The Center for Southeast Asia Studies (CSEAS) was founded in 1960 for the development of research and teaching on Southeast Asia. CSEAS merged with the Institute of East Asian Studies in 2017. An advisory committee of UC Berkeley faculty members with research interests in Southeast Asia, led by a faculty Chair, supervises CSEAS, directing its outreach and research programs and strategic direction.

CSEAS promotes the expansion of Southeast Asian Studies on the UC Berkeley campus by facilitating faculty and graduate research, by funding language instruction, by presenting lecture series and cultural programs, by organizing public outreach and international conferences, and by hosting visitors and scholars. CSEAS is a consortium U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA. The UC Berkeley-UCLA CSEAS National Resource Center is one of only seven Title VI National Resource Centers for Southeast Asia in the U.S., and the only such center in California.

CSEAS is also the editorial home of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, published by the University of California Press. First launched in 2006, this journal presents original primary research on Vietnam.

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Call for Applications: Graduate Student Workshop for Southeast Asian Studies

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA and the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley are accepting applications for participation in a two-day writing workshop for Ph.D. candidates currently enrolled at any University of California campus whose research in the humanities and social sciences focuses on Southeast Asia. The workshop will be held Friday-Saturday, May 3-4, 2019 at UC Berkeley. The deadline to submit applications is January 30, 2019.

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New CSEAS Title VI National Resource Center grant

CSEAS, with its consortium partner, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, was awarded a new $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) for Southeast Asia for 2018-2022. 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. CSEAS has been a consortium NRC with UCLA since 2000.

The new grant will support campus programs, including public lectures, workshops and conferences; library acquisitions; language instruction and professional development for language instructors; and K-14 outreach in the Bay Area and greater Los Angeles. A special focus of the new grant is to bring scholars from other UC and CSU campuses who work on Southeast Asia to UC Berkeley and UCLA for lectures, discussions and workshops with faculty and students.

FLAS Awards

CSEAS awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for 2018-19 to Melissa Carlson (South & Southeast Asian Studies) to study Burmese, Jacob Roesch (Public Policy) and Justin Weinstock (Anthropology) to study Thai, and Tyler Lemon (Linguistics) to study Vietnamese. Mary Widhajanto (English) received an undergraduate FLAS award to study Indonesian.