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Southeast Asia Discussion Series: Enclave Urbanism and Transnational Zones in Southeast Asia
On 28th January 2020, Dr. Jana M. Kleibert ( Junior Research Leader, Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space and Humboldt University of Berlin) will be speaking on enclave urbanism and transnational zones in Southeast Asia. Further details will be announced in due course.
Public Lecture: Less Poverty, More Precarity: Squaring the Circle of Southeast Asian Development
On 30th January 2020, Professor Jonathan Rigg (Chair in Human Geography at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol) will hold a public lecture on the different, but intertwined, narratives that paint Southeast Asia as exemplar of development success and deepening inequality. Further details will be announced in due course.
From colonial and to postcolonial urban development in Southeast Asia: For a postcolonial understanding of global urbanism
On 4th February 2020, SEAC will host a workshop Chaired by Dr Do Young Oh, which aims to promote a better understanding of colonial Southeast Asian cities while seeking an opportunity to locate them in contemporary urban studies. While there have been ongoing attempts to produce urban theories from the non-Western contexts influenced by postcolonial thinkers such as Gayatri Spivak to Achille Mbembe, studies on Southeast Asian cities have been relatively rare to contribute such efforts.
Film Screening: LSE Festival 2020
In March 2020, as part of the LSE Festival 2020, SEAC will be screening short films by Southeast Asian directors relating to contemporary social issues in the region. Further details will be announced in due course.
Southeast Asia Discussion Series: Theorising the City in and from Southeast Asia
On 5th March 2020, Dr. Rita Padawangi (Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences) will be speaking on theorising cities and urbanisation in and from Southeast Asia. Further details will be announced in due course.
ECR Network Event: Academic Freedom and Southeast Asia
On 12th March 2020, SEAC will be hosting a roundtable panel discussion on academic freedom and what it means for research on and in the Southeast Asia region. Further details will be announced in due course.
Southeast Asia Discussion Series: Public space transformations in Ho Chi Minh City
On 19th March 2019, Dr. Annette M. Kim (Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California) will be speaking on public space transformations in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Further details will be announced in due course.
SEAC Research Masterclass: Spatial ethnography and critical cartography
On 20th March 2019, Dr. Annette M. Kim (Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California) will follow up her talk the previous day on Ho Chi Minh City by undertaking a research masterclass for PhD students and Early Career researchers on conducting spatial ethnography and critical cartography. Further details will be announced in due course.
Southeast Asia Discussion Series: The Emo-Scapes of Indonesian and Malaysian State Discourses on Migrant Domestic Workers
On 12th May 2020, Dr. Shanthi Thambiah (Associate Professor, University of Malaya) will be speaking on the inter-connectedness between Indonesia and Malaysia on the issue of migrant domestic workers. Further details will be announced in due course.
Southeast Asia Discussion Series: Impacts of accelerated urbanisation in Yangon, Myanmar
On 28th May 2020, Dr Marion Sabrié will giving a talk on recent developments in Yangon’s urbanisation processes, as well as their impacts on the city’s inhabitants. Further details will be announced in due course.
SEAC ECR Network Workshop: Surviving in (Neoliberal) Universities
On 2nd June 2020, SEAC will host a workshop offering some practical advice on dealing with the evolving university work environment in the 21st Century. Further details will be announced in due course.
Southeast Asia Discussion Series with special film screening
On 16th June 2020, SEAC will host a film screening of "Rohingya Lives Matter" by Sanchita Islam, followed by a panel discussion. Further details will be announced in due course.
Book Launch: "Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia"
On 3rd December 2019, SEAC, along with the Department of Geography and Environment, co-hosted the book launch for the 2019 book “Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia”. The event was chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, and Co-Editor Dr. Yi Ling Chen (Assistant Professor of Global and Area Studies and Geography, University of Colorado Boulder) and other contributors presented their insights on Vietnam, Taiwan and Korea. Further details can be found here.
SEAC Masterclass: Research as part of democratization and urban transformation
On 2nd December 2019, SEAc hosted its second research masterclass of the academic year with Dr Yi-Ling Chen (University of Wyoming), who gave insights and advice to students on conducting academic research in collaboration with civil society and activist organisations. Further details can be found here.
Public Lecture: Who is the Middle Class, and what are they up to? Reflections from Jakarta
On 28th November 2019, Professor AbdouMaliq Simone (Senior Professorial Fellow, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield and Honorary Professor of Urban Studies, University of Cape Town) spoke on the making of an urban middle class across Southeast Asia. Further details can be found here.
SEAC Masterclass: Researching Digital Media
On 25th November 2019, SEAC hosted its first research masterclass of the year led by SEAC Senior Visiting Fellow Dr Merlyna Lim (Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society, Carleton University) and Chaired by Dr Bingchun Meng (Associate Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Media and Communications, LSE), on the topic of researching digital media. Further details can be found here.
Southeast Asia Discussion Series: Civil society elites and Cambodian civil society today
On 21st November 2019, Dr. Astrid Norén-Nilsson (Associate Senior Lecturer at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University) spoke on processes of elite formation within Cambodian civil society today as well as patterns of interaction between civil society elites and other elites, building on ongoing research for a comparative project on civil society elites in Cambodia and Indonesia. Further details can be found here.
Southeast Asia Discussion Series: Social Media and Politics in Southeast Asia (P)
On 7th November 2019, SEAC hosted a talk on social media and politics in Southeast Asia. The guest speaker was Dr Merlyna Lim (Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society, Carleton University and Senior Visiting Fellow, SEAC), and the event was chaired by SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin.
LSE Southest Asia Forum 2019
On 29th October, SEAC hosted its annual flagship event in the LSE Shaw Library, which on the key research themes of SEAC while engaging with contemporary affairs in Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia Discussion Series: Land sharing experiences in Thailand and Cambodia: What lessons for land and housing policy for the urban poor? (P)
On 17th October 2019, SEAC hosted the first Southeast Asia Discussion Series seminar of the academic year, with guest speaker Dr. Paul Rabé (Senior Expert, Urban Land Governance, IHS and coordinator of the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA), International Institute for Asian Studies) who spoke on the topic of land sharing in Cambodia and Thailand. The event was chaired by SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin. This event is available to listen to as a podcast.
South-South itineraries: alternative routes for mutual learning between Latin America and Southeast Asia (P)
On 1st October 2019, SEAC hosted an ECR Network Event as part of Decolonising the LSE Week, bringing together scholars from Latin America and Southeast Asia whose research is rooted in such effort of theorizing “from the South”, addressing the structural power inequalities of knowledge production that tend to exclude the contributions produced by scholars working "in the South", which are often ignored or lost in translation. The event was chaired by SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin. This event is available to listen to as a podcast.
Southeast Asia Discussion Series: Post-Election Thailand: Reflections and Looking Forward
On 11th July 2019, SEAC will host a Southeast Asia Discussion Series (SEADS) event, with guest speakers Dr Petra Desatova (School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds), Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (Future Forward Party), Prof. Duncan McCargo (Director, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies) and Ms Pannika Wanich (Future Forward Party), to discuss recent developments since the Thai General Election. Prof. Tim Forsyth (Department of International Development, LSE) will Chair.
SEAC Workshop: Urban Spectre of Global China
On 19th June 2019, SEAC is hosting a kick-off workshop for SEAC's new British Academy research project entitled, "The Urban Spectre of Global China: Mechanisms, Consequences, and Alternatives for Urban Futures". More details including a link to register your attendance can be found here.
Southeast Asia Discussion Series: The Red River Development Project in Hanoi, Vietnam
On 6th June 2019, SEAC hosted a SEADS seminar chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, led by LSE-Southeast Asia ECR Network member Ms Sujee Jung (PhD Candidate, Rutgers University) who spoke about her field research on the Red River development project in Hanoi. Dr Catalina Ortiz (Lecturer in Building and Urban Design in Development, UCL) was Discussant for the event.
More information can be found here.
LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network Workshop on academic publishing
On 22nd May 2019, SEAC hosted a workshop for LSE-Southeast Asia ECR Network members on the subject of academic publishing, chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin. The workshop combined practical advice with personal experiences, covering everything from evaluating outlets and choosing the right one for you, avoiding common pitfalls, deciding on solo versus collaborate publications, career considerations and more.
On Monday 25th March, SEAC hosted its second ‘Cove Session’ discussion of 2019, with guest Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Kyoto), to discuss this weekend’s long-awaited Thai general election.
REDD+ AS AN AREA-BASED POLICY: Evidence from the 2011 Moratorium on oil palm, timber and logging concessions in Indonesia
On 19th March, Prof. Ben Groom (Professor of Environment and Development Economics, LSE ), Dr Charles Palmer (Associate Professor of Environment and Development, LSE) and Mr Lorenzo Sileci (PhD candidate in Environmental Economics,, LSE) presened early results from their recent SEAC Research Fund project on the environmental impacts of the Palm Oil Concession Moratorium in Indonesia.
More information here.
Qin Shao, Professor of History at the College of New Jersey, shared her expertise on urban research in relation to violent contexts, particularly in relation to the threat of state violence, for LSE postgraduate students. Prof. Shao's research interests include property rights, historical preservation, domicide, displacement, mental health, dignity, sustainability, and grass-roots movements. She is working on a new project about the impact of politically motivated displacement under Mao.
Coinciding with the US-North Korea Summit taking place in Hanoi on 27-28 February, the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre hosted a Cove Session discussion on the implications of Korean reconciliation on geopolitics.
SEAC, with the support of Urban Salon, hosted a roundtable workshop on displacement in Southeast Asia and beyond, on 28th February at LSE. Speakers: Katherine Brickell (RHUL), Lisa Tilley (Birkbeck), Jordana Ramalho (LSE), Qin Shao (College of New Jersey), Oren Yiftachel (Ben-Gurion), Loretta Lees (Leicester).
The first of SEAC’s 2019 Southeast Asia Discussion Series (SEADS) welcomed Dr Hans Steinmüller, who spoke about his recent research on the ethno-nationalist projects of rebel groups in Highland Burma. In a new event format for SEAC, Dr Steinmüller’s talk was complemented by a Discussant, Dr Patrick Meehan, who offered reflections and constructive comments on the talk, while the audience benefited from the insights of both discussant and speaker as they engaged further in the post-talk debate.
The first networking event of the SEAC-led Early Career Researcher Network was held at LSE on 13th February 2019. The event incorporatd talks from researchers on the topic, "What does Southeast Asia mean for my research?" followed by a networking reception for participants to get to know each other. In addition to 25 ECR participants representing over a dozen nationalities and 10 different higher education institutions, the event featured talks from Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, SEAC Director, Prof. Sylvia Chant (LSE, Geography & Environment) and Prof. Tim Forsyth (LSE, International Development).
LSE Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) (P)
The conference had of four expert panels that examined a range of prevalent issues facing Southeast Asia. The Keynote Lecture addressed Singapore's priorities as ASEAN Chair in 2018 and was given by Her Excellency Ms Foo Chi Hsia (High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to the United Kingdom).
The Ambon Jihad
SEAC Associate Dr Kirsten Schulze looks at the Ambon jihad fought in the context of the Ambon conflict in Indonesia from 1999-2005.
Armed Groups, State and Society in Myanmar (P)
Based on years of extensive field work in the border areas of Myanmar, panellists discussed the dynamics of armed politics, social orders and state formation in light of the country's peace process and wider transition.
This event was hosted in collaboration with the LSE Global South Unit.
LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2017
The day included a keynote lecture by H.E. Antonio M. Lagdameo, the Ambassador of the Philippines to the UK, and four expert panels that examined a range of prevalent issues that have affected the region since the establishment of ASEAN 50 years ago, including the AEC, foreign and domestic policy, and human rights agendas.
Myanmar's NLD-led Government: one year on (P)
Dr Khin Mar Mar Kyi, Dr David Brenner and Prof Marie Lall discuss to what extent has Daw Aung San Suu Kyi been able to make headway on major issues and key challenges the country has faced, one year after Myanmar's landslide election.
Who Developed Vietnam? The Role of International Donors (P)
Although substantial development challenges remain, Vietnam’s achievements are remarkable. Prof Jörn Dosch asks: is Vietnam’s rapid development a success story of development cooperation or rather the result of domestic reforms?
The Future of the US ‘Asia Pivot’
The key question is whether the next US president will make Asia a priority and how the region will react to it. Dr Evan Medeiros discusses this and other issues at a critical time for the Asia-Pacific.
Duterte’s Bloody Democracy in the Philippines (P)
Prof Mark R Thompson looks at why Duterte won the recent presidential election and has “stuck to his guns” in waging a violent war on drugs and explores its implications for the future of democracy in the Philippines and beyond.
LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2016 (P)
The day included two keynote lectures and four expert panels on topics including: ASEAN Security, religion in Southeast Asia, inclusion and exclusion in Southeast Asia, and a panel by the LSE SU ASEAN Society.
Rebranding ASEAN as a New Global Player (P)
ASEAN has never been able to realize its full political and economic potential. Khun Abhisit Vejjajiva asks: what are the main impediments holding ASEAN back? Can ASEAN play a role in re-shaping a new regional order in the Asia-Pacific region?
How Did Aung San Suu Kyi Win So Big? (P)
Peter Popham showcases his latest book The Lady and the General and seeks to identify the secrets of Aung San Suu Kyi's phenomenal achievements as a woman in a highly macho political culture.
New Attitudes to Peacekeeping Operations in ASEAN
Despite the region’s enormous diversity, almost all of ASEAN’s members are showing a greater interest in supporting peacekeeping operations. Dr David Capie explores evolving attitudes towards peacekeeping among Southeast Asian states.
LSE Asia Forum in Singapore
On Saturday 28th November, as part of the 120th anniversary celebrations, LSE held its Asia Forum in Singapore. The event, within the new series of regional LSE Global Forums, celebrated the achievements of the School and its alumni.
Monks and Politics in Theravada Southeast Asia
Dr Matthew Walton argues that, while the issue of monastic engagement with politics will remain an essentially contested question, examining monks’ arguments in particular contexts can reveal changing dynamics in the institution of the sangha.
Myanmar on the Brink (P)
Mark Canning, Dr Jurgen Haacke and Shibani Mahtani discuss the outcome of those general elections and how Myanmar will achieve economic success comparable to those of its ASEAN neighbours.
Malaysia: Fighting Religious Extremism
Dato Noor Farida Ariffin, former Malaysian Ambassador to the Netherlands, expresses the grave concerns over religious bodies asserting authority beyond their jurisdiction; and various fatwa which violate the Federal Constitution.
Dealing with China (P)
Henry M. Paulson Jr. talks about his new book, Dealing with China, which takes readers behind closed doors to the future of China's state-controlled capitalism, in conversation with Lionel Barber.
Malaysia: Healing the Nation
What is the “Malaysian nation” – and what is the state of its health? In this lecture Tunku 'Abidin Muhriz considers the competing versions of the Malaysian nation, and the resultant divergent prognoses and calls to action.
Post-Coup Thailand: Anxiety over the Royal Succession
Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun discusses the unlikeliness of stabilising Thai politics, as voters become alienated in the political process à la Prayuth, and large-scale violent protests are seen as unavoidable in order to restore democracy.
LSE Literary Festival 2015 - Southeast Asia Panel (P)
This year ASEAN becomes an integrated economic community. Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Nickson Fong and Yang-May Ooi ask: what is the culture that sits comfortably with Southeast Asia's place in the global economy?
Hong Kong: The Struggle at the End of History (P)
Prof Danny Quah, Prof Conor Gearty, Isabella Steger and Raymond Li discuss how the Umbrella Revolution has re-ignited a worldwide debate on democracy in particular, and a battle over success in economic and political governance.
AEC 2015: A Perspective from Business (P)
How will AEC change political and economic landscape of the region? Will it be sustainable? These are some of the questions addressed by Nazir Razak, Chairman of CIMB Group, a leading ASEAN Banking Group.