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Southeast Asia Symposium: “Transnational Southeast Asia: People and Ideas in Motion”

April 13, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


The Southeast Asia Graduate Research Group (SEARG) is pleased to announce this year’s Southeast Asia Symposium entitled “Transnational Southeast Asia: People and Ideas in Motion.” This year’s speakers include the following:

  • Rajashree Mazumder is Assistant Professor of History at Union College. She is trained in both South and Southeast Asian History. Her Ph.D. dissertation is titled: “Constructing the Indian Immigrant to Colonial Burma 1885-1948.” Beyond India and Burma, her research interests relate to networks of circulation: people, commodities and ideas in the Indian Ocean region both in the early modern and the modern period.
  • Eric Tagliacozzo is Professor of History at Cornell University. His work has centered on the history of people, ideas, and material in motion in and around Southeast Asia, especially in the late colonial age. His first book, Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier (Yale, 2005), examined many of these ideas by analyzing the history of smuggling in the region. His last book project was called The Longest Journey: Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca (Oxford, 2013), which attempted to write a history of this very broad topic from earliest times to the present.
  • Rhacel Parrenas is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is an ethnographer whose research examines experiences of migrant workers from the Philippines. Her earlier works examined the constitution of gender in women’s migration. Her more recent works focus on the construction of migrant workers as “unfree laborers.” Her current project focuses on the experiences of migrant domestic workers in Dubai and Singapore.


  • 9:30-9:45: Opening remarks – SEARG representative
  • 9:45-10:45: Speaker 1 – Dr. Eric Tagliocozzo
  • 10:45-11:00: Break
  • 11:00-12:00: Speaker 2 – Dr. Rajashree Mazumder
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00: Speaker 3 – Dr. Rhacel Parrenas
  • 2:00-2:15: Break
  • 2:15-3:45: Roundtable discussion – Drs. Tagliocozzo, Mazumder, and Parrenas; facilitated by Philip Cerepak
  • 3:45-4:00: Closing remarks – SEARG representative

There will also be a potluck for speakers and participants at Katherine Bowie’s house after the Symposium. Stay tuned for more information.


April 13, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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