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SEAC to welcome Visiting Senior Fellow, Dr Merlyna Lim
SEAC is pleased to announce that Dr Merlyna Lim, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society, Carleton University, will be joining the Centre as Visiting Senior Fellow from 21st October – 1st December 2019. Dr Lim’s research will focus on social media and politics in Southeast Asia.
SEAC Director presents lecture on enclave urbanism in Vietnam at National University of Singapore
On 12th September 2019, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin gave a talk at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, entitled “Urbanisation of (East Asian) Capital, and the Rise of Enclave Urbanism in Vietnam”.
Upcoming SEAC Event for ‘Decolonise the LSE’ Week: South-South itineraries: alternative routes for mutual learning between Latin America and Southeast Asia
On 1st October, as part of #DecolonisingLSE Week, SEAC is hosting an event chaired by SEAC Director Hyun Bang Shin exploring mutual learning opportunities between Latin America and Southeast Asia.
LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2019
The 2019 LSE Southeast Asia Forum, SEAC's flagship annual conference, will take place in the beautiful LSE Shaw Library on 29th October. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
SEAC 2018/19 Annual Report published
SEAC's latest Annual Report is now available to view online.
SEAC appoints new Graduate Intern for Communications and Events
We are pleased to announce that Margherita Scalisi has joined the Centre as Graduate Intern, Communications and Events from 2nd September 2019.
SEAC awarded LSE Kuwait Programme Research Grant
SEAC has been awarded a research grant from the LSE Middle East Centre's Kuwait Programme, to kick-start a new project that comparatively examines smart urbanism and new city construction in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. More information can be found here.
SEAC Director speaks at ICAS 11 conference at the University of Leiden
Between 16-19 July, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin spoke at the 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars held at the University of Leiden. This included acting as Chair of the "Neighbourhoods and Cities in Asia I: External Links" session, and as panellist for the Academic Freedom Space session entitled, "Southeast and East Asia: What Room for Free Discussion?".
Southeat Asia Discussion Series: Post-Election Thailand
On 11th July, SEAC hosted a packed-theatre discussion panel, "Post-Election Thailand: Reflections and Looking Forward", with speakers Dr Petra Desatova (University of Leeds), Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (Future Forward Party), Prof. Duncan McCargo (University of Copenhagen) and Ms Pannika Wanich (Future Forward Party).
Article on child statelessness in East Malaysian state of Sabah published by Dr Catherine Allerton
Dr Catherine Allerton (Department of Anthropology, LSE) has published an article entitled, "Paradoxes in Child Statelessness in Sabah" in Allegra Lab.
SEAC Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant awardees
Congratulations to the 2018/19 awardees for SEAC's new LSE Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant scheme:
- Tiffany Bennett | MSc Development Management | Field site: Cambodia
- Lazarus Chok | BA Geography | Field site: Singapore
- Ming Kit Lim | MSc Public Administration and Government | Field site: Singapore
- Rio Grace Otara | MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation | Field site: Philippines
- Katie Parkinson | MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies | Field site: Thailand
SEAC welcomes urban scholar from Saitama University
On 26th June, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with Dr Tamaki Endo, Associate Professor in Asian Economy and Thai Studies at Saitama University, to discuss future collaborations.
SEAC supports re-launch of LSE Field Research Methods Lab
SEAC has helped re-launch and re-design the LSE Field Research Methods Lab, an LSE Blog platform for researchers to share experiences of hands-on field research. The SEAC-supported platform is to be one of the main media outlets for disseminating field research experiences, and is now live and accepting contributions from both established and early career researchers.
SEAC Kickoff Workshop: "The Urban Spectre of Global China"
On 19th June, SEAC hosted a workshop, chaired by Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, for the Centre's new British Academy-funded project entitled, ""The Urban Spectre of Global China: Mechanisms, Consequences, and Alternatives for Urban Futures". The workshop was led by Principal Investigator Prof. Hyun Bang Shin and Co-Investigators Dr Sin Yee Koh (University of Monash Malaysia) and Dr Yimin Zhao (Renmin University of China).
The workshop enjoyed some excellent additional insights from guest expert panellists Prof. Scott Lash (City University Hong Kong), Dr Charlotte Goodburn (KCL), Prof. Ian Gordon (LSE) & Prof. Jennifer Robinson (UCL).
SEAC welcomes incoming British High Commissioner to Singapore
On 14th June, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with Her Excellency Ms Kara Owen, the incoming British High Commissioner to Singapore, and explored potential avenues for SEAC’s and LSE's future work in, and engagement with, the country.
SEAC welcomes Executive Director of Rujak Center for Urban Studies
On 13th June, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with Elisa Sutanudjaja, Executive Director of the Jakarta-based think-tank, the Rujak Center for Urban Studies, to discuss potential collaborations.
Co-Investigators for 'The Urban Spectre of Global China' project arrive at SEAC
In June 2019, Dr Sin Yee Koh (Senior Lecturer in Global Studies, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia) and Dr Yimin Zhao (ssistant Professor in Urban Planning and Management, School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China) are visiting SEAC as part of their research investigation for the Centre's project entitled, "The Urban Spectre of Global China: mechanisms, consequences and alternatives for urban futures", with Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, the project's Principal Investigator.
SEAC welcomes Dean of Social and Political Sciences from Universitas Indonesia
On 13th June, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with Dr Arie Setiabudi Soesilo, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Universitas Indonesia, to discuss potential research collaborations with the LSE.
ECR Network member Dr Marion Sabrié publishes articles in Moussons theme issue
LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member Dr Marion Sabrié (University of Rouen Normandy) has published 2 articles in Moussons' recent theme issue, “Challenges and Resilience in Myanmar’s Urbanization. A Special Issue on Yangon”, which she co-directed with Dr Maaike Matelski (Radboud University).
ECR Network member Cleve Arguelles publishes book review in Asian Politics and Policy
LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member Cleve Arguelles (PhD Candidate, Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University) has published a book review of 'Populism in Southeast Asia' by Paul D. Kenny in the journal Asian Politics and Policy.
Book review of "Developmentalist cities? Interrogating urban developmentalism in East Asia" published by Dr Do Young Oh
Former SEAC Centre Coordinator Dr Do Young Oh has just published a book review of "Developmentalist cities? Interrogating urban developmentalism in East Asia", edited by Jamie Doucette and Bae-Gyoon Park, which can be read in the latest issue of Urban Geography.
ECR Network Member Dr Geetha Reddy featured in New Scientist Netherlands
LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member Dr Geetha Reddy (Department of Sociology, University of Groningen) has been interviewed for New Scientist Netherlands on the topic of multiculturalism and identity, with reference to her research in Singapore and Malaysia. Dr Reddy also wrote the Foreword for this issue which can be read here.
Former SEAC Centre Coordinator presents at LSE Entrepreneur of the Year Competition
On 4th June, Dr Do Young Oh presented at the LSE’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Competition on the Urban Experiment project with Dr Pablo Navarette (PhD Graduate, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE). The project uses innovative participatory design techniques to provide solutions to public bodies and private enterprises making urban development decisions to promote the public good.
ECR Network Member Dr Sokphea Young publishes article in The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs
LSE-SoutheastAsia Early Career Researcher Network member Dr Sokphea Young (Dept. of Anthropology, UCL) has just published an article in the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, on how grassroots movements and NGOs in Cambodia endeavour to hold government and foreign corporations accountable for the actions they have taken which have contributed to environmental degradation in Cambodia.
SEAC Director invited to speak at ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference
SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin will be a Panellist at the ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference taking place in Cambridge on 6th July 2019. This conference will be on the theme of sustainability; more information including how to attend can be found here.
New book published on cities and housing in Asia co-edited by SEAC Director
SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, in collaboration with Prof. Yi-Ling Chen (Department of Geography, University of Wyoming), has published the Co-edited book Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia which explores a range of Asian cities including Bangkok and Hanoi.
A book launch for this publication will be held at LSE in December 2019.
Dr Thomas Smith awarded £15,000 Royal Geographical Society grant for project on post-fire greenhouse gas emissions in Indonesia and Malaysia
Together with Dr Stephanie Evers (School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, LJMU), Dr Thomas Smith (Department of Geography and Environment, LSE) has been awarded a RGS grant to research how tropical peatland greenhouse gas emissions respond in the immediate aftermath of a fire. Working in Malaysia and Indonesia, they will measure the immediate post-fire greenhouse gas emissions and investigate the evolution of these emissions through the post-recovery period of the burnt site.
New LSE Southeast Asia Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
SEAC is pleased to announce a new Student Dissertation Fieldwork grant for current LSE undergraduate and taught master’s students for field research in the Southeast Asia region as part of their assessed dissertation. The funding may contribute towards travel expenses and on-site research expenses, up to a maximum of £500 per applicant. More details including an application form can be found here.
New paper co-authored by Dr Thomas Smith on palm oil sustainability
The Frontiers in Forests and Global Change paper, entitled "Co-producing an agenda for sustainable palm oil", engaged with 659 stakeholders across 38 countries, including palm oil growers, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and researchers.
ECR Network Member Jordana Ramalho passes PhD
Dr Jordana Ramalho, member of the LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network and regular contributor to the SEAC community, passed her PhD on 2nd May. She was supervised by Prof. Sylvia Chant (Department of Geography and Environment, LSE) and her thesis explored the gendered dimensions of risk & insecurity for urban poor communities in the Philippines.
LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network Workshop on academic publishing
On 22nd May 2019, SEAC will host 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 will combine 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.
Prof. Sylvia Chant and Ms Jordana Ramalho working on new Radical Policies book
Prof. Sylvia Chant and ECR Network member Ms Jordana Ramalho (Department of Geography and Environment, LSE) are currently working on a book on radical policies in gender and development, for which they are interviewing a broad cross section of stakeholders in the UK, Europe, the Americas, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa as to how they define ‘radical’, what they regard as the most ‘radical’ interventions in the field, and whether ‘radical’ policies are necessarily the most effective pathway to redressing gendered inequalities and injustice.
Dr Thomas Smith gives talk at Royal Geographical Society - Singapore
Dr Thomas Smith (Department of Geography & Environment, LSE) visited the Singapore branch of the Royal Geographical Society to talk on his multi-continental pyrogeography research project.
SEAC awarded British Academy Grant for project on Global China and Urban Futures
SEAC is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a British Academy grant as part of its Tackling the UK's International Challenges Programme. The 18-month project is entitled, “The Urban Spectre of Global China: Mechanisms, Consequences, and Alternatives for Urban Futures”, with Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, SEAC Director, as the Principal Investigator, and Dr Yimin Zhao (Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and Management, Renmin University of China) and Dr Sin Yee Koh (Senior Lecturer in Global Studies, Monash University Malaysia) as Co-investigators.
Research will be conducted in London, Iskandar Malaysia, Beijing and Foshan.
Prof. James Putzel welcomes China Agricultural University Professor
On 29th March, Prof. James Putzel (Department of International Development, LSE) met with Prof. Xiuli Xu (Department of Development Studies, China Agricultural University) to explore potential networking and research collaborations with SEAC.
New Seminar Series and Networking Grant scheme
SEAC is pleased to announce a new Seminar Series and Networking Grant for the 2019/20 Academic Year. The scheme is open to LSE academic staff and LSE Early Career Researchers, including PhD students, for seminar series, study groups or networking events. The deadline for applications is 28th June 2019.
More information including an application form can be found here.
SEAC Director leads LSE student fieldtrip in Seoul
SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin spent the week of 22-29 March leading a fieldtrip with LSE MSc Urbanisation and Development students in Korea, as part of the 2019 Seoul Case Study Program, in collaboration with the University of Seoul and the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
SEAC Director invited to Korea workshop at L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales
On 20th March, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin acted as Discussant for a L'EHESS Workshop entitled, "Space, place, power and scales: New perspectives on the geography of the Republic of Korea"
SEAC Director welcomes Tianjin University professors
On 21st March, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with Prof. Peng Zeng, Prof. Tianjie Zhang and Prof. Long Zhang from the School of Architecture, Tianjin University, to discuss potential interdisciplinary research collaborations with LSE.
SEAC Cove Session: Thailand's 2019 Elections: Will the Political Crisis Continue?
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), discussing the results and implications of the long-awaited Thai general election. Prof. Tim Forsyth (Department of International Development, LSE) was Chair.
SEAC meets with LSE Southeast Asia Student Union leaders
On 6th March, SEAC held its termly meeting with Presidents of LSE Student Societies relating to the Southeast Asia region, to discuss each other's past and future activities and to share ideas for collaboration and support with the Centre.
From left to right:
- Wu You, President of the LSESU ASEAN Society
- Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, SEAC Director
- Yiyan Lim, President of the LSESU Malaysia Club
- Calvin Toping, President of the LSESU Indonesia Society
SEAC introduces new stipendiary Visiting Appointment scheme for 2019
SEAC is delighted to announce a new stipendiary visiting researcher scheme for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is in addition to our existing Standard Visiting Appointment scheme, for which applicants have always been expected to secure their own funding.
The new Stipendiary Visiting Appointment scheme is directly seeking to attract scholars currently employed at an institution within the Southeast Asia region.
REDD+ AS AN AREA-BASED POLICY: Evidence from the 2011 Moratorium on oil palm, timber and logging concessions in Indonesia
On 19th March, Ben Groom (Professor of Environment and Development Economics, LSE ) and Charles Palmer (Associate Professor of Environment and Development, LSE) will be summarising findings for their recently completed SEAC-funded research project on environmental impacts of the Palm Oil Concession Moratorium in Indonesia. SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin will chair.
More information including a link to register attendance can be found here.
(SEAC #connectivity theme)
SEAC launches interactive ECR Network map
Now 52 members strong, the LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network can be explored through an interactive map, searchable by country focus or location, with profiles and photos of Network members, a summary of their research interests and a link to their personal / departmental profiles. This will become an invaluable resource for future research collaborations as the Network grows.
If you would like to join the ECR Network, please send a request to Centre Manager Dr Lee Mager (email@example.com) with the details requested on the main ECR webpage.
SEAC Masterclass: Conducting research in violent urban contexts
On 1st March, SEAC held the first of its new 'Masterclass' series, led by Qin Shao, Professor of History at the College of New Jersey and author of Shanghai Gone: Domicide and and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity. The event was chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin.
The audience of LSE staff and early career researchers gained valuable insights into a range of fieldwork issues, including how to deal with state violence, how to be sensitised to the city and the process of discovery.
(SEAC #urbanisation theme)
SEAC Workshop: Revisiting Displacement in Urban Studies
The first SEAC Workshop of 2019, in collaboration with the Urban Salon took place on 28th February at LSE and brought together a diverse range of theoretical perspectives and fascinating empirical insights from speakers’ recent research in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Israel and the UK. The speakers shared their research and provoked some interesting debates in the Q&A sessions on how we can advance intellectual engagement with this multifaceted topic.
Prof. Katherine Brickell (Royal Holloway, Geography)
Dr Lisa Tilley (Birkbeck, Politics)
Jordana Ramalho (LSE, Geography PhD candidate)
Prof. Qin Shao (The College of New Jersey, History)
Prof. Oren Yiftachel (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Geography)
Prof. Loretta Lees (Leicester, Geography)
Prof. Hyun Bang Shin (LSE, SEAC)
(SEAC #urbanisation theme)
SEAC Cove Session: Korean reconciliation and its implications on geopolitics and the Southeast Asia region
Coinciding with the Hanoi Summit, SEAC enjoyed a lively and insightful Cove Session on the topic of Korean reconciliation and its implications on geopolitics on 28th February, chaired by Prof. Hyun Bang Shin (LSE, SEAC Director)
We benefited from the unique expertise of Prof. Vladimir Tikhonov (Korean name Pak Noja; University of Oslo, Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages), whose enthusiasm captivated the audience. The main take-home message of the Session was that reconciliation, despite strong incentives for it from all stakeholders, is likely to be a long process fraught with vulnerabilities.
(SEAC #governance theme)
LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network Inaugural Event
SEAC hosted its first Early Career Researcher Network event on 13th Feb in London, chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin. Participants gave talks on the topic, “What does Southeast Asia mean for my research?” followed by an opportunity to get to know each other. If you are an Early Career Researcher specialising in the Southeast Asia region, please register with details found on this page to join the Network.
SEADS (Southeast Asia Discussion Series): Para-nationalism in the Wa state of Myanmar
On 15th February SEAC held its first SEADS event of the year, with Dr Hans Steinmüller (LSE, Department of Anthropology) sharing his insights and findings from his year-long fieldwork in the Wa State of Myanmar, focusing on the idea of 'para-nationalism', sovereignty and authenticity. Dr Patrick Meehan (SOAS, Department of Development Studies) was Discussant for the session, with SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin chairing.
(SEAC #governance theme)
SEAC Research Fund: Call for applications
Applications are invited for the third round of SEAC's Research Fund, open to all LSE Staff at Assistant Professor/Assistant Professorial Research Fellow level or above. The projects, to address social science issues relevant to Southeast Asia and aligning with SEAC’s core research themes, are to take place between 1st July 2019 to 31st July 2020. The deadline for applications is 30th April. For more detailed information, please read the official Funding Call.
SEAC Director welcomes members of the Korean National Assembly
On 14th January 2019, 4 members of the Korean National Assembly visited the LSE and met Prof. Hyun Shin to discuss their interests in urban regeneration, gentrification and social inequality, to help inform their future legislative activities.
SEAC welcomes the new Centre Manager
SEAC is pleased to welcome our new Centre Manager, Dr Lee Mager. Lee has a long history with LSE, having previously worked as Undergraduate Manager and Deputy Department Manager in the Department of Geography and Environment, and having completed his MSc and PhD in the Department of Sociology. He is looking forward to becoming part of the SEAC community, where he will take overall operational responsibility for the Centre in addition to managing events, communications and publications.
SEAC staff presented at the 9th East Asian Regional Conference on Alternative Geography
Professor Hyun Bang Shin (Centre Director) and Dr Do Young Oh (Centre Coordinator) have participated in the 9th East Asian Regional Conference on Alternative Geography (EARCAG) between 10 and 12 December to give papers on Vietnam and Singapore respectively. Professor Shin additionally organised a session on ‘Urban Spectacles and Social Injustice in the Global East’.
SEAC co-hosted 'Economic Prospects and Problems of the Four Asian Tigers' event
On Tuesday 4th December, LSE SEAC and four LSESU Socities co-hosted the event focused on discussing economic convergence and divergence of the ‘Four Asian Tigers’ by tracing the past’s unprecedented growth history of these countries in the late 20th century and explore different economic trajectories upon which each country is embarking in a comparative perspective. SEAC Centre Coordinator, Dr Do Young Oh moderated the discussion after the talks given by four speakers representing each country.
Prof Tim Forsyth appointed as Adviser to Parliamentary Committee
SEAC Associate, Professor Tim Forsyth has been appointed as a Specialist Adviser to the Houses of Parliament International Development Committee, with special reference to UK aid for combating climate change. The committee is set up for monitoring the policy, administration and spending of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and its associated public bodies.
LSE SEAC welcomed delegations from Southeast Asia
On Monday 26th November, LSE SEAC welcomed two delegations from the Asian Development Bank and Thailand Ministry of Energy. Each meeting involved discussions about potential collaborations and further links between SEAC and two institutions in the future.
LSE Tower buildings are renamed after suffrage campaigners
LSE has officially renamed three of Tower buildings after central figures in the British suffrage movement. The new-titled buildings were unveiled in a ceremony by HRH The Countess of Wessex on Friday 23 November. SEAC is now located on the 10th floor of Fawcett House (FAW), formerly Tower 2 (TW2), named after the suffrage campaigner Millicent Garrett Fawcett. More information about the event can be found here.
LSE SEAC met LSESU societies representatives
On Friday 23rd November, LSE SEAC had a meeting with Southeast Asia national societies and ASEAN society to strengthen the relationship with students. The representatives from Thai, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and ASEAN societies attended the meeting. Termly meetings will be held to continue to work closely with the student societies.
LSE SEAC co-hosted 'Prospects for Elections in Thailand' event
On Monday 8th October, LSE SEAC and Department of International Development welcomed the leaders of the Future Forward Party in Thailand as well as Prof Duncan McCargo and Ms Petra Desatova, both from the University of Leeds. The event was an opportunity for academics and audience members to challenge the leaders of Future Forward Party to explain their political agenda and their vision for Thailand. This full-house event was chaired by Prof Tim Forsyth.
Dr Jürgen Haacke spoke at the Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
SEAC Associate, Dr Jürgen Haacke undertook a research trip to Malaysia in September as part of his research into UK foreign policy in Southeast Asia. During Dr Haacke's trip, he had meetings with various policymakers and diplomats. He also spoke at the Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the UK’s role in Southeast Asia as part of roundtable discussion moderated by the Deputy Secretary General (Bilateral Affairs), YM Raja Dato’ Nushirwan Zainal Abidin.
Dr Nick Long presented his paper at ASA Annual Conference
SEAC Associate, Dr Nick Long conducted five weeks of fieldwork on Indonesia’s hypnotherapy industry this summer and convened a panel at the annual conference of the ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth). The panel was on the theme ‘When Psychotherapy Goes Awry: Theorising the Unexpected in Therapeutic Encounters’ and his paper was entitled ‘Erickson in the Postcolony: Hypnotherapists as Figures of Ambivalence in Indonesia’s Mental Revolution’.
SEAC Director met the Centre donors
SEAC Director Professor Hyun Bang Shin visited Singapore to meet Centre donors, Professor Saw Swee Hock at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and Mr Arvind Khattar, and to participate in the alumni event hosted by the Singapore LSE Trust and the Alumni Association of Singapore on 13 November 2018.
Prof Hyun Bang Shin appointed as LSE SEAC Director
Professor Hyun Bang Shin has commenced his directorship for SEAC on 01 August 2018. He is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment, and has been working on the critical analysis of the political economy of urbanisation with particular attention to cities in Asian countries such as Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, China and more recently, Ecuador. Click here for more information.
SEAC visit to Vietnam and Singapore in July 2018
In early July, SEAC conducted a successful research trip to Vietnam and Singapore, reconnecting with old partners and meeting new contacts at various universities and research institutes, including the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research, Vietnam National University, National University of Singapore, and the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. The SEAC team was also delighted to visit the Centre’s donors, Arvind Khattar and Professor Saw Swee Hock while in the region.
SEAC Associates have published new articles
Centre Associate Dr Kirsten E. Schulze (LSE International History) has written an article entitled, 'The Surabaya Bombings and the Evolution of the Jihadi Threat in Indonesia'. It was published by the Combating Terrorism Centre at West Point in the CTC Sentinel, and is available online here. Kirsten has also recently co-authored an article with Julie Chernov Hwang (Goucher College), 'Why They Join: Pathways into Indonesian Jihadist Organizations'. More.
Centre Associate Dr Nicholas J. Long (LSE Anthropology) has published a new article in Medical Anthropology Quarterly. It is entitled 'Accept and Utilise: Alternative Medicine, Minimality, and Ethics in an Indonesian Healing Collective', and explores cosmopolitan forms of alternative medicine which have become popular in Indonesia, with a focus on the activities alternative healers in central Java. More.
SEAC Associate Dr Allerton published a paper
SEAC Associate Dr Catherine Allerton (LSE Department of Anthropology) has recently had an article published in the Journal of Ethic and Migration Studies on child illegality in Malaysia, entitled 'Impossible Children: illegality and excluded belonging among children of migrants in Sabah, Malaysia'. The article is open access and can be read here.
SEAC Director spoke at the University of Turin
On Thursday 26th April 2018, SEAC Director Dr Jürgen Haacke spoke on 'China, the US and hedging in Southeast Asia' at the University of Torino, Italy. Dr Haacke's lecture was organised as part of the university’s TOChina Spring Seminars.
SEAC has two new Visiting Appointments
SEAC has welcomed two new Visiting Appointments for the Summer Term. Dr Do Young Oh (Visiting Fellow) is a Researcher at LSE Cities and will be investigating the university-city relationship in Singapore and Vietnam in a post-colonial context. Daniel Peterson (Visiting Research Student) is a PhD candidate at Australian Catholic University, and will be working on his thesis which examines Indonesia's human rights legal framework and the rise of political Islam in the archipelago.
SEAC article on future UK-Southeast Asia relations
SEAC Director Dr Jürgen Haacke and SEAC Researcher John Harley Breen have co-written an article entitled, 'Steering UK–Southeast Asia Relations Post-Brexit'. The article unpacks the UK's longstanding security and economic interests in Southeast Asia, and explores the options available to the UK when its relationship with the region is no longer mediated through the European Union. The article appeared on the East Asia Forum this month, and is available on the SEAC Blog.
Second round of SEAC Research Fund awarded
Dr Ben Groom and Dr Charles Palmer (LSE Department of Geography and Environment) have been awarded a grant from the second round of the SEAC research fund for the project, 'The Palm Oil Concession Moratorium and its Spatial Impact on Deforestation', which will run until July 2019. The LSE SEAC Research Fund is a biennial grant available to LSE faculty and SEAC Associates to support social science research on Southeast Asia. More.
SEAC and UKABC hosted a 'Breakfast Briefing' on Cambodia
On Wednesday 21st February, SEAC co-hosted an 'ASEAN Breakfast Briefing' on Cambodia with the UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC). The briefing by H.E. Dr Soeung Rathchavy (Ambassador, Royal Embassy of Cambodia) and Trevor Sworn, (Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia) featured an overview of the current economic climate in Cambodia and the opportunities available to UK companies, followed by a roundtable discussion with business representatives from across London.
A Philippine delgation was welcomed to LSE
On Wednesday 14th February, SEAC welcomed several Filipino Supreme Court Justices and members of the academe on Competition Law and Economics to LSE. As competition law in the Philippines is in its early stages, the meeting offered an opportunity for a general discussion on legal policy and best practices. SEAC Associate, Prof James Putzel, chaired the meeting, which also benefited from the insights of Prof Ken Shadlen (LSE Department of International Development) and Dr Andriani Kalintiri and Dr Niamh Dunne (LSE Department of Law)
SEAC Associate had an article published
Associate Professor of International History, Dr Kirsten E. Schulze, has co-written an article with Prof Joseph Chinyong Liow (Nanyang Technological University and Dean of the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies). The paper, published in February, is entitled 'Making Jihadis, Waging Jihad: Transnational and Local Dimensions of the ISIS Phenomenon in Indonesia and Malaysia'. It examines the ISIS phenomenon in Indonesia and Malaysia and can be read here.
SEAC hosted its first Cove Sessions
On Friday 12th January, SEAC organised its inaugural Cove Session. The focus was the UK’s evolving Southeast Asia policy, led by Head of the Southeast Asia and Pacific Department at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office John Virgoe. On Thursday 18th January, SEAC organised a further session that examined the current state of ISIS in Indonesia. The speakers were: Sidney Jones (Director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict - IPAC), Nava Nuraniyah (Analyst at IPAC) and Solahudin (University of Indonesia).
SEAC hosted 'Militant Islamism in Southeast Asia' Workshop
On Friday 19th January 2018, SEAC hosted a workshop entitled, ‘Militant Islamism in Southeast Asia'. The workshop examined the recent evolution of militant Islamism in Southeast Asia by exploring the impact of the defeat of ISIS in the Middle East and returning Southeast Asian mujahedin, the take-over of Marawi in the Philippines by pro-ISIS jihadis, and rising religious politics and protest in the region. It focused specifically on Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and was attended by researchers, embassy staff and civil servants.
LSE SEAC engaged with student societies on campus
On Wednesday 22nd November, SEAC Associate Dr Kirsten Schulze chaired the panel discussion 'Indonesia: a democracy at the crossroads', hosted by the LSE Student Union's ASEAN Society and Indonesian Society. That evening SEAC Director Dr Jürgen Haacke also spoke at a special dialogue event organised by the School's oldest student society, The Grimshaw Club, entitled 'Southeast Asia: a region of contestation'.
LSE SEAC received a delegation from the Philippines
On Wednesday 25th October SEAC welcomed a high-level delegation from the Philippines to LSE. They were received by Dr Jürgen Haacke and SEAC Associate, Professor James Putzel. The meeting provided an opportunity to network and discuss current Philippine tax reform efforts, as well as a range of geopolitical issues.
LSE SEAC hosted His Excellency Dr Rizal Sukma for a public lecture
On Tuesday 17th October 2017, SEAC welcomed His Excellency Dr Rizal Sukma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom and Ireland, to give a public lecture. The Ambassador assessed Indonesia's role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The podcast and storify from the event are now available online.
SEAC Director spoke at UK-ABC Business Forum
Dr Jürgen Haacke presented on a panel discussion about the prospects of ASEAN, with special reference to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), at the ASEAN@50 Business Forum on 11th October. More information and recordings of the event are available here.
LSE SEAC hosted a Hedging Workshop
On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of September, SEAC hosted a workshop entitled 'Hedging in International Politics: conceptualising and theorising Southeast Asia’s relations with major powers in comparative perspective'. Organised by Centre Director Jürgen Haacke, the workshop sought to take stock of the existing literature on ‘hedging’and to discuss ways to take forward new research on its practice.
Dr Jürgen Haacke was quoted in an article which appeared in Forbes
SEAC Director Dr Jürgen Haacke was quoted in an article which appeared in Forbes about how Britain is aiming to become more relevant in the Asia-Pacific.
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Professor Tim Forsyth presented at the International Thai Studies Conference in Thailand
In June 2017, SEAC Associate Professor Tim Forsyth gave a presentation on environmental politics and the connection of local development problems with global climate policy in Chiang Mai. He also conducted interviews with environmental activists and visited sites of protests.
SEAC Director presented research on US-Myanmar foreign policy in Cardiff
Dr Jürgen Haacke presented ongoing research on foreign policy entrepreneurs and US-Myanmar policy at a workshop entitled, 'Foreign Policy Analysis and Public Policy: towards theoretical dialogue and integration' at the 4th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) from 7-10 June in Cardiff.
SEAC hosted a Staff Research Workshop
SEAC arranged a staff research workshop on 31 May. Similarly to our successful PhD workshop that took place in February, SEAC Associates and Visiting Fellows were invited to present their ongoing research papers or chapters to each other for cross-disciplinary feedback.
LSE SEAC organised its second LSE Southeast Asia Forum
The second LSE SEAF took place on Monday 22nd May 2017 and consisted of four expert panels plus a keynote lecture by H.E. Antonio Lagdameo, Ambassador of the Philippines to the UK. The full-day event was attended by resident embassy staff, policymakers, stakeholders in business and civil society, as well as researchers and students.
Dr Tim Andrews joins LSE SEAC as Visiting Senior Fellow
Dr Andrews, Associate Professor at Webster University (Thailand) has joined LSE SEAC as a Visiting Senior Fellow for Summer Term 2017. While at SEAC, Dr Andrews will be working on his research project titled Understanding Base-of-pyramid Organizational Employees in Emerging Southeast Asia: Theoretical Advances and Practical Implications for Organizations and Society.
LSE SEAC hosts Prof Joseph Liow for a public lecture and seminar
On Monday 16th January, Professor Joseph Liow Chin Yong gave a talk based on his recently published book Religion and Nationalism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The following morning, Prof Liow also participated in a closed research seminar with members of LSE SEAC and LSE PhD students.
The podcast of the public lecture is available here.
Dr Chris Chaplin joins LSE SEAC as Visiting Fellow
Dr Chaplin, postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), has joined LSE SEAC as a Visiting Fellow for Lent Term 2017. While at the Centre, he will be working on his reserch project Salafism Reconsidered: Wahdah Islamiyah and the Promotion of Religiously Inspired Citizenship in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Dr Schulze attended the Jakarta Geopolitical Forum
SEAC Associate Dr Kirsten E. Schulze presented a paper entitled 'Pathways to Jihad' at the Jakarta Geopolitical Forum, organised by Indonesia’s National Resilience Institute Lemhannas from 18-20 May. The Forum gave geopoliticans, professionals and academics the opportunity to explore the impact of geopolitical change on national and regional resilience.
Dr Yap spoke at the University of Leiden
SEAC Associate Dr Felicia Yap presented at '"The Eurasian Question" in Comparative Perspective' at the University of Leiden on 12 April. The symposium focused on the bureaucratic and legal dimensions of decolonisation in Asia. Dr Yap's paper, 'At the Edge of Conflict and Empire', analysed the experiences of Eurasian communities in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia during WW2.
LSESU ASEAN Society wins Bronze at the SU Awards
Building on their Best New Society Award at the 2016 SU & STARS Awards, the LSESU ASEAN society has been awarded a Bronze Award at this year's awards on 20 March for bringing together students from ASEAN countries in a friendly and homely environment.
Dr Shin's field research in Singapore and Hanoi
SEAC Associate Dr Hyun Bang Shin carried out field research in Singapore and Hanoi between late March and early May. Supported by the LSE SEAC Research Fund, this research examined the circulations of real estate capital and urbanisms, looking at the practices of Singaporean and South Korean developers in Singapore and Vietnam.
Dr Jürgen Haacke attended the LSEAAS
Fund-Raising Gala Dinner in Singapore
SEAC Director Dr Jürgen Haacke attended a fund-raising gala dinner in support of the Singapore LSE Trust on March 31st, organised by the LSE Alumni Association of Singapore. The trust awards scholarships to outstanding Singaporean undergraduate students with a passion for social causes who need financial support to study at the LSE.
Dr Kirsten Schulze presented a paper at the Association of Asian Studies in Toronto
SEAC Associate Dr Kirsten Schulze presented a paper on ‘The Ambon Jihad’ as part of a panel on jihadism in Indonesia at the Association of Asian Studies conference in Toronto on 17 March. Dr Schulze is currently analysing the Ambon conflict between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia with support from the LSE SEAC Research Fund.
Dr Hyun Bang Shin facilitated the LSESU and KCL ASEAN Societies' Hackathon
SEAC Associate Dr Hyun Bang Shin facilitated a Hackathon for students to engage with critical and timely issues in Southeast Asia. Throughout the day on 4 March, LSE and KCL participants discussed geopolitical, social, and economic factors being used to reshape regional connectivity in Southeast Asia.
Dr Jürgen Haacke gave a lecture at Royal Holloway on ASEAN
Our Director Dr Jürgen Haacke spoke at Royal Holloway's Southeast Asian Society event on 13 March about the region's economic and political landscape. As the event marked ASEAN's 50th anniversary, Dr Haacke discussed what ASEAN has achieved since its establishment.
Dr Chris Chaplin spoke at SOAS book launch event
Our Visiting Fellow Dr Chris Chaplin was a discussant at the launch of Dr Michael Buehler's book The Politics of Shari'a Law on Monday 20th February at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He spoke alongside Dr Sidney Jones, Director at the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr Buehler and Dr Chaplin will speak at the upcoming SEAC panel discussion on recent trends of Islamisation in Indonesia on Tuesday 14th of March at LSE.
BBC Indonesia's report of the event is available in Indonesian here.
Dr Chris Chaplin joins LSE SEAC as Visiting Fellow
Dr Chaplin, postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), has joined LSE SEAC as a Visiting Fellow for Lent Term 2017. He has recently completed six months of ethnographic fieldwork in Makassar, South Sulawesi and will be working on his research project titled Salafism Reconsidered: Wahdah Islamiyah and the Promotion of Religiously Inspired Citizenship in Sulawesi, Indonesia while at SEAC.
Read Dr Nick Long's chapter on democracy in Indonesia in his co-edited book
If you are interested in political theory and democratic statecraft, read SEAC Associate, Dr Nick Long's chapter titled 'Why Indonesians Turn Against Democracy' in The State We're In: Reflecting on Democracy's Troubles, a book he edited with Joanna Cook and Henrietta L. Moore. Published in 2016, this book sets out an original theoretical model that explores the relations between democracy, subjectivity and sociality, and explains its relevance to different countries.
LSE SEAC welcomes three new Khattar Scholars
We are proud to welcome our three Khattar Scholars of the academic year 2016-2017 who, as recipients of the Khattar Scholarship, will be associated with LSE SEAC during their time at the LSE. The three scholars are Yunqian Agnes Chew (MSc Development Management, pictured), Lua Zheng Hao Darrell (MSc Finance and Private Equity) and Benjamin Tan Cheng Wei (MSc Management Science).
LSE SEAC Associate Hyun Band Shin at a talk about his book Planetary Gentrification
On 14th October, LSE SEAC Associate, Dr Hyun Bang Shin took part in the KOSMOS-Workshop “Universal Gentrification? Conceptional Challenges of Comparative Urbanism” at Humboldt University in Berlin where he introduced his recently published book Planetary Gentrification, co-edited with Professor Loretta Lees (University of Leicester) and Dr Ernesto López-Morales (University of Chile, Santiago).
Dr Jürgen Haacke speaks at the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies
On 14 September, LSE SEAC Director, Dr Jürgen Haacke visited the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies and gave a talk titled ‘The Relations of ASEAN States with Major Powers: Converging Strategies?
Dr Jurgen Haacke appointed as LSE SEAC Director
On 1st August, Dr Jurgen Haacke was appointed as Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, following Professor Danny Quah's move from the LSE to take up the position of Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS.
Dr Haacke is Associate Professor in International Relations at the LSE, and was formerly an Associate of LSE SEAC. His regional expertise focuses in particular on the study of the security and international relations of Southeast Asia, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Myanmar.
Dr Trude Jacobsen joins LSE SEAC as Visiting Senior Fellow
Dr Trude Jacobsen has joined LSE SEAC as a Visiting Senior Fellow for the Michaelmas Term 2016. Dr Jacobsen is Associate Professor of Southeast Asian history at Northern Illinois University where she has also served as Assistant Director in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. During her stay, she will participate in LSE SEAC activities as a speaker at upcoming seminars, including one on her second book, Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia: A History of Desire, Duty, and Debt.
Stephen James join LSE SEAC as Visiting Research Student
Stephen James, PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at University of California, Riverside has joined LSE SEAC as Visiting Research Student for the summer 2016 period. During his stay, Stephen will carry out a multi-sited, longitudinal study of the migration patterns and experiences of Vietnamese refugees through the Vietnam-Hong Kong-London route. His biography is available here.
LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2016
Organised by LSE SEAC, the LSE Southeast Asia Forum (LSE SEAF) is a one day exclusive event, taking place on Friday 13th May 2016. It is a unique opportunity to engage with Southeast Asia's most critical issues, network with renowned experts on the region and encourage student participation in high-level debates. The inaugural LSE SEAF has been organised with the generous support of Professor Saw Swee Hock who will be attending the event and presented with a commemorative award during the opening remarks by Professor Paul Kelly, Pro-Director of LSE.
The LSESU ASEAN Society win Best New Society award
The LSESU ASEAN Society has been awarded the Best New Society award in the LSESU STARS and SU Awards Ceremony 2016. The award recognises the best student groups, campaigns and individuals who have contributed to LSESU over the past year or since their start.
Dr Shin participates in Bangkok Edge Festival
LSE SEAC Associate, Dr Hyun Bang Shin will take part in the inaugural Bangkok Edge Festival, Bangkok’s first ideas festival, on 13th and 14th of February. At the festival, he will examine the issue of gentrification, his area of expertise, through two panel discussions: Gentrification: Who Benefits? and What is the ‘new Asia’?. Dr Shin will also launch his newest book, Planetary Gentrification (2016) at the festival.
LSE SEAC Associate Dr Hyun Bang Shin appointed to the Board of Urban Studies Foundation
Congratulations to Dr Hyun Bang Shin, Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at LSE, who has been appointed to the Board of Urban Studies Foundation (USF) as a Trustee in January 2016. USF is a charitable body established in 2008 aiming to advance postgraduate education and research in the field of urban studies. It also produces the journal Urban Studies.
Professor Saw bestowed with the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award
Professor Saw Swee Hock, whose generous support made the establishment of LSE SEAC possible, was accepted the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award from LSE Director, Professor Craig Calhounon 28th November 2015 at the LSE Asia Forum in Singapore. At the same event, panel discussions on the topics of Asian lessons of political openness and economic performance, ASEAN, and the meaning of genuine development also took place.
LSE SEAC Associate Dr Munir Majid chaired the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in November 2015
Top world leaders – Obama, Abe and Modi – spoke at the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit (ABIS) chaired by Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid, Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, on 20th – 22nd November 2015. ABIS is ASEAN's premier annual Business and Investment event, providing a key platform for the business community to engage with ASEAN leaders and key decision makers, and to discussthe pressing issues which will affect the region's investment attractiveness and business potential.
LSE SEAC Associate Dr Jurgen Haacke's report published
Dr Jurgen Haacke, Associate Professor in International Relations at LSE, authored a report titled Myanmar and the United States: Prospects for a Limited Security Partnership, published by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. In the report, he examines developments in Myanmar–US relations under President U Thein Sein and the Obama administration since 2011 and Myanmar's efforts to improve bilateral relations with a range of international and regional powers.
LSE Asia Forum in Singapore on 28th November
The LSE Asia Forum in Singapore, part of LSE's 120th anniversary celebrations, will be organised on Saturday 28th November, 9am - 5pm. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to reconnect with the School, other alumni and friends of LSE - check out the event programme and book your tickets here. Additionally, find out what happened at the previous LSE Asia Forum, which took place on 17th October 2015 in Hong Kong, through the Storify slideshow.
LSE SEAC Associate Sylvia Chant named a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
Congratulations to LSE SEAC Associate Professor Sylvia Chant from the LSE Department of Geography and Environment. She was among the 46 leading social scientists who were conferred the award of Fellow by the Academy of Social Sciences in October 2015. The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its fellows are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors, reviewed by a peer group as having contributed to social science more broadly than the normal demands of their job.
Will the 21st century be Asian?' debate with Professor Danny Quah
On 2nd November 2015, LSE SEAC Director Professor Danny Quah participated in a joint LSE SEAC - LSE IDEAS debate together with Professor Michael Cox and Dr Leslie Vinjamuri on whether the 21st century will be Asian. The event was chaired by LSE alum Tim Frost and the audience had a chance to ask questions via Twitter in addition to the regular Q&A.
The podcast and Storify slideshow are now available online.