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.


Student Alumni Spotlight

CSEAS/UW-Madison alumni (from left to right) Boonlert Wisetpreecha, Prachak Kongkirati, and Yukti Mukdawichit (Thammasat University) call for the release of activists detained over the lese majeste law in Thailand.

Faculty Alumni Spotlight

After retirement in 2016, Thongchai Winichakul went to Japan for three years (2017-2019) as a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO), one of the country’s major research institutions in area studies. Since retirement, he has published four books and several articles in Thai and a new book in English, Moments of Silence: The Unforgetting of the October 6, 1976, Massacre in Bangkok (University of Hawai`i Press, 2020). The book explores the changing memories and the conditions for silence over the four decades after the tragedy. Dr. Winichakul also began a new project examining the intellectual foundation of Thailand’s jurisprudence from the nineteenth century to the present. In March 2020, he delivered an address on the subject at the Puey Ungphakorn Memorial Lecture, one of the most prestigious academic events in the country. As usual, he also contributes commentary on political and social issues in Thailand. A few of his earlier publications in Thai appeared at the demonstrations of the youth movement in 2020 that called for the reform of the monarchy (see picture above), leading to an examination of one of them by the police.

Upcoming Events


March 5 Eating and Being Eaten: The Changing Meanings of Hunger among Marind, West Papua

By Sophie Chao

12:00 pm CST, online
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Meeting ID: 998 7030 9619

March 12 On Our Own Strength:
The Self-Reliant Literary Group (Tự Lực Văn Đoàn) and Cosmopolitan Nationalism in Late Colonial VietnamBy Martina Nguyen

12:00 PM CST, online
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Meeting ID: 977 4835 8143

March 19 Politics and Ideology of Thai Film Censorship

By Matthew Hunt

12:00 PM CST, online
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Meeting ID: 979 8213 2663

March 26 Route and Road: Postcolonial Hangovers in the Cinema of Singapore and Indonesia

By Gerald Sim

12:00 PM CST, online
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Meeting ID: 959 3425 8045

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Click here to find out more about our Fall 2020 Community College Educator workshop: The Growing Crisis of Statelessness and Refugees.

Click here for workshop presentation by Ingrid Jordt: “The Spatial Nowhere of Rohingya Lives: How Myanmar’s Toxic Citizenship Regime Created a Stateless People.”

To find out more about SEARG, visit: https://win.wisc.edu/organization/searg

Read SEARG February 15 Newsletter here.


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