CSEAS Newsletter
July 2020
Singapore's President Halimah Yacob casts her ballot during the country’s general election on July 10. Channel News Asia and Visualizing Singapore have useful websites covering the election, which saw unexpected gains by the Workers’ Party led by Pritam Singh. Photo: Edgar Su
Online Events
Friday, July 17
Panel Discussion
Less Commonly Taught Languages Virtual Career Fair
1:30 - 4:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time
Organized by the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) 

The purpose of the fair is to promote career and professional development opportunities for speakers and learners of less commonly taught languages. Keynote speaker: Cheryl Gibbs, Senior Director, International and Foreign Language Education, U.S. Department of Education. See the website to register.

Wednesday, July 22
Southeast Asian Literary & Cultural Studies: Navigating the Job Market 
4:00 p.m. EDT
The MLA Southeast Asian & Southeast Asian Diasporic forum will discuss how candidates working in Southeast Asian literary and cultural studies can navigate the academic job market. Panelists: Brian Bernards (USC), Weihsin Gui (UCR), Sheela Jane Menon (Dickinson), Cheryl Naruse (Tulane). See the MLA Commons posting for more information.
Thursday, July 23
Live Concert with Thao Nguyen
7:00 p.m.
Organized by the Asian Art Museum

See the museum events page to register.
Currently Online
Kafein – the Association of Indonesian Film Criticism – has organized a virtual conference on “Women in Indonesian Film and Cinema”. The presentations are in Indonesian with English subtitles.
Other Online Events
The New York Southeast Asia Network website has a helpful calendar of upcoming webinars. Upcoming events posted here include a webinar on July 17 about social media in Southeast Asia with Jonathan Corpus Ong (UMass) and Ross Tapsell (ANU), and a webinar on July 23 about Cham poetry.
The Vietnam Studies Group announces a call for submissions for its annual graduate student paper prize competition. The competition is open to full and part time graduate students. Deadline: August 28, 2020. See the H-Net announcement for more information.

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa recently highlighted alumna Prof. Pollie Bith-Melander and the short documentary, Exiled, directed by Brian Cimagala, about her work with Cambodian-American families in Oakland, focusing on Sopanha Chheang, who is currently scheduled to be deported. Prof. Bith-Melander is on the faculty at CSU Stanislaus.
Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service is seeking to fill two fellowships for 2020-21 on Ethnoreligious Violence and Conflict Resolution in Southeast Asia. The fellowships will start on September 1, 2020 and end on May 31, 2021. The fellowships will be remote during the fall semester and may become residential in spring if health conditions allow. Deadline: August 10, 2020. [The short timeline for applications is due to disruptions to existing programming because of the COVID19 pandemic.] See the careers listing for details. 

The Wolf Humanities Center Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania are open to junior scholars in the humanities who have earned their doctorate within the past five years. For 2021-2022, the topic is Migration. Deadline: October 15, 2020. See the website for details.
The Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore is for pre-and postdoctoral research fellows and mid-career policymakers, covering a residency of 2-6 months, with an emphasis on international politics and security, regional economics and digital technology. See the website for application details.
Featured News
The Stolen Children of Timor-Leste 

Foreign Correspondent, from ABC News in Australia, recently broadcast this report on how families in Timor Leste, whose children were abducted during Indonesia’s occupation of the country, are being reunited. The program and accompanying news story focuses on Kalistru, who was abducted by an Indonesian soldier in 1977, and finally reunited with his family in Timor Leste in 2020.

Locked Up in Malaysia's Lockdown 

101 East, the Al Jazeera documentary program, recently broadcast this report on the growing restrictions being imposed on undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia in response to the COVID19 pandemic. The broadcast caused a sensation in Malaysia, and the government has since accused the journalists of sedition.

A Town in the Heart of Trump Country Learned to Love Immigrants. Then COVID Hit.

The magazine Mother Jones recently posted this news story by Noah Lanard about Huron, South Dakota, which has become home to a large number of Karen refugees from Myanmar.
New Books
The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World (Public Affairs, 2020) by Vincent Bevins

In 1965, the U.S. government helped the Indonesian military eliminate the Indonesian Communist Party, an effort that later inspired copycat terror programs in countries like Brazil and Chile. This new book brings forward an analysis about how covert anti-leftist programs were a fundamental part of U.S. policies in the Cold War. The author is a journalist who has covered Southeast Asia for the Washington Post, and Brazil for the Los Angeles Times. He recently published an op-ed about the book in the New York Times and discussed it on the New Books in Southeast Asian Studies podcast. He received his B.A. from UC Berkeley in 2006.
Buried Histories: The Anticommunist Massacres of 1965-1966 in Indonesia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020) by John Roosa

This new book examines in more detail the unanswered questions still raised about the events of 1965-66 in Indonesia when supporters of the Communist Party of Indonesia were killed in army-organized massacres. What was the relationship between the army and civilian militias? How could the perpetrators come to view unarmed individuals as dangerous enemies of the nation? Why did Communist Party supporters, who numbered in the millions, not resist? The author is Associate Professor of History at the University of British Columbia. He discussed his book last month on the New Books in Southeast Asian Studies podcast .
Call For Papers
September 29-October 2
Conference [Online]
The Humanities in the Time of Crisis
University of Indonesia

The organizers invite presentations on six subthemes: Inequality in Contemporary Society, Cultural Heritage & Museums, Environmentality in The Humanities, De-regulating Information Literacy, Language & Community, Trajectory of The State. See the webpage for details. Deadline: July 18, 2020