June 2017
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The SEAC Music Playlist

This week we are featuring our very own custom playlist of Southeast Asian music with songs recommended by our own faculty, staff and students. 

The end of the year is approaching and finals are right around the corner. If you're feeling stressed over finals, worried about what is happening in the world or just want to get excited for the summer with some peppy jams, check out our playlist! The songs come from all over Southeast Asia and broad. There are some oldies and some newies, some classical and some hip-hop, some songs in Malay and some songs in Lahu. Just kick back and enjoy.

Check out all of the songs on our blog page here.


Featured Event

Seattle International Film Festival SEAC Sponsored Showing: Diamond Island

Saturday, June 3 | 12:30 PM | SIFF Film Center

Monday, June 5 | 8:45 PM | Ark Lodge Cinemas

Tuesday, June 6 | 9:45 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Bora hasn't seen his older brother Solei in the six years since he left their home in rural Cambodia. When he shows up at the construction site of Bora's new job near Phnom Penh smoking a cigarette and sporting cool clothes and an edgy haircut, Bora's anxious to find out what he's been up to. Solei introduces him to the local scene of "Diamond Island," a nickname for the luxury area Bora's working on developing. Soon he's immersed in the nightlife spending evenings at hip clubs, riding with a cute girl on the back of his motorbike, and texting people with his fancy new iPhone. But life's not as cut-and-dried as the sleek architecture of Diamond Island would suggest, and tragedy shakes reality back into the rural-born teen, forcing him to think about what's really important. Diamond Island brings to mind the natural 20-something dialogue of Richard Linklater and the neon atmosphere of Wong Kar-Wai. Cinematographer Thomas Favel creates a truly captivating ambiance, with sweeping, glittering 360-degree shots and faces sometimes lit only by disco lights and cell-phone screens. This narrative debut by Davy Chou is a tender and bittersweet drama about teenage self-discovery.

Director Biography

Davy Chou is a French-Cambodian filmmaker and producer, born in 1983 and based in Paris and Phnom Penh. In 2009, he created the French production company Vycky Films with Jacky Goldberg and Sylvain Decouvelaere. He established a filmmaking workshop in Cambodia, where he founded a collective for young local filmmakers. Golden Slumbers (2011), a feature-length documentary about the birth of Cambodian cinema in the 60's, and its destruction by the Khmer Rouge was selected by the Berlinale Forum, the Busan International Film Festival, as well as by more than 40 international festivals. His short film Cambodia 2099 (2014) was selected for Cannes's Directors' Fortnight and won among others the Great Prize of Curtas Vila do Conde. In 2014, he founded the Cambodian production company Anti-Archive with filmmakers Steve Chen and Kavich Neang. Diamond Island, produced by Aurora Films and co-produced by Anti-Archive, Vycky Films, Vandertastic, Arte France Cinema and 185 Films is his first feature film.

Website (including trailer and tickets) here.

$14 General Admission, $13 Seniors (65+), $12 SIFF Member




Seattle International Film Festival 

Thursday, May 18 - Sunday, June 11 

The 2017 Diwa FilmFest

June 3 - June 4 | 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle

SIFF Showing - Ma' Rosa

Sunday, June 4 | 1:00 PM | Ark Lodge Cinemas

Monday, June 5 | 8:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Recommended Resources

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals


CFP: McGill University's IOWC Graduate Student Conference on Indian Ocean World History, October 20, Quebec, Canada - submissions due June 10

CFP: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia (TLC) Board panel for AAS, March 22 - 25, Washington, D.C. - proposals due June 15 to sdarlington@hampshire.edu

Suggested themes: Changing Buddhist/Muslim relations, religious conversion & diversity, politics of the Mekong (environmental issues), ethnomusicology, popular culture, intellectual property & cultural practices/cultural heritage, exchange (symmetrical and asymmetrical) in mainland Southeast Asia, and ecological plurality Mainland Southeast Asia. 

Reframing the Archive: The Reuse of Film and Photographic Images in Postcolonial Southeast Asia Conference, June 22 - 23, United Kingdom

CFP: Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia - Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies for an AAS panel, March 22 - 25, Washington, D.C. - applications due July 1

Call for Papers: “Southeast Asian Natures: Defining Environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia”

Sponsors: UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society & Southeast Asia Program

Organizers: David Biggs, Christina Schwenkel and Hendrik Maier

Location: Palm Springs CA

Date: March 12 – 14, 2018

Over one hundred fifty years ago, naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace journeyed through the islands of Southeast Asia, drawing from the region’s rich biodiversity to co-discover with Darwin the theory of natural selection. However, even at that time he noted that forests were quickly giving way to colonial clear cuts and species from one island were showing up in the markets of others. The Anthropocene, an era in which human activity has become a dominant shaping force in ecosystems, global climate and species histories, was already underway. Wallace’s environmentalism was also deeply contingent upon imperial networks of travel and communication; the ensuing wars of empire and decolonization left many eco-cultures in tatters. A critical challenge then for policymakers, intellectuals, scientists and others in the region is to articulate new notions of environmentalism that respond to these complex intersections of ecology, history, and culture. As people and governments struggle to articulate locally meaningful responses to Anthropocene problems, scholars, artists and activists can play important roles in identifying ideas of nature, ruin, sustainability and health that resonate locally or inter-regionally. As literary critic Raymond Williams once noted, the word “nature” is one of the most complex in the English vocabulary. If this is so, then how do these ideas fare in translation?

“Southeast Asian Natures” asks participants to consider the complexities of nature and its changes in the many different languages and ecologies of Southeast Asia. Proposed themes of the workshop are purposefully broad, and they include:

- histories, ecologies and flows

- spatial practices, representations and bio-politics

- nature, sustainability and health in language, ritual and performance

Call for Works-in-Progress

Interested participants are invited to email a ~300-word abstract and 2-page cv by July 1 2017 to dbiggs@ucr.edu with subject “SE ASIAN NATURES.” The abstract should outline a project (textual, visual, digital) that engages with the theme of environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia. A 3000 to 4000-word draft essay will be due February 1, 2018 and pre-circulated among the workshop’s participants.

CFP: Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Conference at Florida State University, November 3 - November 5, Florida - abstracts due August 15

Funding & Fellowships


European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme for the 2018 - 2019 academic year - applications due June 7 @ 4 PM GMT


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