October 2017
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SEAC Fall Reception


Please join us Friday, November 3rd for our Fall Reception celebrating the Residency of Faiza Mardzoeki and Max Lane and the beginning of a new academic year for the SEAC Community!  The reception will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Smith Room (Room 324) of Suzzallo Library.  Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Featured Article

Toer in Translation

Max Lane and Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Ahead of their Residency at UW from October 31 - November 4, SEAC looks more closely at the work of Faiza Mardzoeki and Max Lane.  We begin this week with Dr. Lane who is a scholar of Indonesian history and also the translator for the English-language versions of Pramoedya Ananta Toer's "Buru Quartet" novels, among other works.  In this week's feature article, Shannon Bush discusses this contribution vis-a-vis radical shifts in historical perspective.

Read the full article here.


Batikful presented by ISA UW

HUB Lobby
October 25-26, 10am to 3pm

Batik originated from Java, Indonesia where this form of art has been integrated in our tradition for many centuries. Batik is notoriously known for its complexity and beautiful pattern, crafted with wax and dye. Wax is drawn on the finest piece of cloth and is later dyed with many different colors to create garments. Come visit our booth at the HUB lobby and find yourself a piece of clothing that you will absolutely fall in love with!

Facebook event here.


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.

Facebook event here.

Talks with Max Lane & Faiza Mardzoeki

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.

A Poster advertising the passage of the Jones Law.

War in the Land: Environmental History, Militarization, and the

David Biggs

Southeast Asia Center & Gardner Center for Asian Art & Ideas present
War in the Land: Environmental History, Militarization, and the "Bare Hills" in Central Vietnam
A talk by Prof. David Biggs
Thursday, November 9, 12:30 - 2 p.m., Thomson Hall (THO) room 317

War not only leaves long-term ruins or scars in societies, communities, and families, but also alters ecologies and landscape processes. In some places, this militarized landscape is not just the product of one conflict like the Vietnam War (1959-75), but of many wars, layered one on top of another. War in the Land, a forthcoming book by historian David Biggs, examines how this deeper, landscape-centered history of war shaped local cultures, and in some senses guided the spatial history of the Vietnam War.

David Biggs (PhD University of Washington, 2004) is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Riverside. His first book, Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature in the Mekong Delta (UW Press, 2010) was awarded the 2012 George Perkins Marsh Prize. His essays have appeared in such venues as Technology and Culture and The Journal of Environmental History.

Facebook event here.

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.

3rd Biennial Richard Robinson Business History Workshop: Risk, Honor & Innovation: Imagining New Markets, Portland State University, May 24-26, 2018 -  Proposals 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.


Program Assistant, Comparative History of Ideas, UW, Closing November 1, 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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