Eric Khoo, Hôtel Singapura, 90mn, 2015 (Singapour) en ce moment sur les écrans

Hôtel Singapura, Affiche
Hôtel Singapura, Affiche

Synopsis :

« Dans les années 1940, dans la chambre 27 de l’hôtel Singapura, deux hommes – un Anglais et un Singapourien – se font de poignants adieux au moment de l’invasion japonaise. Plus tard, un homme élit domicile dans cette même chambre avant de subir l’intervention qui fera de lui une femme. Un Singapourien célibataire et une Japonaise mariée y vivent un rendez-vous passionné : l’homme veut croire au futur de leur couple tandis que la femme sait que leur histoire se limite aux murs de cette chambre. Toutes ces histoires sont observées par le fantôme d’un musicien. Il hante ces lieux depuis qu’il y a trouvé la mort, par overdose d’héroïne… »,509308.php

A lire : un entretien de Samuel Douhaire avec Eric Khoo : “Dans ‘Hôtel Singapura’, je voulais évoquer l’histoire du pays”, 23/08/2016.,146391.php

“Venice film festival: Philippines revenge drama wins top prize”, 11/09/2016, BBC News

Lav Diaz dedicated film to « Filipino people and their struggle »

“Philippines film The Woman Who Left, a black and white drama by director Lav Diaz, has won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival.It tells the story of a schoolteacher’s thirst for revenge and her feelings of forgiveness after 30 years in jail for a crime she did not commit.Diaz said the film was a testimony to the struggles of the Philippines after centuries of colonial rule.”

Shadow Puppet Theatre from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, 8 September 2016 – 29 January 2017, British Museum

Shadow puppet of the character Abiyasa, made of painted hide and horn. Java, Indonesia, 1800–1816.

“The exhibition draws on the British Museum’s unique Southeast Asian shadow puppet collection. further demonstrates that shadow puppet theatre is a living art form that still has relevance in contemporary times. Aspects of 20th century life, such as flare trousers, plastic, electricity, and sound amplification, play a part in shadow theatre, indicating its ability to adapt to social change.”

A lire

Gerard Sasges, “Absent maps, marine science, and the reimagination of the South China Sea, 1922-1939” in Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 75, no. 1 (fév. 2016)

Blog KITLV : Books written for everyone (and protected by a few) by Tom Hoogervorst, 11 août 2016

“Indonesia’s Chinese authored literature reached its peak of popularity in the 1930s. Access to these unique sources is slowly improving. Tom Hoogervorst escaped Jakarta’s archives for a rendezvous with two passionate guardians of the ‘Sino-Malay’ literary heritage : Myra Sidharta and Azmi Abubakar, head of Indonesia’s very first Peranakan Chinese Book Museum (Museum Pustaka Peranakan Tionghoa).”

Rengat, 1949 (Part 1) by Anne-Lot Hoek, 12/09/2016, Inside Indonesia

“Dutch paratroopers massacred hundreds, perhaps thousands, in a Sumatran town during the Indonesian Revolution, yet nobody outside Rengat seems to know.”Cf. “The peristiwa of Rengat, Sumatra”, 12/02/206 :

Rengat, 1949 (Part 2) by Anne-Lot Hoek, 12/09/2016, Inside Indonesia

“The people of Rengat, the Dutch archives and Dutch authorities have always known about the massacre of January 1949. Why then is the Dutch public not aware?”


SEAS : Call for Book Chapter on Social Media Activism

Contributions drawing on events from the following regions are   encouraged: Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia…

Deadline : 1st October 2016

Activism / Digital Activism / Hacktivism

Call for chapters for an edited book on the evolution and growth of digital activism. The book will enrich the understanding of contemporary protests and their cultural, historical and technological expression. It will look in detail at the role social and digital media play in enabling protests and the new constitution of activism, including how people have employed innovations in technology to tackle global problems.  The editors are also interested in old forms of activism from the pre-social media era (civil rights, anti-Vietnam war, women’s movement) as a way of providing an historical context for, examining the differences between and comparing earlier and new forms of activism.

Continuer la lecture de SEAS : Call for Book Chapter on Social Media Activism

Position, Comparative politics, Open Rank, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame

“The University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs invites applications for a tenure track/tenured faculty position in Comparative Politics with a preference for scholars whose work focuses on South Asia or Southeast Asia. The position will begin July 1, 2017; Ph.D. or equivalent degree required at the time of hire.”

Les candidatures seront examinées à partir du 15 octobre 2016 jusqu’à ce que le poste soit pourvu.

Position, Department of Asian Language and Culture, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“The newly formed Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as part of its initiative to re-envision the study of the languages, cultures, and societies of Asia, is seeking to hire a scholar of the humanities or qualitative social sciences with expertise in at least one Southeast Asian language. Appointment begins August, 2017. Ph.D. required prior to start of appointment. Rank and area of specialization are open.”

Date limite de candidature : 24 octobre 2016

Assistant Professor, Islam and Gender, Stanford University

“The successful candidate will be based in a social sciences department and will be expected to contribute to the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies’ curricular and outreach efforts. A focus on the Middle East and/or Southeast Asia is preferred. The appointment can be in one of the following departments in the School of Humanities and Sciences: Anthropology, Communication, Political Science, or Sociology.”

Date limite de candidature : 03 octobre 2016

Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,Yale University

The Yale University Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies intends to hire a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of gender and sexuality in the global South. We are interested in transnational research in such fields as critical development studies, environment and social justice, migration, indigeneity, human rights, science and technology studies, visual cultures, and performance studies.

Date limite de candidature : 30 septembre 2016

Nalanda-Sriwijaya centre lecture series : “New Data on Early Settlement Processes and State Formation in Highland Sumatra, Indonesia” by Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz, 08/09/2016, ISEAS, Yusof Ishak Institute

“Dr Tjoa-Bonatz presented her findings about a highland kingdom founded by Indonesia’s last Hindu-Buddhist king, Ādityavarman (r. ca. 1343–75). Using both material culture and stone inscriptions as evidence, the research shows the vitality of a highland centre of power at a site known today as Bukit Gombak, in the Minangkabau region of West Sumatra. This site showed a settlement from the 14th to the 17th century. Dr Tjoa-Bonatz argued that this was the site of the original political and socio-economic centre of the Minangkabau region before it shifted to Pagaruyng and probably the royal centre of king Ādityavarman…”

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Ces recherches du Dr Tjoa-Bonatz feront l’objet d’une monographie.

“Why (social) anthropology needs (historical) linguistics: the cross-sibling substitution drifts in Austronesian languages” by Robert Blust, 15/09/2016, University of Hawaii at Manoa

“If we accept that cultures have histories then we must ask if there is a way to access those histories without documentation.  Since languages have histories, and historical linguists have

Continuer la lecture de “Why (social) anthropology needs (historical) linguistics: the cross-sibling substitution drifts in Austronesian languages” by Robert Blust, 15/09/2016, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Interdisciplinary Symposium : Buddhist Literacy in Early Modern Northern Vietnam, 23-24 septembre 2016, Department of Asian Languages and Culture, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences

Presented by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey & The Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation

“Catalyzed by the recent digitization of two textual collections held at the Thắng Nghiêm and Phổ Nhân Buddhist Temples in northern Vietnam, we propose to investigate the interaction of textual practices, publishing, and the transmission of literacy in interaction with Buddhism and the Buddhist institution. The texts in these collections are written in both Literary Chinese and vernacular Vietnamese, and include both classical sutras with cosmopolitan distribution, as well as region-specific texts, produced and circulated on a local level.


It has long been recognized that Buddhism played a varying but consistently vital role in the transmission of literate knowledge throughout East and Southeast Asia. By examining these collections of diverse but otherwise mundane textual artifacts, we seek to understand the kinds of literacy that prevailed in these types of religious and non-courtly settings, as well as to investigate how networks of publishing, text-production, and the bartering of knowledge were constructed and maintained across Buddhist monastic communities. Although our focus is on the Vietnamese context, our investigation is conducted in explicit comparison with analogous contexts in China, Korea, and Japan; and we invite scholars and students of all fields and areas of study interested in issues of Buddhism and Literacy, the transmission of literate knowledge, and the interaction of cosmopolitan and vernacular forms of textual culture, to attend our symposium.”

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The 7th Asian Translation Traditions Conference : Shifting Powers: The Ethics of Translation in a Transforming Asia, 26-29 septembre 2016, Monash University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Keynote speakers : Li Wei, Vicente L. Rafael, Ronit Ricci

“This conference seeks to interrogate the role of translators in, and of, Asia as participants in, and commentators on, a changing world. Translators minimise or break down barriers between the ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘we’ and ‘Other’, and in doing so, create inclusive local, regional and global experiences and life trajectories for consumers of linguistic and cultural artefacts. Yet, translation can also be an exclusive process: decisions about what is translated, how and for whom, have far-reaching implications for the inclusion and exclusion of certain communities and/or stakeholders, simultaneously empowering some and disempowering others.”

2017 AAS-in-Asia Conference, “Asia in motion : beyond borders and boundaries”, 24-27 juin 2016, Korea University, Seoul

“The Program Committee for the AAS-in-ASIA conference seeks proposals dealing with all regions of Asia on subjects covering a wide range of scholarly disciplines and professional fields under the theme:  « Asia in Motion: Beyond Borders and Boundaries. » Modern borders are often allowed to define and divide nations, cultures, and traditions. However, both present-day experience and historical records reveal that people and goods have always moved across boundaries. Ideas and material goods, rather than being the exclusive monopoly of one region or nation, have generally been the objects of exchange, competition, and rivalry. Our proposed theme questions the fixed political boundaries of nations and states, and encourages scholars to reconsider borders as in progress and Asia as in motion. By thinking beyond borders and boundaries we enhance our understanding of how the concept of “Asia” was shaped in the past and how it is now reshaping the world.”

Date limite d’envoi des propositions : 31 octobre 2016