Friday Forum Spring Semester 2006-07

January 26, 2007 - "When Enemy Women Speak: New Voices from Vietnam;
Evening film title: Hidden Warriors: Women on the Ho Chi Minh Trail"

50 minute film to be shown Friday evening 7:30 pm, 114 Van Hise, discussion to follow.

by Karen Turner (History, Holy Cross College)
The presentation will center on the memories of women soldiers from North Vietnam, their views of the U.S., their lives during the war, and their post-war experiences. Turner attempts to place Vietnam's women warriors in the context of women soldiers more universally and asks what we can learn from Vietnamese women as female U.S. soldiers in Iraq cope with war and its aftermath.

February 2, 2007 - "New Developments in Indonesian Music"
by Andy Sutton (Music, UW-Madison)

February 9, 2007 - "Collecting the Empire: Jose E. Marco's Forgeries and the Confabulation of American Imperial Knowledge in the Chalabian Moment"
by Michael Salman (History, UCLA)
Formalistic assumptions can direct attention to the colonial state as the defining institution of empire, leading us to see colonialism and empire primarily as the acts and actions of particular national governments and their colonial states abroad, as in the case of the American colonial state in the Philippines. I will suggest that we might then miss seeing how the commercial basis of American world power - operating through libraries, museums, universities, mass media, and myriad other loci of transactions - worked to construct colonial relationships and knowledge in dispersed ways that exceeded the reach and national definition of colonial states, always depending upon networks of services, knowledges, and politics extending from and interlaced with the colonized.

February 16, 2007 - TBA

February 23, 2007 - "Seeing a mythic sangha: Paccekabuddhas in Pali commentaries and Thai mural paintings"
by Karen Derris (Religious Studies, University of Redlands)
Mural paintings of paccekabuddhas, mythic Buddhas, fill the walls of the monastic hall at Wat Suthat, a royal temple in Bangkok. The relationship between these paintings and commentarial narratives of Paccekabuddhas potentially opens new approaches to understanding this category of enlightened being.

March 2, 2007 - "The Art of Resistance under Military Dictatorship: Thai Student and Intellectual Movement before the October 14 Uprising"
by Prajak Kongkirati (Political Science, UW-Madison)
Kongkirati investigates the October 14th, 1973 mass uprising, focusing on the intellectual movements of students and other intellectuals in Thailand under military dictatorship from 1963-1973. The study centers on the nature of the cultural ideological currents--nationalism, the new left, Thai socialism, and royalism, derived from diverse local and foreign sources that prompted these two groups to challenge state authority.

March 9, 2007 - "Constitutional Reform and the Rise (and Fall?) of Thaksin"
by Allen Hicken

March 16, 2007 - "The Afterlife of Empire: Sovereignty and Revolution in the Philippines"
by Vince Rafael
This paper asks about the notion of sovereignty that emerges in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Philippines, relating it to the legacies of Spanish-Christian colonial rule, nationalist revolution and American imperial intervention.

March 23, 2007 - No Friday Forum (Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting)

March 30, 2007 - No Friday Forum (Spring Break)

April 13, 2007 - "Rowing Down Two Rivers"
by Muhammad Haji Salleh
A reading of a selection of poems in Malay and English from 30 years of Muhammad Haji Saleh's work, written from the experience of Southeast Asia, Asia, Europe and USA.

April 20, 2007 - "Soul Survivors: Women and Children of Cambodia"
by Bhavia Carol Wagner
Thirty years of violence, including US bombing, genocide and civil war, shattered Cambodian society. Bhavia Wagner describes with slides the lives of Cambodian women and children today including those who are rebuilding Cambodia and addressing the current challenges of poverty, corruption, AIDS, trafficking and landmines.