Friday Forum Fall Semester 2005-06

September 2, 2005 - Denni Purbasari (Economics, University of Colorado Boulder)
"Rent Seeking in Developing Countries: Firm-Level Evidence from Indonesia"
Political connections have been widely discussed in the literature of corruption, but little work has been done to empirically identify either the presence of corruption or the channels through which it operates. Using Indonesia as a case study we find that politically connected firms are more likely to receive trade protection which impose substantial welfare cost on the Indonesian economy.

September 9, 2005 - Andy Sutton (Music, UW-Madison)
“Beyond Bricolage? Music and Image on Indonesian VCDs” 
Since their first appearance in Indonesia in the late 1990s, VCDs have become the dominant mode of distribution not only for movies but for music as well. Sutton's lecture considers VCDs of national and regional popular music, focusing on the content of these multi-layered media products and the aesthetic puzzles they pose.

September 16, 2005 **Room Change: 1418 Van Hise** - Fadjar I.Thufail (Anthropology, UW-Madison)
“Possessed Nation: Forging Political Community Five Years after the May 1998 Riots” 
The May 1998 riots in Indonesia remain an uncharted space years later. Soeharto's resignation and the New Order regime's downfall following the riots are historic events but provide little to assure a political climate for Indonesians to revisit the legacy of past violence. Amidst this uncertainty, human rights advocacy groups and victims of New Order violence confronted the legacy of violence by holding an unprecedented national gathering of violence victims (Temu Korban Nasional) in 2002-2003. This talk charts the landscapes of possessed grievance that both the human rights activists and the victims evoke to make their experiences of suffering and injustice meaningful.

September 23, 2005 - Mary McCoy (Communications, Northwestern) 
"Scandal in the Making of a Modern Democracy: the Case of Indonesia"

September 30, 2005 **Room Change: 1418 Van Hise** - Paul Hutchcroft (Poli. Sci., UW-Madison)
“The Deepening Crisis of Democracy in the Philippines”
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo struggles to retain power as she faces allegations that close relatives are involved in gambling syndicates and still more damaging accusations of complicity in fixing the May 2004 elections. Unlike the crises of 1986 and 2001, when "people power revolutions" brought new leadership and nurtured fresh hopes, the crisis of 2005 reveals a democracy desperately struggling for legitimacy.

October 7, 2005 - Joseph Liow (Institute of Defense & Strategic Studies, Singapore)
"Islam and Resistance in Pattani and Mindanao" 
Since 9/11, we have all been seized by how Islam appears to define the ideological and tactical parameters of conflicts involving Muslim populations. This talk hopes to critically interrogate the role of Islam in the ongoing conflicts in southern Thailand and southern Philippines.

October 14, 2005 - Ramon Santos (Music, U. Philippines)
“Traditional Music in Religion and Worship in the Philippines”
Prof. Santos will focus on the religious music, the liturgical and extra-liturgical rites in Filipino cultural communities.

October 21, 2005 - Nancy Smith-Hefner (Anthropology, Boston University)
“More Sex in the City?  Youth and Sexuality in Muslim Java” 
This paper looks at contemporary Muslim Javanese youth in the Central Javanese city of Yogyakarta and the current controversies surrounding youth sexuality.

October 28, 2005 - Aaron Pitluck (Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State)
"Investors and their Brokers in the Malaysian Stock Market: Some New Ideas on Investor Confidence" 
Drawing on over one hundred ethnographic interviews with financial workers in Malaysia, Aaron Pitluck advocates a social networks perspective to better understand Malaysian investors' behavior. The talk will explore implications to understand the rapid construction or destruction of investor confidence in a nation.

November 4, 2005 - Karen Coates and Jeremy Redfern
"Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War"
Cambodia has never recovered from the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime and two decades of war that ripped the country apart. Award-winning journalist Coates and photojournalist Redfern speak about their new book that provides a portrait of contemporary Cambodia through its people.

November 11, 2005 - Eric Haanstad (Anthropology, UW-Madison)
“The State Demands Sacrifices: Yaa Baa, Red Bull, and Ritual Killings in the Thai Drug Wars” 
Haanstad investigates Thailand's drug wars, highlighting some of the campaign's most profitable political economies, as well as violent displays of order and overt deceptions.

November 18, 2005 - Pegi Deitz Shea (Author)
"The Search for Hope: The Whispering Cloth and Tangled Threads
Author Pegi Deitz Shea discusses how she found her story to tell young readers about the Hmong, their struggles and their strength, their tragedies and their triumphs.

November 25, 2005 - No Friday Forum (Thanksgiving break Nov 24-27)

December 2, 2005 - John Peck (Ph.D., UW-Madison Institute of Environmental Studies)
"The Struggle for Fair Trade, Food Sovereignty, and Rural Justice in East Timor: Report Back from the 2005 Madison Ainaro Sister City Delegation" 
John E. Peck received his PhD in Land Resources (IES) from UW-Madison in 2004.  He is currently executive director of Family Farm Defenders, a national grassroots organization based in Madison, WI that works on issues of sustainable agriculture, rural justice, fair trade, consumer safety, animal welfare, farm worker rights, and food sovereignty. In Aug. 2005 John participated in a three week visit to East Timor.

December 9, 2005 - Evan Winet (Asian Languages and Cultures, Macalester College)
"Under the Veil of Nationalism: Islam and Modern Indonesian Theatre"
Evan Winet received a Ph.D from Stanford University in Drama and Humanities in 2000. His particular areas of interest include Indonesian and Other Asian Theaters; Directing and Dramaturgy; Masks, Puppets and Performing Objects; History and Theories of Drama, Theater and Performance and Postcolonial Theory.

December 15, 2005 - Last class day No Friday Forum