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SEAP Weekly Announcement - 11-26-2013


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Fall 2013 – 11-26-2013


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Southeast Asia Program Brown Bag Lecture Series

Thursday December 5th - Inga Gruss, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University - "Future in Death: Migration, Funerals and Cultural Literacy"

This talk elaborates on the relationships between migration, time and place through the ethnographic analysis of death and funerals among migrants from Myanmar in Phang Nga province, Thailand. Migration often renders cultural literacy and reproduction precarious. Among Myanmar migrants in Phang Nga province, death and funerals though have become powerful sites for community organizing, maintenance and (re-)production of cultural literacy. At the same time, anxieties and hopes that are unmoored by migration are projected onto the moment of death. The management of death and funerals becomes a tool in addressing these hopes and anxieties. Moreover, it illustrates the importance of planning and influencing the future for migrants.


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.


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

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



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: 5:00-6:30pm LOCATION: Barnes Hall Auditorium


Beyond Cornell


Call for Papers/Conferences

“Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives: Remapping Asia and the Pacific Through a Transnational Interdisciplinary Lens” (The School of Pacific and Asian Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa) The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is pleased to announce that we will be holding our 25th annual Graduate Student Conference from April 2nd to 4th, 2014 at the Center of Korean Studies on the UH campus. We invite graduate students from universities around the world to participate. The deadline for abstracts is January 8, 2014


Funding/Job Opportunities

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) The Department of History at Ohio University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the history of modern Southeast Asia. Applicants must have a strong record of research, high proficiency in at least one Southeast Asian language, and an agenda for future scholarly achievement. Application Deadline: December 1, 2013


Part-Time Research Intern with Cascade Asia Seeking undergraduate and master’s candidates for a part-time internship assisting with business development by performing the following duties: Research and gather materials for country-specific analysis, provide administrative and logistical support on assigned country projects, complete special projects as needed. Position open until filled. Submit resume to


Call for Peer Reviewers: International and Foreign Language Education Office (U.S. Department of Education) The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office provides institutional and fellowship grant funding to strengthen the capability and performance of American education in foreign languages and in area and international studies. Applications are open for review.


Country Director for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (Indonesia) CTFK is a leading civil society organization dedicated to the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Applications are open for review.


Education Coordinator in Seattle (Helping Link) Helping Link is a Vietnamese grassroots nonprofit located in Seattle. The organization aims to ease the transition of Vietnamese immigrants while promoting cultural harmony among people of diverse origins. Position will remain open until filled.


Assistant Professor of Transnational Buddhism (University of California, Riverside) The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the study of Transnational Buddhism, starting July 1, 2014. The area of specialization is open, but this position is deliberately defined for a candidate who engages Buddhism in both Asia and the West in its formation of local cultural networks, Asian immigrant communities, as well as its global dissemination. Review of applications will begin December 20, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.


Beyond United States


Call for Papers/Conferences

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

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.


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.


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


2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. 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


YCAR/ABMP Short-Term Postdoctoral Visitor in Asian Governance (York University, Toronto) The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) invites applications for a short-term (4 month) post-doctoral fellowship in Asian Governance. The successful applicant will have completed a PhD within the last 4 years and will be developing a research and publication program related to contemporary local, national or transnational governance in Asia. ‘Governance’ is taken to mean the institutional forms that shape social, political, economic, environmental or cultural life. Applications are welcomed from a range of relevant disciplines, including: Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, Law, Management, Political Science and Sociology. Review of applications for the 2014 fellowship will begin on November 22nd 2013.


Program Director at The International Crisis Group The Program Director will lead research, analysis, policy prescription and advocacy activities of the Asia Program. The Program Director will have overall responsibility for approximately 20 staff members located throughout Asia, spread across three sub-regional projects: South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. Please send applications by email to, including "Asia Program Director" in the subject line. Recruitment will remain open until 11 December 2013.