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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.

October Film Series: Ghosts and Modernity in Southeast Asian Film

CSEAS presented a film series in October, "Spectral Inspirations: Ghosts and Modernity in Southeast Asian Film". Selections from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Laos were shown. The series was curated around the idea that filmic representations of specters and spirits offer us a window into contemporary Southeast Asian cultures. Are these hauntings and inspiritings the residues of superstitious traditions and private religious beliefs or are they potent ways for people in Southeast Asian societies to respond to today’s rapidly globalizing world that make us evaluate what we understand by modernity? CSEAS_Ghost_Films_2015.pdf

CALL FOR PAPERS: 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 will hold a conference on the theme Making Southeast Asian Cultures: From Region to World in April 22-23, 2016 on the UC Berkeley campus. The aim of this conference is to reopen this 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. The two centers invite paper proposals from scholars and graduate students conducting original research in the social sciences and humanities that address the primary themes of the conference. Some travel funding is available, with priority for funding directed towards faculty and graduate students at UC and CSU campuses. Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be sent to by Friday, January 8, 2016. Abstracts should include the submitter’s name, affiliation and discipline and contact information (including e-mail address). Please see the full conference description.

New research by CSEAS core faculty Nancy Lee Peluso

CSEAS core faculty Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso has posted a research article and photo essay about small-scale gold mining in West Kalimantan, Indonesia on the New Mandala website. Prof. Peluso was on leave in Indonesia in 2014-15, with a Fulbright fellowship, and based in West Kalimantan where she conducted research on conflict and the development of natural resources. Prof. Peluso is the Henry Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, College of Natural Resources.

NEW COURSE: Beginning Burmese

Beginning Burmese is being offered for the first time this academic year at UC Berkeley through the Dept. of South & Southeast Asian Studies. The course is supported with CSEAS Title VI National Resource Center funding for the next three years. The new instructor is Kenneth Wong.