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


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. This week, we look into Faiza Mardzoeki's critically-acclaimed play, Nyanyi Sunyi Kembang Genjer (Silent Song of the Genjer Flower). But before that, we wanted to learn more about the Genjer flower, its song, and why it was so important to Gerwani (Gerakan Wanita Indonesia or Indonesian Women’s Movement). Fortunately, one of our first year MA students, Choirun Nisa Ristanty, is from the Using people of Banyuwangi, East Java, and knows a thing or two about the song’s history.

Read the full article here.

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.

If you are interested, you can also watch “Subversif,” her other play in full, 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

Cosmology in the Royal Cremation

In a feature published by The Nation, an English-language newspaper in Thailand, The architecture of the Royal Crematorium is explained. The structure is modelled after the mythical mountain Sumeru, the centre of the universe in Buddhist cosmology.You can view the full article here.

Image by the Thai government's Public Relations Department

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

Call For Papers: The Politics of Faith, Spirituality, and Religion in Southeast Asian Cinemas. Abstract Deadline Extended to November 7, 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

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.

UC Berkeley-UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Conference: Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia, UC Berkeley, April 27-28, 2018 - Abstracts due January 19, 2018.

Migrations have characterized Southeast Asian lives and livelihoods in different ways in different eras; they have affected work, settlement patterns, resource use, small and large investments, religion, and culture. Contributors to this conference will discuss continuities and changes in migration practices, patterns, and personnel, addressing a wide range of historical periods, disciplines, and themes. For this conference, we solicit papers on such topics as:

-labor migration and remittances;
-resource extractions, claims, and trade;
-shifting policies governing international movements of people, resources and capital; human rights issues raised by transnational migration;
-transformations in urban and rural spaces brought by domestic and transnational migrants;
-cultural changes and cultural productions associated with migrant, resource, and capital flows;
-the ways that mobilities have changed or are changing gender, generational, racial, and cultural relations in families, communities, and across nations.

We invite submissions for presentations from scholars and graduate students conducting original research in the social sciences and humanities that address the primary theme of the conference. Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be sent to CSEAS at UC Berkeley by Friday, January 19, 2018. Abstracts should include your name, affiliation and discipline and contact information (including e-mail address).

Contact: CSEAS, 1995 University Ave., 520H MC 2318, Berkeley CA 94704, Tel: (510) 642-3609; Fax: (510) 643-7062; E-mail: cseas@berkeley.edu.

Funding and Fellowships

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

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

Boren Awards. Fellowship application due January 30, 2018, Scholarship application due February 8, 2018.


The Seattle Public Library is seeking translators and writers in Mandarin, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese! Letters of interest and samples are due Sunday, Oct. 29. For details visit here.

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

Professor of East Asian/Southeast Asian History, Closing December 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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