SOAS University of London was the venue for a three-day international conference on South East Asian studies. The conference provided an opportunity for the dissemination of research on South East Asia in various disciplines for academics from around the world.
The conference featured over 250 papers, including 40 panels focusing on a wide variety of social, developmental and political issues facing the countries and peoples of South East Asia. Additionally, there were film screenings, music performances, campus tours, a publishers’ fair and various networking and social events.
One highlight of the conference was a performance by Dr Carmencita Palermo, an expert in Balinese Mask Performance.
The Department of South East Asia at SOAS is a leading centre for teaching and research on the languages, literatures, cinemas and cultures of South East Asia. Staff within the Department combine language-based scholarship in combination with regional focus and disciplinary skills. Languages taught include Burmese, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese.
The BA South East Asian Studies course combines language learning with a wider study of the culture of the region. The syllabus introduces students to the language, culture, literature and cinema of South East Asia, with options to gain knowledge of South East Asian history, politics, economics, linguistics, religious studies, music, art and archaeology, and anthropology.
The MA South East Asian Studies provides students with an opportunity for advanced study of one of the world’s most diverse regions. The programme attracts students preparing for employment in the region, or others who may have lived in the region for a number of years and who wish to place their experience and impressions into a more structured, analytical framework.
In collaboration with several universities across South East Asia, the Department is able to offer undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to spend a year abroad studying at a partner institution.
A year abroad provides a valuable opportunity for students to advance their linguistic skills, gain a deeper insight into different societies and cultures, and immerse themselves in a dynamic, fast-developing region that is assuming an increasingly important strategic role in global affairs.