This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
November 26, 2016
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Interfaith Dialogue
This week we will talk about our interfaith research symposium event from October. 

Senior lecturer Desiana Pauli Sandjaja organized a symposium entitled “Approaches to religious violence, radicalization, and deradicalization: Perspectives from US and Indonesia” on October 18th, 2016 at UW Seattle campus. This event was co-sponsored by Department of Asian Languages and Literature, Southeast Asia Center and the Indonesian Consulate General of San Francisco.

The event started by an opening remark delivered by Prof. Paul Atkins, the Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature followed by a speech from The Hon. Indonesian Consul General, Mr. Ardi Hermawan.

This event drew over 50 people from diverse backgrounds, including undergrad and grad students from UW and other universities in the greater Seattle area, professors, student organizations, peace and social justice activists, and community members.

The symposium aimed to analyze the roots of religious violence and find ways to mitigate the issues.  The first panel presented 3 speakers, i.e. Prof. James Wellman (UW, Comparative Religion) “A Theory of Religious Violence across Time and Tradition”, Prof. Muhammad Ali (UC Riverside, Religious Studies Department) “Deradicalization and Disengagement Approaches against Extremist Violence in Contemporary and Pluralistic Indonesia”, Prof. Mark Smith (UW Political Science) “The Trajectory of Violence in Christianity and Islam”.

The second panel focused on ways to mitigate the issues of religious violence. It presented three speakers. Prof. Muhammad Wildan (State Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga, Indonesia) “The Impact of Globalization on Re-Islamization and the Role of Islamic Higher Education in Re-mainstreaming Indonesian Muslims”, Prof. Gareth Barkin (University of Puget Sound, Anthropology and Asian Studies) “Commercial Islam in Indonesia: How Television Producers Mediate Religiosity among National Audience”, and Prof. Tonny Pariela (University of Pattimura, Department of Sociology, Indonesia) “Inter-religious Violence and Peace-making Effort through the Local Awareness of “Katong Orang Basodara” (We are brothers) in Maluku, Indonesia.”
One common point found in all of the presentations was that religion alone is not the key reason for religious violence and radicalism. James Wellman warns us about being cautious of the ways state and religion should mix, how policy makers should take religion more seriously, and the young charismatic male leaders who believe they are “God’s hammer” and make up the leadership of these radical groups. Muhamad Ali advises that the way to reduce radicalism is to look at the issue on a person-specific level in order to understand the specific factors (i.e., economic, educational, psychological) that led them to joining radical groups and then helping those individuals through disengaging them from the radical groups and re-engaging them into normal society. Muhammad Wildan recommends a Counter Violence & Extremism (CVE) approach to deal with the issue of radicalism, which involves reducing Western hegemony, government failure, and economic and social marginalization of societies. In conclusion, if societies are stable, peaceful and healthy, radicalism should not manifest.
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Featured Courses - Winter 2017

GRADUATE SCHOOL GRDSCH 525 (3 cr) with Tikka Sears & Theresa Ronquillo
Acting Up: Amplifying Voices Through Interactive Theater as Pedagogy
T 130-420 DEN 303 

HISTORY HSTCMP 205/JSIS A 205 (5 cr) with Vicente Rafael
Filipino Histories 

TTh 230-420 JHN 175

HISTORY HSTAS 530/JSIS A 580 (5 cr) with Laurie Sears & Christoph Giebel
Field Course in Southeast Asian History

T 130-320 THO 215

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

MW 330-450 MUS  058

Upcoming Events (3)

Singapore's Cartographic Cinema
Projecting Colonial Space

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Savery Hall (SAV) Room 130


Speaker: Gerald Sim, Ph.D.

To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Commemoration of King Bhumibol:
In Honor of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Kane Hall (KNE) Room 220


Presented by the Thai Association of Washington State and ThaiSA UW:

The public is invited to join Washington's Thai community in commemorating the life and work of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on October 13, 2016. The King ascended to the throne 70 years ago, making him the world's longest-reigning living monarch before his death. Considered a "Father of the Nation," whom the Thai people revered and loved dearly, the King is credited for helping unify the kingdom in his 70-year reign. He was 88.

A panel discussion will be held to reflect upon King Bhumibol's many achievements and the legacy he leaves behind. The panel also will welcome guests in attendance to share thoughts, memories, and insights from the life of the King. Panelists include:

  • Bill Anschell, a Pacific Northwest jazz pianist and composer, who will perform some of the late King's musical compositions.

  • Laurie Dawson, an American born in Thailand to missionary parents. She had personal experience with the King.

  • James Reinnoldt, a faculty member at UW-Bothell School of Business, who has extensive experience in Thai and Asian businesses

To RSVP to the event on Facebook, please 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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  • Our very own Southeast Asia MA students and Southeast Asia affiliated students studying Indonesian were featured in the Indonesian newspaper, Kompas. Featured in the photo above are Jorge Bayona, Kasey Rackowitz, Faizah Abdullah and Shannon Bush. Joss Whitaker and Desiana Pauli Sandjaja, their Indonesian language instructor, were also featured.

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Fellowships and Funding

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  • Don't forget! The FLAS application is open until January 31. For more information, check out the upcoming info sessions:
    Tue, November 29, 2-3 PM PST, Webchat (see website for instructions)
    Thu, December 8, 3:30-4:30 PM, Thomson Hall, 317
    Wed, December 14, 1-2 PST Webchat (see website for instructions)
    Wed, January 11, 3:30-4:30, Thomson Hall, 317

  • Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program: includes a one month fellowship at US-based non-profit organizations, government offices, legislative bodies, or private sector organizations - deadline December 1

  • The Boren Fellowship is now accepting undergraduate applications to study languages abroad including Khmer, Javanese, Malay, Vietnamese and Thai. National deadline is January 31.

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

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