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February 22, 2011

Fourth Annual Education Conference, April 11, 2011, Hanoi

The U.S. Embassy in Vietnam and the Vietnam Education Foundation are organizing the Fourth Annual Education Conference “Cementing Cooperation and Overcoming Obstacles to U.S.-Vietnam Education Partnerships” to be held April 11, 2011 in Hanoi. The purpose of this conference is to bring together American and Vietnamese universities, colleges, companies and NGOs active in higher education in Vietnam to discuss how to increase U.S. educational opportunities in Vietnam; how to encourage external partnerships for universities; and how to promote U.S. style higher education in Vietnam.

I encourage you to click on this link to view some of the preliminary information on the conference. You can log in with your own email and password to have future access to your personal data. In addition to registering for the conference, please consider presenting a paper as part of a panel discussion. In order to be considered as a panel participant, please prepare an abstract of your proposed paper and submit via the conference website above. The deadline for submitting an abstract of your proposed paper is February 28. If you are interested in attending the conference but do not want to present a paper, the registration deadline is March 11, 2011. Please check the site for more details about the call for papers and conference registration as well as for future updates on the venue.

Please note that space is limited for this conference. As our conference will be a platform for policy discussion and for formulating recommendations for the Vietnamese government and U.S. education partners, priority must be given to participants who have relevant experience in establishing education partnerships in Vietnam and other countries. Decisions regarding participant selection will be made as quickly as possible.

Your participation will help ensure the success of this conference. We look forward to seeing you there.


Elisabet Garriga

Conference Coordinator
Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Hanoi
Tel (84-4) 3850-5196
Cell (84-4) 90-400-8657
Fax (84-4) 3850-5120

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February 09, 2011

Call for Papers: History as Controversy: Writing and Teaching Contentious Topics in Asian Histories

History as Controversy:
Writing and Teaching Contentious Topics in Asian Histories
Date: 14 - 15 December 2011
Venue: Seminar Rooms A, B & C
AS7 Shaw Foundation Building Level 1, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore @ Kent Ridge Campus

This conference is jointly organized by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; Humanities and Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore; and the Singapore Heritage Society.
Recent decades have witnessed a remarkable expansion of debates over the content of history textbooks and the ways in which contentious historical issues and topics are being taught in schools. In Asia, the attempts by the Japanese government to whitewash the crimes of Imperial Japan in newly commissioned school textbooks were met with strong protests by civil society organizations and state politicians across the continent. No less cogent and significant were the protracted disputes in the United States over proposed revisions to the Texas social studies curriculum, which were viewed by most Americans as a bold stratagem on the part of a minority religious group to downplay the role of the country's founding fathers and the importance of maintaining a secular society which allows for a diversity of views and beliefs.

One key issue that emerges from these and other similar polemics is that, in an increasingly digitized and globalized world, there is a need for professional historians, students of history and educators to confront rather than ignore or sidestep historical themes and topics that may be viewed as 'controversial' or 'sensitive'. Young people especially need to learn how to adjudicate competing accounts and deal with the range of controversies they are likely to encounter in public life. The teaching of historical controversies can help foster active citizenry and widen our understanding of the past; it can help open up new possibilities for the creation of a knowledge-driven, cosmopolitan and mature society.

Indeed, controversy, debate, and argumentation are central to disciplinary work and participating in academic controversy involves contestation, challenge, and rigorous debate as part of progressive knowledge building and the advancement of fields of study. History writing and teaching, being one of many forms of disciplinary work, involves a continual evaluation of the strength of claims and accounts and consideration of rival as well as competing perspectives. This work is central to citizenship as well.

Bringing together students, teachers and scholars of history, History as Controversy aims to shed light on philosophical, methodological and practical questions concerning the teaching and writing of historical controversies in Asia. The conference takes on a comparative country perspective, seeking to interrogate controversial events, ideologies and personalities that defined the contours of the past and the present in countries across Asia and seeks to mark out differences and commonalities, connections as well as disjunctures between them. Another reason why comparative and global perspectives are pertinent for this workshop is to encourage the audience and presenters to view controversy as something that is addressed differently in different contexts.

Among other themes, papers should address one or more of the following topics concerning historical controversies:

(1) The Nature of Historical Controversies in Asia
What are the factors that resulted in a particular topic to be advertently or otherwise viewed as controversial? Are restrictions and constraints that were put in place by states and governmental bodies crucial in this regard? Or are civil society, non-state bodies and autonomous individuals central in the manufacturing of controversies through historical analogies? To what extent are historical controversies constructed to deal with larger anxieties affecting a given society or were they products of the play of language and images by the media and known writers?

(2) Writing Historical Controversies
How have historical controversies been written and what are forms and language that were employed that have implications upon students and the public sensibilities? What are analytical/interpretive frameworks and historiographical problems that historians and educators should consider or have considered when writing about controversies and the types of different sources they employ to understand a particular controversy in its entirety?

(3) Strategies of Teaching Historical Controversies
What is the value of teaching controversies? How can controversial issues be taught in such a way that would encourage dialogue and empathy? What are various moral and political problems with which educators will be confronted in teaching historical controversies in schools? What are the pedagogical strategies that could be tapped to manage these problems? How can historical controversies be taught in ways that help students understand the role they play in academic work?

Academics, teachers, educators, and adjuncts are encouraged to submit paper proposals to the conference. Proposals should include a title, an abstract (300 words max.) and a short bio-note of the author(s) (200 words). Please submit and address all applications and enquiries to Dr Khairudin Aljunied ( and Dr Mark Baildon ( by 30 March 2011. Please click here for the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Partial funding will be available for presenters from Southeast Asia.

Successful applicants will be notified by 30 April 2011 and will be required to send in a completed paper (5,000-6,000 words) by 15 October 2011. Selected papers will be developed and included in an edited book.

All participants will be required to pay a conference participation fee of SGD 250. Special discounts/waiver will be given to students upon requests and consideration by the conference committee. Details of payment (credit, cheque or cash) will be provided in due course.

Dr Khairudin Aljunied (
Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore

Dr Mark Baildon (
Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice and Humanities and Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore.

Miss Sharon Ong
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block,469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Tel: (65) 6516 8784
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

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February 08, 2011

Thai Studies Grant Competition Open

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers modest funding opportunities to students and faculty who work on Thailand. This funding is made possible by the Amnuay-Samonsri Viravan Endowment for Thai Studies housed at the University of Michigan.

Funding for graduate students is available for:
- conference travel support funds
- research fellowships
- internship support.

Funding for faculty is available for:
- research grants
- course development grants
- conference travel grants
- research collaboration grants

Preference will be given to those who have not received funding in the past.

All awards must be fully spent by April 2012.

Brief narrative reports of the project and outcomes are due to CSEAS ( one month after funds are spent, or May 2012, whichever comes first. Please also inform us of any publications or presentations that come from supported research.

The competition deadline is February 25, 2011. All application materials must be submitted to by 5:00pm on that date. Please see our website for more details:

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February 04, 2011

Call for Applications: Framing the Global Research and Publication Fellowships Deadline: March 10, 2011

Scholars pursuing research in global studies are invited to apply for participation as Fellows in the Framing the Global working group. Framing the Global is a 5-year project at Indiana University, Bloomington, that will develop new interdisciplinary knowledge, approaches, and methods in the field of global research and apply them to the study of global processes. The project is a joint initiative of Indiana University Press and the Center for the Study of Global Change. During the project period, each fellow will be expected to participate in working group meetings; reconsider approaches to global studies; prepare a theoretical working paper, to be published in print and electronically by IUP; and to develop a book manuscript, also to be published by IUP.

Submission deadline for complete applications is March 10, 2011. Access online application at

Fifteen fellows will be selected from social science, humanities, and professional fields. Scholars with any disciplinary or regional expertise will be considered. Successful applicants will fulfill the following criteria:

• be engaged in an active, significant research project involving globalization, global studies or transnational phenomena;
• have an interest in theoretical and methodological issues in the study of global processes;
• have a history of publication dealing directly with the subject of globalization, global studies or transnational phenomena;
• be prepared to begin a book manuscript within one year, drawing on the interdisciplinary conversation of the working group;
• commit to participating in the project for five years.

Fellows will receive a total of $15,000 for their sustained commitment to the project. This includes $4,000/year for participation during the first two years; $5,000 during the third year to conduct empirical research that employs the analytical frameworks and methods developed during the first two years; and $2,000 as they are completing their manuscripts.

Required application materials
The following application materials, including letters of support, must be submitted by March 10, 2011:
• Research project statement (500-600 words). Describe a research project or topic that you would pursue as a participant in Framing the Global that would result in a theoretical paper and a book manuscript. Explain how this project relates to or expands on your current or recent work or moves in a different direction.
• Explain how the project would advance our understanding of globalization, global studies or transnational phenomena (300 words).
• Include a brief summary of how your past work has been global in scope (300 words).
• Curriculum vitae.
• Letters of support from three people familiar with your work – including, if relevant, one from the chair of your department (submitted separately by letter writers).

Application Procedures
Applications must be submitted electronically. Signed letters of support must be submitted separately either electronically or on paper.

Electronic submission of application:

By March 10, 2011, the applicant should submit the fellowship application as instructed on the website:

Fellowship offers will be made in spring 2011.

Framing the Global is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation .

If you have questions, please contact the Framing the Global Coordinator, Deborah Piston-Hatlen (
Framing the Global
201 N. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408-4001
Phone: (812) 856-0532
Fax: (812) 855-6271

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February 03, 2011

Call For Papers: Singapore Grad Forum on SEA Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline: 15 March 2011)

6th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies

Organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Date: 11 - 15 July 2011
Venue: Faculty of Law, Block B, Level 4, 469 Bukit Timah Rd
National University of Singapore @ Bukit Timah Campus

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from postgraduate students who are engaged in research on Southeast Asia to attend the 5th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies on 11-15 July 2011.

This 3-day forum will be part of ARI’s 5-day Graduate Development Institute and Forum, which in addition to the forum will include two full days of sessions aimed to develop graduate student understandings of academia and relevant skills, through roundtable discussions with faculty, focused practical seminars and breakout group discussions.

This event coincides with the Asia Research Institute’s Asian Graduate Student Fellowship Programme 2011, which brings some 35 graduate students to ARI for a two and a half month period. These students will also participate in the Graduate Forum.

Postgraduate students working on Southeast Asia are invited to submit abstracts based either on work in progress that is at an advanced stage (i.e. already completed data collection and analysis), or on completed work. NUS students are encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with students from ASEAN as well as those from other regions whose interests focus on Southeast Asia.

This three-day forum, the sixth of an annual series of forums for graduate students who work on Southeast Asia, will be organised thematically. Themes broadly reflect (but are not limited to) the core research strengths of the Asia Research Institute, including the Asian dynamics of religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, population and social change.

In addition to student presentations, experts from the region will also be invited to give keynote speeches, sharing their insights on challenges and issues facing contemporary social science scholarship.

Students whose proposals are selected for presentation at the forum will participate in the full 5 days of the Graduate Development Institute and Forum. Partial or full funding may be available for selected students. Funding will cover board and lodging for the duration of the forum, and in selected cases, air travel to Singapore by the most economical means.


Graduate students should submit a 300-400 words abstract of their proposed paper using the attached form to Ms Valerie Yeo at no later than 15 March 2011.

The abstract should clarify the substantive issues which your paper will address and be firmly grounded in your own research project. Please include information on objectives, methods, and findings, as well as explain the original contribution the research makes to the field of study.

One confidential letter of recommendation from a supervisor should also be forwarded along with your form by the same date.

Successful applicants will be notified by 4 April 2011.

Those selected will have to submit full-length papers, of around 4,000-5,000 words in length, by 20 June 2011.

Prof Gavin JONES, Asia Research Institute and Department of Sociology, NUS (Chair)
A/P Michael FEENER Asia Research Institute and Department of History, NUS
Dr Patrick DALY, Asia Research Institute & University Scholars Programme, NUS
Dr CHEE Heng Leng, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Maria Wendy PLATT, Asia Research Institute, NUS
A/P Titima SUTHIWAN, Centre for Language Studies, NUS
Prof Thongchai WINICHAKUL, Asia Research Institute, NUS

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February 02, 2011

Southeast Asian Film Series 2/8/11

1636 SSWB/International Institute

All films cosponsored by Asian Languages and Cultures

February 8th: Khan Kluay 2006 Thai film

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Southeast Asian Film Series

1636 SSWB/International Institute

All films cosponsered by Asian Language and Cultures

January 18th: Nasaan Ka Man (Wherever You May Be) 2005 Filipo film
February 1st: Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops) 2008 Indonesian film
February 8th: Khan Kluay 2006 Thai film
February 22nd: Mua len Trau (The Buffalo Boy) 2004 Vietnamese film
SPECIAL TIME: 3:00-5:00pm
March 8th: Magnifico 2003 Filipino film
March 15th: Alangkah Lucunya (Negeri Ini) (This Country is Funny) 2010 Indonesian film
March 22nd: Beautiful Boxer 2003 Thai film
March 29th: Cu Vu chim se se (Owl and the Sparrow) 2007 Vietnamese film
SPECIAL TIME: 3:00-5:00pm

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Indonesian Cultural Night 2/19/11

435 South State Street
Angell Hall: Entrance Hall and Auditorium B

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Indonesian Potluck 2/13/11

1-3 pm
202 S. Thayer Street
Bring a dish to share, connect with the Indonesian community, and practice your language skills.

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Friday at Noon: Mohd. Anis Md. Nor 2/18/11

Friday, February 18
12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT [UTC/GMT -4 hours]
1636 SSWB/International Institute
1080 S. University, Ann Arbor MI

This talk will be webcast live.
For more information and instructions, please email
Free and open to the public

Mohd. Anis Md. Nor
University of Malaya
Magigal and Igal-jin of Bajau Kubang: Invoking Liminality for the Spirits of the Ancestors in Semporna, Sabah

Mag-igal (dancing) and Igal-Jin (dancing spirit bearer) are the liminal performative components of Magduwata, a healing ritual ceremony of the Bajau Kubang people in Semporna, East Malaysia. Liminality of the Magduwata ceremony amongst the Bajau Kubang is manifested through trance dancing at the conclusion of the ancestral-derived healing ceremony. The Magduwata ritual healing represents an example of Turner’s ‘social drama’ where unexplained sickness among family members is seen as a breach in the physical and metaphysical relationships of the living and the ancestral spirits. Performativity (performance is floated freely) in Magduwata as ritual participants perform in the matrix of space and audience, liminalises the constructs of hierarchy in the social structure of the Bajau Kubang’s family, altering time and space that is not part of the legal convention ( extra legal) that happens outside the familiar. It is both strange and estrange. Dancing by participants and dancing-spirit-bearer is both a ‘social drama’ in the Turnerian sense as well as a liminal event in the performative sense.

Co-sponsor: School of Music, Theater and Dance; Center for World Performance Studies

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Friday at Noon: Charles Keith 2/11/11

Center for Southeast Asian Studies Public Lecture Series
12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT [UTC/GMT -4 hours]
1636 SSWB/International Institute
1080 S. University, Ann Arbor MI
This talk will be webcast live.
For more information and instructions, please email
Free and open to the public

Charles Keith
Michigan State University
‘National Religion’ and its Others in Colonial Vietnam

This paper explores the connections between modern sectarian identity and colonial policy in Vietnam. During the 1920s and 1930s, Vietnamese intellectuals advancing a unitary, orthodox vision of Vietnamese religion found common cause with colonial officials attracted by this vision's conservative and hierarchical message. This paper explores the effects of this development on the Catholic community, one with a long and fraught history in Vietnam. It argues that the spread of a canonical understanding of national civilization and tradition, through state-sponsored cultural projects and curricula as well as religious writings, had a paradoxical effect. While the importance of colonial policy in supporting and disseminating these ideas intensified growing rifts between Catholics and the French, the ideas were also a principal source for growing understandings of Catholics as culturally and politically exterior to Vietnamese nationhood. The paper concludes with a brief consideration of the effects of this on the place of Catholics in revolutionary politics and on post-colonial sectarian relations.

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Friday at Noon: James Hoesterey 2/4/11

Center for Southeast Asian Studies Public Lecture Series
In 2010-2011 celebrating 50 years as a center and more than a century of academic engagement with Southeast Asia at the University of Michigan
Free and open to the public
Friday,February 4
1636 SSWB/International Institute
12:00-1:30pm 1080 South University Avenue
James Hoesterey
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Studies, Lake Forest College

Shaming the State: Pop preachers, Psikologi Islami, and the Anti-Pornography Campaign in Indonesia

The anti-pornography bill – eventually passed into law in 2008 – was one of the most divisive pieces of legislation in post-authoritarian Indonesia. Opponents of the bill bemoaned the Islamization of Indonesia, whereas those in favor lamented the degradation of national morality. From his public pulpit, celebrity TV preacher cum pop psychologist Abdullah Gymnastiar admonished politicians for not having any shame. During television programs, congressional testimonies, and public rallies to support the anti-pornography legislation, Gymnastiar summoned government officials to heal the Indonesian state through an Islamic Psychology – or Psikologi Islami -- that depends on shame as a productive social and moral force. In this paper I explore how the burgeoning industry of Psikologi Islami invokes a politics of affect that redefines the moral and religious commitments of state officials and citizen-believers.

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Laskar Pelangi 2/1/11

Southeast Asian Film Series: Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
4:00-6:00 pm
1636 SSWB/International Institute

Laskar Pelangi, the novel, was written by Andrea Hirata in 2005, based on the writer's own experiences. The movie, set in the 1970s, is about an inspiring teacher and her 10 students in the poverty-stricken Kampung Gantong in Belitong. They come to age surrounded by the poor conditions of their school building and persist with high spirits and hopes for a better future. The film has won several prestigious awards, both in Indonesia and abroad.

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Martin Manalansan, 1/31/11

Monday, January 31
4:00-6:00 pm
2239 Lane Hall
Martin Manalansan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
The House We Live in: Queer Habitations in the 21st Century
This presentation reports ethnographic micro-study of a household inhabited by unrelated mostly undocumented queers of color in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York City. It examines particular forms of sociality that shape how lives are embodied and how bodies are lived amidst cramped quarters and a dwindling world of opportunities. The analysis revolves around the ideas of precarity and stasis and the (im)possibilities of triumphalist futures and unbridled optimism.

Martin Manalansan is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in framing issues of gender and sexuality within processes of globalization and transnationalism. Additionally, he is interested in food, modernity, and urban life. His book, Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (2003), is a critical ethnography of Filipino gay men living in New York. He is currently at work on two Philippine-based projects, one on return migration of Filipinos from various parts of the world, and the other on Manila and contemporary productions of urban modernity. Martin Manalansan is the editor of Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America (2000), and co-editor of Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (2002).


Workshop on Philippine Films with Martin Manalansan
Monday, January 31
12:00 pm-2:00pm
2239 Lane Hall
Professor Manalansan workshops his paper, Servicing the World Flexible Filipino and the Unsecured Life, on two films, the documentary Paper Dolls and Servis. Films and paper available prior to workshop. Please contact Victor Mendoza for details (

Sponsors: Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Department of Women’s Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Queer Research Initiative, CSEAS.

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