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Southeast Asia Traveling Classroom, 1999-2002

The Traveling Classroom has aimed to:

  1. Enrich existing undergraduate courses on Southeast Asia by providing first- hand exposure to Southeast Asian culture, history and contemporary reality;
  2. Enable Southeast Asian students to interact with and learn from one another;
  3. Attract undergraduate students to Southeast Asian studies (language training and/or postgraduate studies; and
  4. Serve as the basis for future networking in the region.

SEASREP’s first traveling classroom took place in Thailand on 7-18 April 1999. The class consisted of 24 undergraduate and graduate students (six each from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines), accompanied by a faculty coordinator from each country. The theme of the class was “What Southeast Asia Means to Me.”

In its second year, the traveling classroom brought 24 students (six each from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines) to Thailand and Malaysia for 12 days (25 April to 6 May 2000). The theme was “The Impact of Tourism on Southeast Asian Societies and Cultures.” The class started in Bangkok and ended in Kuala Lumpur.

In 2001 the traveling classroom sojourned to the northern Philippines from 25 April to 6 May 2001. This time, two Cambodian students joined the group. As in the past, faculty coordinators accompanied the students. The theme of this class was “Democratization in Southeast Asia.” From Manila, the class traveled to Banaue, Bontoc, Sagada, Baguio City, Pangasinan and Pampanga.

The fourth and final traveling classroom went to Indonesia from 21 April to 2 May 2002. The class consisted of 26 graduate and undergraduate students (five each from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and three from Cambodia and Vietnam), accompanied by a faculty coordinator from each country. The theme this year was “Women of Southeast Asia.”

 

Asian Emporiums Course, 2004-2011

 

In January 2004, the traveling classroom and visiting professors programs were reconfigured to complement the Asian Emporiums course. This is an introductory course which aims to familiarize undergraduate students with the world of Monsoon Asia throughout the centuries. Lectures are expected to be of a general nature, making use of many audio-visual aids, and providing guidelines for further reading. Special lectures will be organized, dealing with specific topics such as the Dongson Culture, Sriwijaya, the Rise and Fall of Ayuthia, the English Country Trade, the Armenian Diaspora, Tharekat, Nationalism & Revolution, and Piracy in Southeast Asian Waters.

The course breaks down into six big interrelated topics (8 hours each):

  • Monsoon Asia
  • Heritage
  • Religions and Beliefs
  • Cultural Expressions
  • Trade and Emporiums
  • Government and Politics

 

View the links below to learn more:

Traveling Classroom and Asian Emporiums Course Data

Asian Emporiums Course – Syllabus

Previous Training Seminars

  • Winter School for Advanced Philippine Studies, Quezon City and Baguio City, Philippines,  5-11 November 2018, organized by CSEAS National Chengchi University and SEASREP
  • Writing Workshop for Academic Publication, Manila, Philippines,  22-24 February 2017, organized by SEASREP with grant from Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • Southeast Asia-Japan Advanced Seminar on Philippine Studies, Manila, Philippines, 16-21 May 2016, organized by SEASREP with grant from Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • Advanced Seminar on Cambodia, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 4-7 August 2014, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • Advanced Seminar on Vietnam, Vietnam National University, Hanoi,  22-27 August 2013, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 5th Workshop on Alternative Research Methodologies, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 17-28 October 2011, organized by SEPHIS and SEASREP
  • Advanced Seminar on the Philippines, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines,  22-27 August 2011, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 8th Asian Emporiums Course on Trade, Culture and Rights, and Globalization, Southeast Asian Studies Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, Thailand, 4 April-11 May 2011, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • 4th Workshop on Alternative Research Methodologies, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines, 4-15 October 2010, organized by SEPHIS and SEASREP
  • Advanced Seminar on Thailand, Southeast Asian Studies Program, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand,  2-6 August 2010, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 7th Asian Emporiums Course on Lives in the Monsoon Belt and the Rice Civilization in Southeast Asia, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines,13 April-14 May 2010, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • 3rd Workshop on Alternative Research Methodologies, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 19-30 October 2009, organized by SEPHIS and SEASREP.
  • Advanced Seminar on Indonesia, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Jakarta, Indonesia, 3-7 August 2009, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 6th Asian Emporiums course on Asian Emporium, Southeast Asian   Identities, Past, Present and Future, University of Indonesia, 20 April-29 May 2009, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • 2nd Workshop on Alternative Research Methodologies, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 20-31 October 2008, organized by SEPHIS and SEASREP
  • Advanced Seminar on Southeast Asian Studies: Focus on the Philippines, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City, 4-8 August 2008, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 5th Asian Emporiums Course on Southeast Asia’s Past and Present, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 1 April-8 May 2008, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • Workshop on Alternative Research Methodologies, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 8-26 October 2007, organized by SEPHIS and SEASREP
  • Advanced Seminar on Southeast Asian Studies: Focus on Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, 6-10 August 2007, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 4th Asian Emporiums Course on Exploring Our World From Within, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15 April-25 May 2007, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • Advanced Seminar on Southeast Asian Studies focus on Islam in Southeast Asia, Krungsri River Hotel, Ayutthaya, Thailand, 30 October-3 November 2006, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 3rd Asian Emporiums Course on Networks of Culture and Trade, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, 2 April – 11 May 2006, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • 2nd Asian Emporiums Course on Networks of Culture and Trade, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, 4 April-11 May 2005, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation 
  • 1st Asian Emporiums Course on Networks of Culture and Trade,” University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City, 14 April-20 May 2004, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation 
  • Advanced Training-Seminar on Southeast Asian Studies, Ayutthaya, Thailand, 20-24 October 2003, organized by Japan Foundation and SEASREP.

Previous Conferences and Workshops

 

  • SEASIA 2019 Panel on Religion and Disease: Hansen’s Disease in Southeast Asia, Taipei, Taiwan,  5-7 December 2019, organized by SEASREP with grant from the Sasakawa Health Foundation
  • International Leprosy Congress 2019 Panel on Narratives of Hansen’s Disease in Southeast Asia, Manila, Philippines,  10-13 September 2019,  organized by SEASREP with grant from the Sasakawa Health Foundation 
  • ICAS 11 Panel on History of Hansen’s Disease in Colonial Southeast Asia, Leiden, The Netherlands,  16-19 July 2019, organized by SEASREP with grant from the Sasakawa Health Foundation
  • Final Workshop on Neighborhood Histories in Southeast Asia, Bangkok, Thailand, 5-6 July 2019, organized by Social Research Institute Chulalongkorn University and SEASREP with grant from the ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University
  • Final Workshop on From Nature to Natural Heritage: Law, Nation, and Identity in Southeast Asia, Mandalay City, Myanmar,  26 May 2018, organized by SEASREP with grant from Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • Final Workshop on Hansen’s Disease in Southeast Asia: Narratives of the Past and Present, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,  3-4 March 2018, organized by SEASREP with grant from the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation 
  • Brainstorming Workshop on Law and Southeast Asian Lives, Taipei, Taiwan,  23 February 2018, organized by CSEAS National Chengchi University and SEASREP
  • ICAS 10 Roundtable on Emerging and Continuing Trends in Southeast Asian Studies, Chiang Mai, Thailand,  20-22 July 2018, organized by SEASREP with grant from Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • Brainstorming Workshop on Nature and the Nation: Conservation and Heritage in the Environmental History of Southeast Asia, Luang Prabang, Laos,  7 April 2017, organized by SEASREP with grant from Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • Workshop on Public History in Southeast Asia, Bangkok, Thailand,  30-31 March 2017, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • Workshop on Place-making in Southeast Asia, Bangkok, Thailand,  28-29 March 2017, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • Workshop on Hybrid Communities in Southeast Asia: Identity Formation, Evolution and Transformation, Pasig City, Philippines,  9-10 March 2017, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • Symposium on Scholarly Journals, Manila, Philippines, 21 February 2017, organized by SEASREP
  • Initial Workshop on Hansen’s Disease in Southeast Asia: Narratives of the Past and Present, Singapore,  27 January 2017, organized by SEASREP with grant from the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation
  • Final Workshop on Heritage Conservation in Southeast Asia: Issues and Responses, Hoi An, Vietnam, 15-17 April 2016, organized by SEASREP with grant from Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • SEASREP’s 20th anniversary conference on Celebrating 20 Years of SEASREP and Southeast Asian Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 4-5 November 2015, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation and Japan Foundation
  • Inception Workshop on Heritage Conservation in Southeast Asia, Siem Reap, Cambodia,  25-27 July 2015, organized by SEASREP Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • Workshop on Southeast Asian Concepts of Nationhood, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,  27-28 May 2015, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • Workshop on the Role of Public Intellectuals in Southeast Asia, Bali, Indonesia,  5-6 December 2014, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • 15th Korea Forum on Culture ODA and Korean Wave, Asia Research Centre, Royal Academy of Cambodia,  8 August 2014, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • Final Workshop on China’s Footprints in Southeast Asia, Manila, Philippines,  4-5 August 2014, organized by SEASREP with grant from Japan Foundation 
  • Workshop on Plural Identities, Manila, Philippines,  20-21 March 2014, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • Initial Workshop on China’s Footprints in Southeast Asia, Puerto Princesa, Philippines, 12-13 February 2014, organized by SEASREP with grant from Japan Foundation 
  • 14th Korea Forum on Commemorating the 40th Diplomatic Relations between Indonesia and Korea: Deepening Inter-relations between ASEAN and Korea, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Jakarta, Indonesia,  2-3 July 2013, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • Roundtable Discussion on The Future and Shape of Southeast Asian Studies, Bangkok, Thailand,  31 May – 1 June 2013, organized by SEPHIS and SEASREP.
  • Forum on Plural Identities: The State and Globalization, Manila, Philippines, 3-4 December 2012, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • Forum on The Development of Southeast Asian Historical and Political Discourse, Bali, Indonesia,  2-3 July 2012, organized by SEASREP with grant from Toyota Foundation
  • 13th Korea Forum on Korea-Vietnam Relations in the New Context of Globalization, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi, Vietnam, 13 January 2012, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 12th Korea Forum on Korea Perception of ASEAN, China, and the Philippines, Ateneo Center for Asian Studies, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines,  26 August 2011, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 11th Korea Forum on The Recent Political and Social Dynamics in Korea, International Relations Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 17 January 2011, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 10th Korea Forum on Culture Matters: Korean Wave and Southeast Asian Phenomenon, Center for Korean Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia,  20 July 2010, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 9th Korea Forum on The “Korean Wave” in Southeast Asia: Korean Culture in Transnational Perspective, Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei,  9 February 2010, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 8th Korea Forum on Korea’s International Relations: Dealing with a Challenging World, Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia,  21 July 2009, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 7th Korea Forum on Understanding Korea and Korean Studies: Its Past and Present, Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus, Thailand,  4 February 2009, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 6th Korea Forum on Contemporary Korea: Development and Challenges, Hanoi, Vietnam,  29 July 2008, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 5th Korea Forum, Davao City, Philippines, 10 January 2008, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • 4th Korea Forum on Socio-Cultural Situation and Policies in Korea since the 1997 Economic Crisis, Asian Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman,  31 July 2007, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • “The Master Narrative Challenged: Dominant Histories and Emerging Narratives,” University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines, 31 January-2 February 2007, organized by SEPHIS and SEASREP.
  • 3rd Korea Forum, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 10 January 2007, organized by KISEAS and SEASREP
  • “New Voices from the Mekong Region: Women in the Public Arena,” Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 7-10 November 2005, organized by the Women’s Studies Center, Chiang Mai University.
  • “Democratization and the Youth and Student Movement in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Historical and Contemporary Analysis,” Terminal workshop, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, 20-21 August 2005, organized by Dr. Francis Gealogo, Ateneo de Manila University.
  • “Challenges and Strategies for Rural Women Entrepreneurs,” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20-21 September 2004, organized by Dr. Rashila Ramli, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
  • “Democratization and the Youth and Student Movement in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Historical and Contemporary Analysis,” Inception workshop, Pattaya, Thailand, 28-29 July 2004, organized by Dr. Francis Gealogo, Ateneo de Manila University.
  • Roundtable of University Publishers of Southeast Asia, Antipolo City, Philippines, 4-5 July 2004, hosted by the University of the Philippines Press.
  •  “Borders and Borderlands in Southeast Asia,” Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Jakarta, Indonesia, 25-26 March 2004, organized by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Toyota Foundation and SEASREP.
  • “The Mekong as Socio-Cultural Space,” Terminal workshop of Mekong project, Bangkok, Thailand, 30-31 January 2004, organized by SEASREP.
  • Annotated Bibliography of Works on the Mekong, Final workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 4-5 December 2003, organized by SEASREP.
  • “Shared Histories Conference,” Penang, Malaysia, 30 July-3 August 2003, organized by Penang Heritage Trust.
  • “Ethnic Minorities in Southeast Asia,” Institute of the Malay World and Civilization, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 27-28 March 2003, organized by the Institute of the Malay World and Civilization, Toyota Foundation and SEASREP.
  • “Readings on Southeast Asia,” Quezon City, Philippines, 1-2 February 2002, organized by the University of Malaya Asia-Europe Institute and SEASREP.
  • “Religion, Community, and the State in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Reexamination,” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23-24 February 2001, organized by the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Malaya.
  • “Representations of Southeast Asia in Southeast Asian Pre-University Textbooks,” Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, 8 May 2000, organized by SEASREP.
  • “Beyond the Crisis: Southeast Asian Middle Class in the Twenty First Century: Prospects for Social Change and Democratization,” Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 25-28 April 2000, organized by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
  • “Women in Small and Medium Enterprises in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam,” Bangkok, Thailand, 26-28 February 2000, organized by Women’s Action and Research Initiative, Thailand.
  • “Archaeology in Southeast Asia in the Third Millenium,” Penang, Malaysia, 27-29 September 1999, organized by the Center for Archaelogical Research, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
  • “Southeast Asian Historiography since 1945,” Penang, Malaysia, 30 July-1 August 1999, organized by the Department of History, Universiti Sains Malaysia. 
  • “17th Century Southeast Asia in the Context of Autonomous History,” 14 May 1999, Bangkok, Thailand, organized by the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University.
  • “Women Imaging Women: Home, Body, Memory,” Cultural Center of the Philippines, 11-14 March 1999, organized by the Department of Arts Studies, University of the Philippines.
  • “Socioeconomic Change in Delta Regions: Comparison of the Three Major Delta Regions of Southeast Asia,” Mahidol University, Thailand, 1999, organized by the Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development, Mahidol University.
  • “Islamic Studies in the ASEAN Region: History, Approaches, and Trends,” Prince of Songkla University, Pattani, Thailand, 25-28 June 1998, organized by the College of Islamic Studies, Prince of Songkla University.
  • “Southeast Asia in the 20th Century,” University of the Philippines, Diliman, 28-30 January 1998, organized by the UP Third World Studies Center and SEASREP.
  • “Academic Library Information Resources for Southeast Asian Scholarship,” University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1998, organized by the University of Malaya Library.
  • “Centennial of the Philippine Revolution,” Jakarta, Indonesia, 28-31 August 1997, organized by the Southeast Asian Studies Program, Indonesian Institute of Sciences.
  • “Chinese Business in Southeast Asia,” University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23-25 June 1997, organized by the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya.

Readings on Southeast Asia

The University of Malaya Asia-Europe Institute, the University of the Philippines Center for International Studies, and the Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program (Manila Secretariat) organized the workshop on 1-2 February 2002 at the University of the Philippines. Participated in by 15 scholars from Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines, the workshop aimed:

  1. To produce an annotated bibliography of major works written by Southeast Asian scholars in various languages and used to teach “own country” studies;
  2. To organize the bibliographies by theme or discipline and country and identify gaps where they might exist;
  3. Using the organized bibliographies, to draw up a reading list for undergraduate and graduate courses on Southeast Asian studies based on an assessment of the level of difficulty of the content of the suggested works; and
  4. To explore other uses of the annotated bibliographies, for example:
    • For teaching (e.g. development of instructional materials considering factors such as the intended audience, language to be used, whether for introductory or major course on Southeast Asia);
    • For publication (e.g. Southeast Asian reader, anthology of works on particular themes, annotated bibliographies themselves); and/or
    • Translation projects (for teaching and/or publication)

Southeast Asia Travelling Classroom

The SEASREP initiated a Traveling Classroom Program that broadly aimed to establish linkages among selected students of the MOU universities. Specifically, the traveling classroom aimed to develop an interest in Southeast Asian studies by providing first-hand exposure to Southeast Asian culture, history and contemporary reality; enable Southeast Asian students (undergraduate and graduate) to interact with and learn from one another; and serve as the basis for future networking in the region. The traveling class is composed of 24 students and 4 faculty coordinators from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

On 7-18 April 1999, the first traveling classroom went to Thailand. On its second year, the traveling classroom visited Thailand and Malaysia from 26 April to 6 May 2000. For its third year, the traveling class will visit northern Philippines on 25 April to 5 May 2001.

Representations of Southeast Asia in Southeast Asian Pre-University Textbooks

On 8 May 2000, six Southeast Asian scholars analyzed the pre-university textbooks of Southeast Asian countries and presented a 30-page manuscript in a workshop held in Thammasat University, Bangkok. The project aimed to analyze how the pre-university textbooks (and teacher’s manuals) portray Southeast Asia.

The writers were:

  • For Indonesia: Muhamad Hisyam, Centre for Social and Cultural Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI);
  • For Thailand: Warunee Osatharom, Thai Khadi Research Institute, Thammasat University;
  • For Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei: Vejai Balasubramaniam, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Malaya;
  • For the Philippines: Luisa Mallari-Hall, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines;
  • For Vietnam: Nguyen Van Chinh, lecturer, Department of Anthropology, College of Social Science and Humanities, Vietnam National University;
  • For Myanmar: Kyaw Yin Hlaing, Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Government, Cornell University.

Regional Networking in Southeast Asia

From 1998-1999, the Foundation Members served as “ambassadors” of Southeast Asian studies and collaborative research. The Foundation Members traveled around the region to promote the SEASREP grants programs; assist the development of curricular programs in other Southeast Asian universities; attend regional conferences to forge new networks; and strengthen administrative arrangements within and among MOUs.

Conference on Southeast Asia

The International Conference on Southeast Asia in the 20th Century took place in University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City on 28-30 January 1998. The conference reviewed the developments in Southeast Asia in the last century. Six major themes were tackled: culture and societal transformation; economic development; politics, the state and civil society; women; environment, science and technology; and perspectives in the study of Southeast Asia. 93 scholars participated in the conference.

Asian Emporiums Course

In January 2004, the traveling classroom and visiting professors programs were reconfigured to complement the Asian Emporiums course. This is an introductory course which aims to familiarize undergraduate students with the world of Monsoon Asia throughout the centuries. 

Lectures are expected to be of a general nature, making use of many audio-visual aids, and providing guidelines for further reading. Special lectures will be organized, dealing with specific topics such as the Dongson Culture, Sriwijaya, the Rise and Fall of Ayuthia, the English Country Trade, the Armenian Diaspora, Tharekat, Nationalism & Revolution, and Piracy in Southeast Asian Waters.

The course breaks down into six big interrelated topics (8 hours each):

  • Monsoon Asia
  • Heritage
  • Religions and Beliefs
  • Cultural Expressions
  • Trade and Emporiums 
  • Government and Politics

Ethnic Minorities

A workshop series was launched in 2003 to bring together grant recipients of SEASREP and the Toyota Foundation National Research Program who were working on similar or related topics. The first workshop on Ethnic Minorities in Southeast Asia was held from 27–28 March 2003 at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in cooperation with the Institute of the Malay World and Civilization. Nineteen grantees presented their findings. The Indonesian Institute of Sciences hosted the second workshop on Borders and Borderlands in Southeast Asia in Jakarta on March 2004.

Mekong Project

A project on the Mekong was launched in March 2003, through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, which sought to re-examine the Mekong region in two ways: by reviewing the literature on the Mekong and annotating major works; and by analyzing major perspectives oft the Mekong beyond geography and the nation. Two teams of scholars from Southeast Asia carried out the project and produced (1) an annotated bibliography of works on the Mekong; and, (2) an anthology of original papers on the Mekong. Two publications resulted, namely: The Mekong Arranged and Rearranged in 2006, and Annotated Bibliography on the Mekong in 2008, both published by Mekong Press.

10th Year Anniversary Conference

In celebration of the 10th year of SEASREP, the conference on Southeast Asia, A Global Crossroads took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 8–9 December 2005. The conference aimed to showcase the achievements of SEASREP in its first ten years and launched its broader, more outward-looking vision for 2005–2014. It also aimed to strengthen its network in the region and establish links with scholars and institutions elsewhere. A total of 186 scholars participated in the conference, 128 of these read and presented their papers. Aside from the Toyota and Japan Foundation, the Ford Foundation also supported the conference.

Chinese Migration to Southeast Asia and Japan

From 2010–2011, SEASREP with funding from the Japan Foundation, embarked on a two-year project on “Contemporary Chinese Migration to Southeast Asia and Japan” to examine China’s looming presence in the region. Exploratory in nature, the project called attention to the forms and dynamics of Chinese migration to Southeast Asia and Japan after the initiation of China’s reform policy in 1978. This project was supported by the Japan Foundation. 

In the first year of the project, researchers identified some patterns of migration and fieldwork sites. The research focused inter alia on the following themes: state policies; patterns of migrations and the causal mechanisms; local reaction; and their relationships with the old overseas Chinese society.

In the second year of the project, in order to have a grasp of the migration situation in these cases, extended field research was made for the case studies of Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan. In addition, overview papers on Singapore, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Korea, and China were commissioned.

Selected papers from the project were featured in a special issue, “The New Chinese Migration to Southeast Asia,” of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal in 2013. Dr. Diana Wong was issue editor.

Toyota Foundation-Funded Fora

With support from the Toyota Foundation, a forum on “The Development of Southeast Asian Historical and Political Discourse” was held from 2–3 July 2012, in Bali, Indonesia. Eleven participants from Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos presented think pieces that addressed the following:

  • What are the sources and traditions of Southeast Asian intellectual history?
  • How have religion/ideology, ethnicity/race, and the exercise of power affected Southeast Asian historical and political discourse?   
  • Are there Southeast Asian concepts of human history and society? How are these articulated? 

Dr. Thongchai Winichakul, Asia Research Instiute, National University of Singapore, served as resource person.

Another forum supported by the Toyota Foundation on “Plural Identities: The State and Globalization” was held in Manila, Philippines from 3–4 December 2012. Eleven participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia attended. The forum aimed to discuss the following questions:

  • What factors encourage or inhibit the development of plural identities? And how or under what circumstances are these identities formed?
  • How are these identities expressed or demonstrated? And how do they interface or conflict with one another?
  • Where and how does the State come in in the construction of identity at the national level? What about the impact of globalization on the formation of identity? 

Both fora aimed to explore possible related collaborative research projects for publication. 

International Convention of Asia Scholars

A SEASREP panel on Chinese migration was formed for the ICAS 8 (International Convention of Asia Scholars) conference in Macau from 24–26 June 2013. The four presenters were Nguyen Van Chinh (Vietnam National University Hanoi), Gracia Liu-Farrer (Waseda University), Brenda Yeoh (National University of Singapore), and Satohiro Serizawa (Nara University). Dr. Diokno chaired the panel. The papers presented were from the earlier project of SEASREP on contemporary migration into Southeast Asia and Japan. Dr. Diokno noted that the panel was well attended.

SEASREP again took part in the ICAS 10 Conference through two panels: “Emerging and Continuing Trends in Southeast Asian Studies”, which contemplated the directions and state of the economic, political, and cultural dynamism of the Southeast Asian region both as an academic field of study as well as a geopolitical force in the globalizing and consolidating world of the twenty-first century. Twelve scholars comprising 5 senior and 7 emerging scholars from different countries in the region presented think pieces that were featured in July 2017 of RJSEAS. The conference was held at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Thailand from 22–23 July 2017. 

At the ICAS 11, SEASREP’s panel on “History of Hansen’s Disease in Colonial Southeast Asia”, presented on 17 July 2019, at Leiden University, the Netherlands. The panel proposed to examine the history of Hansen’s disease in selected Southeast Asian countries during the late colonial period (19th and 20th centuries). Three scholars presented their papers.

China’s Soft Footprint in Southeast Asia

From 2013–2014, SEASREP conducted another research project on “China’s Soft Footprint in Southeast Asia.” The project aimed to produce new empirical information about China’s overwhelming and complex economic presence in Southeast Asia. The research project adopted interdisciplinary approaches to interrogate the notion of “soft power” from the standpoint of Southeast Asian experiences vis-à-vis China. Fourteen writers from Southeast Asia, Japan, and Taiwan were invited to write on the research themes: social, cultural, and institutional. The project resulted in China’s Footprints in Southeast Asia, edited by Maria Serena Diokno, Hsin Huang Michael Hsiao and Alan Yang, and published by the NUS Press in 2018.

Pre-Publication Workshops

With support from the Toyota Foundation, the pre-publication workshop on Role of Public Intellectuals in Southeast Asia took place at the Mercure Resort Sanur, Bali, Indonesia from 5–6 December 2014. A total of 11 participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam participated in the workshop. 

Another pre-publication workshop on Plural Identities took place at the National Historical Commission of the Philippines Manila, Philippines from 20–21 March 2014. Fifteen participants from Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam took part in the workshop. Prof. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Dr. Bambang Purwanto, Department of History, Gadjah Mada University, served as reviewers. Selected papers were published in the maiden issue of the RJSEAS (Regional Journal of Southeast Asian Studies)

Southeast Asian Concepts of Nationhood

Through a grant from the Toyota Foundation, “Southeast Asian Concepts of Nationhood” was held in Kuala Lumpur from 27–28 May 2015. Nine country editors attended the workshop, and an additional two were added after the workshop. The workshop sought to explore and express ideas of nationhood Southeast Asians from the late 18th or 19th century to the present understood. Central to these ideas were the formation of an independent nation-state, national identity as expressed in diverse ways, and love of country whether from a moral or “emotional” sense or as a necessary value of nationhood. The source book aimed to compile significant primary texts authored by Southeast Asians over the last century or so, introduced and contextualized by country editors, with an overall introduction to each set of readings.

20th Year Anniversary Conference

On its 20th anniversary, SEASREP held Celebrating 20 Years of SEASREP and Southeast Asian Studies in Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 4–5 November 2015. The conference aimed to reflect upon the achievements of SEASREP over the past 20 years by encouraging SEASREP grantees, participants, partners, and scholars of Southeast Asian studies to share their research findings. With an interest in new studies about the region, the conference featured special opening and closing panels where speakers discussed the state, progress, and prospects of Southeast Asian studies in the future. A total of 265 scholars participated in the conference, 89 of these read and presented their papers. Of the total participants, 51 were SEASREP “alumni” of the language, postgraduate study and research collaboration grants; former members of the Selection Committee; and participants of seminars or workshops that SEASREP organized.

In the same event, the Southeast Asian Studies Association in Southeast Asia (SEAS in SEA) was also established as a separate organization whose aim is to continue SEASREP’s vision of promoting and strengthening Southeast Asian studies in the region through research, training, cross-country collaboration, and academic exchange. The organization is currently being registered in the Philippines as not-for-profit non-government organization.
 

Trends in Journal Publication

SEASREP held a one-day workshop for 20 journal editors on 21 February 2017 in Manila. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Paul Kratoska, retired Professor of History from the National University of Singapore and editor of the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. The goal of the workshop was to discuss current trends in journal publication (relating to open access, citation indexes, impact factors, alt metrics, etc.) and exchange ideas on editorial and production arrangements. 

The writing workshop took place from 22–24 February 2017 in Manila. Twenty-six postdoctoral students and researchers from different universities and research institutions in Southeast Asia attended the workshop. The goal of the workshop was to help researchers improve their manuscripts so as to satisfy the standards of editorial review.  The workshop consisted of lectures, group sessions, and individual consultations. The workshop facilitators were Dr. Paul Kratoska, Publishing Director, NUS Press, National University of Singapore; Dr. Paul Nerney, Academic Writing Consultant; and Dr. Susan Lopez-Nerney, Academic Writing Consultant.

Grants and Fellowships

Since its inception until 2015, and with support from the Toyota Foundation and the Japan Foundation, SEASREP awarded grants to Southeast Asian applicants for MA/PhD study in Southeast Asia, language training, research collaboration, and a traveling classroom for undergraduate students. The grants program ended in 2015 as the focus shifted to as greater focus has been placed on knowledge dissemination through capacity-building, collaborative research, participation in conferences, and publications.

The grants programs included:

  1. Language training in a Southeast Asian language;
  2. MA/PhD study in another Southeast Asian university;
  3. Visiting professors program among universities in the region; and
  4. Regional collaboration on a comparative or regional theme in the form of researches or conferences.

The Japan Foundation funded the first three programs (a, b, c), while the Toyota Foundation funded the fourth (d). The two foundations constituted the Tokyo Joint Secretariat for SEASREP. To provide the institutional infrastructure for the Council’s exchange program, the Council initiated a formal agreement among eight universities in the region: the Universities of Malaya, Indonesia, Gadjah Mada, Philippines, Thammasat, Chulalongkorn, National University of Malaysia, and Ateneo de Manila University. The grants were later opened to all universities in the region.

From 1995–2015, SEASREP awarded a total of 557 grants to scholars and institutions in the region, with the comparative and collaborative grants having the highest number of recipients (Figure 1). Participation by country varied between 1995 and 2015 as the grants were opened to all countries in the region (from the initial offering confined to the network of universities formed in 1994). Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand contributed the highest number of applicants and grantees, while Vietnam, Myanmar, and Singapore, Laos, and Cambodia had the fewest numbers (Figure 2). Total grant funds released for twenty years amounted to US$4,491,871 (Figure 3).

 




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