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University of Passau Research Colloquium on Southeast Asia

The Passau Southeast Asian Research Colloquium is a forum for all those with an interest in Southeast Asian studies, and brings together researchers, teaching staff members, students and guest participants.

The research colloquium provides a window on ongoing research on Southeast Asia at the University of Passau, including the presentation of work currently being undertaken by guest researchers from Germany and overseas. This information on the most recent developments in the field provides students with valuable inputs for the design and implementation of their own research projects.

All those with a connection to Southeast Asian Studies at the university are welcome to attend the colloquia and take part in the discussions.


The colloquia are organized and led by the Chairs of the two Southeast Asian Studies departments:

Chair of the  Department of Southeast Asian Studies

Professor Rüdiger Korff

Chair of the  Department of Comparative Development and Cultural Studies (Specialization: Southeast Asia)

Professor Martina Padmanabhan


and take place on Wednesdays 4-6 PM at Dr.-Hans-Kapfinger-Str.14b, Room 314a.

For dates and more information please view the attached poster.

Complexities and Courage in Political Participation – A South East Asian Perspective

Expertinnenfrühstück mit Suzaina Kadir

18.06.2014, 8:30h – 9:30h, NEOSphäre, Neustiftgasse 73-75, 1070 Wien


Political participation takes on different guises in South East Asia – whether electing a new leader, recuperating from a coup or experiencing policy changes announced by political leadership. In light of Thailand’s coup, Indonesia being on the brink of its fourth presidential election and Singapore mulling over the idea of “constructive politics”, Dr. Suzaina Kadir will elaborate on political mobilization and civic engagement throughout the region.

Recent developments in the region not only showcase political transition but also emphasize the breakdown of old power structures based on hierarchies. It is timely to critically examine whether civic engagement has indeed made a positive impact on social development.

Some issues that will be addressed are:

·         How and why does political participation benefit society?

·         How can citizens play more active roles in championing the causes they believe in?


Suzaina Kadir is Senior Lecturer at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research interests include religion and politics (particularly political Islam and governance in Southeast Asia) and state-society relations and political change in Asia. Kadir is a board member of the Media Development Authority and the Institute of Technical Education; she previously served on the 2003 Remaking Singapore Committee, the Censorship Review Committee, the Feedback Unit Supervisory Panel, and Preparatory Committee for the 2012 Singapore Green Plan. She recently formed a virtual women’s group, Women-In-Mind, focused on creating a space for, and giving a voice to, professional Muslim women in Singapore.


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Veranstaltung: The Toxic Disaster – Agent Orange in Vietnam

Am 23.05.2014 um 18Uhr findet in der Universität Passau ein von der HSG Projekt SOA initiierter Themenabend über die chemische Kriegsführung in Vietnam und seine Folgen im Gebäude HK 14b, Raum 314a statt. Der Vortrag über das Dioxin-Herbizid Agent Orange wird von drei Experten aus verschiedenen Foki (künstlerisch, rechtlich, Zukunftsfragen) erörtert und stellt nicht nur die historischen Geschehnisse dar, sondern rückt die sozialen und ökologischen Folgen in den Fokus. Diese Präsentation wird durch Auszüge der Dokumentation Lighter Than Orange begleitet. U.a. werden der Produzent und Initiator des Films anwesend sein.


Empfang ist um 17:30 Uhr und nach dem Vortrag wird es ein Büffet mit weiterem Raum für Gespräche geben.

Der Eintritt ist kostenlos. Spenden sind gern gesehen zumal sie zu 100% dem Projekt zukommen.

Facebooklink zur Veranstaltung:


Der Dokumentarfilm “Lighter than Orange” veranschaulicht anhand einiger Schicksale (von insg. 4 Mio. vietnamesischen Veteranen), politisches Versagen während des Vietnamkriegs. Die Einwirkung des Dioxin-Herbizid Agent Orange, welches während des Kriegs eingesetzt wurde, führte zu Veränderung der DNA der Betroffenen. Diese Änderung wurden über die Generationen weitergegeben mit der Konsequenz, dass noch immer Kinder zur Welt gebracht werden, die unter unheilbaren Krankheiten und Missbildung leiden.

Weitere Infos zum Film inkl. Trailer:


Die Vortragenden & Inhalt ihrer Präsentation:

Nga Le (Gründerin einer Versicherung für nachhaltige Entwicklung, Projektunterstützerin für bisher ungelösten Haftungsschäden um Agent Orange)

Thematisierung verschiedener Risikowahrnehmung unter dem Aspekt der kulturellen Prägung

Matthias Leupold (Produzent, Regie, Kunstprofessor)

Entstehung & Realisierung des Dokumentarfilmes näheres Eingehen auf die Biografien der Veteranen

Felix Klickermann (Jurastudent: Schwerpunkt Internationales Recht)

Ausmaß der Einsätze von Agent Orange & deren Konsequenzen gegenwärtige Wiedergutmachungsentwicklungen rechtliche Kernfragen (insbesondere die Frage der Schadenshaftung)

PhD Seminar at the University of Copenhagen

ADI-ToRS PhD Seminar: Ideology Post Cold War (27 – 28 May 2014)

Leftism, Political Islam, Authoritarian Nationalism, and its Convergences/Divergences: the Future of Political Ideology in Indonesia and the Global South and its Regionalizations.


Guest speakers:

Prof. Vedi Hadiz – Professor of Asian Societies and Politics at Murdoch University in Perth and Australian Research Council Future Fellow currently researching subjects in relation to State, Class and Islamic Populism.

Dr. Carool Kersten – Senior Lecturer in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World and Deputy Research Director of the Centre for Religions, Theology & Public Life at King’s College London with background in the history of religion, Arabic, Indonesian and Islamic Studies.


Political ideology and its effects on the progress of social and political change have drastically been neglected and undervalued in the post-Cold War era, both in the theoretical field and also in the Area Studies. Marked to be old-fashioned or backward-looking, the subject of political ideology has not been the primary focus of contemporary political science research. Moreover, the end of ideology has been declared in resonance with the claim made by Francis Fukuyama that history has found its end.
In contrast to that, New Humanities, Subaltern Studies and Postcolonial Theory show that ideology is ever more vital, vibrant and significant than ever in social life and political transformations. But ideologies do not appear and are not visible in the same way that they have been in the 60s and 70s, but they re-appear in alternative and changing figurations.


Requirements & ECTS:
Participants are required to read mandatory readings (including but not limited to one text of each of the guest speakers) and actively participate during the discussion rounds of the PhD seminar. Participants are strongly encouraged to give a 10-15 minutes presentation relating their own dissertation project to the PhD seminar topic which will result in a higher number of ECTS awarded: 2.6 ECTS for full participation with presentation, 1,1 ECTS for full participation without presentation.



Participants should ideally be PhD candidates, however, masters students with relevant research topics are also welcome participants. Participants are selected on the basis of their application documents. Selected participants are asked to cover their own travel, accommodation and food expenses. The PhD seminar itself is free of charge. Presenters have the chance to get individual feedback from the two high-level scholars present and engage with them in direct discussion during the seminar as well as the networking session.


Application procedure & deadline for submission:
Please send a short CV (1 page), PhD abstract (250 words), expression of interest relating own PhD topic to the topic of the PhD seminar (500 words) as three separate documents (ideally Word) to, and by 5 May 2014. Late applications will be considered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For more detailed information, please, go to the following webpage:

or contact the organisers Mark Philip Stadler ( and Dr. Alexander Horstmann (



Summer School 2014 at Heidelberg University

The Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” welcomes applications for its Summer School 2014 “Politics of Near Futures: Possibilities, Prophecies, Prognoses” which will take place from July 27 to 31, 2014, at Heidelberg University in Germany.


This year’s Summer School will explore historical and contemporary ways of making sense of the future and bringing ideas of worlds-to-come into the spheres of politics, science and cultural production. As the world of the 21st Century is shaking at all ends, deliberations about humanity’s possible near futures have regained heightened urgency and importance across the registers of politics, science and religion. The Summer School will study transcultural ideas of human and non-human near futures. That is, futures that are imagined by narrating contemporary potentialities into the future: As prophecy, estimate, prognosis, demographic planning, extrapolation or statistical calculation.


The Summer School addresses graduate students in humanities and social sciences with an interest in transcultural ideas of the end of times and ideas of possible futures. It is designed as an academic programme, which combines insights in the research of renowned experts in the form of lectures with discussions with fellow participants. The invited scholars represent a wide range of backgrounds and share an interest in engaging in critical dialogue across regional and disciplinary boundaries. The confirmed speakers include Michel Garenne (Institut Pasteur, Paris), Jennie Chapman (University of Hull), Eben Kirksey (University of New South Wales) and from Heidelberg University Anthony Santoro, Sophie Roche, Katja Rakow, Kerstin von Lingen and Daniel Münster.


In addition to the academic program, a range of excursions and leisure activities in and around the city of Heidelberg will be offered.


The application form can be found on the website listed below and is to be sent together with a letter of motivation by May 31. For more information see


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Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is offering 5 American, 5 Cambodian and 5 French undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to join a 6 week Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia. It will take place from Monday June 30th to Friday August 8th 2014.

CKS will offer successful candidates a fellowship of a maximum of $800 to contribute toward the cost of flights and other program related expenses.

CKS has been running a Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Programs in Cambodia since 2004. The program is intended for those individuals who have a genuine interest in Cambodia and Southeast Asia, and who may be considering graduate studies or careers in the region. With this in mind the focus is on striking a balance between academic rigor and extra curricula activities and field visits designed to give students a better understanding of contemporary Cambodian society.

The program provides a unique experience allowing students to live and study alongside others from different backgrounds and cultures while learning about the history and society of today’s Cambodia. During their residency students will be based at the CKS campus in Siem Reap, which is situated in the beautiful grounds of Wat Damnak, one of the town’s largest Buddhist pagodas, only minutes away from the famous Angkor World Heritage Site with its enigmatic temples.


Application deadline: April 1st, 2014


For more detailed information, please, visit:


Birmanisch-Sprachkurs in Barcelona, November 2013

Von 04. bis 08. November 2013 wird voraussichtlich ein Burmesisch Sprachkurs in
Barcelona stattfinden. Es werden verschiedene Level angeboten, auch für von absolute Anfänger. Der Kurs wird von Justin Watkins (SOAS – London) organisiert. Weitere Infos werden in der Facebook-Gruppe bekanntgegeben:

Lecture series on Southeast Asia, starting June 2013, University of Freiburg (Germany)

Together with Southeast Asian Studies at Freiburg (, Studium Generale of the University of Freiburg offers a Colloquium politicum Spotlight on Southeast Asia. Within the lecture series, national and international guest scholars regularly present their findings and discuss current issues. Programme of lecture series: FOCUS Southeast Asia – Lecture Series

Seminar “Global processes and Local Agency in Queer Asian History: Observations from Thailand”, Goettingen, 25. Juni 2013, 14-17 Uhr,

Das Kompetenznetzwerk “Dynamiken von Religion in Südostasien” bietet am 25. Juni ein Graduate Student Seminar mit dem Titel: “Global processes and Local Agency in Queer Asian History: Observations from Thailand” mit Professor Peter Jackson von der Australian National University an. Peter Jackson ist Professor of Thai history and cultural studies am
College of Asia and the Pacific an der ANU. Das Seminar richtet sich an Graduate Students aus der Ethnologie, der
Geschlechterforschung, der Europäischen Ethnologie und der Thaiistik sowie an interessierte Studierende anderer Disziplinen mit thematisch verwandten Forschungsprojekten. Mehr Informationen: DORISEA Graduate Student Seminar with Peter Jackson