CSEAS Digital News Issue 26 – 2024/2/21 | Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University


CSEAS Digital News Issue 26 – 2024/2/21


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 2024 issue includes:

    1. Announcements and Highlights
    2. Upcoming Events
    3. Publications: Hot off the CSEAS Press
    4. Presentations
    5. Podcasts in Japanese: “Book Talk on Asia”
    6. Media Exposure
    7. 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, will be held on Thursday, February 22, from 12:30 pm at the Research Commons (on the 1st floor of the East 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.
    Mark Richard Thompson “Democratic Backsliding, Opposition Pushback and Political Cycles in Philippine History”
    Songphan Choemprayong “Knowledge Amidst Disparity”
    Erminia Colucci “Arts-based and Visual Research for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advocacy”

TANKEN Video】A new 5-minute video 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.
     “Packaged Food, Packaged Life” (Cast: Dr. Heriberto Ruiz Tafoya)
    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.
    English / Japanese

【New Videos】Videos introducing the Center are now available.

2. Upcoming Events

Breaking the Chains: film screening
    21 February 2024, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    Venue: Former Kyoto Prize Library Room, 1st Floor, Inamori Center, Kyoto University
    Movie Director / Presenter: Erminia Colucci (Visiting Research Scholar, CSEAS / Professor, Middlesex University London / Visiting Professor, Gadjah Mada University)
    Discussant: Kasumi Ito (Eminent Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University)

CSEAS Colloquium: “Which Lineages? History and Interpretations of Philippine Politics”
    22 February 2024, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Venue: Research Commons, 1st Floor, East Building, CSEAS, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Mark R. Thompson (Visiting Research Scholar, CSEAS / Professor, City University of Hong Kong)

・“Asian Society and Culture through Video” monthly screening
    22 February 2024, 6 pm –
    Venue: Multimedia Room 2, 1st floor, East Bldg, CSEAS Kyoto University
    English with Japanese subtitles
    Title: “Small Island Big Song” (81mins / English with Japanese subtitles)

ASEAN-Japan Insights: “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 | 2:00–3:30 pm SGT | 1:00–2:30 pm  ICT
    Zoom webinar (English with simultaneous Japanese translation)
    Organizers: The ASEAN-Japan Centre and CSEAS Kyoto University
    Julie Ann de los Reyes (CSEAS) will moderate the panel discussion.

Symposium — Filosof Angga: Thirteen trials and a thousand hopes
    3 March 2024, 14:00–15:30 JST
    Venue: Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
    Organizers: Research in Film and Society in Southeast Asia (Refssea) / Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University / Osaka Asian Film Festival
    Panelist: Angga Dwimas SASONGKO, 13 Bombs Director
    Moderator: NISHI Yoshimi (CSEAS)

Together for Mental Health: short films screening
    12 March 2024, 15:00–17:30 JST
    Venue: Former Kyoto Prize Library Room, 1st Floor, Inamori Center, CSEAS, Kyoto University
    Movie Director / Presenter: Erminia Colucci (Visiting Research Scholar, CSEAS / Professor, Middlesex University London / Visiting Professor, Gadjah Mada University)
    Discussant: Keizo-u Miyasaka (Professor Emeritus at Keio University and Tokyo Online University)

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

・CSEAS Reading Group session: Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories by Webb Keane
    5 April 2024, 4 pm –
    Venue: Seminar Room (213), Inamori Center, CSEAS, Kyoto University
    Presenter: Michael Feener (CSEAS)

Special Seminar “New Approaches to Philippine Literary History: New Materials and New Methodologies”
    26 April 2024, 4 – 6 pm
    Venue: Tonantei (201), Inamori Center, CSEAS, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Rocío Ortuño Casanova氏(Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish Literature, UNED (Open University) / Director, Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digitales (LINDH)

3. Publications: Hot off the CSEAS Press

【Latest Issue】
・Vol. 12 No. 3 of Southeast Asian Studies published on 26 December 2023.
    Website / J-Stage

【Latest Issue】
・Vol. 61, No. 2 of Japanese Journal of Southeast Asian Studies on 31 January 2024.
    Website / J-Stage 

【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 “Ambivalent Alignment? The Sino-Russian Partnership and Thailand’s Perspectives on the Russo-Ukrainian War” by Jittipat Poonkham, in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia on February 1, 2024.

【Latest Issue】CSEAS monthly newsletter released on February 14.
    [Letter from the Kamogawa River] “Echoes of the Past” by Shaun Mackey

【New Article】Daneshgar, M. (2024). Anthologies of Persian Poetry Inscribed in Indonesia: A Handlist of Rare Manuscripts. DABIR (published online ahead of print 2024).  

【New Article】Daneshgar, M. (2024). A Persian Treatise on the Genealogy of Shīʿa Imāms from Jerusalem. DABIR (published online ahead of print 2024). 

【New Article】Majid Daneshgar. The Blue Hikayat Muhammad Hanafiyyah: A Rare Copy of a Malay Folk Story at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Cambridge University Library Special Collections, posted on 20 February 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.”

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

4. Presentations

・Takahashi, Tomoko. “Power-Gap Driven Draft Resolutions: China’s Sponsorship Behavior on Economic Deregulation at the United Nations General Assembly”. Kobe Political Science Workshop Winter Series (December 2023–January 2024)/ Q-MIS Workshop, Kobe University. December 22, 2023.

・Takahashi, Tomoko. “Glocal Functionalism: Narratives from the Great East Japan Earthquake”. Kyoto University (Center for Southeast Asian Studies), Global Collaborative Research 2023 Annual Research Results Presentation Conference. February 16, 2024.

5. 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 

6. Media Exposure

Comments by Julie Ann de los Reyes (CSEAS) in the article “Feud Between Clans Emerges as Risk to One of Asia’s Growth Stars,” Bloomberg, 6 February 2024, written by Cliff Harvey Venzon and Manolo Serapio Jr, published

7. Past Events

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)

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)

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)

・Screening and Talk “Gran Torino”
    26 January 2024, 6 – 9 pm
    Venue: ex. Kyoto-Prize Library Hall, ground floor of Inamori Building
    Comment: Senshu Yoshii (Toyama University)

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)


With an increased number of opportunities to teach these days, I have recently been thinking a lot about what it means to “convey something to other people”. Overall, I have realized that “I can always make myself understood if I find something truly interesting”. Conversely, even when a topic is deemed important in textbooks and meticulously summarized on slides, if I personally don’t find it very engaging, it doesn’t come across well. For instance, even with advanced contents, such as how to present theories of International Relations from an Asian perspective, as they have primarily been shaped by the West, I’ve noticed that the sleepy posture of students tends to straighten, and their eyes sparkle with the intriguing topic. With the lesson that classes that question essential topics captivate the students’ hearts, I wish to advance research that serves as the foundation for such contents. (T.T.)

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