This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
August 6, 2016
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the music of Indonesia
If you are interested in ethnomusicology, in the culture of Indonesia, or are just looking for some new soundtracks for your summer relaxation, check out AuralArchipelago. "Aural Archipelago is the lovechild of Palmer Keen, an American ethnomusicologist who teaches English in Bandung to pay the bills and wanders the vast archipelago of Indonesia to find, document, expose and promote little-known traditional musics around the country. Within a few years, Palmer has travelled from vast islands like Sumatra, Java, and Borneo to tiny dots in the ocean like Rote and Lembata in search of the diverse and beautiful music that fascinates him. With this project, his hope is to allow unprecedented audiences (local and foreign) free access to music that is often difficult or impossible to hear otherwise." (from the AuralArchipelago website).

The photo above shows telempang batu, or megalith (stone) gongs, from West Sumatra. The site includes recordings from Timor, Boni, Sumatra, Sulawesi and other places spread throughout the world's largest archipelago.  
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Featured Courses - Fall 2016

SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES JSIS 486 A/JSIS 586 A (5 cr) with Judith Henchy
Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
Th 130-420 SMI 111
This is an important class for incoming MA students, as well as other senior undergrads and grad students in other departments.

HISTORY HSTCMP 485/CHID 485 (5 cr) with Vicente Rafael
Comparative Colonialism

TTh 330-520 SMI 211

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

MW 330-450 MUS  058

SOCIOLOGY SOC 470 (5 cr) with Charles Hirschman 
Contemporary Southeast Asia
MW 900-1020 SAV 131

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Upcoming Events 

  • Asia Talks: Kyaw Thu, Burmese Actor and ActivisTuesday, September 13, 2016 Seattle Asian Art Museum, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. See something new at this screening of the documentaryWalking a Fine Line, followed by a short talk and discussion with special guests Kyaw Thu, President, Free Funeral Services Society and Therese Caouette, Southeast Asia Regional Advisor, Partners Asia.
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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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  • South China Sea Arbitration Discussion: ASEANFocus. The ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) at the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute is proud to present to you the Special Issue of ASEANFocus on the South China Sea Arbitration which can be accessed and downloaded here

  • The Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP) Foundation has launched the inaugural issue of its Regional Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (RJSEAS). Click here for the July 2016 issues. Abstract submissions are invited for future issues (published twice a year, January and July). 

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  • Lehigh University: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Anthropology, effective Fall 2017. The successful candidate will have a primary research focus on tourism, pilgrimage, or heritage. Preference will be given to candidates with field research experience and primary data collection outside of the US. Applications from socio-cultural anthropologists and archeologists are welcome.

  • Post-doctoral Research Position: Social-anthropological Research on Crisis and Mobility in Southeast Asia; Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences. The application materials should address one of the central aspects of ISA’s midterm research program “Engaging with Crisis, Mobility and Transformation” in mainland Southeast Asia.”
    Deadline: 31 August 2016 

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Fellowships and Funding

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  • Fellowships: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Applicants are invited to apply for ONE of the four types of positions of job opportunities (Senior Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow, or Visiting Senior Research Fellow Sabbatical). Apart from the quality of research, positions will be awarded on the basis of the relationship of the research topic to ARI's specific cluster of research as listed in Research Clusters and Their Focus.  Web announcement: Deadline: October 16, 2016



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Conferences and Calls for Papers

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  • Call For Papers: Slave Trade in the Indian Ocean and Indonesian Archipelago Worlds (16th to 19th Century) November 10-11, 2016. International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This workshop aims specifically at scholars currently doing source-based historical research on the slave trade in Asia. The workshop will address the following themes: Size of slave trade; Patterns of slave trade; and, Sources on slave trade. Deadline: August 10, 2016

  • The Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Studies Group is accepting proposals for an MSB Sponsored Panel for the 2017 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Toronto. The sponsored panel should include substantial, new, and innovative scholarship covering any topic related to Malaysia, Singapore and/or Brunei. If you are interested in having your panel considered for MSB Sponsorship, please send complete panel abstract (inclusive of individual paper abstracts) by email attachment to Eric C. Thompson, MSB Chair,, no later than August 7, 2016.

  • The AAS Program Committee is accepting Organized Panel proposals, Roundtable proposals, Workshop proposals, and Individual Paper proposals for review and consideration. The 2017 AAS Annual Conference will take place next spring in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 16-19, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel.


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