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 Spring 2023 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.

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Spring 2023 Friday Forum Series

January 17 | Veronika Kusumaryati (University of Wisconsin – Madison), “Pig Feasts Democracy: Direct Local Elections and the Making of Plural Political Order in West Papua”

February 3 | Friday Forum & Asian Languages and Cultures/International Studies Job Talk: Claire-Marie Hefner (Bard College), “Religious Authority in Action: Women, Islamic Education, and Everyday Activism in Indonesia”

February 10| Friday Forum & Asian Languages and Cultures/International Studies Job Talk: Lailatul Fitriyah (Claremont School of Theology), “Border Theologies: God and Resistance in a Southeast Asian Diaspora”

February 17 | Friday Forum & Asian Languages and Cultures/International Studies Job Talk: Courtney Wittekind (Yale University), “Real Farmers, Dream Cities: Agrarian Change, Demonstration, and the Politics of Visibility in Myanmar”

February 24| Tyrell Haberkorn (University of Wisconsin – Madison), “A Jurisprudence Against Coups in Thailand”

March 3 | TBA

March 10 | University Lectures Committee Lecture and Friday Forum: Kevin Fogg (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill), “Mainline Islam: Islamic Associational Life in Indonesia”

March 17 | Spring Break- There will be no Friday Forum.

March 24 | Mai Na Lee (University of Minnesota), TBA

March 31 | Paul Hutchcroft (Australian National University), “Mobilizing for Elections: Patronage and Political Machines in Southeast Asia”

April 7 | Diana Kim (Georgetown University), TBA

April 14 | Jonathan Pollack (Madison College), TBA

April 21 | Sirikan Charoensiri (Thai Lawyers for Human Rights), TBA

Visit our Events Calendar for more information on each talk.