November 2017
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Featured Articles

Student profile: Dimas Romadhon


This week we are featuring our graduating MA student Dimas Romadhon.  As we brace for Seattle's next round of rain and wind, let's accompany Dimas on a journey to that most exotic place:  summer.

Read more here.

JSIS student detained at Northwest Detention Center

Bangally Fatty is an International Studies major in the Jackson School who was enrolled for fall quarter when he was picked up by immigration officials and is now detained and facing deportation to The Gambia.  A bond hearing in his case is being held next week and the Director for UW's Center for Human Rights is seeking signatures for a petition which will be submitted with his bond request.  At the hearing, the judge will consider Fatty's ties to the community in determining whether he should be released from detention or at what amount to set his bond, so your support matters.  You can find out more, or add your signature, by following this link to the petition

The story has also been reported by KUOW here.


Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh to visit campus

Join us for film screenings and discussions with acclaimed Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh. All events are free and open to the public.

Film Screening: First They Killed My Father
and conversation with Rithy Panh
Wednesday 6 December, 3:30-6:30pm
Mt Baker Village Apartments
pre-register at

Film Screening: The Missing Picture
and conversation with Rithy Panh
Thursday 7 December, 6:30-8:30 pm
Henry Art Gallery
pre-register at

Video installation: Age of the Kampuchea Picture
using materials from the Elizabeth Becker archive
4-15 December
Research Commons, Allen Library South, Ground floor

SPONSORED BY: UW Graduate School, UW Southeast Asia Center, UW Simpson Center for Humanities, UW Libraries, UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, UW Khmer Student Assoc., Rajana Society, Mt Baker Housing Assoc., Henry Art Gallery, Studio Revolt

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Recommended Resources


If you missed David Biggs' talk from last week, you can listen to it online here:

War on the Land

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Southeast Asia Center Film Festival

The Southeast Asia Center Film Festival is part of our mission to actively organize Southeast Asia-related programs. We aim to feature films that explore Southeast Asia in its diversity, emphasizing underrepresented communities and youth-produced visions of the past, present, and future. Filmmakers of all skill levels are encouraged to submit. For more information, please visit our Film Freeway page here.

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

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

Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, March 9-11, 2018 - Abstracts due December 13, 2017

Possession and Persuasion conjure a range of images and concepts, from cultural performance, to the control and mobility of objects, bodies, and spaces, to modes of coercion, influence, and authority. The terms also evoke possibilities of resistance and transformation. How are entanglements of subjectivity and materiality at work across Southeast Asia? How have possessions and persuasions, broadly imagined, organized studies of Southeast Asia, and to what futures do they beckon?

Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference invites submissions that engage these questions. The conference will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Chiara Formichi from the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell will deliver the keynote address.

We welcome submissions of abstracts by December 13, 2017 from graduate students who have completed original research related to Southeast Asia. There is no specific theme for this conference, as we hope to attract a wide range of submissions. Our intention is to reflect the dynamic research currently undertaken by graduate students. The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Committee will review submissions, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper abstracts will be included in the conference program. Each panel will have a faculty member serve as a discussant.

Please submit abstracts to

All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in MS Word format. Do not send a PDF file. Please name your abstract using your first and last name together (for example, janedoe.doc for Jane Doe's abstract). The subject of the message should specify “Abstract” and the body should include the following information:

• Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a primary email address
• Title of paper
• Keywords to aid thematic organization
• The abstract

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 13, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: January 24, 2018
Deadline to Confirm Attendance: February 2, 2018
Full Papers Due: February 16, 2018

Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference 2018: Deconstructing Borders & Barriers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, February 16, 2018 - Abstracts due December 15, 2017

The inaugural Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference at the University of Michigan invites applicants from all fields of study and levels to engage, connect with, and explore the topics of borders and boundaries in Southeast Asia and its diaspora. Historically, Southeast Asia and its diaspora have confronted issues relating to borders and barriers – of colonization, of citizenship, of diverse ethnic and religious groups, of movement and migration. These issues continue to develop into the present. How are borders created, maintained, and challenged? How do individuals and groups overcome these barriers and obstacles?

Participants are invited to give a 10-15 minute paper presentation. Contingent on interest, opportunities to present a poster or to workshop current drafts may be available. 

Please submit a 250 word maximum abstract here.

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 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

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).

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

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.

NEH Senior Research Fellowship Program. Apply by January 31, 2018.


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

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