Forum Fall Semester 2005-06
September 2, 2005 - Denni
Purbasari (Economics, University of Colorado Boulder)
"Rent Seeking in Developing Countries: Firm-Level Evidence from
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
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
September 23, 2005 - Mary
McCoy (Communications, Northwestern)
"Scandal in the Making of a Modern Democracy: the Case of
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
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
"The Search for Hope: The Whispering Cloth and Tangled
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
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
December 15, 2005 - Last
class day No Friday Forum