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SEA Studies Seminar Hilary Term 2014

Alternate Thursdays, 2-3.30 pm
Dahrendorf Room, Founder’s Building
St. Antony’s College

[Please note the change in day and venue from last term]

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Week 1 | 23 January 2014

Danica Salazar (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English Language Lexicography, Faculty of English Language &Literature, University of Oxford)

“The vocabulary of Southeast Asian Englishes: A sociolinguistic and cultural perspective”

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.

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.

Week 3 | 6 February 2014

Petra Mahy (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford)

“Understanding Informal Employment Relationships in Indonesia: A Pilot Study in Restaurants in Yogyakarta”

Abstract

Forthcoming

About the Speaker

Forthcoming

Week 5 | 20 February 2014

Giles Ji Ungpakorn (Independent Scholar)

“Is Thai Democracy Finished?”

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.

Week 7 | 6 March 2014

Tu-Anh Vu-Thanh (Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, University of Oxford; Director of Research, Fulbright Economics Teaching Program)

“WTO and the Political Economy of Reform in Vietnam”

Abstract

Forthcoming

About the Speaker

Forthcoming