Student Conference

One Session of SEASSI 2005 Student Conference










JOINT Student Conference 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Pyle Center, 3rd Floor
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706

Conference Schedule
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9:00AM – 9:15AM


9:15AM – 10:15AM

Navigating the Worldly and the Divine
(PYLE RM. 309)

Strategy of Resistance to Commodification
and Privatization
(PYLE RM. 313)

10:15AM – 10:45AM


10:45AM – 11:45AM

Constructing Nationalism
(PYLE RM. 309)

Gender Issues and Empowerment
(PYLE RM. 325-326)

The Evolution of
'Network Society'
(PYLE RM. 313)

12:00PM – 1:15PM


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)




9:15 AM – 10:15 AM  

  1. '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)

    1. "Puja and Theyyam: An Analysis of Ritual Differences"

   ANNALYSSE MASON (Undergraduate student in South Asian Studies, Religious Studies, and Sociology, Depauw University)

    1. "Reconsidering the Harivamsha: Religion, Politics, and Historiography in an Early Munghal"

   RACHEL HIRSCH (M.A. student in South Asian Studies, University of Michigan)

    1. "The Case of Tukaram's Wife: Worldliness v. Devotion in Mahipati's Hagiography

                  DR. JOHN E. LLEWELLYN (Professor of Religious Studies, Missouri State University)


  1. Strategy of Resistance to Commodification and Privatization

      Panel moderator - AHMAD ATTA (Lecturer in Urdu, Government Zamindar Post Graduate College, Gujrat, Pakistan)

    1. "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)

    1. "The Creative Commodification of Religious Tourism: Tibetan Buddhist Pilgrimage in Cusco, Peru"

   - ADAM LIDDLE (Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, University of Virginia)

    1. "'The Happiest People': Buddhist Volunteer Work and Urbanization"

   - SARA ANN SWENSON (Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, Syracuse University)




10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

  1. Constructing Nationalism

Panel moderator - DR. MUHAMMAD FAROOQ ASIF (Lecturer in Urdu, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

    1. "The Invention of Hindustan: The Language of Hindu Nationalism"
      1. CHRISTOPHER CHACON (M.A. candidate in History, California State University-Fullerton)
    2. "From Istanbul to Kashgar: A Shared History of the Ottoman Empire and 'Chinese Turkestan' through the Eyes of Ahmet Kemal, 1911-1919"
      1. SIYU FENG (Senior undergraduate student in History, Amherst College)
    3. "Subaltern conquest by proxy: Filipino attitudes towards American expansionism in Mindanao, 1903-1906"
      1. JORGE BAYONA (Ph.D. student in History, University of Washington)


  1. 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)

    1. "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)

    1. "Victims, Nationalists, Supporters: Ethnic Women's Organizations in Armed Conflict in Burma"

                          - MOLLIE PEPPER (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University)

    1. "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)

  1. The Evolution of 'Network Society'

 Panel moderator - RAJIV RANJAN (Instructor of Hindi, Michigan State University)

  1. "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)

  1. "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

  1. The Politics of Legality

             Panel moderator - IFTIKHAR HAIDER (Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    1. "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)

    1. "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)

    1. "Past as Precedent: Law and Nationalism in Myanmar"

- MATTHEW VENKER (Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  1. Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

      Panel moderator - SHEILA ZAMAR (Ph.D. candidate in Dept. of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

    1. "'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)

    1. "Tigers are Good to Think: Cultural Constructions of Tigers"

- MARLA CHASSELS (Ph.D. candidate in Ecological / Environmental Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

    1. "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

  1. Examining Buddhism Through Various Lenses

      Panel moderator - DR. AMELIA J. LIWE (Lecturer, School of Government and Global Affairs, Universitas Pelita Harapan,
                                                                                          Tangerang, Indonesia)

    1. "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)

    1. "Theravada Buddhist Monastics' Experiences: Twenty-First Century Missions and Role of the Abhidhamma"

   - C. SCOTT BRUGH (Graduate student in Religious Studies, Western Kentucky University)

    1. "Ambedkar and the Dalai Lama: Western Reception'

   - TIMOTHY LOFTUS (Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, Temple University)



  1. In Search of Knowledge

Panel moderator - INAMULLAH NADEEM (Ph.D. candidate and Lecturer, Arzu Center of Vernacular Languages,
                                                                                          Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan)

  1. "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)

  1. "Comparative Hermeneutics: A New Technology for Reading Sutras in Modern China"

   - JESSICA ZU (Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, Princeton University)

  1. "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)







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Contact Us!
Please direct any questions to the SEASSI Program Coordinator:

Jinda Moore
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
phone: (608) 263-1755 email: