Timor is an island of hybridity. Its people are not only divided by a national frontier, but also by a deeper linguistic divide: in Timor, unlike most other places in eastern Indonesia, speakers of Papuan languages live cheek by jowl with speakers of Austronesian languages. It remains a mystery how this situation came into existence. The conventional understanding of Indonesian prehistory states that Austronesian speakers gradually overwhelmed pre-existing populations of Papuan-speaking hunter-gatherers when they arrived in the region. However, on the basis of anthropological patterns, McWilliam (2007) suggests that the reverse took place in Timor and that Papuan languages arrived on the island after the Austronesian languages.
In this talk, Huber aims to show how linguistics can contribute to our understanding of the (pre-)historic interactions between the Austronesian and Papuan-speaking populations of the island. Huber focuses on the eastern tip of East Timor, where three of the island’s four Papuan languages are clustered, and report on ongoing research using two types of linguistic evidence, namely a) a study of place name etymologies, and b) a linguistic reconstruction of proto-Eastern Timor, the ancestor of the three Papuan languages spoken there today.
The visual documents of the Dutch presence in Southeast Asia have not been much studied, although the Dutch East India Company (VOC) has long attracted the attention of scholarship. Important publications have also appeared on the trade, shipping, institutional organization, and administration of the VOC. Much has also been learned about the VOC and Dutch colonial societies. In contrast, the role of the VOC in cultural history and especially in the history of visual and material culture has not yet attracted comparable interest.
This talk will focus therefore on the role and function of art in Batavia, one of the settlements and factories of the Dutch East India Company in Asia. It will demonstrate that many varieties existed in the forms of cultural exchange. The collections of the VOC representatives and merchants here were shaped by Dutch standards of taste, but also contained such local artistic production as Moorish drawings, Chinese pictures and Japanese lacquer works. By including Chinese and indigenous households in Southeast Asia, the talk will also offer insights into the mediating processes between the different ethnicities and cultures in the settlement.
Earliest occupation of Sulawesi, Indonesia, pushed back to between 200-100 kya! Van den Bergh et al. (http://bit.ly/1J3ij1c) report in Nature new dates and stone tools excavated from Talepu. The hominin species who discarded these tools remains unknown, but this exciting discovery revises our understanding of hominin occupation, migration and expansion out of Africa and into mainland and island Southeast Asia!
The organizing committee is seeking proposals that will critically engage with the following questions: What is the role of gender in the modern history of Indonesia? How have Indonesian women contributed to Indonesia’s development over the past seven decades (for example, What do we know about Indonesian Women’s Congress in 1928 and Indonesian women’s movements and their roles in Indonesia and Southeast Asia at large)? To what extent have their contributions been recognized or obscured? How do external or international actors imagine and represent the role of Indonesian women in society? How has gender been constructed historically? How might we interrogate the taken for granted representations of women in Indonesia? How do gender, power, traditions intersect? How has form of femaleness power been controlled or managed? How do women learn/exercise agency in negotiating laws and resisting various authorities? What are the challenges in conducting research on women/gender studies and what new methodologies are available/can be developed through these challenges?
Pœng Tbal et Pœng Eisei, ermitages angkoriens méconnus du Phnom Kulen par Jean-Baptiste Chevance
La littérature des « avantages » (ānisaṅs) dans les bibliothèques monastiques du Cambodge par Olivier de Bernon
Les rituels accompagnant les prédications dans le bouddhisme traditionnel des Khmers par Kun Sopheap(traduit du khmer par Olivier de Bernon)
Marionnettes i-pok et marionnettes kabong. Création et tradition dans l’art des marionnettes au Laos par Véronique de Lavenère
From ‘Ghosts’ to ‘Hill Tribe’ to Thai Citizens. Towards a History of the Mlabri of Northern Thailand par Shu Nimonjiya
Studies in the Epigraphy of Thailand (Part IV) par Peter Skilling and Santi Pakdeekham
Inscriptions from the Ayutthaya, Thonburi, and Ratanakosin Periods (Wat Yothanimit Inscription of Chaophraya Phrakhlang (No. 158), Commemorating the foundation of the town of Chanthaburi and Wat Yothanimit)
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures invites applications for a tenure-track position in Vietnamese culture to begin on July 1, 2017. Candidates with additional expertise in other areas of East or Southeast Asia will be preferred. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2016.
A best of selection of photographs from rising Thai Street Photography talent Tavepong Pratoomwong. A best of selection of photographs from rising Thai Street Photography talent Tavepong Pratoomwong. 34 year old Tavepong is a graduate of Rangsit University and resides in Bangkok. His awards include first place at the Miami Street Photography Festival 2014 competition and first prize in the Street Photography Category at the 2014 EyeEm Awards. Tavepong recently became one of the newest members of the growing Street Photo Thailand Collective. More from Tavepong on his Flickr Page.