|Center For Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Board of Regents Appoints Alfred W. McCoy as Smail Professor of History
The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has appointed Alfred W. McCoy as the John R. W. Smail Professor of History. The appointment is for five years and allows the recipient to name the chair in honor of a central figure in his or her professional life. Upon receiving the WARF professorship, McCoy named the chair for Professor John R.W. Smail.
John R.W. Smail was a leading figure among the first generation
of Southeast Asian historians in the United States and a pioneer in this
field at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork
in Bandung, Indonesia, Professor Smail produced a corpus of influential
publications. His article, "On the Possibility of an Autonomous History
of Southeast Asia," published while he was still a graduate student,
remains today a landmark in the field's historiography. His monograph
on Bandung in the Indonesian revolution is a modern classic of interior
history, and the text he co-authored, In Search of Southeast Asia,
remains the standard in the field today.
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