October 2018
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Where in SEA?

Spice Islands
Photo credit: Xiquinho Silva

The answer to last week's Where in SEA?

Aceh, Sumatra!  The Portuguese conquered Melaka in 1511 and then attacked Sumatra’s east coast in 1521.  The new sultanate of Aceh underwent rapid militarization and launched a successful counter-insurgency.  At the time, the Portuguese dominated the pepper trade through fortresses on the Malabar coast.  Muslim traders expanded their supply routes and patronized new markets, including Aceh, to evade the monopoly. Independent Sumatra quickly surpassed India as China’s main supplier of pepper.  

This week’s Where in SEA?

I am in a narrow valley, surrounded by a ring of mountains, at a site which was once an imperial city.  The temples built here, over a period of ten centuries, include some of the earliest examples of the introduction of Hindu architecture from the Indian subcontinent into Southeast Asia.  Many were built to Krishna and Vishnu, but most honor Shiva because Shivite Hinduism was the kingdom’s established religion.  Where in Southeast Asia am I?

Submit your answers to seac@uw.edu!

Featured Article

Vân-Ánh Võ Breathes New Life into Tradition

Award-winning Vietnamese-American musician Vân-Ánh Võ visited Seattle this past weekend, a trip organized by the Seattle Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas and co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center. On Friday, Võ visited UW Ethnomusicologist Christina Sunardi’s Music Cultures of the World class in the morning and held a performance later that afternoon for SEAC faculty and students. Read the full article

Van Anh Vo


TODAY: 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. 

Open Access Week 2018: Celebrate with UW Libraries October 22nd - 26th

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Open Access Week, an annual international celebration of sharing scholarly work openly. The UW Libraries invites you to learn more about open scholarship at one or all of the events we’ve planned for the week. Events will take place in the Research Commons, and Allen Library South (ground floor), unless otherwise noted.

Questions? Contact uwlib-scp@u.washington.edu.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

11:30am-12:30pm Publishing Contracts Workshop                                       

3:30-5:00pm The Publishing Trap Game

Wednesday, Oct. 24   

1:00-2:00pm Introduction to Pressbooks

Thursday, Oct. 25    

3:30-4:30pm Publishing Contracts Workshop

Friday, Oct. 26    

12:00-1:30pm Paywall: the Business of Scholarship

3:30-5:00pm UW’s New Open Access Policy


Symposium - Celebrating Charles Hirschman

Looking Back to Find the Future:
Reflections from Social Science for a Changing World

Friday, November 16, 2018
Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall
Symposium 12:30-5:30pm
Celebration 5:30-9:30pm

Please join us for provocations and reflections with                                   

Deans Robert Stacey and Sandra Archibald                               

Distinguished Visitors Patrick Heuveline, Maria-Giovanna Merli, Alejandro          Portes, Kenneth Prewitt & Marta Tienda

UW Professors Dan Chirot, Sara Curran, Mark Long, Celia Lowe & Katherine Stovel

Visit the event page for more information.


Rising SEAs

2018 Rising SEAs is a FREE one day conference organized by the Southeast Asian American Education (SEAeD) Coalition in collaboration with local, state, and national partners. The purpose of 2018 Rising SEAs is to civically engage, culturally empower, and educationally invest in the long term development of underrepresented Southeast Asian American communities. Registration is open to 8th-11th grade students. Transportation details will be announced as the date approaches.

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 17 2018
LOCATION: UW-Seattle Campus
REGISTRATION: tinyurl.com/2018RisingSEAs

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Outreach Lead by call/text at (206) 880-1669 or by email at seadcoalitionwa@gmail.com.



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.


Australian National University seeks Anthropology lecturer in SEA culture and history

Application deadline: October 28, 2018

Find details here.

Recommended Resources

Apply to become a Digital Storytelling Fellow

Are you a graduate student engaged in academic or professional work that you wish you could communicate to a broader audience? Interested in building your resume while learning how to tell compelling stories about meaningful topics? Curious about what you can do with a digital story?

If YES: the UW Libraries invites you to apply for Storytelling Fellows! This is an innovative, hands-on program designed to highlight the interests and accomplishments of UW graduate students, using digital-storytelling skills and technologies. The program will take approximately 10 accepted fellows through the start-to-finish process of envisioning and creating a digital-storytelling video suitable for an online portfolio, professional presentation, or academic project.

Take a look at the syllabus for more information.

To apply, please fill out this application by October 19th.


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 pophlth@uw.edu


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


UW graduate student sets up GoFundMe for Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami victims

In addition to the relief organizations listed in last week’s SEAxSEA newsletter, Dimas Romadhon (PhD student in Anthropology) has helped start a GoFundMe campaign to aid survivors in Palu and Donggala Indonesia after the earthquake and tsunami. 

We want to hear from you!

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

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