Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Counter-Trajectories of Agrarian Change: Agroecology and Politics in a Sumatran Plantation Zone

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 David Gilbert, S.V. Ciriacy Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Science, Management, and Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

This talk looks at what happened after a group of plantation laborers living on the Aren volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra joined with a self-proclaimed 'peasant' union in 1996 to occupy a nearly 100-year-old industrial ranch and plantation.

David Gilbert

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Curating a Decolonial Guide to Hawai‘i: The Detours Project

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 27 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez, Associate Professor of American Studies, Honors Program Director, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

The "Detours" project takes seriously the power of form, and the reading practices and publics produced by the genre of the guidebook, which manifest the fantasy of Hawai‘i as an exotic island destination for the consumption of tourists. "Detours" deliberately perverts the guidebook to produce alternative narratives, tours, itineraries, mappings and images of the islands as well as concrete...   More >

Monday, March 4, 2019

History on the Run: Hmong Refugees and Knowledge Formation

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 4 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Ma Vang, Assistant Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, UC Merced

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

Taking a feminist refugee approach and by analyzing Hmong women’s narratives against U.S. redacted archival records that erase Hmong and Laos history during the U.S. “secret war,”, this talk explores the politics of knowledge formation which has generated a historiography about the Hmong refugee as a masculinized refugee soldier and a distinct U.S. ally.

Ma Vang

Friday, March 15, 2019

New Asian Disorder: Diagnosis and Prognosis

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 15 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

East Asia since 2010 has been characterized by the rise of China and the relative decline of the U.S., and by a corresponding disorder as China has increasingly defied the game rules set by the erstwhile hegemon and begun to outline an alternative set of rules. This conference will analyze the options open to Asian actors, such as China and the U.S., as well as Russia, Japan, Taiwan, and ASEAN.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Specter Haunting Singapore: Why the People's Action Party Cannot Get Over Operation Coldstore

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dr. Thum Ping Tjin, Managing Director, New Naratif

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk looks at the significance for Singapore's history of "Operation Coldstore" - the 1963 arrest and detention without trial of over 112 opposition politicians, trade unionists, and political activists on grounds of a communist conspiracy - including how it has shaped Singapore's governance, and why it matters to the ruling party today.

Thum Ping Tjin

Wai Wai Nu | On Rohingya Citizenship Rights: Talk followed by community updates by UC Berkeley's Rohingya Working Group

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Wai Wai Nu, Visiting Scholar, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley

 Yoshika Crider, PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group

 Samira Siddique, MS PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

A panel discussion on the Rohingya Crisis

Friday, April 5, 2019

Key Issues in the Current Global Economy

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 5 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

What are the contours of superpower competition? How do middle powers interact with great powers in the 21st century? In East Asia, what options do middle powers in Asia such as

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Heavy Metal Bamboo: Making Archaic Bamboo Instruments Modern in Bandung, Indonesia

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Henry Spiller, Professor of Music, UC Davis

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This lecture examines how musicians in West Java, Indonesia create localized, alternative modernities by putting old bamboo music technology to new uses. Two Bandung-based groups, Karinding Attack and Galengan Sora Awi, are contrasted - both of which have adapted traditional bamboo folkways and musical styles to localize some modern global values

Henry Spiller

Monday, April 15, 2019

From 'Daang Matuwid' Gone Crooked to Build Build Build: The Politics of Transport Infrastructure in the Philippines, 2010 to the Present

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 John Sidel, Sir Patrick Gillam Chair in International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

John Sidel

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Last Whalers: Telling the Story of One of the World's Last Whaling Tribes

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Doug Bock Clark, journalist

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Graduate School of Journalism

Award-winning journalist Doug Bock Clark will discuss his book The Last Whalers, which chronicles three years in the lives of the people of Lamalera, on the island of Lembata in eastern Indonesia, who hunt sperm whales with bamboo harpoons as they reckon with the encroachment of the modern world.

Doug Bock Clark

Friday, April 19, 2019

China's Growing Sharp Power: Western, Asian, and African Perspectives

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Other Campus Events: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 19 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | TBD David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of European Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

A group of leading experts on China and American foreign policy recently released “Chinese Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance,” a report documenting Chinese efforts to influence American society. The report examines China's efforts to influence American institutions, including state and local governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and the...   More >

Friday, April 26, 2019

Gamelan Shadow Play

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 26 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Ben Brinner and Midiyanto, co-directors

 $16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups 10+, $5 UC Berkeley students

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Monday, April 29, 2019

New Archaeology Discoveries in Asia: Book Launch for "Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology"

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter V. Lape, Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington; John W. Olsen, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Arizona

 Junko Habu, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This event celebrates the publication of the "Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology" with two editors of this volume, both of whom are prominent scholars in the field of Asian archaeology: Prof. John W. Olsen (University of Arizona) and Prof. Peter V. Lape (University of Washington).

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 8 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

I Nyoman Windha and Lisa Gold, co-directors

Commencing its 67th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.