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Yanger : Tracing the Roots of Halmahera String Bands

Yanger : Tracing the Roots of Halmahera String Bands, 8 June 2018, Aural Archipelago

We can begin by zooming in on Halmahera, an island shaped like a pair of chromosomes, a miniature twin of the lotus-like Sulawesi to the west. One of the largest islands in Maluku, Halmahera was nonetheless historically dwarfed by the tiny island kingdoms which cling to its eastern shores: the small, volcano-studded Ternate, Tidore, and Bacan. Halmahera had its own mysterious kingdom on this western flank called Jailolo, a name so powerful it was once used to refer to the whole island. Still, it’s a peripheral place, especially in modern day Indonesia.

Spend a week in Halmahera, like I did, and you’ll find a place where traces of these rich, world-changing histories are still apparent: nutmeg trees cling to the perfect volcanic dome of Mt. Jailolo, and old colonial-era forts crumble near its black sand beaches. You’re also bound to find music: there’s tifa, booming log drums also found across Melanesia; there’s togal, music for conspicuously western dances played on a violin-like fiddle called fiol. Then there’s my favorite of all, a music at once familiar and enigmatic, a music which wraps up hundreds of years of history in a tuneful package: yanger.

Yanger, you could say, is the local take on a string band tradition that spans the Pacific. It is partly from this angle that yanger gets its familiarity: just as yanger combines upbeat lutes, rubbery bass, and major key melodies, so too do its cousins across the Melanesian and Polynesian world, from string bands in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu all the way to joyous yospan in Papua and similar forms across the border in PNG. While Halmahera sits on the edge of the Melanesian world, yanger‘s link with this wider world of Pacific Island string bands is a mystery. While those musics seem intuitively like long-lost cousins, their histories are completely different, with those styles often being the result of Western contact during and after World War II. A different, perhaps more complex set of histories is at play here with yanger in Halmahera.

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Monarchical Manipulation in Cambodia

Geoffrey C. Gunn, Monarchical Manipulation in Cambodia : France, Japan, and the Sihanouk Crusade for Independence, NIAS Press, 2018

First book to explain the agency of Cambodian monarchs in the face of broader colonial manipulation and international power plays.
• Explores the historic interplay of charismatic power and political patronage in Cambodia.
• Focuses on the tumultuous wartime and early post-war events surrounding Sihanouk’s ‘crusade’ for Cambodia’s independence.

One figure strides across modern Cambodian history – Norodom Sihanouk. From his accession to the throne of Cambodia in 1941 until his extravagant funeral ceremony in 2013, the prince turned ‘king father’ in later life never dodged controversy. But this is not a biography of Sihanouk; the focus is upon the final decades of the French protectorate, the rise of a counter-elite and winning of Cambodia’s independence.
Manipulation of the 1,000-year-old monarchy comes to the heart of this book, as does indigenous resistance, Buddhist activism, French cultural creationism, the rise of radical republicanism, Thai recidivism and wartime Japanese machinations. Carried through into the postwar period, the seeds of Cambodia’s own destruction were being sown in the jungle perimeters, rubber plantations, schools and monkhood, and even in the classrooms of prestigious French institutions.
Deeply embedded Khmer cultural conventions and the interplay of charismatic power and patronage are not irrelevant to this discussion, indeed inform us as to the future and even present-day patterns of political behaviour. The skill of the young Sihanouk in navigating between Vichy France, Japanese militarists, republican opportunists, armed rural insurgency and French proconsuls is brought to life by a range of new archival documentation. A book is also a work of premonition as much inquiry, exploring how did a country of such grace and natural bounty come to be associated with the worst excesses of mass murder and genocide experienced in the twentieth century. The long political prelude as exposed in this book makes the now clichéd ‘tragedy of Cambodian history’ much more comprehensible.

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Remembering the Present : Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia

Julia L. Cassaniti, Remembering the Present : Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia, Cornell University Press, 2018

What is mindfulness, and how does it vary as a concept across different cultures? How does mindfulness find expression in practice in the Buddhist cultures of Southeast Asia? What role does mindfulness play in everyday life? J. L. Cassaniti answers these fundamental questions and more through an engaged ethnographic investigation of what it means to « remember the present » in a region strongly influenced by Buddhist thought.

Focusing on Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, Remembering the Present examines the meanings, practices, and purposes of mindfulness. Using the experiences of people in Buddhist monasteries, hospitals, markets, and homes in the region, Cassaniti shows how an attention to memory informs how people live today and how mindfulness is intimately tied to local constructions of time, affect, power, emotion, and selfhood. By looking at how these people incorporate Theravada Buddhism into their daily lives, Cassaniti provides a signal contribution to the psychological anthropology of religious experience.

Remembering the Present heeds the call made by researchers in the psychological sciences and the Buddhist side of mindfulness studies for better understandings of what mindfulness is and can be. Cassaniti addresses fundamental questions about selfhood, identity, and how a deeper appreciation of the many contexts and complexities intrinsic in sati (mindfulness in the Pali language) can help people lead richer, fuller, and healthier lives. Remembering the Present shows how mindfulness needs to be understood within the cultural and historical influences from which it has emerged.

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More Than Words : Transforming Script, Agency, and Collective Life in Bali

Richard Fox, More Than Words : Transforming Script, Agency, and Collective Life in Bali, Cornell University Press, september 2018

Grounded in ethnographic and archival research on the Indonesian island of Bali, More Than Words challenges conventional understandings of textuality and writing as they pertain to the religious traditions of Southeast Asia. Through a nuanced study of Balinese script as employed in rites of healing, sorcery, and self-defense, Richard Fox explores the aims and desires embodied in the production and use of palm-leaf manuscripts, amulets, and other inscribed objects.

Balinese often attribute both life and independent volition to manuscripts and copperplate inscriptions, presenting them with elaborate offerings. Commonly addressed with personal honorifics, these script-bearing objects may become partners with humans and other sentient beings in relations of exchange and mutual obligation. The question is how such practices of « the living letter » may be related to more recently emergent conceptions of writing—linked to academic philology, reform Hinduism, and local politics—which take Balinese letters to be a symbol of cultural heritage, and a neutral medium for the transmission of textual meaning. More than Words shows how Balinese practices of apotropaic writing—on palm-leaves, amulets, and bodies—challenge these notions, and yet coexist alongside them. Reflecting on this coexistence, Fox develops a theoretical approach to writing centered on the premise that such contradictory sensibilities hold wider significance than previously recognized for the history and practice of religion in Southeast Asia and beyond.

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Buddhism Illuminated through Southeast Asian Manuscript Art (1)

Front cover of Buddhism Illuminated: Manuscript Art from Southeast Asia, London: British Library 2018.

Buddhism Illuminated through Southeast Asian Manuscript Art (1), 08/06/2018, Asian and African Studies Blog, British Library

Buddhism Illuminated: Manuscript Art from Southeast Asia is a lavishly-illustrated book which has just been published by the British Library, in collaboration with Washington University Press. The book, by two curators in the British Library’s Southeast Asia section, is dedicated to the memory of the Library’s former Curator of Thai, Lao and Cambodian collections, Dr Henry D. Ginsburg (1940-2007), who was a leading expert and one of the pioneers of research on Buddhist manuscript art in Southeast Asia. The purpose of this book is to share many years of research on the British Library’s unique collection of Southeast Asian manuscripts on Buddhism, which illustrate not only the life and teachings of the historical Buddha, but also everyday Buddhist practice, life within the monastic order, festivals, cosmology, and ethical principles and values.

The book contains six chapters and over 200 high-quality coloured photographs of manuscripts which have mostly been digitised with generous funding from Henry Ginsburg’s Legacy. The illustrations are mainly from eighteenth and nineteenth century Burmese and Thai manuscripts, and the book provides detailed background information on Theravada Buddhism in general and Buddhist art in mainland Southeast Asia in particular.

San San May and Jana Igunma, Buddhism Illuminated: Manuscript Art from Southeast Asia, London: British Library 2018. (ISBN 978 0 7123 5206 2)

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Songs from Southeast Asia

Songs from Southeast Asia, SOAS radio

Thant Sin, Almira and Cuong travel across Southeast Asia to bring to you a unique collection of popular songs with each episode focusing on one country from around the region, from the classics to the contemporary. Whether you are from the region or someone who does not know anything about it, we invite you to join us in our musical journey.

SfSEA – Longing for the Past: The 78RPM Era in SEA Thu, 2018-06-07 23:44

In this episode, Almira shares her top picks from the collection of 90 tracks in David Murray’s 4-CD Box Set / Book ‘Longing for the Past: The 78RPM Era in Southeast Asia’.

  1. Danse Ancienne
  2. Ba Ba Win by Pyi Hla Hpe / Sein Wai Hlan-
  3. Ogingo Mamangka Vuhan by Irene Tungou
  4. Kitjir Kitjir by Jetty & Suhairi / Orkes Gambang Keromong
  5. Miss Whiskey by U Myat Lay
  6. Maung Kyaw Ei Sandaya Nyunt by Sandaya Maung Kyaw
  7. Khmer Kroak by Wohar Sam
  8. Lam Khaen by Phloen Phromdaen
  9. Cikajangan
  10. Ka Abdi by Upit Sarimanah

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Talking Indonesia: 20 years of military reform

Talking Indonesia: 20 years of military reform, 07/06/2018, Indonesia at Melbourne

The military has always played a prominent role in the Indonesian nation. Under the New Order, it was elevated to the dual role (dwifungsi) of maintaining law and order and participating in governance but was also guilty of gross human rights abuses. After the fall of the New Order in 1998, the military was forced to undergo extensive reforms, which included the withdrawal of the military from civilian and governmental affairs. However, 20 years after the beginning of post-Suharto reforms, the military has yet to acknowledge or come to terms with its role in some of the darkest moments in Indonesian history, such as the anti-communist killings of 1965-66.

Over recent years, analysts have noticed the military’s growing influence over political and civilian affairs. The popularity of former military leaders like Prabowo Subianto has also led many to comment that there seems to be a nostalgia for a more militaristic style of leadership among the public. Are we witnessing the return of the military in Indonesian politics? How has the military been able to maintain its centrality in Indonesian society over the decades?

I explore these issues with historian Dr Jess Melvin, Postdoctoral Associate at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney. Dr Melvin was previously Henry Hart Rice Faculty Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Genocide Studies at Yale University. Dr Melvin’s first book “The Army and the Indonesian Genocide: Mechanics of Mass Murder”, was published in early 2018 by Routledge.

The Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Charlotte Setijadi  from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Jemma Purdey  from Monash University, and Dr Dirk Tomsa  from La Trobe University.

Look out for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen via your favourite podcasting app.

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Forest and society, vol. 2, n° 1, 2018

Forest and society, vol. 2, n° 1, 2018

Revue en libre accès

Table of contents

Regular research articles

  • Transforming forest landscape conflicts: the promises and perils of global forest management initiatives such as REDD+ by Seth Kane, Ahmad Dhiaulhaq, Lok Mani Sapkota, David Gritten
  • Rubber plantation labor and labor movements as rubber prices decrease in southern Thailand by Uraiwan Tongkaemkaew, Bénédicte Chambon
  • From voluntary private to mandatory state governance in Indonesian forest certification: Reclaiming authority by bureaucracies by Agung Wibowo, Lukas Giessen
  • India in international climate governance: Through soft power from REDD to REDD+ policy in favor of relative gains by Swati Negi, Lukas Giessen
  • From SEZs to Thailand 4.0: Geopolitics of borderlands in the Thai state’s vision by Phianphachong Intarat
  • Landslide susceptibility map using certainty factor for hazard mitigation in mountainous areas of Ujung-loe watershed in South Sulawesi by Andang Suryana Soma, Tetsuya Kubota
  • A synthesis of the implementation ambivalence of REDD+ in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia by Divine Odame Appiah, Stephanie Esinu Adjoa Gbeddy

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Conferences of The Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh

Conferences of The Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh

We inform you of the transfer of the activities and data of the network Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh (HSEPP) to the Center for Khmer Studies.
As you know, the HSEPP network was created informally in 2008 in order to deal with a feeling of isolation within the discipline and a need for scientific exchange and debate around social science research in Cambodia. Today it counts 1200 members.
As we pass on the baton to CKS, we think it interesting to bring together in a booklet a history of the different conferences we have hosted over the past ten years.The khmer version is in annex .

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Cet ouvrage clôture 10 ans d’activités du réseau des HSEPP dont la mission était aussi de rendre visible et accessible la recherche SHS au Cambodge.

Cet ouvrage rassemble les 82 résumés des conférences organisées par le réseau Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh HSEPP Cambodge entre 2008 et 2017 et qui se décline selon six chapitres thématiques:

– L’histoire précédant les années 1970, qu’il s’agisse de la période angkorienne ou de l’époque coloniale
– Les conflits armés des années 1970-1980, et plus précisément la période du régime Khmer Rouge
– La religion, les arts, la culture et l’éducation
– Les problèmes de développement et de pauvreté
– La santé
– Les minorités « autochtones »

Le document est bilingue (anglais/ khmer)

The CKS will continue dissemination activities as part of our collaboration. You can contact them to this email address, and visit their web site

Thanking you for your interest in social sciences in Cambodia
With warm regards
Pascale Hancart Petitet, Um Vutha et Steven Prigent

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Philippine Political Science Journal, vol. 38, n° 3, 2017

Philippine Political Science Journal, vol. 38, n° 3, 2017

Table of contents


  • The Duterte Administration’s appeasement policy on China and the crisis in the Philippine–US alliance by Renato Cruz de Castro
  • Philippine agrarian change and rural society: dislocation, distribution, and pulitika by Soon Chuan Yean
  • The human rights enterprise: political sociology, state power, and social movements by Şerif Onur Bahçecik
  • Moral politics in the Philippines: inequality, democracy and the urban poor by Jonathan Beltran

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Asian Politics & Policy, vol. 10, n° 2, 2018

Asian Politics & Policy, vol. 10, n° 2, 2018

Special issue on the South China Sea Arbitral Award

Table of contents

Guest editor’s introduction

  • The South China Sea Arbitral Award: Evolving Post‐Arbitration Strategies, Implications and Challenges by Lowell Bautista

Original articles

  • ASEAN, the “South China Sea” Arbitral Award, and the Code of Conduct: New Challenges, New Approaches by Christopher B. Roberts
  • The South China Sea Arbitration: A Test for the Efficacy of Compulsory Mechanism of UNCLOS and Implications for Dispute Management in the Region by Nong Hong
  • Post‐SCS Arbitration Developments and Issues on Freedom of Navigation, Rights of Coastal States, and Environmental Protection in the “Area” by Lay Yong Mok, Amy Sheau Ye Aai, Sumathy Permal
  • The Philippines: Hedging in a Post‐Arbitration South China Sea? by Mary Fides A. Quintos
  • Mare Liberum: Aquino, Duterte, and The Philippines’ Evolving Lawfare Strategy in the South China Sea by Richard Javad Heydarian
  • Abandoned at Sea: The Tribunal Ruling and Indonesia’s Missing Archipelagic Foreign Policy by Evan A. Laksmana, Ristian A. Supriyanto
  • Sino‐Philippine Joint Development in the South China Sea: Is Political Will Enough? by Carlos Santamaria
  • Certain Historical Evidence (and Their Implications) Overlooked by the Arbitral Tribunal of the South China Sea Arbitration: Application of Article 121(3) on Spratly Islands by Tiff Yu-Ting Bowes-Lin

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Journal of Contemporary Asia, vol. 48, n° 2, 2018

Journal of Contemporary Asia, vol. 48, n° 2, 2018

Who Governs and How? Non-State Actors and Transnational Governance in Southeast Asia

Table of contents

Original articles

  • Who Governs and How? Non-State Actors and Transnational Governance in Southeast Asia by Shaun Breslin and Helen E. S. Nesadurai
  • New Constellations of Social Power: States and Transnational Private Governance of Palm Oil Sustainability in Southeast Asia by Helen E. S. Nesadurai
  • Building Governance from Scratch: Myanmar and the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative by Marco Bünte
  • Governing the Safety and Security of the Malacca Strait: The Nippon Foundation between States and Industry by Alice D. Ba
  • Governing Domestic Worker Migration in Southeast Asia: Public–Private Partnerships, Regulatory Grey Zones and the Household by Juanita Elias
  • Economic Governance Beyond State and Market: Islamic Capital Markets in Southeast Asia by Lena Rethel

Research articles

  • The Limits of Gender Quotas: Women’s Parliamentary Representation in Indonesia by Ben Hillman

Book review

  • Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, A History of Ayutthaya: Siam in the Early Modern Period by Robert H. Taylor


Asian Journal of political science, vol. 26, n° 1, 2018

Asian Journal of Political Science, vol. 26, n° 1, 2018

Table of contents

Articles on SEA

  • Democratic ‘freedom’ in Myanmar by Tamas Wells
  • The changing relationship between the state and the voluntary philanthropic sector: special reference to Singapore by M. Shamsul Haque
  • The politics of history in West Papua – Indonesia conflict by Nino Viartasiwi



South East Asia Research, vol. 26, n° 1, 2018

South East Asia Research, vol. 26, n° 1, March 2018

Table of contents


Salafi activism and the promotion of a modern Muslim identity : Evolving mediums of Da’wa amongst Yogyakartan university students by  Chris Chaplin

Actively cautious : Industrialization and rural livelihood choices in contemporary northern Vietnam by Lam Minh Chau

Zomia’s vestiges : Illegible peoples and legible crimes in Omkoi, Northwest Thailand by Bobby Anderson

An empirical analysis of vote buying among the poor : Evidence from elections in the Philippines by Tristan A Canare, Ronald U Mendoza, Mario Antonio Lopez

The effects of a merciful heart : Children and charity in Malaysia by Silvia Vignato

Book Reviews

Weng Hew Wai, Chinese Ways of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity and Religiosity in Indonesia by Jemma Purdey

Morgenbesser Lee, Behind the Façade: Elections Under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia by Neil Loughlin

L’ensemble du numéro est en libre accès.
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Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde, vol. 174, n° 1, 2018

Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde, vol. 174, n° 1, 2018

Table of contents

Research Articles

  • Bringing Grievances Back In : Towards an Alternative Understanding of the Rise of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines by Jeroen Adam
  • Agents for Change : Local Women’s Organizations and Domestic Violence in Indonesia by Dina Afrianty
  • Iang Evangelivm Ul-Kadus Menjurat kapada Marcum : The First Malay Gospel of Mark (1629–1630) and the Agama Kumpeni by Lourens de Vries

Book Reviews

  • John G. Butcher and R.E. Elson, Sovereignty and the Sea: How Indonesia Became an Archipelagic State by  Lance Nolde
  • Simon Butt, Constitutional Court and Democracy in Indonesia by Herlambang P. Wiratraman
  • N. Cheesman & N. Farrelly (eds), Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion by Maaike Matelski
  • Joost Coté, Hugh O’Neill, Pauline K.M. Roosmalen, and Helen Ibbitson Jessup, The Life and Work of Thomas Karsten by Abidin Kusno
  • Kirk Endicott (ed.), Malaysia’s Original People: Past, Present and Future of the Orang Asli by Cynthia Chou
  • Jennifer A. Fraser, Gongs and Pop Songs: Sounding Minangkabau in Indonesia by Sooi Beng Tan
  • Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Hui Yew-Foong, and Philippe Peycam (eds), Citizens, Civil Society and Heritage-Making in Asia by Lauren Yapp
  • Ross King, Heritage and Identity in Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place, and Power by Adele Esposito
  • Su Lin Lewis, Cities in Motion: Urban Life and Cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia, 1920–1940 by Dafna Rupin
  • David Lipset and Eric Kline Silverman (eds), Mortuary Dialogues: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities by Emilie Wellfelt
  • Ronald McCrum, The Men Who Lost Singapore, 1938–1942  by Kankan Xie
  • Su-Ann Oh (ed.), Myanmar’s Mountains and Maritime Borderscapes: Local Practices, Boundary Making and Figured World by Ishrat Hossain
  • Patrick Pillai, Yearning to Belong: Malaysia’s Indian Muslims, Chitties, Portuguese Eurasians, Peranakan Chinese, and Baweanese by Keng We Koh
  • Yvonne Spielmann, Contemporary Indonesian Art: Artists, Spaces, and Collections by Leonor Veiga
  • Carolien Stolte and Alicia Schrikker (eds), World History—A Genealogy: Private Conversations with World Historians, 1996–2016  by Guo-Quang Seng
  • Michael Sullivan, Cambodia Votes: Democracy, Authority, and International Support for Elections, 1993–2013 by Sophal Ear
  • C. Michele Thompson, Vietnamese Traditional Medicine: A Social History by Thuy Linh Nguyen
  • Ayang Utriza Yakin, Sejarah Hukum Islam Nusantara Abad XIVXIX M by Yanwar Pribadi
  • Souchou Yao, The Malayan Emergency. Essays on a Small, Distant War by Grace V.S. Chin