CSEAS Newsletter
February 3, 2017
Batik cloth drying
Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia
Photo: Daniel Gundlach
CSEAS Events

Tuesday, February 7
Lecture
Agribusiness from the Ashes: Land Governance Reform and Racialized Armed Territories in Burma
Kevin Woods, Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley
180 Doe Library
4:00 p.m.
With discussant Joshua Muldavin, Professor of Human Geography, Sarah Lawrence College; Visiting Researcher, Dept. of Geography, UC Berkeley
 
Tuesday, February 14
Lecture & Demonstration
The Art of Indonesian Batik
with Bu Dalmini (Batik Tulis Kebon Indah) and Daniel Gundlach (The Language of Cloth)
180 Doe Library
4:00 p.m.
Organized with the Consulate General of Indonesia in San Francisco
Bay Area Events

February 10-12
San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco
11:00 a.m. opening time
 
Indonesia is this year's featured country, and the art fair will include a special exhibition of Indonesian textiles, with some examples brought from the Jakarta Textile Museum.
 
Tuesday, February 14
Lecture
Duterte and Other Threats to Liberal Democracy in the Philippines
David Timberman, 2016-17 NUS-Stanford Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia
Encina Hall, Stanford University
12:00 p.m.
 
The talk will situate the Duterte government in the context of Philippine's democratic experience, identify the political dynamics that are likely to determine its future, and assess the multiple threats to liberal democracy in the Philippines. See the APARC website to RSVP.
Reminder

The deadline for graduate students to apply to the UC Berkeley-UCLA Graduate Student Workshop for Southeast Asian Studies is Monday, February 6. The workshop will be held at UCLA on May 5-6, 2017 and will be moderated by Dr. David Szanton. Full details on the workshop, which is open to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSC and UC Riverside grad students, is on the UCLA CSEAS home page.
News & Announcements

A list of the Southeast Asia-focused panels at the 2017 AAS annual meeting in Toronto next month has been posted by the University of Hawaii's Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
 
AAS has announced its 2017 book prize winners. The winner of the Harry Benda Prize is Kimberly Kay Hoang for her book, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (UC Press, 2015) . She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2011 and is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. The winner of the George Kahin Prize is Tania Li for her book Land's End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke, 2014). She is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Anthropology at the University of Toronto.
 
The Modern Burma Studies Programme at the University of Oxford encourages those interested in Burma/Myanmar to check out Tea Circle, its online forum for Burma. The programme welcomes contributions.
 
The New York Times has been publishing essays since early January, under the heading Vietnam 67, that have been re-examining the Vietnam War from various perspectives. The most recent essay, 'Combat Nurses and Donut Dollies', covered American women serving in Vietnam. The previous essay, by Prof. George Herring, covered 'The Road to Tet'.
Language Study

May 25 - August 3
USINDO Indonesian Summer Studies Program
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Deadline: March 31, 2017
 
This program offers intensive Indonesian language instruction at the beginning and intermediate level in Indonesia. The program is open to U.S. college juniors or seniors and graduate students, as well as recent graduates (within 6 months) of any U.S. college or university. The schedule includes a break for Idul Fitri. The program cost is $2,000. See the USINDO  website for details.
New Book

Man or Monster?: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer (Duke University Press, 2016), by Alexander Laban Hinton
 
This new book explores the story of Duch, the former commandant of the infamous S-21 security center, where as many as 20,000 victims were interrogated, tortured, and executed under the Khmer Rouge. The book begins in 2009 at Duch's trial where he was charged with crimes against humanity. The author is Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights and Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. 
Fellowships

Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship
Yale University
 
The Yale University Department of History invites applications for this two-year fellowship that supports research in U.S. history with a special interest in Latina/o, Asian American, or Native American Studies. The fellow will be affiliated with the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Deadline: February 5, 2017.
 
Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
Stanford University
 
Applications are being accepted through March 1, 2017 for this NUS-Stanford fellowship. Candidates may be of any nationality or seniority. A successful candidate will spend two to four months at NUS and two to four months at Stanford, writing and conducting research on, or related to, contemporary Southeast Asia. See the APARC website for more information.
 
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Transnational Asian Studies
Chao Center for Asian Studies
Rice University
REQ: P17054
 
The Chao Center is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship with an emphasis on Asian American Studies to begin July 1, 2017. The search is open to geographical areas within Asia (including Asian America) and to a broad historical time of research. Applicants must have a PhD in hand by the time of appointment in one of the following fields: Anthropology, Art History, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Cinema, Comparative Literature, Global Health Studies, History, Political Science, Religion, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, or Women's/Gender/Sexuality Studies. The center is strongly interested in applicants whose research method concerns oral history. See the university careers website for details.
Jobs

Program Officer, Burma - Job #1705
National Endowment for Democracy
Washington, D.C.
 
The Program Officer will work with the regional director and program staff to manage the Endowment's Burma grants program, including monitoring and assessment of projects. This position is based in Washington, D.C. See the NED jobs site for information.
 
Program Officer - Southeast Asia
Open Society Institute
Asia Pacific Regional Office, London
 
OSI seeks a Program Officer committed to advancing the program's strategic priorities in Southeast Asia. The successful candidate will be a mid-career professional with a deep understanding of the landscape of civil society activism in the region. See the OSI website for full details.
 
Resident Director, Summer 2017
CLS Indonesian Language Program
East Java
 
American Councils is currently seeking a qualified Resident Director to work in Indonesia on its summer Indonesian language program. The program is for American undergraduate and graduate students focused on the acquisition of Indonesian language and culture in an immersion setting. This is a non-teaching position. The anticipated employment dates range from early June - August 2017. See the job announcement for more details.
Call For Papers

April 1, 2017
Southeast Asia Student Conference
Northern Illinois University
Deadline for abstracts: February 10
 
Keynote speaker: Prof. Richard Doner (Emory University). Abstracts should be between 250-400 words, standard 1" margins, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, sent in MS Word format. Send abstracts/questions to: niuseaclub [at] gmail.com
 
July 24-25, 2017
10th International Indonesia Forum Conference
Indonesian Exceptionalism: Values and Morals of the Middle Ground
Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta
 
The 10th IIF conference will look at morals and values in realizing and protecting Indonesia as a country and nation. Various questions that can be raised include: What are relevant Indonesian values and morals for maintaining Indonesia's competitiveness in the global world? What is religion's contribution to forming agreed values and ethics? To what extent is there an Indonesian contribution in balancing Islamic values and democratic practices? How do religious values impact the ethics of state governance? For full details, see the website.
 
September 21-22, 2017
Transnational Leftism: The Comintern and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions
Wilson Institute for Canadian History
McMaster University (Ontario, Canada)
Deadline: March 31, 2017
 
This workshop seeks to draw together scholars from Canada and around the world to reflect upon the potential of the transnational turn for re-imagining the history of Communists, the Comintern and questions of race, nation and imperialism. For more details, see the institute website.