The Center for Southeast Asia Studies (CSEAS) was founded in 1960 for the development of research and teaching on Southeast Asia. CSEAS merged with the Institute of East Asian Studies in 2017. An advisory committee of UC Berkeley faculty members with research interests in Southeast Asia, led by a faculty Chair, supervises CSEAS, directing its outreach and research programs and strategic direction.

CSEAS promotes the expansion of Southeast Asian Studies on the UC Berkeley campus by facilitating faculty and graduate research, by funding language instruction, by presenting lecture series and cultural programs, by organizing public outreach and international conferences, and by hosting visitors and scholars. CSEAS is a consortium U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA. The UC Berkeley-UCLA CSEAS National Resource Center is one of only seven Title VI National Resource Centers for Southeast Asia in the U.S., and the only such center in California.

CSEAS is also the editorial home of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, published by the University of California Press. First launched in 2006, this journal presents original primary research on Vietnam.

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Southeast Asian Studies Conference, April 2018

CSEAS, UCLA’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto are convening a conference on the theme, “Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia”, at UC Berkeley on April 27-28, 2018. The keynote speaker will be Anis Hidayah, founder of Migrant Care (Indonesia). The conference will also consist of panel presentations and a special plenary roundtable with invited senior scholars.

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FLAS awards

CSEAS awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for 2017-18 to Jonathan Baldoza (Asian Studies) to study Indonesian, Yasmin Golan (Folklore) to study Vietnamese, Adrien Chorn (Asian Studies) to study Khmer, and Toshi Pau (Performance Studies) and Stephen Harrell (Agricultural & Resource Economics) to study Thai. Trung Nguyen, a Ph.D. candidate in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, received a FLAS award to study Vietnamese and will be in residence at UC Berkeley this academic year. Sau Pahulu received an undergraduate FLAS award to study Filipino.

In Memoriam: Prof. Jeffrey Hadler (1968–2017)

Prof. Jeffrey Hadler, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, died in January 2017. He was a CSEAS core faculty member and former CSEAS faculty chair.

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