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Benedict Anderson Memorial - Sun, 01/31/16

Dear SEAP friends,

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Ben Anderson passed away in his sleep the evening of Saturday, December 12th in East Java. This is a keen and personal loss for many in SEAP and we join one another in mourning as the news has spread. There are many fine obituaries in the press, and more personal remembrances and photos are already being posted on SEAP's Facebook site. Please feel free to share your memories of him as a teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend.

A Cornell memorial service will be held at Sage Chapel on January 31, 2016 (Sunday) at 2pm. Please join us for this gathering to celebrate Ben's life:

Please check SEAP website and facebook page for further updates.

In mourning, the SEAP staff

Cultural Flows in Space and Time: Reimagining Asian Diaspora

A Community College Faculty Workshop will be held on February 5, 2016, 9:00-2:15 PM at Cornell University, ILR Conference Center 525, King-Shaw Hall, 140 Garden Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853. In this workshop scholar-presenters will examine cultural flows across Asia and their diasporic connections through space and time. With a combination of presentations, discussions, and breakout sessions community college faculty will learn how to engage and incorporate ideas of diaspora and cultural flows into their teaching and research.

SEAP Director Recognized with a Cook Award

Abigail C. Cohn, professor of linguistics and director of the Southeast Asia Program, was honored with a Cook Award for her work advocating for and mentoring women on campus. She has made sure deans, the administration, and others recognize the achievements of female faculty. She has worked on fostering an environment that allows women to thrive. And she was recognized for her work with the College of Arts and Sciences Women Faculty Network.

Critical Role of Cornell in Instruction in Southeast Asian Languages

Through a close collaboration between the Cornell Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) and the Department of Asian Studies, Cornell offers multilevel instruction in Burmese, Filipino (Tagalog), Indonesian, Khmer (Cambodian), Thai, & Vietnamese - the six major national languages of Southeast Asia. Cornell is the only institution in North America to do so. This is possible in part through SEAP’s designation as a Department of Education, Title VI program National Resource Center (continuously since the inception of the program).

Kings and Dictators: The Legacy of Monarchy and the New Authoritarianism in Asia (4/13-4/14)

Kingship is both ancient and modern. This conference investigates the history and legacy of monarchy in Asia, as well as the current rise of authoritarianism which frequently involves the revival and manipulation of the legacy of kingship. Presentations and discussion will concern both monarchy in history and today, and how today’s new dictators draw on the legacies of monarchy for the legitimation and mystification of their power and position across Asia.

Located at the Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Ave.

“Possession and Persuasion” Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference

How are entanglements of subjectivity and materiality at work across Southeast Asia? How have possessions and persuasions, broadly imagined, organized studies of Southeast Asia, and to what futures do they beckon?

The conference will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Chiara Formichi from the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell will deliver the keynote address. Click for full schedule.

Cornell in Cambodia Application Deadline September 27, 2017

The course will combine daily lectures and discussions with field trips to important sites that will animate the lectures and readings. Most of the lectures and discussions will take place at Wat Damnak in Siem Reap, with field trips to Angkor, Phnom Penh, Phnom Kulen, Anlong Veng, and Kampong Chhnang

Southeast Asian Language Teaching: New Directions

The Southeast Asia Program is pleased to host a language pedagogy conference, "Southeast Asian Language Teaching: New Directions," on September 8-10, 2017. Come interact with Southeast Asian language teachers from across the world and attend pedagogy panels on Thai, Burmese, Khmer, Vietnamese, Filipino, and Indonesian.

SEAP co-sponsors "Global Voices in Education" fall speaker series

The Southeast Asia Program, the South Asia Program, and the Cornell education minor are pleased to present the "Global Voices in Education" speaker series.