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

January 24  Friday Forum
Nathan McGovern,
“Buddhism’s Implicit Theology and the Discourse of ‘Holy Things’ in Thailand.”
January 31 Friday Forum
Annie Shattuck
February 7 Friday Forum
Jerome Whitington
“Late Industrial Environments are Constituted by Uncertainty: Notes from Lao Hydropower.”
February 10 FLAS Graduate and Undergraduate
Application Deadline
Center Fellowships Application Deadline
February 14 Friday Forum
Matthew Trew
“Choose Your Own Adventure: Thematic Tourism and Symbolic Economy in Cambodia’s ‘Charming City.’”
February 21 Friday Forum
Eileen Lagman
“Moving Labor: Literacy Programs and Care Work in the Filipino ‘Brain Drain.’”

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

The 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) competition will open on March 31,2020.

For weekly updates on job announcements, calls for papers and funding opportunities, please visit our Jobs, Conferences and Scholarships page for more information.