Friday Forum Lecture Series

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes a weekly lecture forum on Southeast Asia. A wide range of topics are presented by invited guest lecturers from the U.S. and abroad, as well as by UW-Madison faculty, graduate students, and community members. Lectures are every Friday from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, and alumni, friends, and the public are always invited to attend.

Currently, the Fall 2022 Friday Forum Series format will be primarily in-person. Exceptions are noted for talks where relevant. The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is closely following all Dane County and UW-Madison guidance regarding Covid-19, and will provide ongoing updates on this page. Recordings of lectures will be available dependent on speaker preference. Find them on our Youtube channel here.

Fall 2022 Friday Forum Series

September 9 | Nam Kim (UW-Madison), “Archaeological Explorations of ‘Viet’ Origins:
A Personal Journey”

September 16 | Boreth Ly (University of California-Santa Cruz), “Of Rice and Roses: Preliminary Thoughts on Critical Pleasure and the Philosophy of Sabai”

September 23| Jane Ferguson (Australian National University), “Four of the Thirteen Lives Are Stateless: The Cave Rescue, Hollywood Heroism and Ethnonational Traps at the Thai-Burma Border”

September 30 | Jerome Whitington (New York University), “Late Industrial Environments are Constituted by Uncertainty: Notes from Lao Hydropower”

October 7 | Thanik Lertcharnrit (Silpakorn University), “The Prehistory of Thailand, from the Beginning to the Emergence of Urban Centers”

October 14 | Phong Nguyen (University of Missouri), “The Interpretation of Silence: Navigating History, Myth, and Invention as a Vietnamese American Writer”

October 21 | Pinkaew Laungaramsri (Chiang Mai University), “Border and Bribery: An Anthropology of Corruption”

October 28 | Tyrell Haberkorn (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “The Impossibility of the People: A Judgment Against Coups in Thailand”

November 4 | Alex Hopp (Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)

November 11 | Nattaporn Luangpipat (Ph.D. Candidate in Composition and Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

November 18 | Mai Elliot, “Looking For My Family’s Roots in a Changed Vietnam?”

November 25 | Thanksgiving Break- There will be no Friday Forum.

December 2 | Chaiyaporn Singdee (Ph.D. Candidate in Department Sociology and Anthropology, Chiang Mai University)

Visit our Events Calendar for more information on each talk.