November 20, 2020
What in SEA?
Answer to last week's What in SEA

The answer is the Rebana! This instrument is used in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and certain parts of Cambodia, often to accompany Islamic ritual and religious music. The name rebana is derived from the Arabic word "robbana" which means "our Lord".

Congratulations to Vanna Song and Cliff Sloane for the correct answer!

This week's What in SEA

This range of mountains has around 35 volcanoes including one super-volcano. Some are still active, but one famously erupted a very long time ago.  Although controversial, some scientists hypothesize this super-volcanic eruption precipitated the last glacial period.  What is the name of the mountain range?

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Featured Article

SEAC faculty Ben Marwick to direct new UW minor in Data Science

The University of Washington will open a new minor in data science aimed at non-STEM students. Ben Marwick, SEAC faculty and associate professor of archaeology will direct the new minor. Learn more about it here.

Featured Course

Postwar Vietnam in Literature, Media, and Film

Winter Quarter 2021
VIET 361 / JSIS 486 F

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

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

Instructor: Bich-Ngoc Turner 


Online Events
(new!) China and Southeast Asia’s Borderlands, Sovereignty, and Land Use
November 20 | 4 PM Pacific Time

China’s land and resource investment in Sino/Southeast Asian borderlands has created new economic opportunities and sets of social relations. Panelists in this session focus on grounded geopolitics and how they get refracted through Chinese investments in large-scale agribusiness and other activities in these border zones. They highlight the complexities of Chinese engagement on Southeast Asia’s borders (past and present) and how they have varied in response to changing local and national interests. 

Register here.
#WhatsHappeningInThailand: Youths in Revolt in Thailand
November 23 | 9 PM Pacific Time

This live panel discussion brings in experts on Thailand to discuss the current protests from a diverse range of perspectives, including historical legacy, military-monarchy relations, youth culture, protest language, generational divide and grievances against the Prayuth regime.

Register here.
(new!) Book-O-Rama at Wing Luke Museum 
November 21 and December 5, 2020

Join the Wing Luke on these Saturdays to hear from brilliant illustrators, incredible storytellers, and visionary leaders that will leave you full of hope and imagination.

November 21: Ron Chew: My Unforgotten Seattle RSVP

December 5: Shannon Lee & Doug Palmer: Bruce Lee 80th Anniversary RSVP

(new!) SEAC Webinar Autumn Series - Colonial Schadenfreude: race, modernity, and anticolonial imagination in the coverage of the Russo-Japanese War in the Philippines and Dutch East Indies (1904-1905)

Nov 30, 2020 7:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Jorge Bayona, PhD Candidate in History at the University of Washington, will be speaking on "Colonial schadenfreude: race, modernity, and anticolonial imagination in the coverage of the Russo-Japanese War in the Philippines and Dutch East Indies (1904-1905)"

November 30, at 7:00 PM Pacific Time

Join the Zoom meeting here.
(new!) Southeast Asia in Focus - Energy Sectors of Southeast Asia: Growth and Opportunities in Indonesia
December 2, 2020 | 6 AM Pacific Time | 9 AM Eastern Time

This series addresses key issues of interest and opportunities for growth in the US relationship with Southeast Asian nations. In this session, two policy experts on Southeast Asia’s energy sector and members of the international business community will analyze current and upcoming energy initiatives in Southeast Asia. The webinar will also examine how the U.S. can work with the region and its specific nations to help them reach their domestic energy goals while also ensuring energy security and independence within their own borders.

Register here.

(new!) Transboundary Environmental Governance in Southeast Asia

December 3, 2020 5 PM Pacific Time to December 4, 2020 1:40 AM Pacific Time
This workshop is comprised of four panels that explore how, why, when, and what forms of transboundary environmental governance are emerging in Southeast Asia. Admission is free. Register here.
(new!) COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia: Building Resilience, Fighting Authoritarianism
December 9, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 AM  Pacific Time
The Asia Centre will release a baseline study that evaluates the state of democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia during the COVID-19 pandemic. "COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia: Building Resilience, Fighting Authoritarianism" outlines how Southeast Asian governments have taken the pandemic as an opportunity to tighten their grip over their citizens and the individuals who are within their borders. 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 at Yale-NUS College
The History program at Yale-NUS College has an open tenure-track position in Southeast Asian history. Find more details here.

For general enquiries, please email:

2021 Alta Emerging Translator Mentorship Program

The ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program is designed to establish and facilitate a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator on a project selected by the emerging translator. The mentorship duration is approximately nine months. The emerging translator is expected to choose a project that can be completed in that time, and they will only be advised on that particular project.

Applications are accepted until November 30, 2020. To find out more about the program, click 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 requirement 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

(new!) 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

Call for Papers
(new!) 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!) CU Boulder Graduate Student Conference
Location: Online
Date: January 30 - 31, 2021
Deadline for Abstracts: November 25, 2020

The CU Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association (CUBASGA) invites submissions for its annual graduate student conference, to be held remotely via ZOOM care of University of Colorado, Boulder facilities.

To apply, please submit a 300-word conference paper proposal and a resume to
More information here
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