Bhumibol, a King of the People, Leaves Them to the Generals

Bhumibol, a King of the People, Leaves Them to the Generals by Paul Handley, 13/10/2016, The New York Times

In November 1951, as Bhumibol Adulyadej, 23, was heading back toThailand to take his throne, a group of generals overthrew the royalist government and stripped the Constitution of the substantial powers it accorded the monarchy.

Bhumibol became king in 1946 but had been living in Switzerland, studying. His return home was supposed to be a celebration; it was greeted with a blow to the monarchy.

This was an inauspicious start, but it may have been a great blessing. King Bhumibol’s death on Oct. 13 concluded an extraordinary reign of seven decades, during which he arguably became one of the most popular and most respected monarchs in the world…

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Betonsalon in Paris presents the exhibition, Anywhere But Here (N’importe où sauf ici, គ្រប់ទីកន្លែង លើកលែងទីនេះ). It brings together art­works that seek out some cir­cu­la­tions of objects, fig­ures or gestures in rela­tion to Cambodia, and more broadly within the geopo­lit­ical con­text of Southeast Asia.

The exhibition runs at Betonsalon Centre for Art and Research in Paris till 5 November 2016.

With a focus on deter­ri­to­ri­al­iza­tion – whether they would be forced or driven by free will, con­se­quences of uncon­trol­lable slip­pages or trans­fers care­fully orches­trated – these col­lected sto­ries of move­ments draw van­ishing points within pre­vailing pro­cesses of his­tory-making and pat­ri­mo­nial her­itage.

The works pre­sented in Anywhere But Here address marginal move­ments devel­op­ping within his­tor­ical moments, such as the forced exile or vol­un­tary dis­place­ments of intel­lec­tuals to France and its colonies (Hàm Nghi, Tran Minh Duc). The works of Thao-Nguyen Phanevoke the after-effects of French and Japanese intru­sions on the evo­lu­tion of agrarian land­scape and def­er­ence ges­tures, while others invent new sce­narios in pat­ri­mo­nial spaces (Shooshie Sulaiman, Pratchaya Phinthong). Some works trace the inti­mate tra­jec­to­ries of objects and anony­mous per­sons (Felix González-Torres, Khvay Samnang, Vuth Lyno), while others take as their starting point former artists’ jour­neys that lie ambigu­ously between a quest for dis­ori­en­ta­tion or a quest of tan­gible ori­gins (Albert Samreth, Singapore Art Archive Project, Vandy Rattana).

Exhibition partners: Sa Sa Bassac, Sa Sa Art Projects, Cité Internationale des arts, Fondation Nationales des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, Pernod Ricard


Séminaire de recherche commun à l’équipe EHGO (Epistémologie et Histoire de la géographie) de l’UMR Géographie-Cités, au Centre d’Histoire de l’Asie contemporaine de l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, au Département d’Histoire de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure et au MNAAG – Musée Guimet, pour l’année universitaire 2016-2017.

La séance inaugurale, qui définira le cadre du séminaire et de ses principaux axes, a lieu le Mardi 18 octobre 2016, de 18h30 à 20h00 dans le « Grand Amphithéâtre » de l’Institut de Géographie, au rez-de-chaussée, 191 Rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris. 



Seb Paul (ASEASUK) :

Hi everyone, I’m putting together a EuroSEAS panel on the theme of « Christianity and Development in South East Asia », is anyone interested in presenting? If so, send me a message before 31 Oct!

Abstract: « Christianity and development have a complex, interdependent and ambivalent relationship; Indeed, the modern concept of development itself has been traced back to Christian origins (Beard 2007). South East Asia has historically been subject to numerous Christian mission and development projects, to varying – but often limited – degrees of success. While literature on religion and development tends to emphasise the role of faith-based NGOs, this can limit our understanding on how religious conversion also influences social and economic relations. This panel combines anthropological and political science perspectives to explore the developmental impact of Christianity within South East Asian societies where it is a minority religion, both through international organisations and local communities. By assessing the extent to which Christianity is transforming economic attitudes, empowering marginalised groups or reinforcing power relations, we can also contribute to exposing the political nature and uncertain trajectory of development in South East Asia. »

Tenure-Track Appointment in Anthropology, Reed College, Portland

REED COLLEGE  Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in linguistic anthropology or sociocultural anthropology, preferably at the Assistant Professor rank, to commence August 2017. We are seeking a teacher-scholar of Melanesia/Oceania, Southeast Asia or non-Himalayan South Asia, with research specializations in one or more of the following: kinship, ritual, myth, materiality, visual anthropology, technology, infrastructure, or extractive industries. Theoretical expertise and teaching competence should include both contemporary approaches and broader historical contexts of sociocultural/linguistic anthropology and of Western social thought. Research should demonstrate knowledge of relevant field languages and a rigorous integration of theory with ethnography. Ph.D or ABD required. Reed is on the semester system with a teaching load of five courses per year and supervising senior theses. Reed College is a community that believes that cultural diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. In your application materials, we welcome a description of how, as a scholar, teacher, or community member, you would engage and sustain the commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in Reed College’s diversity statement ( Please submit a cover letter, CV, and names/addresses for three letters of recommendation through Interfolio by October 16, 2016. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the November 2016 AAA convention in Minneapolis. For further information, please contact search chair Paul Silverstein at An Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed values diversity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

Call for Papers: Workshop: National Imaginations in Southeast Asian Art


Workshop on National Imaginations in Southeast Asian Art

Deadline for abstract : 31 october 2016

The role of art in nation-building is not new. From French history paintings which glorified Napoleon’s reign to Soviet Socialist Realism, art has not only been yoked to the political objectives of the elite but also served as a narrator of nation. In this context, art has been deployed as sophisticated means to express political values and ideals seeking to capture the spirit and mentalities of successive periods.

Southeast Asian nations emerged from a whirlwind of ideologies such as anti-colonialism, communism, and socialism, with the Cold War as backdrop. These postcolonial nations have produced iconic art works and discourses that have captured the aspirations and struggles of the day. Indeed the political transitions and shifting ideologies experienced by many societies in the region progressively changed the way modern art was produced and perceived in terms of styles, subject matter, iconography, idioms and genres.

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In those days and these : multilingual Singapore (Words without Borders)

Image: Genevieve Chua, After the Flood #9, 2010. 50.8x76.2 cm hand-colored photograph. Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Genevieve Chua, After the Flood #9, 2010. 50.8×76.2 cm hand-colored photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

Words without Borders, october 2016 : In those days and these : multilingual Singapore

The official languages of Singapore—Malay, Tamil, Mandarin, and English—reflect the country’s major ethnic groups as well as its colonial history. While Singapore’s governments may have been in frequent flux, its multilingual literature remains a consistent source of information about this pluralistic society, as writers look to earlier eras to explore how the past informs the present. Sa’eda Buang’s starstruck girl lives in a Bollywood fantasy while abuse and deception rage around her. Latha’s elderly woman mourns her lifelong friend and the lost Indian immigrant community of their childhood. Giant of Malay literature Masuri S.N. traces the impact of Singapore’s separation from Malaysia in 1974 on Malay writing of both countries. KTM Iqbal addresses audiences familiar and new to prove that throughout time and change, poetry remains constant. Wong Koi Tet’s childless man, desperate for an heir, resorts to superstition to jack up his potency, and Yeng Pway Ngon’s aging opera lover struggles to recapture lyrics and memories of a thwarted star tenor. And in another look at the social costs of economic policy, playwright Kuo Pao Kun exposes the personal wreckage left in the wake of the state’s aggressive pursuit of international financial status in the 1960s. We thank Dan Feng Tan and William Phuan for guest editing, and the Select Centre and the National Arts Council of Singapore for their support. Elsewhere, our feature goes seasonal with three ghost stories from Johary Ravaloson, Takako Arai, and Aziz BineBine.

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Frederick H. Damon, Trees, Knots and Outriggers : Environmental Knowledge in the Northeast Kula Ring, Berghahn Books, 2016

“A rare and formidable work. This is a wholly distinctive contribution to multi-species ethnography, of environments made as people tie living materials to one another. It is also a wholly original account of the research process: had Damon not recorded the patchiness of knowledge – locally, regionally — he would not have understood how people draw things together and keep them moving at the same time. String figures, he was told, untie the mind and keep it supple — so does this energizing book.” · Marilyn Strathern, University of Cambridge


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Nora A. Taylor reviews in diaCRITICS Vietnamese-French illustrator Marcelino Truong’s graphic novels, including Une si jolie petite guerre, which brings to life 1960s Saigon through the eyes of a child Marco. This first volume of his autobiographical comic strip will be published in English this fall, as Such a Lovely Little War (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press).

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Stanford University, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, Buddhist Studies


Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.  The Center will award one fellowship every two years.

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17-18 May 2017 – Buddhist Studies in Leiden

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On this two-day long conference the University wishes to commemorate 60 years of Buddhist Studies at Leiden University, 60 years of the Indo-Iranian Journal, the publication of the Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, and the 30th anniversary of Leiden University hosting the Numata Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies.

On this conference authoritive speakers associated with Dutch Buddhist Studies, the IIJ, the BEB, and the Numata Chair will present papers.

The conference will take place on 17–18 May, 2017, to coincide with the official opening of the University Library’s exhibition  ‘Cultural Dynamics of Sanskrit’ at Leiden University Libraries on May 18, so that everyone can attend both events.

Address: Gravensteen Room 011 Pieterskerkhof 6, Leiden

1-2 February – Indonesian-Australian-Dutch Conference on Law and Society in Indonesia


This two-day conference, organised by the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, the Van Vollenhoven Institute (Leiden Law School), the Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta, and the University of Melbourne, brings together authoritative scholars in the domains of law and society in Indonesia.

Address; Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Partner(s) Universiteit Leiden