New CSEAS Chair
Prof. Pheng Cheah was appointed by the Vice Chancellor of Research to serve as CSEAS Chair, effective July 1, 2014. He succeeds Prof. Jeffrey Hadler who stepped 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.
CSEAS awarded grant for Philippines Studies summer program in 2015
CSEAS has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program (FHGPA) to support a summer workshop in the Philippines to develop and revise curriculum for the teaching of Filipino and Philippine Studies content courses. The project is primarily intended for K-12 teachers and community college instructors who have current experience in teaching about the Philippine language and culture at schools and community colleges in the U.S. The workshop will be held in July 2015, at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Further details and application information will be posted to the CSEAS website in early 2015.
CSEAS and Kyoto University co-organize a symposium
CSEAS and Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies co-organized a joint symposium this October as part of ongoing efforts to fulfill the terms of the MOU signed in 2012 that was intended to link the two centers and promote academic exchange. Caroline Hau, Lisandro Claudio and Jafar Suryomenggolo from Kyoto's CSEAS presented papers at the symposium along with Pheng Cheah from UC Berkeley, Megan Thomas from UC Santa Cruz, John Blanco from UC San Diego and Tamara Ho from UC Riverside.
CSEAS wins new Title VI National Resource Center grant
The Center for Southeast Asia Studies, with its consortium partner center at UCLA, was awarded a new $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) for Southeast Asia effective for 2014-2018. This grant also includes funding for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to support undergraduate and graduate students studying Southeast Asian languages during the summer and the academic year.
The new grant will support language instruction at UC Berkeley and UCLA, including the innovative Distance Learning course in Intermediate Khmer, taught by Frank Smith at UC Berkeley, which is offered simultaneously by videoconference at UCLA. Special consortium projects will also be developed, including graduate student workshops and joint conferences, and expanded collaboration with other UC campuses with Southeast Asia-focused faculty.
CSEAS has been a consortium NRC for Southeast Asia with UCLA since 2000.
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.