The Pacific Review, vol. 30, n° 5 (2017)

The Pacific Review, vol. 30, n° 5 (September 2017)

A signaler :

  • Stress testing leadership in Malaysia: the 1MDB scandal and Najib Tun Razak by William Case
  • Drifting between accommodation and repression: explaining Indonesia’s policies toward its separatists by Kentaro Fujikawa
  • Asymmetric bargaining between Myanmar and China in the Myitsone Dam controversy: social opposition akin to David’s stone against Goliath by Debby Sze Wan Chan
  • Community, identity, orientation: sexuality, gender and rights in ASEAN by Anthony J. Langlois, Cai Wilkinson, Paula Gerber and Baden Offord

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Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde, vol. 173, n° 2-3 (2017)

Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde, vol. 173, n° 2-3 (2017)

Table of contents

Research Articles

  • In memoriam Peter Boomgaard by David Henley
  • Double Identities in Dorce’s Comedies : Negotiating Gender and Class in New Order Indonesian Cinema by Ben Murtagh
  • The Settlement of Decolonization and Post-Colonial Economic Development : Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore Compared by Nicholas J. White
  • Mobilizing the Masses : Street Vendors, Political Contracts, and the Role of Mediators in Yogyakarta, Indonesia by Sheri Lynn Gibbings, Elan Lazuardi, Khidir Marsanto Prawirosusanto
  • Linguistic Enfranchisement by Zane Goebel, Anthony Jukes and Izak Morin
  • Finding Cina : A New Paradigm for Early Bugis History by Ian Caldwell and Kathryn Wellen
  • An East Timorese Domain : Luca from Central and Peripheral Perspectives by Susana Barnes, Hans Hägerdal and Lisa Palmer

Review Articles

  • Film Studies in Indonesia : An Experiment of a New Generation by Intan Paramaditha
  • Learning to Love the Unknown : Chinese-Indonesian Contributions to Nation Building by Tom Hoogervorst
  • Recent Books on Malayan Independence by S. R. Joey Long

Book Reviews

  • Megha Amrith, Caring for Strangers : Filipino medical Workers in Asia written  by Rhacel Salazar Parrenas
  • Birgit Bräuchler, The Cultural Dimension of Peace : Decentralization and Reconciliation in Indonesia by Jerry van Klinken
  • Gwyn Campbell (ed.),Early Exchange Between Africa and the Wider Indian Ocean World by Mahmood Kooria
  • Majid Daneshgar, Peter G. Riddell and Andrew Rippin, The Qurʾan in the Malay-Indonesian World : Context and interpretation by Nico J. G. Kaptein
  • Daniel F. Doeppers, Feeding Manila in Peace and War 1850–1945 by Michael D. Pante
  • Tim Lindsey and Helen Pausacker, Religion, Law and Intolerance in Indonesia by Sulistyowati Irianto
  • Astrid Noren-Nilsson, Cambodia’s Second Kingdom : Nation, Imagination, and Democracy by Kosal Path
  • Fenneke Sysling, Racial Science and Human Diversity in Colonial Indonesia by Hilary Howes
  • Sarah Tiffin, Southeast Asia in Ruins : Art and Empire in the Early 19th Century by Gareth Knapman
  • Zhuang Wubin, Photography in Southeast Asia : A Survey by Henk Schulte Nordholt



Critical Asian Studies, vol. 49, n° 3 (2017)

Critical Asian Studies, vol. 49, n° 3 (September 2017)

Table of contents


  • Sites of repression and resistance: political space in refugee camps in Thailand by Elisabeth Olivius
  • State-backed discrimination against Shia Muslims in Malaysia by Mohd Faizal Musa and Tan Beng Hui
  • New frontiers: an enriched perspective on extraction frontiers in Indonesia by Edwin B. P. de Jong, Luuk Knippenberg and Laurens Bakker (open access)

Praxis : Research in Action

  • Putting violent armed conflict in the center of the Salween hydropower debates by Diana Suhardiman, Jeff Rutherford and Saw John Bright

CAS Roundtable: The Center Cannot Hold? Trends in Southeast Asian Politics

  • Thailand’s urbanized villagers and political polarization by Duncan McCargo (open access)
  • Signs of life in Myanmar’s nationwide ceasefire agreement? Finding a way forward by Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung
  • Coming of age in peace, prosperity, and connectivity: Cambodia’s young electorate and its impact on the ruling party’s political strategies by Netra Eng and Caroline Hughes
  • Freedom to hate: social media, algorithmic enclaves, and the rise of tribal nationalism in Indonesia by Merlyna Lim

AAS Workshop: Research at the Interface of Activism and Academia in Southeast Asia

  • Expertise, embodiment, and the dilemmas of activist research in Southeast Asia by Philip F. Kelly, Elisabeth Kramer, Ethel Tungohan, Chaya Ocampo Go, Jason Morris-Jung and Dominique Caouette
  • What is academic research on the Cambodian frontier? by Laura Schoenberger and Alice Beban
  • Reflections on governable spaces of activism and expertise in Vietnam by Jason Morris-Jung
  • Reflecting on the role of academics–activists in shifting hydropower narratives in Vietnam by Nga Dao
  • I go home to do the work: a Filipina’s practice of activist scholarship in the wake of super typhoon Yolanda by Chaya Ocampo Go
  • Reflections on academic activism against the death penalty for drug traffickers in Indonesia by Elisabeth Kramer
  • Engaged scholars in socio-political reform: the case of Aliran by Johan Saravanamuttu
  • Reflections on activists and scholars in Indonesia by Arianto Sangadji
  • Modern day slavery in Thai fisheries: academic critique, practical action by Peter Vandergeest, Olivia Tran and Melissa Marschke

Review Essays

  • Geopolitics and inter-actor relations: reflections on China’s rise in Asia by Henryk Alff
  • America: neither exceptional nor indispensable by Moss Roberts

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Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 45, n° 135 (2017)

Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 45, n° 135 (July 2017)

Table of contents

  • Introduction by Jan van der Putten
  • Audiences and an artist : Illumination in Malay literary manuscripts by Annabel Teh Gallop
  • On the edge of a tradition : Some prolegomena to paratexts in Malay rental manuscripts by Jan van der Putten
  • The wheel diagram in the Malay divinatory technique of the Faal Qur’an by Farouk Yahya
  • Marks of many hands : Annotation in the Malay manuscript tradition and a Sufi compendium from West Sumatra by Mulaika Hijjas
  • The manner of the Prophet – concealed, found and regained: Revisiting the science of women by Vladimir Braginsky

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Asian Studies Review, vol. 41, n° 3 (2017)

Asian Studies Review, vol. 41, n° 3 (september 2017)

A signaler :


  • Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia: Bringing Back the Jihadists by Ian Chalmers
  • Moments of Proximity: Former Political Prisoners, Postmemory and Justice in Indonesia by Andrew Marc Conroe
  • Comparative Analysis of Civil Society and State Discourse on Disabled People’s Rights and Welfare in Southeast Asia 2010–16 by Paul Chaney (open access)
  • Intersections of Gender/Sex, Multiculturalism and Religion: Young Muslim Minority Women in Contemporary Bali by Lyn Parker
  • The Expansion of Emergency Powers: Social Conflict and the Military in Indonesia by Melissa Crouch
  • Putting Religion into Multiculturalism: Conceptualising Religious Multiculturalism in Indonesia by Chang-Yau Hoon

Book Reviews

  • Environment, trade and society in Southeast Asia. A longue durée perspective by Peter Borschberg
  • Illiberal democracy in Indonesia: The ideology of the family state by John Ingleson
  • Living Buddhism: mind, self, and emotion in a Thai community by Eric White
  • Witch-hunt and conspiracy: the “ninja case” in East Java by Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan
  • The Khmer lands of Vietnam: environment, cosmology and sovereignty by Ron Leonhardt

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Call for papers : Writing Malaysia and Singapore: Shared Pasts, Global Futures

Call for papers : Writing Malaysia and Singapore: Shared Pasts, Global Futures, 20/10/2017, The Open University, Camden, London

Convenors : Dr Alex Tickell, The Open University; Dr Florian Stadtler, University of Exeter; Kelly Tse, University of Oxford.

Deadline for submissions : 30 July 2017

In the last decade an emerging generation of writers from Malaysia and Singapore has achieved international recognition, pioneering new global English fiction and embarking on more confident imaginative journeys across South East Asia. This one-day symposium, a collaboration between the Open University and the University of Exeter, seeks to remap global English fiction (dominated by neighbouring South Asia) and draw fresh attention to the dynamic colonial literary cultures and postcolonial, globalising futures of Malaysian and Singaporean Anglophone writing.

The shared past of Singapore and Malaysia, until the former’s secession from Malaysia in 1965, and the comparable post/colonial trajectories and contexts of English fiction in the region, form the geographical rationale for the symposium’s two-country approach. Consequently, colonial fiction, new forms of historical writing and the narrative potential of the region’s wartime history, and conflicts such as the ‘Emergency’ will be a focal point. Another significant, shared literary concern is the position of the creative writer in relation to the colonial and postcolonial legacies and the ambiguous place of English in the postcolonial cultural politics of both countries. Papers are also welcome on ethnicity, diaspora and English, publishing and book history, significant writers, and on the development of local forms of Anglophone genre fiction.

Keynote Speakers: Philip Holden, National University of Singapore; Angelia Poon Mui Cheng, National Institute of Education, Singapore.

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« Archaeologizing Heritage » ?

Michael Falser, Monica Juneja (eds), « Archaeologizing Heritage » ? Transcultural Entanglements between Local Social Practices and Global Virtual Realities, Springer, 2013.

Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Cultural Heritage and the Temples of Angkor (Chair of Global Art History, Heidelberg University, 2–5 May 2010)

This book investigates what has constituted notions of « archaeological heritage » from colonial times to the present. It includes case studies of sites in South and Southeast Asia with a special focus on Angkor, Cambodia. The contributions, the subjects of which range from architectural and intellectual history to historic preservation and restoration, evaluate historical processes spanning two centuries which saw the imagination and production of « dead archaeological ruins » by often overlooking living local, social, and ritual forms of usage on site.

Case studies from computational modelling in archaeology discuss a comparable paradigmatic change from a mere simulation of supposedly dead archaeological building material to an increasing appreciation and scientific incorporation of the knowledge of local stakeholders. This book seeks to bring these different approaches from the humanities and engineering sciences into a trans-disciplinary discussion.

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Thai Art Archives

Thai Art Archives

Thai Art Archives is an independent, not-for-profit « knowledge platform » for the recovery, study, preservation, and exhibition of Thai modern and contemporary art and ephemera.

Welcome to Thailand’s only heritage-preservation organization that actively identifies, collects, catalogues, preserves, and exhibits the historically valuable ephemera—professional documents, personal papers, photographs, notebooks, sketchbooks and other studio-based items—of Thailand’s renowned modern and contemporary artists, independent/artist-run (« alternative ») art spaces, and related Thai “avant-garde” phenomena.

Unlike primary works of art, such as painting and sculpture, comparatively “ephemeral” materials are frequently lost or destroyed on the passing of a prominent Thai artist, or even during her/his lifetime. Given this potential loss to Thai cultural heritage, the Thai Art Archives’ mission is to proactively identify, recover, study, document, and preserve such materials for the benefit of future generations.

  • Exhibitions (Modern & Contemporary)
  • Educational & Public Events/Programs
  • Curatorial & Museum Studies for University Students
  • Student Internships
  • Knowledge Hub & Research Platform
  • Residencies for Visiting Scholars
  • Oral History Initiative
  • Publications, Special Projects, Cataloguing
  • Cataloguing of Private Collections

The Thai Art Archives aims in all its programs to explore and enrich cultural exchange, to promote global access to transcultural histories, and to encourage regional and international dialogues over the research into, the writing, and the documentation of diverse perspectives on the most progressive currents in modern and contemporary art since the early 20th century to the present.

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Angkor Wat Apsara and Devata : Khmer women in divine context

« Angkor Wat Apsara and Devata : Khmer women in divine context» by Jana Igunma, 05/07/2017, Southeast Asia Library Group (SEALG)

Angkor Wat Apsara and Devata : Khmer women in divine context is a rich and well researched online resource dedicated to the women of the Khmer Empire (9th-15th century). Being great builders, the Khmer filled the landscape with monumental temples, huge reservoirs and canals, and laid an extensive network of roads with bridges. Angkor Wat is the best known and most stunning temple. It is, in fact, a microcosm of the Hindu universe. Covering 200 hectares it is the world’s largest religious complex. Its construction was started by the Khmer king Suryavarman II around 1122 CE and took some 30 years to complete. The walls of Angkor Wat house a royal portrait gallery with 1,795 women realistically rendered in stone. Although the temple complex has been researched extensively in terms of architecture, art and archaeology, not much is known about these women. aims to provide answers to questions like:

  •  Who were the women of Angkor Wat?
  • Why are images of women immortalized with the most prominent placement in the largest temples the Khmer civilization ever built?
  • What did these women mean to the Khmer rulers, priests and people?
  • How does the Cambodian dance tradition relate to the women of Angkor Wat?
  • Do the women of Angkor Wat embody information important to us in modern times?

This online resource gives access to articles about books and authors relating to Khmer history, Cambodian dance, children of Angkor, women’s history and heritage preservation. The focus, however, is on the women of Angkor Wat and other Khmer temples. Features like an Angkor Wat Devata Inventory, the Devata Database Project, Facial Pattern Recognition of the Angkor Wat portraits, photo galleries and a range of research articles provide insight into the rich culture of the Khmer people.

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Siamese Melting Pot: Ethnic Minorities in the Making of Bangkok

Edward van Roy, Siamese Melting Pot: Ethnic Minorities in the Making of Bangkok, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute / Silkworm Books, 2017

Ethnic minorities historically comprised a solid majority of Bangkok’s population. They played a dominant role in the city’s exuberant economic and social development. In the shadow of Siam’s prideful, flamboyant Thai ruling class, the city’s diverse minorities flourished quietly. The Thai-Portuguese; the Mon; the Lao; the Cham, Persian, Indian, Malay, and Indonesian Muslims; and the Taechiu, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainanese, and Cantonese Chinese speech groups were particularly important. Others, such as the Khmer, Vietnamese, Thai Yuan, Sikhs, and Westerners, were smaller in numbers but no less significant in their influence on the city’s growth and prosperity.

In tracing the social, political, and spatial dynamics of Bangkok’s ethnic pluralism through the two-and-a-half centuries of the city’s history, this book calls attention to a long-neglected mainspring of Thai urban development. While the books primary focus is on the first five reigns of the Chakri dynasty (1782–1910), the account extends backward and forward to reveal the continuing impact of Bangkok’s ethnic minorities on Thai culture change, within the broader context of Thai development studies. It provides an exciting perspective and unique resource for anyone interested in exploring Bangkok’s evolving cultural milieu or Thailand’s modern history.

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Thailand’s triple threat: culture, politics, and security

Podcast : Panel on Nicholas Farrelly’s « Thailand’s triple threat: culture, politics, and security », 30/06/2017, New Mandala

New Mandala co-founder Nicholas Farrelly joined an expert panel comprising Tyrell Haberkorn (ANU), Sunai Phasuk (Human Rights Watch), and John Blaxland (ANU) to discuss his paper, Thailand’s triple threat: culture, politics, and securityto be published by the Lowy Institute for International Affairs. The event was hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, and was moderated by the Lowy Institute’s Matthew Busch.

The Lowy Institute have made audio available via SoundCloud, which can be played below.

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New journal on Southeast Asia : Forest and society

Forest and Society, vol. 1, n° 1, april 2017 (Open access)

Welcome to our first edition. We are excited to provide a new, and what we believe, timely avenue for presenting research findings and publications in Southeast Asia, for scholars interested in Southeast Asia. Although Southeast Asia as a region of study has provided tremendous contributions to theory and practice regarding forests and society across the social and natural sciences, avenues for cultivating a scholarship of the region remain limited. Complete description can be seen here.

Table of Contents

Review Articles

  • Forest and Society: Initiating a Southeast Asia Journal for Theoretical, Empirical, and Regional Scholarship by Micah Fisher, Ahmad Maryudi, Muhammad Alif K. Sahide

Regular Research Articles

  • Managing Forest Conflicts: Perspectives of Indonesia’s Forest Management Unit Directors by Larry A. Fisher, Yeon-Su Kim, Sitti Latifah, Madani Mukarom
  • Corporate Spheres of Responsibility: Architects, Cowboys, and Eco-Warriors in Myanmar’s Oil & Gas Industry by Hillary Strasser
  • People, Land and Poppy: the Political Ecology of Opium and the Historical Impact of Alternative Development in Northwest Thailand by Bobby Anderson
  • Productivity and Cost Analysis of Forest Harvesting Operation in Matang Mangrove Forest, Perak, Malaysia by Albert Empawi Tindit, Seca Gandaseca, Laurna Nyangon, Ahmad Mustapha Mohamad Pazi
  • Potential Economic and Development Prospects of Non Timber Forest Products in Community Agroforestry Land around Sibolangit Tourism Park by Oding Affandi, Anita Zaitunah, Ridwanti Batubara

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Call for papers : Postgraduate Conference « Movement: Southeast Asia »

Call for papers : Postgraduate Conference « Movement: Southeast Asia », 22/09/2017, SOAS


With evolving political, social, and cultural currents in Southeast Asia, movement is an important discursive lens to understand the dynamism of the region. Reflecting on movements, and change—from prehistory to the contemporary period—can improve our understanding of Southeast Asia, in terms of its constituent nation-states, peoples, and cultures, and as a region as well as an area of study.

For this first postgraduate conference on Southeast Asia at SOAS, we invite papers that consider “movement.” For example, how can we critically investigate migration? Conflict and forced displacement? Diaspora and transnationalism? Trade and the transfer of capital or goods? The movement of objects in and out of the region? Political movements? Social movements? Artistic movements? The movement of bodies in performance? Exchanges of ideas? Musical, visual, or filmic influences? Translation? Changes in the natural or architectural landscape? Climate change, resources, and resilience? Or indeed rethinking the delimitations of Southeast Asia as a region—and as an object of “area studies”?

The conference is open to Masters and PhD students and recent graduates, and aims to provide a collegiate setting for early researchers to discuss their work. Selected presenters are encouraged to seek their own financial support for travel expenses, although we may be able to provide limited funding for those who can demonstrate need. We will also welcome tele-conference presentations for selected speakers who are not able to travel to London.

Please send your title, abstract (250 words), and short biography (100 words)  by 28 July 2017. Selected abstracts will be notified by 7 August 2017.

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Passion and procession : art of the Philippines

Passion and procession : art of the Philippines, 24/06/2017 – 12/11/2017, Art Gallery New South Wales

Celebrating the diverse and vibrant art of the Philippines.

Passion and procession brings together painting, sculpture, video and installation works from ten contemporary Filipino artists, revealing their very personal responses to faith, history, politics and life in the Philippines.

The works draw on folk mythology, family archives, nature and religious ceremony to reconsider established narratives of history and nation. The artists have used found as well as ritual objects, plant specimens and symbols of precolonial histories to address the ambiguities of faith and science, social inequality and relationship to place. In doing so, they demonstrate a belief in the potential of art to inspire, heal and effect social change.

The artists include Santiago Bose, Marina Cruz, Alfredo Esquillo Jr, Nona Garcia, Renato Habulan, Geraldine Javier, Mark Justiniani, Alwin Reamillo, Norberto Roldan and Rodel Tapaya.

Accompanying their works is a selection of textiles and sculptural objects from the Philippines given to the Gallery in 2005 by Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter.

This exhibition is part of the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, a collaboration between the Art Gallery of NSW, Blacktown Arts Centre, Mosman Art Gallery, Peacock Gallery (Auburn) and Campbelltown Arts Centre in association with Museums & Galleries of NSW, to celebrate the art and culture of the Philippines through a series of exhibitions, performances, creative writing and community programs across multiple venues.

The last issue of TAASA Review : The Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia (vol. 26, n° 2, June 2017) is dedicated to the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, and the art and culture of the Philippines.

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The literary advancement before the 1932 Revolution

The first volume of Suphapburut magazine (photo from: Museum Thailand)

The literary advancement before the 1932 Revolution by Kittinun Klongyai, 04/07/2017, Prachatai

The 1932 Siamese Revolution was heralded in part by stories, novels and writing groups. The ideals of the People’s Party were nothing new, compared to movements that had already taken place in the literary field.

The 1930s in Thailand have been recognised as a time of change marking the transition from absolute monarchy to democracy, as well as the birth of the first constitution. But the power of writing was given to the people earlier than the power of self-rule. Works from the period are now, in some ways, memorial plaques of the literary revolution that contributed in turn to political revolt.

Revolutionary literature

Preedee Hongsaton, a historian teaching at Thammasat University, told Prachatai that literature must not only entertain, but also reflect the intellect, values, and perspectives of society, conveying efforts to strive towards progress and equality.

During the 1930s, a number of writing groups such as « The Gentleman » or Khana Suphapburut rooted their works in the ideal of equality, just as the People’s Party or Khana Ratsadon stated in their manifesto that, “Everyone will have work to do. Everyone will have equal rights and be free from the slavery of the aristocrats”.

The works of Kularb Saipradit Sri Burapha, the head of Khana Suphapburut, for instance, center around love between classes. “A Real Man” or Luk Phu Chai (1928) stood out in particular as a novel preaching that people should be judged by their own deeds, rather than their family’s fame.

The writer Sri Burapha, a pen-name, deconstructed Thailand’s class system by depicting villains from noble families, showing a disjuncture between class and virtue. Sri Burapha, however, was also skeptical of trends from the Western world, and played with them critically.

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