February 2018
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JSIS Southeast Asia Center

Where in SEA

photo by Celia Lowe

Answer to last newsletter's question:
Congratulations to Miriam Adeney, Broman Barry, and Katia Chaterji for getting the answer right: Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei!

Where in SEA:
I am enjoying a bowl of Or Lam in a town that has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. It sits on a peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Its name means "Royal Buddha Image" and it is known for the hundreds of monks that emerge from its temples every morning seeking alms. The town was formerly the capital of a kingdom with the same name. Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to seac@uw.edu!

Submit Your “Where in SEA” question, get a Starbucks Gift Card: It’s for the Kids!
Send us 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 Article

Rohingya: The World's Most Persecuted Minority

azeem ibrahim

Seattle University, Pigott Hall Auditorium
Saturday, February 24, 9:00am

Presented by the Search for Meaning Festival Seattle University with the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, Seattle Art Museum

The Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group living in the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar, are described by the United Nations as among the most persecuted people in the world. In his talk, Ibrahim investigates Myanmar’s marginalized and vulnerable ethnic Rohingya. Despite their centuries of coexistence with the Burman majority, violent conflict erupted in 2012 and has persisted. The humanitarian crisis has left hundreds dead and roughly 140,000 Rohingya internally displaced in refugee camps, and cast a pall on Myanmar’s peaceful democratic transition.

In anticipation for Azeem Ibrahim's upcoming talk at Seattle U on the Rohingya crisis, our featured article this week was published in the Mekong Review, a new Southeast Asian literary journal, and is itself a book review of Francis Wade's recently-published "Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the making of a Muslim 'Other'". Read more here.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Week

The UW School of Law is hosting a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Week from February 20 to 28, 2018. Read the event descriptions here.

​Objects of a Just War: Expendable Life in Duterte's Philippines

neferti tadiar

Objects of a Just War: Expendable Life in Duterte's Philippines
Communications Hall 120
Wednesday, February 21, 4:00pm

Prof. Neferti Tadiar speaks on race and capitalism as part of “Capitalism and Comparative Racialization,” a 2017-2018 John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Neferti X. M. Tadiar is Professor of Women's Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her work examines the role of cultural practice and social imagination in the production of wealth, power, marginality, and liberatory movements in the context of global relations.

Serious Fun Lecture Series: Mysteries and Secrets

Brechemin Auditorium
February 21, 7:00 PM

There’s never a single way to approach a topic. In the Serious Fun Lecture Series, outstanding faculty and alumni from across the University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences share their varied perspectives on everything from rhythm to dragons. The February 21 lecture, which features Andrew Nestingen (Scandinavian Studies), Brett Morris (Astronomy), and our very own Laurie Sears (History) asks: What do experts in crime fiction, astronomy and history have in common? Their work is steeped in mystery. Join our presenters as they illuminate new ways of looking at the world. Shawn Wong and Frances McCue, faculty in the Department of English, serve as moderators.

Laurie Sears

A Discussion on the Legacy of the Vietnam War and Opportunities to Take Action


Thomson Hall (THO) room 101
Tuesday, February 27, 5–6pm

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Giebel to address the issues facing countries coping with landmines and unexploded ordnance and how the legacy of war continues to affect people. Dr. Giebel will talk about underlying issues, long-term effects, and contemporary remedial efforts. PeaceTrees Vietnam will also be sharing opportunities to become involved with this effort.

Recommended Resources

Spring 2018 Featured Courses

featured courses

For more details, view our course list here.

Violence, Race, Memory (JSIS B 264/HSTAS 264) with Laurie Sears
TH 3:30-5:20, More Hall (MOR) 220

Southeast Asian Knowledge and the Politics of Information (JSIS A 419/ANTH 469) with Judith Henchy
W 1:30-3:20, Denny Hall (DEN) 112

International Environmental Policy (JSIS B 455) with Jeff Begun
TH 1:30-3:20, Thomson Hall (THO) 234


The JSIS Diversity and Equity Committee

The Jackson School just recently launched a site for the Diversity and Equity Committee. Please check out any available resources here.

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

Call for Papers: InterAsian Connections VI, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi, December 4–7, 2018 - Proposals due February 28, 2018.

Call for Papers: 13th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies, National University of Singapore, July 23-27, 2018 - Proposals due February 28, 2018.

Call for Applications: Delta cities: rethinking practices of the urban, IIAS In situ graduate school, Ho Chi Minh City/Long Xuyen, An Giang, December 10-15, 2018. Applications due March 1, 2018.

Escaping the Homeland: Contesting Diasporic Narratives, The 17th Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia, Yale University,
April 21, 2018. Proposals due March 14, 2018.

Call for Applications, 2018 Penn State Asian Studies Summer Institute: “Infrastructure”, Penn State University, June 10-16, 2018 - applications due March 15, 2018.

Carnegie Council’s Asia Dialogues program, Manila, Philippines, October 21 to 27, 2018. Applications due March 16, 2018.

Education About Asia Call for Manuscripts: "Demographics, Social Policy, and Asia (Part II)" Manuscripts due April 20, 2018.

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

Jobs, Volunteer Opportunities

The Immigrant Solidarity Network is looking for volunteers to respond to Hotline calls in the following languages: Russian, Vietnamese, Somali, Ukrainian, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Arabic, Punjabi, Cambodian, Chinese-Cantonese, Marshallese, Samoan, Amharic, Chinese-Mandarin, Japanese, Rumanian, French, Nepali, Mixteco, Lao, Hindi.

If you are fluent in one of the above languages, and are interested in helping out, please email Gerhard Letzing at gerhard@washingtonjustice.org

The University of Puget Sound is looking for a One-year visiting assistant professor in International Political Economy for the 2018-19 academic year. Click on the link to learn more.

We want to hear from you!

Do you have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Would you like your photo of Southeast Asian to be featured in TWISEA? We would love to hear from our readers! Please email us your queries at seac@uw.edu!

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