September 2018
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Indonesia Earthquakes: How to Help

Palu, Indonesia

A succession of natural disasters struck Indonesia in the last several months, beginning with the earthquakes in Lombok in July and August which killed hundreds and displaced thousands, and most recently the earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated Palu and surrounding territory in Central Sulawesi. If you would like to help those affected by donating to reputable organizations working on the ground, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs hosts a website, Reliefweb, which is an online source for information on global crises and disasters.  It has information about Oxfam’s relief efforts in Palu, as well as CARE’s and the Salvation Army’s:  

Oxfam has worked with local and national partners in Indonesia since 1957.

The Indonesian Red Cross (or “Palang Merah”) is also already on the scene.  Donations can be directed to Palu here.

CARE International is accepting donations here.

Mercy Corps is an international relief organization headquartered in the Pacific Northwest but also with established partners and offices in Indonesia.

Featured Article

The Pomp of the Games: Sports, Politics, and Ritual in the Indonesian Asian Games

From August 18th to September 2nd of this year Indonesia hosted the Asian Games, a massive multi-sport event held every four years. Imam Subkhan, Ph.D. canditate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington dissects the politics of such events, showing that they act as opportunities to project a new national image to world. While athletes on the field are sometimes viewed as neutral competitors, they compete in a highly politicized arena. Read Imam's article here

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Saturday University Series

East Javanese Dance and Female Power

When: October 6th, 2018, 10am - 11:30am

Where: Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium

How are multiple senses of masculinity and femininity negotiated by dancers and musicians in east Java, Indonesia? UW Professor of ethnomusicology Christina Sunardi introduces the gamelan music ensemble and dance tradition of the region, along with discussion of how contemporary male and female performers synthesize, contest, and redefine a range of gendered identities.

Breathing New Air Into Tradition

When: October 13th, 2018, 10am - 11:30am

Where: Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium

Van-Anh Vo introduces the dan tranh Vietnamese zither, the sounds produced by plucking and bending its strings, and its music. Along with another zither dan bo, she performs traditional musical examples and talks about her new musical innovations and compositions.

Van Anh Vo

Burma Documentary Double Feature

Mother, Daughter, Sister

When: October 15th, 2018, 4pm - 6pm

Where: Seattle University, Harding Building, Room 142 1215 E. Columbia St.

Free and open to the public

SEAC is co-sponsoring a documentary film screening at Seattle University.  Filmmaker Jeanne Marie Hallacy' s Sittwe premiered in September 2017 at the Freedom Film Festival in Malaysia where it was awarded the Best Southeast Asia Short Documentary.  Her latest film, Mother, Daughter, Sister, investigates the use of rape as a weapon of war, highlighting stories from the Rohingya and Kachin communities.  Both short documentaries will be shown and the filmmaker will be present for a Q&A afterwards. 


The Southeast Asia Center is hiring!

The Southeast Asia Center is hiring!  We’re looking for a UW student assistant who is proficient in Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, or any basic graphic design or publishing software and who has some experience with video editing. For more information about the position and how to apply, click here.


Recommended Resources

Call For Papers

UW Graduate Student and Postdoc Networking Event: Climate Change Across Disciplines

Friday, November 16 2018, 3:30 – 5 pm

Husky Union Building (HUB) 332

The Population Health Initiative, Urban@UW, the Graduate School and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship will be hosting a networking event for graduate students and postdocs from all schools and colleges across the UW who are engaged in scholarship around climate change. 

The event will feature lightning presentations from 5-7 students/postdocs on a specific area of climate research.

Students and postdocs interested in presenting should contact Meher Antia at

International Convention of Asia Scholars - ICAS 11

Submission deadline: October 10th, 2018

16-19 July 2019

Leiden, The Netherlands

ICAS 11 is seeking submissions for individual papers, poster presentations, and proposals for panel discussions. The conference theme is Asia and Europe. Asia in Europe, though papers on other topics in Asian Studies will be considered. 

Approaches to Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia – Research & Action

December 17-19, 2018

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Case studies documenting community successes in achieving SD, and which can inform ongoing challenges in Vietnam and elsewhere in the Mekong Region, are particularly welcome, as are papers elaborating transboundary development issues. We also welcome papers that take up the following issues in relationship to sustainable development: gender, demography, migration, health, environment and natural resources, transportation and built environment, ethnicity and indigeneity, and culture.

Submit a title page (including authors and affiliations), paper abstract (up to 250 words) and CV to Ms. Nguyen Minh Chau ( by October 1, 2018.

Special Issue of Religions: Reframing Islam in Southeast Asia 

Deadline for manuscript submissions: August 15th 2019

Call For Proposals

Center for Khmer Studies Research Fellowships 

Dissertation research, senior long-term and senior short-term fellowships available. Application deadline November 15th, 2018. 

CAORC Fellowships

National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship & Multi-Country Research Fellowship


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