SEAP Weekly Announcement 10-15-2013

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Fall 2013 – 10-15-2013
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Southeast Asia Program Brown Bag Lecture Series
Thursday October 17th - Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Associate Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University - "Thailand in the post-Bhumibol Era: Monarchy and Democracy"
For over sixty years, King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been able to consolidate his royal power through his charisma and political acumen. Working indefatigably with the military in expanding and strengthening his own power network, King Bhumibol successfully revived the monarchy into becoming one of the most important institutions in Thailand, constantly in competition with successive governments. But the Bhumibol reign is coming to an end. With his seemingly overwhelming charisma and the continued glorification made possible by the state’s agencies, King Bhumibol is likely to become the source of a failure of his son, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. Vajiralongkorn will begin a new reign from a serious deficit in credibility, mainly because of the unsurpassed achievements of his father and partly because of his own troubled past. The only way he could survive and perhaps get a boost in popularity is to become a pro-democracy with certain willingness to reform the monarchy. King-to-be Vajiralongkorn has been unpopular. But this could produce a positive outcome for Thailand and its democracy. His scant interest in politics and lack of popular support poses as a challenge for his reign. This would leave the only choice for Vajiralongkorn—to support democracy for his own survival and that of the monarchical institution.
The speaker will discuss the current Thai crisis with reference to the role of the monarchy, and will touch upon the changes brought about by the royal transition and tips for monarchy’s survival under the new reign.
Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. He is also associate fellow at Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Earning his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, Pavin is the author of two books: A Plastic Nation: The Curse of Thainess in Thai-Burmese Relations and Reinventing Thailand: Thaksin and His Foreign Policy. He is editing the upcoming book: Good Coup Gone Bad: Thai Political Developments since Thaksin’s Downfall to be released at the end of 2013. He is also writing a book on King Ananda and his childhood in Switzerland.
Tropicamp, Tropiqueer: Experimental Queer Film Practices in Thailand (Kahin Center 640 Stewart Ave) – Lecture by Hoang Tan Nguyen from Bryn Mawr College – Event Date: November 1, 2013
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 OpportunitiesForeign 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
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

Beyond Cornell
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.
Indonesia and the World, 1965-66 by Bernd Schaefer and Baskara T. Wardaya  (National History Center, Washington D C) Event Date: October 21, 2013

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.
The Second Biennial International Conference on Malaysian Chinese Studies (Centre for Malaysian Chinese Studies) Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013 Conference Dates: June 20-21, 2014
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
Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation (Association for Asian Studies) Deadline: October 31, 2013 Conference Dates: July 17-19, 2014 in Singapore
Funding/Fellowship/Job  Opportunities
15 Credit Semester Service- Learning Program in Cambodia The Role of Civil Society and Buddhism in Post-Conflict Cambodia; Application deadline: 60 days prior to scheduled start date; SPRING - January 7 – April 21, 2013, FALL - September 9 – December 22, 2013 (tentative)
Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) - Bahasa Indonesia – Fulbright U.S. Student Program Supplemental grant –  CLEA is offered to students once they have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant which requires that they use one of the eligible languages for their Fulbright project and beyond. Application Deadline: October 15, 2013
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Humanities and Social Sciences (Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)) Application Deadline - November 1, 2013
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 17th 2013
Full-Time opportunities with Bain & Company SE Asia apply for the Associate Consultant position via our website at Rolling Application Deadline.
Institute of History and Philology Assistant Professor (Academia Sinica) Application Deadline: November 3o, 2013
Visiting Fellowships in Indonesia Studies (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies)  Contact Ms. Li Shufen ( Application Deadline: October 31, 2013
Institute of Asia Pacific Studies Visiting Fellows in Malaysia (University of Nottingham) Application Deadline: November 1, 2013 for Spring 2014 start and April 4 and June 2 for Fall 2014 start
2014 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia (National University of Singapore) Application Deadline: November 1, 2013
Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Application Deadline: November 5, 2013
2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Application Deadline: January 28, 2014 for the fellowship and February 5, 2014 for the scholarship

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