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The 2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium was held on 9 – 10 March 2013 and it was a huge success. Nearly 250 participants, over 100 papers, and countless fruitful conversations. This makes us officially the world’s largest annual Southeast Asian studies conference. A wonderful time was had by all.
Thank you to all participants for making the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2013 such an amazing event. Special congratulations to the conference team for all their hard work over the past few months and over the very hectic two days. Please check our Facebook page for photographs and updates. We look forward to seeing all of you at future Project Southeast Asia events!
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.
Registration for the Symposium dinner has now closed. Registration for the Symposium remains open and will close on 28 February 2013 at 12 noon GMT.
Registration for the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium will close on 28 February 2013. However, registration for the Symposium dinner (with dinner speaker Lord Cranbrook and a Sarawak Cultural Show) will close on 23 February 2013. Thus if you wish to participate in the Symposium dinner, please register for the Symposium before 23 February 2013. We do hope you will all join us at the Symposium!
We are delighted that Mark Pritchard MP, Chair of the All-Party Group for ASEAN in the UK Parliament, will be gracing the Symposium as one of its keynote speakers.
Mr Pritchard is the Member of Parliament for the Wrekin in Shropshire. He is also a member of the UK’s Joint National Security Strategy Committee, member of the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and the Vice Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee. In addition to his main political contributions in the areas on defence, cyber-security, homeland security, and foreign relations, Pritchard is also known for advocating animal welfare and pro-life issues. He introduced three animal welfare related private bills – Sale of Endangered Animals on the Internet (Prohibition) Bill in 2006, Primates as Pets (Prohibition) Bill in 2007, and Common Birds (Protection) Bill in 2009. His contribution in animal welfare issues has seen him being nominated for numerous awards including the Dodds Charity Champion Award for Animal Welfare. Pritchard was also the mover of the key amendment to the Human and Fertilization and Embryology Bill between 2005-2010 in the Parliament, which aimed to reduce the abortion termination term limit from 24 weeks to 16 weeks.
Pritchard was named as one of London’s 1000 most influential people by the London Evening Standard in 2011.
We are pleased to announce that the speaker for the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium dinner on 9 March 2013 will be internationally renowned zoologist and environmental biologist Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, the 5th Earl of Cranbrook. He will be speaking on the environment and Borneo/Kalimantan.
Lord Cranbrook’s PhD concerned the biology of cave swiftlets – the Southeast Asian birds that build edible nests – and, from 1956, his first professional posts were at institutions in that region. He has worked as a Technical Assistant at the Sarawak Museum (1956-8), where inter alia he was charged with (a) investigating the edible-nest swiftlets, and (b) sorting and (as far as possible) identifying animal remains from the Museum’s archaeological digs, two projects that have provided a lifetime of research interest. From this start, his research interests have focussed on the taxonomy and ecology of Southeast Asian mammals and birds, and zooarchaeological study of vertebrate remains from local excavations. He subsequently was a postdoctoral fellow in Indonesia, and then worked at the University of Malaya (1961-1970).
He returned to the UK in 1970. He has subsequently held a mix of part-time positions in the voluntary, public and private sectors, including service as an elected Parish and District Councillor, a member of the Natural Environment Research Council, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, trustee of the British Museum (Natural History), chairman of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, environmental adviser to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and policy roles in the water and waste management industries. He has also been a recurrent returnee to Southeast Asia, on projects of all sorts, most recently (since 2009) as external adviser to Yayasan Ulin, a small conservation trust based in Kalimantan Timur.
In 1978, on the death of his father, he succeeded to a seat in the House of Lords, becoming the sixth generation of his family in a direct line to sit in the UK Parliament. In this position, he concentrated on the interface of environment and politics, serving on select committees for science & technology, and European environmental issues (three times chairing the environment subcommittee), until excluded by the 1999 Act. In 1985, he led the first large appeal for funds by ITZN, and from 2001 – 2008 he served as chairman of the Trust.
His publications include many scientific papers on South-east Asian regional biology and zooarchaeology, and a dozen books includingMammals of Borneo (1965, revised edn 1977), The Wild Mammals of Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia) and Singapore (1969, 2nd edn 1978), Birds of the Malay Peninsula, vol. 5. (with D. R. Wells, 1976), Mammals of South-East Asia (1987, 2nd edn 1991), Key environments: Malaysia (Ed. & contributor 1988), Belalong: a Tropical Rainforest (with D. S. Edwards, 1994), Wonders of Nature in South-East Asia (1997), Sya’ir Jerjezang (The Ballad of Jerjezang) (2000, reprint 2008), Swiftlets of Borneo: Builders of Edible Nests (with Lim Chan Koon 2002, 2nd ed. 2013).
Another interesting fact: Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, the 1st Earl of Cranbrook, was educated at Oriel College, and was later Member of Parliament for the University of Oxford from 1865 – 1878.
(Photo from International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature website used under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY Licence)
The Symposium will be held in St Anne’s College, Oxford OX2 6HS on 9-10 March 2013. Already one of the largest annual Southeast Asian Studies conferences in the world, this year sees 22 panels with 104 papers spread over 30 sessions. Speakers and paper presenters come from over 20 countries, and represent a wide array of disciplines and expertise. For more information, please see the programme and the list of panels. Events will be held in St Anne’s modern Ruth Deech Building, with keynote addresses and major panels in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre.
Registration is available for one or both days. The registration fee for students, OAP, and others eligible for concessions is £40 per day or £50 for two days; for professionals, £60 per day or £80 for two days. The registration fee includes a conference pack, refreshments, and lunch on both days. Lunch will be catered by St Anne’s College’s award-winning kitchen, selected as “Kitchen of the Year” in the Oxford Colleges annual dining awards.
The Symposium dinner will be held at 8pm on Saturday, 9 March 2013, at Balliol College, Oxford. The College, founded 1263, features the historic candlelit Balliol Dining Hall. A 3-course set menu including wine, coffee, and Balliol mints has been specially developed by Balliol’s award-winning kitchen, headed by Chef de Cuisine Bertrand Faucheux. The dinner will also feature a speech by renowned zoologist of Southeast Asia Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 5th Earl of Cranbrook, as well as a special Sarawak Cultural Show sponsored by the Sarawak Ministry of Tourism. The cost of the dinner is £29.
Please head to the registration page to register. For more information, please refer to the links on the right-hand sidebar. We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium!
Following on from the great success of the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2012, Project Southeast Asia is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join the organising committee for the 2013 Symposium. We welcome students and scholars of all levels who are interested in Southeast Asia and wish to gain experience of and exposure to the field of Southeast Asian studies.
About the Symposium:
Project Southeast Asia’s Southeast Asian Studies Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference on contemporary issues in Southeast Asia. In its first year in 2012, it was already the largest annual conferences on Southeast Asian studies in Europe. Its chief aim is to provide a rare and valuable opportunity for younger scholars and researchers of Southeast Asia to engage in dialogue and exchange of ideas.
The 2012 Symposium was also notable for how it drew together participants from academia, business and politics – among the attendees were the Indonesian Ambassador and his staff, as well as top executives from major Southeast Asian companies, all of whom were keen to engage academics conducting research into Southeast Asia’s contemporary issues.
About Project Southeast Asia:
Project Southeast Asia is an initiative by scholars of Southeast Asia within Oxford to create an interdisciplinary Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. It will emphasise core disciplines in the humanities and social sciences while addressing contemporary issues facing Southeast Asia, such as infectious diseases, climate change, migration, ageing and sustainable development. The Project will support research, student degree programmes, library and archival resources, institutional exchanges and academic events. Finally, it will ensure that the most talented students, regardless of need, will be able to study Southeast Asia at Oxford.
To date, the Project has hosted a successful Southeast Asian Studies symposium as well as a seminar series and film screenings. It has also raised funds for The Cambodia Trust through participation in the ASEAN Rickshaw Run.
Interested in being a part of the Symposium or Project Southeast Asia?
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, course, subject, college and SEA countries of interest. Our introductory meeting will be held in Week 2 on Thursday, 18 October 2012 from 6 to 7.30 pm at the Institute of Human Sciences, 58 Banbury Road.
The 2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium will be held on 9-10 March 2013 at the University of Oxford. The Call for Panels is now open until 1 October 2012.
Southeast Asia is a vitally important region of the world, and its most urgent issues are transregional and multidisciplinary in nature. Project Southeast Asia seeks to contribute to solutions to these issues by providing the Symposium as a platform for the dissemination, discussion, and debate of ideas.
The Symposium has three core aims:
- To present solutions for contemporary Southeast Asian issues by bringing together the brightest minds from all fields and disciplines, and from around the world. Its core goal is to promote the integration of the humanities and social sciences with science, medicine, and business in order to create solutions which are effective, viable, and appropriate to culture and geography.
- To build networks and relationships between current and future decision-makers in Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as connections among academia, government, NGOs, and business. Integral to the Symposium will be opportunities for Southeast Asian and European politicians, corporate leaders, academics, and NGOs to interact and build relationships.
- To promote the research of the most talented scholars of Southeast Asia and offer a platform for young academics to present their work.
Panels focusing on any topics relating to Southeast Asia are welcome. In particular, panels which focus on one or more of the following are highly encouraged:
- Contemporary Southeast Asian issues;
- Transnational Southeast Asian studies;
- Interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations;
- Methodological issues relating to Southeast Asian studies.
Panel proposers are encouraged to involve partners from different institutions to promote international co-operation. Young and emerging scholars are particularly encouraged to advance panel proposals.
Submissions will be accepted in English. Proposals should be submitted using the Panel Proposal Form (PDF, 97kb, requires Adobe Reader X) . Panel proposers will be expected to circulate their respective Calls for Papers from 15 October to 15 December 2012.
The Symposium will also offer alternative opportunities outside formal panels. These include a room for group meetings/discussions/project debates; an area for the display of posters; and the screening of movies and staging of art or cultural performances. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in any of the above.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.