November 2017
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SEAC Fall Reception


Please join us later today 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

The History of the Southeast Asia Center


This academic year is already promising an embarrassment of riches for the SEAC Community!  As we celebrate the residency of Faiza Mardzoeki and Max Lane today with our Fall Reception, let’s take a look back at the history of the Southeast Asia Center at UW.  At last year’s annual reception, Charles F. Keyes, the Center’s founder, recounted how the Center was established and described his hopes for the future.

Read the full article here.


Talks with Max Lane & Faiza Mardzoeki

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for Dr. Max Lane's talk on “Indonesian politics since Jokowi: Class and new ideological contestations.” We have another talk with him later, as well as a screening and discussion of Faiza Mardzoeki's play tomorrow:

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.

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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

Cinema Poetica - Indonesian Film Studies


CINEMA POETICA is a collective of film critics, journalists, academics, researchers, and activists in Indonesia. Their impressive website now has an "International Edition" with many pieces accessible in English. 

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 (, Patrick Campos (, and Sophia Harvey (

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.

Call for Manuscripts: "Asian Politics"

Education About Asia (EAA) is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the Association for Asian Studies. Our print and online readers include undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers. Our articles are intended to provide educators and academics in the humanities and social sciences who are often not specialists with basic understanding of Asia-related content. 

We are developing a special section for spring 2018 titled “Asian Politics.” We hope that this special section will include articles, essays, and reviews applicable to both history and social science courses. The following are suggested manuscript titles that might be appropriate for the issue but we certainly welcome other submission possibilities: "Asian Democracies: An Overview,” "Teaching about the Crisis on the Korean Peninsula,” “Anglo-American Historical Influences and Contemporary Asian Governments,” “The Han Dynasty and the Roman Empire in World History,” “The Rise of Asian Nationalism,” “Indonesia’s Political Prospects,” “Religion, Politics, and Contemporary India,” “The Geopolitical Ramifications of China’s Post-Mao Rise,” “Tokugawa Japan: Myths and Realities,” “Japan and the UK; Contemporary Politics and Government,” “Lee Kuan Yew’s Political Thought and Asia,” and “Civil Society in Contemporary Asia.”

Please consult Submissions to Education About Asia before submitting a manuscript for this special section. Please note our relatively modest feature article and teaching resources manuscript word-count ranges. Prospective authors who are unfamiliar with EAA should also read archived articles and essays available at no charge in the website below my signature.

Since approximately half of EAA readers teach at the undergraduate level and approximately half of readers are secondary school teachers, we seek suitable manuscripts that are useful for instructors and/or students in undergraduate survey and high school courses such as government, world history, economics, human geography, and cultural anthropology as well as introductory Asia-related survey courses. We are not interested in manuscripts that would be intended for upper-level undergraduate courses in Asian studies.

Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to email the Editor, Lucien Ellington, at
 1-3 paragraph descriptions of possible manuscript ideas and will receive prompt replies to queries.

Manuscripts for this special section should be submitted on or before January 8th , 2018 to

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:

Call for Publications: Verge 5.2 (Forgetting Wars), Deadline June 1, 2018.

Funding and Fellowships

Foreign Languages & Area Studies Fellowships 2018-19. Apply by January 31, 2018.

Interested in studying a foreign language and learning about different cultures? FLAS Fellowships award $7,500-$33,000 to UW students studying foreign languages. (Available to current and incoming undergraduate, graduate and professional UW students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents).

Th Nov 02, 1:30-2:30 PM, Thomson Hall, Room 317
Tu Nov 14, 2:30-3:30 PM, Thomson Hall, Room 317
Wed Nov 29, 3:30-4:30 Denny Hall Room 211
Wed Dec 6, 3:30-4:30 PM, Thomson Hall, Room 317
Tu Dec 12, 3:30-4:30, Savery Hall Room 130
Th Jan 11, 10-2 (FLAS Table), Study Abroad Fair, HUB Ballroom
Wed Jan 17, 3:30-4:30 PST Web Chat (see website for instructions)
Tu Jan 23, 2:30-3:30 PST Web Chat (see website for instructions)
Th Jan 25, 2-5:30 (Table), Scholarships Fair, Mary Gates Hall Commons

Questions? Contact Robyn Davis at

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

2018 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. Apply by November 15, 2017.

The Hugh Young Studentship - Humanities, PhD. Apply by November 19, 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.


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

Adjunct wanted for Modern Asia course at Seton Hall University, to start during Spring semester of 2018. The introductory level survey course “History of Modern Asia” covers Asian history and culture from 1800 to the present. The course will meet twice a week for an hour and fifteen minutes at the South Orange, NJ campus of SHU (exact times to be determined). 

Recent PhD graduates or ABD candidates with research interests in China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, or Mongolia will be considered. College teaching experience preferred.

If interested, please email a cv and include a brief message or cover letter describing your scholarly interests and your approach to teaching college students about modern Asia to Jeff Rice at

Featured Photo


(L-R) Dr. Jamartin Sihite, Desi Hanara, Adi Sarosa, Prof. Laurie Sears, Prof. Celia Lowe, D. Pauli Sandjaja, and F. Bernard Loesi. Taken during this year's Symposium in Indonesian Studies: "Indonesia: Past, Present, and Future," October 10, 2017 at Odegaard Library 220.

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