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"Politics Bytes: Digital Media and Activism in Indonesia" Merlyna Lim, Canada Research Chair in Digital Media & Global Network Society, Carleton University Merlyna Lim's research interests revolve around the mutual shaping of technology and society, the socio-political history of technology, and the politics and culture of technology, especially digital media and information and communication technology (ICT), in relations to issues of globalization, democratization, and social equity. She interested in theoretical challenges in how we understand how ideologies and power relations are being inscribed in the production and uses of spaces, offline and online, at the local, regional, national, international and transnational level. In investigating

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"Smiling at Death: Annichang, Ploy Wang, and the Cultural Psychology of Emotion in Contemporary Thailand" Julia Cassaniti, Assistant Professor Psychological and Medical Anthropology, Department of Anthropology Washington State University Dr. Cassaniti is a psychological and medical anthropologist working on issues of contemporary religious experience in Southeast Asia. Her research is on the intersection of Buddhist philosophy and practice, especially the ways that Buddhist ideas are interwoven into the psychology of everyday life. The research ties into a broader interest in the role of culture in mental practices and processes and their implications for health and well-being. In this talk Dr. Cassaniti will speak on local Thai interpretations of abstract Buddhist con

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 "Thai Red Shirt Protests and Radical Vernacular Protest Sound" Ben Tausig, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Stony Brook University As a global financial crisis rippled through the late 2000s and early 2010s, with mass protest movements rising in its wake, many observers asked a nervous question of keen ethnomusicological interest: where are the protest songs? Focusing on a case study from Thailand's Red Shirt movement in 2010-11, this talk engages with the growing scholarly literature on music, sound, and political dissent that addresses this trenchant but (as I will argue) flawed question. I claim that our inquiries into music and dissent are usefully framed by attending to sonic circulation and aurality by way of sound studies.

The Filipino-American War and the Writing of a Novel: Reflections on History and the Art of Fiction


University Lecture by Gina Apostol, Novelist and Essayist, with introduction by Benedict Anderson, Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government and Asian Studies

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"Grand Prix Racing: Thai nationalism and ambiguous Thai (elite) identities." Thak Chaloermtiarana, Professor, Southeast Asian and Thai Asian Studies, Department of  Asian Studies, Cornell University Prince Chulachakrabongse and Prince Birabongse were sent to England to study at Harrow and Eton in the 1920s.  They lived as Thai princes among the British upper class and indulged in past times such as athletics, flying, and motorcar racing.  Bira became a successful race car driver of the White Mouse Racing team managed and financed by Chula.  Bira even won the coveted Gold Star awarded to the best “British” race car driver competing in international races in three consecutive years—1936, 1937 and 1938.  This is a feat that no ot

Book Talk: Shi'ism in South East Asia: 'Alid Piety and Sectarian Constructions


There has been a rethinking of Islamic ethics and politics, and current problems related to sectarianism and religious diversity in Southeast Asia. To learn more about the complexities of religion in the Muslim world, join us for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Chiara Formichi, assistant professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Cornell. She is the author and editor of the new book Shi'ism in South East Asia (C. Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd., Nov. 2015), the first work available in any language that critically discusses traditions of 'Alid piety and their modern contestations in the region. Using early manuscripts from Muslim vernacular literatures, she reveals how 'Alid piety has been transformed in relation to more strictly sectarian identifications since the Iran

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 "Rounding up: New species and rediscoveries of Asian birds" Pamela Rasmussen, Assistant Curator of Mammalogy & Ornithology, MSU Museum Assistant Professor, MSU Department of Zoology, Michigan State University Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution Only a few new species of birds are named for science worldwide each year, mostly from South America. But since 1988, Rasmussen and co-authors have described 10 new Asian birds and rediscovered three others. Find out more about the continuing process of documentation of biodiversity in Asia’s best-known group of organisms in this talk!

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"Sidewalk City: Re-mapping public space in Ho Chi Minh City" Annette Kim, Director, Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB) Sol Price School of Public Policy University of Southern California   Professor Kim will speak from her book, Sidewalk City, recently published by the University of Chicago Press. In many of the world’s major cities, sidewalks are society's most important but also overlooked public space. Based on fieldwork over 15 years, Kim developed multi-disciplinary methods of spatial ethnography to overcome habitual seeing, and recorded both the spatial patterns and the social relations of how the city’s vibrant sidewalk life is practiced. She transforms this data

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"The Future of Genocide in Asia: Burma and Elsewhere" Magnus Fiskesjö, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University The demonizing and mistreatment of the Rohingya in Burma is taking place alongside similarly alarming developments elsewhere in Asia, such as Thailand’s callous treatment of refugees, and the increasing brutality towards internal others by the Chinese state. Together these trends and developments are raising the specter of new genocides in Asia’s future. This is so perhaps especially for Burma, and originally sympathetic international supporters today increasingly worry about the possible prospects of mass killings and genocide which might take place there. In this presentation I would like to assess these concerns

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"From Planters to Planners: Rubber, Development, and War in Southern Vietnam, 1956 to 1975"​ Mitch Aso, Assistant Professor College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History, University at Albany, SUNY This paper explores the social and political meanings of rubber in Vietnam during the 1960s and 1970s.  More than a universal scientific and economic product, rubber was defined by the ways, the locations, and the people by which it was produced.  During the 1960s, rubber became the Republic of Vietnam's (RVN) leading export while the science of rubber in Southeast Asia was undergoing rapid development.  In addition to its economic importance and scientific interest, however, rubber production took on a social and political significance beyond

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