This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
January 10, 2017
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Honoring the Lives of Dr. Peter Boomgaard and Dr. Jeffrey Hadler
The Southeast Asia Center is sad to report the loss of two prominent Indonesian scholars.  We offer condolences to their families and highlight their academic careers and contribution to Indonesian studies below:

Dr. Jeffrey Hadler

Jeffrey Hadler, associate professor and chair of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC – Berkeley, spent his life passionately conducting research in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia. His research focused on violence and memory in modern Indonesia as well on specific communities including the Minangkabau and Jewish Indonesians. His work on Minangkabau communities, particularly their matriarchal systems, was awarded with the Harry J Benda Prize from the Association for Asian studies in 2011, only one of many awards and grants he was given in his lifetime. The awarded book, Muslims and Matriarchs: Cultural Resilience in Indonesia through Jihad and Colonialism (2008) was later revised and translated into Indonesian with a preface by Taufik Abdullah. From 2000-2001, Hadler was also a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah where he used historical theory and methodology to research anti-minority discourse in colonial and modern Indonesia. Other notable works include his articles “A Historiography of Violence and the Secular State in Indonesia: Tuanku Imam Bondjol and the Uses of History” (2008) and “Translations of Antisemitism: Jews, the Chinese, and Violence in Colonial and Postcolonial Indonesia” (2004). His work on Indonesian minorities was an important contribution to the research field.

Dr. Peter Boomgaard

Peter Boomgaard, emeritus professor of Environmental and Economic History of Southeast Asia at the University of Amsterdam and senior researcher and former director at KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies), was a leading authority on environmental history in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia. His book, Southeast Asia: An Environmental History (2006), was the only textbook of its kind on the topic. His other works are examples of his vast interests in the field, from his article “Rice, Sugar, and Livestock in Java, 1820-1940: Geertz’s Agricultural Involution 50 Years On” (2015) to his article “Land Rights and the Environment in the Indonesian Archipelago, 800-1950” (2015). Boomgaard was an ardent researcher who criticized older scholars like the likes of Clifford Geertz for their “Stufentheorie” (“stages theories”) with quantitative data that revealed the opposite. He was a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow in 2013 and a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences and Humanities (NIAS) in 1988, 2000, and 2003/4.
For videos honoring their work and links to their books, click here.
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Featured Courses - Winter 2017

ANTHROPOLOGY ANTH 473 (1-10 cr) with Peter Lape
Pacific Archaeology
MW 1030-1220 BMM 112

ARCHAEOLOGY ARCHY 325/ARCHY 525 (1-10 cr) with Peter Lape
Pacific Archaeology
MW 1030-1220 BMM 112

EDUCATION EDUC 401 H (1-10 cr) with Christine Stickler
Miseducation of the Filipino: History, Decolonization, and Action
Th 230-350 MEB 237

GRADUATE SCHOOL GRDSCH 525 (3 cr) with Tikka Sears & Theresa Ronquillo
Acting Up: Amplifying Voices Through Interactive Theater as Pedagogy
T 130-420 DEN 303 

HISTORY HSTCMP 205/JSIS A 205 (5 cr) with Vicente Rafael
Filipino Histories 

TTh 230-420 JHN 175

HISTORY HSTAS 530/JSIS A 580 (5 cr) with Laurie Sears & Christoph Giebel
Field Course in Southeast Asian History

T 130-320 THO 215

MUSIC MUSEN 411/MUSEN 511 (1 cr) with Christina Sunardi
Gamelan Ensembles

MW 330-450 MUS  058

Upcoming Events (1)

Save the Date!
Public talk with Ki Midiyanto

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time:10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Location: Music Building (MUS) 213


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Recommended Resources

This section lists news items and other recently-published resources that have been recommended by faculty and grad students over the past week. To submit an item for next week, email
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Previously Listed:
  • IMPORTANT! Is your house or office filled with knick-knacks from your visits to Southeast Asia? The Southeast Asia Center is happy to take your donations of material cultural items! We are working on curating cultural kits for K-12 educators and would to make your items available to students throughout Washington State. We will group the itmes with related items and develop item information sheets for educators to use in their classrooms.

    Please keep in mind:
    -Items will not be returned, so please donate items knowing that we cannot secure their return to you
    -No delicate items that children cannot potentially handle
    -Must be small enough to fit in a medium flat-rate box through USPS

    What are we looking for?
    -Original items from Southeast Asia
    -Samples of bills or coins
    -Cloth, weavings, batik, etc.
    -CDs of music
    -Small musical instruments
    -Writing samples
    -Children's book
    -Anything really!

    Please be sure to include a short bit of background information if you have it. You can bring items to the Southeast Asia Center (Thomson Hall 303) or send us an email at to arrange a pickup. Thank you in advance for your participation.

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Newly Listed:

  • Scientist - Sustainable Investment and Value Chains at CIFOR HQ in Bogor, Indonesia - deadline January 15

  • Consultant focused on Responsible and Innovative Finance at CIFOR HQ in Bogor, Indonesia

  • 2-year Administrative Assistant at East-West Center, Hawaii - deadline November 15

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Fellowships and Funding

Newly Listed:

  • (For UW graduate students conducting Southeast Asian research) SEAC is pleased to announce the 2017 Thomas W. & Mary C. Gething and Charles & Jane Keyes Fellowships for Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Travel. These awards, made possible by a generous gift from Tom & Mary Kay Gething and Charles & Jane Keyes, provide travel funds for graduate students who will either be presenting Southeast Asia-related papers at academic conferences or who are traveling for graduate research purposes. Awards amounts average $400-$500 and will be announced by March 1, 2017.

    The deadline for applications is January 23, 2017. To apply, please submit the following information either electronically ( or by mail (Box 353650):

    For conference travel:
    1) Your paper title and abstract, together with the conference title, date, and location. Please indicate whether your paper has been accepted for presentation.
    2) A brief cover letter that includes: your name, address, email address, discipline, level of graduate study and area(s) of research interest.
    3) Your requested funds from the budget, total estimated budget, and any other sources of funding.

    For research travel:
    1) The dates and location(s) of proposed travel.
    2) A one-page summary of your research plans and goals for the proposed travel.
    3) A brief cover letter that includes: your name, address, email address, discipline, level of graduate study and area(s) of research interest.
    4) Your requested funds from the budget, total estimated budget, and any other sources of funding.

Previously Listed:

  • Royal Thai Embassy/University of Leeds - Thai Studies Scholarship 2017/18 - application due June 30. Apply to study here and for the scholarship here.

  • Don't forget! The FLAS application is open until January 31. For more information, check out the upcoming info sessions:
    Thurs, January 19, 1:30-2:30, Thomson Hall, Room 317
    Wed, January 25, 3:30-4:30 PM PST, Web Chat (see website for access instructions)

  • The Consortium for the Teaching of Indonesian (COTI), June 15 - August 9 - deadline February 10

  • Summer Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL), June 27 - July 31. Undergraduate and graduate - Scholarship Deadline March 15, Application Deadline April 3

  • The Boren Fellowship is now accepting undergraduate applications to study languages abroad including Khmer, Javanese, Malay, Vietnamese and Thai. National deadline is January 31.

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

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