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January 17, 2024

CSEAS is delighted to promote two upcoming Bay Area performances of The Rebirth of Apsara. 

Created and Choreographed by Charya Burt

Commissioned score by Chinary Ung

Commissioned text by Kalean Ung

Co-Produced by New Performance Traditions/Paul Dresher Ensemble

January 10, 2024

This Spring, the new course Southeast Asian (SEASIAN 101B): Introduction to the History, Religion, and Culture of Insular Southeast Asia, is offered. It fulfills the Literature and Arts Breadth  L&S Requirements, and the History breadth requirement is in the process of being approved.  Please contact Professor Sylvia Tiwon ( with any questions. 

September 25, 2023

The University of California at Berkeley is hiring a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in the Islamic Worlds of Southeast Asia, in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies.

September 14, 2023

CSEAS is pleased to announce that three UC Berkeley graduate students have received FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships for the 2023-2024 academic year. FLAS Fellowships are a wonderful opportunity for undergraduates and graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents to study a Southeast Asian language at the intermediate or advanced level, and to undertake related international or area studies coursework.

August 24, 2023

Are you interested in U.S. foreign policy? Want to learn more about how it's made? Enroll in "The Architects of Power!"

PubPol 198 sec. 005: INDO-PACIFIC ALLIANCES (2 units)

August 4, 2023

This Fall, don't miss out on the opportunitiy to enroll in Music 146B (Balinese Gamelan). The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in Room 255 of Morrison Hall, lead by Lisa Gold & Ni Nyoman Srayamurtikanti. 

July 5, 2023

Prof. Lisandro E. Claudio is the new Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, following Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso, who served as Chair since July 2020. CSEAS extends deep thanks to Prof. Peluso in appreciation of her guidance of the Center and achievements in supporting Southeast Asia Studies at Berkeley, especially during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. With much excitement, CSEAS extends further thanks to Prof.

June 9, 2023

CSEAS is thrilled and honored to share that CSEAS core faculty member Khatharya Um, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Academic Prize for 2023 by the Fukuoka Prize Committee.

April 19, 2023

'Journey to the South: Buddhist Connections across the South China Sea' - the keynote lecture given by Jack Meng-Tat Chia (Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies, National University of Singapore) at the April 2023 UC Berkeley-UCLA CSEAS Conference on Networks and Knowledge in Southeast Asia has been posted to the CSEAS YouTube channel.

March 31, 2023

Sarah Maxim retired as CSEAS Vice Chair in April, after twenty years at the center. Her successor is Alexandra Dalferro, who received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University in 2021. Dr. Dalferro’s dissertation examined silk production in Thailand, in particular among communities of Khmer silk producers in Surin province. She was a Visiting Fellow in the Thailand Studies Programme at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore in 2022, and is currently a lecturer at the National University of Singapore. She will join the center as CSEAS Program Director in May.

March 29, 2023

The Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA - a consortium U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asia - hosted the UC Berkeley - UCLA Conference on Southeast Asian Studies on the theme Networks and Knowledge in Southeast Asia at UC Berkeley on April 14-15, 2023.

March 10, 2023

The Institute of East Asian Studies thanks everyone who participated in the UC Berkeley BIG GIVE campaign on March 9 to raise funds for student awards and fellowships. Our special Big Give web page presents some of the stories of students who have benefited from fellowships and grants they have received from IEAS and its centers in recent years, making a difference to their academic careers.

November 28, 2022

Congratulations to CSEAS core faculty members Prof. Penny Edwards (South & Southeast Asian Studies) who was recently promoted to full professor and to Prof. Lisandro Claudio (South & Southeast Asian Studies) who was also recently awarded tenure and is now an associate professor. Prof. Edwards specializes in research on the culture and history of Cambodia and Myanmar. Prof.

August 8, 2022

CSEAS has awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for 2022-23 to graduate students Sydney To (English) to study Vietnamese and to Alex Mabanta (Jurisprudence & Social Policy) and Laura Galang (Development Practice) to study Filipino.

The Institute of East Asian Studies and the Center for Southeast Asia Studies (with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, its consortium partner at UCLA) have each been awarded new grants from the U.S. Department of Education to serve as Title VI National Resource Centers (NRC) effective for 2022-2026. The new grants will support campus programs, including public lectures, workshops and conferences; library acquisitions; language instruction; and K-14 outreach. New Title VI U.S.

May 24, 2022

CSEAS awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Summer 2022 to UC Berkeley graduate students Alex Mabanta (Jurisprudence & Social Policy) to study Filipino and to Jenny Pham (History), and Sydney To (English) to study Vietnamese. These FLAS recipients will all study at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI), the intensive summer language program hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. SEASSI will offer instruction this summer in-person for the first time since 2019.

May 3, 2022

CSEAS continues to post videos of recent webinars to its YouTube channel, including the May 2 webinar book talk on 'Amnesia: A History of Democratic Idealism in Modern Thailand' by Dr. Arjun Subrahmanyan, the April 27 Burmese poetry reading, the April 20 webinar book talk on 'The Road to Dien Bien Phu' by Prof.

April 20, 2022

Congratulations to Alex Mabanta - a CSEAS affiliated graduate student - who has received a 2021-22 Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement for his public service!

July 23, 2021

CSEAS has awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for the 2021-22 academic year to Christian Gilberti (South & Southeast Asian Studies) to study Burmese and Daniel Owen (South & Southeast Asian Studies) to study Indonesian, and to Paul Salamanca (Sociology) and Alex Mabanta (Jurisprudence and Social Policy) to study Filipino.