SEASREP’s 20th anniversary conference on Celebrating 20 Years of SEASREP and Southeast Asian Studies

“Celebrating 20 Years of SEASREP and Southeast Asian Studies” took place in Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 4-5 November 2015.

The conference aimed to reflect upon the achievements of SEASREP over the past 20 years by encouraging SEASREP grantees, participants, partners, and scholars of Southeast Asian studies to share their research findings. With an interest in new studies about the region, the conference featured special opening and closing panels where speakers discussed the state, progress and prospects of Southeast Asian studies in the future.

Organized by the SEASREP Foundation, with support from the Toyota Foundation and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, scholars in Southeast Asian studies were invited to submit individual and panel proposals for the conference and travel grants were opened to competition.

A total of 265 scholars participated in the conference, 89 of whom read papers. Of the total participants, 51 were SEASREP “alumni” of language, postgraduate study and research collaboration grants; former members of the Selection Committee; or participants of seminars or workshops organized by SEASREP.

The conference ran for two days and consisted of five simultaneous panels per day for a total of 27 panels, including the opening and closing panels. (Please see enclosed conference program.) The topics of the conference papers varied.

Each panel consisted of three to five papers per session of 80 minutes or 100 minutes. The paper readers were asked to speak for about 15 to 20 minutes. Extra time was allotted to the open forum.

In all, 89 papers were presented.


Opening Panel: Genealogy of Southeast Asian Studies

  • Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, The Foundation for the Promotion of Social Sciences and Humanities Textbooks Project, Thailand
  • Dr. Taufik Abdullah, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
  • Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno, University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • Dr. Danny Wong, University of Malaya
  • Mr. Misael Racines, Australian National University
  • Ms. Morragotwong Phumplab, Thammasat University

Panel 1: “Applied Tourism:” History, Impact, Assessment 

  • Wiwik Mahdayani, University of Indonesia, Visitor Management for Ecotourism Development, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
  • June Taguiwalo, University of the Philippines Diliman, Medical Tourism and the Globalization of Healthcare in Thailand 
  • Abegail Rose Valenzuela, University of the Philippines, Rethinking Green Tourism as Driver of Development in Megabiodiversity Countries of Southeast Asia: Tales from Grassroots Communities 

Panel 2: World War II and Decolonization 

  • Pham Van Thuy, Vietnam National University-Hanoi, Same Fate, Different Choices: Decolonization in Indonesia and Vietnam, 1930s-1960s
  • John Lee Candelaria, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Visual Discourses on the Japanese-trained Military Armies in Southeast Asia Through Japanese Propaganda Images in the Tribune, 1942-1944
  • Frank Dhont, University of Brunei Darussalam, Memories of a World War: Similarities and Differences Across the Three Countries on Borneo Island
  • Yumiko Himemoto-Hiraishi, The Toyota Foundation, Greater Asia Propaganda Activities and Nationalism in Java Prior To and During the Japanese Period: Japanese and Indonesian Writers, 1941-1942

Panel 3: Border Studies I 

  • Yekti Maunati, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Minorities and Tourism in the Border Areas of Thailand and Myanmar
  • Kunnawut Boonreak, Chiang Mai University, Neither Migrant Refugee: Identity Construction and Economic Survival Strategy of the Rohingya Community in the Thai-Burma Borderland
  • Lamijo, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, From Battlefield to Marketplace: Border Trade Activities in the Vietnam-Laos Cross-border Areas
  • Vilashini Somiah, National University of Singapore, Grasping the Back and Forth: A Reexamination of Detained and Deported Filipino Returnees in Sabah, Malaysia 

Panel 4: Education 

  • Vicente Handa, West Visayas State University, Philippines, On Local Wisdom/ Indigenous Knowledge: The Creation Of Hybrid Spaces In Thai and Philippine Science Education
  • Olivia Anne Habana, Ateneo de Manila University, Taking Up the White Man’s Burden: Survey of Colonial Education Projects in Vietnam, Malaya and the Philippines in the Early 20th Century 
  • Achariya Choowonglert, Naresuan University, “We Don’t Want to be Inferior:” Cultural Politics of Teaching and Studying White Tai Language in the Northwest Upland of Vietnam
  • Odine Maria de Guzman, University of the Philippines, Diliman, The Politics of Education and Empowerment: A Comparative Analysis of the Issues and Challeges Facing Women’s Studies Program in Southeast Asia

Panel 5: Conflict and Peace I 

  • Ricardo Roy Lopez, University of the Philippines Diliman, Peace and Autonomy: Indonesia and the Philippines
  • Syaiful Anam, Mataram University, Indonesia, Gender and Peacebuilding in Aceh and Mindanao
  • Khobtham Neelapaichit, Chulalongkorn University, Conflict Management in Aceh: From Confrontation to Non-Violence, 1998-2014      
  • Jasmine Ferrer, Save the Children-Philippines, Forging Peace in South Thailand:  “Building Peace By Teaching Peace Program” in Pattani  Province

Panel 6. Religion and Politics

  • Amanah Nurish, Gadjah Mada University, Religious Conversion in Northeast-Thailand: The Baha’i Movement in Contemporary Southeast Asia 
  • Mohd Mohiyuddin Bin Mohd Sulaiman, Universiti Teknology MARA Malaysia, Muslims’ Response towards the Recent Re-emergence of Buddhist Monks-led Religious Hatred in Myanmar 
  • Veronica Alporha, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Islamic Fundamentalism and Kinship in Southeast Asia 
  • Samak Kosem, Chiang Mai University, Muslim, State Relations and Ethnic Boundaries in Myanmar: Transition to Multiculturalism

Panel 7: Southeast Asia as an Economic Community

  • Ridha Amaliyah, UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya, Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Strategies to Strengthen ASEAN Economic Competitiveness
  • Diana Mendoza, Ateneo de Manila University, The Limits and Contradictions of Developmental Regionalism: BIMP-EAGA and the Palm Oil Industries in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines
  • Yoshihide Sugimoto, National University of Singapore, The Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore Growth Triangle (IMS-GT) and Its Impact on the Ferry Transportation in the Riau Islands
  • Pittaya Suvakunta, Thammasat University, Geo-economic in the North-South Economic Corridor (NSEC):  Case Study of Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai Province (Thailand), and Huay Xai City, Bor Kaew Zone (Lao PDR)

Panel 8: Media Representations of Politics 

  • Mohammad Rokib, Surabaya State University, Poetry as Resistance to Corruption: Literature and New Media in Indonesia and Malaysia
  • Kasamaponn Saengsuratham, Independent Lecturer, National Pride: The Production of Narratives of Artistic Heroes in the Philippines
  • Miguel Paolo Reyes, University of the Philippines Diliman, Untouchable, or Merely Untouched? Satirical News Websites and Freedom of Speech Limitations in Selected Southeast Asian Countries
  • Ann Lee, National University of Singapore, “For a Keen and Naked Posing of ‘Ultimate Questions:” Analyzing Republik Mimpi/News Dotcom

Panel 9: Urbanization and Life in Southeast Asian Cities I

  • Irmayanti Meliono, University of Indonesia, Multicultural Dynamics of the Community in Kampong Glam, Singapore: A Cultural Analysis 
  • Nicha Tovankasame, Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Social Spaces of Local Enterprises in the Historical Context of Penang, Malaysia and Phuket, Thailand in the Era of Emerging Tourism 
  • Thi Minh Nguyet Nguyen, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, The Birth of Spanish Colonial Cities in Southeast Asia in the 16th Century: From Cebu to Manila 
  • Elizabeth Morales-Nuncio, Malayan Colleges Laguna, Bangkok as Megacity within a Southeast Asian Context: Issues and Challenges

Panel 10: Rethinking post-World War II History: The Chinese Indonesian Experiences in Indonesia, Netherlands, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan

  • Khanis Suvianita, Universitas Surabaya, Citizenship and Identity Construction of Three Generations of Chinese Indonesian Women  
  • Yumi Kitamura, Kyoto University, Recuperating “Chineseness:” Narratives of Chinese Indonesians in the Netherlands
  • Sachiko Yokota, The University of Shiga Prefecture, Going Home to “Free China:” The Political Decision for Indonesian Chinese
  • Nakatani Junko, Osaka Sangyo University, Identities of Young Chinese Indonesians in Japan in the Era of Globalism

Panel 11: Performing Arts: Traditional and Future Agenda 

  • Yuhi Kuniko, Momoyama-gakuin University, Japan, What the Borobudur Reliefs Tell Us: The Everlasting Music Practice Among Austronesians in Southeast Asia 
  • Dian Purwaningsih, Universitas Indonesia, The Figures Puppet Doll Story In Indonesia and Myanmar
  • Arsenio Nicolas, Mahasarakham University, Aspects of Music Research in Southeast Asia in the Twenty-First Century

Panel 12: Democratic Transitions 

  • Nattapon Tantrakoonsab, Chulalongkorn University, The Role of Business Groups in Political Reformation in Myanmar
  • Fabricio Antonio Fonseca-Fernandez, National Chengchi University Taiwan, Church-State Relations and the Role of the Catholic Church in the Democratization Process of the Philippines
  • Khin Maung Nyo, Myanmar Economic Association, Decentralization in Indonesia as a Possible Model for Myanmar

Panel 13: Heritage and Production in Local Communities I

  • Raymond Aquino Macapagal, University of the Philippines Diliman, Participatory Cultural Mapping of Traditional Healing Practices in Present-day Surin: Experiences from the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre’s Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Field School 2013
  • Stephen Chia Ming Soon, Universiti Sains Malaysia, The Wood Coffin Traditions of Sabah, Malaysia and Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Nurul Fatini Jaafar, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Piama and Pranatamangsa, the Traditional Agricultural Calendars of Northern Peninsular Malaysia and Java, Indonesia

Panel 14: Conflict and Peace II

  • Nguyen Tuan Anh, Chulalongkorn University, Mediation on Land Conflict Transformation in Southeast Asia: Experiences from Thailand
  • Mala Rajo Sathian, University of Malaya, Women Leaders in Muslim Pattani: Voices of Justice and Rights in a Conflict Zone
  • Ståle Angen Rye, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU; and Nanang Indra Kurniawan, Gadjah Mada University, Participatory Mapping Local Struggle and Governmentalization of the State:  The Case of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia 
  • Rosalie Arcala Hall, University of the Philippines Visayas, When Fighting Stops: Local Conflict Resolution Initiatives in Four Asian Settings

Panel 15: Urbanization and Life in Southeast Asian Cities II 

  • Kengo Hayashi, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan,Lifestyle in a High Rise ‘Rusunami’ in Jakarta: Toward Affordable Housing Policy with Suitable Design for Indonesian Urban Society
  • Kunika Mizuno, Kyoto University, Transformation of Urban Development Method in Yogyakarta City
  • Paul Kellner, University of Oxford, Indonesian Youths’ Self-Categorization and Identification as it Relates to Public Space

Panel 16: Identity, Autonomy and Diversity in Southeast Asia

  • Maria Nela Florendo, University of the Philippines-Baguio, Historical Processes in Pan-ethnic Identity Construction in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Orang Asli, Dayak, Lumad, Igorot and Hmong
  • Rhoderick Nuncio, De La Salle University, Bonding and Autonomy: Singaporeans’ Social Media Interactions and their Identity Politics
  • Yulianeta and Ms. Yostiani Noor Azmi Harini, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, The Representation of Women in Kuntilanak Legend from Indonesia and Mae Nak from Thailand: A  Comparative Study
  • Jem Javier, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Linguistics and Language Studies in the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint

Panel 17: Border Studies II 

  • Paiboon Hengsuwan, Chiang Mai University, Living with Threats and Silent Violence in the Salween Borderlands   
  • Ku Boon Dar, Universiti Sains Malaysia, The Prohibition of Sino-Vietnamese Cross-Border Trade during the Tay Son Uprising:The Rhetoric of Bilateral Relations
  • I Ketut Ardhana, Udayana University, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines: Some Issues in the Context of Sustainable Border Development
  • Yuthpong Chantrawarin, Chiang Mai University and Mae Fah Luang University, Construct of a Cross-border Community between the Thailand and Myanmar’s Borders through Cross-Border Movements of Ethnic Traders
  • Akkanut Wantanasombut, Chulalongkorn University, The Ant Army: A Significant Mechanism of Thailand-Myanmar Illegal Trade (1988-2012)

Panel 18: Gender, Migration and  Development  in Southeast Asia

  • Maria Platt, National University of Singapore, Migration, Class and Gender: A Perspective from Two Southeast Asian Countries 
  • Khoo Choon Yen, National University of Singapore, Who Migrates? Analysing Households’ Migration Decision-making Process through “Gendered Geographies of Power”
  • Theodora Lam, National University of Singapore, Care Arrangements for ‘Left-behind’ Children in the Absence of Migrant Mothers in Indonesia and the Philippines
  • Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore, Gendered Labour migration regimes in Singapore: Debt, Precarity and Strategy among Male and Female Temporary Labour Migrants 
  • Agus Joko Pitoyo, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Intergenerational Migration and Livelihoods of Migrant Households in Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia

Panel 19: Environments, Disaster Awareness and Risk Management 

  • Khairulmaini Osman Salleh, University of Malaya, People-Centric Early Warning Systems in Environmental Hazards Management – Averting Disasters by Managing Risks: A Case for Southeast Asia
  • Hiroko Nagai, Ateneo de Manila University, Urban Development, Informal Settlement and Disaster Risk in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines: The Case of the Housing Program for the Urban Poor in Marikina City
  • Hoang Hao Tra My, Chiang Mai University, Hydropower, People’s Livelihood, and Forest Cover Change: Transnational Impact of Yali Fall Dams to Sesan Commune, Oyadaw District, Rattanakiri Province, Cambodia
  • Yonariza, Andalas University, Saving the Remaining Forests: Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand 

Panel 20: Community Service in Southeast Asia

  • Benjamin Abadiano, President, Assisi Development Foundation, Philippines
  • Ibu Tri Mumpini, Founder, IBEKA, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Prateep Ungsongtham-Hatta, Founder, Duang Prateep Foundation, Bangkok Thailand
  • Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto, Member, Telapak, Indonesia

Panel 21: Gender and Marriage in Migrant Communities

  • Analiza Perez-Amurao, Mahidol University, Examining the Gendered Migration of Filipino Workers in Thailand
  • TingthongPhetsavong, UN Women, Lao PDR, Legal Rights of Lao Women Migrant Workers in Thailand: Factors, Legal Status and Rights to Access to Legal Services 
  • Bich Ha Dao, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Visiting Marriage in Southeast Asia

Panel 22: Heritage and Production in Local Communities II

  • Seng-Guan Yeoh, Monash University Malaysia, The Town Fiesta, Sacred Food, and Indigeneous Taste: On the Dillemas of Commodifying Etag in Sagada, Philippines
  • Linda Lumayag, University of Malaya, Immigrants’ Quest for Survival and their View on the Ecosystem: An Ethnographic Study of Two Fishing Communities in Kudat, Sabah
  • Datu Razali Datuk Datu Eranza, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Determinants of Women’s Participation in Seaweed Farming in the Regency of Jeneponto, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Panel 23: Contemporary Southeast Asian Economies 

  • Marina Fe Durano, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Heterodox Economics: A Comparative Review of the Philippines and Malaysia
  • Maria Ima Carmela Ariate, University of the Philippines Diliman, Market Ideology and Consumer Patterns in Post-Doi Moi Vietnam
  • Pham Thi Bich Ngoc, Hoa Sen University, FDI and Trade Intra and Extra ASEAN in the Period 2006-2013

Panel 24: Art as Resistance 

  • Rogelio Braga, University of the Philippines Diliman, On Negotiated Archipelagic Southeast Asian Identities: Patterns of Colonial Resistance and Nationalist Cultural Identity Formation in Toer’s “This Earth of Mankind” and Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere”                
  • Bourin Wungkeeree, Chiang Mai University, Liberation Wars and their Impacts in the Twentieth Century, as Portrayed in Laotian, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Burmese Literature
  • Gil Turingan, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Theatre and Resistance Under  Colonial Rule in Southeast Asia  

Panel 25: Southeast Asian Film

  • Patrick Campos, University of the Philippines, Reorienting the Real, Introducing the Horror:The Invention of New Lao Cinema
  • Emerald Flaviano, University of the Philippines, “Not (Yet) Forever Lost: Salvaging Memories of Death and Violence in and around Lav Diaz’s Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing”
  • Sittha Lertphaiboonsiri, Independent Scholar, Khmer Rouge Narratives in the Films: Screening Stories of Stakeholders

Closing Panel: New Approaches to Southeast Asian Studies 

  • Thanet Aphornsuvan, Thammasat University, From Histories of Southeast Asia to a Shared Southeast Asian History
  • Rommel Curaming, University of Brunei Darussalam, Why Decolonizing Knowledge May Not Be Enough? Another Look at the Internalist Perspectives and Indigenous Historiography in Southeast Asia

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