CSEAS Digital News Issue 28 – 2024/4/24 | Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University


CSEAS Digital News Issue 28 – 2024/4/24


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.

April 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

【April Get Together】
・The monthly welcome and farewell party, Get Together, will be held on Thursday, April 25, from 12:30 pm at the Small-sized Meeting Room 2 (#331 on the 3rd floor of Inamori Center). Please join us and have an opportunity to enjoy small talk.
    We have updated the visiting scholars’ web page. Please check here.

【New Research Associate】
・Md. Asaduzzaman Sarker (Agriculture): CSEAS welcome Md. Asaduzzaman Sarker as Visiting Research Scholar on May 1.
・Wong Chin Huat (Political Science): CSEAS welcome Wong Chin Huat as Visiting Research Scholar on May 1.
・Zuliansyah Putra Zulkarnain (Public Policy, Governance): CSEAS welcome Zuliansyah Putra Zulkarnain as Guest Scholar on May 3.

【Personnel Change (April 1)】
・Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Professor (promoted)
・Youdiil Ophinni, Program-Specific Assistant Professor, Hakubi Center
・Taihei Kikuchi, Researcher
・Satohiro Serizawa, Visiting Professor
・Yoichi Nemoto, Visiting Professor
・Kenta Kishi, Visiting Professor
・Atsushi Kobayashi, Associate Professor, Nagoya University (transferred)

2. Upcoming Events

Special Seminar “New Approaches to Philippine Literary History: New Materials and New Methodologies”
    Date & Time: Friday, 26 April 2024, 16:00–18:00 JST
    Venue: Tonantei (201), 2nd Floor, Inamori Center, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Rocío Ortuño Casanova (Assistant Professor, UNED / Director, LINDH)

Special Seminar on ““The Rising Generation”: Filipino Scholars Before the Second World War”
    Date & Time: Thursday, 9 May 2024, 16:00–17:30 JST
    Venue: Tonantei (I201), 2nd Floor, Inamori Center, CSEAS, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Jonathan Victor Baldoza (PhD candidate, Princeton University)

The International Symposium of Minpaku for the 50th Anniversary of the Museum’s Funding “Human and Cultural Heritages from Maritime Perspectives”
    Date & Time: Saturday, 11 May – Sunday, 12 May, 2024, 10:30–16:30
    Venue: National Museum of Ethnology Auditorium, Osaka

・CSEAS Reading Group Session: The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden
    Date & Time: Friday, 24 May 2024, 16:00– JST
    Venue: Seminar Room (I213), 2nd Floor, Inamori Center, CSEAS, Kyoto University
    Presenter: Youdiil Ophinni (CSEAS)

The 5th SEASIA Biennial Conference “De/Centering Southeast Asia”
    Date: Thursday, 18 July to Saturday, 20 July, 2024
    Venue: University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City

3. Publications: Hot off the CSEAS Press

Vol. 13 No. 1 of Southeast Asian Studies will be on 25 April 2024.

【Latest Issue】
Vol. 61, No. 2 of Japanese Journal of Southeast Asian Studies on 31 January 2024.

【Latest Issue】
Special issue (37) titled “Urban Governance and Platform Dynamics in Southeast Asia” of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia is out on March 1, 2024. In this issue, Apiwat Ratanawaraha, associate professor at Chulalongkorn University, serves as guest editor.
    Five book reviews are also available.

【New Article】
TRENDSETTERS column ““Romancing” the Ballot: Public Housing in Singapore,” by Joy Xin Yuan Wang, in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia on April 1, 2024.

【Latest Issue】CSEAS monthly newsletter released on April 10.
    [New Staff] Genta Kuno
    [Letter from the Kamogawa River] “Take Your Time and Explore: Lessons from the Diary of a Literary Critic” by Tomohiro Machikita

【New Article】Sakai, M., Kimura, S. S., Mizutani, Y., Ishikawa, M., Ito, T., Arai, N., & Niizuma, Y. (2024). Telomere length changes in the Pacific white-sided dolphin measured for one and a half years. Marine Mammal Science, e13123. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.13123

 【New Book】Jane M. Ferguson, Silver Screens and Golden Dreams: A Social History of Burmese Cinema, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2024.

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

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

4. Presentations

【Presentation/Panel discussion】Tomoko Takahashi, “Unraveling the Modernity of International Institutions: Citizenry Viewpoints from the Great East Japan Earthquake,” presentation on the panel “International Cooperation: Information, Public Support and Domestic Politics,” at International Studies Association (ISA) 2024 Annual Convention (San Francisco), on 6 April 2024 (See full program, p.186) , and Panel discussion, “Understanding Contemporary Trends in Global Governance and World Politics,” on 4 April 2024 (See full program, p.80). 

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

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

6. Media Exposure

A review article appeared in the Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm and the online news website Egypt Independent (17 April 2024) on Majid Daneshgar’s book Tantawi Jawhari and the Qur’an: Tafsir and Social Concerns in the Twentieth Century (Routledge 2018).

7. Past Events

Kyoto University Asian Economic Development Seminar
    Date & Time: Monday, 8 April 2024, 10:30–12:00 JST
    Venue: Room 101 on 1F, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics, East Bldg., Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Asad Islam (Professor, Monash University)
    Title: Improving Health and Safety in the Informal Sector: Evidence from a Randomized Trial in Bangladesh

CSEAS Reading Group session: Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories by Webb Keane
    Date & Time: Friday, 5 April 2024, 16:00 JST –
    Venue: Seminar Room (213), 2nd Floor, Inamori Center, Kyoto University
    Presenter: Michael Feener (CSEAS)

CSEAS Colloquium “Cataloging the Unknown: Exploring the Complexities of Managing Thai Materials in Japan”
    Date & Time: Thursday, 28 March 2024, 13:30 – 15:00 JST
    Venue: Middle-sized Meeting Room (332), 3rd Floor, Inamori Center, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Songphan Choemprayong (Visiting Research Scholar, CSEAS)


I recently had the opportunity to participate in a conference in the United States, where I served as the presenter and discussant for panels. In doing so, I learned that such events cultivate trust with researchers from around the world with prospects for collaboration. For instance, I have had exchanges with an Italian researcher for the last five years, but it was the first time to meet in person, and we laughed saying that “this is a 3D version of ourselves!”. The four researchers from France, Columbia, China and Japan were also finally able to gather from New York and Kansai area to foster friendship as we embark on our collaborative project. Meanwhile, it is also fascinating to see how friends from completely different contexts unexpectedly meet up in one place and broaden their networks. I bumped into my friend from Geneva for the first time after seven years to discover that we both became researchers, while another friend from Chicago from five years ago appeared in a gathering of research communities from Berlin, whom I got connected to last year, and I witnessed the diverse research groups coming together. I used to find it awkward to exchange ongoing works or to engage in large-scale collaborative research, but I have come to realize that everything is grounded on trust and the pure enjoyment of research. (T.T.)

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