“Linguistic archaeology in Timor” by Juliette Huber, 17 Mars 2016, KITLV

HuberTimor 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.


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“Collecting European and Asian Art Objects in 17th- and 18th-Century Batavia”by Michael North, 4 mars 2016, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Berkeley

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.

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“Earliest hominin occupation of Sulawesi, Indonesia” by Van den Berg et al. in Nature 529 (14 janvier 2016)

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!

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Women’s Eyes at All Issues: On Indonesia, 14th Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia, 15-16 avril 2016, accueillie par le Yale Indonesia Forum avec la Cornell Indonesian Association

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?

Date limite d’envoi des abstracts : 14 mars 2016

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Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, no. 19 : numéro special : “Buddhism, Politics, and Modernity in Southeast Asia”, guest editor Justin Thomas McDaniel

19-bannerSommaire :

  • Buddhism, Politics, and Modernity in Southeast Asia by Justin Thomas McDaniel
  • Rethinking “Religion” from the Margins by Yoko Hayami and Tatsuki Takaoka
  • The Curious Case of Buddhist Activism in Singapore by Jack Meng-Tat Chia
  • Buddhist Studies in Vietnam: Some Thoughts on Current and Future Directions by Jordan Baskerville
  • Myanmar: Contesting Conceptual Landscapes in the Politics of Buddhism by Alicia Turner
  • Staging Hinduism in the Bangkok metropolis: Ritual spectacle and religious pluralism in an urban Thai Buddhist milieu by Erick White

Review articles

A lire sur : http://kyotoreview.org/issue-19/buddhism-politics-modernity-southeast-asia/

Journal of Vietnamese Studies, vol. 10, no. 4 (automne 2015)

4.cover-source Sommaire

Research essays

  • “Renegades”: The Story of South Vietnam’s First National Opposition Newspaper, 1955–1958 by Jason A. Picard
  • The Promotion of Confucianism in South Vietnam (1955–1975) and the Role of Nguyễn Đăng Thục as a New Confucian Scholar by Nguyễn Tuấn Cường
  • Vietnamese Literature After War and Renovation : The Extraordinary Everyday by Rebekah Linh Collins

Book reviews

  • China and the First Vietnam War, 1947–54 by Laura M. Calkins
  • It’s a Living: Work and Life in Vietnam Today by Gerard Sasges
  • Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora by Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde

Aséanie, no. 32 (décembre 2013)


  • 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

Dossier épigraphique

  • 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)

Indonesia, no. 100 (octobre 2015)


  • Writing the Past, Writing the Future of Indonesia by Joshua Barker and Eric Tagliacozz
  • Origins of Indonesia and the Sustenance of Its Excellence, 1966–2015 by Benedict R. O’G. Anderson
  • Salute to the Journal Indonesia and Its Fieldworkers by Deborah Homsher
  • Indonesia’s Mid-life Crisis, 1978–1995 by Audrey R. Kahin
  • Many Happy Returns by Ruth McVey
  • Indonesia: A Partial Appraisal by James Siegel


  • Response and Resilience: Aceh’s Trade in the Seventeenth Century by Sher Banu A. L. Khan
  • A Stranger in One’s Own Home: Surveillance, Space, Place, and Emotion during the GAM Conflict in Aceh by Catherine Smith
  • Colonial Exhibition and a Laboratory of Modernity: Hybrid Architecture at Batavia’s Pasar Gambir by Yulia Nurliani Lukito

Review essay

  • Recent Studies on Indonesia Islam: A Sign of Intellectual Exhaustion? By Iqra Anugrah


La revue est en libre accès


BEFEO, no. 100 (2014)

BEFEO_100Sommaire :


  • À propos des origines de la mosquée javanaise par Hélène Njoto
  • La plaine de Vientiane au tournant du second millénaire. Données nouvelles sur l’expansion des espaces khmer et môn anciens au Laos (II) par Michel Lorillard

Dossier – « Corpus des inscriptions khmères » sous la direction de Gerdi Gerschheimer & Dominic Goodall

  • « Que cette demeure de Śrīpati dure sur terre… ». L’inscription préangkorienne K. 1254 du musée d’Angkor Borei par Gerdi Gerschheimer & Dominic Goodall
  • De l’ancienneté de Hariharālaya. Une inscription préangkorienne opportune à Bakong par Christophe Pottier & Dominique Soutif
  • L’inscription K. 237 de Prāsāt Preaḥ Khsaet. Une caturmūrti insolite ? par Julia Estève
  • Inscriptions du Phnom Kulen. Corpus existant et inscriptions inédites, une mise en contexte par Jean-Baptiste Chevance
  • Les estampeurs khmers d’Aymonier et leur production épigraphique connue (K. 1089.1, K. 1089.2, K. 1134, K. 1135, K. 1136 et K. 1137) par Michel Antelme
  • Note sur les inscriptions en cam du pāḷāt’ Tut, estampeur d’Étienne Aymonier par Nicolas Weber


  • Sources historiques et produits locaux : fiscalité, techniques et production du papier dans le sud de l’Anhui par Michela Bussotti


  • Casting for the King: The Royal Palace bronze workshop of Angkor Thom par Martin Polkinghorne, Brice Vincent, Nicolas Thomas & David Bourgarit

Lectures critiques

  • Le « bouddhisme theravāda », cette autre invention de l’Occident par Grégory Kourilsky
  • Ofuda. Images gravées des temples du Japon. Collection Bernard Frank par Iyanaga Nobumi

Comptes rendus


“The Good Day, Bad Day, Every Day Streets of Tavepong Pratoomwong”, 26/05/2015, Invisible Photographer Asia

Image issue du site http://invisiblephotographer.asia/2015/05/26/street-tavepongpratoomwong/

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.