April 2017
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UW Southeast Asia Center Graduate Student Conference 2017

Dr. Charles Hirschman presenting the keynote

This week we are featuring an article written by PhD candidate in History and SEAC affiliate Lin Hongxuan.

On 23 and 24 March 2017, the University of Washington Southeast Asia Center organized and hosted a graduate student conference, entitled “The Palimpsestic Past and Present of Southeast Asia: Rewriting Lives Beyond Boundaries.” The conference theme was formulated to honor the intellectual legacy of the late Professor Benedict R. O’G. Anderson (1936-2015), who was giant in the field of Southeast Asian studies and whose work continues to be required reading for both undergraduate and graduate students today. The conference attracted submissions from a variety of disciplines and universities, and many of these submissions were of exceedingly high caliber. With regret, the organizing committee and the Southeast Asian Studies community had to winnow all the submissions down to twelve papers, which were selected for presentation in the conference.

We were also privileged to have a number of highly respected academics serve as discussants for the presenters’ papers: our very own Professor Charles Hirschman, Professor Eric Tagliacozzo of Cornell University, and (UW History department alumnus) Professor David Biggs of UC Riverside. The discussants provided insightful comments on the presenters’ papers, and were kind enough to hold a series of concurrent workshops on topics as varied as teaching, publishing, and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping software. These workshops proved to be highly popular and exceedingly well-attended, despite the fact that the conference was held during the UW Spring break. In addition to the presentations and workshops, the conference also included an incredibly engaging special guest lecture by Professor Mitch Hendrickson of the University of Illinois at Chicago, on the palimpsestic archaeological record of the Khmer Empire, as seen through iron smelting sites. An added bonus was the screening of a trifecta of Southeast Asian films, two of which were by our very own graduate student, Adrian Alarilla.

The diversity of the programming and the excellent quality of the papers presented made the conference a truly memorable one, and the organizing committee would like to thank the many people who contributed time and effort to make this possible, as well as the audience for attending. It is events like this which make UW a vibrant and dynamic center for the study of Southeast Asia!


On behalf of the organizing committee,


Arthit Jiamrattanyoo

Dimas Iqbal Romadhon

Lin Hongxuan

Rebakah Daro Minarchek



Tacoma Day of Remembrance (Genocide in Cambodia and other countries)

Monday, April 17 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Spaceworks Gallery

Seattle Burma Roundtable meeting

Wednesday, April 19 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Phinney Ridge Branch of HomeStreet Bank (7303 Greenwood Ave N)

Asian Development Bank's 2017 Economic Forecast for Asia

Tuesday, April 25 | begins at 12:00 PM | Thomson Hall Room 317

Indonesian Student Association's Keraton: Indonesian Festival 2017

Saturday, April 29 | 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Rainier Vista

Recommended Resources


Dr. Mary Callahan

Associate Professor Dr. Mary Callahan wrote an article for Nikkei Asian Review. If you went to her talk last week about Myanmar's first year of democratic Aung San Suu Kyi-led governance or missed it, this article can fill you in more. 

"Aung San Suu Kyi's quiet, puritanical vision for Myanmar"

University of Washington Press Release

Frontier Livelihoods: Hmong in the Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands

Sarah Turner, Christine Bonnin, and Jean Michaud

Do ethnic minorities have the power to alter the course of their fortune when living within a socialist state? In Frontier Livelihoods, the authors focus their study on the Hmong - known in China as the Miao - in the Sino-Vietnamese borderlands, contending that individuals and households create livelihoods about which governments often know little.

The product of wide-ranging research over many years, Frontier Livelihoods bridges the traditional divide between studies of China and peninsular Southeast Asia by examining the agency, dynamics, and resilience of livelihoods adopted by Hmong communities in Vietnam and in China's Yunnan Province. It covers the reactions to state modernization projects among this ethnic group in two separate national jurisdictions and contributes to a growing body of literature on cross-border relationships between ethnic minorities in the borderlands of China and its neighbors and in Southeast Asia more broadly.

Get it here.

Other recently published Southeast-Asia related books:

Buddhist Cosmology: The Study of a Burmese Manuscript by James Emanuel Bogle

Chinese Encounters in Southeast Asia: How People, Money, and Ideas from China Are Changing a Region edited by Pal Nyiri and Danielle Tan

Ethnic and Religious Identities and Integration in Southeast Asia edited by Ooi Keat Gin and Volker Grabowsky

History of Timor-Leste by Frederic B. Durand

Prisoner of Conscience: My Steps through Insein by Ma Thida

Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid by Daniel Martin Varisco

Yuan Phai, the Defeat of Lanna: A Fifteenth-Century Thai Epic Poem translated by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit



Conferences & Journals

CKS Khmer Language and Culture Study Program, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 20 - July 29 - application deadline April 30

People In and Out of Place: 33rd Biennial Canadian Council of Southeast Asian Studies (CCSEAS) Conference, York Centre for Asian Research, Toronto, October 26 - 27 - submissions due April 30

Funding & Fellowships

Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore Rsearch Fellowship Grant 2017-2018 - application due April 30


Regional Director (Indonesia) at Ford Foundation, Jakarta - deadline May 4 @ 8:59 PM in your local timezone

PhD candidate "The formation of an Indonesian postcolonial academia," Faculty of Humanities - Amsterdam School of Historical Studies - application due May 18

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