SEASSI / SASLI / CESSI
JOINT Student Conference 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Pyle Center, 3rd Floor
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
Click Here for Printable pdf Version
9:00AM – 9:15AM
9:15AM – 10:15AM
Navigating the Worldly and the Divine
(PYLE RM. 309)
Strategy of Resistance to Commodification
(PYLE RM. 313)
10:15AM – 10:45AM
10:45AM – 11:45AM
(PYLE RM. 309)
Gender Issues and Empowerment
(PYLE RM. 325-326)
The Evolution of
(PYLE RM. 313)
12:00PM – 1:15PM
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS (PYLE RM. 325-326)
1:30PM – 2:30PM
The Politics of Legality
(PYLE RM. 309)
Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability
(PYLE RM. 313)
2:45PM – 3:45PM
Examining Buddhism Through Various Lenses (PYLE RM. 309)
In Search of Knowledge
(PYLE RM. 313)
SATURDAY, 25 JUNE 2016 (The Pyle Center, 3rd Floor)
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM REGISTRATION (PYLE PREFUNCTION AREA, OUTSIDE OF RMS. 325-326)
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
- 'Navigating the Worldly and the Divine'
Panel moderator - JACLYN MICHAEL (Ph.D. student in Dept. of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- "Puja and Theyyam: An Analysis of Ritual Differences"
ANNALYSSE MASON (Undergraduate student in South Asian Studies, Religious Studies, and Sociology, Depauw University)
- "Reconsidering the Harivamsha: Religion, Politics, and Historiography in an Early Munghal"
RACHEL HIRSCH (M.A. student in South Asian Studies, University of Michigan)
- "The Case of Tukaram's Wife: Worldliness v. Devotion in Mahipati's Hagiography
DR. JOHN E. LLEWELLYN (Professor of Religious Studies, Missouri State University)
- Strategy of Resistance to Commodification and Privatization
Panel moderator - AHMAD ATTA (Lecturer in Urdu, Government Zamindar Post Graduate College, Gujrat, Pakistan)
- "The Management of Mocking: An Analysis of 'Divide/Conquer'"
- CHRISTINA MARIE ANG AYSON (M.A. candidate in Asian-American Studies, University of California-Los Angeles)
- "The Creative Commodification of Religious Tourism: Tibetan Buddhist Pilgrimage in Cusco, Peru"
- ADAM LIDDLE (Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, University of Virginia)
- "'The Happiest People': Buddhist Volunteer Work and Urbanization"
- SARA ANN SWENSON (Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, Syracuse University)
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM COFFEE BREAK (PYLE PRE-FUNCTION AREA, OUTSIDE OF RMS. 325-326)
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
- Constructing Nationalism
Panel moderator - DR. MUHAMMAD FAROOQ ASIF (Lecturer in Urdu, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- "The Invention of Hindustan: The Language of Hindu Nationalism"
- CHRISTOPHER CHACON (M.A. candidate in History, California State University-Fullerton)
- "From Istanbul to Kashgar: A Shared History of the Ottoman Empire and 'Chinese Turkestan' through the Eyes of Ahmet Kemal, 1911-1919"
- SIYU FENG (Senior undergraduate student in History, Amherst College)
- "Subaltern conquest by proxy: Filipino attitudes towards American expansionism in Mindanao, 1903-1906"
- JORGE BAYONA (Ph.D. student in History, University of Washington)
- Gender Issues and Empowerment
Panel moderator - SIDRA AFZAL (Ph.D. candidate and Lecturer in Urdu, Government Post Graduate College for
Women Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, Pakistan)
- "Women on Wheels: India's Female Taxicab Drivers"
- KAYLEIGH REED (Junior student in English, Classics and Asian Studies, University of Buffalo - The State University of New York)
- "Victims, Nationalists, Supporters: Ethnic Women's Organizations in Armed Conflict in Burma"
- MOLLIE PEPPER (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University)
- "Teaching violence: Childhood Factors linked to Gender-Based Violence Perpetration in Sri Lanka"
- RUVANI FONSEKA (Fulbright Research Grantee, Master of Public Health & Master of Social Work, University of California-Berkeley)
- The Evolution of 'Network Society'
Panel moderator - RAJIV RANJAN (Instructor of Hindi, Michigan State University)
- "Two Revolutionaries Meet behind Bars: Ho Chi Minh and Tan Malaka in the Hong Kong Jail, 1932"
- ROYCE NOVAK (Ph.D. candidate in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- "The Structural Evolution of al-Qaeda"
- HARRISON KAUFMAN (B.S. student in National Security and Biochemistry, University of New Haven)
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS
“Authenticity, Language, and Identity in Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado”
Dr. Jessica Gross, Assistant Professor of English
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
- The Politics of Legality
Panel moderator - IFTIKHAR HAIDER (Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
- "Destroyers or Developers?: Analysis and comparison of large hydropower dams built by Chinese companies in Southeast Asia: The cases of Lower Sesan 2 and Don Sahong"
- SHENGQI ZHANG (M.A. student in Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- "The Past, Present, and Future of Transnational Activism: A Conversation between Anti-Sodomy Laws in India and the United States"
- JESSICA BRAY (Ph.D. student in Anthropology, Rice University)
- "Past as Precedent: Law and Nationalism in Myanmar"
- MATTHEW VENKER (Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability
Panel moderator - SHEILA ZAMAR (Ph.D. candidate in Dept. of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- "'Turn it down!': Studying the impact of noise pollution on wild siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) to implement long-term conservation initiatives in Indonesia"
- MARILYN BRODY (MPS Global Development student, Cornell University); and
- JUSTIN D'AGOSTINO (Ph.D. student in Anthropology, Southern Illinois University)
- "Tigers are Good to Think: Cultural Constructions of Tigers"
- MARLA CHASSELS (Ph.D. candidate in Ecological / Environmental Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
- "Food Forests and Philippines Eagles"
- SCOTT ELLIOTT (Peace Corps Masters International student in Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington)
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
- Examining Buddhism Through Various Lenses
Panel moderator - DR. AMELIA J. LIWE (Lecturer, School of Government and Global Affairs, Universitas Pelita Harapan,
- "A Preliminary Study Exploring Medieval Thai/Siamese Influence on the Early Theravada Buddhist Archaeology and Urban Infrastructure at Angkor Thom"
- ANDREW HARRIS (Ph.D. student in Anthropology, University of Toronto)
- "Theravada Buddhist Monastics' Experiences: Twenty-First Century Missions and Role of the Abhidhamma"
- C. SCOTT BRUGH (Graduate student in Religious Studies, Western Kentucky University)
- "Ambedkar and the Dalai Lama: Western Reception'
- TIMOTHY LOFTUS (Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, Temple University)
- In Search of Knowledge
Panel moderator - INAMULLAH NADEEM (Ph.D. candidate and Lecturer, Arzu Center of Vernacular Languages,
Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan)
- "Subverting Western Science through Hindu Philosophy in Amitav Ghosh's The Calcutta Chromosome"
- GISELE CARDOSO DE LEMOS (Ph.D. student in English, Texas A&M University)
- "Comparative Hermeneutics: A New Technology for Reading Sutras in Modern China"
- JESSICA ZU (Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, Princeton University)
- "Elite Thai-U.S. Migration: Higher Education, the Peace Corps and Networking at Northern Illinois University 1965-1968"
- JOANN LOSAVIO (Ph.D. student in History, Northern Illinois University)