CSEAS will host a midday forum on September 19 on environmental issues and natural resource management in Southeast Asia as experienced and envisioned today by young activists and students from the region. The participants are visiting UC Berkeley as part of a program managed by the East-West Center in Honolulu and sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI).
Dr. Andrew Alan Johnson will be a CSEAS Visiting Scholar in 2019-20. While in residence, he will be completing a book manuscript about the impact of hydropower projects in Laos and Thailand on local fishermen. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University and has a M.A. degree in Anthropology from George Washington University. His undergraduate degree is from the College of William and Mary. He is the author of Ghosts of the New City: Spirits, Urbanism and Ruins of Progress in Chiang Mai (University of Hawaii Press, 2014). He has been Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and most recently was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University.
CSEAS core faculty Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (Environmental Science, Policy & Management) Is the 2019 recipient of the Al Moumin Award in Environmental Peacebuilding, awarded by the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, UN Environment, American University’s School of International Service, and the Environmental Law Institute. The award will be presented to her at the Inaugural Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding to be held in October 2019 at UC Irvine, where she will also give a keynote address. Prof. Peluso received her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from Cornell University. Her research on resource policy and politics and forest and agrarian change focuses on Indonesia.
Prof. Aihwa Ong is the new Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, following Prof. Pheng Cheah who has completed his five-year term. Prof. Ong will serve as CSEAS Chair until June 30, 2020, when she will be succeeded by Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (Environmental Science, Policy & Management).
Aihwa Ong is Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Her research interests cover a number of areas, including the role of science and technology in society, issues of neoliberalism and modernity, and the anthropology of citizenship. Her books include Fungible Life: Uncertainty in the Asian City of Life (Duke University Press, 2016), Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty (Duke University Press, 2006), Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America (UC Press, 2003), Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality (Duke University Press, 1999), and Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline: Factory Women in Malaysia (SUNY Press, 1987). She is co-editor, with Ananya Roy, of Worlding Cities, or the Art of Being Global (Routledge, 2011); co-editor, with Nancy Chen, of Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate (Duke University Press, 2010); co-editor, with Li Zhang, of Privatizing China: Socialism from Afar (Cornell University Press, 2008); and co-editor, with Michael Peletz, of Bewitching Women, Pious Men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia (UC Press, 1995). She received her undergardaue degree from Barnard College and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is originally from Malaysia.
CSEAS has awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) graduate student fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year to Jennifer Duque (Ethnic Studies) and Aaron Gatdula (City & Regional Planning) to study Filipino, Ngoc-Mai Phan (Ethnic Studies) to study Vietnamese, and Justin Weinstock (Anthropology) to study Thai. Chyrylle Digsay (South & Southeast Asian Studies and Legal Studies) received an undergraduate FLAS award to study Filipino.
UC Berkeley's Department of Anthropology has announced a new faculty hire effective July 2019. Dr. Daena Funahashi is a medical anthropologist who studies mental health, sacrifice and addiction in Finland and Thailand. She received her Ph.D in Anthropology from Cornell University. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, she was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University in Denmark.
Four UC Berkeley graduate students working on Southeast Asia-related topics have received 2019 IEAS graduate fellowships. Natalia Duong (Performance Studies) will conduct research in Vietnam and the U.S. about cultural perspectives towards the effects of Agent Orange and Caleb Ford (History) will conduct research in France about the mapping of the Sino-Vietnamese frontier, while Rina Priyani (Architecture) and Trude Renwick (Architecture) will be finalizing their dissertation research on, respectively, colonial and postcolonial urban issues in Bandung, Indonesia and modern transformations of commercial space in Bangkok, Thailand.
Khmer language instructor Frank Smith, in the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, has set up a website about his classes. These classes are also open via Distance Learning for enrollment by students at UCLA and UC Irvine.
CSEAS awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Summer 2019 to Melissa Carlson (South & Southeast Asian Studies) to study Burmese in Myanmar, Oren Samet-Marram (Political Science) to study Thai in Bangkok and undergraduate Chyrylle Digsay (South & Southeast Asian Studies, and Legal Studies) to study Filipino at the University of the Philippines. CSEAS has also awarded a FLAS fellowship to UC Santa Cruz graduate student Christina Ayson (Art History) to study Filipino at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.