December 2017
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Where in SEA

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Answer to Last Week's question:
We had one entry to last week's "Where in Southeast Asia" that got fairly close to the right answer by guessing Borneo.  More specifically, Wallace was in Sarawak.  Bonus points to anyone who knew that the other name for orangutans was "Mias," taken from the local language.


This Week's "Where in SEA" (or not) am I?
I’m on an island in the Indian Ocean where inhabitants speak an Austronesian language most closely related to one spoken in Kalimantan’s interior.  Staple crops here—like banana, taro, and coconut—are Southeast Asian cultivars and rice is planted on terraced hillsides.  But I’m not in Southeast Asia.  Where am I? Submit your answers to!


Submit Your “Where in SEA” question, get a Starbucks Gift Card: It’s for the Kids!
“Where in Southeast Asia” is a new feature we’ve introduced with the goal of producing engaging questions for our newsletter readers while simultaneously building a catalog of SEA-focused historical/geographical/and cultural information available to junior- and high-school teachers for use in their classrooms. For example, Charlie Hirschman’s question last week will be coupled on SEAC’s Resources for K-12 Education webpage with an answer that describes who Alfred Wallace was, what he was famous for discovering, and what impact his discovery had for geology and biology. Teachers can use the questions to create a quick activity or as an opening for a longer discussion.

We need your ideas! Submit your “Where in Southeast Asia” trivia-style question and photo along with an informative answer of at least 250 words (400 max) that describes why the place, person, or natural feature you’ve chosen as your subject matter is important. As long as it’s suitable for posting on our website, you’ll receive a Starbucks gift card for each question and answer you submit. Hurry! Gift card offer is limited to the first 20 submissions.

Featured Articles

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh to visit campus

Next week, we will be visited by critically-acclaimed diasporic Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh. Since his escape from Cambodia in 1979, he has been wanting “to make [his] experience known through images.”[1] In honor of his visit, we will be screening two of his films, to be followed by discussions with Rithy Panh himself. Learn more here.

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

rithy panh


Stimulating Innovation & Creating Value-Added Mega Infrastructure Projects: a Talk with Dr. Mohammed Ali Berawi

Credit: Everyone Sinks Starco

Monday, December 4th 2017, 1-2:30pm
Husky Union Building (HUB) 238

Visiting scholar Mohammed Ali Berawi is an associate professor in the department of civil engineering, faculty of engineering, Universitas Indonesia and has served in government and the private sector, including as Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Development (2014).  Dr. Berawi will talk about increasing economic feasibility of mega infrastructure projects in Indonesia and address the role of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and technological innovation.


Coming next quarter: The Southeast Asia Center Film Festival

We are so excited to announce the Southeast Asia Center Film Festival coming next quarter! The SEACFF will feature films that explore Southeast Asia in its diversity, emphasizing underrepresented communities and youth-produced visions of the past, present, and future. We will be holding it at Thompson 101 on January 24 and 25, 2018.

We are still accepting entries as well! Filmmakers of all skill levels are encouraged to submit. For more information, please visit our Film Freeway page here.


Recommended Resources

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

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

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. If there are any questions or concerns, please email

Queer Asian Conference and Film Festival 2018, SOAS University of London, June 29-30, 2018 - Submissions due December 30, 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.

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. We are developing a special section for spring 2018 titled “Asian Politics.” 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. 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 Applications, 2018 Penn State Asian Studies Summer Institute: “Infrastructure”

Penn State University invites applicants for its annual Asian Studies Summer Institute, to be held June 10-16, 2018.  This year’s Institute, co-directed by Leo Coleman (Hunter College/CUNY) and Jessamyn Abel (Penn State), focuses on the topic of “Infrastructure.” Institute participants spend a week reading and thinking about the annual theme, as well as significant time workshopping their work in progress.  Particularly strong work will be considered for publication in an upcoming special issue of Verge: Studies in Global Asias (

Penn State will cover housing and meals, and offer an honorarium to help defray travel costs (USD 400 from the East Coast, 600 from the Midwest, 800 from the West Coast; USD 1000 from Europe; USD 1350 from Asia).  Applicants must have completed their PhDs no earlier than June 2013, or be advanced graduate students who are completing their dissertations.

On the theme: We invite applications from the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences for projects that examine “infrastructure” as both concept and material reality in Asia, Asian America, and Asian diasporic communities around the world.

The infrastructures of the modern world shape everyday life, popular perceptions of space and movement, and prominent images of the individual, corporation, nation, region, and world. Attention to infrastructure, which has recently emerged as a key site of study across the social sciences and humanities, brings together disparate concerns with space, mobility, and circulations (of images, commodities, resources, people, and ideas). It enables a focus across scales and boundaries (whether political boundaries or those that run between rural and urban), highlighting political ecologies, physical processes, and material connections that link places and people while illuminating the often-hidden categorizations and mediations that inform local aspirations and political understandings.

In this workshop, we will explore the relationships between real and conceptual infrastructures, concrete materials and codes of practice, and means and motivations, both in particular parts of Asia and as Asian people, goods, and ideas circulate globally. We will examine how the study of infrastructures, broadly conceived, can help us better understand urban spaces and rural landscapes, development projects, technological changes, and emergent political and social realities. Key questions will include how infrastructure studies might renew classic approaches to Asian societies and their national or global histories, provide new insights into Asian and Asian diasporic literatures or arts, or help focus attention on current ecological and political concerns—for example, by mobilizing new concepts such as redundancy, resiliance, and repair. We will also consider how the study of infrastructure impacts our understanding of Global Asias—itself a nebulously defined, contested, and generative concept. A close examination of the evolution of the infrastructures that are fundamental to economic and political relations, and to the daily lives of billions of people, reveals the ways in which material technologies, sociotechnical processes, legal forms, popular culture, and the natural environment interact to produce the physical and imagined spaces of city, nation, region, and empire.

To apply, please send the following documents in a single PDF file to by March 15, 2018:
- An abstract of 1500 words outlining research project and clarifying its connection to the Institute theme.
- A sample of current work.
- A current c.v. (no longer than 2 pp).
- A letter from a principal advisor about the advanced status of work (in the case of graduate students).

Decisions will be made by the first week of April 2018. Other inquiries regarding the Summer Institute may be directed to Jessamyn Abel (

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 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

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

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

2018 USINDO Summer Studies Program in Indonesia. Application Deadline February 8, 2018.

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


Internship Opportunity in Ethnography/Qualitative Research

Passionate about the plight of refugees? Wish to learn how resettlement works right here in Seattle? Over winter break, join a team of Wisconsin-based researchers investigating the refugee resettlement process across four US cities. Tasks will include helping with recruiting, surveying and interviewing Seattle residents of refugee background. We are especially looking for ARABIC, SOMALI, TIGRINYA, SGAW, KAREN or FARSI INTERPRETERS. Compensation available for interpreters. This is a great opportunity to participate in an IRB-approved qualitative research study. All undergraduate and graduate students welcome. To learn more about this project, please contact Samina at

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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