University of Wisconsin–Madison

Lecture Series

2018 Lecture Series

Previous Lecture Series

2017 Lecture Series:

  • Combating Human Trafficking from a Southeast Asian Periphery by Dr. Amelia Joan Liwe, (Senior Lecturer, International Relations, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Karawaci, Indonesia, and SEASSI Indonesian Language Coordinator)
  • Rethinking Equality: Legibility, Belonging, and the Politics of Marriage in Minnesota by Kong P. Pha (PhD Candidate in American Studies, University of Minnesota)
  • Centering Southeast Asian Perspectives in the Teaching of Southeast Asia: A Methodology by Dr. Margaret Bodemer (History & Asian Studies, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)
  • Music, Language, and the Aesthetics of Virtuosity by Dr. Christi-Anne Castro (Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology, and Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan)
  • From the Vietnam War to the Dirty War: The Resettlement of Southeast Asian Refugees and the Politics of Cold War Humanitarianism, 1979-1985 by Dr. Sam Vong (Assistant Professor, History, University of Texas at Austin)
  • The Russian Revolution in the Eyes of a Thai Royal by Mr. Jeffrey Shane (Southeast Asia Reference Librarian, Thai Studies & History Subject Specialist; Curator of the David K. Wyatt Thai Collection; and Southeast Asian Studies Affiliated Faculty at Ohio University)


2016 Lecture Series:

  • Whatever Happened to ‘Comrade’? The Politics of Gender and Development in Vietnam by Dr. Kristy Kelly (Assistant Professor of Global and International Education, Drexel University)
  • Dissonant Voices: Music and Identity in the Tagalog Zarzuelas of Early Twentieth Century Manila by Isidora Miranda (PhD candidate, Historical Musicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Smoke, Fire and Rain in Muslim Southeast Asia: Environmental Ethics in a Time of Burning by Dr. Anna M. Gade (Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


2015 Lecture Series:

  • Human Trafficking in South-East Asia: Seeking Lasting Solutions by Michael Nowlin (Interim Deputy Country Director for Cambodia, Hagar International)
  • To the Medical Archipelago: Stratification in Vietnam’s Health Care Sector by Dr. Martha Lincoln (Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health)
  • Indonesian Media Ownership in the Digital Era by Dr. Ross Tapsell (Lecturer in Asian Studies, The Australian National University)


2014 Lecture Series:

  • Campaigning for All Indonesians: The Politics of Social Welfare in Indonesia by Dr. Eunsook Jung (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science,University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)


2013 Lecture Series:

  • Books and Book Collecting in 19th Century Vietnam by Prof. George Dutton (Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, and Incoming Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Travel Writing in Southeast Asian Perspectives. by Ian Lowman (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Reform of Economic Law in Southeast Asia: Cases from Three Countries — Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. by John Davis (Counsel, YKVN Lawyers, Hanoi, Vietnam and Lecturer, EBA Program, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University)


2012 Lecture Series:

  • Political Humor: The Vessantara Jataka In Historical Perspective by Katherine Bowie (Professor, Department of Anthropology and Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • “Green Islam” in Indonesia by Anna M. Gade (Associate Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • The Phu Nyai Politics: Social Mobility of Ethnic Minority Students in Laos by Dr. Manynooch Faming (Honorary Lecturer, Anthropology Research Center, Sociology Department, University of Hong Kong)
  • Indonesian Heritage Lost, Found and Sold: Reinventing Indentity-Inspired Arts in Post-Touristic Times by Kathleen M. Adams (Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies, Loyola University Chicago)


2011 Lecture Series:

  • Rice Plus: Widows’ Economic Practices in Rural Cambodia by Dr. Susan H. Lee (Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences, Boston University)
  • Interpreting an Event: The funeral of Gen. Vang Pao by Prof. Kao-Ly Yang (Anthropology, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, California State University-Fresno)
  • Besmirched with Blood: an Emotional History of Transnational Romance in Colonial Singapore by Prof. Tamara Loos (Associate Professor, History and Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University)
  • Archaeological Investigations of Vietnam’s Ancient Capital by Prof. Nam Kim, (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology University of Wisconsin-Madison)


2010 Lecture Series:

  • Sodomy II, or what do one Mongolian model (blowed up real good), three frogs, 12 hydroelectric power plants, and millions (allegedly) of freshly-documented Filipino immigrants have to do with the political situation in Malaysia today? by Clare Boulanger
  • Thailand’s Crisis (not over yet) by Prof. Thongchai Winichakul (History, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Philiphe Binh and the Problem of Vietnamese Historical Biography by Prof. George Dutton (Associate Professor, Dept. of Asian Languages & Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles)
  • The Social Life of Companionable Objects: Living with Indonesian Things by Prof. Kenneth George (Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


2009 Lecture Series:

  • Opium, Power, People: Anthropological Understandings of a Drug Interdiction Project in Thailand by Prof. Kathleen Gillogly (Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Parkside)
  • Policing America’s Empire: Philippine Pacification and the Rise of the Surveillance State by Prof. Alfred W. McCoy (Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Cannibalism and Race Transformation in a Mekong Delta at War, 1945-52 by Shawn McHale (Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University)
  • Holy Matrimony? The Politics of Polygamy in Indonesia by Prof. Suzanne A Brenner (Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego)
  • Cambodian Buddhism and Cambodian Magic – Conceiving Religion by Prof. Erik Davis (Department of Religious Studies, Macalester College)


2008 Lecture Series:

  • Moving Costs: Internal migration in Vietnam since Doi Moi by Prof. Ian Coxhead (Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • The Price of Rice: Has globalization hurt Southeast Asia’s poor? by Prof. Ian Coxhead (Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


2007 Lecture Series:

  • Gender and Vietnam by Giang Han Tran (Fulbright Scholar of Sociology, Temple University)
  • The Study of Religion and the Understanding of Southeast Asia: Three Lectures on Three Challenges by Prof. Charles Hallisey (Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Three Lectures on Politics in the Philippines by Prof. Paul Hutchcroft (Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Special Lecture: Like a Paid Prison Sentence with a Good Chance of Drowning by Prof. Steve McKay (Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Two Lectures on Globalization and Development in Southeast Asia by Prof. Ian Coxhead (Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


2006 Lecture Series:

  • Dictatorship and Democracy in Burma by Ian Holliday (Humanities & Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong)
  • Southeast Asian Theater in the 21st Century by Evan Winnet (Theater and Dance, Macalester College)


2005 Lecture Series:

  • The Ramayana taught by Frank Smith (Khmer coordinator) and Amelia Liwe (Indonesian Coordinator)


2004 Lecture Series:

  • Islam in Southeast Asia taught by Anna M. Gade (Religion, Oberlin College)