CSEAS Digital News Issue 25 – 2024/1/24


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.

January 2024 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

【January Get Together】
・The monthly welcome and farewell party, Get Together, will be held on Thursday, January 25, from 12:30 pm at the Small meeting room 2 (on the 3rd floor of the Inamori bldg). Please join us and have an opportunity to enjoy small talk.
    We have updated the visiting scholars’ web page. Please check here.

Visitor’s Voice
    New interview articles are available now. We asked them about their research, future ambitions, and more.
    Visitor’s Voice: Interview with Lily Hanefarezan Binti Asbulah: “Empowering Jawi in Kyoto: Through A Distinguished Lens”
    Visitor’s Voice: Interview with Musab Bin Sahrim: “Unveiling the Alchemy of AI & Humanity: A Guest Scholar’s Odyssey”

【Report】The report of the 47th Southeast Asia Seminar held in Mae Ramat, Thailand, on December 7-14, 2023 is now available.

TANKEN VideoTwo new 5-minute videos have been added to the “CSEAS TANKEN Video” series. These short videos focus on keywords or exploring new research topics while highlighting different viewpoints and issues.
    1. Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS) (Main Cast: Prof. R. Michael Feener)
    2. Fukuoka Prize 2023 Award Commemorative Interview: Message to young people from a historian (Main Cast: Dr. Thongchai Winichakul)
    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.

【Annual Report】CSEAS Report 2023/2024 and leaflet are now in PDF format.

【Newsletter】New website launched. We have integrated both English and Japanese newsletters and will distribute them on the web on the second Wednesday of every month, simultaneously in English and Japanese, with articles such as “Notes from the Field” (research introductions), interviews, reports, introductions of new staff members, “Letter from the Kamogawa River” (book introductions), and library columns.

【New Videos】Videos introducing the Center are now available. Please use the three videos, “Area Studies at Kyoto University: Characteristics and Challenges,” “Academic Diversity of CSEAS,” and “Publication Activities and International Networks,” in your educational, research, and exchange activities.

2. Upcoming Events

CSEAS Colloquium: The Influence of Islam and Arabic Language in Malay Civilization: How Qalam Magazine Shaped Malay Community Thought during the 1950–1960s
    25 January 2024, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Venue: Middle-sized Meeting Room (No. 332), 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building
    Speaker: Lily Hanefarezan Binti Asbulah (CSEAS Distinguished Visiting Senior Lecturer)

7th Seminar on Urban Living in Southeast Asia
    30 January 2024, 3 pm–5 pm
    Venue: Seminar Room (213), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University / Online (Zoom)
    Title: Vertical Densification of Big Cities in Indonesia: Challenges & Opportunities
    Speaker: Yu Sing (Founder, Studio Akanoma)
    Kenta Kishi (Professor/Dean of the Graduate School of Transdisciplinary Arts, Akita University of Art, Visiting professor of CSEAS)

KINDOWS 6th Public Lecture (Film Screening) “Out of My Hand”
(Language: Liberian, English [subtitle: Japanese])
    1 February 2024, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm (Opening at 4:30 pm)
    Venue: International Science Innovation Building 5th Floor Symposium Hall, Kyoto University
    Film title: “Out of My Hand” (Language: Liberian, English [subtitle: Japanese])
    Comment: Natsuki Katayama (part-time lecturer, Osaka University)

・Special Seminar on Thai Politics: “Changes in Thai Politics and Administration, and Its Future Prospect”
    15 February 2024, 2:00 – 5:30 pm (JST)
    Venue: Seminar Room (213), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Moderator: Ayako Toyama (University of Tsukuba)
    Speaker: Purawich Watanasukh (Thammasat University), Wasan Luangprapat (Thammasat University)
    Discussant: Chatchada Kumlungpat (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies), Fumio Nagai (Osaka Metropolitan University)

・ASEAN-Japan Insights Series: “Carbon Neutral by 2050: How Japan and ASEAN can Collaborate on Emissions Reduction through Carbon Trading Markets”
    27 February 2024, 3:00 – 4:30 pm (JST)
    Hybrid Zoom webinar | Tokyo, Japan
    Venue: ASEAN Japan Hall, 1F Shin-Onarimon Bldg. 6-17-19 Shimbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Language: English with simultaneous Japanese translation
    Julie Ann de los Reyes (CSEAS) will moderate the panel discussion in the webinar.

・The Memorial Final Lectures by Prof. Yasuyuki Kono and Prof. Yoko Hayami
    22 March 2024, Friday (afternoon)
    Venue: Shiranakaikan, Kyoto University

3. Publications: Hot off the CSEAS Press

【Latest Issue】
・Vol. 12, Supplementary Issue of Southeast Asian Studies published on 15 December 2023. Vol. 12 No. 3 on 26 December 2023 on our website and J-Stage.

・Vol. 61, No. 2 of Japanese Journal of Southeast Asian Studies will be on 31 January 2024.

【Latest Issue】
・Special issue (36) titled “Social Media and Youths in Southeast Asia and Japan: An Instrument for Political Change?” of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia is out on September 1, 2023. In this issue, Pavin Chachavalpongpun serves as guest editor.
    Five book reviews are also available.

【New Article】
・TRENDSETTERS column “Thai PM Srettha 100 Day Scorecard: Thailand is Open for Business” by William J. Jones, in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia on January 1, 2024.

【Latest Issue】CSEAS monthly newsletter released on January 10. This month we have posted three articles.
    [Notes from the Field] “Packaged Food, Packaged Life: Corporate Food in Metro Manila Slums” by Heriberto Ruiz Tafoya
    [Library Collection] “Academic Acts of Survival Live on through the CSEAS Library Collection: Materials from the Center for Documentation and Research on Khmer Civilization (CEDORECK)” by Atsushi Yoshida
    [Letter from the Kamogawa River] “Considering the Future of Academic Publishing” by Narumi Shitara

【New Article】de los Reyes, J. A. (2024). Resources and Extraction. In J. Johns & S. M. Hall (Eds.), Contemporary Economic Geographies: Inspiring, Critical and Plural Perspectives (1st ed., pp. 381–394). Bristol University Press.

【New Article】Daneshgar, Majid. “Gog and Magog in Malay-Indonesian Islamic Exegetical Works.” Gog and Magog: Contributions toward a World History of an Apocalyptic Motif, edited by Georges Tamer, Andrew Mein and Lutz Greisiger, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2023, pp. 597–616.

【New Article】Majid Daneshgar, “Erpenius’ ‘Coptic’ manuscript at Cambridge University Library,” Cambridge University Library Special Collections, posted on 10 January 2024.

Pavin Chachavalpongpun (ed), Rama X: The Thai Monarchy under King Vajiralongkorn, Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monograph Series 69, Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, Spring 2024.

Kisho Tsuchiya, Emplacing East Timor: The Cycle of Regime Change and Knowledge Production, 1860-2010, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2024.

Ueda, Kaoru and Azuma, Eiichiro (eds), Japanese America on the Eve of the Pacific War: An Untold History of the 1930s, Hoover Institution Press, 2024.
    Toshihiko Kishi (CSEAS) contributed Chapter 5 “Perceptions of the 1930s in Local Japanese American Newspapers in Hawai’i: The Nikkei Community and Japan as Portrayed in the Maui Shinbun.”

Georges Tamer (ed.), Handbook of Qurʾānic Hermeneutics Vol. 4: Qur’ānic Hermeneutics in the 19th and 20th Century, De Gruyter, 2024.
    Majid Daneshgar (CSEAS) contributed chapters on “Muḥammad b. Aḥmad al-Iskandarānī” and “Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī.”

【近刊】Theara Thun, Epistemology of the Past: Texts, History and Intellectuals of Cambodia, 1850–1970, University of Hawaii Press, August 2024.

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. 76 (27 December 2023) Huangyan Zheng, Toshika no Chugoku seiji: Tochi torihiki no tenkai to tagenka suru shakai (Who Benefits? The Politics of Land Transactions in China’s Urbanisation), The University of Nagoya Press, 2023 (in Japanese)
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information

・Book Talk on Asia No. 75 (13 December 2023) Takashi Torii (ed.), Mareshia wo shiru tameno 58 sho (Learn about Malaysia in Chapter 58), Akashishoten, 2023 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information 

・Book Talk on Asia No. 74 (22 November 2023) Toru Ito, Shinko taikoku Indo no kodogenri: Dokuji riarizumu gaiko no yukue (The Principles of Behaviour of the Emerging  Power India: Direction of Peculiar Realism Diplomacy), Keio University Press, 2020  and Indo no shotai: “Mirai no taikoku” no kyo to jitu (The True Nature of India: The Fiction and Reality of a ‘Future Great Power’), Chuko Shinsho La Clet, 2023 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information 1 / Book information 2 

5. Past Events

CSEAS Book Launch & Discussion: Packaged Food, Packaged Life: Corporate Food in Metro Manila Slums
    24 January 2024, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
    Venue: Seminar Room (Room 213), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University) / Online (Zoom)
    Speaker: Heriberto Ruiz Tafoya (Institute of Social Theory and Dynamics in Hiroshima)
    Discussant: Walden Bello (International Adjunct Professor, State University of New York)
    Moderator: Mario Ivan Lopez (CSEAS)

Special lecture by Prof. Erminia Colucci hosted by Field Medicine Seminar
    24 January 2024, 10 am – 12 pm (JST)
    Venue: Seminar Room (213), 2nd floor, Inamori Memorial Building, CSEAS, Kyoto University / Online (Zoom)
    Guest speaker: Erminia Colucci (Professor, Middlesex University London / Visiting Professor, Gadjah Mada University / Visiting Research Scholar, CSEAS)
    Title: Arts-based and visual methods in activist interdisciplinary research in the Global South and among people from migrant and refugee backgrounds

Political Economy of Structural Transformation: The Philippines in Comparative Perspective — Kyoto Writing Workshop
    19–21 January 2024
    Venue: Tonantei, 1st Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Organized by Julie Ann de los Reyes (CSEAS). Participants include Carmel Abao (Ateneo De Manila University), Alvin Camba (University of Denver), Charmaine Ramos (Utretcht University) and Jojo Nem Singh (ISS, Netherlands).

Special Seminar on Bhutan Society and Politics
    19 January 2024, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Venue: Seminar Room (213), 2nd floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Sonam Kinga (Royal Institute of Governance and Strategic Studies, Bhutan)
    Title: Emerging Political Divide amidst Democratic Consolidation in Bhutan

Seminar on Indonesia: Book Discussion: The Shariatisation of Indonesia: The Politics of the Council of Indonesian Ulama (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, MUI)
    19 January 2024, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Venue: Seminar Room (Room 213), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Presenter: Syafiq Hasyim (Faculty member of Islamic Studies and Director of Central Library at Indonesian International Islamic University / Visiting Fellow at the Indonesia Studies Programme of ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore)

Exhibition “Burma to Myanmar” & Curators’ workshop “Burma to Myanmar and beyond”
    Exhibition: 2 November 2023 – 11 February 2024, 10 am – 5 pm (Fridays 8:30 pm) (GMT)
    Venue: Room 35, The Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery, the British Museum
    Workshop: 13 Jan 2024, 10 am – 3:30 pm (GMT)
    Venue: Online
    CSEAS affiliated researcher Dr. Mizuho Ikeda serves as a project curator and give a talk on an introduction to Myanmar, present new research, and explore approaches to decolonising museums and their collections, with the lead curator Dr. Alexandra Green.


Thanks to the SEA seminar, I had my first real encounter with refugee camps, an experience that was unimaginably shocking. Witnessing such a vast number of people exerting all their effort, yet struggling in despair, and realizing how seldom their plight is covered by mainstream media, was eye-opening. A thought-provoking question was posed by the direct of the co-organizing NGO: What was the purpose of our visit and scrutiny of these people’s suffering? Was it to turn their plight into an article to embellish our own resumes? This was a question that brought me shame yet left me unable to answer, a question I will keep in mind for constant self-reflection. (Y)

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