June 2017
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End of the Year Announcements

This week we say farewell to our Thai language instructor, Dr. Wiworn Kesavatana-Dohrs, who is retiring. We also celebrate our MA students who graduated this week and the recipients of our endowed fellowships.

With mixed emotions, the Southeast Asia Center would like to announce the retirement of Dr. Wiworn Kesavatana-Dohrs. We are saddened by her departure, but excited for her future endeavors. "Ajarn" Som is completing 27 years teaching Thai at UW after arriving here in the fall of 1989. She had just completed a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan on the Thai auto industry when she began her career here at UW. Her dedication to Thai language and to the Southeast Asian studies community at UW over the past three decades has been deeply felt and much appreciated. All of us here at the Southeast Asia Center wish her the best of luck with the wonderful things that come next for her. 

This year we also recognize our graduate students who received fellowships for their hard work and research in Southeast Asian Studies. The Thomas W. & Mary C. Gething Fellowship has been funding graduate student travel since 2005. The Charles and Jane Keyes Endowed Fund in Southeast Asia Studies has been funding graduate students since 2007.

The Charles and Jane Keyes Endowed Fund in Southeast Asia studies provides financial assistance to graduate students specializing in Southeast Asia. Charles “Biff” Keyes is the founding director of the Southeast Asia Center. From his first days at UW in 1965 to his retirement in 2006, Keyes strived to make a small group of Southeast Asia-focused lectures into the Southeast Asia Center that we know today.

The recipients of the 2016-2017 Charles and Jane Keyes Endowed Fund in Southeast Asia studies are:

Meixi Ng

Dimas Romadhon

Imam Subkhan

The Thomas W. & Mary C. Gething Fellowship provides financial assistance for graduate student travel to present papers at professional conferences for those whose work is focused on Southeast Asian studies. Thomas W. Gething made numerous contributions to the development of Southeast Asia studies including assisting with achieving Title VI funding and coordinating the Southeast Asian studies language center.

The recipients of the 2016-2017 Thomas W. & Mary C. Gething Fellowship are:

Adrian Alarilla

Jorge Bayona

Mikhail Echavarri

Lin Hongxuan

Erin McAuliffe

Kasey Rackowitz

This year we are also presenting the very first Christen J. Grorud Endowed Memorial Fellowship in honor of Christen J. Grorud, a dearly beloved member of the Southeast Asian Studies community at the university who passed away in 2016. This fellowship provides broad-based direct financial support to graduate students studying Indonesia in our center. The family of Christen J. Grorud simply ask that the recipient “remembers there was a young man who found great joy and deep satisfaction in doing what they are doing now. Remember his name, and find those ways to make their mark and the world and their name known as well. They hope this scholarship will bless them on their journey in life.”

The recipient of the Christen J. Grorud Endowed Memorial Fellowship for the academic year 2017-2018 is Dimas Romadhon. Dimas is in our MA program for Southeast Asian Studies and comes from Madura, Indonesia. His research focuses on the historiography of leprosy in Madura through various versions of the story Bangsacara Ragapadmi.  

A final 2017-2018 award was announced at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) Department Convocation to the pleasant surprise of two of our MA students. Shannon Bush and Erin McAuliffe tied for the highest GPA out of all JSIS graduate students. They were both presented with the JSIS Graduate Book Award.

Lastly, we would like to say farewell and congratulations toall four of our MA students graduating this year – Shannon Bush, Erin McAuliffe, Daniel Murphree and Kasey Rackowitz. We wish you well in your future endeavors and hope you all keep us updated about your wonderful adventures ahead.

- The Southeast Asia Center

This is our last TWISEA until fall quarter. Have a great summer!

JSIS Department Convocation. From left to right: Dr. Celia Lowe, Kasey Rackowitz, Shannon Bush, Dr. Christoph Giebel


Featured Event


Lao'd and Clear: Lao American Writers Summit Seattle 2017

Date: Friday, June 23 - Saturday, June 24

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM 

Location: Highline College

We cordially invite you to our two-day summit, Lao'd and Clear in Seattle, a Lao American Writers Summit event taking place at Highline College on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th!

What is Lao'd and Clear?
Lao'd and Clear is a family friendly two-day summit featuring some of the most influential Lao-American creatives in the nation. They'll be speaking on panel discussions, hosting workshops, performing, showcasing their work, and providing mentorship for artists, creatives, writers, students, families, educators, and allies of all ages!

What Can I Expect?
The two-day summit will have panel discussions on 'Pioneers in Lao American Literary Publications and Movement' and 'Lao Food Movement'. Workshops include topics on college applications, intersectionalism, bicultural identity, photography, songwriting, creative writing, children's book making, lum vong, and so much more!

Register for the event here (Don't worry, it's free!)

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Faculty Spotlight

SEAC affiliate faculty member Dr. Randall Kyes is a professor at the University of Washington, but he also spends a lot of his time working with the Washington National Primate Research Center and the Center for Global Field Study. This year is the 20th anniversary of his Field Course in Conservation Biology and Global Health at the Tangkoko Nature Reserve in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. 

To learn more about this project, you can read this article about him:

"UW Scientist and International Colleagues Celebrate Monumental 20th Year of Field Course" 

Dr. Randall Kyes

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

Endeavor Scholarships & Fellowships for Australia (U.S. and Southeast Asian citizens may apply) - applications due June 30

2018 - 2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition - application deadline August 1 


 Lecturer position at Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of  Michigan starting September 1 - job closes June 19

I am working with Professor John Gerring at the University of Texas - Austin in this dataset of political leaders and we are currently hiring RAs. We are specially interested in Global South experts.

Do you know if it would be possible to share this email with the grad students or whoever else you think may be interested?

The Global Leadership Project at the University of Texas is looking to recruit country specialists to collect biographical information on political leaders around the world and update this data in our website. Foreign language readers are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Global Leadership Project (GLP) is the first dataset to offer biographical information on leaders throughout the world including members of the executive, the legislature, the judiciary, and other elites whose power is of an informal nature. At present, the GLP encompasses 145 sovereign and semisovereign nation-states and 38,085 leaders, each of whom is coded along 31 parameters, producing approximately 1.1 million data points in a cross-sectional format centered on 2010-13. With this data, one can compare the characteristics of leaders within countries, across countries, and across regions. The GLP promises to serve as a fundamental resource for researchers, policymakers, and citizens, and several research papers are currently under review or in progress.

We are about the launch the second wave of data collection with a grant from the World Bank and we are looking for individuals to take a strong role in such tasks as:

(a)  Look for biographical information of political leaders of your country of expertise such as leaders of the judiciary, executive, and members of the parliament. This data is usually available online. In countries where the data is not easily available in online sources, the coder is expected to make research in other sources (i.e. newspapers, parliamentary archives, etc..) where the data might be available. 

(b) Update the data found in our website

The work will be done remotely. So, there is no need to be in the US or in Austin to work with us. Some stipend will be paid per country coded, i.e. around $450. However, the “payoff” from this project would be primarily in the form of name recognition in your website under the data one collected and CV improvement purposes. We will fully attribute credit to the country experts for the country on which they work.

In bottom of this email you can find the list of countries that we are currently looking for country specialists.

If you are interested please let us know by sending a copy of your CV, along with your country(ies) of interest to pedrombarros@alumni.lse.ac.uk


Pedro M. Barros, M.Sc. (& Erzen Oncel, PhD)

Southeast Asia Center
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
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