March 2017
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Featured Article

A Weekend with Ki Midiyanto

Ki Midiyanto doing a wayang kulit performance for the View Ridge students
Ki Midiyanto doing a wayang kulit performance for the View Ridge students

This week we are featuring an article written by our affiliated graduate student from the Department of History, Katia Chaterji.


[Singing in Javanese]

- Speak English, Hanuman.

- Oh, I should speak English?

- Ya, you are in front of your children who only know English. So you should speak English.


-- Midiyanto, performing in front of a group of first graders at View Ridge Elementary School, Seattle on February 3rd, 2017


Ki Midiyanto was born into a family of music and storytelling. Guided by over five generations of puppet masters and gamelan musicians, Midiyanto is well acquainted with the art of performance. Yet on a Friday afternoon last month, I sensed just the slightest hesitation as Midiyanto surveyed the intricate, lacy leather puppets in front of him. Throughout his career teaching and performing across the globe, Midiyanto had never performed in front of an audience of 60+ first graders -- and first graders in North Seattle, at that.

Some may consider first graders to be your toughest, most observant, critics. Yet Midiyanto, with his animated narration and agile manipulation of the puppets, earned a room full of young fans within minutes.

To read the full story, click here.


Featured Event

Religion, Gender and Diversity in Southeast Asia

A Henry Luce Foundation Collaboration between the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies and University of Washington Southeast Asia Center

Date: Monday, March 6

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 PM

Location: Odegaard Library Room 220


     8:30-9:15     Registration and Welcome

     9:15-11:30     Panel 1: Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Southeast Asia:

          Majority-minority Relations and Strategies for Managing Conflicts

     11:30-2:15     Panel 2: The Impact of Religions on Public Policy which Affects

          Women and Gender Relations in Southeast Asia

     2:15-3:30      Panel 3: Synthesis and Theory Building about Religion and Public

           Policy in Indonesia and Southeast Asia


Event is free and open to the public. FB link here.

Featured Event

Dr. Ken George, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Picturing Islam: Art and Ethics in a Muslim Lifeworld

A public workshop with Ken George

Date: Friday, March 10

Time: 12:30 - 1:50 PM

Location: Savery Hall Room 130

Ken George is Professor of Anthropology at the Australian National University, and former Director of the School of Culture, History and Language in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, having served previously at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harvard University, and as Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies (2005-2008). His book Picturing Islam: Art and Ethics in a Muslim Lifeworld explores issues of religion, nationalism, ethnicity and globalization through the life and work of the prominent contemporary Indonesian artist Abdul Djalil Pirous.

Event is free and open to the public. FB event here


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 | Thomson Hall (Fri.) & Alder Commons (Sat.)


Conferences & Journals

- CFP: GPSS Academic Conference for graduate and professional students, May 5 & 6, UW campus - submissions are due March 5

- 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 and 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

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