SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

CSEAS Seminar Programme

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The Song of Kieu: Vietnam’s National Epic

Timothy Allen (translator), Dr Dana Healy (Senior Lecturer in Vietnamese Studies) and Henry Eliot (Creative Editor of Penguin Classics)

In this lively new translation, Timothy Allen reworks Nguyen Du’s epic poem for the 21st century English-language reader.

25 April 2019, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), S312, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Digital literacy and the democratic process: Indonesia’s hoaks crisis

Isabel Dunstan (Chatham House)

Isabel Dunstan, Academy Asia Fellow at Chatham House, will discuss Indonesia’s public and private responses to ‘hoaks’, as disinformation is known locally, following fieldwork to understand how various institutions in Indonesia are promoting positive internet use and digital literacy

19 March 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, G3, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Play of Language, Art and Ritual: Interpretation of Iconography at Banteay Srei Temple, Angkor

Siyonn Sophearith (Royal University of Fine Arts, Cambodia/UC California, Berkeley)

This paper aims, firstly, to explore how intricate play on language, art and ritual can be understood to have inspired this thematic choice; and, secondly, to explore the meaning of the Indic ‘killing’ theme in the  Khmer socio-religious context of the time of the temple’s construction.  

6 March 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Malay Literature and the Qur'an

Prof Peter G. Riddell (Melbourne School of Theology)

A survey of the Qur’an’s role in the development of the Malay literary tradition

27 February 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Mapping Agglomeration in Early Mainland Southeast Asia

Phacharaphorn Phanomvan (University of Oxford)

Where did growth come from? A macro perspective on urban data in first millennium CE mainland Southeast Asia.

13 February 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Mahākāla, Heruka and Avalokiteśvara in SE Asia

Dr Claudine Bautze-Picron

Claudine tales a fresh look at the function of the images of these three SE Asian deities in their homeland, Bihar/Bengal.

9 January 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Dragons in the Waters of Borneo: Power, Protection and Threat

Dr Monica Janowski (SOAS University of London)

A talk about the social and cosmological significance of water spirits and dragons among tribal groups, Chinese and Malays in Borneo

5 December 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Seminar

Nattaporn Sittipat (SOAS)

A forum for MA and PhD students to present works in progress and get constructive questions, comments and feedback in a friendly atmosphere.

31 October 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Protesting to Belong: Indigenous Rights and Citizenship in Malaysia

Rusaslina Idrus (University of Malaya)

This talk examines indigenous rights activism in Malaysia and explores alliance-making and self-recognition as strategies to assert citizenship rights. 

24 October 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Seminar

Magda Biran-Taylor (SOAS)

A forum for MA and PhD students to present works in progress and get constructive questions, comments and feedback in a friendly atmosphere.

17 October 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Ratih Kumala’s collection of short stories Larutan Senja

Author Ratih Kumala in converation with Dr Soe Tjen Marching (SOAS)

During the book launch, there will be the screening of the short film "Schizophrenia" written by the author and directed by Ikhwan Ridho.

25 September 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, 320, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Debating Secularism in Muslim Southeast Asia

Walid Jumblatt Abdullah, Postdoctoral Associate at SOAS (Department of Politics and International Relations), Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University
6 December 2017, Brunei Gallery, B201, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Courbet after Sudjojono

Dr Kevin Chua (Texas Tech University, USA)
1 June 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Living in a Time of Deception

Dr Poh Soo Kai and Dr Ping Tjin Thum
10 May 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Khmer Śaivism

Prof Alexis Sanderson (Oxford University)
2 December 2014, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Making Sense Out of Genocide

Youk Chhang (Executive Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia and founder of the Sleuk Rith Institute)

Youk Chhang's mission is to help Cambodians deal with the trauma of the genocide by the Khmers Rouges. His organisation is amassing documentation on the 1974-9 years and he has played a key role in supporting and distributing information on the prosecution of the leaders of Democratic Kampuchea.

8 October 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

The Current Changing Political Situation in Shan State

Mr Khuensai Jaiyen, Editor-in-Chief, Shan Herald Agency for News and Managing Director of the Pyidaungsu Institute for Peace and Dialogue
10 September 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

The River's Song

Suchen Christine Lim (Writer)

This event has been cancelled.

22 April 2014, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

The Democratic Crisis in Thailand

Mr. Robert Amsterdam (founder and principal of Amsterdam & Partners LLP)
27 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Kamran DJAM Lecture Theatre (Formerly G2), 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Thai film Paradoxocracy

Rachel Harrison (SOAS, University of London)
22 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Life in Burma and Life as a Refugee

Mr Ian Werrett (Formerly of the Chow Kit Foundation (Assistant Centre Manager / Outreach Worker) and UNICEF (Researcher). Currently writing for ‘LLB Online’ and ‘Interact UK’)
21 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 403, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Reading of Coal Island

Shivani Sivagurunathan (Author)
4 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, B102, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Staging Sihanouk

Ashley Thompson (University of Leeds / Collège international de philosophie, Paris)
2 November 2010, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Film: Cin(T)a

Directed by Sammaria
1 June 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Seminar: ASEAN - A Healthy Community

Dr Surin Pitsuwan (ASEAN Secretary-General - 2008 to 2012)
23 May 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Seminar: Thailand Under CEO Thaksin

Sondhi Limthongkul (Owner of the Thai national newspaper Phujatkarn Daily Senator Kraisak Choonhavan, Caretaker Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs)
7 October 2006, Brunei Gallery, B102, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM