Friday Forum Spring Semester 2008 - 09

January 23, 2009 - Jim Collins (Foreign Languages and Lieratures, Northern Illinois University) 
Language Shift and Language Death in Island Southeast Asia
From the earliest historical records of the Southeast Asian archipelago, we can read about language shift and even language change, whether because of genocide, natural disaster or, more likely, changes in speakers’ attitudes about languages. Language allegiance shifts in almost imperceptible but accumulative stages, sometimes slowly and often rapidly, such as in Maluku and Kalimantan (Indonesia), the cases discussed in this paper.

January 30, 2009 - Andy Sutton (Ph.D. Music, UW-Madison) 
Music, Islam, and the Commercial Media in Contemporary Indonesia
Though secular pop music still dominates Indonesia's broadcast and recording media, Islamic pop and other forms with Islamic content have been gaining ground over the last decade. A new mediascape encompassing genres, styles, and songs identified as “Muslim,” is broadly represented in the popular media--from audio cassettes, CDs and videos to national and private radio, television, and the internet. This talk provides an introduction to this fast growing mediascape, with focus on audio and video recordings.

February 6, 2009 - Prista Ratanapruck (Ph.D. Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers)
Market and Monastery: Manangi Trade Diasporas in South and Southeast Asia
My talk will explore the social arrangements and ideas that have enabled a trans-regional community to sustain itself over centuries. Manangis' trade and social practices challenge the concept of progress, contemporary discourse on globalization, and the common narrative of the rise of the West.

February 13, 2009 - Michael Jerryson (Ph.D. UC-Santa Barbara) 
Militarizing Buddhism in Southern Thailand
Since January 2004 random attacks on Buddhist monks and locals provoke a growing distrust and fear throughout Buddhist and Muslim communities of southern Thailand. During the last several years Michael Jerryson has conducted fieldwork in this region, participating in international workshops and conferences on solutions to the escalating violence. Looking at the influence religion brings to a violent climate, he examines how Buddhist monks affect the violence, and conversely, how the violence affects the Buddhist monks.

February 20, 2009 - Yosef Djakababa (Dissertator, History, UW-Madison) 
Revisiting "Mahmillub": Staging the anti-communist triumph during the 1965 upheaval in Indonesia.
"Mahmillub" or the Special Military Tribune was a special court for those accused to have involvement in the 30th September movement coup attempt. "Mahmillub" is arguably the “Show Trial” for the military regime while the complicity of the process reveals larger roles in laying foundation and cementing legitimacy for grand narrative of the event.

February 27, 2009 - Michael Buehler (Ph.D. Political Science, Columbia University) 
The 2009 legislative elections in Indonesia and Political Islam: Prospects and Challenges
Despite a rise of political Islam in post-New Order Indonesia, Islamist movements failed in past elections. The lecture will shed light on this phenomenon.

March 6, 2009 - Dacil Quang Keo (Dissertator, Political Science, UW-Madison) 
The Trials and Tribulations of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
The Khmer Rouge Tribunal (KRT) is among the "third generation" of criminal courts operating under hybrid UN-Cambodian laws, officials, and staff. This talk addresses some of the challenges faced by the tribunal and the extent that it can offer "justice" to the millions of Cambodians who suffered and died under the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979.

March 13, 2009 - No Friday Forum: Spring Break

March 20, 2009 - No Friday Forum: Spring Break

March 27, 2009 - No Friday Forum: AAS Meeting

April 3, 2009 - Nagasura Timan Medale (Mindanao State University/Northern Illinois University)
Current Issues On Mindanao Affairs: Problems and Prospects for Peace
Perspectives on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front differ—from the Supreme Court that considers the issues "void," to the Moro’s own reactions. The talk presents an alternative solution to the conflict given the present state of this struggle for a Moro nation/bangsa.

April 10, 2009 - Cynthia Bautista (Sociology, University of the Philippines)
Why Reforms Don't Transform: Reflections on Institutional Change Through the Prism of Philippine Education
The presentation will reflect on the dynamics of institutional change in the Philippines using basic education as a metaphor for other institutions in the country. Tracing the evolution of reform initiatives in this area, the presentation will focus on the constraining effects of national politics as well as the prevailing culture of the country's biggest bureaucracy.

April 17, 2009 - Richard Ruth (History, US Naval Academy)
Sawadi Vietnam: Thailand's Embrace of the Second Indochina War, 1967-1969
This talk examines the role of Thailand's military, government, palace, and Buddhist order in generating popular support for involvement in the Vietnam War. It analyzes public events celebrating the volunteer forces, such as royally-sponsored funerals and well-publicized hospital visits by national and international celebrities, to show how the Thai government parlayed the sacrifice of early casualties into a national ethos that opposed internal challenges to its authority.

April 24, 2009 - Marc Benamou (Music, Oberlin College) 
Concepts of Ownership in Central Javanese Musical Practice

May 1, 2009 - Mytoan Nguyen (Sociology, UW-Madison) 
Diasporic Return Migration in Contemporary Vietnam
This paper presents questions about the role of the state and its post-1975 diasporic returnees, and the implications this set of relations has for various theoretical perspectives on social and economic development and transformation.