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The latest issue of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies deals with Borderlands and Border Studies and is now online.
The issue’s contributions give insights into the contested sovereignties in South-East Asian borderlands by providing case studies on how actors negotiate their livelihoods with the states and thus also regard the State in a new light. Kazi Fahmida Farzana examines the hardships of Muslim Rohingya refugees between Burma and Bangladesh by analysing their artistic expressions as means of informal resistance and minority identities. Michael Eilenberg explores the Malaysian-Indonesian borderland, focussing on the absence of central state control and the ensuing lawlessness and vigilantism. Guest editor Alexander Horstmann demonstrates the spiritual and political construction of a Karen nation in the liminal space between Burma and Thailand. AKM Ahsan Ullah and Mallik Akram Hussain provide a coherent account of the human trafficking of female sex workers that is spurred by the increasing transnational co-operation in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Based on an analysis of the works of Thai film director Apichatpong Weerasetakul, Natalie Boehler provides an intimate account of the issue of a Thai cultural identity that rests on the dualism between jungle or wilderness and urban zones.
Also, Napakadol Kittisenee interviewed Chayan Vaddhanabhuti, Director of the Regional Centre for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) at Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
Outside the focus, Rolf Jordan analyses the parliamentary elections in Singapore in 2011, while demonstrating the decreasing support of the ruling party.
The section South-East Asia Visually finally deals with Singapore: Kuba Ryniewicz presents his photo essay on Indian photo studios and a specific traditional construction of ethnic identity within the multi-ethnic city-state.

Find the complete issue here.

Printed copies will be available by the end of January 2012 and can be ordered by e-mail.

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Do not forget to have a look at our call for papers for the upcoming issues.
Submissions for our next issue

  • ASEAS 5(1) HEALTH: EXTENDED submission deadline: 15 February 2012
  • ASEAS 5(2) ENVIRONMENT: submission deadline: 30 June 2012

Both Call for Papers can be found here.
Find more information on our website www.seas.at or contact the editorial board via aseas@seas.at


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As some of you might have noticed we carried out or first summer school programme this year. StudyExperience 2011 offered valuable and enriching insights into Thai and Cambodian culture, politics, history, tourism as well as development studies in situ. Our programme took place in Thailand and Cambodia and we as well as the participants considered it a great success. On the occasion of this newsletter we want to express our thanks to the motivated participants from various countries and backgrounds as well as the qualified partners we were able to work with. Highlights of the 4 weeks trip included a rich academic programme as well as practical experiences such as a klong tours, monk chats, guest lectures (amongst others by the president of Silapakorn University), visits of slum areas in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, excursions to hill tribe villages and vineyards and – most importantly – a varied cultural programme.

Testimonials of our participants: “Thank you for this adventurous journey through Thailand and Cambodia. I learned loads about South-East Asia and its people and it was all great fun too! If I had to pick the best moments, it would be the trekking tour in the pouring rain to the hill tribes in Northern Thailand, the elephant ride and, of course, the stunning beauty and mystery of Angkor and its temples. Thank you again for all the experiences, which I will never forget, same with the nice people I met!” (Angelika)

Given the successful start of StudyExperience 2011, we decided to organize a summerschool in 2012 as well. The StudyExperience team is already preparing the programme for the upcoming year: This time we plan to travel to Thailand and Laos! Guest lectures, a varied cultural and academic programme and trips to various NGOs will be included. If you are interested in StudyExperience 2012, please drop us a line (claudia.dolezal@seas.at) and we can keep you updated with current information. Or have a look at the StudyExperience webpage to learn about this year’s programme and further information on the 2012 journey, which is yet to come.

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Thanks for reading this newsletter and all the best for 2012!

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