Who We Are

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison fosters a wide variety of research, teaching and outreach activities about Southeast Asia. Since 1981, the Center has been recognized as a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education, and has received Title VI funding for program development and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships.


We promote greater understanding of the Southeast Asian region through academic year courses, a summer language institute, study abroad opportunities, a publication series, outreach activities, a weekly public lecture series, student research and study grants, and degree programs. Our faculty and students are a vibrant community of scholars with research and teaching interests in a wide variety of academic disciplines. The Center operates a vigorous and well-developed program committed to the study of Southeast Asia that is recognized as one of the best worldwide.


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is a unit in the International Division and a member of the Institute for Regional and International Studies.


Upcoming Events

Lecture: Dr. Daniel Murphy
“Twenty Years since Voting for Freedom, Village Health in East Timor Today”
7-9 pm  |  Madison Central Library Room 302 | 201 W. Mifflin Street
Friday Forum Lecture Series: Dr. Alfred W. McCoy
“Beyond Empires: The Succession From Washington’s World Order to Beijing’s Global System”
12 pm  |  206 Ingraham Hall  | 1155 Observatory Drive
Friday Forum Lecture Series: Keith Barton
“Your Question Doesn’t Make Sense: How Southeast Asia Complicates Us Teaching About World Religions”
12 pm  |  206 Ingraham Hall  | 1155 Observatory Drive
Friday Forum Lecture Series: Geoff Robinson
“The Mass Killings of 1965-66 in Indonesia: Questions of Responsibility”
12 pm  |  206 Ingraham Hall  | 1155 Observatory Drive
Lecture: Maij Xyooj
“The Gender-Based Violence In The Hmoob Diaspora Project: Politics, Power, And Representation”
4 pm  | 336 Ingraham Hall  | 1155 Observatory Drive

If you would like to receive updates about our weekly events, please email us at: seasia@seasia.wisc.edu