Friday Forum: Michael Cullinane

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI

This paper is an analysis of a unique civil disturbance that took place in Cebu Province in 1815, led by a little-known resident of a large village on the southeast coast of the island. It explores the historical circumstances of this outbreak and places it in a particular period of regional history. 

Friday Forum: Mark Alves (VIRTUAL)

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI

The goal of this talk is to present ways in which historical linguistics in greater Southeast Asia can benefit from and aid in research in archaeology and ethnohistory broadly. Southeast Asia (aka Indo-China) is known for its complex sociocultural mixing during waves of incoming groups through both settlements and trade from the Neolithic period into the era of SEAsian kingdoms. Exploration of cultural domains through proto-language lexical reconstructions, combined with information gleaned from historical phonology and research on language contact and loanwords, can provide insights into regional ethnohistory. There are, of course, limits to such data, but it is also to the detriment of ethnohistorical and ethnoarchaeological research to ignore what linguistic data has to offer...

Friday Forum: Kurt W. Kuehne

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI

A remarkable statistic about Singapore is that 1 in 9 residents of the city-state is a low-wage, temporary migrant worker—authorized on a tenuous two-year contract to perform either construction/marine work (if a man), or live-in domestic work (if a woman). Though largely hidden away from the public eye, these precarious South and Southeast migrants are essential to the country’s economic and political model. However, while the Singaporean state aggressively oversees many facets of low-wage labor migration, subjecting foreign workers to careful surveillance and control, it selectively abdicates other oversight roles on the grounds that it is "not practical to regulate specific aspects” of the labor market...

Friday Forum: John Roosa

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI

The 1965-66 Massacres in Indonesia within the Frame of Genocide Studies: What is Gained, What is Lost Genocide Studies, since its beginnings as an academic field in the early 1980s, has worked with a more …

Hmong Studies Consortium Lecture: Ia Xiong


The divides in the Hmong American community appear greater and more pronounced than ever. They are experienced in intergenerational conflict, gender-based violence, and religious and political differences. While differences are normal in the makeup of any community, there has been much criticism of Hmong culture to explain the growing discord in the community that may exacerbate internalized oppression. This presentation...

Friday Forum: Muhammad Adlin Sila


This talk is primarily based on my study being part of, and funded, by the project entitled the Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant DP00881464 “Being Muslim in Eastern Indonesia: Practice, Politics and Cultural Diversity," with Kathryn Robinson and Andrew McWilliam as primary investigators. This project...

Friday Forum: Oona Paredes

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI

How can we imagine the spaces and peoples at the fringes of empire without centering empire? In this talk, I speculate on the challenges and possibilities of historicizing the “fringe” spaces of Southeast Asia, expanding on the concept of pericoloniality that I introduced tentatively in my earlier work on the ethnohistory of the various Lumad peoples of Mindanao...

Friday Forum: Derek Heng

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI

Pre-modern port-cities of the Melaka Straits region were one of the most diverse places in Southeast Asia. The range of networks, the openness of the economy, the free movement of people, as well as the small population base in the region, has meant that from the inception of a port-city, the nature of the settlement and its population would reflect the multi-cultural influences that flow through the port...

Friday Forum: Palita Chunsaengchan

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

Censoring "Miss Suwanna of Siam:" Film Diplomacy and the Ruling Class’s Double Vision Palita Chunsaengchan Ph.D., Assistant Professor Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies University of Minnesota Miss Suwanna of Siam (1923), putatively the …