CSEAS Digital News Issue 19 – 2023/07/26 | Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University


CSEAS Digital News Issue 19 – 2023/07/26


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.

July 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. Media Exposure
    6. Past Events

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

1. Announcements and Highlights

【July Get Together】
・The monthly welcome and farewell party, Get Together, will be held on Thursday, July 27, from 12:30 pm at the Research Commons Room (on the 1st floor of the East Building). Please join us and have an opportunity to enjoy small talk.
    We have updated the visiting scholars’ web page. Please check here.

【New Guest Research Associate】
・Patricia Sloane-White (Social Anthropology): CSEAS welcomed Patricia Sloane-White as Guest Scholar on June 30.
・Keith Weller Taylor (Asian Studies, History): CSEAS welcomed Keith Weller Taylor as Guest Scholar on June 30.
・Melissa Amy Crouch (Law and Society): CSEAS welcome Melissa Amy Crouch as Visiting Research Scholar on August 5.

【Newly appointed Staff】
・Majid Daneshgar: CSEAS welcomed Majid Daneshgar as Associate Professor on July 1.
・Rahman Sheak Mahfujur: CSEAS welcomed Rahman Sheak Mahfujur as Program Specific Researcher on June 16.

Visitor’s Voice
・New interview articles are available now. We asked them about their research, future ambitions, and more.
    Visitor’s Voice: Interview with Lawrence Chua
    Visitor’s Voice: Interview with Keith Weller Taylor: “Brick Tomb Archaeology in Vietnam”
    Visitor’s Voice: Interview with Olga Dror: “Continuity, Changes, and Joys of Research: Exploring Yourself”

【Call for Applications】The application for short documentaries for the 11th Visual Documentary Project (VDP2023) has opened. The theme is “Laugh!” The deadline is 1 September 2023.

TANKEN Video】CSEAS have released a new video in our research introduction video series ‘TANKEN Video: Welcome to Area Studies.’ We have launched the 5-minute series, focusing on keywords or exploring new research topics while highlighting different viewpoints and issues.
    “Landscapes and Livelihoods in Rural Southeast Asia” (Main Cast: Tania Li)
    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.

【Lecture Video】Special Seminar by Tania Murray Li: “Dynamic Farmers, Dead Plantations, and the Myth of the Lazy Native”

2. Upcoming Events

Joint Seminar: “Indonesian Dynamics and Socio-environmental Challenges: Multidisciplinary Study’s Perspectives”
    26 July 2023, 9:30 am – 4 pm
    Venue: Middle-sized Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University

Workshop “Better Together: Gender, Female Alliance & Empowerment in Contemporary Malaysia”
    26 July 2023, 1 pm – 5:30 pm
    Venue: Tonantei (Room 201), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Paper 1 “Enemies from Within: Love Magic, Sorcery & Intra-female Violence in Malay Polygyny” by Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif (CSEAS)
    Paper 2 “Sexualized Joking in the Malay Corporate Workplace” by Prof. Patricia Sloane-White (University of Delaware)
    Paper 3 “Socio-cultural Contexts of Reverse Gender Gap in Higher Education in Malaysia” by Hiroko Kushimoto (Sophia University) & Azmira Amran (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Research Units for Exploring Future Horizons Report Meeting 2023
    29 July, 2023, 10:00 am − 5:00 pm
    Venue: South Research Bldg. No.1, Institute for Life and Medical Sciences Bldg. No.1 (Common Seminar room 3) / Online (Preregistration required)

Inter-Noise 2023
    20–23 August 2023
    Venue: Makuhari Messe (2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba-city, Japan)
    Satoko Kimura (CSEAS) will serve as a chair on the session titled “Effect of Noise on Aquatic Animals & Noise Exposure Criteria,”  and deliver the presentation titled “Measurements of wild finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis sunameri) on-axis burst-pulse sound” with Mayu Ogawa (Graduate School of Agriculture, KU).

3. Publications: Hot off the CSEAS Press

【Latest Issue】
Vol. 12, No. 1 of Southeast Asian Studies on 27 April 2023.
    In this issue, Atsushi Ota (Keio University) served as guest editor of the Special Focus “Environmental and Public Welfare in the Creation and Development of Economic Infrastructure in Southeast Asia, c. 1800-1930: Currency Supply, Forest Control, and Rail Transport.” In addition, three articles and five book reviews are included.

【Latest Issue】
Special Issue (35) titled “The Intellectual History of Buddhism in the Republic of Vietnam” of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia is out on March 1, 2023. In this issue, Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox (Western Connecticut State University) and Olga Dror (Texas A&M University, CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar) serve as guest editors.

【New Article】
・TRENDSETTERS column “Digital repression of protest movements: #WhatshappeninginSoutheastAsia” by Janjira Sombatpoonsiri, in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia on July 1, 2023.

【New Article】
Report on the CSEAS-KASEAS Joint Conference 2023 “Engaging Southeast Asian Studies in an Age of Uncertainties” by Kisho Tsuchiya.

【New Article】
・The latest essay CSEAS faculty and researchers recommend books recently read is now available: the July 2023 issue of “Letter from the Kamogawa River” by Theara Thun.

【New Article】
・Ogawa, M., M. D. Yamanaka, A. Awaluddin, A. Darmawan, A. Sulaiman, R. Sulistyowati, I. D. G. A. Putra, and O. Kozan (2023) “Study on Diurnal Variation of Rainfall Observed by X-band Polarimetric Radar in Peatlands Over Bengkalis Island, Eastern Sumatra, Indonesia,” in A. Basit et al. Proceedings of the International Conference on Radioscience, Equatorial Atmospheric Science and Environment and Humanosphere Science. INCREASE 2022. Springer Proceedings in Physics, vol 290. Springer Singapore.

【Book Review】
・Takahashi, Tomoko (2023). “Cooperating for the Climate: Learning from International Partnerships in China’s Clean Energy Sector (Joanna I. Lewis, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2023, $45.00, 358 pp. ISBN: 978-0-26-254482-5)”. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific Icad008. https://doi.org/10.1093/irap/lcad008

・Maha Ali, Yusra Abdullahi, Poorvi Bellur, Alessandro Iandolo, Ria Kapoor, Emma Kluge, Ismay Milford, Brooks Marmon, Alanna O’Malley, Raphaël Orange-Leroy, Tomoko Takahashi, Pasuth Thothaveesansuk and Muhammad Suhail Mohamed Yazid. “Making and Breaking Global Order across the Twentieth Century” (Conference at Leiden University in October 2022). H-Diplo Forum 2023-1, Posted on July 6, 2023 at: https://hdiplo.org/to/Forum-2023-1.

・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. 66 (26 July 2023) Ri Yongmi, Shutsunyukoku kanri no shakaishi: Sengo Nihon no kyokai kanri (Social History of Immigration Policy: “Border” Controls in Postwar Japan), Akashishoten, 2023 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information

【New!】Book Talk on Asia No. 65 (12 July 2023) Masahiro Umezaki, Biseibutsu tono kyosei: Papuanyuginia kochijin no tekio shisutemu (Living with microbiome: Adaptation system in Papua New Guinea Highlanders), Kyoto University Press, 2023 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information

【New!】Book Talk on Asia No. 64 (28 June 2023) Ai Sugie, Kast saiko: Bangradeshu no Hindu to Musurimu (Reconsidering Caste: Hindus and Muslims in Bangladesh), The University of Nagoya Press, 2023 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information

・Book Talk on Asia No. 63 (14 June 2023) Masami Kaneko (ed.), Daininki Betonamu ryouriten ona jikiden “Betonamu-chan” Kaneko Masami no reshipi noto (The Top Vietnamese Restaurant in Japan’s Owner, Masami Kaneko’s Secret Vietnamese Cook Book), Publisher: Tokyo News, Distributor: Kodansha, 2023 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information

・Book Talk on Asia No. 62 (24 May 2023)  Koji Tsuda, Nihon gunseika Jyawa no Kakyo shakai: Kyoeiho ni miru tosei to doin (Chinese Society in Java under Japanese Military Rule: Control and Mobilization as Reflected in the Kung Yung Pao). Tokyo: Fukyosha, 2023 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information

5. Media Exposure

・Bhutan’s national broadcasting service, BBS, and the national newspaper, KUENSEL, reported on an exhibition of traditional artifacts and photographs held in Bartsam, organized by the JICA Grassroots Cooperation Project, which is promoted by Ryota Sakamoto (CSEAS) and Yoshio Akamatsu (CSEAS), and others.
    “Traditional household items and farming tools on display in Bartsham, Trashigang,” BBS 15 July 2023.
    “Bartsham’s transition and transformation in pictures,” KUENSEL 14 July 2023.

6. Past Events

JSSEAS & NIHU-MAPS Joint Conference “Southeast Asia as Critical Crossroads: Dialogues with Anthony Reid”
    22–23 July 2023
    Venue: Venue: 125 Memorial Hall, Floor 7, Building 8, Hakusan Campus, Toyo University/Online (Webex)
    Yoko Hayami (CSEAS) delivered the presentation on “Women in Southeast Asia from High Modernity Onwards” at Session 2 “Anthony Reid and Southeast Asian Studies.” Junko Koizumi (CSEAS) served as the chair of the session, and Noboru Ishikawa (CSEAS) and Michael Feener (CSEAS) gave comments.

Special Seminar by Chen Kuan-Hsing: “Small-Medium-Large Countryism: Divesting the Nation-State”
    21 July 2023, 2 pm – 4 pm
    Venue: Tonantei (Room 201), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Chen Kuan-Hsing (Visiting Professor, Institute for Research in the Humanities, Kyoto University)
    Discussant: Victor Li (Guest Scholar, CSEAS)

Kyoto AEDS Seminar
    20 July 2023, 10:30 am – 12 pm
    Venue: Seminar Room (Room 213), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Paul Schuler (Political Science at the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy, SGPP)
    Title: “Pillars of the Community: A Field Experiment on Party Member Incentives for Community Activism in Vietnam”

Special Seminar by Paul Schuler: “Cults of Domination or Legitimation? Anthropomorphism and the Roots of Founding Father Personality Cults in East Asia”
    18 July 2023, 3:30 pm – 5 pm
    Venue: Mid-sized Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Dr. Paul Schuler (University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy, SGPP)

Packaged Food, Packaged Life: Book Launch with author Heriberto Ruiz Tafoya
    18 July 2023, 2 pm (Philippine Time)
    Venue: Faura Hall, Ateneo de Manila University
    Book information

Masterclass with Professor Patricia Sloane-White (University of Delaware)
    14 July 2023, 2 pm – 4 pm
    Venue: Tonantei (Room 201), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Contact: Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif (CSEAS)

・Seminar “Possibilities and Limitations of Liberal Democracy in the Non-Western World: Considering from the results of the Thai general election in May 2023”
    14 July 2023, 2 pm – 5:30 pm
    Venue: Middle-sized meeting room, 3rd floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Moderator: Ayako Toyama (University of Tsukuba)
    Speaker: Pandit Chanrochanakit (Chulalongkorn University), Charnvit Kasetsiri (Thammasat University)
    Discussant: Pavin Chachavalpongpun (CSEAS), Viengrat Nethipo (Chulalongkorn University, Osaka Metropolitan University), Anan Krudphet (Thammasat University)

2023 Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference
    12-14 July 2023
    Venue: Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL), Dili, Timor-Leste
    Kisho Tsuchiya (CSEAS) organized the special stream for Decolonizing Timor-Leste Studies and presented a research paper, “History, Oral Traditions, and Archaeology: Reconceptualizing Historical Research to understand East Timorese Longue Durée.”

CSEAS Gender Seminars 2023: Seminar on Gender Issues in Academia
 11 July 2023, 12 pm − 2 pm
    Venue: Seminar Room (Room 213), Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Patricia Sloane-White (Professor, University of Delaware)
    Moderator: Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif (CSEAS)

Kyoto University Asian Economic Development Seminar (AEDS)
    10 July 2023, 4:45 – 6:15 pm (JST)
    Venue: Seminar Room (Room 218), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Anthony P. D’Costa(University of Alabama in Huntsville)
    Title: Compressed Capitalism and the Persistence of Informal Labor Markets in India

2023 Pacific International Politics Conference
    7-8 July 2023
    Venue: National University of Singapore
    Tomoko Takahashi (CSEAS) delivered a panel presentation entitled “Reciprocity versus Unconditionality: The Coalition of China and the Global South at the United Nations General Assembly.”

International Conference on Political Development in Southeast Asia: Implications to the Indo-Pacific Democracy
    6-7 July 2023
    Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Co-organized by CSEAS, Kyoto University and CSEAS, NCCU

Special Seminar by Tania Murray Li: “Putting Plantation Life into Public Debate: Experiments in Research Translation”
    6 July 2023, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Venue: Large-sized meeting room, 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building
    Speaker: Tania Murray Li (Professor, University of Toronto/ Visiting Research Scholar, CSEAS)

Special Seminar by Yuhki Tajima: “How Peace Prevails: Insurgent Cohesion and Fragmentation in Aceh, Indonesia”
    5 July 2023, 4 pm – 5:30 pm
    Venue: Small-sized Meeting Room II, 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Yuhki Tajima (Georgetown University/ Guest Scholar, CSEAS)

CSEAS Gender Seminars 2023: Special Seminar: Frontiers of Gender Studies in Asia
    4 July 2023, 4 pm − 5:30 pm (JST)
    Venue: Seminar Room AA447, ASAFAS (Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies), East Side of Research Building No. 2, Yoshida Main Campus, Kyoto University / online via zoom
    Speaker: Patricia Sloane-White (Professor, University of Delaware)
    Title: “Gendering Sharia in the Muslim Workplace: Corporate Islam in Malaysia”
    Moderator: Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif (CSEAS)

International Workshop: “When Critical Urban Studies Meet Asian Studies: A Dialogue on New Directions of Knowledge Production in Globalizing Asia”
    1 July 2023, 1 pm – 3 pm
    Hybrid venue: Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo and online
    Speaker: Hyun Bang Shin (Professor, LSE Geography and Environment, Board and editor of IJURR)
    Title: “Critical urban studies, knowledge production and publishing: Perspective from IJURR’s editor”
    Discussants: Masaaki Okamoto (CSEAS) and Shigeto Sonoda (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo)

Courtesy visit from the School of International Relations/ Research School for Southeast Asian Studies, Xiamen University
    26 June 2023

・AAS-in-Asia 2023 “Asia in Motion: Memory, Preservation, and Documentation”
    24-27 June 2023
    Venue: Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea
    Kisho Tsuchiya (CSEAS) presented his research paper, “Reconsidering the Mid-Twentieth Century in Portuguese Timor: A Comparison of Portuguese and Japanese Archives” and participated in the roundtable “Possible Futures for Southeast Asian Studies.”
    Miriam Jaehn  (CSEAS) presented the research titled “Intimate Encounters and Shifting Im-/Mobilities – Rethinking Anthropological Practices during a Pandemic,” and organized the panel session on Trans-Nationalism and Intimacies in Asia.

CSEAS Colloquium: “Shifting Plantations in the Borderlands: A Challenge of Chinese Agribusiness in Southeast Asia”
    22 June 2023, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Venue: Research Commons Room, 1st Floor, East Building, CSEAS
    Speaker: Yos Santasombat (Professor, Chiang Mai University/ Visiting Research Scholar, CSEAS)

Guest Lecture: “Thermal Equity: The Need For Just and Inclusive Cooling to Address the Climate Crisis in Urban Southeast Asia”
   15 June 2023
    Venue: Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Hasanuddin / Hybrid via zoom
    Chika Yamada (CSEAS) delivered an online lecture and participated in the discussion session.


In the heart of June, I found myself in Akita, a place often forgotten in my previous sojourns. With its verdant expanses and the novelty of a conference in a space echoing a concert hall, Akita offered a pleasant surprise. The gathering was a beacon of inspiration, teeming with individuals committed to shedding light on the trials endured by marginalized communities in developing regions. Amidst the humbling realization of my limited perspective, I felt a sense of honor in offering my modest contribution to these profound dialogues. As the conference curtains fell, I embarked on an excursion across the Oga Peninsula. There, I witnessed the resilience of youth, striving against the tide of time and neglect, breathing life back into a rural landscape dulled by aging and the retreat of agriculture. The tapestry of community building is woven with threads of such idealism. (Y)

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