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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.


Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) award competition for AY 2017-18 and Summer 2017

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships provide funding to students to encourage the study of less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area and international studies. These fellowships are funded by grants from the U.S. Dept. of Education. The purpose of the FLAS program is to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is essential. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

At UC Berkeley, funding for FLAS Fellowships for Southeast Asian language study is provided through CSEAS, a U.S. Dept. of Education Title VI National Resource Center. The application is managed by the Graduate Division where full details on the award process are posted. Application deadline: January 31, 2017. Academic year FLAS fellowships for graduate students cover tuition fees and provide a stipend of $15,500. Undergraduate fellowships provide a $10,000 award towards tuition and a $5,000 stipend.


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).


Southeast Asian Studies graduate student workshop, May 2017

UC Berkeley CSEAS and UCLA CSEAS are accepting applications for participation in a two-day writing workshop for M.A. and 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.

The workshop, which will be held in early May 2017, is intended for advanced students who are currently engaged in writing a thesis or dissertation or earlier stage students who are developing dissertation proposals. Full details are available on the UCLA CSEAS website. Application materials are due on January 30, 2017. The workshop will be moderated by Dr. David Szanton (UC Berkeley).


UC Berkeley-UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Conference, April 22-23, 2016

The Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA held a conference on the theme Making Southeast Asian Cultures: From Region to World in April 2016 at UC Berkeley. The conference sought to reopen the question of Southeast Asia’s culture both by looking back at the history of the region and at the dynamic transnational processes at work in contemporary globalization that actively make Southeast Asian cultures today. A special priority of the conference was to highlight current research on Southeast Asia being carried out in the University of California and California State University systems. The keynote speaker was Prof. Melani Budianta from the University of Indonesia. Please see the conference website for the program.