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February 20, 2015
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Professor Christoph Giebel critiques the Oscar-nominated Last Days in Vietnam

This week in the SEAC blog Professor Christoph Giebel (International Studies and History) details the misrepresentations and inaccuracies of Last Days in Vietnam, which is nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary category. Read up before you tune in this weekend. 
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Anthro Job Talks
Study Abroad
For Educators
Anthropology Job Search
The Department of Anthropology and the Southeast Asia Center are hiring for a cultural anthropologist with a focus on mainland Southeast Asia. Four candidates will present their research on campus over the coming weeks. 

The first presentation is today, Friday, February 20, 2015 from 3:30-5:00 pm in Denny Hall room 401. Jenna Grant, a Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden University, will speak on “'Different Doctors Have Different Eyes': Medical Imaging and its Uncertainties in Phnom Penh." Dr. Grant's research centers around biomedicine, technology, and visuality in Cambodia. She received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Iowa in 2013. 

Event details

Three more presentations by other candidates will follow on 2/27, 3/6 and 3/13, all at 3:30 in Denny 401.
Upcoming Events

Edith Mirante Book Talk: A Wind in the Bamboo

Tuesday, February 24, 6:30-7:30 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 101

Indigneous Asian hunter-gatherers of ancient ancestry, once defined as a separate “Negrito race” due to their African appearance (dark skin, curly hair) survive in the Philippines, Malaysia and India. Author/activist Edith Mirante reveals their contemporary lives and challenges with a slide show based on her new book about her journeys to meet them. Read more on the event website.

Book website

Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center, the Center for Human Rights, and the Center for Global Studies

Map-A-Thon with OpenStreetMap

Wednesday, February 25, 4:15-6:15 pm

UW Parrington Hall, Room 112

OpenStreetMap is an open source mapping program developed by volunteers to produce maps for organizations in the field (American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, etc). In this event we will teach students (volunteers) how to use the program, the benefits of crowd-source mapping, and how the information will benefit humanitarian agencies in the future. We will also inform the volunteers about ways to further contribute data throughout their varied travels and work.

Event website
Info on open-source mapping

Sponsored by the Evans School

Steffen Jensen: A world of significance: equality, ritual and violence in a Manila Brotherhood

Thursday, February 26, 3:30-5:00 pm

UW Club, Yukon Room

Steffen Jensen, Senior Researchern at DIGNITY (Danish Institute Against Torture),  explores how young men from a poor, urban neighborhood seek to create or tap into worlds of significance against the drudgery of marginalization. “Brotherhoods” have come to play a central part in which discourses and political practices of equality and patron-client relations are ever-present and often contradictory elements. Through an analysis of discourses and ritualized practices, links are established to a century of resistance and protest in the Philippines in what may be termed echoes of the revolution. Read more on the event website

Photo by permission of Steffen Jensen and photo subjects

Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center, the Department of Anthropology, and the African Studies Program

Center for Women and Democracy: Meet Burmese Heroine, Zin Mar Aung 

Thursday, February 26, 5:30-8:15 pm

Women's University Club

The Center for Women and Democracy will host internationally acclaimed activist, Ms. Zin Mar Aung, as its February “Food for Thought” special guest and speaker.  Zin Mar spent eleven years in prison (nine in solitary confinement) in her home country Burma (Myanmar, Bur-Myanmar) for her role as a student activist critical of the military regime. Ultimately released in 2009, her spirit was hardly broken.  Today, she is a key central force for reform throughout her country, including in the military, judiciary, and political arenas.  Her passion for women’s empowerment is unrelenting.

Read more on the event website
Purchase tickets ($50)

Sponsored by the Center for Women and Democracy and Partners Asia

Nguyen Tan Hoang: Bottomhood is Powerful

Monday, March 2, 3:30-5:00 pm

UW Padelford B-110 G (GWSS Conference Room)

In this presentation Nguyen examines the ways that anal erotics and bottom positioning refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in Asian/American visual culture. Nguyen argue that "bottomhood" simultaneously enables and constrains Asian American men in moving-image media. Conceived as a sexual position, a social alliance, and an aesthetic form, bottomhood affirms a politics that embraces risk, receptivity, and vulnerability. Gay male video pornography and sex cruising websites constitute case studies. The talk will be supplemented by a short video screening.

Read more on the event flyer

Sponsored by the English Department, the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, the Asian American Studies Research Cluster, and the Southeast Asia Center

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Fellowships and Funding

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Job Opportunities 

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Study Abroad and Summer Programs

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Opportunities for Educators

Educators are encouraged to sign up for SEAC's new educator email list. We will use the educator list to send occasional announcements about events specifically geared to K16 educators.

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