CSEAS Newsletter
August 30, 2019
Anti-government protests continue in Papua and West Papua, Indonesia following allegations of police mistreatment of Papuan and West Papuan students in East Java. The government has maintained an internet shutdown in the two provinces for more than a week. Photo: Whens Tebay
Welcome back! This is the first CSEAS newsletter for the new 2019-20 academic year. The newsletter covers CSEAS events, other relevant events in the Bay Area, and items of interest related to Southeast Asian Studies. It is sent out every other Friday. 
CSEAS Events
Tuesday, September 17
The River Grew Tired of Us: New Flows along the Mekong River
Dr. Andrew Alan Johnson
CSEAS Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley
180 Doe Library
4:00 p.m.            

Thursday, September 19
Panel Discussion
Natural Resources, Environmental Challenges and Youth Leaders from Southeast Asia: A Forum on Innovations and Solutions
180 Doe Library
12:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the East-West Center under the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)
Bay Area Events
Thursday, September 5
Film Screening & Discussion
Naked Spaces: Living Is Round (1985)
With Trinh Minh-ha (Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Rhetoric, UC Berkeley)
Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St., Berkeley
7:00 p.m.

See the BAMPFA website for more information and for tickets.

Monday, September 9
TV Screening
‘Grit’ (2018)
10:00 p.m.

This compelling documentary about the Lapindo mudflow disaster in East Java was screened by CSEAS this past April. 
New CSEAS Chair

Prof. Aihwa Ong , Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology at UC Berkeley, is the new Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies. She succeeds Prof. Pheng Cheah (Rhetoric) who has completed his five-year term.

Prof. Ong's research covers the role of science and technology in society, issues of neoliberalism and modernity, and the anthropology of citizenship. Her books include  Fungible Life: Uncertainty in the Asian City of Life  (Duke University Press, 2016),  Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty  (Duke University Press, 2006),  Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America  (UC Press, 2003),  Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality  (Duke University Press, 1999), and  Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline: Factory Women in Malaysia  (SUNY Press, 1987). She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Prof. Ong will serve as CSEAS Chair until June 30, 2020, when she will be succeeded by Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (ESPM). 

New CSEAS Website

CSEAS, along with the Institute of East Asian Studies, has a new website ! Please update your bookmarks.

New CSEAS Visiting Scholar

Dr. Andrew Alan Johnson is a CSEAS Visiting Scholar this academic year while he completes a book manuscript about the impact of hydropower projects on local fishermen in Laos and Thailand. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University. He is the author of  Ghosts of the New City: Spirits, Urbanism and Ruins of Progress in Chiang Mai  (University of Hawaii Press, 2014). He will give the first CSEAS lecture of the semester, on September 17 at 4:00 p.m. in 180 Doe Library.
Campus News
UC Berkeley's Department of Anthropology has announced a new faculty hire whose research focus includes Southeast Asia. Assistant Professor Daena Funahashi  is a medical anthropologist who studies mental health, sacrifice and addiction in Finland and Thailand. She received her Ph.D in Anthropology from Cornell University. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, she was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University in Denmark.
Assistant Professor, Asian Diasporic and Asian American Literature
UC Merced

The Literatures and Languages Department is interested in candidates working in all areas of literature that engage with the Asian Diaspora, with particular interest in applicants who work on poetry, drama, environmental literature and eco-criticism, and/or female writers and feminist theory. Deadline: October 4, 2019. See the job posting for details.

Assistant Professor, Asian American Literature
CSU Fullerton
REQ 493610

The Department of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics invites applications for this position. Desirable secondary specializations include Creative Writing or Children's Literature. Deadline: October 1, 2019. See the careers site for details.

Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
CSU Long Beach
Job No. 2554

The department seeks candidates with expertise in applied gender studies in areas including, but not limited to, public policy, public health, or non-profit or community-based organizing and a focus on Asian diaspora or Asian-American communities; or Muslim countries, cultures, or communities. Deadline: October 15, 2019. See the careers site for details.

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Yale-NUS College

The college seeks applicants working in one or more of the following areas: political and/or economic anthropology; medical anthropology; environmental anthropology; psychological anthropology; public and/or applied anthropology; and visual anthropology. Expertise in Southeast Asia is an asset. See the careers site for details. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Open Rank, Politics & History of Southeast Asia
Singapore Management University

The School of Social Sciences invites applications from candidates who conduct research on the politics and history of contemporary Southeast Asia, specializing in either individual countries, comparative historical analysis, or the region as a whole. Deadline: October 1, 2019. See the careers site for details.

Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester MA

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology seeks candidates whose research and teaching focus on at least one of the following areas: 1) global environmental issues; 2) political anthropology and critical studies of race and ethnicity; OR 3) anthropology of media. Geographical focus is open. Deadline: October 11, 2019. See the online jobs portal for details.
New Books
Blood Work: Life and Laboratories in Penang (Duke University Press, 2019) by Janet Carsten

This new book traces the multiple meanings of blood as it moves from donors to labs, hospitals, and patients in Penang, Malaysia. Blood donors, blood drives, lab staff relations and other parts of this story help reveal the social, cultural, and political dynamics of modern Malaysia. The author is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.
Beyond the Asylum: Mental Illness in French Colonial Vietnam (Cornell University Press, 2019) by Claire E. Edington

This new book re-examines the traditional picture of psychiatric care in French colonial Vietnam challenging the notion of the colonial asylum as a closed setting run by experts with unchallenged authority from which patients rarely left. Instead a society in which Vietnamese communities and families actively participated in psychiatric decision-making emerges, revealing how psychiatrists, colonial authorities, and the Vietnamese public debated what it meant to be abnormal in the early 20 th century. The author is Assistant Professor of History at UC San Diego.
Call For Papers
January 16-17, 2020
New Racism and Migration: Beyond Colour and the ‘West’
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore

To extend existing theories about race, ethnicity, new racism and migration, this workshop calls for papers that examine the racialization of migrants beyond skin color and/or in regions other than Europe and North America, including papers looking at Asian racialization/racisms and co-ethnic racialization/racism. Deadline: September 16, 2019. See the ARI website for details.

June 25-27, 2020
7th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network
Borderland Futures: Technologies, Zones, Co-existences
Chung-Ang University
Seoul, South Korea

This conference focuses on three key themes – technologies, zones, co-existences – that aim to generate broader debate and intellectual engagement with borderland futures. Deadline: September 30, 2019. See the conference website for full details.