Registration for the 3rd Southeast Asian Studies Symposium is now open!
Please visit the Registration page to register.
We are pleased to announce that, despite the Symposium’s expanded size and improved venue, Project Southeast Asia has kept the registration fees in line with previous Symposia. We have negotiated on behalf of Symposium delegates a 3 day, 2 night All-Access package that keeps fees exactly the same as last year.
For a limited time (until 22 December 2013), prices are discounted to:
3 Days 2 Nights All Access Residential Package: £299 / £259
2 Days 1 Night Residential Registration Package: £249 / £209
2 Days Non-residential Registration Package: £199 / £149
Saturday Registration: £129 / £99
Sunday Registration: £89 / £59
Please note that we have only 150 rooms available at the conference venue. Once they are sold, we will no longer be able to offer the above packages.
The next SEA Studies Seminar is on the topic of “Viral Economies: Farming Bird Flu in Vietnam” by Dr. Natalie Porter (Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford). It will be held on Wednesday, 13 November at the Deakin Room, Founder’s Building, St. Antony’s College, 2-3.30pm. For more information on the SEA Studies Seminar, please see our Seminar page.
Recent outbreaks of swine flu, SARS and avian influenza are provoking innovative global health efforts to control diseases transmitted between species. In Southeast Asia, much of this effort centers on poultry economies, where new forms of production, circulation, and exchange are cohering around viruses and their management. Drawing on ethnographic research in Vietnam, this presentation explores how individuals navigate avian flu interventions in policymaking arenas and poultry producing communities. It reveals that pandemic flu strategies confront heterogeneous moral codes, in which animals play a dynamic role in Vietnamese knowledge hierarchies, village economies, and estimations of individual worth. This research suggests that avian flu both circumscribes and expands possibilities for regulating and valuing life in communities of humans coexisting with animals.
About the Speaker
Natalie Porter is research fellow in the BioProperty Program at the Institute for Science, Innovation & Society – University of Oxford. She is a cultural anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of science, technology, and medicine. Her regional foci include Southeast Asia and parts of the United States and Europe, where she explores intersections of biomedicine and multispecies relationships. She is developing a book-length ethnography that explores how multinational bird flu control programs affect state-making strategies and poultry production practices in Vietnam. Natalie holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in 2014 will take up an assistant professor position in anthropology at the University of New Hampshire.
Nbyen Dan Hkung Awng’s seminar on “Conflict and Development in Northern Myanmar: The roles of armed groups, NGOs, and the Chinese government” has been rescheduled to 6.30 pm at the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St. Antony’s College on the same day. It will now take the form of a roundtable titled “Ethnicity and Experiences of Conflict in Burma”. For more information, please see the Seminar page.
Matthew J Walton, Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies, St. Antony’s College
Nbyen Dan Hkung Awng, Charles Wallace Trust Visiting Research Fellow, DPIR
Paing Soe Hlaing, President of the Oxford Burma Alliance
Karen Hargrave, Vice President of the Oxford Burma Alliance
The dominant narrative of the current political transition in Burma appears to be gradually becoming more positive, as formerly critical Western countries deepen their engagement with the country through encouraging investment and even initiating limited military-military relations. However, civil conflict continues in many border areas of the country, inhabited mostly by members of ethnic minority groups. And despite national and international pressure for a nation-wide ceasefire, most resistance groups remain deeply skeptical of the new Burmese government’s capacity and sincerity with regard to instituting political reforms that would address the grievances of marginalized ethnic communities.
The participants in this roundtable will address the question of how ethnic identity affects people’s experiences of conflict in Burma. Matt Walton will discuss ethnicity and differential experiences of suffering more broadly as well as the ways in which geography plays a role in mediating the effects of government/military repression. Dan Hkung will consider the Kachin struggle, a case of particular importance at present as the intensification of conflict in Kachin state has occurred alongside the widely praised “democratic” reforms of the new Burmese government. Paing Soe Hlaing and Karen Hargrave will discuss Mon perspectives on ethnic identity, conflict and political transition. Paing will relate his own experiences of the challenges of negotiating mixed Mon-Burman heritage, whilst Karen will share the perspectives of Mon friends and colleagues working to advance human rights for this ethnic population.
The term card for the Southeast Asian Studies seminar series has been released. Seminars will be held at the Deakin Room, St Antony’s College, from 2-3.30pm on Wednesdays in Weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7. The seminar is convened by Dr Matthew Walton.
The first seminar on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 is ‘The emerging agro-industrial complex in Burma: The politics of land reform, land grabs and resistances, and the Chinese presence’ by Kevin Woods (Environmental Studies, Policy and Management Department, UC-Berkeley).
Kevin Woods has been engaged in research and activism on land politics in Burma for over a decade. His initial research focused on the Burma-China timber trade, but since then has expanded to include research on the country’s emerging agribusiness sector as the frontline of land grabs and conflict. Most of his work has focused on examining Chinese agribusiness in northern Burma as part of China’s opium substitution programme, and its entanglements with drug militias, counterinsurgency and land grabs. Most recently Kevin has conducted participatory action research on farmers’ resistances to land grabs during the current reform period under the new military-backed government. Kevin’s land reform research at the national scale, supported by specific cases studies in contested ethnic resource-rich territories, allows him to go beyond the veneer of ‘the new Myanmar’ to understand how Burma’s infamous military institution and crony capitalism begin to merge with neoliberal development, this time backed by western development aid and finance institutions.
About the Speaker
Kevin is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California-Berkeley in the Environmental Studies, Policy and Management Department (ESPM) in the Society and Environment Division as a political ecologist and geographer. He also serves as a research analyst for both the Transnational Institute (TNI) based in Amsterdam and for Forest Trends based in Washington, DC. Kevin’s academic research, theoretical toolkit, and NGO affiliations are oriented such that his collaborative work with local community activist networks attempts to overcome the problems uncovered by research.
The Call for Papers and Panels is now closed. Our thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), in collaboration with the Oxford Burma Alliance and Project Southeast Asia, would like to invite you to “Myanmar: A Celebration”, a fundraising event in support of the Myanmar Family Medicine Project of the RCGP. It will be held at Mordan Hall in St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, on 15 September 2013 from 11.30 am-4.30 pm. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided. Tickets are £45 in advance or £50 at the door.
For more information, please visit the event page.
To buy tickets, please visit the RCGP website.
We are pleased to invite colleagues in Southeast Asian studies to submit proposals for Panels and Papers for the 3rd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium at Keble College, University of Oxford, 22-23 March 2014. Our theme for the Symposium is “Southeast Asia in Transition”.
We are accepting proposals for Academic Panels, Roundtables, Workshops, and Cultural Events. Proposals should be sent through the Project Southeast Asia website or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to review all instructions and guidelines carefully before submitting your proposals.
Please note that the deadline for proposal submission is 15 September 2013. Final details for all sessions are due by 15 December 2013.
You will find detailed instructions for submissions at our Call for Panels and Papers page.
Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to Oxford in 2014!
Following on from the great success of the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2013, Project Southeast Asia is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join the organising committee and to convene panel sessions for the 2014 Symposium, to be held 22-23 March 2014. We welcome students and scholars of all levels who are interested in Southeast Asia. The conference is entirely volunteer-run and thus offers great scope for enterprising, entrepreneurial individuals to really make a difference in the field of Southeast Asian Studies
Our first meeting will be on 8 May 2013, Wednesday, at 7 pm, in the Stapledon Room at Exeter College. Please e-mail email@example.com to let us know you will be attending.
About the Symposium:
Project Southeast Asia’s Southeast Asian Studies Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference on contemporary issues in Southeast Asia. The 2013 conference attracted 241 participants, 105 papers in 22 panels. Its chief aim is to provide a rare and valuable opportunity for scholars and researchers of Southeast Asia to engage in dialogue and exchange of ideas.
Participants included Mark Pritchard, MP and Chair for the All-Party Group for ASEAN in the UK Parliament; the Ambassadors/High Commissioners of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Brunei; Lord Cranbrook, environmental biologist; and Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari, Sarawak Minister of Tourism. The conference also featured a cultural performance by the Burmese artist and former political prisoner Htein Lin as well as three roundtables on Myanmar, natural resource governance and Borneo/Kalimantan Studies
More information about the 2013 Symposium is available at http://projectsoutheastasia.com/academic-events/sea-symposium-2013
About Project Southeast Asia:
Project Southeast Asia is an initiative by scholars of Southeast Asia in Oxford to create an interdisciplinary Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. It organises a range of academic activities on Southeast Asia, and seeks to coordinate academic activity on the region.
More information about Project Southeast Asia is available at http://projectsoutheastasia.com & http://www.facebook.com/projectsoutheastasia
A short report and photos of the 2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2013 are now available.
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Advance registration for the Symposium is now closed. Onsite registration will be available on the day of the Symposium. The onsite registration fee for students, OAP, and others eligible for concessions is £45 per day or £55 for two days; for professionals, £65 per day or £85 for two days. Cash or cheque only.