SEAP Weekly Announcement 10-01-2013


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Fall 2013 – 10-01-2013
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Southeast Asia Program Brown Bag Lecture Series
Thursday October 3rd Jeff McNeely, Senior Science Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature. A.D. White Professor, Cornell University - "Many Resources, Many Approaches: Comparing Policies and Practices of the ASEAN Countries"
The Indianized States of Southeast Asia" was published in 1944 by George Coedes, one of the most outstanding French scholars of Southeast Asia. I have been working in Southeast Asia since 1968, and his insights have stimulated my thinking about how these states (generally speaking, from Burma east to Vietnam and south to Indonesia) have each taken a common but differentiated path to their current diversity. I am now living in Thailand, a sort of keystone in that group of often-warring states, and working with its Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation to prepare a system plan for protected areas. But what is happening to the other countries? How is the Chinese influence on the Mekong River likely to affect the riparian states (especially Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam) in the coming decades? How are the diverse cultures and the resources upon which they depend responding to the forces of globalization? What lessons about resource management can be learned from the ebb and flow of the various foreign influences that ended up with the nation states seen today? What cultural influences that flowed from India, bringing the civilization-building influence of irrigation, have survived until today? And from a resource conservation perspective, why have rhinos survived in Java, but tigers have been exterminated? What chance do tigers have in Sumatra, and what are the threats to them? Can the gaudy conspicuous consumption of the capital cities long survive when poverty still stalks the countryside? Having gone through a European colonial era, are the Indianized states now becoming the Sinicized states, or can they maintain their distinctiveness in the face of the global market led by China? Coedes offers some insights, and I have some observations to share; but I would also like to hear the views of other scholars who are working in this fascinating part of the world.
The After School Language Program
Share your language and culture with school children. Inspire them to explore the world. TEACH IN THE AFTER SCHOOL LANGUAGE PROGRAM. SEAP will provide training and support, while you gain experience and build your CV.
The languages we would like to offer include: Khmer, Indonesian or Malaysian, Tagalog, Thai, Burmese, Karen, Lao, or Vietnamese. Classes are generally held in the afternoon 2 days a week for 5 weeks (TTR from 3:30-4:30 or 2:50-3:30) or one day a week for 7 weeks (T from 3:30-4:30).  Contact SEAP Outreach Coordinator, Melina Draper ( or 255-6688 for more details.
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
Council on Thai Studies (COTS) Annual Meeting (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Illinois) Registration Deadline: September 30, 2013;  Event Dates:  October 18-19, 2013

Beyond United States
Call for Papers/Conferences
Intersections: Queer Theory and Visual Cultures in Southeast Asia Abstract Submission Date: October 1 2013 
Final Paper Submission Date: February 1 2014
Modern Boundaries and Migration: Sabah-Philippines Relations (Oxford University) Conference Date: March, 2014
Alay at Laya: International Conference on Bonifacio and Mabini (Manila, Philippines) Abstract/Proposal Deadline: October 15, 2013 Conference Dates: April 17-19 2014
Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia (DORISEA) and the Vietnamese Institute of Culture and Art Studies (VICAS) - Religious Transformations in Modern Southeast Asia (VICAS, Hanoi, Vietnam) Workshop Dates: October 3 – 5, 2013
International Conference CCIS (Center for Chinese-Indonesian Studies, Central Java, Indonesia) Abstract submission deadline: July 31, 2013  Conference dates: November 14-16 2013
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.
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 30th 2013
Visiting Fellowships in Indonesia Studies (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies)  Contact Ms. Li Shufen ( Application Deadline: October 31st 2013

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