“Riddles of yellow and red” by Benedict Anderson

in New Left Review 97 (january-february 2016)

Benedict Anderson’s first published essay, ‘Malaysia and Indonesia’, appeared in nlr i/28 in 1964 under the nom de guerre Robert Curtis, for obvious political reasons. With this number we publish one of his last, a highly original explanation of the unprecedented strife in Thailand between the ‘Yellows’ of the Palace–Army nexus and the ‘Reds’ aligned behind former pm Thaksin and his family.

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Beyond the Pale: The Earliest Agrarian States and “their Barbarians”, Professor James C. Scott

SOAS Politics Centenary Lecture: Beyond the Pale: The Earliest Agrarian States and “their Barbarians”, Professor James C. Scott, Yale University, 12/5/2016


 How did so many of us, Homo sapiens, quite late in our species history, come to live in sedentary heaps of people, grain, and domesticated animals and governed by units we call states? And what was the relationship between these polities and those remained outside their control? The earliest agrarian states were small and fragile. More people lived outside them than within. They were subject to internal fracture, abandonment, and raiding—both sporadic and systematic. They also represented valuable trade depots that enhanced the exchange value of products from non-state ecologies. The result was, for a time at least, what one might call a “golden age of barbarians.”

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“Between fear and power : Kompas, Indonesia’s most influential newspaper, 1965-2015” by Wija Wijayanto

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 “The current study aims to investigate Kompas biography, journalistic values and practices, with special emphasis on the newspaper’s relationship with the power holders. The data were collected during the course of more than a year of ethnographic field work, from January 2014-April 2015. To be more specific, it is gathered through in-depth interviews with journalists, participant observation in the newsrooms and content analysis of the newspaper’s archives in 50 years.”

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Annual Conference of Southeast Asian Studies in Taiwan (ACSEAST 2016)


22-23 septembre 2016

National Chengchi University : “The Politics of Transformation in Southeast Asia: Towards A People-Centered Agenda”

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) and the Institute of International Relations at National Chengchi University are honored to organize 2016 Annual Conference on Southeast Asian Studies in Taiwan (ACSEAST) by highlighting “transformation” as the keyword, with a focus on the change in political/economic/social landscape and the exploration of current situations in Southeast Asia.

Date limite d’envoi des abstracts : 5 mai 2016

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David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb and Li Narangoa (eds), End of empire : 100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world, NIAS Press, 2016

Chandler cover_0Le volume s’accompagne d’un site web : http://www.endofempire.asia/ et d’une page Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/endofempire1945/ très riches qui accueillent de la documentation supplémentaire, notamment iconographique, des développements inédits et des discussions.


Vient de paraître : Indonésie contemporaine

129Indonésie contemporaine dirigé par Rémy Madinier (CASE)  et coédité par l’IRASEC et les Indes Savantes vient de paraître.

Quatrième état le plus peuplé de la planète, premier pays du monde musulman, seule véritable démocratie d’Asie du Sud-Est, l’Indonésie demeure un géant méconnu. Au carrefour des influences indienne et chinoise, les frontières de ce vaste archipel furent dessinées au gré des heurts entre impérialismes européens (Espagne, Portugal, Angleterre et surtout Pays-Bas). L’histoire de l’Indonésie depuis son indépendance est d’abord celles des contradictions nées des choix à la fois originaux et courageux de ses pères fondateurs : une république jacobine pour gouverner un territoire immense et éclaté, un idiome véhiculaire peu parlé pour langue nationale, un état religieux mais non islamique.

Le présent ouvrage, fruit de la collaboration entre vingt-sept spécialistes reconnus (dix-huit Français et neuf Indonésiens) est une synthèse à la fois rigoureuse et accessible des dernières recherches en sciences sociales sur l’Indonésie. Géographes, anthropologues, historiens, économistes, politistes, spécialistes de littérature proposent ici un large panorama permettant de comprendre les enjeux démographiques, spatiaux, religieux et culturels de l’émergence d’une puissance régionale mais aussi les défis auxquels est confrontée cette jeune nation depuis sa remarquable transition démocratique en 1998.

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University of Pennsylvania and National Library of Laos launch the Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts


The University of Pennsylvania and National Library of Laos have launched the Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts at lannamanuscripts.net as a resource for the study of traditional literature from this region. At present, the digital library contains images of over 4,200 manuscripts which can be searched and viewed online or freely downloaded, and to which more manuscripts will be added.

The database contains four collections: digitised microfilms from the Preservation of Northern Thai Manuscripts Project (with permission of Chiang Mai University Library), digitised microfilms and also handwritten copied of manuscripts made in the early 1970s during research conducted by Harald Hundius, and directly-digitised manuscripts made during the current digital library project.

All digitisation was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, and the digital library project was funded by The Henry Luce Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. The project was implemented by the National Library of Laos, based on the existing Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts (laomanuscripts.net).

  • German Federal Foreign Office
  • The Henry Luce Foundation
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • National Library of Laos
  • Chiang Mai University Library
  • Berlin State Library

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Associate University Librarian for Library Special Collections and International Studies Programs University of California, Los Angeles

Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL is a key senior administrator in the UCLA Library. The AUL supervises three major departments: the Department of Library Special Collections (LSC) (an enterprise-wide organization composed of the Library’s special collections resources, services, and operations across the campus) which this position heads, and oversees the Library’s International Studies programs (composed of the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library (EAL), and the International Studies Department (ISD) which encompasses Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands).

Date limite de candidature : 30 mai 2016


Assistant professor in religious studies at Florida International University

The Department of Religious Studies at Florida International University seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in one of the religious traditions of either North America or Southeast Asia (tradition open and methodology open), preferably with expertise in the interaction of religions in the area.

Posted February 11, 2016. Open till filled.


Lee Kong Chian research fellowship National Library of Singapore

The Lee Kong Chian (LKC) Research Fellowship aims to facilitate new research and publishing about Singapore and Southeast Asian culture, economy and heritage. This will enrich the Asia-centric collections and resources of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library of Singapore.

Research area :

– Singapore’s role in early printing – Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English publications including works of the Mission Press, private publishers, government printing offices, etc.

– Voices of Singapore Literary Arts writers

– The Social history of Singapore from the mid-19th – early 20th century, through legal documents in the Koh Seow Chuan Collection.

– Peranakan-Nyonya literary works – literature in Malay by the Straits Chinese of Singapore and Malaysia, including translations of famous Chinese epics

– The Asian Diaspora in Southeast Asia with special reference to Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia 

– Businesses in the early 19th century – post-war Singapore

Date limite d’envoi des candidatures : 30 avril 2016


Postdoctoral Associate, Asian Connections Global Asia Initiative/Duke Center for International Studies

The Global Asia Initiative at Duke University’s Center for International Studies, seeks applications for a postdoctoral position in Asian Connections from the Fall 2016 for one year, renewable for another.  Asian Connections, also known as Inter-Asian Studies by our partner institution, the Social Science Research Council, is the study of connections between two or more Asian societies historically or in the contemporary period.  The research may be comparative, but the goal is to reveal regional or trans-local processes.

Date limite d’envoi des candidatures: 15 avril 2016


Gatty Lecture, « Art of the Self: The Ethico-Aesthetics of Balinese Pepaosan Performance » par Nicole Reisnour (doctorante du SEAP dans le département de musique de l’Université de Cornell), 10 mars 2016, Kahin Center, Cornell University.

« The art of pepaosan, an Indonesian tradition of singing and interpreting religious texts, is widely represented in Bali as a Hindu form of ethical self-cultivation focused on the pursuit of divine guidance. However, while state programs to develop this art form promote an understanding of virtue that foregrounds interiority and personal responsibility, many pepaosan practitioners pursue a relational form of virtue—at once material and immaterial, aesthetic and ethical—which is the product of both human and divine agency. This talk explores how this single musical practice is incorporated into two divergent ethical projects, which render inhabitable two distinct constructions of devout Hindu selfhood. »