CSEAS Digital News Issue 10 – 2022/10/26 | Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University


CSEAS Digital News Issue 10 – 2022/10/26


CSEAS Digital News Issue 10 – 2022/10/26

Dear friends and colleagues,

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Kyoto University is pleased to announce the launch of a monthly internal newsletter. This will be sent out on a monthly basis and include updates on activities, research meetings, events, new publications and podcasts.

October 2022 issue includes:

1. Announcements and Highlights
2. Upcoming Events
3. Publications: Hot off the CSEAS Press
4. Podcasts in Japanese: “Book Talk on Asia”
5. Media Exposure
6. Past Events

Thank you and regards,
The Public Relations Committee, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS).

1. Announcements and Highlights

【October Get Together】
・The monthly welcome and farewell party, Get Together, will be held on Thursday, October 27, from 12:30 pm. This time it will be held onsite at the Inamori middle sized meeting room (#332, on the 3rd floor of the Inamori bldg). Please join us and have an opportunity to enjoy small talks.
    We have updated the visiting scholars’ web page. Please check here.

【New Guest Research Associate】
・Thanyathip Sripana (Political Science, Vietnam): CSEAS welcome Thanyathip Sripana as Guest Scholar on October 24, 2022.
・Meita Estiningsih (History of art and visual studies): CSEAS welcome Meita Estiningsih as Guest Research Associate on September 21, 2022.
・Lee Kuei Min (History): CSEAS welcome Lee Kuei Min as Guest Research Associate on October 14, 2022.

Visitor’s Voice
・New interview articles are available now. We asked them about their research, future ambitions, and more.
    Interview with Rataya Phanomwan Na Ayuttaya, “Exploring the Wisdom of the Departed.”
    Interview with Herman Hidayat, “Sustainable peatland management: Critical for reducing global warming.”

【Call for Applications】
CSEAS Fellowship for Visiting Research Scholars, 2023/2024. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2022.

【Relaunched】CSEAS have relaunched a series of research introduction videos ‘TANKEN Video: Welcome to Area Studies.’
    The aim of this video series is to widely publicize the field activities and research of the CSEAS members, and to introduce the latest area studies through the researchers who are engaged in it.
    A number of videos are available to promote the appeal of area studies. Please take a look! They can also be used as teaching materials.

2. Upcoming Events

・CSEAS Colloquium “Imagining diversity: Karen writing and networks of multi-literacy in colonial Burma”
    27 October 2022, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Venue: Middle-sized Meeting Room (No.332), 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building
    Speaker: Will Womack (CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar)

“The Tree Remembers” Movie Screening & Special Seminar
    18 November 2022 (Fri), 5 pm – 7:30 pm (Open from 4:45 pm)
    Venue: Kyoto University Main Campus Research Building No.2, 4F Room. AA447 (max 40 pax.)
    Movie information: The Tree Remembers (還有一些樹; 斧は忘れても、木は覚えている) directed by Kek Huat LAU in 2019, 89 mins. Language: Chinese, English, Malay, Orang Asli languages (with Japanese subtitles)
    Speaker: Shigeru Morita (Centre for Asian Area Studies, Rikkyo University)
    Moderator: Tatsuki Kataoka (Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)

・The 6th Lifelong Sciences Research Seminar: “Challenges and Prospects of Contemporary Paratransit: Mobility, Daily Survival, and Urban Politics in Asia and Africa”
    19 November 2022 (Sat), 9 am – 11:40 am (JST)
    Online meeting (Advance entry deadline: 15 Nov 2022)

3. Publications: Hot off the CSEAS Press

【New Book】
・Hui Yew-Foong and Made Supriatma (eds), The Jokowi-Prabowo Elections 2.0. ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, 2022.
    Masaaki Okamoto (CSEAS) contributed Chapter 4 “Politics of New Tools in Post-truth Indonesia: Big Data, AI and Micro-targeting,” with Akihiro Kameda (National Museum of Japanese History).

【Latest Issue】
Vol. 11, No. 1 of Southeast Asian Studies has published on April 28, 2022.

【Latest Issue】
Issue 33 of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia on September 1, 2022.

【New Article】
・TRENDSETTERS column “A Counter-Peace Perspective on Thailand’s Southern Conflict” by Emma Potchapornkul, in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia on October 1, 2022.

【New Article】
Yasuko Yamazaki, Uraiwan Thongchankaew-Seo, and Wataru Yamazaki, “Very low likelihood that cultivated oysters are a vehicle for SARS-CoV-2: 2021–2022 seasonal survey at supermarkets in Kyoto, Japan,” Heliyon 8(10): E10864, published on 6 October 2022.

【New Article】
Yoko Hayami, “Labour of Devotion: Material Construction and Charisma of Saintly Monks in the Myanmar–Thai Border Region,” The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, published online first on 5 October 2022.

【New Article】
Hori, M., Kimura, S.S., Mizutani, Y. et al. “Detection of telomere length and oxidative stress in Chondrichthyes,” Fisheries Science, published on 22 September 2022.

【New Article】
Hua, X., L. Zhang, and Y. Kono (2022) “Fruit booms and investor mobility along the China-Myanmar and China-Laos borders,” Ecology and Society 27(3): 35.

【New Article】
Matteo Miele (2022) “Hypothesis on a Parsi Community in Tamatave in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century,” Ennen ja Nyt: Historian Tietosanomat 22 (3): 75-79.

【New Article】
Masayuki Yanagisawa, “Field Archive Project at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University,” in the MAHS Blog on September 27, 2022.

【Conference Abstracts】
Digital Humanities 2022: Responding to Asian Diversity. Conference Abstracts, The University of Tokyo, Japan 25-29 July 2022.

・Pheng Cheah, Caroline S. Hau (eds), Siting Postcoloniality: Critical Perspectives from the East Asian Sinosphere, Duke University Press, 2022.

・Takamichi Serizawa, Writing History in America’s Shadow: Japan, the Philippines, and the Question of Pan-Asianism, Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2022.

4. Podcasts in Japanese: “Book Talk on Asia”

    In this program, the Editorial Office, CSEAS will introduce the latest books on Asia twice a month. The authors will be invited to talk about the contents and background of their books.
    Soundcloud / YouTube 

【New!】Book Talk on Asia No. 48 (26 October 2022)
・Lirong Li, Chūgoku no shadō bankingu: Keisei no rekishi to kongo no kadai (History of Shadow Banking’s Formation in China and Its Future Challenges). Waseda University Press, 2022 (in Japanese).
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-153026370-46049678/li_lirong
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8V3CDCgUA8&list=PLYNr5XeQb9WIM8svoGgRYPkshslSO3iKW&index=48
    Book information: http://www.waseda-up.co.jp/economics/post-839.html

【New!】Book Talk on Asia No. 47 (12 October 2022)
・Yuka Nakamura, Yamai no kaiwa: Nepāru de Tōnyōbyō wo tomo ni ikiru (Illness Conversations: Living with Diabetes in Nepal). Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 2022 (in Japanese).
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-153026370-46049678/nakamurayuka
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcNMaiYabWI&list=PLYNr5XeQb9WIM8svoGgRYPkshslSO3iKW&index=47
    Book information: https://www.kyoto-up.or.jp/books/9784814003945.html?lang=en

【New!】Book Talk on Asia No. 46 (28 September 2022)
・Toshihiko Kishi, Teikoku Nihon no puropaganda: “Sensō netsu” wo aotta senden to hōdō (Propaganda in Imperial Japan: Public Relations and News Reports Fueled by “War Fever”). Tokyo: Chuokoron-shinsha, 2022 (in Japanese).
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-153026370-46049678/kishi2
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE7xJfsPPx8&list=PLYNr5XeQb9WIM8svoGgRYPkshslSO3iKW&index=46
    Book information: https://www.chuko.co.jp/shinsho/2022/06/102703.html

Book Talk on Asia No. 45 (14 September 2022)
・Yoshihide Sakurai, Higashi Ajia shūkyō no katachi: Hikaku shūkyōshakaigaku heno shōtai (Morphology of Religions in East Asia: Invitation to Comparative Sociology of Religions).Kyoto: Hozokan, 2022 (in Japanese).
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-153026370-46049678/sakurai
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdcADWd-D8k&list=PLYNr5XeQb9WIM8svoGgRYPkshslSO3iKW&index=45
    Book information: https://pub.hozokan.co.jp/book/b606639.html

Book Talk on Asia No. 44 (24 August 2022)
・Jun Kumakura, Shinkyō Uiguru Jichiku: Chūgoku Kyōsantō sihai no 70 nen (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: 70 Years of the Rule of the Communist Party of China). Tokyo: Chuokoron-shinsha, 2022 (in Japanese).
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-153026370-46049678/kumakura
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WHzSLn2vqA&list=PLYNr5XeQb9WIM8svoGgRYPkshslSO3iKW&index=44
    Book information: https://www.chuko.co.jp/shinsho/2022/06/102700.html

5. Media Exposure

【Book Review】
Jim Glassman (2022) “Thailand. Coup, king, crisis: A critical interregnum in Thailand Edited by Pavin Chachavalpongpun New Haven, CT: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 2020. Pp. 379. Foreword, Tables, Figures, Notes, References, Index,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, First View, pp. 1-2.

・A JICA Grassroots Partnership Project “Human Resource Development toward Community Building by University-Community Engagement in Trashigang, Bhutan,” headed by Ryota Sakamoto (CSEAS), has featured on 28 September 2002, online edition of KUENSEL, a national newspaper of Bhutan.
    “Project supplies essential medical kits to communities in Trashigang,” KUENSEL 28 September 2022.

・Indonesian film review website Infoscreening has featured “Cinema as Memory, Therapy, and Imagination,” a side event of the “Online Japanese Film Festival 2022” (February 14-27, 2022, organized by the Japan Foundation). The Strength to Dream: Indonesian Cinema and Imagination by Yoshimi Nishi (CSEAS) has introduced in the article.

6. Past Events

・The 9th CSEAS online seminar on Indonesia: “Kosmopolitan dan Imajinasi anti Kolonial: Tjamboek Berdoeri pada jaman hindia Belanda” (in Bahasa Indoesia)
    22 October 2022, 1:30 pm –
    Speaker: Arief Djati (Arek Foundation)
    Yasushi Sadayoshi (Kobe University)

・Special Seminar “Knowledge Hegemonies and Autonomous Knowledge”
    21 October 2022, 3 pm – 6 pm
    Venue: Middle-sized meeting room (#332), 3rd floor of the Inamori Foundation Memorial Bldg / Online
    Speaker: Syed Farid Alatas(National University of Singapole)
    Discussants: Caroline Hau (CSEAS), Ramon “Bomen” Guillermo (University of the Philippines)
    Moderator: Takamichi Serizawa (CSEAS)

Data-Oriented Approaches to the Social Sciences and Humanities (DASU) Online Seminar
    20 October 2022, 10 am –
    Speaker: Dr. Masita Dwi Mandini Manessa (Geography Department and Research Center for Climate Change – University of Indonesia)
    Title:Spatial environmental assessment of selected projects under Belt and Road Initiative in Indonesia
    Chair: Julie Delos Reyes (CSEAS)

AEDS seminar by David N. Weil “Land Quality”
    18 October 2022, 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm
    Venue: Mid-sized Meeting Room (#332), 3rd floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Bldg
    Speaker: David N. Weil (Brown University)
    Chair: Ken Miura (Graduate School of Agriculture at Kyoto University), Hisaki Kono (Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University)

・New York Southeast Asia Network Lectures and Panels: “Thailand: The New Monarchy Under King Vajiralongkorn?”
    3 October 2022, 12 pm – 1:30 pm (EDT)
    Speaker: Pavin Chachavalpongpun (CSEAS)

・Intensive lectures for Graduate Students of Kyoto University
    1-12 October, 2022
    Course 1. Human Security Development
    Course 2. Southeast Asia Studies

・The CSEAS Reading Group: Roundtable Session
    30 September 2022, 4 pm –
    Venue: Small-sized meeting room 1, 3rd floor of the Inamori Foundation Memorial Bldg
    This session our colleagues have presented short ‘introductions’ or ‘invitations’ to a book of their choosing.
    Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society by Eric Posner and E. Glen Weyl (Tomohiro Machikita)
    The Mexican Heartland: How Communities Shaped Capitalism, A Nation, and World History 1500-2000 by John Tutino (Heriberto Ruiz Tafoya)
    Modern Social Imaginaries by Charles Taylor (Chika Obiya)
    Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes by Julie Klinger (Julie de los Reyes)
    Alongshore by John Stilgoe (Michael Feener)
    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman (Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif)

・15th International Indonesia Forum Virtual Conference “Indonesia’s Complexity: Investigating the Layers between the Apparent and the Underlying”
    September 23-25, 2022
    Yale University
    Genta Kuno (ASAFAS Kyoto University) presented his research on “Geography of (In)Security in Jakarta: Cross-Class Spread of Residential Street Barrier” in Session 5.1 on Sunday, September 25.

・CSEAS Colloquium “The Role of the British in Shaping Burmese History”
    22 September 2022, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Venue: Middle-sized Meeting Room (No.332), 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building
    Speaker: Patrick McCormick (CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar)

・Workshop on Sociology and Interdisciplinary Study of Sleep: “Sleep Knowledge: A Sociological Perspective on Sleep Laboratories”
    21 September 2022, 4 pm – 5:30 pm (JST)
    Venue: Middle-sized meeting room (#332), 3rd floor of the Inamori Foundation Memorial Bldg
    Speaker: Dariuš Zifonun (Institute of Sociology, Philipps University of Marburg)
    Moderator: Tamaki Endo (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences / Faculty of Economics, Saitama University) and Masao Doi (Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University)


Pak Syed Farid Alatas (National University of Singapore) was invited to talk about the various hegemonies that have produced knowledge in the humanities and social sciences in the Malay world. The Malay Studies Department, to which Pak Farid belongs, was founded in 1967 by his own father, Syed Hussein Alatas. Criticizing other faculties and departments of the University of Singapore as “mimicries” modeled after Oxford and Cambridge, the Malay Studies Department, despite being a small department, has sought knowledge free from traditionalism, androcentrism, and nativism, as well as Western-centrism. However, this tradition is doomed to decline due to recent neoliberal university management as well as the discipline-oriented shift in area studies. Pak Farid’s seminar and interview will be featured in the CSEAS English Newsletter published in March. (S)


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