December 11, 2020
Where in SEA?
Answer to last week's What in SEA

The answer is Balikpapan! Located on the east coast of Borneo, it was the closest large city to Jakarta, which later became Indonesia's capital. Originally a fishing village, it wasn't until the late 19th century that oil drilling began in the city. The presence of oil and a port made Balikpapan a strategic location for a military base during World War II.  

Congratulations to Peter Halamek for the correct answer!

Featured Performance

Featured Performance: Ted Poor and Cuong Vu

On Wednesday night, UW Music faculty duo Cuong Vu (trumpet) and Ted Poor (drums) performed from Meany Hall to a livestreaming audience of 200 who emoted via chatbox in lieu of roaring their approval in the concert hall.  Vu, who immigrated with his family to Bellevue from Vietnam when he was five, is chair and professor of Jazz Studies at UW and a Grammy award winning musician.  His captivating concert with Poor is a timely corrective for finals anxiety and a high note to usher out this difficult year.  Best wishes from SEAC for a brighter 2021.   

Student Spotlight

Alvin Bui

Congratulations to History PhD student Alvin Bui who just received the 2020 Viet Nam Studies Group Graduate Essay Prize for his essay “Father De Jaegher and the “Vietnamization” of the Hoa in the Republic of Vietnam”! The Vietnam Studies Group is a sub-committee of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies and Alvin’s achievement will be recognized at the VSG annual meeting during the 2021 AAS conference.

Featured Courses

Pandemics in Comparative Perspective

Instructor: Celia Lowe 
Winter 2021 | JSIS 486E | 5 credits | SLN: 16014
Taught remotely, discussion session on Mondays 2:30 - 4:20 PM


Postwar Vietnam in Literature, Media, and Film
Winter Quarter 2021
VIET 361 / JSIS 486 F

Instructor: Bich-Ngoc Turner 

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

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


Online Events
Arts & Healing: Bangsokol Virtual Festival
December 11 - 20, 2020
In response to the challenges and realities of 2020, Cambodian Living Arts and Arts Emerson are presenting a two-week series of online performances, film screenings, and conversations, inspired by the groundbreaking production Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia. The program culminates with two brand new music and dance performances created exclusively for the festival. 

Find out more information about the festival and its program, including a conversation with Rithy Panh here.
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
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!) SE Asia diasporic panels at MLA 2021
December 7 - 10, 2021 

The upcoming January 2021 Modern Language Association Convention will be held online. Here’s a list of the sessions/panels that have content related to Southeast Asia & its diasporas. All dates & times are US Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles): 

January 7, 2020
January 8. 2020
January 9, 2020
January 10, 2020
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
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

Summer Language Study
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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