December 4, 2020
What in SEA?
Answer to last week's What in SEA

The answer is the Barisan mountain range! This mountain range is located on the island of Sumatra, and covers almost 1,050 miles. Lake Toba is situated in this range, and occupies the caldera of a super volcano that scientists hypothesize erupted approximately 70 thousand years ago. The Barisan range  crosses several national parks that are home to endangered species, such as  the Sumatran tiger and elephant. 

Congratulations to Caleb Stewart, Rebakah Daro Minarchek,  and Vanna Song  for the correct answer!

This week's Where in SEA

During the second World War, this town in the Dutch East-Indies was under Japanese control. Armed conflicts between the United States and Japanese forces took place here. Australian and Japanese forces also fought here towards the end of the war. The town provided strategic advantage because it was a major oil-producer and had its own port. 

Where in SEA is it?
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Featured Lecture

Genocide in Myanmar: The Case Before the International Court of Justice 

As part of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies’ fall lecture series, “Lessons (Not) Learned from the Holocaust,” Rick Lorenz, senior lecturer in the Jackson School of International Studies and expert in international law, explored the case against Myanmar currently being considered by the International Court of Justice and its prospects of bringing justice for military violence perpetrated against the Rohingya people.  If you missed his lecture earlier this week, watch the recording here.

Featured Course

Postwar Vietnam in Literature, Media, and Film

Winter Quarter 2021
VIET 361 / JSIS 486 F

T-Th | 1:30 - 3:20 PM
Taught Remotely | 5 credits, VLPA

SLN 21853 (Viet 361)
SLN 22212 (JSIS 486)

Instructor: Bich-Ngoc Turner 


Online Events
Book-O-Rama at Wing Luke Museum 
December 5, 2020

Join the Wing Luke on these Saturdays to hear from brilliant illustrators, incredible storytellers, and visionary leaders that will leave you full of hope and imagination.
December 5: Shannon Lee & Doug Palmer: Bruce Lee 80th Anniversary RSVP
COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia: Building Resilience, Fighting Authoritarianism
December 9, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 AM  Pacific Time
The Asia Centre will release a baseline study that evaluates the state of democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia during the COVID-19 pandemic. "COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia: Building Resilience, Fighting Authoritarianism" outlines how Southeast Asian governments have taken the pandemic as an opportunity to tighten their grip over their citizens and the individuals who are within their borders. Register here
(new!) Southeast Asia in Focus: 2 - An Election Debrief: The 2020 US Presidential Election and Its Implications for Southeast Asia
December 14, 2020 | 10 AM Pacific Time | 1 PM Eastern Time

In this session, three prominent experts will provide insights into the implications of the US election in Southeast Asia and how U.S. engagement in the region might evolve in the coming years under a new Biden Administration. This conversation aims to provide information on and analysis of potential changes in US policy across a wide variety of issue areas and sectors, including trade, security, economic development, and more.

More information here
(new!)  Decoloniality and the Sensorium of Art History 
December 11, 2020 | 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Dismantling the Canon, a UW Graduate Students of Art History (GSAH) Reading Group, will be hosting a public lecture by Dr. Pamela N. Corey. Dr. Corey is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Southeast Asian Art, Deparment of the History of Art & Archaeology, SOAS University of London.

Register here

Image credit: Vong Phaophanit, Neon Rice Field, 1993, six strips of clear red neon and rice, 1500 x 500 cm. Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain) installation view. Tate, London. (Photo: Tate) © Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier Studio 
(new!)  HIV and the Law in Indonesia
December 14, 2020 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM Pacific Time
Webinar link

There is growing confidence among experts about ending AIDS by 2030. Nonetheless, policymakers in Indonesia have been adopting laws and policies that undermine HIV prevention. Through this talk, we will explore both the spatial and temporal development of global health jurisprudence throughout the HIV epidemic in Indonesia. The talk will also discuss some obligatory lessons that might be helpful in addressing the current pandemic.
Siradj Okta received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 2020 with his dissertation "The Transnational Legal Process of Global Health Jurisprudence: HIV and the Law in Indonesia".
(new!) 5th Benedict Anderson Memorial Roundtable: COVID-19 & Vaccine Nationalism
January 19 , 2021 | 11 PM Pacific Time
January 20, 2021 | 2 PM GMT +7

On 20 January 2021, Asia Centre and the Thai Media Fund will hold the Benedict Anderson 5th Anniversary Memorial Roundtable to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic impact and the development of ‘Vaccine Nationalism’. This event is to commemorate the work of the late Professor Benedict Anderson on nationalism.

Register here.
Jobs and Opportunities
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor - Southeast Asian Literature and Culture
The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Washington, Seattle, invites applications for an Assistant Professor with a teaching and research emphasis on modern Southeast Asian literature and culture, beginning Autumn 2021. The scholar will conduct research in one or more languages of Southeast Asia, with focus on modern literature, or visual or popular cultures with a strong textual component. Find more details here
(new!)Tenure Track Position (Anthropology of the Borderlands) at National University of Singapore
The History program at Yale-NUS College has an open tenure-track position in Anthropology. The position is expected to begin in July 2021.

Application deadline is December 12, 2020. Find out more about the position here. 

The Global Asian Studies Program “Bridge to the Faculty” Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Refugee Studies - University of Illinois at Chicago

The Global Asian Studies Program “Bridge to the Faculty” postdoctoral fellowship in Critical Refugee Studies begins August 16, 2021.  The program has a preferred focus on refugee displacements from Southeast Asia in an area of research expertise pertaining to imperialism, war and conflict, climate change, and/or economic precarity. The successful candidate must have completed their PhD in the humanities, social sciences, ethnic studies, or area studies – no earlier than August 15, 2017 and no later than August 15, 2021. Applications are accepted until December 15, 2020.  Click here to apply 

Yale University Council on Southeast Asia Studies Postdoctoral Associate

The Council on Southeast Asia Studies (CSEAS) at Yale University seeks applications for the position of Postdoctoral Associate in Southeast Asia Studies. The appointment period is from July 1, 2021 - June 30th, 2022.

For more information on requirements and application process, click here. Application deadline is January 15, 2021

Call for Applicants: Early Warning Project Fellowship on Indonesia

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide (SCPG) seeks applications for a fellowship to assess risks of mass atrocities in Indonesia.

The Early Warning Fellow will work with the SCPG research director, staff, and collaborators to define priority research questions, plan associated research activities focused on analyzing plausible mass atrocity scenarios, conduct original research, and present results to policy makers and other interested audiences. 

To be eligible, applicants are expected to hold a PhD degree or possess seven years of experience. In addition, applicants should demonstrate expertise related to politics, conflict, and/or human rights in Indonesia.

To find out more about the opportunity and its application process, click here

Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

Graduate Funding Information

University of Washington's Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) has information on funding opportunities from fellowships to assistantships. Follow this  link to find out more. 

 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships | Southeast Asia Center

FLAS Fellowships are available to current and incoming UW students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and will study Intermediate or Advanced Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, or Vietnamese and one area studies course per quarter throughout the 2021-22 academic year: *

*Graduate students with advanced proficiency in one regional language may be eligible for beginning-level study of a second if approved. Email to inquire

Application deadline is January 31, 2021

For more information, click one of the following links:
Eligibility and requirements
Attend an information session

(new!) Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute 2021 
June 14 - August 6, 2021
Application deadline: 

SEASSI is an intensive eight-week summer language program for academic credit hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Instruction is offered for academic credit in eight languages at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels. Each language course is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit.
Financial aid is available. 

For more information about the program, visit the SEASSI website at
Call for Papers
Cornell SEAP Graduate Student Conference
Location: Online
Date: March 29 - 21, 2021
Deadline for Abstracts: December 18, 2020

For the 23rd annual Southeast Asia  Program Graduate Student Conference, Cornell University invites submissions that explore how  links and fractures caused by COVID-19 have shaped communities in Southeast Asia.

More information here
(New!) Religion and the Covid-19 Pandemic: Mediating Presence and Distance
Location: Online
Date: April 29 - 30, 2021
Deadline for Abstracts: January 10, 2021

This online workshop explores religious responses to COVID-19 and ritual innovations under the lenses of media, senses, and spaces. 

More information here.
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