Friday Forum: Derek Heng

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: Oona Paredes

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: John Roosa

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 …

Friday Forum: Mark Alves (VIRTUAL)

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: Katherine Bowie

Eunuchs in Southeast Asia: Of Matrilineality and Theravada Buddhist Harems Compared to other Asian courts, eunuchs were relatively absent in Southeast Asian courts. Given the close association of eunuchs with Chinese and Muslim harems, this …

Friday Forum: Li-Ching Ho

How do we prepare young people to work for a better world? The time is right for a new way of thinking about civic education curricula in different educational contexts, including higher education. In this book talk, Dr. Ho presents a global vision for education, one that can guide students in the pursuit of societal justice and harmony. Drawing from diverse philosophical and cultural traditions, including Confucian and Indigenous philosophies, as well as empirical research, she introduces three curriculum principles designed to motivate and inform students’ thoughtful and compassionate deliberation of public issues.

Friday Forum: Julie Chernov Hwang

This presentation will highlight findings from original research in Indonesia and the Philippines analyzing the processes and pathways via which individuals join and commit to Islamist extremist groups and, in some cases, participate in acts of terrorism.