 28, 2008 - Nancy Smith-Hefner (Boston University)
April 11, 2008 - Duncan McCargo (Professor of Southeast Asian Politics, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds)
Reflecting on the Southern Thai conflict: Islam and Legitimacy in Pattani
Thailand's Malay Muslim majority Southern border provinces have been experiencing a renewed violent conflict since January 2004. This presentation will explore the political underpinnings of the violence, arguing that this is essentially a struggle over land, legitimacy and power, rather that an example of a global or regional jihad.
April 18, 2008 - Sheila Coronel (Journalism, Columbia University)
April 25, 2008 - Christina Schwenkel, Co-Sponsered by Trauma Tourism
Room Change - 206 Ingraham Hall
May 2, 2008 - Carl Thayer (Political Science, University New South Wales, and currently Frances M. & Stephen F. Fuller Distinguished Visiting Prof. of Southeast Asian Studies, Ohio University)
May 9, 2008 - Francis Gealogo (History, Ateneo de Manila University)
The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in the Philippines: A Social and Demographic History
The talk discusses the impact of the 1918 influenza pandemic in Philippine society and its population. It provides some demographic data both on the national and local level, with emphasis on the mortality and morbidity rates that were caused by the pandemic. At the same time, the paper analyzes the implementation of public health programs, the politics of colonial health policies and the reception of the people to the public health measures implemented by the American colonial government during the pandemic.
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