This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
May 31, 2016
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Student Spotlight
This week we are featuring one of our first-year students, Dimas Iqbal Romadhon, in the MA program in Southeast Asia Studies.

Dimas (right) donating to the sick

Could you tell me about yourself? How did you become interested in studying Southeast Asia?
My name is Dimas Iqbal Romadhon (This is my given name. My family does not follow the tradition of having a family name). I was born and spent my childhood in Madura, a small island next to the island of Java in Indonesia, where I used to swim in the sea (it makes me swim like a dog rather than a fish), play soccer on empty rice fields, sell red-shell peanuts and become a ball-boy in tennis court for small change, and look across the sea as I can see America from there. I gained my Bachelor degree in English Literature in 2011 from Brawijaya University in Malang and Master in Education in 2016 degree from Malang State University.
Why did you choose UW? Who will you be working with?
Last year I went to Madura with Dr. A.K. Ogloblin, a Russian professor from St.Petersburg State University, and was surprised with his deep knowledge about ancient Madurese history, his ability to read ancient writings, and his curiosity about Maduranese though character that gives rise to the trend of “Maduraization of East Java”. I then realized I needed to learn more about my own region, 'to live beyond the coconut-shell', and to see my region from a different perspective. After my research with Prof. Ogloblin, I read several interesting articles from Prof. Laurie Sears and was interested in her perspective on Indonesia, the 1965 massacre, and Javanese shadow puppets. I contacted Prof. Sears and told her that I wanted to learn a lot from her. She suggested that I pursue a Masters degree in Southeast Asia Studies. And now, here I am.

What is your research interest?

I plan to study about Maduranese myths, urban legends about supernatural heroes and the ways those 'magical-realist' myths portray the socio-political condition of the Maduranese. I plan to make a comic about Madurese myths with inspiration from Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe. I am also interested in studying how culture can be used for the conflict reconciliation between Indonesia and East Timor. This 'cultural-based reconciliation' is an approach needed to solve a number of religious and inter-ethnic conflicts, particularly in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia
Do you have any fun/embarrassing stories while traveling abroad?

When I am traveling broad and I get into trouble (crossing the road before the green light or accidentally dropping my plate in a restaurant), I say that I don’t understand English and mention another country’s name as my origin (I think it is for the sake of nationalism). I know that's bad, and I regret it (Sorry for the country that was mentioned). Another story happened in Seoul when I joined a city tour. I came back to the bus very late, making other passengers angry because they had to wait for me. When I came back, they started to talk about me, my country, and the rubber-clock habit (jam karet). That was very embarrassing.

Dimas with the students and teachers of Sekolah Alam Ngelmu Pring, a free school for low-income students that he founded in 2012.
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Featured Courses - Fall 2016

ANTHROPOLOGY ANTH 479/JSIS 486 D (5 cr) with Jenna Grant
Medicine, Science, and Technology in Southeast Asia

MW 130-320 CDH 115

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

SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES JSIS 486 A/JSIS 586 A (5 cr) with Judith Henchy
Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
MW 230-420 PAR 212

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

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Upcoming Events (2)

Approaches to Religious Violence, Radicalism, and Deradicalization: Perspectives from the US and Indonesia

Date: Tuesday October 18, 2016 9:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Location: Odegaard 220

Coffee & tea: 9:30 A.M.

Opening Remarks: 10:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.

Panel Session 1: 10:15 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
    (James Wellman, Muhammad Ali & Mark Smith)
Q&A: 11:15 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.

Lunch Break: 11:45 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Panel Session 2: 12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
   (Muhammad Wildan, Gareth Barkin & Tonny Pariela)

Q&A: 1:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Third Annual Southeast Asia Symposium

The Culture of Nature in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia

Dates: October 28 - October 29, 2016

Location: The University of Puget Sound

The third annual LIASE Southeast Asia symposium focuses on topics related to culture and nature, broadly construed, in Thailand and Indonesia, while highlighting Indonesian culture and concerns in anticipation of our 2017 field course. The Symposium features participants and Southeast Asianists scholars from universities around the Northwest, regional cuisine, an Indonesian gamelan orchestra performance, as well as presentations from students who have conducted research as part of the LIASE sponsored field school and course of spring and summer of 2016.

For more information, click here.
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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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Newly Listed:
  • JSIS Program Coordinator - Closes October 16!!!
  • Academic Position: East and Southeast Asian Media at New York University - deadline October 17
  • Academic Position: Sociocultural Anthropology at Yale-NUS College in Singapore - deadline October 31
  • Academic Position: Cultural Anthropology lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand - deadline October 21
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Fellowships and Funding

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For general information on funding sources, including FLAS, visit the SEAC website
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Conferences and Calls for Papers

Newly listed opportunities:

  • CFP: Third Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop, March 30 - April 1, 2017, Duke University - deadline November 1

  • CFP: 16th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region, February 16-18, 2017, East-West Center at Honolulu - deadline October 14 at 11:59 P.M.

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