This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
September 25, 2015
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This week we will hear about Randy Kyes. He's a "research professor in the UW Department of Psychology, core scientist in the UW Primate Center, and director of the UW Center for Global Field Study." The Perspective just featured Randy and his field study program on Tinjil Island, Indonesia in its latest issue. This year marks the program's 20th anniversary.

Randy Kyes began the program on Tinjil Island for Indonesian students in 1991. "Five years in, he realized that adding UW students would enrich the experience for everyone." For a month during the summer, students live on Tinjil island to conduct research. But the program actually begins in the spring, as students "learn some Indonesian language and develop a proposal for their individual research project." Alumni of the program "repeatedly describe it as 'life changing' and 'the single most influential experience' during their academic career."

The two photos above were taken 17 years apart. The top photo was taken this year, and the bottom in 1998. The students in the photos have changed, but Randy is still the same -- dedicated and committed to providing students "the opportunity to become global citizens."
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Upcoming Events (4)

The Annual SEAC Fall Reception

Fri, Oct 2, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall

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Burmese Poetry Reading

by Maung Yu Py

Wed, Sep 30, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Peterson Room, Allen Library


Maung Yu Py is a poet from Burma and participant of the International Writing Program’s Fall Residency for 2015. Since his debut "The Bird that was Killed when the Sky Capsized" in 2000, he published two poem collections: "There is a New Map for That Little Island Town Too" (2007) and "With the Big Television Turned On" (2009). His poems, though unconventional in form, touch on the universal themes of hope, peace, unity and irony.

In a poem titled “Western/Eastern Movie/Moving,” Maung Yu Py describes the irony he saw in movies produced in the West. He then proposes, “Give us science, technology, heavy machines, weapons, vehicles, and oil well. / You can take the meditation, the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, Yoga…/ If we want the world more peaceful, let’s just change places, why not?”

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The United States & Southeast Asia

Fri, Oct 2, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

925 4th Ave, Floor 29 - Fourth and Madison Building

On October 2, join the World Affairs Council and the National Center for APEC for an event with the U.S. Ambassadors to Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines, all member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

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Posters, Banners, and Scribbles

by Karen Strassler


Fri, Oct 9, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Communications (CMU) 226


Since 1998, the urban street has become a particularly dense zone of communication and in Indonesia. The unprecedented access to the street as a surface for inscription in the post-Suharto period has been celebrated as a material embodiment of a new democratic era of openness and popular participation. Yet the polyphony of the street with its chaotic mix of advertising, sloganeering, art, and graffiti also serves as a potent symbol of the breakdown of order that accompanied the end of state control over public discourse. Like pollution and traffic, the visual noise of the city has become a subject of public concern, spurring debate about who has the right to mark city surfaces, which kind of inscriptions are of value, and when and how public writing should be regulated. These debates, I argue, entail imaginings of and contests over the nature of the post-authoritarian public sphere.

Karen Strassler is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center. Her current research centers on media and the work of images in Indonesia’s post-authoritarian public sphere. Her book, Refracted Visions: Popular Photography and National Modernity in Java (Duke UP, 2010), examined the role of photography in the production of national subjects, spaces, and imaginaries in postcolonial Indonesia.

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Recommended Resources (3)

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
  • Inside Indonesia Online Archive: "In collaboration with the National Library of Australia, Inside Indonesia is pleased to announce that an archive of editions of the magazine currently only available in hardcopy form – editions 1 (1983) to 89 (2007) – are now available in digital form." View the archive.

  • IPAC: Justice at the Crossroad in Timor-Lest - latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC)

  • Instructions for Autumn quarter at UW will begin on Wed, Sep 30. Below are the five (5) classes that are Southeast Asian specific.
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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 (4)

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