March 2018
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Where in SEA?

Photo from Christoph Giebel

Answer to last newsletter's Where in SEA question:
Congratulations to Broman Barry, Cliff Sloane, and Ralph Coolman for getting the answer right: Doi Inthanon in Chang Mai, Thailand!

Where in SEA:
This week's Where in SEA was contributed by Prof. Christoph Giebel!

Today this nondescript foot bridge over a languid river is only used by tourists; a modern bridge next to it has long been carrying all the busy highway traffic. Other than a historic flag pole and a small museum nearby, nothing in its surroundings suggests that this once was one of the major flash points of Cold War bloc confrontation. Where unrelenting bombardments took place for more than a decade, now the slow-paced rhythm of rural life dominates for the farmers and fisherfolk of this region. Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to!

Featured Article

Some Rice dishes of Southeast Asia

In light of Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Razak, recently promoting the consumption of quinoa over rice, we thought we would feature a variety of well-loved rice dishes from all over Southeast Asia this week. As everyone prepares for final exams and Spring Break looms steadily overhead, why not take a break and have a rice meal to store up energy for the homestretch? Read more here.

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Write About Asia Spring 2018 series

write about asia

“Write about Asia” is offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series. It is facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts and co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center and Center for Global Studies.

The upcoming series is titled“Asian Textiles Across Time and Place”. This series is inspired by the “amazing array of textile arts, textile manufacturing and fashion originating from Asia” now being “shared globally in new ways”. Learn more here.

Recommended Resources

Spring 2018 Featured Courses

For more details, view our course list here.

Viet Nam Wars (JSIS A 265/HSTAS 265) with Christoph Giebel
MTWTH 9:30-10:20, Thomson Hall (THO) 125

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

featured courses

Article by Affiliate Faculty Giora Eliraz

Prof. Giora Eliraz' article, "If Indonesia's Democracy Is in Trouble, It's in Good Company," was recently published online on The Diplomat. In it, he argues that a look back at Indonesia’s political developments in 2017 shows some familiar global trends. Read more here.

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.

Funding & Fellowships

The Marcy Migdal Fund for Education Equality. Application closes March 30, 2018.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship. Application closes May 31, 2018.

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

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.

Summer Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL), Vientiane, Laos, June 27-July 31, 2018. Applications due April 2, 2018. Full Scholarships also available.

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

UW Department of Asian Languages and Literature 2018 Graduate Student Colloquium: "Transnationalism and Transdisciplinarity", University of Washington, May 12, 2018. Abstracts due April 30, 2018.

Transnationalism reflects the crossing of cultural, ideological, and linguistic borders and boundaries. Multiple disciplines can provide different lenses and help us better understand cultures, language, communication, and identities. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

•Analysis of nation-state ideology: nationalism, neoliberalism, colonization and decolonization, immigrants, and national identity;
•Language acquisition in a variety of contexts: internal migrants, distance learners, and immigrant learners;
•Language politics
•Politics and literature: imagination, resistance, and political identity;
•History and literature: collective memories, representation of the past, and trauma;
•Identity: cultural identity, mass culture, subjectivity and objectivity Participants in the colloquium can choose to participate in either the conference or workshop.

Conference presenters will deliver a talk no longer than 15 minutes that summarizes research in progress. Workshop participants can submit a work in progress to other members one week in advance and agree to read other participants’ submissions and provide constructive feedback. Graduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals on Asia-related topics. Please submit proposals of no more than 200 words by April 30 to Rie Tsujihara: Indicate in your email whether you would like to present at the conference or join a workshop. Proposals will be considered by representatives of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.

The 3rd International Music and Performing Arts Conference (IMPAC2018), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Malaysia, November 13-15, 2018. Abstracts due May 2, 2018. 

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

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