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February 20, 2020

The Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS), which organizes professional development programs for K-14 teachers on international themes and issues on behalf of the eight U.S. Department of Education Title VI-funded National Resource Centers for area studies on the Berkeley campus, has announced the topics for its two 2020 summer institutes.

February 19, 2020

The Institute of East Asian Studies will be participating in the UC Berkeley BIG GIVE campaign on March 12 to raise funds for student travel awards and fellowships. For a look at student testimonials about how fellowships and travel grants from IEAS and our centers make a difference to their academic careers, check out our special Big Give web page, and see also how donors can participate in supporting our work at Cal during Big Give.

January 29, 2020

The Center for Southeast Asia Studies manages a small travel grants program for UC Berkeley graduate students and undergraduates who are pursuing humanities or social science research on Southeast Asia.

 

These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to support recipients to undertake short-term research or to travel to conferences to present scholarly papers. There is no restriction as to the level, departmental affiliation, or citizenship of the applicant. Students must be in good academic standing.

 

January 24, 2020

CSEAS core faculty Catherine Ceniza Choy is the co-editor, with Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, of the Brill book series Gendering the Trans-Pacific World. The latest volume of their book series is a much anticipated reprinting of the seminal book on Filipino food by the late Doreen G. Fernandez, Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture. The reprinting includes a new editor's preface by Prof. Choy.

January 21, 2020

The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) has announced a new summer school program to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, jointly convened by UC Berkeley and the University of Copenhagen, on the theme, "Borderland: Critical Approaches to Field Research in the Global South." The program is intended for advanced undergraduate students and M.A. candidates. The application deadline is March 1, 2020. 

October 14, 2019

Mu Sochua gave a CSEAS-sponsored talk on campus on October 30 on the role of women in Cambodian politics. Sochua is the Vice-President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in charge of Foreign Affairs and Public Relations. Formerly, she served as Minister of Women and Veterans' Affairs in Cambodia’s coalition government from 1998 to 2004, and was also a member of Cambodia’s National Assembly, representing Battambang. Sochua left Cambodia in 2017 following a crackdown on opposition leaders and civil society, and the forcible dissolution of CNRP by the Hun Sen government.

October 1, 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 1, 2019

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. 

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.

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 15, 2019

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.