Hello from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UW-Madison!

Here are some recent job announcements, fellowships, conferences and other opportunities that may be of interest. Please scroll down to view complete information.


  1. Internship:  Stimson, Washington D.C.
  2. Volunteer Position:  Buddhist Immersion Program, Cambodia

Conferences/Calls for Papers

3. Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) Student Conference
4. Agamben Conference: National Taiwan Normal University
5. The 27th ASEASUK Conference: Durham University, England
6. 7th EuroSEAS Conference - Lisbon, Portugal
7. Call for Papers: Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
8. Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies - University of Wisconsin - Madison
9. Historiography and Nation since Pasyon and Revolution: Conference in Honor of Professor Reynaldo C. Ileto - Ateneo de Manila University

1. Internships:  Stimson

Washington D.C.

The Southeast Asia program at Stimson offers internships throughout the year, with some flexibility regarding exact dates. The program addresses important and timely policy issues concerning Asia from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Currently the Southeast Asia program is active on three main issue areas: (1) the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and the competing interests of development and the environment, especially the current lack of cooperation and coordination regarding the exploitation of the hydropower potential of the main stream and its tributaries; (2) trade, economic, and political issues involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); and (3) US-ASEAN relations and policy issues.

The Southeast Asia internship offers a unique opportunity to build upon and apply educational and other experience by carrying out research and participating in the development of practical approaches to important policy issues. The program director Dr. Richard P. Cronin seeks applicants who have a strong interest in political economy and Southeast Asian issues and the desire to learn more and develop policy analysis skills. Interns are a vital part of the South East Asia program. They work closely with the director as well as interact with their peers and staff in other programs, participate in a variety of Stimson events, and benefit from the experience of working in Stimson's collegial environment.

For more information regarding qualifications and the application process, see the Stimson website here.


2. Volunteer Position:  Buddhist Immersion Program

Location: Cambodia

Global Service Corp’s Buddhist Immersion Program offers volunteers a chance to be both the teacher and the student. Participants learn about the Khmer culture on social, spiritual and intellectual levels while giving something to their new community through teaching English at the wat and other service-learning projects.

Volunteers enrolled in the Buddhist Immersion Program can look forward to:

• Meditating daily in the Khmer style with monks at our host wat with guidance and translation provided
• Chanting, alms giving, and daily rituals at the temple
• Providing beginning English training to novices, nuns, and monks of the wat
• Enjoying the beautiful and peaceful setting of the wat
• Experiencing the Khmer culture by touring historic temples and stupas, sampling local foods, and visiting nearby craft markets
• Enjoying and exploring Phnom Penh in the orientation before traveling to the wat and on weekends
• Relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville during a weekend excursion provided by GSC

The Buddhist Immersion Program is open year-round with projects ranging from two-weeks to six-months or longer. Participants interested in an Integrated Program also have the opportunity to work with other Khmer community groups on projects such as public health workshops or volunteering with Khmer youth at a center for children affected by HIV/AIDS. See GSC's website for details. .


3. Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) Student Conference

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce the annual Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) Student Conference to be held in conjunction with the summer language program. The conference will be held on Saturday July 28, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Participation is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in presenting original research on Southeast Asia. Both SEASSI and non-SEASSI students are encouraged to submit abstracts and attend the conference.

Papers should focus on topics related to Southeast Asia and may be from any discipline. Your abstract should succinctly describe your topic, methods, and argument, as panels will be created to accommodate the topics of the papers. At the top of the page, please include three keywords that pertain to your paper. For example: Buddhism, Thailand, Gender.

Potential presenters should communicate their desire to participate in the conference by Friday June 29, 2012. Abstracts of roughly 250 words are due Monday July 9, 2012, and may be submitted to: seassi@intl-institute.wisc.edu

Plan to submit a final paper detailing your presentation by Monday July 16.

Please contact Hilary Disch, the SEASSI Student Conference Coordinator, at seassi@intl-institute.wisc.edu for more information or to submit an abstract.


4. Agamben Conference: National Taiwan Normal University

Over the past several decades, Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s work has attracted a growing amount of interest spanning a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences, including philosophy, literary theory, political philosophy, migration studies, security studies, geography, social and cultural studies of science and medicine, etc. The increasing recognition accorded to Agamben’s oeuvres has more recently resulted in the beginning of a serious dialogue about the transcultural aspects of his work, particularly with regard to the epistemological legacy of colonization, state-building, and revolution in the non-Western world. This conference aims to explore the enormous transversal potential of Agamben’s work by staging its transdisciplinary and transcultural dimensions. It is open to non-specialists (“specialization” defined here in relation to both Asia and Agamben) from any discipline interested in the mix and mutation of Asia and Agamben as a platform for transcultural investigation.

Too complex to characterize under a single rubric, Agamben’s work is probably best known for the Homo Sacer series of books and essays that trace out the contours of “the logic of the exception” that operates across discrete domains of modern experience. Sovereignty, as Agamben shows, is the name given to the forms of experience that adhere to an exceptional logic, beginning with the ontological status of the philosophical subject and extending directly through the political one. For Agamben, this is as much a foundational moment of Western civilization as a trajectory of historical development. Sovereignty itself, in its relation to social ontology, is not a modern invention. The specificity of modernity lies in appropriating the distribution of the exception between politics and life in such a way that the format of the exception is no longer invisible and/or concentrated in a single point in the social body, but has rather been generalized throughout the body politic, creating spaces of “permanent exception.”

The conference welcomes submissions from different disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, area studies, art history and criticism, cultural studies, film studies, geography, history, literary studies, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and visual studies. The deadline for abstracts submission is September 15, 2012. See the website for more details and updates.


5. The 27th ASEASUK Conference: Durham University, England

Conference Dates: 7-9 September 2012

ASEASUK, the acronym for the Association of South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom, is a national subject association and one of 15 recognised learned societies of the British Academy. Membership is drawn from more than 40 universities in the country and includes academics, postgraduate students and those involved or interested in South-East Asia.

For more information on deadlines and applying to the conference, see ASEASUK's website or contact Jonathan Rigg at j.d.rigg@durham.ac.uk


6. 7th EuroSEAS Conference - Lisbon, Portugal

2 - 5 July 2013
Deadline: 31 May 2012

The Call for Panels is now open until the 31st of May, 2012. Proposals should be send to: euroseas2013@gmail.com by using the EuroSEAS Panel Proposal Form. The Board is confident that members will propose a range of diverse panels in line with the high standards obtained in the past. Members wishing to propose panels are strongly encouraged to involve partners from a different institution to guarantee the sort of international co-operation that is a hallmark of our organization. Young scholars are welcome to advance panel proposals.

Submissions will be accepted in English. The program committee will work with panel organizers to ensure disciplinary diversity and content compatibility. Proposals should be submitted using the EuroSEAS Panel Proposal Form which can be downloaded from the website. Panel organizers will be expected to circulate their respective Call for papers as from August up to the October 2012. Panels should typically aim to admit between 6 and 8 papers.

The Board will announce the accepted panels no later than the 31st July, 2012. Panels’ organizers should send the panels’ members and their paper abstracts no later than the 15th DEcember 2012.

For further information please keep checking the EuroSEAS website: http://www.euroseas.org.


7. Call for Papers - Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies

Deadline: 31 December 2012

The upcoming issue 6(1) of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies will feature a focus on Social Movements in South-East Asia, and will aim at bringing together established scholars and junior researchers from various academic fields in order to do the interdisciplinary nature of this broad topic justice. Emphasis shall be placed on both structure and dynamics of social movements and their specific local contextualisation as well as transnational predicaments. The intersection of this issue with larger topics of political and economic systems, labour, migration, health, environment, and peace, but also with aspects of culture, religion, gender, age, race and class, shifting along multiple scales and dimensions, shall contribute to a diversified approach of the publication.

If you intend to submit a paper, please contact the editorial board (aseas@seas.at), as this facilitates our planning process. Submissions dealing with one or several of the following issues are of special interest to the board of editors:

• Theoretical debates on social movements and conceptual challenges resulting from empirical research on recent developments;
• Social movements as genuine political actors and their relations to state, NGOs, and other institutionalised public and private actors;
• Strategic alliances, interventions, and collective action on local, national, and international scale and the role of transnational networks;
• Collective action, labour and trade unions, and their local, regional, cultural, and national specifi cities in the settings of infl uential global economic forces and neoliberal reforms;
• Urban movements, mobilisation, and the contestation of local policies and national regimes;
• Social media and digital space as the new environments for mobilisation, organisation, and protest;
• Civil rights movements and the construction of transnational solidarity across ethnic, religious, and geopolitical boundaries;
• Negotiation and contestation of diff erence within social movements – distinctions of culture, religion, gender, age, race, and class;
• Indigenous movements in connection with local policies in the settings of global networking and connectivity;
• Women’s movements and the reconfi guration of gender relations with reference to concepts of social equality and justice;
• As always, book reviews and suggestions for interviews are welcome.

For further details, please contact the board of editors: www.seas.at /


8. Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies - University of Wisconsin - Madison

Deadline: 31 October 2012

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS) will be held on April 19-21, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The main objective of the conference is to promote Lao studies, broadly defined, by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao Studies. Conference information (as well as information on previous International Lao Studies Conferences) can also be accessed at the Center for Lao Studies Conference website.


The theme of the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies is ‘Lao Studies’ as well as ‘The diverse ethnic groups of Laos’. However, this conference intends to accommodate all academic scholarship in the social sciences and humanities related to Laos, and peoples linked either to identifying as Lao or to the country of Laos more generally, including people from all ethnic groups in Laos, and diaspora communities all over the world.


The conference will bring together Lao Studies scholars and researchers from all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and all intellectual and political perspectives, to share paper presentations, panel presentations, exhibits, performances, and cultural activities.

The following are included within the target groups of the conference:

-All self-identified ethnic groups of Laos (e.g. Lao, Khmu, Hmong, Ieu-Mien, Akha, Phouan, Phou Thai, Nyouan, etc.);
-Lao/Thai Isan and other ethnic Lao groups in Thailand (e.g. Lao Song, Phouan, Phou Thai, etc.)
-Ethnic Lao living in Cambodia
-Cross-border ethnic groups living in Vietnam, China, Burma, Thailand and Cambodia (e.g. Akha, Hmong, Phouan, Ieu-Mien, Khmu, Tai Lue, Tai Dam, Lahu, Brao, etc.)
-Overseas diaspora originally from Laos or descendents of people from Laos (including Lao Americans, Hmong Americans, Khmu Americans, French Lao, Australian Lao, Canadian Lao, etc.)

For more information on potential topics as well as registration and paper submissions, see the UW-Madison CSEAS website.


9. Historiography and Nation since Pasyon and Revolution: Conference in Honor of Professor Reynaldo C. Ileto - Ateneo de Manila University

Deadline: 1 August 2012

The publication of Professor Reynaldo C. Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840-1910 by the Ateneo de Manila University Press in 1979 was a watershed event in Philippine historiography. This defining moment has reshaped the contours and directions not only of Philippine history but also of many other disciplines. Professor Ileto’s ideas on the writing of “history from below” were trail blazing, inspiring an entire generation of Filipino historians to critically evaluate historical sources, interrogate long-held theoretical assumptions, and adopt fresh perspectives in the study of Philippine nationalism and social movements. Deservedly, Professor Ileto is one of the most awarded and recognized Filipino historians of the contemporary generation.

Beyond the Philippines, Pasyon and Revolution has been considered one of the most influential books on Southeast Asian Studies by the editorial team of Sojourn: The Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. It is the only book written by a Southeast Asian scholar and published by a Southeast Asia-based university press that found inclusion in the prestigious list. Beyond Southeast Asia, the book has caused scholars specializing on other countries in other parts of the world to take notice of Philippine studies and its relevance to their own fields of scholarship.

Over three decades have passed since the publication of Pasyon and Revolution. This international conference aims to assess the influence of Professor Ileto in general, and of Pasyon and Revolution in particular, on Philippine historiography, on studies of nationalism and social movements, on theories of colonialism and postcolonialism, and on area studies and scholarship beyond the Philippines.

Scholars and academics with papers and panels related to, but not limited to, the following topics are invited to participate in this conference:

Historiography: Theories and Concepts
Nation, Nationalism, and Nation formation
Language, Literature, and History
Social Movements
Asian, African, and Latin American Histories
Histories from Below
Religion and Popular Consciousness
Symbolic Representations and Mass Movements
Colonial, Imperial, and Postcolonial Histories
New Methodologies and New Sources in Historical Studies
Folk Traditions and Popular Narratives
Revolutionary Texts and Radical Literature
Heroes and Heroism
Peasant Histories and Rural Social Movements

Selected papers that pass the refereeing system will be included in a festschrift in honor of Professor Reynaldo C. Ileto to be published jointly by Philippine Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. Other publications may also be planned.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 1 August 2012

Registration fee (inclusive of meals, refreshments, and conference materials) For Philippine participants: Until 1 October 2012: P3,500. After this date: P4,000. For overseas participants: Until 1 October 2012: US$85. After this date: US$100.

Inquiries as well as panel and paper proposals can be addressed to:

Dr. Francis A. Gealogo fgealogo@ateneo.edu
Philippine Studies Journal Office
Telephone (632) 4673656: Telefax (632) 4266001 extn 4619

Dr. Caroline Sy Hau hau@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Southeast Asian Studies Journal Office
Telephone (075) 7537344: Fax (075) 7537356

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr. 53706
Tel: 608.263.1755 / Fax: 608.263.3735
Website: http://seasia.wisc.edu/
E-mail: seasia@intl-institute.wisc.edu