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Public Programs

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. Jasmine Trice from UCLA, Prof. Pavin Chachavalpongpun from Kyoto University, Prof. Michael Herzfeld from Harvard University, Andreas Harsono from Human Rights Watch, Dr. Krisna Uk from the Center for Khmer Studies, Aung Zaw from The Irrawaddy, Dr. Andrew Walker from the Australian National University, Prof. Michael Peletz from Emory University, 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 of ghost films in October 2015, and one on LGBT themes in films from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in September 2012. 

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:

Special Programs

Islam Today

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.


Past Events

A listing of CSEAS lectures and film screenings held prior to 2015 is available here.