This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
September 14, 2016
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A Message 
from Professor Celia Lowe, 
New Director of the Southeast Asia Center
The Southeast Asia Center promotes and sustains the study of Southeast Asia and encourages understanding of Southeast Asia in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. We pursue this mission by offering language study and academic courses in various disciplines that focus on Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asia Center's degree programs include a BA in International Studies with a Southeast Asia Concentration,
an MA in Southeast Asian Studies, and a PhD in International Studies with a focus on Southeast Asia. Graduate students can also specialize in Southeast Asian Studies while pursuing a Master's or PhD degree in an academic department or professional school outside of International Studies. Southeast Asian languages offered on a
regular basis by the University of Washington include Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese, and Burmese.
A US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies in the Pacific Northwest, the Southeast Asia Center is housed in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies where, along with seven other area study centers, it fosters cooperative efforts in teacher training and outreach for regional secondary and community college faculty. The Southeast Asia Center actively organizes Southeast Asia-related programs such as public lectures, and music and performance events. The Center also works in close collaboration with the UW Libraries which has one of the leading collections for Viet Nam, significant unique holdings for Indonesia, and several archival collections of Southeast Asian materials of national importance. Activities of the Center are assisted by funding from the University of Washington and the U.S. Department of Education.
The Center's forty-five core and affiliate faculty come from the College of Arts and Sciences as well as various UW professional colleges and nearby universities. The Center's directorship rotates among core UW faculty.The Associate Director is a professional UW staff member who manages the daily operations of the Center along with oversight from the Director and faculty. The Center depends greatly on the contributions of part-time staff, student assistants, and university and community volunteers.
- Celia Lowe
Director, Southeast Asian Studies
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Featured Courses

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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 

  • The International Writer's Conference will again visit the Southeast Asia Center. This year, ko ko thett will read poetry and discuss poetry, culture and politics with UW students, staff and faculty on Wednesday, October, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Simpson Center.

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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

Newly Listed: 

Previously Listed:

  • 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). 

  • Podcasts: The History of Singapore - a year-long weekly podcast on the history of Singapore from founding by the British in 1819 to separation from Malaysia in 1965. Along the way, it seeks to explore the central issue of identity in Malaya/Singapore. It was also picked up as a radio show in Malaysia, where it airs on BFM 89.9. 

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Newly Listed:

  • UW Madison is hiring a scholar of humanities or qualitative social sciences with expertise in at least one Southeast Asian language. Deadline: October 24, 2016.

  • Stanford University seeks candidates for a faculty member in Islam and Gender, to be housed in on the School of Humanities departments. Deadline: October 3, 2016.

  • Yale University's Program in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies is accepting applications for a tenure-track assistant professor for those working in this field in the Global South. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

  • Duke University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Theory and Global Culture. Deadline: October 10, 2016.

  • The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is recruiting for an in-country Senior Associate, Malaria position. 

  • RECOFTC, The Center for People and Forests, is recruiting for a new Executive Director, who will be based in Bangkok. Applications due: September 30, 2016.

  • The University of Michigan is recruiting for an tenured or tenure-track faculty in Asian American and/or Pacific Islander American Studies, with specialization in history, society, and/or culture. Deadline: October 3, 2016.

  • Reed College seeks a tenure-track faculty member in anthropology with a focus on, among other geographic areas, Southeast Asia. Deadline: October 16, 2016.

  • Pitzer College (one of the Claremont Colleges) seeks applicants for a tenure-track appointment for Postcolonial or World Anglophone Literatures. Deadline: October 28, 2016.

  • The Department of Political Science and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU) anticipate hiring a tenure-track position in comparative politics (CP) or international relations (IR), with a focus on Southeast Asia, open to all ranks, beginning August 16, 2017. Deadline: October 1, 2016.

Previously Listed:

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Fellowships and Funding

Newly Listed:

  • The American Council of American Overseas Research Centers offers short- and long-term fellowship awards for those involved in research on Khmer Studies. Deadline: November 15, 2016.

  • The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is accepting proposal for two, transregional research fellowships.  Deadlines are approaching quickly - the first is September 19, 2016.

  • Boren Awards for International Study, for undergraduate and graduate study or research abroad of less-commonly taught languages. Deadlines: January 31, 2017 and February 9, 2017.

Previously Listed:

  • 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.

  • Residency: Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, 2017-2018. Application deadline: November 1, 2016.

  • For general information on funding sources, including FLAS, visit the SEAC website

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

Newly Listed:

Previously Listed:

  • CFP: International Institute for Asian Studies, July 20-23, 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Deadline for proposals (abstracts, roundtables, panels, book presentations and PhD dissertations) - October 10, 2016

  • Amerasia Journal, "Exhibiting Race and Culture" Call for Papers, with Guest Editors Professor Constance Chen (Loyola Marymount University), and Professor Melody Rod-ari (Loyola Marymount University) The issue is planned for Summer/Fall 2017 publication. Deadline for paper submittal - November 15, 2016

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