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CSEAS has merged with the Institute of East Asian Studies

CSEAS has merged with the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS).  This re-structuring will help promote cross-border initiatives with the centers that are now part of IEAS (Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Buddhist Studies and Silk Road Studies) and provide more financial stability to CSEAS. CSEAS will continue to manage its own programs otherwise, and is still a consortium Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asia with our sister center at UCLA. There will be some changes coming to the CSEAS website and graphic identity later this year, but the office address and other contact information will remain the same.

Southeast Asian Studies graduate student workshop, May 2017

The two-day writing workshop held in early May was for Ph.D. candidates currently enrolled at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz and UC Riverside whose research in the humanities and social sciences focuses on Southeast Asia. Ten students ultimately participated, three from UC Berkeley, two from UC Santa Cruz, two from UC Riverside, and three from UCLA. Faculty from all four campuses also participated, providing area and disciplinary expertise. The workshop was moderated by Dr. David Szanton (UC Berkeley).

CSEAS Symposium: Nation-Building in War: The Experience of Republican Vietnam, 1955-1975

CSEAS hosted a two-day symposium in October 2016 on the experience of nation-building in South Vietnam before 1975. This symposium presented Vietnamese efforts in both military and other areas of nation-building with panels of South Vietnamese officials, politicians, academics, and journalists who were active participants in historical developments, paired with panels of young scholars who placed the testimonies of participants in their contexts and evaluated their significance.

Participants included Col. Tran Minh Cong (commandant of the National Police Academy, 1969-75), Nguyen Duc Cuong (Minister of Trade and Industry, 1973-74), actress Kieu Chinh, Pham Kim Ngoc (Minister of Economy, ), Hoang Duc Nha (Presidential Advisor, Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms, 1973-74), the writer Nha Ca, Dr. Nguyen Huu Phuoc (National Director of Elementary Teacher Training & In-Service Training, Ministry of Education), Lt. Col. Bui Quyen (Deputy Commander, Third Airborne Brigade), journalist Vu Thanh Thuy, Dr. Sean Fear (Dartmouth College), Dr. Simon Toner (Columbia University), Prof. Van Nguyen-Marshall (Trent University), and Prof. John Schafer (Humboldt State University).

The symposium was organized by Prof. Peter Zinoman (UC Berkeley), Prof. Tuong Vu (University of Oregon) and Prof. Nu-Anh Tran (University of Connecticut).

In Memoriam: Prof. Jeffrey Hadler (1968-2017)

Prof. Jeffrey Hadler, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, after a short and intense battle with cancer. He was a CSEAS core faculty member and former CSEAS faculty chair.

Prof. Hadler received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, where he worked with Prof. James Scott, and his graduate degrees from Cornell University, where he worked with Prof. Takashi Shiraishi and Prof. Benedict Anderson. His dissertation on the Minangkabau family and history in West Sumatra, Indonesia, eventually became his book, Muslims and Matriarchs: Cultural Resilience in Indonesia through Jihad and Colonialism (Cornell University Press, 2008). This book won the AAS Harry Benda Prize in 2011. An Indonesian translation was published in 2010.

Prof. Hadler joined the UC Berkeley faculty in the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies in 2001. He taught courses on island Southeast Asia, on Islam in Southeast Asia, on culture and art in Indonesia, and on Indonesian history. He was a great teacher, a perceptive and dedicated advisor to his graduate students, and an engaged and passionate supporter of Southeast Asian Studies, of Indonesian Studies, and of CSEAS. He served as CSEAS Chair from 2011 to 2014, and was later Chair of the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies. He was an elected member of the AAS Southeast Asia Council from 2009 to 2011, and a founding board member of the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), which is based at Cornell University.

Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Prof. Hadler first went to Indonesia as a high school student with the AFS youth exchange program. Later, he met his wife, Kumi Sawada, when he was conducting his dissertation research in West Sumatra, where she was also studying Indonesian and Indonesian culture, and then moved with her to Yogyakarta in Central Java where she received a master's degree in anthropology from Gadjah Mada University. After completing his Ph.D. degree and before joining the UC Berkeley faculty, Prof. Hadler was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta.

Prof. Hadler and his wife have two daughters, Maia and Noe. He also leaves behind his parents, Nortin and Carol Hadler, of Chapel Hill, and his sister Elana Perl and her family, of Washington DC.

Prof. Hadler gave a presentation on gender and Islam in Indonesia for the June 2016 ORIAS Summer Institute for Community College Teachers at UC Berkeley. This summer institute is supported by CSEAS. He was interviewed about his presentation to serve as a resource for teachers, the video of his interview is available on the ORIAS website.

A fund in his name has been established through the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies.