Journals Van Vollenhoven Institute digitized

Journals Van Vollenhoven Institute digitized

As part of Metamorfoze, the national digitalization project for the preservation of paper heritage, journals of The Van Vollenhoven Institute’s library have been digitized.

1. Het regt in Nederlandsch-Indië: regtskundig tijdschrift, 1849-1914
2. Indisch tijdschrift van het recht: orgaan der Nederlandsch-Indische Juristen-Vereeniging, 1915-1942
3. Tijdschrift van het recht / Vereniging van Juristen in Indonesië, 1947-1950

The journals are available via the website Delpher is an initiative of the university libraries of Groningen, Leiden, Utrecht and Amsterdam, and the National Library of the Netherlands.

The Poet Parliament – an artistic administration ready to deliver?


The Poet Parliament – an artistic administration ready to deliver? by Matt Grace, 22/06/2017, Tea Circle : an Oxford forum for new perspectives on Burma/Myanmar

Matt Grace reviews developments in the arts.

This post is part of Tea Circle’s “Year in Review” series, which looks back at developments in different fields over the last year.

After Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) strolled to victory in the 2015 General Election, much discussion was dedicated to the demographic make-up of the country’s new ruling party. Analysis of the NLD’s new parliamentary body was often critical, characterising it as both too old and too inexperienced (negative assessments individually, but uniquely damning together), and rightly condemning its decision not to run a single Muslim candidate for office.

One demographic oddity which did make positive headlines, however, was the election to office of 11 poets. In fact, the number of NLD MPs voted in on 8th November who defined themselves as poets was only two fewer than those who listed their profession as politician.

Although there is no doubt that the victory of poet and former political prisoner U Tin Thit over former Defense Minister U Wai Lwin was a sensational story, there is an argument that column inches dedicated to the number of poets in parliament gained more traction due to alliterative potential than newsworthiness. That being said, the phenomenon did highlight an artistic streak running through Myanmar’s new ruling party.

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AAS 2018 call for proposals

AAS 2018 Call for proposals

The AAS is now accepting proposal submissions for our 2018 annual conference, which will be held March 22-25 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for all submissions is 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

We welcome proposals for organized panels (especially those with innovative formats), individual papers, roundtables, and workshops. Please see the complete Call for Proposals for information about preparing your submission.


Philippine Studies : historical and ethnographic viewpoints, vol. 65, n° 2 (2017)

Philippine Studies : historical and ethnographic viewpoints, vol. 65, n° 2 (2017) : The Vagaries of Literary Interpretation

Table of contents


  • Did Padre Damaso Rape Pia Alba? Reticence, Revelation, and Revolution in José Rizal’s Novels by Caroline S. Hau
  • Merlinda Bobis’s Fish-Hair Woman: A Magical Rendering of History by Kit Ying Lie
  • Women of Storm Surges: Meaning Making as Cultural Process of Social Repair for Yolanda Survivors by Chaya Ocampo Go

Book Reviews

  • Gerald R. Gems, Sport and the American Occupation of the Philippines: Bats, Balls, and Bayonets by Marco Stefan B. Lagman
  • Maria Christine Muyco, Síbod: Ideology and Expressivity in Binanog Dance, Music, and Folkways of the Panay Bukidnon by Christi-Anne Castro

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Call for papers : Southeast Asian Natures: Defining Environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia

Call for papers : Southeast Asian Natures: Defining Environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia, 12-14 March 2017, Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside

Deadline : 1st July 2017

Over one hundred fifty years ago, naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace journeyed through the islands of Southeast Asia, drawing from the region’s rich biodiversity to co-discover with Darwin the theory of natural selection. However, even at that time he noted that forests were quickly giving way to colonial clear cuts and species from one island were showing up in the markets of others. The Anthropocene, an era in which human activity has become a dominant shaping force in ecosystems, global climate and species histories, was already underway. Wallace’s environmentalism was also deeply contingent upon imperial networks of travel and communication; the ensuing wars of empire and decolonization left many eco-cultures in tatters. A critical challenge then for policymakers, intellectuals, scientists and others in the region is to articulate new notions of environmentalism that respond to these complex intersections of ecology, history, and culture. As people and governments struggle to articulate locally meaningful responses to Anthropocene problems, scholars, artists and activists can play important roles in identifying ideas of nature, ruin, sustainability and health that resonate locally or inter-regionally. As literary critic Raymond Williams once noted, the word “nature” is one of the most complex in the English vocabulary. If this is so, then how do these ideas fare in translation?

“Southeast Asian Natures” asks participants to consider the complexities of nature and its changes in the many different languages and ecologies of Southeast Asia. Proposed themes of the workshop are purposefully broad, and they include:

1.     histories, ecologies and flows

2.     spatial practices, representations and bio-politics

3.     nature, sustainability and health in language, ritual and performance

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Bulletin of Indonesian Economics Studies, vol. 53, n° 1 (2017)

Bulletin of Indonesian Economics Studies, vol. 53, n° 1 (2017)

Table of contents

Survey of Recent Developments

  • Labour-Market Developments at a Time of Heightened Uncertainty by Sarah Xue Dong & Chris Manning

Other Articles

  • Contract Engagement in the Small-Scale Tuna-Fishing Economies of East Java by Dias Satria & Elton Li
  • Governing the Palm-Oil Sector through Finance: The Changing Roles of the Indonesian State by Eusebius Pantja Pramudya, Otto Hospes & C. J. A. M. Termeer
  • Do Parents Invest Less in Worse-Performing Children? Evidence from the Asian Financial Crisis by Magda Tsaneva

Book Reviews

  • Anne Booth, Economic Change in Modern Indonesia: Colonial and Post-colonial Comparisons by Siddharth Chandra
  • Simon Butt, The Constitutional Court and Democracy in Indonesia by Bivitri Susanti
  • Birgit Bräuchler, The Cultural Dimension of Peace: Decentralization and Reconciliation in Indonesia by Richard Chauvel
  • Pim de Zwart, Globalization and the Colonial Origins of the Great Divergence: Intercontinental Trade and Living Standards in the Dutch East India Company’s Commercial Empire, c. 1600–1800 by Anne Booth
  • Kurniawati Astuti Dewi, Indonesian Women and Local Politics: Islam, Gender and Networks in Post-Suharto Indonesia by Ani Soetjipto

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Call for proposals : Digital humanities Asia

Call for proposals : Digital humanities Asia : Harnessing Digital Technologies to Advance the Study of the Non-Western World, 26-29 April 2018, Stanford University

Deadline : 15 July 2017

Over the past decade, a powerful new suite of spatial, textual, and social network analysis tools – broadly understood as the Digital Humanities – has begun to reshape the methods that we as Humanists and Social Scientists bring to bear on our questions, and indeed the very questions we ask. Looking out over the terrain of Digital Humanities (DH) initiatives, the vista is a marvelous and dynamically changing one. At Stanford University alone, one can point to award-winning programs such as the Mapping the Republic of Letters project, myriad initiatives based at the Stanford Literary Lab, the Kindred Britain project, and the ORBIS Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, to cite only a handful of examples. When we extend our view across the United States and worldwide, the roster of DH initiatives becomes ever more compelling and exciting.

At the same time, an impartial view of Digital Humanities scholarship in the present day reveals a stark divide between “the West and the rest.” With notable exceptions, such as the Markus platform, CText, the China Biographical Database Project, the Digital Islamic Humanities Project, and others, far fewer large-scale DH initiatives have focused on Asia and the Non-Western world than on Western Europe and the Americas.

This divide runs very deep, and is not primarily a question of scholarly interest or orientation. The “Asia deficit” within Digital Humanities is in no small part the outcome of more entrenched divides within the platforms and digital tools that form the foundation of DH itself. Digital databases and text corpora – the “raw material” of text mining and computational text analysis – are far more abundant for English and other Latin alphabetic scripts than they are for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, and other Non-Latin orthographies. This deficit, in turn, derives in large part from the widespread unavailability of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) platforms, text parsers, and tokenizers capable of handling and processing Non-Latin scripts – not in any way due to the paucity of primary source materials. As a result, when we look at DH in Western Europe and the Americas, we find a vibrant intellectual environment in which even college and university undergraduates – let alone more advanced researchers – can download off-the-shelf analytical platforms and data corpora, and venture into new and cutting-edge research questions; while, in the context of Asian Studies, we find an environment in which many of the most basic elements of DH research remain underdeveloped or non-existent.

The objective of this multi-day conference is to advance a new era in Non-Western Digital Humanities by bringing together leading and emerging scholars of East, South, Southeast, and Inner-Central Asia working in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Engineering.

With support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and multiple departments, centers, and divisions at Stanford University, the conference will focus on four (4) areas of research that represent both the core of DH as a whole, as well as areas in which Asian Studies scholars have been underserved and under-resourced: (1) the Spatial Analysis of Asian Human Geographies, (2) Text Mining and Computational Analysis of Asian & Non-Latin Scripts, (3) Network Analysis of Non-Western social formations, and (4) the development of Digital Humanities tools and platforms designed for the unique challenges of Asian Studies scholarship.

DHAsia is seeking paper proposals for its 2018 Summit Meeting focused on East, South, Southeast, and Inner/Central Asia.

Material should be submitted via email/attachments to Tom Mullaney : with the subject heading “DHASIA 2018 APPLICATION”.

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Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore

Chua Beng Huat, Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore, NUS Press, 2017

In Liberalism Disavowed, Chua Beng Huat examines the rejection of Western-style liberalism in Singapore and the way the People’s Action Party has forged an independent non-Western ideology.

This book explains the evolution of this communitarian ideology, with focus on three areas: public housing, multiracialism and state capitalism, each of which poses different challenges to liberal approaches. With the passing of the first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew and the end of the Cold War, the party is facing greater challenges from an educated populace that demands greater voice. This has led to liberalization of the cultural sphere, greater responsiveness and shifts in political rhetoric, but all without disrupting the continuing hegemony of the PAP in government.

Table of contents

Chapter 1     Contextualizing Singapore: Antipathy to Liberalism
Chapter 2     Singapore State Formation in the Cold War Era
Chapter 3     Liberalism Disavowed
Chapter 4     Disrupting Private Property Rights: National Public Housing Program
Chapter 5     Disrupting Free Market: State Capitalism and Social Distribution
Chapter 6     Governing Race: State Multiracialism and Social Stability
Chapter 7     Cultural Liberalization without Liberalism
Conclusion  An Enduring System

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The Anniversary of a Massacre and the Death of a Monarch

The Anniversary of a Massacre and the Death of a Monarch by Tyrell Haberkorn in The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 76, n° 2 (mai 2017)

As part of this year’s anniversary of the October 6, 1976, massacre at Thammasat University, an outdoor exhibit of photographs of the violence and the three preceding years of student and other social movements was displayed upon the very soccer field in the center of campus where students were beaten, shot, lynched, and murdered forty years prior. Several of the photographs were printed on large sheets of acrylic and positioned such that the images of the buildings in the photographs were aligned with the actual buildings, which remain largely unchanged. The most striking of these was a photograph of hundreds of students stripped to the waist who were lying face down on the soccer field prior to being arrested and taken away. At the edge of the image was the top of the university’s iconic dome building, which lined up with the existing building. The organizers explained that their intention was “to reflect a perspective on the past through the eyes of people in the present in order to show the cruelty of humans to one another.” The proximity generated by the image was underlined by the fact that the fortieth anniversary of the massacre and coup in 1976 that led to twelve years of dictatorship was taking place under yet another dictatorship, that of a military junta calling itself the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which seized power on May 22, 2014, in the twelfth coup since the end of the absolute monarchy on June 24, 1932. Suchada Chakphisut, founding editor of Sarakadee magazine and Thai Civil Rights and Investigative Journalism, who was a first-year Thammasat student during the massacre, began her autobiographical account of the day, written for the anniversary this year, by writing: “We meet every year when 6 October comes around, and with it an inexplicable sadness always takes hold of my psyche. It has grown even more devastating since the 22 May 2014 coup, in which we must face the news of the arrest and detention of activists and those who oppose dictatorship.” This was not a commemoration after dictatorship such as those of the same era held in Argentina or Chile during recent years of democratization, but memories of dictatorship in situ.

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A Lexicon of Repression in Thailand

A Lexicon of Repression in Thailand by Tyrell Haberkorn, 14/06/2017, AsiaNow (AAS blog)

In an essay for the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Asian Studies (“The Anniversary of a Massacre and the Death of a Monarch,” currently free to download), I reflect on the fortieth anniversary of the 6 October 1976 massacre, when state and para-state forces brutally murdered unarmed students at Thammasat University in Bangkok. Unresolved questions about the possible role of the institution of the monarchy in the massacre have been a primary factor both ensuring impunity for the perpetrators and constricting public discussion about the massacre. The anniversary events, held under the military regime of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and marked by calls for recognition of the humanity of those killed, directly challenged the ongoing impunity of the perpetrators of the massacre. One week after the anniversary, Rama IX, Bhumipol Adulyadej, died and the crown prince, Maha Vajiralongkorn, was named his successor as Rama X.

One of the primary features of the NCPO’s regime has been a sharp spike in prosecution of alleged cases of lèse-majesté, the very accusation used to catalyze the 6 October 1976 massacre. Rightists alleged that the students had staged a mock hanging of the crown prince. My JAS essay on the fortieth anniversary ends with what was then an open question about how the use of the accusation of lèse-majesté may or may not change during the reign of Rama X.

As another anniversary passes, the question is now a markedly less open one. On 22 May 2017, the third anniversary of the coup by the NCPO passed in Thailand. After three years of military rule and the naming of Maha Vajiralongkorn as Rama X, there are no signs of a return to democracy or a letup in the use of the accusation of lèse-majesté to quash dissent anytime soon.

The third anniversary of the 22 May 2014 coup by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) passed as the vast majority of nearly 70 million Thais went to work and school as usual and the several million tourists who visit each month continued to flow across the borders into the country. But the veneer of daily life hides the quiet battle taking place between the NCPO and those who want to see a return to democracy. Rather than the streets that figured in previous anniversary protests, the very lexicon used to describe the NCPO’s rule is the new terrain of struggle. The NCPO would like to erase the keyword most central to its existence: “coup.”

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Vintage Photographs Capture the Beauty of Classical Dance – Avec les danseuses royales du Cambodge

Photos of Khmer classical dancers printed on canvas are exhibited at the Institut Francais. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Vintage Photographs Capture the Beauty of Classical Dance by Michelle Vachon, 15/06/2017, The Cambodia Daily

When George Groslier first approached Nou Nam in March 1927 with the idea of photographing her while she performed Khmer classical dance, she refused. “People no longer know how to dance, she told me with disdain,” he later wrote.

A few minutes later, the dancer—a favorite of both King Norodom and King Sisowath—relented.

Then in her 50s, Nou Nam agreed to help the photographer archive Khmer classical dance movements in photographic form.

As he began to capture the former star dancer, George Groslier realized that “the hand stops two centimeters higher than on Wednesday, and the head turns two degrees more than in Nou Nam’s day,” showing how the dance form had evolved.

For Khmer classical dancers whose slightest movements are painstakingly executed, this was profoundly troubling. Master dancers watching Nou Nam became agitated, he wrote.

Capturing these changing styles for posterity was Groslier’s goal. He wanted to provide a historical record for generations to come.

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Exposition :  « Avec les danseuses royales du Cambodge », 15/06/2017 au 07/09/2017, Galerie de l’Institut Français du Cambodge

En 1927, George Groslier, directeur du musée National, entreprend pour conserver la mémoire des postures de danse du ballet royal, un exceptionnel travail de documentation photographique. Longtemps resté à l’écart, le corpus de négatifs sur verre a été récemment catalogué et numérisé. Après leur présentation au Musée National du Cambodge en 2012 puis à New York, Paris et Siem Reap, ces photographies sont exposées à l’Institut Français du Cambodge.

Exposition conçue par le MNC et l’EFEO à Phnom Penh (avec le soutien de l’IFC et de l’UNESCO)

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Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence

Edwin Jürriens, Ross Tapsell (eds), Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 2017

This book places Indonesia at the forefront of the global debate about the impact of “disruptive” digital technologies. Digital technology is fast becoming the core of life, work, culture and identity. Yet, while the number of Indonesians using the internet has followed the upward global trend, some groups — the poor, the elderly, women, the less well-educated, people living in remote communities  — are disadvantaged. This interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading researchers and scholars, as well as e-governance and e-commerce insiders, examines the impact of digitalisation on the media industry, governance, commerce, informal sector employment, education, cybercrime, terrorism, religion, artistic and cultural expression, and much more. It presents groundbreaking analysis of the impact of digitalisation in one of the worlds most diverse, geographically vast nations. In weighing arguments about the opportunities and challenges presented by digitalisation, it puts the very idea of a technological revolution into critical perspective.

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Thailand’s 2010 crackdowns: truth for justice

Thailand’s 2010 crackdowns: truth for justice by Kwanravee Wangudom, 20/06/2017, New Mandala

On the 7th anniversary of the 2010 government crackdown on the Red Shirts, People’s Information Center for the April-May 2010 Crackdowns (PIC) has released an English-language edition of its original 1,398-page long fact-finding report, available for free download.

Truth for Justice, the original fact-finding report of the PIC, was published in Thai in 2012two years after the crackdown on the Red Shirts by the Abhisit Vejjajiva government, which resulted in over 90 deaths and 2,000 injuries. The report came out amidst growing criticisms towards the workings of the two major fact-finding bodies: the government-initiated Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT), headed by Kanit Na Nakorn; and the controversial National Human Rights Commission, chaired by Amara Pongsapich.

The aim of the PIC original fact-finding report is to document what occurred in the crackdown. PIC believes that this is the first step to ending the deeply-entrenched culture of impunity in Thailand.

The English-language edition, consisting of six selected chapters from the original report, with added clarifications, is produced in the hope that it will stimulate a wider global discussion on truth, justice and reconciliation in the deeply-divided Thai society, and perhaps elsewhere.

To access the PIC original fact-finding report (in Thai), click here.

For the English-language edition, please follow this link.

Kwanravee Wangudom is a human rights professional and activist. She is the Editor of the English translation of the report.

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Bornéo : dernière terra incognita ?

Colloque international : Bornéo : dernière terra incognita ? 08/09/2017, salle de cinéma, Musée du Quai Branly

Organisée avec le MUSEC (Museo delle Culture de Lugano), cette journée d’étude s’articule autour de sept interventions qui visent à présenter au public une connaissance de Bornéo, par l’analyse de dynamiques qui sont au centre de l’évolution et de la                                    « réappropriation » de son identité.

L’île de Bornéo a de tout temps été un carrefour humain dynamique malgré l’apparent isolement de ses cultures.  Sa taille et sa situation géographique furent stratégiques pour le processus de peuplement pré-austronésien, austronésien et moderne. On retrouve sur ce vaste territoire forestier tout d’abord des traces de civilisations indienne, chinoise, puis malaise, mêlées à l’expansion austronésienne.

Après l’arrivée des Européens au 18e siècle, s’ensuit une longue tradition d’explorateurs et de collecte d’objets appartenant aux “dayak” – les “habitants de l’intérieur” – dont la présence dans les collections occidentales remonte pour certains au 18e siècle.  Avec les artistes d’avant-garde et l’intérêt porté aux arts dits “primitifs” au 20e siècle, des collections privées se constituent. Les grandes capitales européennes comme Amsterdam, Paris ou Berlin favorisent alors la naissance d’un vaste marché international.

Au cours du 20e siècle, l’île, intégrée politiquement au sein des états malais et indonésien, est marginalisée à l’intérieur de ses frontières. De carrefour des cultures, Bornéo devient une région périphérique d’un monde globalisé. De nos jours, cette marginalisation tend à devenir un atout, car elle peut permettre aux habitants de valoriser une identité forte grâce à la réappropriation de ses spécificités culturelles et historiques.

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The Philippine Journal of Linguistics (PJL) – FINAL Call for Submissions (2017)

The Philippine Journal of Linguistics (PJL) – FINAL Call for Submissions (2017)

The Philippine Journal of Linguistics (PJL) is the refereed journal of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines. It publishes original theoretical and applied research on various areas of linguistics. As such, it welcomes articles that are related but not limited to the following areas of research:

Theories of language development
Language variation
Descriptive linguistics
Language policy
Language planning
Language pedagogy
Language and power

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