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SEAP Weekly Announcement - 11-06-2013


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Fall 2013 – 11-06-2013


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Southeast Asia Program Brown Bag Lecture Series

Thursday November 7th - Anto Mohsin, PhD Candidate, Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University - "Lighting "Paradise": Balinese Electrification and lndonesia's National ldentity in the New Order Years"

When the Suharto government decided to electrify the countryside in the 1970s, it did so by giving one province special attention. The inauguration of a diesel power plant in Denpasar, Bali in January 1975 marked the first of a series of milestones in the history of Balinese electrification culminating in August 1995 when all villages in Bali were electrified, making it the first and so far the only province in Indonesia that managed to electrify all of its villages. My talk discusses the complex combination of relevant technical and non-technical actors and institutions that shaped the development of the Balinese electrical infrastructure. Drawing from my fieldwork in Indonesia, I argue that a well electrified Bali was an important element in establishing the region as a "window of Indonesia" to the world, which was part of a narrative of national identity Indonesia created and projected to the international audience as a capable nation doing some notable infrastructure and economic development works. The main motivation to cast a different image overseas, I contend, was to allow Indonesia to play its role in the global stage diplomatically. The Suharto government did so by showcasing Bali as a model of Indonesia's national development and as a venue for wide-ranging regional and international gatherings. One implication of these focused electrification endeavors on the island was the neglect of electrification in the neighboring regions since they had little importance to Indonesia or to Indonesia’s image to the outside world. I will also highlight some Balinese views on electricity: what meanings they attributed to it and how they have adopted and used the introduced technology in their villages.


Call for Papers/ Conferences

Call For Papers:  Cornell Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference The Cornell Southeast Asia Program invites submissions for its 16th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held February 28 - March 2, 2014 at the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Paper Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2014.


Job Opportunities

The Echols Collection on Southeast Asia

The Echols Collection on Southeast Asia is seeking 2-3 current Cornell students to begin work a.s.a.p. and continue through the academic year.  Student employees assist with various daily tasks within the collection including processing duplicate books and pre-selection searching.  Also assists with special projects as needed.  Applicants should have general computer skills, close attention to detail, familiarity with the Library Catalog.  Knowledge of a Southeast Asian language is preferred, and we are particularly seeking at least one student with reading knowledge of Thai.

To apply or for more information please contact Lorena Nash, Administrative Supervisor,


Funding Opportunities
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships(FLAS) Info Session FLAS is available to US Citizens or permanent residents only. Both undergraduates and Graduates are welcome to attend. Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships(FLAS)  Application Deadline: February 3, 2014


AIFIS Henry Luce Foundation Grants for 2014

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) invites applications from American and Indonesian scholars who wish to conduct research across the field of contemporary and traditional Indonesian studies. For American scholars, four (4) grants of $5,000 each are available. Funds may be applied towards travel, accommodation and support, or research activities in Indonesia. For Indonesian scholars three (3) grants of $5,000 each are available. Funds are available exclusively to support travel to the United States for the purpose of collaborating with a researcher (graduate student, faculty, or other affiliate) at a U.S. institution of higher learning. They are designed to cover travel, accommodation, and support for the Indonesian researcher while in the United States. Collaboration with an American partner is essential for these grants.


These small grants are designed to foster new collaboration between Indonesian and American scholars and to raise existing collaborations to a new level by stimulating small cooperative projects in all fields of Indonesian studies, including the sciences, planning, agriculture, history, the arts, etc. Funding is provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. For further information or to submit an application, please consult our website ( or contact the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), Kahin Center for Advanced Studies on Southeast Asia, 640 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850 or email at


AIFIS CAORC Research Grants for 2014

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) invites applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are US citizens and wish to pursue their research activities in Indonesia. Contingent on funding, we are offering seven grants of $5,750 each for research in any field of contemporary and traditional Indonesian Studies, with preference given to applications focusing on science and technology, broadly understood; women’s empowerment; food security; and Islamic Studies and/or Indonesia-United States Relations. These grants can be applied toward travel, accommodation and support of research activities in Indonesia. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 15, 2013.


Funding for this program is provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). For further information or to submit an application please consult our website ( or contact American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), Kahin Center for Advanced Studies on Southeast Asia, 640 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850 or email <>


Beyond SEAP – on campus/in and around Ithaca


Job Opportunities

Translator-Interpreter Program

Translator-Interpreter Program (TIP) is a program of the Cornell University Public Service Center.  TIP provides volunteer translators and interpreters to community agencies in emergency and non-emergency situations.

In particular, volunteers for Thai, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Burmese are needed. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or you want to learn more about the program, please contact us at 100 Barnes Hall, or email us at

Outreach Opportunities

GRASSHOPR: the Graduate Student School Outreach Program The Graduate Student School Outreach Program (GRASSHOPR) pairs Cornell graduate students with teachers in Tompkins, Tioga, and Seneca counties to teach 3- to 5-session mini-courses. Application Deadline: November 15




Spirits, Spirit Mediums and the Unknown:  Understanding Dia de los Muertos in Mexico and Vegetarian Festival in Phuket Thailand from the outside and inside –The Cornell-Ithaca Ethical Travelers Association Thursday November 7, 6:30 p.m. 101 Sibley Hall on the Cornell Arts Quad


New Conversations Series - “Monks, Texts, and Relics: Towards a Connected History of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia” -  Anne Blackburn (Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University; Director, South Asia Program, Cornell University) Wednesday, November 13, 4:45 p.m. at Toboggan Lodge, 38 Forest Home Drive


Michael Dadap Master Class- Michael Dadap is a master Filippino guitarist, composer, and cultural preservationist based in NYC. He will come to Cornell and share with us his idea of "Orchestra sin Arco!" Plus, he will demonstrate and perform Rondalla with 14-Strings! (Cornell's very own Filippino Rondalla). Thursday, November 7, 6:00 p.m. at Kahin Center


TEDx Cornell U on "Creating Communities that are Socially Just and Ecologically Sound" will feature two social entrepreneurs working in Southeast Asia: Ben Justus '08, EGBOK Mission in Cambodia and Meredith Ramirez Talusan, PhD Candidate, Ricefield Collective in the Philippines. Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. at Barnes Hall Auditorium. Free and open to the public but tickets are limited so register now:


International Engagement in Agriculture and the Life Sciences  - In 2013, International Programs in Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IP-CALS) is celebrating 50 years of international engagement through a series of colloquia that highlight its connections with partners across campus and around the globe.

On December 4, IP-CALS is holding a conference, International engagement in agriculture and the life sciences, to discuss the challenges for international agriculture programs in the 21st century, and opportunities for their continued partnerships. Registration is free to this event and closes November 22.
TIME: 1:00-5:00pm RECEPTION to follow: 5:00-6:30pmLOCATION: Barnes Hall Auditorium
FREE & OPEN to the Public but tickets are limited so register now: san, PhD Candidate, Ricefield Collective in the Philippines.


Beyond Cornell



'FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky' a new supernatural historical drama set in 1970 Cambodia during the US-ARVN 'Cambodia Incursion' - and one of SE Asia's 'truly indie movies of 2013' - heads to the legendary Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan, New York City for its NYC & East Coast USA premiere. Date: November 13th, 2013 at 6pm


Funding/Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor in the field of Southeast Asian History (University of Utah) Application Deadline: November 8, 2013


Political Risk Analyst – Southeast Asia (Eurasia Group) In-country experience (priority Thailand-Philippines) desired for position based in New York or Washington, D.C.


Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian History (University of Ohio) Tenure-track position. Application Deadline: December 1, 2013


Part-Time Research Intern with Cascade Asia Position open until filled


Call for Peer Reviewers: International and Foreign Language Education Office (U.S. Department of Education) Applications are open for review.


Country Director for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (Indonesia) Applications are open for review


Education Coordinator in Seattle (Helping Link) Position will remain open until filled.


Beyond United States


Call for Papers/Conferences

Modern Boundaries and Migration: Sabah-Philippines Relations (Oxford University) Conference Date: March, 2014

International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) – Patterns of Early Asian Urbanism  (Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, Netherlands) Conference Dates: November 11–13, 2013


Envisioning Myanmar: Issues, Images, Identities (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) Abstract submission deadline: December 31, 2013 Conference Dates: August 1-3, 2014


The Indo-Pacific Review (IPR) IPR is rapidly developing a following among influential organizations and individuals including the Asia Society, CSIS, and Rory Medcalf among others. Our mission is to serve as a knowledge base on Southeast Asia and accelerate understanding of regional dynamics through expert analysis and connecting engaged professionals on all sides of the Indo-Pacific.


Cartographies of Islam: Creating Location and The Places Beyond Meaning  (Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Graduate Student Organizing Committee) Abstract Submission Deadline: December 1, 2013 Conference Dates: February 15-16, 2014


Activated Borders: Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships (The International Institute for Asian Studies) Deadline: February 1, 2014 Conference Dates: December 8-10, 2014


Funding/Fellowship/Job  Opportunities

Indonesia Overseas Program (American Councils for International Education) provides an intensive semester or academic year overseas immersion experience in Malang, Indonesia at the Universitas Negeri Malang (University of Malang). The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as working professionals.

SSEAC Deputy Director (The University of Sydney) The University of Sydney is seeking an energetic young academic to assist the director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) in the consolidation of SSEAC’s status as the leading interdisciplinary centre for the study of Southeast Asia in Australia. The deputy director will be responsible for the day-to-day management of SSEAC, liaising with academics and the university’s professional staff to ensure the delivery of programs. In addition to research and teaching experience, s/he will have experience in strategic planning, event organising and project management in an academic context. S/he must have effective problem-solving skills and a proven ability to manage and prioritise a broad range of competing demands on his/her time. His/her work with SSEAC’s more than 220 academic members will demand high-level interpersonal skills. S/he must be proficient in at least one Southeast Asian language and ideally will have spent time living and/or working in the region.

Global Exploration for Educators Organization Travel Abroad Program  GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2014: India Spring Break, Morocco Spring Break, India/Nepal, Italy, Portugal/Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Amalfi Coast, Greece, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos, Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Turkey, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Costa Rica, Peru, and The Galapagos Islands. The registration deadline is June 1, 2014, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) - Indonesian (Universitas Negeri Malang) – Offered by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs - Application Deadline – November 15, 2013


PhD and Senior Felowships for Research in Cambodia for US Schoalrs (Center for Khmer Studies) Application Deadline: November 17 2013


Institute of History and Philology Assistant Professor (Academia Sinica) Application Deadline: November 3o, 2013


2014 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia (National University of Singapore) Application Deadline: November 1, 2013


2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Application Deadline: January 28, 2014 for the fellowship and February 5, 2014 for the scholarship


CSEAS Visiting Research Fellowships (Kyoto University) Application Deadline: December 31, 2013