Lecturer in Religious Studies – Mahidol University
Applicants should have a PhD in Religious Studies or Buddhist Studies. Scholars in other related fields with proven track record of high quality research and teaching in the field of religious studies may also apply. Completed PhD is required. The selected candidate will teach courses at an undergraduate level (medium of instruction is English), along with conducting research.
To apply for this post, please submit your application by e-mail. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, letter of application (statement of teaching and research) to Phibul.email@example.com
In your application, please address directly to Dr. Phibul Choompolpaisal, Dean of the College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University. Our postal address is at College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, 999 Putthamonthon Road 4, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand.
The College of Religious Studies is a college within the Mahidol University, located in Nakhon Pathom (approx. 20km west of Bangkok), Thailand. For general information about CRS and MU please visit: http://www.crs.mahidol.ac.th/english/index.htm and http://www.mahidol.ac.th/en/
Deadline: August 10, 2021.
Candidates who can teach a wide range of subjects in film studies (e.g., Asian cinema, animation, and film theory) are of particular interest.
Deadline: August 30, 2021. See the careers page for details.
The History Department seeks a specialist in the history of diversity and diasporas, with teaching and research interests in communities of color in modern U.S. history.
Deadline: September 15, 2021. See the posting for details.
The History Department seeks candidates with research interests in environmental history focused on regions outside the U.S.
Deadline: September 15, 2021. See the job listing for details.
Call for Applications: Associate Professor in Southeast Asian History – Yale University
Deadline: October 1, 2021.
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.
A full list of available Resident Director positions is available at https://www.americancouncils.org/careers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Call for Applications: New Awards for Best Undergraduate Critical Essays on Singapore Literature
Singapore Unbound, a NYC-based literary non-profit, is pleased to announce three awards of USD250.00 each for the best three undergraduate critical essays on topics in Singapore literature.
Call for Myanmar Research Fellows – Chiang Mai University
The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University (CMU) has several vacancies for Research Fellows from Myanmar. These fellowships are open to Myanmar researchers, activists, or members of civil society, and we aim to target those who wish to undertake a specific project and would
benefit from engaging with the dynamic community of scholars at CMU.
Call for Applications: 1st Asian Summer School on Political Parties and Democracy
The University of Nottingham UK and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) are sponsoring a summer school event, to be hosted by Nottingham Malaysia, on political parties and democracies. It’s designed for MA/Phd students from the region and will run during the first week of September.
Call for Applications: SSEAC Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) is issuing a call for postdoctoral researchers working on topics related to our five research clusters—economic and social development, environment and resources, health, heritage and the arts, state and society—in any Southeast Asian country (or countries) and in any discipline.
Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellowship Program: ISEAS Yusof-Ishak Institute
The Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows Programme honours Professor Wang Gungwu, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) for his distinguished tenure of 17 years and for his key contributions in nurturing a strong culture of research excellence at ISEAS. The programme aims to nurture the next generation of scholars and policymakers who seek to explore the nexus of big-power relations and its impact on Southeast Asia. The programme is open to pre- and postdoctoral candidates and mid-career policymakers. Rolling deadline for applications. Click here for the full announcement.
Call for Applications: Fully funded PHD “Buddhist pilgrimage in the Anthropocene”
The Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies (CCBS) at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a 3-year PhD-scholarship on the topic of Buddhist pilgrimage in the Anthropocene. The scholarship is for three years and will be filled on February 1, 2022, or as soon as possible.
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.
Fulbright US Scholar Program in East Asia and the Pacific
Applications open for the 2022-2023 competition.
Mansfield Luce Asia Scholars Network
Applications for the second cohort open.
Call for Applications: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) based at the University of Copenhagen is issuing a call for interested candidates seeking support to submit a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Singapore Academies ASEAN Fellowships (2-Year Programs)
SEALC-GETSEA Language Tuition Support
With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, The Southeast East Asian Language Council (SEALC) and The Graduate Education and Training in Southeast Asian Studies (GETSEA) consortia award 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 and GETSEA encourage applicants to consider attending SEASSI which serves as an excellent resource for summer language instruction. This 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 cycle for the 2021-2022 academic year awards is now closed. Please email email@example.com with any questions you may have.
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.
The Luce Program provides a year-long internship in an Asian country related to the scholar’s interests. The program is designed to provide an extended period of exposure to an Asian country for highly qualified young Americans who lack extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and who would not gain this knowledge through their normal career trajectories. Any professional field will be considered, except Asian Affairs/Asian Studies. Graduating seniors, recent alumni, graduate students, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply. UW Campus deadline October 7, 2021.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Virtual Exhibits and Reports
The goal of Muslims of the Midwest is to provide a digital archive that documents some of the varied experiences of Muslims in the American Midwest through testimonies across generational, gender, geographical, socio-economic, and ethnic differences.
Muslims of the Midwest is housed at Michigan State University and was largely funded by a University of Illinois Humanities Without Walls grant. It was also financially supported by the Michigan State University Muslim Studies Program.
Since the 1 February 2021 coup d’état, any liberalisation of the internet in Myanmar has been halted. In the last decade, Myanmar experienced huge digital infrastructure growth, increased connectivity, and a less censored and more free online landscape.
However, threatened by the internet’s ability to facilitate democracy, national internet shutdowns have been enacted, and systematic harassment and persecution of dissenting social media users intensified. There have also been sporadic reports, citing incidents of destruction of internet infrastructure.
Asia Centre’s report; “Myanmar: Dismantling Dissent – Crackdowns on Internet Freedoms” examines these developments. Click link in title to read the report; for further information or interview requests, please send requests to Asia Centre at email@example.com.
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. 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).
Summer of Southeast Asian Film!
July 21 – August 18, 2021
Banteay Srei presents a Summer of Southeast Asian (SEA) Film! Tune in to their virtual screenings highlighting a variety of genres and SEA cultures, where every week they will be showing a different Southeast Asian film or documentary to uplift the beauty and imagination coming out of the Asian diaspora. [ Ages 15+ ]
Screenings include: 7/21 – Chanthaly (Laos), 7/28 – Santi-Vina (Thailand), 8/04 – Our Mother’s Land (Indonesia), 8/11 – Gravediggers’ Luck (Singapore), 8/18 – Kingdom of Nature (Cambodia) Click here for more information.
Reimagining Memory Activism: Conversations on Asia and the Pacific
Australian National University
July 30 and August 6, 2021
This series of seminars, supported by Australian National University, will address topics such as: What are the emerging trajectories in memory activism in Asia and the Pacific? In what ways do they navigate through overarching historical, political, and epistemological debates of our time? And how do they reconfigure the possibilities of historical memory? Click here for more information and to register for each seminar.
Myanmar’s Coup, Six Months On, Five Views: What’s Next?
Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand
August 4, 2021
7:00 am CT via Facebook Live
When Myanmar’s military leaders seized power on Feb. 1 2021, they launched a process that effectively wiped out the country’s gains of the last decade. Six months on, Myanmar is reeling from economic turmoil, a relentless crackdown on dissent and a virulent new wave of Covid-19. The World Bank recently forecast an 18% annual economic contraction this year, as a resurgent pandemic saw the official tally of cases reach nearly 270,000 and deaths exceed 7,000 as of July 26, with an average 6,000 new cases a day — numbers that health experts warn are significantly understated due to limited testing and information flows.
Amid continuing protests and boycotts of state institutions, independent observers said security forces have killed more than 930 civilians and arrested nearly 7,000, including more than 90 journalists, while an estimated 211,000 people have been displaced by military campaigns against ethnic armed groups and nascent people’s defence forces.
While many businesses struggle on, most independent media have been forcibly closed and the financial system remains semi-paralysed. In support of the parallel National Unity Government, led by the ousted National League for Democracy, a robust civil disobedience movement has seen tens of thousands of civil servants dismissed or leave their jobs. ‘
What is the outlook for Myanmar six months on after the coup? Will the junta be able to stabilize the economy, address the COVID-19 pandemic and consolidate control? What is the future of the NUG and popular resistance to the coup? Is there hope for so-far fruitless international efforts to curb the violence, halt Myanmar’s slide into chaos and provide urgent aid to fight Covid-19?
Join our event to hear five experts discuss their views on the situation inside Myanmar and prospects for the coming months. For more information, click here.
Our speakers include:
- Min Zin, Executive director of the Institute for Strategy and Policy (Myanmar) and a former student activist in Burma’s 1988 democracy movement.
- Show Ei Ei Tun – Policy adviser to international organizations, specializing in Myanmar political economy
- Jared Bissinger, independent development economist and consultant focused on private sector development in Myanmar
- Priscilla Clapp, senior adviser to United States Institute for Peace, Myanmar program, former US chief of mission in Myanmar, 1999-2002.
- Hla Hpone “Jack” Myint, senior country manager, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, US-ASEAN Business Council
- Moderator: Gwen Robinson, past president FCCT
Racial and Social Justice in East and Southeast Asia
NCTA Mini Course for Educators
August 4 and August 11, 2021
7-10:15 pm ET | 6-9:15 pm CT
Apply at the Racial and Social Justice in East & Southeast Asia registration page. Space is limited.
Mini Course Benefits:
- Learn critical background content on racial and social justice issues in the news headlines from East and Southeast Asia. Topics will include the treatment of racial minorities and indigenous peoples, feminism and the Me Too! movement, religious and political issues, and more.
- Engage in comparative discussions of the ways that minorities in China and Japan and women in South Korea have responded to discrimination with the ways that minorities and women have addressed similar challenges in the United States.
- Discuss pedagogical strategies, resources, and innovative approaches to teaching this material in middle school and high school classrooms with fellow teachers from across the country as well as with scholars who are experts in their fields.
- Earn a certificate of completion and $10 Amazon gift card for participating in the full six-hour course (gift cards limited to the first thirty registrants who finish the course).
Climate Action in China and Implications for Southeast Asia
ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute
August 5, 2021
9:00 PM ET | 8:00 PM CT
As a major power and the world’s second largest economy, China has the potential to exercise influence over global climate action through its domestic and international policy. This webinar provides a platform for leading commentators on China’s climate policy to analyze these key developments and implications for Southeast Asia. For more information, click here.
Celebrating the Publication of Anthony Veasna So’s Afterparties: A Tribute Panel
August 7, 2021
7:00 PM ET | 6:00 PM CT
Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tenderhearted, balancing acerbic humor with sharp emotional depth, Anthony Veasna So’s Afterparties offers an expansive portrait of the lives of Cambodian-Americans. As the children of refugees carve out radical new paths for themselves in California, they shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship, and family. Excerpt of Afterparties will be read by So’s sister, Samantha So Lamb. Click here for more information.
PEMSEA Panel 2: Southeast Asia Climate in the last Millennium
Program for Early Modern SE Asia, University of Hawai’i – Manoa
August 9, 2021
9:00 pm CT
It has been established that there were major climatic fluctuations between 1400 and 1820 CE, particularly the Little Ice Age and the preceding Medieval Warm Period. In other parts of the world, studies on the LIA and its effect on human behavior have been robust, but mostly top-down, emphasizing the role of climate in the patterns of cultural change observed in the archaeological record. Similarly, in Southeast Asia, not only is there a very limited investigation of the relationship between climate change and shifts in cultural patterns, almost all studies favor emphasis on environmental pressures over the suite of human responses. In this panel, we hope to survey what is currently known in terms of climatic fluctuations in the region during the EMP and the last 1,000 years. The panel also discusses how we study paleoclimates and explains the idea of proxies (dendrochronology, pollen, speleothems, and others (e.g. marine sediments). Panel members will also provide an overview of what we already know as well as things that we do not know and want to know. For more information and to register, click here. This webinar is part of the PEMSEA webinar series, Historicizing Disaster Risk Management: The Ecology of Mt. Isarog and its Environs. More info here.
PEMSEA Panel 3 – PSU Research Highlights: Bicol Communities and Ecologies
Program for Early Modern SE Asia, University of Hawai’i – Manoa
August 16, 2021
10:00 pm CT
The diverse ecologies of the Partido district make it an excellent case study to highlight the links between biodiversity and landscape knowledge. This panel will discuss ongoing Partido State University research projects that have the potential to bridge environmental and local knowledge systems. Panelist will provide descriptions of the diverse ecologies of the Partido District, highlighting the need for an integrative and multidisciplinary approach in understanding human-environment relationships. The panel also discusses what is known about Isarog’s biodiversity index, develop research strategies, and apply the strategies in the field. For more information and to register, click here. This webinar is part of the PEMSEA webinar series, Historicizing Disaster Risk Management: The Ecology of Mt. Isarog and its Environs. More info here.
In Conversation with Film Director Apichatpong
Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand
August 16, 2021
7:00 am CT via Facebook Live
Many people in Thailand and most international film buffs know the name Apichatpong Weerasethakul, even more so since his most recent international accolades at the Cannes and Marseille film festivals. But few know what really makes him tick.
Widely hailed for his intense yet meditative feature films, his strong support for creative and political freedom and his bold stance against censorship, Apichatpong – or “Khun Joe” as international fans call him — is one of Thailand’s best known film directors, writers and installation artists. He was the first Southeast Asian filmmaker to win the prestigious Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, among many other awards. Most recently, he won the prestigious Jury Prize at the 74th edition of the Cannes festival in mid-July and days later, won the Grand Prix in Marseille. The Palme d’Or was for “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.” He previously won the Jury Prize at Cannes for “Tropical Malady” in 2004, and the Prix Un Certain Regard for “Blissfully Yours” in 2002.
His new film, “Memoria,” starring Tilda Swinton as an orchid farmer in Colombia, is his seventh feature film and the most international work to date, as the first to be filmed outside Thailand. Yet, like all his work, Memoria highlights universal themes, in this case time, death and intergenerational memory.
In a special evening at the FCCT, he will be in conversation with Kong Rithdee, deputy director of the Thai Film Archives and one of Thailand’s best known film and literary critics and translators.
Don’t miss this rare occasion to hear Apichatpong in conversation with Kong Rithdee, see clips of his new work and ask your own questions. For more information, click here.
A New Battle is Coming in Thailand: Can Prayut Hold onto the Premiership?
ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute
August 23, 2021
10:00 am Singapore Time | August 22, 9:00 pm CT
After forming the core of Thailand’s ruling coalition for two years, the Phalang Pracharat Party (PPRP) is reportedly preparing for the country’s next elections. Signs suggest that the PPRP has not been alone in preparing for new polls. Other political parties and politicians have also begun to make themselves ready for an upcoming campaign. Politicians have switched parties, and famous political figures have set up new electoral vehicles — including the Kla or Courage Party of former Democrat parliamentarians and the Thai Sang Thai or Thais Build Thailand Party launched by former Phuea Thai leader Sudarat Keyuraphan. Sub-district-level polls and gubernatorial elections in Bangkok are also in the offing.
This webinar will examine these developments and the policies that the PPRP has developed in an effort to ensure its victory in Thailand’s next national elections — including vaccination for COVID-19, the adoption of a new electoral system, and a slate of populist measures to be implemented before Thais head to the polls. The PPRP’s success in pursuing these policies is likely to pave the way for electoral victory and for the pro-military party’s control of Thailand for another four years. For more information on the speaker and to register, click here.
PEMSEA Panel 4: Environmental Change and Urbanization in the Early Modern Period
Program for Early Modern SE Asia, University of Hawai’i – Manoa
August 24, 2021
10:00 pm CT
If environmental and historical studies into the EMP in Southeast Asia are few and far between, such work is even scarcer in archaeology, even if a significant number of SE Asian archaeologists are actively investigating the rise and fall of classic empires (and or emergence of states) in the region. Archaeology, as a discipline, is in a position to provide a link between paleoenvironmental studies and historiography, as archaeologists frequently borrow ideas from the two disciplines. The discipline, however, focuses on long-term patterns of change based on fine-grained, site-specific datasets that complement paleoenvironmental and historical studies. In this panel, we highlight the role of archaeology in understanding human responses to environmental unpredictability. For instance, archaeologists have documented solutions employed by humans to address the unpredictability of environmental problems as well as problems that cannot be fixed. For more information and to register, click here. This webinar is part of the PEMSEA webinar series, Historicizing Disaster Risk Management: The Ecology of Mt. Isarog and its Environs. More info here.
PEMSEA Panel 5: Environmental and Economic History
Program for Early Modern SE Asia, University of Hawai’i – Manoa
September 6, 2021
10:00 pm CT
Barbara and Leonard Andaya (2015) outlined the major characteristics of Early Modern Southeast Asia, emphasizing how the periodization provided a venue for local realities to enter historiography. The adoption of the concept has shifted the focus of historical investigations away from the colonial lens, prioritizing the responses of local Southeast Asian groups to culture contact. As mentioned in their work, the EMP saw the intensification of global interconnectedness because of the growth of long-distance trade. In this panel, we discuss the dynamics of these contacts, not only with the arrival of the Europeans, but also of regional environmental change that was caused by increased martiime trade during the period. For instance, the demand for deerskin in Shogunate Japan is argued to have contributed to large-scale ecological disintegration in Cambodia. Similarly, the urbanization that occurred soon after European conquest would have placed a huge toll on environments because of resource extraction. As such, this panel will discuss potential sources of information that would provide nuanced understanding of how SEAsian, particularly, Philippine groups responded to various stimuli accorded by cultural entanglements. Particular emphasis will be placed on documentary sources that have the potential to link state responses with environmental signatures. For more information and to register, click here. This webinar is part of the PEMSEA webinar series, Historicizing Disaster Risk Management: The Ecology of Mt. Isarog and its Environs. More info here.
Writing Workshop for Ph.D. Candidates
UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies and UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies are accepting applications from UC students for participation in a two-day, in-person, writing workshop for Ph.D. candidates whose research in the humanities and social sciences focuses on Southeast Asia.
GETSEA Mini-Courses Open for Registration!
The Performing Arts in Southeast Asian History and Society
Offered virtually from October 18 to November 22, 2021, Mondays, 8:00pm-10:00pm EST
Full syllabus available here.
Scholar-Activism and the Myanmar Spring Revolution
Taught by Dr. Hilary Faxon, UC Berkeley and Dr. Tharaphi Than, Northern Illinois University
Offered virtually from October 20 to November 17, 2021, Wednesdays, 8:00pm-10:00pm EST
Full syllabus available here.
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