Southeast Asia

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Titles of Talks, Abstracts and Speaker Bios





In 1928, Indonesian nationalist students pledged, among other things, satu bahasa, meaning "one language." This aspiration for a unifying language has been balanced in the intervening decades with the reality of a multilingual archipelago and a complex linguistic heritage in various sectors of the population. The 2012 Yale Indonesia Forum spring workshop seeks to explore the interactions, identities, and implications of the many languages of the Indonesian world from several different disciplinary perspectives. How do speakers' various orientations to linguistic structure and use both reflect and shape broader cultural and socio-political dynamics in Indonesia? How do languages influence one another? How does the use of language influence its speakers? How do speakers change their languages, and the national language of Indonesia, to reflect their own ideologies?

The conference will begin on Friday night with an opening reception and a panel of current Yale graduate students presenting their own original research. On Saturday the program will feature six scholars presenting on the cutting edge of language research in the fields of anthropology, literature, linguistics, and history.

Preliminary Schedule:
Friday, March 30
51 Hillhouse Avenue
6:00 P.M. Reception
6:45 Welcome from the Council on Southeast Asia Studies
7:00-9:00 YIF Graduate Student Panel
  Emily Gasser, Linguistics
  Andrew Carruthers, Anthropology
  Kevin Fogg, History
  E-Ching Ng, Linguistics
  Respondent: Cheow Thia Chan, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Saturday, March 31
10 Sachem Street
9:30 Breakfast
10:30 Panel 1: History and Literature
  Nancy Florida (Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan)
  Annette Damayanti Lienau (Literature, University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
  Respondent: Kevin Fogg
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Panel 2: Anthropology
  Joel Kuipers (Anthropology, George Washington University)
  Nancy Smith-Hefner (Anthropology, Boston University)
  Respondent: Andrew Carruthers
3:00 Coffee Break
3:15 Panel 3: Linguistics
  James T. Collins (Foreign Languages and Literatures, Northern Illinois University)
  Scott Paauw (Linguistics, University of Rochester)
  Yusuf Sawaki (Linguistics, Center for Endangered Languages Documentation - Unipa)
  Respondent: Emily Gasser
5:30 Concluding Remarks, J. Joseph Errington (Anthropology, Yale University)
5:45 Open Discussion
6:15 Dinner
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Sponsored by the
Council on Southeast Asia Studies
Department of Anthropology and Department of Linguistics,
Yale University
Conference Co-Coordinators: Andrew Michael Carruthers; Emily Gasser; Kevin Fogg

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