September 2017
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Welcome back returning students and welcome to those just starting programs at UW.  We have a fall full of events, including a 5-day residency at the beginning of November with Indonesia scholar and translator Max Lane and Indonesian playwright and director Faiza Mardzoeki.  Within the next two weeks, we have three different events all of which will focus a critical lens on countries and events that feature prominently in current US and global debates.

The first is a panel discussion organized by Veterans for Peace about the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary series, “The Vietnam War.”  The next is a one-day symposium on “Indonesia: Past, Present, and Future” with generous support from the Consulate General of Indonesia in San Francisco.  The third is a talk by an eyewitness to a watershed event in Myanmar’s recent past who will discuss its legacy for democracy activists today.


Ken Burns’ Vietnam series: critical reflections by veterans and academics

Ken Burns' documentary promises a fresh perspective on one of the most controversial wars in recent history.
Photo courtesy of PBS

Panel Discussion Saturday, October 7th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Jackson School of International Studies, 101 Thomson Hall

The Seattle chapter of Veterans for Peace (VFP) is holding a panel discussion and forum for students and the public on the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary series “The Vietnam War.”

The documentary series promised a fresh perspective on one of the most controversial wars in recent history.  Panelists will address whether Burns and Novick succeeded by considering the series’ historical accuracy, portrayal of different perspectives, and whether it contributed to a more nuanced and insightful understanding of the war as it prompted public debate.  Finally, what does it tell us about America’s current wars?

Panelists will include Vietnam veterans Mike Dedrick and Dan Gilman of VFP, and UW’s Christoph Giebel, Professor of History and International Studies. There will be short presentations and opportunities for discussion and commentary.

Facebook event here.

Symposium in Indonesian Studies

This year’s symposium brings together scholars working across many disciplines to share their research about “Indonesia: Past, Present, and Future.”

October 10th 2017, Odegaard Library 220, UW Seattle, 10 AM – 3:30 pm

For the second year in a row, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco has partnered with the Southeast Asia Center’s Language Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature, Pauli Sandjaja, to present a one-day symposium on topics that cut across regional boundaries and affect broad communities.  This year’s symposium brings together scholars working across many disciplines to share their research about “Indonesia: Past, Present, and Future.”

Registration and breakfast begins at 9:15 and the Consulate General will graciously provide lunch for attendees and participants.

The first speaker, UW’s Walker Family Endowed Professor of History, Laurie Sears, will discuss Ayu Utami’s Fu Numeral Series.  The earlier work of Ayu Utami, one of Indonesia’s foremost contemporary writers, has proved fertile ground for Dr. Sears’ examination of novels as “situated testimonies.”  Dr. Sears will discuss this newer work in which Utami introduces her ideas of critical spiritualism and a critical path. Fu Numeral Series also explores issues of political correctness, police brutality, and physical deformity. 

Etin Anwar, Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will speak about “Islamic and Feminist Encounters: Pattern and Change in Indonesia.”  Dr. Anwar will trace the changes of Islamic and feminist encounters (from divergence to convergence) and locate sites of such encounters by examining their roots in nineteenth-century colonialism, their development, and then emergence in the 1990s.  She will also examine the role of Islamic reformism.

The first speaker of the afternoon session, Dr. Jamartin Sihite, is the CEO of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.  Dr. Sihite’s rehabilitation center currently cares for 650 orangutans.  Because of habitat loss from human encroachment, the orangutans still face dangers from forest fires and illegal wildlife trade after their release.  Forest conservation is an important part of BOSF’s mission.

The symposium concludes with a graduate student panel.  Desi Hanara, LL.M candidate at the Leiden School of Law, Netherlands, considers the Indonesian Constitutional Court as a potential engine to “mainstream” human rights in the region.  She proposes assessing the feasibility of establishing an Asian Human Rights Court and calls for the development of binding human rights instruments.

Adi Sarosa, Master of International Business candidate, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, argues that for Indonesia to reach its economic potential, it must rapidly transform its rural agricultural-based economy into an urban service-based manufacturing economy. This transformation requires huge investments that government alone cannot finance.  Sarosa proposes that Indonesia explore the idea of Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) to fill the gap.

Facebook event here.

Dr. Ba (Eddie) Win, “The Burmese Junta Through the Eyes of Living History”

October 12th 2017, Thomson Hall 317, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

At Rangoon University on July 7, 1962, the military violently cracked down on students protesting against the government of General Ne Win.  Dr. Eddie Win was a freshman on campus and witnessed students shot at point-blank range.  He also took part in the 8888 Movement and is an active supporter of democracy and federalism in Burma.

Dr. Win’s talk will cover a wide range of topics about Burma's military juntas, and will include the opportunity for questions and discussion.

Facebook event here.

Dr. Eddie Win was a freshman on campus and witnessed students shot at point-blank range.

Recommended Resources

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

Call for Papers Conference Bridging Worlds, Illumining the Archive: An International Conference in Honor of Professor Resil B. Mojares, July 30-31, Quezon City, Philippines - Abstracts due October 1, 2017

Ecologies in Southeast Asian Literatures: Histories, Myths and Societies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam, January 26-27, 2018 - Abstracts due October 30, 2017


Tenure-Track Professor of Thai Studies, Dept. of Anthropology, Harvard University, Appointment begins July 1, 2018 - Appointment begins July 1, 2018 - Closing October 15, 2017

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, International Studies, University of San Francisco (seeking regional focus on East Asia or Southeast Asia), Closing October 13, 2017

Advanced Associate Professor/Professor, East Asia and/or Southeast Asia before 1900, History Dept., University of Texas - Austin, Closing November 15, 2017

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