Lectures and Films
CSEAS organizes a lecture series on Southeast Asia each academic year, with the schedule of programmed talks posted to the main campus events calendar.
Recent speakers on campus have included Prof. Michael Herzfeld from Harvard University, Dr. Krisna Uk from the Center for Khmer Studies, Aung Zaw from The Irrawaddy, Prof. Allison Truitt from Tulane University, Dr. Andrew Walker from the Australian National University, Prof. Michael Peletz from Emory University, Prof. Christopher Goscha from the University of Quebec-Montreal, Thai Studies scholars Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, Prof. Karen Strassler from Queens College, Dr. Fadjar Thufail from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Prof. Charnvit Kasetsiri from Thammasat University and Prof. Azyumardi Azra from Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (Jakarta).
CSEAS also frequently programs film screenings on campus, with an emphasis on new documentaries and feature films. Films shown in recent years have included Who Killed Chea Vichea?, A Village Called Versailles, Tales of the Waria, Lost Loves, and Where Heaven Meets Hell. CSEAS organized a mini-film festival in September 2012 that featured films from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia with LGBT themes, including several short films from Singapore, a documentary about Malaysian transsexuals, three recent feature films from Indonesia, and Children of Srikandi, a documentary about queer women in Indonesia.
Conferences and Workshops
CSEAS hosts international conferences, symposia and workshops based on faculty and student research interests on a regular basis. A listing, with program links, of past CSEAS conferences and symposia is included here:
- UC Berkeley-UCLA Joint Conference, "Space, Movement and Place in Southeast Asia", April 2010
- UC Berkeley-UCLA Joint Conference, "Ten Years After: Reformasi and New Social Movements in Indonesia, 1998-2008", April 2008
- Graduate Conference on Vietnamese Studies, February 2007
- "Vietnam Studies: State of the Field" Conference, April 2006
- "Producing People and 'Nature' as Commodities in Southeast Asia" Conference, February 2005
- "Novels and Newspapers in Southeast Asia: Instruments of Modernity" Conference, April 2004
A special program on Islam in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East was co-organized by CSEAS with UC Berkeley's Center for South Asia Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, from 2009 to 2010, with funding support from the Social Science Research Council. This program, called Islam Today, focused attention on youth culture. the arts and new media in the Muslim world, and included panel discussions on politics and on social media, a guest lecture by Imam Suhaib Webb, a staged reading of Wajahat Ali's play "The Domestic Crusaders", an art exhibit from Iran, and a mini-film festival that featured actress Jajang Noer, documentary filmmaker Zan Azlee and film producer Elyna Shukri as special guests from Malaysia and Indonesia. The full program description for Islam Today, with webcast links for some events, is available here.
Distinguished Visitor from Southeast Asia
The Distinguished Visitor from Southeast Asia program, organized by CSEAS as part of its consortium Title VI-funded National Resource Center activities with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, brought a prominent public intellectual from Southeast Asia to campus every other year through 2010. The most recent Distinguished Visitors were Zainah Anwar, founder of the Malaysian advocacy organization Sisters in Islam, who came for a campus visit and public lecture in 2007, and Youk Chhang, Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, who gave a public lecture on campus in 2010.
An archival listing of CSEAS lectures and film screenings is available here.