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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 from April 22-23, 2016 on the UC Berkeley campus. 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.

Symposium on the legacy of Prof. Benedict Anderson

CSEAS offers condolences to colleagues at Cornell University as well as the family and friends of Prof. Benedict Anderson, who passed away in East Java on December 12. Although known most widely for his book Imagined Communities, Prof. Anderson is a seminal figure in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, whose works on Indonesia, on Thailand and on the Philippines are of particular note. Prof. Anderson was instrumental in developing and guiding the renowned Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, and was the advisor and mentor for many students at Cornell over the years, including CSEAS Chair Pheng Cheah, Vice Chair Sarah Maxim and CSEAS core faculty Nancy Lee Peluso, Peter Zinoman and Jeffrey Hadler. A symposium on his work and legacy, hosted by CSEAS, was held at UC Berkeley on Friday, February 19, 2016. Some tributes from UC Berkeley faculty, including CSEAS core faculty, are available on this special page of our website.

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) awards for 2015-16

CSEAS awarded FLAS fellowships in 2015-16 to incoming graduate students Allan Kapoor (City and Regional Planning) and Anthony Morreale (Asian Studies) and to continuing graduate students Stephen Harrell (Agriculture & Resource Economics), Matthew Libassi (Environmental Science, Policy & Management), Cindy Nguyen (History), Hayden Shelby (City and Regional Planning), and Brandon Williams (History). John Rio and Ryann Kitchell each received a FLAS undergraduate fellowship.

As a U.S. Department of Education Title VI-funded National Resource Center, CSEAS administers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for students who plan to study a Southeast Asian language during the academic year or summer. Brandon Williams and Matthew Libassi received FLAS fellowships to study Indonesian, Anthony Morreale and Cindy Nguyen are studying Vietnamese, and Hayden Shelby and Stephen Harrell are studying Thai. Allan Kapoor received a FLAS fellowship to study Beginning Burmese. John Rio and Ryann Kitchell each received a FLAS undergraduate fellowship to study Advanced Filipino.

Academic year FLAS fellowships for graduate students cover tuition fees and provide a stipend of $15,000. Undergraduate fellowships provide a $10,000 award towards tuition and a $5,000 stipend.