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SEAP 2019 Grad Conference: Call for Papers


21st Cornell SEAP Graduate Student Conference

“Conformities and Interruptions in Southeast Asia”


Conformities allude to laws, guidelines, and systems of political, cultural, and economic power that govern the lives of individuals and communities. What evident or overlooked conformities exist in the histories and contemporary issues of Southeast Asia? Conversely, the concept of interruptions offers a means to uncover non-conformities — individual and collective acts that subvert expectations. What systems or perspectives are challenged via processes of interruption? In Southeast Asian contexts interruptions might occur through performative or bodily acts, disturbances of socio-cultural boundaries, or subtle variations in physical and spatial environments. Yet, conformity and interruption can speak at multiple levels, from interpersonal to international and within/across collectives that don't adhere to national boundaries. What do moments of interruption reveal about conformity? Do they always undermine each other? Or can they be paired as tactics of intervention? Finally, what conformities might be present in the various disciplinary studies of Southeast Asia, and how can they be interrupted?


8 March: Day 1

4:30 PM                Keynote Lecture: Making Sense & Methods of Surprise: Notes Towards Southeast Asian Study

Professor Christine Bacareza Balance, Department of Performing and Media Arts, Asian American Studies, Southeast Asia Program (SEAP)

6:00 PM                Reception



9 March: Day 2


8:30 AM                Breakfast


9:00 AM                Panel 1: Specters Materialized

“Media Hauntings: A Para-Human History of the Vietnam War,”

Pujita Guha, Jawaharlal Nehru University

“Haunted Modernities: Fiends, Ghosts, and Headless Witches on the China–Burma Border,”

Ting Hui Lau, Cornell University

“Saplings in the Killing Fields: Spatiality, Survivance, and Spirits,”

June Kuoch, UC Los Angeles

“Rewriting Duras in Contemporary Vietnam,”

Van Le, Cornell University

Discussant: Professor Dan Gold, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University


11:15 AM              Panel 2: Performativity of Place

“Expectations vs. Reality: Individuality and Space in Masculinity in Myanmar,” Dinith Adikari, The Australian National University

“Dancers in the Rain: Komunitas Film Cinematic Practices,”

Rosalia Engchuan, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany

“Soundscapes of the Khmer Rouge Labor Camp,”

Scott Pribble, San Francisco State University

 Discussant: Professor Tamara Loos, Department of History, Cornell University


12:45 PM              Lunch


1:15 PM                Academic publishing information session and roundtable

Discussant: Sarah Grossman, Managing Editor, SEAP Publications


3:00 PM                Panel 3: Agile Media, Constructed Memory

“Sites of Memory and Repression: The Politics and Contestation of Memorial Objects of the 1965 Tragedy in Indonesia,”

Diah Irawaty, Binghamton University, SUNY

“Making Memory Live: Internet Tools of Cambodian Media History,”

Margaret Jack, Cornell University

“Remoralizing Life from the Margins in Contemporary Singapore,”

Alexandra Diyana Sastrawati, University of Texas, Austin

Discussant: Professor Anne M. Blackburn, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University


4:45 PM                Panel 4: Cultural and Ecological Resilience

“Resilience and Socio-Ecological Relations;  A Case Study from the Snake Temples of Myanmar

Nicole Thuzar Tu-Maung, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Cultural Roots Preserved in Pra-guam : Local Knowledge Commodification and Preservation of Khmer Silverware Techniques and Objects in Surin Province, Thailand,”

Suriya Klangrit and Putsorn Mingtaisong, Mahidol University, Thailand

“Ethnicity, Interrupted: Ecological Crisis and the Erosion of Cultural Landscapes in Myanmar’s Inle lake,”

Anthea Snowsill, The Australian National University

Discussant: Professor Shorna Allred, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University

6:30 PM                Dinner


10 March: Day 3

9:30 AM                Breakfast

10:00 AM              Panel 5: Conflicts and Aversions

“Buddhist Socialism According to U Nu: A Palimpsest of Social Justice Ideals,”

Khine Thant Su, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Something Forbidding About the Landscape”: The stories of Cold War in Phnom Dangrek Mountain, the Thai-Cambodian natural border,”

Khathaleeya Liamdee, University of Washington

“Peasant or Indigenous People? Everyday Resistance in the Northern Highland Philippines,”

Yi Yu Lai, National Taiwan University

Discussant: Professor Magnus Fiskesjö. Department of Anthropology, Cornell University