August 2, 2019

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).

August 1, 2019

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).

July 24, 2019

Mithra, Buddha, and Mani Walk into a Desert...
Indo-Iranian and Sino-Iranian Encounters in Central Asia


July 23, 2019

This special issue on “Buddhist Art in Mongolia,” guest edited by Uranchimeg Tsultemin, brings together four research articles and two photos essays that address the specific qualities of Mongolian Buddhist artworks by placing them in the historical, political, and social context of Inner Asia, and specifically the Tibet-Mongolia interface.

July 19, 2019

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.

July 15, 2019

View the Fall 2019 Event List. Topics include Denuclearization of North Korea. Check back for updates throughout the semester.

July 1, 2019

The Center for Chinese Studies welcomes Sophie Volpp as the new faculty chair effective July 1, 2019. She is currently Associate Professor and Comparative Literature Chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UC Berkeley.

We would also like to thank prior faculty chair You-tien Hsing for her leadership and support in the past five years.

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). 

June 25, 2019

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.

June 24, 2019

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. 

June 1, 2019

Dynasties and Democracy in Japan
February 1, 2019
Daniel M. Smith, Associate Professor, Harvard University

May 25, 2019

View the Spring 2019 Event List. Topics include Visual Culture in Modern Korea, Ambassadors Cho and Harris, Korea and the Global Economy, China's Influence, Korean Literature, New Archaeology Discoveries, and Villains in Korean Cinema.

May 24, 2019

Dates: May 24-25, 2019 | Location: IEAS Conference Room, 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510, Berkeley, CA

May 17, 2019

May 13, 2019

Jon Soriano is a PhD Candidate in the History of Art department at UC Berkeley, working with his advisor Pat Berger on a dissertation regarding the material culture of the Kālacakra tantra between the Gelugpa Gaden Phodrang and the Qing court.

May 7, 2019

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.

The CJS-JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Fellowship Award provides opportunities for both pre- and postdoctoral students from the University of California, Berkeley to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in Japanese universities and other research institutions under the guidance of a host sponsor. The fellowship is for a term of 1-12 months, and is open to all fields of the humanities, social sciences, engineering, and the natural sciences. 

May 3, 2019

Friday–Saturday, May 3–4, 2019

Friday May 3, 10am–12:00pm 

Introductory Remarks
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

Changing Vocabulary of Manichaean Visual Syntax in Uyghur East Central Asia
Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

Manichaean Official Documents in their Central Asian Context
Adam Benkato, UC Berkeley

May 1, 2019

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.

April 26, 2019

Dates: April 26-27, 2019 | Location: Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley and IEAS Conference Room, 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA | Sponsor/s: Literature Translation Institute of Korea