SEASREP organized a roundtable at the 2019 SEASIA Biennial Conference on December 6, 2019 at the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
The roundtable on “Religion and Disease: Hansen’s Disease in Southeast Asia” aimed to address the research gap on Hansen’s Disease and further expand the scope of Southeast Asian studies through an examination of the links between religion and Hansen’s Disease in selected Southeast Asian countries, taking into consideration that the initial impetuses for its study was driven by religious, health, and humanitarian considerations.
The roundtable consisted of:
- Maria Serena I. Diokno, Chair, University of the Philippines Diliman
- Maria Eloisa de Castro, Panelist, University of Santo Tomas; Rediscovering a Paradigm: The Franciscan Order’s Response to Leprosy and the Afflicted in the Philippines, 1578-1898
- Hoirun Nisa, Panelist, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta; Cultural and Islamic Influences on Indonesian Beliefs about Leprosy
- Kanya Wattanagun, Panelist, Thai Studies Center, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University; Leprosy Sufferers in Thai Buddhist Narratives