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CSEAS sponsors screening of Indonesian film classic

Originally released in 1954, Lewat Djam Malam [After the Curfew] was recently restored by the World Cinema Foundation (chaired by director Martin Scorsese) and the National Museum of Singapore, and was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. CSEAS arranged a Berkeley screening of the film in October 2013, marking the production’s West Coast premiere. The film, starring A.N. Alcaff and Netty Herawati, follows a young soldier as he returns home to Bandung, West Java, and tries to find his way in life now that Indonesia has won its independence from the Netherlands. The film brings up the hope and disillusionment that followed the end of the Indonesian revolution, and explores what happened to the revolutionary spirit with the end of the colonial era. The screening was co-sponsored by Southeast Asian Film Society, World Cinema Foundation and the Consulate-General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco.

CSEAS has moved!

The Center for Southeast Asia Studies, along with the Institute of East Asian Studies and its affiliate centers, moved to a new office on University Ave., as of July 30, 2014. Please note the new address: 1995 University Ave., Suite 520H, Berkeley CA 94720-2318. The CSEAS telephone, fax and email address remain the same. As a consequence of this office move, the university is providing a new space in Doe Library for CSEAS lectures, conferences and workshops. The event space, in 180 Doe, is directly across from the Interlibrary Loan office, and around the corner from the South and Southeast Asia Library Reading Room.

New CSEAS Chair

Prof. Pheng Cheah has been appointed by the Vice Chancellor of Research to serve as CSEAS Chair, effective July 1, 2014. He succeeds Prof. Jeffrey Hadler who is stepping down after four years of service. Prof. Hadler continues to serve as Chair of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies. Prof. Cheah is Professor of Rhetoric. He received his Ph.D. in English from Cornell University and has a B.A. degree and LL.B. degree from the University of Sydney. He has published extensively on the theory and practice of cosmopolitanism. His current research focuses on post-colonial world literature, on Asian cinema, on human rights, especially in relation to human capital and labor migration in Southeast Asia, and on globalization and culture. He is originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Recent Ph.D. recipients in Southeast Asian History secure tenure-track appointments

Four recent UC Berkeley Ph.D. degree recipients specializing in Southeast Asian history have secured tenure-track academic jobs. Alec Holcombe is Assistant Professor of History at Ohio University. Cheong Soon Gan is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Martina Nguyen is Assistant Professor of History at Baruch College, City University of New York. Nu-Anh Tran is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. All four professors worked with CSEAS core faculty member Peter Zinoman, Professor of History.

Special CSEAS program with Indonesian writer Ahmad Fuadi

CSEAS hosted Indonesian writer Ahmad Fuadi on campus from March 13-20 as CSEAS Artist-in-Residence. Ahmad Fuadi’s debut novel Negeri 5 Menara [The Land of 5 Towers] was a runaway bestseller when it was published in Indonesia in 2009. Fuadi was born in West Sumatra but went to East Java to study at an Islamic boarding school as a boy. His experiences at the boarding school became the basis for the novel’s semi-autobiographical story.

Fuadi discussed his book in a public lecture on March 17 and screened the film version of the novel on March 19. The film, directed by Affandi Abdul Rachman, was filmed on location in West Sumatra and East Java, and stars Ikang Fawzi, Donny Alamsyah and Lulu Tobing, with Gazza Zubizareta as Alif, the novel’s main character. The screenplay is by Salman Aristo, who also wrote the screenplays for the popular Indonesian films Ayat-Ayat Cinta and Laskar Pelangi. Fuadi also visited the Beginning and Intermediate Indonesian language classes, and the introductory survey course on Peoples and Cultures of Island Southeast Asia.