CSEAS Digital News Issue 14 – 2023/02/22 | Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University


CSEAS Digital News Issue 14 – 2023/02/22


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.

February 2023 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. Past Events

Thank you and regards,

The Public Relations Committee, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)

 1. Announcements and Highlights

【February Get Together】
・The monthly welcome and farewell party, Get Together, was held on Wednesday, February 22 at the Research Commons room.
    We have updated the visiting scholars’ web page. Please check here.

【New Guest Research Associate】
・Victor Li (Comparative Literature and English): CSEAS welcome Victor Li as Guest Scholar on February 1, 2023.
・Apiwat Ratanawaraha (Urban Planning, Land Policy): CSEAS welcome Apiwat Ratanawaraha as Visiting Research Scholar on March 1, 2023.
・Wong Shwu Huey (Education): CSEAS welcome Wong Shwu Huey as Visiting Research Scholar on March 1, 2023.
・Yos Santasombat (Anthropology): CSEAS welcome Yos Santasombat as Visiting Research Scholar on March 1, 2023.

【Visitor’s Voice】
・New interview articles are available now. We asked them about their research, future ambitions, and more.
    Interview with CAO Yin, “Connecting India, China, and Southeast Asia.”
    To read other Visitor’s Voice articles, please visit here.

【New!】CSEAS have released a new video in our research introduction video series ‘TANKEN Video: Welcome to Area Studies.’
    “Regional Information and Propaganda: From the Perspective of East Asian Media History”(Toshihiko Kishi (CSEAS))
    “Feeling History and the Future Through War Sites”(Toshihiko Kishi (CSEAS))
    “In Their Own Words: The Recent History of a Mindanawan Port Town Through the Experience of Female Ex-smugglers”(Main Cast: Kisho Tsuchiya (CSEAS))
    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

Symposium on Locating Maritime Heritage in Asia
    20-22 February 2023, 9:00 – 13:00 (SST)
    Venue: 20 Feb @ Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore (In-person)
           21-22 Feb @ National University of Singapore (Hybrid)
    Registration needed by 15 Feb 2023.

・International Online Conference: “Dynamics of Change and Continuity in Philippine Political Economy: Martial Law and the Marcos Restoration
    23-24 February 2023
    Julie Ann de los Reyes (CSEAS) will serve as a member of the Organizing Committee.

・Special Seminar: Going beyond the Growth Paradigm: A Degrowth Proposal towards Socio-ecological Transformation
    28 February 2023, 3:30 pm – 5 pm
    Tonantei, 2nd Floor of the Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, CSEAS Kyoto University
    Speaker: Giacomo D’Alisa (Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo)

Unit End-Year Workshop: Data-Oriented Approaches to the Social Sciences and Humanities
    1 March 2023, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
    Hybrid Venue: Mid-sized Room, 3F, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University and
    Zoom Webinar

3. Publications: Hot off the CSEAS Press

【Latest Issue】
Vol. 11, No. 3 of Southeast Asian Studies on December 22, 2022.

【Latest Issue】
・Special Issue (34) titled “Shinzo Abe’s Legacy for the Future of Japanese-Southeast Asian Relations” of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia is out on January 1, 2023. In this issue, David T. Malitz (German Institute for Japanese Studies) serves as the Guest Editor.

【New Article】
・TRENDSETTERS column “Same Same – only Different: Reflections on the Squandering of American Power and Prestige” by Terence A. Harkin, in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia on February 1, 2023.

【New Book】
・Okamoto Masaaki and Jafar Suryomenggolo (eds), Indonesia at the Crossroads: Transformation and Challenges. Trans Pacific Press and Gadjah Mada University Press, 2023.

【New Book】Matsuo Mizuho, Nakamura Sae, Funahashi Kenta (eds), Life, Illness, and Death in Contemporary South Asia: Living through the Age of Hope and Precariousness, Routledge, 2023.
    Ryota Sakamoto contributed to the book of the chapter titled “Health and Ageing in Bhutan: How Can We Build a Sustainable Healthcare System for Senior Citizens?”

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

・Kisho Tsuchiya, Emplacing East Timor: The Cycle of Regime Change and Knowledge Production, 1860-2010, University of Hawai‘i Press.

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. 56 (22 February 2023)
   Eijiro Hazama, Gandhi no sei to nasyonarizumu: “Shinri no jikken” toshiteno dokuritsu undou (Gandhi’s Sexuality and Nationalism: The Independence Movement as “Experiments with Truth”). University of Tokyo Press, 2019 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information 

【New!】Book Talk on Asia No. 55 (8 February 2023)
  Midori Minamida, Biruma bungaku no fukei: Gunji seikenka wo yuku (The Scenery of Burmese Literature: Going under the Military Regime). Honnoizumisya, 2021 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information 

・Book Talk on Asia No. 53 (11 January 2023)
   The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun (ed.) Itsutsuiro no mebiusu: “Gaikokujin” to tomoni hataraki tomoni ikiru (Moebius of the Five Colors). Akashishoten, 2022 (in Japanese).
    The guest speaker is Ushiyama Kenichi (Shinano Mainichi Shimbun).
    Soundcloud / YouTube / Book information 

・Book Talk on Asia No.52 (21 December 2022)
   Takashi Nakano and Jun Suzuki, Tonan Ajia sutatappu daiyakushin no himitsu (Startup Ecosystem in Southeast Asia), Nikkei Business Publications, 2022 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information

5. Past Events

・CSEAS Colloquium: Chinese Sojourners in Wartime Raj, 1942-45
    22 February 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Venue: Seminar Room (No.202), 2nd Floor, East Building, CSEAS Kyoto University
    Speaker: Cao Yin (CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar)

・2023 AAS Annual Conference [Virtual]
    18 February 2023, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm GMT+9
   Narumi Shitara (CSEAS) will participate in the roundtable “Scholarly Publishing in Asian Studies” as a discussant.

・The 46th Southeast Asia Seminar “Social Media and Youths in Southeast Asia: An Instrument for Political Change?”
    16 February 2023 (Thu) 9:40 am – 3:00 pm
    Hybrid Venue: Large-sized meeting room, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University and online
    Two sessions were held, including reports by six young scholars from Southeast Asia and Japan. The report by Pavin Chachavalpongpun (CSEAS) can be found here.

CSEAS Workshop
    15 February 2023 (Wed) 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Venue: Middle-sized Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building and online

GCR Annual Research Report Meeting
    14 February 2023 (Tue) 10 am – 4 pm
    Hybrid Venue: Large-sized meeting room, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University and online

・Special Seminar: “Fixing the Image: Ultrasound and the Visuality of Care in Phnom Penh
    10 February 2023, 4 pm – 5:30 pm
    Venue: Tonantei, 2nd floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building and Online
    Speaker: Jenna Grant (University of Washington)
    Inquiry: Yoko Hayami (CSEAS)

・Special Seminar: “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Angkor: Traditional Handicrafts & Livelihood
    3 February 2023, 3:30 – 5 pm
    Venue: Tonantei (No. 201), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building
    Speaker: IM Sokrithy (Department of Research Training & Communication, APSARA National Authority, Cambodia)

Courtesy Visit: University of Nottingham
    2 February 2023

CSEAS Reading Group Online Session: Information: A Historical Companion, edited by Ann Blair, Paul Duguid, Anja-Silvia Goeing, and Anthony Grafton
    27 January 2023, 4 pm –
  Moderator: R Michael Feener (CSEAS), Miriam Jaehn (CSEAS), Yoko Hayami (CSEAS), Lopez Mario (CSEAS), Kisho Tsushiya (CSEAS), Julie Ann de los Reyes (CSEAS), Chika Yamada (CSEAS).


Life in CSEAS is my first step away from the student routine. My new environment as a researcher is not entirely different, though, because somehow, I am still shielded by my supervisor. CSEAS is absolutely a welcoming, empathetic, and passionate environment. My understanding of the breadth of the research world and the magic of cross-disciplinary topics improved after chatting with more scholars from various academic backgrounds. Doors to new universes have opened before me, and I have found the motivation to examine the results of my study from a broader lens.
    The book-reading seminar with my research buddies continues uninterrupted. We recently read an inspiring food-related work. The Mushroom at the End of the World is about the international circulation of matsutake mushrooms. This book is more than just a story of how matsutake mushrooms made their way from the jungle to indigenous folks’ baskets and eventually to the tables of gourmets. In a time when we are accustomed to order, the matsutake mushroom presents a world beyond order. Above it, we can observe multidisciplinary contact—the wide variety of fields not limited to any one research area or ethnicity—through the many interactions and activities of all the direct and indirect actors in the global commodity supply chain of mushrooms. This includes human-to-human, human-to-nature, and species-to-species connectivity. The book has sparked fresh eyes to reevaluate the sustainability issue and widen the scope of its actors. I recommend it as a bedtime reading.(Y)

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