Resident Directors – American Councils for International Education
American Councils for International Education is hiring short-term Resident Directors for summer language immersion programs abroad for American high school and college students studying one of 15 critical languages including: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
Resident Directors must be proficient in the target language and typically have experience studying, working, or traveling in the host country. They are responsible for promoting student success by ensuring the health and safety of program participants, helping them to maintain a language policy, and assisting them in acclimating to life in the host country. In-country partner institutes are responsible for administering the academic curriculum. Therefore, the Resident Director position is a non-teaching position.
Currently hiring: Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative Resident Director. Click here for the job announcement.
A full list of available Resident Director positions is available at https://www.americancouncils.org/careers
The Regional Flagship Languages Initiative at UW-Madison is searching for language conversation partners for Summer 2021! If you are a native or near-native speaker of Indonesian, Hindi, Urdu, or Turkish, we would love to work with you. Visit our job posting links below and apply!
IFLI Program- Bahasa Indonesia
SAFLI Program- Hindi/Urdu
TURFLI Program- Turkish
Fuller Visiting Professorship in Southeast Asia at Ohio University
The successful candidate will be a tenured Professor or Associate Professor (or equivalent at their home institution) with a record of scholarship that has contributed significantly to advancing the understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia and its peoples.
Deadline: April 20, 2021.
Assistant Professor of Modern World History at University of Northern British Columbia
The Department of History invites applications for a tenure-track position in the history of the modern world (regional specialization open). Research strength in non-Western history will be an asset. An ability to teach courses that can be cross listed with Women’s and Gender Studies and/or Global and International Studies is considered important. See the job posting for details.
Deadline: May 1, 2021.
Post-doctoral Position in Ethnomusicology at UC Davis
The Department of Music at the University of California Davis invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral position in ethnomusicology. The appointment is for one year.
Deadline: May 31, 2021.
The Southeast Asia Program is seeking interns who are highly motivated, professional, and have a strong foundation in Southeast Asia studies and international relations/political economy. We operate a fast-paced, dynamic program, and require interns who are detail-oriented and can work independently and as part of a team.
- Associate: based in Singapore. The US-ASEAN Business Council is seeking an Associate who will support the Council’s programs and initiatives aimed at strengthening the U.S.-ASEAN economic relationship.
- Policy and research internships: Semester internships based in Washington, D.C. Recent graduates encouraged to apply.
For details, email email@example.com
Virtual International Internships
Spring and Summer 2021
Develop your language skills and build up your resume while earning course credit (fall, spring and summer positions).
Some paid opportunities and many scholarships available!
- Apply for a part-time virtual internship for Spring Semester (Apply by 1/31, rolling deadline)
- Summer Internships: In-Person (final decision to be made on March 15th) or Virtual (Apply by 2/21)
- Meet (virtually) with an IIP Advisor to learn more
Translators: The Language Doctors
Linguistics company that provides language translation services to the federal government, continuously seeking to hire bilingual people on a full-time or part-time basis to help with a growing volume of translation work. Depending on availability, able to provide either W2 or 1099 arrangements. For current job postings, click here.
Southeast Asian Studies Archive Fellowships – University of Washington
The University of Washington Libraries invites applicants for the Southeast Asian Studies Archives Fellowship Program funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Recent Ph.D. graduates, or finishing doctoral candidates across all disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences are welcome to apply for one of three one-quarter long paid fellowships in the 2021-22 academic year. Fellows will spend a quarter in one of the leading Southeast Asian Studies library collections in the country, and have the opportunity to learn about library and archival practice while working with Southeast Asia Librarian, Dr. Judith Henchy.
DEADLINE EXTENDED. Apply here.
The Group Projects Abroad Program accepts applications for FY short-term (short-term seminars, curriculum development teams, and group research or study projects) and long-term projects (advanced overseas intensive language projects).
The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula.
2021 Amy Ling Yellow Light Awards – Asian American Studies, UW-Madison
In honor of the memory and legacy of our founding director, Professor Amy Ling, the Asian American Studies Program is proud to offer four 2021 Amy Ling Yellow Light Awards to enrolled UW-Madison students in the amount of $250 per award.
Deadline: April 23, 2021. To learn more about the type of awards offered and for application guidelines, click here.
Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
Upcoming Deadline: May 15, 2021.
East-West Center Early Career Scholar Fellowship
The East-West Center is seeking three (3) Early Career Scholar Fellows, particularly, individuals with expertise in 1) Insular Southeast Asia, 2) Mainland Southeast Asia, and 3) South Asia. For more information, click here.
Upcoming Deadline: May 15, 2021
Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network (Second Cohort)
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce the recruitment of the second group of scholars for the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network. The vast geographic size and diversity of East Asia have created unfortunate divides between Northeast and Southeast Asia specialists. Given the complex nature of the region and its growing integration, these divides serve as an obstacle to understanding the complexities of contemporary Asia as a whole. They also compromise efforts to create cohesive and sustainable U.S. policies to advance its vital national interests across a region that will decisively shape the 21st century. This initiative, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, was launched with our first cohort in 2019 and continues this effort to inform Asia specialists in the United States about growing regional integration in Asia, as well as foster the growth and connectivity of U.S. specialists with the ability to think holistically about the world’s most dynamic and strategically important region. For more information on the program and to apply, click link in title.
Upcoming Deadline: June 2021.
CAORC-Inya Graduate Fellowship Program: Field Research in Myanmar
The Inya Institute announces the 2021 CAORC-INYA Short Term Fellowships competition for research that will contribute to studies on Myanmar in any aspect of its wide linguistic, cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity and to a better understanding of the country’s past or present political and socio-economic situation. Applicants must be U.S. Graduate Students currently enrolled in a graduate program (Master’s or Doctoral level) at an institution of higher education in the U.S. or elsewhere. This program is funded by CAORC through a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department. For more information and to apply, click here.
EXTENDED Deadline: September 1, 2021.
Asia Internship Program – 2021 Positive Impact Scholarship
The AIP positive impact scholarship is aimed at students of institutions throughout the world to kickstart the restart of global mobility amid the nearing end of the global pandemic. AIP decided to offer a number of institutions the possibility to refer their students, either directly by partnering with us or indirectly by simply advertising our scholarship, for a chance to win a remote internship scholarship with AIP. To apply for the scholarship, click here. To learn more about AIP, click here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Glenn Anthony May Memorial Scholarship
The Glenn Anthony May Memorial Scholarship is intended to honor Professor Glenn Anthony May, a history professor who spent 32 years teaching at the University of Oregon. Prof May had a deep love for the Philippines and authored 5 books on the region. In tribute to his work, this scholarship is intended to provide scholarships to students who are Filipino or of Filipino heritage and/or are pursuing a field of study related to Southeast Asian Studies with a preference for those focused on the Philippines. This scholarship is available to all students, including those living and studying outside of Oregon, who are currently enrolled or have plans to enroll at least half time at any 2- or 4-year public institution or nonprofit private college in the United States. Email Harper Pulsipher, Administrative Assistant for Scholarships (email@example.com), for more information.
The Center for Khmer Studies is a non-governmental institution supported by international foundations, educational institutions, scholars, the US Department of Education, and interested individuals and philanthropists from the US, France, and Cambodia. The Center facilitates a range of fellowships, including Senior, Scholar-in-Residence, Dissertation, and Junior Resident Fellowships.
CIPS invites qualified researchers to join our Visiting Research Fellowship Program. The program offers opportunities for both Indonesians and non-Indonesian nationals who are completing their Indonesia-related PhD and post-graduate theses abroad, to conduct field research in Indonesia over a 3-6 month period. CIPS also opens the opportunity for post-doctoral or non-degree fellowships.
If you are interested in the Fellowship Program, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
CAORC offers two fellowship programs, the NEH Senior Research Fellowship and Multi-Country Research Fellowship, which enable fellows to visit and carry out research within CAORC’s network of Overseas Research Centers (ORCs).
In addition, each ORC offers fellowships and grant opportunities specific to its region. Visit the ORC Fellowships & Grants page for more information on opportunities within the ORC network.
USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, is a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.
With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, The Southeast East Asian Language Council (SEALC) awards financial assistance to students who incur tuition fees when studying a Southeast Asian language during the academic year at an institution other than their home institution via synchronous distance learning. This award is intended to facilitate cross-institutional collaboration and increase access to Southeast Asian language instruction. Eligibility requires that the course is credit-bearing at a North American institution and that the applicant is a full-time student at a North American institution. Priority will be given to graduate students, but all are encouraged to apply. SEALC encourages applicants to consider attending SEASSI which serves as an excellent resource for summer language instruction. This SEALC award is intended to improve access during the academic year so that students can obtain multi-year instruction in a timely manner.
What does the assistance cover?
The award provides partial tuition reimbursement for synchronous distance learning of a SE Asian language at a North American institution.
The application deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year awards is July 15, 2021. Check the SEALC website for updates on the application portal (coming soon), and email email@example.com with any questions.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-Asia)
Scholarships for undergraduate U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. For more information on undergraduate scholarships, click here.
Visiting Research Fellowship: Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS)
The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) is offering Visiting Research Fellowships. The program offers opportunities for both Indonesians and non-Indonesian nationals who are completing their Indonesia-related PhD and post-graduate theses abroad. The program supports their field research in Indonesia over a 3 (three) to 6 (six)-month period. CIPS also opens this opportunity to post-doctoral or non-degree research. The preferred research areas are in economics, public policy/public management, education, politics, and development studies.
CIPS is a public policy think tank dedicated to providing policy analysis and practical policy recommendations to decision-makers within Indonesia’s legislative and executive branches of government. CIPS focuses its research and policy advocacy on issues concerning education policy reform, food security and agriculture, as well as general issues affecting the livelihood of low-income communities. We have previously cooperated with local governments, the National Development and Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, UNESCO, and many other reputable organizations.
The Visiting Research Fellowship program offers the researchers the necessary office space while conducting their research in Jakarta. We are also able to offer administrative assistance for the stay of the researcher and other arrangement of the field research. For more information, please visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) Programs
For complete information on the educational exchange programs offered by USINDO (including a summer studies program, a masters fellowship, professional fellows, etc), visit the website.
Boren Awards for Language Study and Research in Southeast Asia
Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Boren Awards promote longer‐term linguistic and cultural immersion overseas, and are available to applicants in most fields of study.
Boren Awards will give preference to applicants planning to study in a number of East & Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Preference is also given to students who are willing to study abroad for longer periods of time, and those who are highly motivated to work in the federal government following graduation.
The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language‐focused study abroad.
The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate‐level research, and academic internships abroad.
Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the application process. Sign up today here. Additional information on preferred countries, languages, fields of study, and annual deadlines can be found at www.borenawards.org.
Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution‐specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at 1‐800‐618‐NSEP or email@example.com.
Fellowships: National Asia Research Program
NARP Fellows conduct policy-relevant research on national security issues. For information on the program and the annual, competitive selection process, please visit the website.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, and drawing from the Hart Southeast Asia Collection’s vast troves of materials, Southeast Asia Library Assistant (NIU) Joanna Kulma has put together a digital exhibit about women in Southeast Asia.
America’s Secret War in Laos was a covert military intervention (1964-1973). Unlike the Vietnam War that was known to the American public, the Secret War has remained an unknown history in the American memory. However, the Hmong, whose relocation to the U.S. was a direct product of that war, this history is alive in Hmong memories: refugee artifacts, objects carried from Laos to the U.S., everyday objects that bear witness to the struggle of living in the U.S. as refugees, and the things that offer Hmong resilience and healing. It is in the traces of memory and its battlefields that marginalized communities like the Hmong work to reconcile the erasure of their history and to find healing.
In this exhibit, you will enter a bedroom that will invite you into the private and intimate spaces of memory. You will encounter artifacts that testify to the consequences of America’s Secret War. And lastly, you will interact with objects that speaks to human resilience. This is a community-based and community-led exhibit in partnership UWO’s Hmong Studies Program, Hmong community organizations throughout Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. There is also a virtual speaker series running through the month of April, 2021. Click the link in title for more information!
This exhibit is co-sponsored by the following community partners: Hmong Studies Program (UW-Oshkosh), Cia Siab Inc. (La Crosse, WI), Freedom, Inc. (Madison, WI), Hmong American Women Association (Milwaukee, WI), Wisconsin Historical Society (Madison, W) the Wisconsin Arts Board Creative Communities Grant and the Morgridge Center for Public Service (UW-Madison) Community Research Project Grant, the Institute for Regional and International Studies (UW-Madison), Center for Southeast Asian Studies (UW-Madison), and Pepsi Programming Allocation Fund (UW-Oshkosh).
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month
Lectures, panels, film screening, and other virtual events throughout the month of April 2021! Click here for more information.
Beyond Home Borders: Fundraising Festival for Indonesian Literature in Translation
March – May 2021
The Lontar Foundation (Indonesia) announces an online fundraising festival in support of Indonesian literature in translation. This fundraising effort features a host of stimulating online events running through the end of May. Don’t miss this opportunity to support The Lontar Foundation, a fantastic resource for Indonesian literature in translation! For a complete Prospectus, click here. To visit the Beyond Home Borders website, click here.
Why Veil? Religious Headscarves and the Public Role of Women
April 19, 2021
10:00 AM PDT | 12:00 PM CT
What does veiling embody in a rapidly modernizing society? Using human- coded data based on photographs of pupils attached to Indonesian public high school books, I measure the prevalence of veiling among young women in 49 districts for more than two decades. Exploiting exogenous variation generated by the interaction between international demand for Indonesian products and sectoral and gender composition of local industries, I show that economic shocks that induce female participation in formal employment have a causal effect on the adoption of veiling. This effect tends to peak in areas where the initial gender norms are more negotiable. This study demonstrates that this practice represents an effort by young women to reconcile their desire to benefit from new economic opportunities and the prevailing social norms in society. Organized by the Dept of Economics at UC Berkeley. For more information, click here.
Writing Muslim Women into Southeast Asian History
Barbara Watson Andaya
April 19, 2021
5:00 PM ET | 4:00 PM CT
This presentation focuses on some of the issues that confront a historian of Southeast Asia when dealing with a topic — Muslim women — for which there is a dearth of sources. This is particularly the case for the “early modern” period, that is, from around the 15th to the mid-19th century . Beginning with the early years of Islam in Southeast Asia, the talk will focus on six areas that I, a non-Muslim and born outside the region, feel deserve special attention because the nature of the evidence opens up possibilities for exploration but also imposes limitations. The first is the often fraught connection between legend and documented evidence; the second is the way in which religious change affected women; the third is gender relations and the Muslim family; the fourth concerns Islam’s appeal to women and how female piety was expressed; the fifth is the privileging of the elite and our relative ignorance of village life; the sixth is the problem of generalization across such a diverse region. The presentation serves as a reminder that “writing women into Southeast Asia history” is a laudable goal, but one that is only partially achievable. Hosted by the Asia Center at Harvard University. For more information on the speaker and to register, click here.
Southeast Asian Scripts: From the Centers to the Margins
Library of Congress
April 21, 2021
12:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM CT
The third lecture in this series is “Southeast Asian Scripts: From the Centers to the Margins.” This lecture focuses on two distinct but related writing traditions in Southeast Asia: those at centers of power and those at the margins. Looking at centers, the lecture examines religious manuscript production such as Indonesian texts. For the margins, the focus will be on Zomia—a geographically and culturally peripheral area corresponding to the uplands of mainland Southeast Asia—where writing and resistance to centralizing states will be among the themes discussed. The lecture will also cover the cultural, social, psychological, historical, geographical, and spiritual aspects of writing. To register for this event, click here.
Agrarian Change and Armed Conflict in Myanmar
Part of the East-West Center Insights: Asia-Pacific Environmental Transitions Series
April 21, 2021
2:00 PM Hawai’i Time | 7:00 PM CT
Environmental and agrarian change in rural ethnic minority villages in Myanmar is found to be primarily driven and understood by fluid armed conflict dynamics and other conflict-related variables over the past three decades. Multiple field research teams conducted hundreds of interviews with minority farmers in tens of villages in the north (Kachin State) and southeast (Karen State and Tanintharyi Region) between 2016-2020, which was then paired with remotely sensed township deforestation rates from 2000-2020. The relationship of forests to armed conflict is shown to change over time and differ from village to village, reflecting the volatile localized conflict dynamics and its many related factors. No direct correlation is found between deforestation rates and whether there is a ceasefire in place when compared across conflict-affected regions in Myanmar. Other macro- and more micro-scale forces and conditions are found to play a larger determining role in deforestation and land use transitions than ceasefires alone, such as the ways in which armed actors influence and act upon political authority, logging pressures, land tenure insecurity, the transition to industrial agriculture, and infrastructure development. This study’s findings on agrarian change in ethnic armed conflict territories in Myanmar can also inform the types and modes of environmental change that we can expect to start to take shape in the country since the military coup on February 1, 2021 and the return to authoritarian military rule. To register for this talk, click here.
Concubines and Crypto-Colonialism: Dara Rasami and the Making of Modern Thailand
April 21, 2021
4:00 PM PT | 6:00 PM CT
In this talk, Dr. Castro-Woodhouse will introduce her forthcoming book, Woman between Two Kingdoms: Dara Rasami and the Making of Modern Thailand (SEAP/Cornell University Press, 2021). This talk will explore how a northern Thai consort named Dara Rasami played a critical role in Siam’s effort to emulate a European-style “hierarchy of civilizations” in building a modern nation-state. The trajectory of Dara’s 24-year career as an ethnic outsider within the rarefied space of the Siamese Inner Palace illuminates both Siam’s crypto-colonial strategies to assimilate regional elites, and women’s importance to Thai political history.
Dr. Castro-Woodhouse is an independent scholar who earned both her M.A. in Asian Studies (2001) and Ph.D. (2009) in History at UC Berkeley. After working as managing editor of the journal Asia Pacific Perspectives from 2015-18, she founded Origami Editorial (www.origamieditorial.com) to help fellow scholars edit and polish their writing. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Sponsored by Center for Southeast Asia Studies, SEAP Publications, Cornell University Press. To register for this talk, click here.
Silence and Sacrifice: Family Stories of Care and the Limits of Love in Vietnam
April 21, 2021
12:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM CT
Merav Shohet’s new book, Silence and Sacrifice: Family Stories of Care and the Limits of Love in Vietnam draws on over a decade of research based in central Vietnam to explore what happens across generations to families who survived colonialism, war, and massive political and economic upheaval. Placing personal sacrifice at the center of her story, Shohet recounts vivid experiences of conflict, love, and loss under Vietnam’s changing regimes. Illustrating the dynamics of micro and macro narrative interactions, she excavates how multiple generations narratively navigate conflicting commitments to those whom they are expected to love while affirming or contesting local versions of justice. Through these stories of troubled and troubling care, Silence and Sacrifice challenges the prevailing idea that sacrifice is merely a blood-filled religious ritual or patriotic act. Today, routine sacrifices—made largely by women—precariously knit kin together by silencing their suffering and reifying cross-cutting gender, age, class, and political hierarchies. Rethinking ordinary ethics, this intimate ethnography reveals how quotidian acts of sacrifice help family members forge a sense of continuity in the face of trauma and decades of turbulence and change. Hosted by the CSEAS at Yale University. For more information on the speaker and to register, click here.
Under Attack: Academic Freedoms in Asia
April 21, 2021
3:00 PM Bangkok Time | 3:00 AM CDT
Around the world academic freedom is increasingly coming under attack. The core value of academic freedom and what it means for society at large is also gaining more attention. For scholars and students, it means not only the freedom to research and teach but freedom of academic exchange. The Academic Freedom Index (2020) lists also institutional autonomy, campus integrity, and freedom of academic and cultural expression as key elements to the realization of academic freedom. In the index that covers 175 countries, the Asian region fares relatively badly with Thailand, China and Laos ending up in the lowest level (E). Countries that are higher ranked, like Indonesia (level B), however also experiences real threats such as censorship and bans on controversial topics at universities. This webinar looks closer at infringements on academic freedom in East, South and South-East Asia. It tackles questions on what can be done to better protect and promote academic freedom for scholars and students. To register for this event, click here.
Tackling the Climate Crisis: Transitioning to a Global Green Economy
April 22, 2021
9:00 AM EDT | 8:00 AM CDT
The US-Asia Institute and AirQualityAsia will be holding a Parliamentary Webinar with American legislators and Parliamentarians from around the world on the climate crisis and the role that the legislators can play in crafting solutions. For the full description and to register, click here.
Uprising Against the Coup: Myanmar and the Regional Struggle for Democracy
April 22, 2021
8:30 AM PDT | 10:30 AM CDT
On February 1st, the military in Myanmar annulled democratic elections and seized power in a coup. In response, the country’s people have risen up, staging an unending wave of mass protests and strikes against the regime. The military has responded with brutal repression, killing hundreds throughout the country. This struggle comes on the heels of similar uprisings in Hong Kong and Thailand. Join this Spectre Live! webinar to hear speakers discuss the uprising and its implications for the fight for democracy throughout the region. Sponsored by Spectre Journal and Haymarket Books. For more information on the speakers and to register, click here.
Author Ocean Vuong: Reading and Q&A
April 22, 2021
7:00 PM CDT
The Wisconsin Union Theater and the Madison Public Library’s Wisconsin Book Festival are proud to present a memorable night with award-winning author Ocean Vuong. Vuong will read from his powerful 2019 novel “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” and then participate in a Q&A. Daniel Sanji, the cultural programming intern at the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Student Center and APIDA Heritage Month chair, will serve as the Q&A moderator. Event organizers are honored to have this event included in APIDA Heritage Month 2021, a month-long exploration of the many ways that APIDA identity is shaped both within and outside the community.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous examines the intersection of complex themes, such as race, class, masculinity, and family, and considers how people’s connections with others help construct their own narratives. For more information about the author and to register for this event, click here.
Sound, Music, and Buddhism in Myanmar/Burma
April 22, 2021
12:30 PM ET | 11:30 AM CT
According to the seventh Buddhist precept, participation in musical events in the Theravada Buddhist world is deemed inappropriate for devote laity and those who have taken monastic vows. However, in practice, the life of lay Buddhists and monks is filled with sculpted sound. In this talk, I will examine this precept among the activities of Buddhists in Myanmar. In addition to many Buddhist inflected traditions that are recognized as music (zat theatre, thachin gyi, dhamma gita), there are numerous others situation where sound is musically organized to further Buddhist goals (paritta chants, prayers, sermons, bells and gongs to mark ritual moments). Interviews with Burmese monks, devote laity, instrument makers, and musicians documented by audio and video reveal many contradictory interpretations of the seventh precept. For Buddhist scholars, I aim to highlight the significant and largely unacknowledged role that sculpted sound plays in Buddhist practice. For music scholars, I will reveal sonics domains that have previously generated little attention. Part of the Ronald and Janette Gatty Lecture series at Cornell University. To register for this event, click here.
Refracting the Vietnam War:
Critical Refugee Studies and Southeast Asian American Cultural Production Series
Harvard University Asia Center
March – April 2021
Viet Thanh Nguyen writes that “all wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.” This mini speaker series interrogates the memory and construction of the Vietnam War through the intellectual interventions of critical refugee studies scholars and through creative and poetic means by Southeast Asian American cultural producers. For inquiries on this series, contact the organizer Catherine H. Nguyen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
April 22 | 4:30 PM ET | 3:30 PM CT, “Hmong American Literature and Refugee Presence” by Ma Vang
This talk examines the experiences of Hmong refugees and their families in the United States, who were displaced after the U.S. “secret war” in Laos (1961-1975), to theorize refugee histories and secrecy. The talk examines Hmong American literature against the traditional archives to show how Hmong tell their stories to assert their presence which is oriented around a refugee temporality. Through the counterintuitive figures of the refugee soldier and refugee grandmother, the talk argues that silence can represent historical erasure but it also constitutes Hmong presence.
Ma Vang is an Assistant Professor and founding chair of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Merced. She is the author of the book History on the Run: Secrecy, Fugitivity, and Hmong Refugee Epistemologies and is the co-editor of Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women. Her writings have been published in positions: asia critique MELUS, and Critical Ethnic Studies Journal.
Funded by the Committee on the Degrees of History and Literature and the Harvard University Asia Center. To register for this talk, click here.
An Archaeology of Religious Change: Community Response in 14th-18th Century CE Angkor
April 22, 2021
3:00 PM HST | 7:00 PM CST
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa CSEAS. Click here for more information and to register for the talk.
The Organization and Implementation of Violence under the Khmer Rouge
Center for Khmer Studies
April 23, 2021
8:00 AM Cambodia Time | April 22, 8:00 PM CT
This talk examines how and why local subordinates carry out leaders’ orders for mass killings. While existing studies have mostly focused on the causes of genocide, William Kwok’s dissertation examines the organization and implementation of mass killings in Southeast Asia. Based on eight years of original research (2012–), William’s study combines archival, computational, and ethnographic methods to examine mass killings in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. His study also makes cross-national comparisons with other genocides in Southeast Asia and the Holocaust. To register for this talk, click here.
The Mon Origin of King Rama IV’s Ariyaka Script
April 23, 2021
2:00 PM CEST | 7:00 AM CT
Designed for writing Pali, the liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism, and intended to replace the traditionally used Khom script (Siamese: อักษรขอม) (Laksanasiri, 2012), the Ariyaka script (Siamese: อักษรอริยกะ) was one of the most recently invented writing systems in Thailand, being created in the 19th century by Vajirañāna Bhikkhu, the future King Rama IV of Siam (Laksanasiri, 2011; 2012). Although traditionally considered a remodeling of the European alphabets (Laksanasiri, 2011; 2012), especially the Roman alphabet, this lecture shows that there were other sources for the Ariyaka script which were native to Southeast Asia. That is, although the structure and the visual appearance of the Ariyaka script are undeniably derived from that of European alphabets, the determining factors for the selection of certain graphemes of the European alphabets to represent the Pali phonemes were mostly from the Mon script, as well as the Khom script in some cases. This presentation connects the role that the Mon script played in the invention of the Ariyaka script and its propagation within the newly created Dhammayuttika order of Vajirañana Bhikkhu. Vajirañana Bhikkhu had a strong appreciation for the Mon variant of Theravada Buddhism, and this became the basis for the creation of the Dhammayuttika order. Hosted by the Asia-Africa Institute at Universitat Hamburg. For more information on the speaker and how to register, click here.
The Use and Abuse of Interrogation Photographs From The Tuol Sleng (‘S-21’) Museum of Genocide, Cambodia
April 28, 2021
4:00 PM PT | 6:00 PM CT
Ever since their “discovery” in 1979, the prisoners’ mug shot photographs from the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide in Cambodia have arguably become iconic images of the Khmer Rouge genocide. These photographs have been used and abused by book publishers, museum curators, and playwrights, as well as contemporary local and foreign artists. A case in point is a recent controversy surrounding Irish artist Matt Loughrey, who has digitally “colorised” and altered the facial expressions in these portraits that caused a public outcry on social media. This talk looks at the lives of these photographs as objects of display and exploitation in global consumer culture. Part of the Visual & Media Cultures Colloquium Series at UC-Santa Cruz. To learn more about the speaker and to register for this talk, click here.
Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia (Book Discussion)
John T. Sidel
April 28, 2021
12:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM CT
Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia offers a reinterpretation of modern Southeast Asian history and of the Philippine, Indonesian, and Vietnamese revolutions, which have long been understood in terms of the rise of nationalist consciousness and struggles for new nation-states. The book recasts modern Southeast Asian history in terms of the region’s deepening integration into the world economy, the broadening of its connections with other regions of the world, and the emergence and evolution of new forms of modern cosmopolitanism consciousness, connectedness, and capacities for organization under such rubrics as republicanism, Communism, and Islam. Successive chapters trace the conditions and processes enabling and impelling revolutionary mobilization in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam over the late 19th and early-mid 20th centuries, demonstrating the significance of transcontinental and transoceanic discursive and organizational networks on the one hand, and global economic trends and international conflicts on the other, for determining the forms, trajectories, outcomes, and aftermaths of these three major revolutions in Southeast Asia. Overall, the book thus offers a new –denationalized, transnationalized, and internationalized – analytical framework for understanding the modern history of the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Southeast Asia as a whole. Hosted by the CSEAS at Yale University. For more information on the speaker and to register for the event, click here.
Mekong Dams: Debates and the Politics of Evidence
Part of the Mekong, China, and Southeast Asia Transitions Series
April 28, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (HST) | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (EST) | 6:00 PM CDT
Thursday, April 29, 2021:
7:00 – 8:30 a.m. (ICT)
In recent decades, people living in the Lower Mekong Region have witnessed major shifts from predominantly subsistence agriculture to industrializing economies, with attendant changes in migration, crop production systems, and major infrastructure(roads, dams, industrial estates). This series of four webinars will explore how communities in the region are experiencing the economic, social, and cultural dislocations of these transformations.
Upcoming Events in the Series:
Panel 4: April 28 | 29 – Mekong Dams: Debates and the Politics of Evidence
South of the Clouds, North of the Nagas: Yunnan’s Changing Role in the Mekong Region
Dr. Juliet Lu
April 29, 2021
12:30 PM ET | 11:30 AM CT
China’s growing international engagements are often examined in terms of Beijing’s relationship with other national capitals. In the Mekong Region, however, much of the Chinese trade, aid, and cultural exchange occurring is driven by sub-national actors, particularly in Yunnan Province. While these ties are new in some ways, they represent a revival of – not a departure from – Yunnan’s historical role as a crossroads connecting China, mainland Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas. This talk explores multiple threads of Yunnan’s revival as a vital crossroads of exchange, focusing on the rise in Chinese land and infrastructure investments in Laos. With the establishment of borderland special economic zones, large-scale agricultural investments, and the China-Laos Railway, various state and non-state actors in Yunnan are capitalizing on the growing opportunities presented by cross-border exchange and testing the degree to which they can act independently of Beijing. They are also carefully crafting a new image of the province: leaving behind its reputation as a remote periphery of China and reclaiming its historical role as politically, economically, and culturally connected to South and Southeast Asia. As the Belt and Road Initiative expands Chinese investment in the region, understanding these sub-national connections will be increasingly pivotal to tracing the drivers and nature of engagements between China and the Mekong Region. Part of the Ronald and Janette Gatty Lecture series at Cornell University. For more information about the speaker and to register, click here.
Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia, and the Cold War
April 30, 2021
3:00 PM CT
What happens when geostrategic collaborations between states intersect with ethnic tensions? In response to this question, this talk examines how two of the world’s most populous countries interacted between 1945 and 1967, when the concept of citizenship was contested, political loyalty was in question, national identity was fluid, and the boundaries of political mobilization were blurred. Even though China and Indonesia do not share geographical borders, the existence of 2.5 million ethnic Chinese in Indonesia—many of whom had economic influence but an unclear citizenship status—gave rise to a porous social frontier. Through their everyday social, political and economic practices, “ordinary” Chinese diaspora influenced bilateral diplomacy. Their life experiences were shaped by but also helped shape the trajectory of governmental relations. Organized by the Department of History at University of Texas – Austin, sponsored by The Julian Suez Endowment in Chinese Studies and Center for East Asian Studies. For more information on the speaker and to register, click here.
Global Literary Studies Symposium
Featuring a talk by Dr. Bich-Ngoc Turner entitled “Twentieth Century Vietnamese Literature”
April 30, 2021
1:30-4:30 PM PT | 3:30 – 6:30 PM CDT
Everyone is welcome to attend the Global Literatures & Global Literacies: Teaching Texts, Old and New symposium. Assistant Teaching Professor, Bich-Ngoc Turner will give a presentation entitled, “Twentieth Century Vietnamese Literature” starting at around 2:10 p.m. PT. This project is dedicated to working on the creation of a new major in Global Literary Studies, one which will be divisional in its scope, governance, and institutional roles. The group will also organize a symposium, “Global Literatures & Global Literacies: Teaching Texts, Old and New,” which will be held on April 30, 2021. This symposium will advance the ongoing creation of a new literature major at UW in Global Literary Studies (GLITS). The planned meeting has two main goals. One is to provide an occasion for all of us at UW to get a better sense of what literature classes are currently being taught on our campus and what kinds of new courses faculty are developing or envisioning for the future. Specifically, the focus will be on undergraduate courses that look beyond national linguistic boundaries. Our emphasis on “global” literary studies implies a trans-regional, trans-historical, and/or trans-cultural orientation. We seek to be inclusive of non-metropolitan, minority languages and literatures, as well as Indigenous perspectives. Hosted by CSEAS at University of Washington. For more information, click here.
Celebrating Journalism: Reporting Without Fear
May 4, 2021
2:00 PM Bangkok Time | 2:00 AM CT
Attacks on media freedoms have intensified since the coronavirus (COVID-19) became a global pandemic in late March 2020, as governments seek to fend off criticisms of their mismanagement of the public health emergency. In Southeast Asia, the attack on journalists, media organisations, and the internet is largely led by governments and sitting political regimes in the name of providing “correct” information or responding to “disinformation”. As a result, journalists have been subjected to public threats, physical attacks, and the use of legislation to intimidate and limit their criticism of government policies and narratives; media owners are dealt with public rebukes, office raids, tax penalties, license terminations, arrests and legal persecution; while the internet is slowed down, shut down and blocked as technology companies are threatened and social media users prosecuted. This has resulted in self-censorship, numerous journalist deaths, closure of media companies, and a high degree of arrests, investigations, prosecutions, and incarcerations in the region. Asia Centre and its partners are co-convening a panel discussion to commemorate World Press Freedom Day and to put a spotlight on the attacks on media freedoms in Southeast Asia, create awareness of the shrinking media space during the COVID-19 pandemic, and advocate for media and internet freedoms. To register for this event, click here.
A Conversation on Botany, Empire, and Environmental Humanities in the Philippines and Beyond
Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez
May 5, 2021
12:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM CT
In this open-ended conversation, Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez will discuss current and forthcoming research on the intersections of botany, empire, and vernacular plant knowledge in the Philippines. Moving between Southeast Asian Studies, the environmental humanities and history, Dr. Gutierrez will encourage us to think in new ways about Philippine proto-national and regional floristic space, and challenge historians to question assumptions about the oversimplified intellectual divide between Spanish and US imperial projects. The discussion will be moderated by CSEAS chair, Erik Harms, and will build in ample time for questions from and discussions with the audience. Hosted by the CSEAS at Yale University. For more information on the speaker and to register, click here.
Dis/Misinformation: Perspectives and Pedagogies for Educators in the Post-Truth Era (Workshop)
Global Studies Outreach, Harvard University
Application Deadline: May 7, 2021
Workshop Dates: July 26 – August 6, 2021
No cost to participate. The workshop is tailored to educators at the middle, high school and community college level, but open to educators at all levels regardless of discipline. Click here for the full announcement and to apply.
2021 UW-Madison Asian Studies Student Symposium
Submission Deadline: May 7, 2021
We welcome advanced undergraduate students in the Asian Languages & Cultures, Chinese or Japanese major; Chinese or Japanese Professional Communication certificate programs; and dedicated students in our Asian language courses to share their experiences in our virtual showcase! Talk to your faculty, instructor, or advisors in ALC about what YOU could do to exhibit and show off your skills and knowledge in our ALC annual spring event! For information on how to submit, click here.
Drugs, Willpower and the Biopolitics of Addiction in Colonial Vietnam
May 11, 2021
12:00 PM EDT | 11:00 AM CDT
Supported by the Asia Center at Harvard University and convened by Professor, Victor Seow, Department of the History of Science. To register, click here.
Pamana Ng Lahi: Workshop on Philippine Language and Culture
UH – Manoa
Early Registration Deadline: May 15, 2021
Workshop Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021
Pamana ng lahi speaks of the things that our ancestors bequeath to us—their language, ancient knowledge, and cultural traditions. This is a 3-week workshop that consists of: 15 introductory and intermediate Tagalog-based Filipino modules and 15 Philippine cultural aspects like Philippine food, music, folklore, and more. For more information, click here.
Registration Fee: $100 | Early Registration (by May 15): $80
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