October 17, 2013
SEA Translation Subventions from Luce
AAS SEAC Southeast Asia
2012-13 Translation Subvention Awardees
The Translation Project Group of the Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies intends to award subventions to support the translation of key texts not yet published in the social sciences and humanities from a Southeast Asian language into English. Texts, which may be of any length, will be evaluated according to their importance within a disciplinary study of Southeast Asia, or for their decisive impact on the region.
October 16, 2013
Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia
Announcing Launch of Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA)
From: Mario Ivan Lopez
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, proudly announces the launch of a Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA).
Over the past few decades, in tandem with ever-deepening economic integration and increasing cross-border flows and movements of people, goods, ideas and technologies, a number of leading organizations, communities, and individuals in East Asia (Northeast and Southeast Asia)
have been initiating, cementing and institutionalizing both regional and global linkages and collaborations at the governmental and non-governmental levels, particularly in business, academia and the arts.
Network-style academic cooperation has become de rigueur among area specialists as well. But so far, academic cooperation in the East Asia region has mainly taken the form of bundles of bilateral (or at most trilateral) exchanges and collaboration, involving great expenditure of
time, energy and funds. There are many overlaps in the thematic focus of conferences, symposia and workshops sponsored individually or jointly by area studies institutions. Some of the unintended consequences of this noodle-bowl phenomenon include intellectual fragmentation and segmentation even within one particular topic of “area studies.” Fragmentation and segmentation may actually impede the development of synergistic, inter- and multidisciplinary and comparative approaches to area studies. These are goals and endeavors that are held and pursued in common by all of us scholars who are keen to promote area studies. In an era of budget cuts, it makes more sense for area studies institutions to work together.
The study of Southeast Asia is an integral part of Asian studies and is represented in various international academic meetings. Furthermore, there are many region-based institutions that have provided excellent platforms for promoting Southeast Asian studies. However, the establishment of a region-based consortium of Southeast Asian Studies aims to complement these regional and global efforts by linking these hubs into a cooperative venture. It will provide a multilateral regional forum in the form of annual meetings, along with smaller joint workshops or conferences; a system for sharing information about each other’s activities; opportunities for education and training of young and up-and-coming scholars -for promoting collaboration and exchanges among Southeast Asia- and other East Asia-based Southeast Asianists.
More importantly, we seek to connect institutions specializing in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities—for example, earthquake science and disaster management, medical research, urban studies, ecology, energy, resource management, industry specialists, creative
industries—whose scholars have an interest in, and who work on or in Southeast Asia, but do not necessarily consider themselves as area studies specialists.
Logistically, it is more convenient and affordable for Southeast/East Asia-based scholars to meet and interact with each other in the region compared to traveling long distances and at huge expense to America and Europe (although this consortium welcomes the participation of American and European Southeast Asianists). Other places where Southeast Asian studies constitutes only one sub-regional branch of “area studies” among many other areas are subject to the vicissitudes of funding and institutional imperatives specific to the countries in which they are based. Yet, for scholars working on Southeast Asia who are based in East Asia, this “area” matters in geopolitical, economic, intellectual, institutional, social, cultural and affective terms. This makes it impossible to treat Southeast Asian studies as if this were something peripheral and external to what scholars, public intellectuals, policy-makers and activists are doing in
Building on the imperative to promote region-based Southeast Asian studies, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, in partnership with nine leading Asian and Southeast Asian Studies institutions in the region, established a Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA) on 11 October 2013. The consortium Charter was signed by the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Academia Sinica; the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University;
the Indonesian Institute of Sciences; the Korean Association of Southeast Asian Studies; the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University; the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University; the Taiwan Association of Southeast Asian Studies; the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam; and the Asian Center, University of the Philippines.
Professor Sunait Chutintaranond of Chulalongkorn University is Chairperson of the Governing Board. The Governing Board has the following members:
Ikrar Nusa Bhakti (Indonesian Institute of Sciences)
Eduardo Tadem (University of the Philippines)
Michael Feener (National University of Singapore)
Liu Hong (Nanyang Technological University)
Tong Chee Kiong (Universiti Brunei Darussalam)
Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (Academia Sinica)
Park Jang Sik (Korean Association of Southeast Asian Studies)
Shimizu Hiromu (Kyoto University): Secretary
The Secretariat is based in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto
SEASIA will promote Southeast Asian studies by linking the leading area studies institutions in the region in a cooperative venture to provide a multilateral forum for organizing academic meetings, seminars, workshops, and symposia. One of its main activities will be to organize a biennial conference, the first of which is expected to take place in Kyoto in 2015.
SEASIA will promote research collaboration and networking, operate as a system for sharing information and offer opportunities for education and training of young and up-and-coming scholars. It also seeks to connect institutions specializing in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities whose scholars have an interest in, and who work on or in Southeast Asia, but do not necessarily consider themselves area studies specialists.
For any inquiries concerning SEASIA please contact Mario Lopez
Center for Southeast Asian Studies,
Wonder in Asian Art
*'Wonder' in Asian Art*
This panel will, over a vast chronological spectrum, investigate the idea wonder and the wondrous in Asian art and visual culture, particularly with respect to artistic representations of the fantastical, mythical and the imagined.
For ages, wonder has always been understood as a place outside of familiar cultural frameworks, and linked to the fascination for change and interest in the mystical, the strange and the curious. It is often placed at the threshold between the aesthetic and scientific realms, and seen as an outcome of the interaction between fact and fiction. Wonder, especially in its physical forms, exposes our relationship to the alien, the transcendental and the perplexing, in an attempt to render the strange conceivable.
The concepts of awe and wonder occupy an important place in the general history of ideas, however they are less discussed in relation to the visual arts in Asia (i.e. East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia). This panel invites papers that explore how the wondrous takes on different definitions within realms of knowledge and systems of inquiry (including philosophy,
religion, literature, mathematics, sciences and natural history) in Asian art and cultural understanding, as well as its resulting effect on creative and artistic processes and interpretation.
Possible topics could include:
- The visual manifestations of wondrous objects and beings from
literature, legends, and religion.
- Wunderkammers or "wonder rooms" and/or cabinets of curiosities
- Translation, appropriation and interpretation: The movement of wonder
across times and cultures; How the idea of 'wonder' or wondrous
objects/creatures changed in later manifestations; How different cultures
viewed, appropriated and reinterpreted wonder or wondrous objects from
- Encyclopedic compendiums and historical modes of scientific inquiry on
the natural world
- Wonder as a strategy for breaching the dichotomy of science and art
- Wonder and its role in historical and contemporary creative and
If you are interested in presenting as part of this panel, please contact Rachel Parikh (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jaqueline Chao (email@example.com) as soon as possible. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words with a CV. Please also include your institute affiliation and rank.
Proposed abstracts will need to be finalized for the panel by Wednesday 23rd October.*
More information about the conference and abstract submission can be found at:
Panel Title: 'Wonder' in Asian Art
We look forward to receiving your submission.
Leslie Wilson Scholar
PhD Candidate, Department of History of Art
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
October 11, 2013
Biopolitics in Southeast Asia
CFP Biopolitics in Southeast Asia - AAS Conference, Singapore, July 2014
From: Liberty Chee
I am putting together a panel for the Association of Asian Studies Conference in Singapore scheduled for July 2014. Below is the working panel title and abstract.
Biopolitics in Southeast Asia: Governance of Mobile Populations
Abstract: Modernist conceptions of politics usually contain the political in territories and sovereign jurisdictions. This panel looks to explore the implications of increasingly porous borders to modes of governing and what we might consider to be the domain of politics. Some of the questions this panel might address would be the following; in what ways do mobile populations figure in governmental rationalities? What are the techniques of regulation or control across borders? How and with what means are biopolitical subjects constituted? The empirical site is delimited to Southeast Asia, a region historically marked by population mobility. I am looking for contributors from all disciplines.
Those who are interested, please e-mail a 300-word abstract and a one page CV to Liberty Chee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your abstracts in .doc form by October 20, 2013. Graduate students are welcome.
For more information about the conference, please visit
National University of Singapore
October 01, 2013
Discussions on Asia: The Midwest Graduate Student Conference
*Discussions on Asia: The Midwest Graduate Student Conference*
*April 11-12, 2014*
*University of Minnesota, Twin Cities*
*Call for Papers in Brief: *
The graduate students of the Critical Asian Studies Collaborative invite proposals for our first graduate student conference, *Discussions on Asia*.
The theme for this conference is *contact*. Coming into contact with
someone or something is vital to human relationships. Beyond this everyday dimension of contact, narratives and representations of contact have also been foundational for knowledge production in the humanities and social sciences. Disciplines such as anthropology and area studies have been framed through stories and images of contact with foreign people, places, and objects. In this regard, 'Asia' itself was constructed as an object of knowledge through stories, images, and concepts of contact.
This conference will focus on contact as it pertains to the study and
construction of 'Asia.' We welcome presenters across disciplines who work in modern or pre-modern Asia to discuss narratives, images, or concepts of contact between people, places, or things. We are particularly interested in alternative perspectives on the common narratives of contact in Asian studies.
- *Date*: April 11-12, 2014
- *Location*: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus
- *Sponsors*: University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies
- *Website*: http://jettisoned.net/gradstudentconference/
*Keynote Speaker: *
We are pleased to announce that Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, will be delivering the keynote speech, titled: "Patterns of Change: A Grand Unified Theory of Japanese History." She is best known for her book *Japan's Modern Myths,* and in 2009 edited *Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon* with Anna Tsing.
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief bio of no more than 100 words to Blair Williams at *email@example.com by December 1, 2013*. Conference applicants will be notified by January 1, 2014. We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages. Questions and comments can be submitted to the same e-mail address or left via one of the social networking links found on the website.
University of Minnesota