February 2017
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Featured Article

SEAC Outreach: View Ridge Elementary School (Part 1)

A group of students create their own shadow performance
A group of students create their own shadow performance

This week in TWISEA we are featuring our managing director Rebakah Daro Minarchek and Tikka Sears and their Indonesian culture outreach event at View Ridge Elementary School.

One of SEAC’s missions is to do outreach with the Greater Seattle community, in particular K-12 schools. Our most recent project was an Indonesian culture curriculum at View Ridge Elementary School. The first segment focused on learning the Ramayana, its main characters and ways it is performed in Indonesia. After hearing the story, the students made their own shadow puppets (wayang kulit) out of paper, chopsticks and brads.

If you are interested in helping with our education outreach, we are still looking for any Southeast Asian “artifacts” donations for our cultural kits for students throughout Washington State. These items will not be returned and we would like items that are kid-friendly and small enough to fit in a medium flat-rate box through  UPS. Items can be samples of bills or coins, weavings, CDs of music, children’s books, games, anything. If you have an item, you can bring it to the Southeast Asia Center (Thomson Hall Room 303) or email us at seac@uw.edu to arrange a pickup.

To see the full photo blog post, click here.


Featured Event

Studying Islam in the Age of Terror and Islamophobia

Date: Friday, March 3

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Thomson Hall Room 317

What does it mean to study and teach about Islam in today’s age of terror and fear of Islam and Muslims? How do we, Muslims and non-Muslims, conceptualize and rethink Islam in its unity and diversity, its persistence and its positive and negative dimensions? How do we strike a difficult balance between being “objective learners/teachers” and being “advocates for peace and justice”? Muhamad Ali reflects on these questions and seeks to offer conceptual and practical frames for presenting Islam in the Religious Studies and Southeast Asian Studies classrooms and public settings, learning from his experiences of studying, teaching and speaking about Islam religiously in Indonesia and historically and critically in America.


Muhamad Ali
Dr. Muhamad Ali, University of California, Riverside

Community Events

FIUTS CulturalFest Performance Showcase

Sat, Feb 25 | 6:00-10:00pm | Meany Hall

Religion, Gender, and Ethnic Diversity in Southeast Asia: A Henry Luce Foundation Collaboration between the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies and UW SEAC

Mon, Mar 6 | 8:30-3:30pm 

Picturing Islam: A Public Workshop with Ken George

Fri, Mar 10 | 12:30-2:00pm | SAV 130

Seattle Asian Art Museum Asia Talks Series: Islam Across Asia

Sat, Jan 28 - Apr 1 | 10:30-11:30am | Seattle University Campus 

SEAC Graduate Student Conference

Fri-Sat, March 24-25 | UW Campus 



Our faculty member Dr. Christoph Giebel gave a talk on the Vietnamese Revolution for the History Department's "Worlds Turned Upside Down: Five Revolutions That Shapes Our Times" series. You can see the full talk here

Dr. Christoph Giebel

Conferences & Journals

- CFP: American Academy of Religion (AAR) Religion in Southeast Asia Program Unit - proposals for papers and panels due March 1

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute: Islam in Asia: Traditions and Transformation, June 12 - July 7, Hawaii - deadline March 1

- CFP: The 15th Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia, April 21 - 22, Yale University - proposals due March 19

- The United States - Indonesia Society (USINDO) Summer Studies Program, May 25 - August 3, Yogyakarta, Indonesia - applications due March 31

Funding & Fellowships

American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) Research Grants: AIFIS CAORC Fellowship for 2017-2018 to research in Indonesia - deadline extended to March 31

Freeman-ASIA scholarships for undergraduate study abroad in East or Southeast Asia - Summer deadline March 1, Fall/Academic Year deadline April 4

Job Opportunities

Lecturer in History (Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group) at National Institute of Education, Singapore - deadline February 27

Assistant Professor, Department of Global and International Studies, University of Northern British Columbia - deadline March 1

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