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The Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University announces its inaugural graduate student history conference to be held on October 19, 2013. The conference aims to establish a forum at Yale dedicated to the exchange of graduate-level historical work that spans Southeast Asia.

In recent years, historians of Southeast Asia have renewed attention to the dynamic and fluid nature of the region, engaging with historical movements that extend beyond the national frame. Contesting the rigid interpretation of societies and states as self-contained entities, this interest in transnational and cross-border issues has provided a critical Southeast Asian perspective to international and global history. In turn, recent scholarship in the areas of migration, diasporas, culture, language, law, commerce, technology, security, and diplomacy have helped illuminate local histories within the region.

This one-day conference will bring together current graduate researchers to identify common questions, current challenges, and new approaches to the history of Southeast Asia. Papers from all time periods and across all of Southeast Asia were solicited. Papers exploring transnational themes and methodologies have been especially encouraged.


CONFERENCE PROGRAM



8:30 Continental Breakfast and Check-in
   
9:00 Panel 1- RELIGION AND AUTHENTICITY
  Discussant: Professor Carol Carpenter, Yale University
   
  The Anatomy of a "False" Conversion
  Kevin Ko, Yale University
   
  A Domestication of Saints?: The History of the Wali Sanga Discourse in Java
  Verena Meyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
   
  The Invention of "Religion" and the Rise of the Colonial State: The Role of the Majlis Ugama Islam dan Adat Istiadat melayu Kelantan (MAIK), 1900-1915
  Khaldun Malek, University of Cambridge
   
10:30 Panel 2 - MOBILIZED INTELLECTUALS
  Discussant: Professor Erik Harms, Yale University
   
  A Modernist Madrasah in Hyde Park? Encounters Between the University of Chicago and Indonesian Islamic Intellectuals
  Megan Abbas, Princeton University
   
  Imagining a Cosmopolitan Moment within Siamese Absolutism: The Case of Khana Suphapburut's Members
  Thiti Jamkajornkeiat, University of California, Berkeley
   
  A Vietnamese Case Study of Southeast Asian Pan-Asianism: The Political Philosophy and Resistance Movement of Phan Boi Chau
  Nicole CuUnjieng, Yale University
   
12:00 Lunch Buffet
KEYNOTE TALK
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Yale University
   
   
1:30 Panel 3 - STATE FORMATION AND EMPIRE
  Discussant: Professor Bradley Davis, Eastern Connecticut State University
   
  Frontiers of Meaning: Discourses around Legality in 19th Century British Burma and Siam
  Meghna Chaudhuri, New York University
   
  Empires without States: Malayu Imaginings of Rum and the Early Modern Ottoman Empire
  Faizah Zakaria, Yale University
   
  North Vietnamese Statehood and Diplomacy in the Interwar Period 1954-1959
  Cindy Ewing, Yale University
   
3:00 Panel 4 - TRADE AND EXCHANGE
  Discussant: Professor James C. Scott, Yale University
   
  Monsoon Marketplace: Spatial and Visual Histories of Consumer Capitalism and Urban Modernity in Manila and Singapore
  Elmo Gonzaga, University of California, Berkeley
   
  Coding the Historic City: Codes, Zoning, and the Selective Reconstruction of Old Bangkok
  Napong Rugkhapan, University of Michigan
   
  Chinese-Malay Collaboration in Early Malacca
  ShawnaKim Lowey-Ball, Yale University
   
4:30 Reception
   
   

Conference Co-Coordinators: Nicole CuUnjieng, Cindy Ewing and Michelle Grisé
Department of History, Yale University
Please contact the organizers at seahistoryconference@gmail.com with any questions