CSEAS Newsletter
September 4, 2020
Long thought extinct in the wild, the New Guinea Singing Dog has been rediscovered in Papua province, Indonesia. These wild dogs are closely related to the Australian dingo. Photo: Anang Dianto
Welcome back [virtually]! This is the first CSEAS newsletter of the 2020-21 academic year. The newsletter covers CSEAS events, other relevant events in the Bay Area and elsewhere, and items of interest concerning Southeast Asian Studies. It is sent out every other Friday.
CSEAS Events
In line with university policy, CSEAS events this fall will be online only. The first CSEAS Zoom event will be held on October 7 with Prof. Penchan Phoborisut (CSU Fullerton) at 4:00 p.m. This talk is rescheduled from this past March. Details will be circulated later this month.
UCLA Events
Wednesday, September 16
Defining the Terms: Heritage, Landscapes, Indigenous Empowerment
8:00 p.m.

Panelists: Kahlil Apuzen-Ito (FARMCOOP, Mindanao), Da-wie Kuan (National Cheng-chi University), Marlon Martin (Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement), Stephen Acabado (UCLA), Kelli Swazey (independent scholar, Indonesia)

UCLA’s Department of Anthropology is hosting a webinar series this fall on “Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Co-Production, Policy Change, and Empowerment.” The discussions are co-sponsored by UCLA’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. See the UCLA CSEAS events calendar to register for this panel.
Other Online Events
The New York Southeast Asia Network website continues to host a helpful calendar of webinars taking place around the world. Upcoming events include a webinar hosted by Yale's Southeast Asia Council on coal mining in colonial Vietnam with Prof. Thuy Linh Nguyen (Mount St. Mary's College) on September 9.

The University of Michigan's Center for Southeast Asian Studies is hosting a webinar on Press Freedom and the Pandemic in Duterte's Philippines: Views from the Ground Up, with panelists Inday Espina-Varona, Carlos H. Conde, Mike Navallo, and Chel Diokno, on Friday, September 18. See the registration link for details.
CSEAS has awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for the 2020-21 academic year to Alan Yeh (French) to study Vietnamese, and to incoming graduate students Christian Gilberti (South & Southeast Asian Studies) to study Burmese and Daniel Owen (South & Southeast Asian Studies) and Jennifer Silver (Anthropology) to study Indonesian. Rose Marie Schweis (South & Southeast Asian Studies) received an undergraduate FLAS award to study Thai.

David Gilbert is a new CSEAS Visiting Scholar this academic year. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford in 2018 and was a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley until last month. As a CSEAS Visiting Scholar, Dr. Gilbert will be continuing to work on his book project entitled 'Occupying the Plantations, Reclaiming the Land.' This project draws on his fieldwork in a community in Sumatra that has reclaimed plantation land and developed a program of collective land control and diversified forest farming.
Campus News
The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) has published a new policy brief, “Essential Workers or Exports: Filipino Nurses in the Era of COVID-19,” based on the research of CSEAS core faculty Prof. Catherine Ceniza Choy.

Virginia Shih, the Southeast Asia Librarian for the South/Southeast Asia Library in Doe Library, was recently appointed to serve also as the librarian for the university’s Buddhist Studies collections.

Hilary Faxon is a new Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow this fall in the College of Natural Resources. She received her Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University this year where her research focused on technology, land use and agrarian politics in Myanmar.
Online Resources
The New Books Network has posted a new podcast with Alicia Turner, co-author of The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British Empire (Oxford University Press, 2020). Patrick Jory conducted the interview.

A collection of Japanese newsreels filmed in Indonesia from 1941 to 1945 has been released online. A press release (in Dutch) explains the background on the films.
Jobs & Fellowships
Multiple positions
Institute of Asian Studies
Universiti Brunei Darussalam

IAS is a research institute interested in active researchers in the following areas:  Asian Migration, Mobility and Diaspora; Borneo Studies; Language, Culture and Communication in Asia; Human Security in Southeast Asia. Deadline: September 25, 2020. See the jobs site for application information.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Transnational Asian Studies (2 positions)
Rice University

The Department of Transnational Asian Studies invites applications for two positions: the Gragg Professor of Transnational Asian Studies (Assistant or Associate Professor) and the TT and WF Chao Professor of Transnational Asian Studies (Assistant Professor). Deadline: December 1, 2020. See the jobs listing for details.

Provostial Fellows, Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Stanford University

Stanford University, in conjunction with its IDEAL initiative, seeks to appoint four to five early career fellows engaged in the study of race and ethnicity. The term of these fellowships is three years, with a start date of September 1, 2021. Deadline: November 1, 2020. See the jobs page for details.

Assistant Professor, Asian American History
Amherst College

The Department of History and the Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies invite applications for a joint tenure-track appointment in Asian American history, with a focus on gender and sexuality. Deadline: October 15, 2020. See the application portal for details.

Assistant Professor, Transoceanic Early Modern Studies
UC Davis

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese invites applications for a tenure-track position in Transoceanic Literary/Cultural Studies (1492-1820). Research should focus on metropolitan Spain and on spaces of Spanish colonialism, such as the Americas, Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Philippines. The ideal candidate should have expert knowledge of circuits of colonial-era literary and cultural production operating between metropolitan Spain and the Spanish empire. Deadline: October 30, 2020. See the application portal for details.

Director of Research and Publications
American Historical Association
Washington D.C.

The director oversees the AHA’s research initiatives and provides leadership for its publications program. Ph.D. in History required. See the posting for the application link and other details. Application review starts September 7, 2020.

Program Officer, US Programs
American Council of Learned Societies
New York City

Ph.D. required. See the application page for details.
New Books
The Spirit Ambulance: Choreographing the End of Life in Thailand (UC Press, 2020) by Scott Stonington
This new book examines decision-making at the end of life in Thailand, where families attempt to craft good deaths for their elders. The ethnographic study documents how Thai families attempt to pay back their elders through intensive medical care, followed by a rush home from the hospital to ensure a spiritually advantageous last breath. The author is a physician, as well as Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. He received his M.D. from UC San Francisco in 2011 and a Ph.D. in the Joint UC Berkeley-UCSF Medical Anthropology Program in 2009, during which time he was a CSEAS-affiliated graduate student.
Mekong Dreaming: Life and Death along a Changing River (Duke University Press, 2020) by Andrew Alan Johnson

This new book explores how the residents of a village at the Thailand-Laos border have reacted and responded to changes brought to their immediate world by the construction of dams along the Mekong River. These infrastructure projects have had a profound impact on the river, and by extension to the people living along its banks, with their dreams, religious practices and livelihoods all having been affected. The author received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is currently a CSEAS Visiting Scholar.
Call For Papers
April 8-9, 2021
Empire Competition: Southeast Asia as Site of Imperial Contestation
Pace University (NY)

This conference sponsored by New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN) and Pace University’s Global Asia Institute proposes to examine how Southeast Asia has been subject to power projection from great powers and/empires from the past to the present. Deadline: September 21, 2020. See the NYSEAN website for details.

May 19-21, 2021
3rd China Made Workshop
The Social Life of Chinese Infrastructures in Southeast Asia
National University of Singapore

This is the final workshop of a three-year initiative of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado, the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto. The organizers invite proposals that focus on the lived experience of Chinese infrastructures in Southeast Asia. See the website for details. Deadline: October 9, 2020.

July 15-16, 2021
Uneasy Neighbours: Conflict and Control in the Colonial City, c. 1870-1930
University of Bremen (Germany)

This workshop seeks to establish the figure of the neighbor and the social geography of the neighborhood as a locus of examination in global urban history. The organizers particularly welcome contributions dealing with multi-ethnic and multi-religious cities in Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean during the era of ‘high imperialism’ (c. 1870–1930). Deadline: October 18, 2020. See the H-Net announcement for details. Convenors: Norman Aselmeyer and Avner Ofrath.