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Announcement: Asian Economic Panel conference to be held in conjunction with the Symposium

Project Southeast Asia and the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI) are pleased to announce that the Asian Economic Panel (AEP) conference will be held in conjunction with the 4th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium. The Symposium will be held 20-22 March 2015, and the AEP conference will follow immediately on 23-24 March 2015. Both will be hosted by the JCI at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Registration to the Symposium includes entry to the AEP conference, and will open on 15 November 2015.

Participants include: Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University), Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley), Chalongphob Sussangkarn (Thailand Development Research Institute), Kiyohiko Nishimura (University of Tokyo), Fan Gang (National Economic Research Institute), and Woo Wing Thye (Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia).

AEP invites about 40 economists from around the world (particularly from Asia) to meet three times a year to discuss issues that are important to sub-regions of Asia or individual Asian countries. The proceedings of the AEP conference are edited and published thrice yearly in a journal, Asian Economic Papers (MIT Press).

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SEA Studies Symposium 2015 – Call for Panels and Papers

The Call for Panels and Papers for the 4th Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2015 has been released. Co-hosted by the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, the Symposium will be held Friday 20 March 2015 to Sunday 22 March 2015 at Sunway University, Malaysia. The theme for the 2015 Symposium is “The Year of ASEAN: Integrating Southeast Asia”. The Symposium will focus on four subthemes on the Environment and Natural Resources, Public Health, Education, and the Economy, but submissions on all topics are welcome. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2014. Please visit the Call for Panels and Papers website to submit a panel or paper proposal.

We hope all of you will join us in Malaysia!

Announcement: 4th SEA Studies Symposium

Project Southeast Asia is pleased to announce that the 4th  Southeast Asian Studies Symposium  will be hosted by the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI) at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20-22 March 2015. The Call for Panels & Papers will be released shortly. Please visit our Symposium website, join our mailing list or visit our Facebook page to stay informed on the latest updates. You can download the press release here. We look forward to seeing all of you in Kuala Lumpur! Read more

Today: Verapat Pariyawong on the “Thailand and the Rule of No Law”.

Verapat Pariyawong (Former Special Counsel to the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand) will be speaking at the Dahrendorf Room, St Antony’s College, today (Thursday 29 May 2014) at 2pm. Verapat was summoned by National Council for Peace and Order yesterday but has refused to report.

Abstract:

The session will be focussing on Thai politics following the 2006 coup and how the protesters, the care taking government, the courts and military establishment and different classes in Thai society are currently dealing with the political struggles while relying on some form of legal arguments. The current political battle is not fought by mere physical power like in the past, but rather some form of legitimacy power claimed by all sides, each interpreting the constitution differently. As the struggles push closer to the critical point, the dynamic of power politics in an emerging Democracy such as Thailand is being illustrated clearer than before.

About the Speaker:

Verapat Pariyawong is a recognized Thai legal advisor and political commentator. He was Special Counsel to Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and Honorary Advisor to Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of Thailand. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School where he was also a Fulbright Scholar and held honorary distinction for his LL.M. paper on Thai constitutional and political issues.

He was guest-lecturer and speaker at various universities and leading institutions in Thailand; and among his audience were the current and former Prime Ministers of Thailand, the Speaker of the Thai Parliament and the Speaker of the Thai Senate. He co-authored a policy study report on Thai electoral system for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and published articles and chapters on constitutional and international law in academic journals and liber amicorum. Apart from appearing regularly in the Thai press, his comments were reported internationally by ABC (Australia), Agence France-Presse, Aljazeera, Associated Press, BBC World Service, Channel News Asia, China Central Television (CCTV), DPA (Germany), Kyodo (Japan), the New York Times, the Strait Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Xinhua News Agency.

 

SEA Studies Seminar – Trinity 2014

The term card for the Southeast Asian Studies seminar series has been released. Seminars will be held at the  Deakin or Dahrendorf Room, St Antony’s College, from 2-3.30pm on Thursday in Weeks 3, 5, and 7. The seminar is convened by Dr Matthew Walton.

Week 3, 15 May: “Freedom and Fear in Myanmar”

Ian Holliday (Professor, The University of Hong Kong)

Week 5, 29 May:  “Legal Ramifications of Thailand’s Political Crisis”

Verapat Pariyawong (Former Special Counsel to the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand)

Week 7, 12 June : “A New Developmental State? Thailand and the Global Movement towards Universal Coverage” 

Joseph Harris (Assistant Professor, Boston University)

You can download the SEA Seminar schedule in PDF format here.

Announcement

Project Southeast Asia wishes to thank Dr Xin Hui Chan, who has resigned from the Project, and expresses appreciation for her many contributions over the last five years.

Pingtjin Thum
Secretary
Project Southeast Asia committee

SEA Studies Seminar – Hilary 2014 – Week 7

The final Southeast Asian Studies seminar of 2014 will be held on 6 March 2014, 2-3.30pm, at the Dahrendorf Room, St Antony’s College, Oxford.

Tu-Anh Vu-Thanh (Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, University of Oxford; Director of Research, Fulbright Economics Teaching Program) will be speaking on “WTO and the Political Economy of Reform in Vietnam”.

SEA Studies Seminar – Hilary 2014 – Week 5

The next Southeast Asian Studies seminar of 2014 will be held on 20 February 2014, 2-3.30pm, at the Dahrendorf Room, St Antony’s College, Oxford.

Giles Ji Ungpakorn (Independent Scholar) will be speaking on the topic, ‘Is Thai Democracy Finished?’

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Abstract:

Following the anti-government protests at the end of the year, where the protesters called for the end of parliamentary democracy and a “new” system of appointed parliaments and appointed governments, the Yingluck government decided to dissolve parliament and call fresh elections in February 2014. Amid this long-running Thai crisis, many people are asking whether Thai democracy is on its last legs. This seminar will attempt to analyse the latest situation and explain the root causes of the crisis. In doing so the idea of a “crisis of succession” will be rejected in favour of an explanation grounded in political economy. Cracks in Thai society, which developed over decades, and were finally exposed in the 1996 Asian economic crisis, are the root cause of why the middle class, the military and the conservative elites dislike parliamentary democracy and former Prime Minister Taksin Shinawat.

About the Speaker:

Giles Ji Ungpakorn is a Thai academic in exile in the U.K. The former Associate Professor of politics at Chulalongkorn University was charged with lèse majesté in late 2008 because he wrote a book criticising the 2006 military coup. Since arriving in Britain, he has been an active commentator on Thai politics, using blogs, websites, internet radio and social media. He has done a number of speaking tours at universities throughout Europe. His most recent academic writings can be accessed on his website: http://bit.ly/1cLbFtr. Out of necessity he is currently employed as an administrative worker in a local NHS hospital in Oxford where he is also a union shop steward.

New Feature: The Calendar. Submit your events!

We are pleased to announce a new feature on projectsoutheastasia.com: the Events Calendar. It lists Oxford-based Southeast Asian events. You can access it at http://projectsoutheastasia.com/events or at the sidebar to the right.

If you have a Southeast Asian event you would like to promote to the Project Southeast Asia community, please let us know via our submission form.

SEA Studies Seminar – Hilary 2014 – Week 1

The first Southeast Asian Studies seminar of 2014 will be held on 23 January 2014, 2-3.30pm, at the Dahrendorf Room, St Antony’s College, Oxford.

Danica Salazar (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English Language Lexicography, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford) will be presenting on the topic “The vocabulary of Southeast Asian Englishes: A sociolinguistic and cultural perspective”.

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Abstract

Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines are postcolonial Southeast Asian nations where the English language continues to play an important role as a language of intranational communication, in addition to its function as an international lingua franca in the ASEAN region. This presentation will focus on the words and phrases that characterize English as it is spoken in these countries: the vocabulary that forms the basis of what is now known as Bruneian, Singaporean, Malaysian and Philippine English. These distinct lexical features have developed as a result of many years of contact between English and Southeast Asian vernaculars, and of various other cultural, historical and social factors. They are also a reflection of the linguistic creativity of the region’s English speakers. The lexicon of Southeast Asian Englishes is the subject of a current research project at Oxford University’s Faculty of English and Oxford University Press, which aims to widen the coverage of this type of regional vocabulary in the Oxford English Dictionary. Danica Salazar is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English Language Lexicography of the University of Oxford, based in the Faculty of English Language and Literature, Oxford University Press and Hertford College. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Barcelona, a Master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Salamanca and a BA in European Languages from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, with a major in Spanish and a minor in French. Danica’s current research involves the representation of Philippine English and other Southeast Asian Englishes in the Oxford English Dictionary. She has participated in several international conferences and published books and articles on English and Hispanic studies.

About the Speaker

Danica Salazar is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English Language Lexicography of the University of Oxford, based in the Faculty of English Language and Literature, Oxford University Press and Hertford College. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Barcelona, a Master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Salamanca and a BA in European Languages from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, with a major in Spanish and a minor in French.

Danica’s current research involves the representation of Philippine English and other Southeast Asian Englishes in the Oxford English Dictionary. She has participated in several international conferences and published books and articles on English and Hispanic studies.