October 2017
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“A great democracy should be having debates about all aspects of its political power, its military included.”

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

Last Saturday evening a group of around 75 people braved Husky football traffic to attend a panel discussion about Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s new documentary series, “The Vietnam War.”  The event was organized by the Seattle chapter of Veterans for Peace and many in the audience were Vietnam vets.  Others had been conscientious objectors or anti-war activists during the Vietnam era (one attendee commented he was all three).  A number of aspects were challenged and errors critiqued, but a consensus arose:  no matter how closely the film hewed to the conventional U.S. narrative (despite the filmmakers’ claims to the contrary), its benefit lay in renewing public debate about the war and prompting discussion.  

One question the organizers asked at the outset was what the film told us about our current wars.  Army Major Clifford Pederson is currently a Southeast Asia Foreign Area Officer and a second-year MA student in the Southeast Asian Studies program at the Jackson School of International Studies. As an infantry officer, he had two combat deployments to Afghanistan where he served as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander. He agreed to share his perspective on the legacy of Vietnam in an interview conducted via email. You can read the full article here.

You can also listen to the audiorecording of the full event here.


"Daze of Justice" film screening with director Michael Siv

Daze of Justice

Tuesday, October 17th, Doors Open at 4:30pm
University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Theater
3940 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle WA
FREE Admission -Please invite your students, family and friends to attend

Daze of Justice is the intimate story of trailblazing Cambodian-American women who break decades of silence, abandoning the security of their American homes on a journey back into Cambodia's killing fields, only this time not as victims but as witnesses determined to resurrect the memory of their loved ones before the UN Special Tribunal prosecuting the Khmer Rouge. Only Daze of Justice takes us beyond the Killing Fields. The women must not only find the courage to remember their past, they also face an unexpected and agonizing predicament when they come face to face with Pheng, the son of Kaing Guek Eav (Alias "Duch"), one of Pol Pot's most notorious torturers. And in the process, on the margins of the UN tribunal, the seekers become the source of Justice. The women not only generate a vocabulary for reclaiming the past but pave a path that extends the promise of redemption to future generations.

The fantastic mockup of Jakarta Bay's future seascape

The fantastic mockup of Jakarta Bay's future seascape
Image: Consortium NCICD Design: KuiperCompagnons

A Talk by Jennifer L. Gaynor, Research Fellow, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, SUNY
Friday October 27th, Thomson 317, 3:30-5:00pm

Jakarta is sinking. Each year, land subsidence threatens the city's coastal residents. Rising sea levels compound the problem with the promise of further flooding. One response proposed to mitigate this environmental challenge entails a massive land reclamation project. The project, represented in striking urban planning images, aims to create a series of islands in the bay behind the protective span of a giant seawall shaped like the outstretched wings of the mythical bird Garuda, an Indonesian national symbol. This talk discusses the Jakarta Bay project, the debates over who it serves, and situates it in relation to the expansion of the global dredging industry.

Jennifer Gaynor earned her PhD in History and Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and prior to coming to SUNY at Buffalo held fellowships at Michigan, Cornell, and the Australian National University. Her works have been included in books and journals on Southeast Asia and its surrounding seas from the seventeenth century to the present. Her first book, Intertidal History in Island Southeast Asia: Submerged Genealogy and the Legacy of Coastal Capture, was published last year.  She's currently at work on her next book project which studies contemporary history across archipelagos and ocean basins to examine land reclamation for strategic reasons and personal gain.

Talks with Max Lane & Faiza Mardzoeki: Save the Dates!

This fall the Southeast Asia Center is hosting Max Lane, who is a writer, scholar, and translator of Indonesia's most famous dissident author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Faiza Mardzoeki, one of Indonesia's foremost playwrights.

Thursday, November 2nd 3:30 – 5:00pm in Thomson 317
Dr. Max Lane will give a talk on “Indonesian politics since Jokowi: Class and new ideological contestations”

Friday, November 3rd 1:00 – 2:30pm in Thomson 317
Dr. Max Lane discusses “Pramoedya Ananta Toer, the Origins of the Indonesian Nation and Radical Politics Today”

Saturday, November 4th 1:00 – 4:45pm in Allen Auditorium
Screening of filmed stage play, Silent Song of The Genjer Flowers, followed by a discussion with Faiza Mardzoeki, playwright and director of the play.

More details to come, so keep a look out for next week's TWISEA!

A Poster advertising the passage of the Jones Law.

Recommended Resources

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

Call For Papers: The Politics of Faith, Spirituality, and Religion in Southeast Asian Cinemas. Abstracts Due October 31, 2017.

10th Biennial Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC), July 23-26, 2018, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:
-Representation of religion, religious themes, and spirituality in cinema
-Faiths, identity-based politics, sectarianism
-Cinema as a vehicle for the adaptation and continual development of religious or traditional ideologies and systems of thought
-Cinema as a mediator between religious and political authorities and the public
-Cinematic reference to, or quotation of, traditional systems of belief and forms of expression
-Cinema and Institutional investment in defining and promoting tradition
-Faith/religion and reception, exhibition, distribution (ex. themed festivals)
-Films as interventions into religious politics/cultures and sectarian politics
-Faith/religion/spirituality, film, and consumer culture
-Religion and censorship
-Islamic themed films as a contemporary phenomena in Indonesia and Malaysia (and elsewhere)

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2017. Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) to: Katinka Van Heeren (cvanheeren@hotmail.com), Patrick Campos (patrick.campos@gmail.com), and Sophia Harvey (soharvey@vassar.edu).

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

2018 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, Application due November 15, 2017.

Praxis Conference 2018: Translation Practices: Negotiating Difference, Abstracts due December 1, 2017.

Funding and Fellowships

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF). Apply by November 7, 2017.

East-West Center-Graduate Degree Fellowship. Apply by December 1, 2017.

Blakemore Foundation Grants for the Study of East and Southeast Asian Languages.  Application Deadline December 30, 2017.


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

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

Assistant Professor Tenure Track in International Studies (East Asia or Southeast Asia), Simon Fraser University, Closing December 27, 2017

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