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Opening Panel: Past and Future Directions in Southeast Asian Studies

  • Some reflections on Southeast Asia and its position in academia
    Tom Hoogervorst (DPhil candidate, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford)
  • Searching for a vernacular subaltern transregional Southeast Asian history
    Dr Pingtjin Thum (University of Oxford)

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Panel I: Religion

  • ‘Tradition’ and ‘authenticity’: Husayni compassion in Indonesia (Jakarta, Bandung, and Bengkulu)
    Dr Chiara Formichi (Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies and Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC), City University of Hong Kong)
  • Translocal and Cosmopolitan Islam: Chinese-style Mosques in Indonesia and Malaysia
    Dr Hew Wai Weng (Postdoctoral research fellow, the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden)
  • Religious Identity and urban piety in Indonesian society: A social movement analysis of the Salafiyaa and the quest to ‘purify’ Islam in Yogyakarta, Java
    Chris Chaplin (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge / Research Fellow, Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga)
  • Chinese Muslim Dakwah Work in Malaysia
    Pei-Chein Wu (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS))

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Panel II: State Power

  • Sociological analysis of state policy behaviour in the making of regional policy in migrant workers protection: The case of Indonesia and the Philippines in ASEAN
    Anisa Santoso (PhD Candidate, Institute for Asia Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham)
  • Deficiency By Design: The Coalitional Origin of Thailand’s Inefficient Bureaucracy
    Veerayooth Kanchoochat (PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge)
  • Imagining language: The shifting position of prestige Chinese dialects occupy in Singapore
    Deborah Cheong (MSc, University of Oxford)

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Panel III: Political Economy

  • The Political Economy of Healthcare Commercialization in Vietnam
    Dr Le Thanh Forsberg (Global Leaders Fellow/ Global Economic Governance Programme, University College, University of Oxford)
  • Global halal between Islam, states and markets in Malaysia and Singapore
    Dr Johan Fischer (Associate Professor, Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark)
  • Thailand’s Provincial Poverty and its Determinants: Before and after the 1997 Crisis
    Suphannada Limpanonda (PhD Candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS))
  • The Political Economy of Islamic Finance in Malaysia
    Dr Lena Rethel (Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick)

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Panel IV: Culture

  • The Burmese in the History Textbook Prescribed for Burmese Vernacular Schools
    Dr Myo Oo (Research Professor, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, South Korea)
  • Definition and redefinition of Javanese tradition in Yogyakarta and Surakarta
    Ofita Purwani (PhD candidate, University of Edinburgh / Lecturer, Sebelas Maret University)
  • Bornean Post-colonial Dilemma: Between Indigenous Right, Identity and Outsider
    Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi (Institute of East Asian Studies, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia: a Comparative and Critical Appraisal
    Prof Victor T. King (Emeritus Professor of South East Asian Studies, University of Leeds)

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Panel V: Marginalised Communities

  • Bringing home exotic women: the “mail-order brides” industry and Southeast Asian women
    Dr Gwenola Ricordeau (Assistant professor, Université Lille-I)
  • Urban Informality and Neoliberalism: Formalisation versus Demolition of Informal
    Settlements in the Philippines
    Narae Choi (DPhil Candidate in Development Studies, University of Oxford)
  • Legal mobilisation in post-colonial Malaysia: The law as a political tool for marginalised groups
    Thaatchaayini Kananatu (PhD Candidate, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Sunway, Malaysia)
  • Deciphering Southern Thailand’s violence: Organization and insurgent practices of BRN-Coordinate
    Dr Sascha Helbardt (Post-doc researcher/ lecturer, University of Passau)

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Panel VI: Environment

  • Hazy governance: The politics of environmental securitization in Southeast Asia
    Dr Lee Jones (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • In search of environmental accountability: The politics of risk, mobilization, and inclusive citizenship
    Li Kheng Poh (PhD candidate, Human Geography, School of Environment and Technology, Brighton University)
  • Environmentalism and the ethno-national struggle in Kachin land, northern Burma
    Laur Kiik (MA candidate in the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University)
  • Biodiversity, liberalization and wildlife trade in Vietnam: Pangolins, Timber and State-society relationships
    Dr Peter Larsen (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

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Panel VII: Local Governance and Decentralisation

  • Neopotism and Punishment: The (Mis-)Performance of elected local officials in Philippines Julien Labonne(DPhil candidate, Department of Economics, Oxford University) and
    Prof. Marcel Fafchamps (Professor of Development Economics in the Economics Department, Oxford University)
  • Does local governments’ responsiveness increase with decentralization and democratization? Evidence from sub-national budget allocation in Indonesia
    Krisztina Kis-Katos and Bambang Suharnoko Sjahrir (PhD candidate, Institute for Economic Research, Department of International Economic Policy, University of Freiburg, Germany)
  • The Reinvention of Democracy through Communitarian Vision: the case of Communitarian Democracy Movement in Thailand
    Thorn Pitidol (DPhil candidate in Social Policy, University of Oxford)
  • Decentralisation and Democratisation in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines
    Prof. Patrick Ziegenhain (Interim Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Trier, Germany)

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Panel VIII: Human Development

  • Mobility and Opportunities through lifelong learning in Singapore: Promise or trap?
    Rebecca Ye (MSc candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford / Research Associate, Institute for Adult Learning (Workforce Development Agency), Singapore)
  • Population aging in Vietnam – An irreversible truth?
    Matthew Thanh Tye (AXA Doctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford)
  • Parental resources and children’s malnutrition over the life course and their consequences for cognitive outcomes – evidence from Indonesia.
    Sarah Mohaupt (PhD candidate, Social Policy Department, London School of Economics & CASE (Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion))

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