Dominant Party SystemsMay 9-10, 2014

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan and the University of Malaya are partnering to organize a comparative conference on dominant party systems. Dominant party systems are those in which a single party or coalition rules for an extraordinary period of time by regularly winning contested, multiparty elections. This two-day conference will bring together scholars from around the world, both established and junior, who are doing cutting-edge work on the topic.

The conference will focus on the formation, evolution and breakdown of this special type of party system. It is centrally concerned with accounting for the feature of dominance that is so striking in cases like Taiwan, Senegal, and Mexico: a ruling party’s extraordinary duration in elected office. As these cases and others demonstrate, some ruling parties endure in power under electorally competitive conditions for extremely long periods of time. Their existence raises two questions that we intend to address in this conference. The first is about the origins of dominant party systems: under what conditions do ruling parties acquire large electoral advantages over all competitors in the party system? The second is about the evolution of dominant party systems: what affects the rate at which these ruling party advantages decline relative to competitors, leading to their eventual defeat?

One goal of the conference is to bring together scholars examining similar sets of questions using a variety of methods (including qualitative, quantitative and formal modeling) and looking at a wide range of empirical contexts. Toward the latter goal our list of potential participants includes scholars who work on dominant party regimes in Africa East Asia, Europe, the countries of former communist block, Latin American, North America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The conference will be organized by Dr. Terence Gomez, a Professor at the University of Malaya, who will be visiting the University of Michigan for the 2013-14 academic year. 

F R I D A Y,  M A Y  9

9-9:15 am  |  Welcoming Remarks

9:15-10:45 am  |  Panel 1: Comparative Views of One-Party Dominance

11 am-12:30 pm  |  Panel 2: Dominance in Developed Democracies

2-4 pm  |  Panel 3: Dominance in New and Developing Democracies

S A T U R D A Y ,  M A Y 1 0

9-11 am  |  Panel 4: Dominance in Autocracies

11:15 am-12:45 pm  |  Wrap-up discussion and workshop (all conference participants)


Islamism in Southeast AsiaOctober 11, 2013

The Islamic Studies Program will host a one-day conference exploring Islamism and Politics in Southeast Asia. 

Panel 1: Electoral Politics in Muslim Majority States


Allen Hicken, Department of Political Science, U-M


Kikue Hamayotsu, Northern Illinois University

Thomas Pepinsky, Cornell University

Meredith Weiss, State University of New York


Panel 2:  Islam and Political Mobilization in Muslim Minority States


Pauline Jones Luong, Director, Islamic Studies Program


Joseph Chinyong Liow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Duncan McCargo, University of Leeds

Joel Selway, Brigham Young University 


Picturing Empire: Race and the Lives of the Photographs of Dean C. WorcesterMarch 15, 2013, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 1636 II/SSWB

Picturing Empire: Race and the Lives of the Photographs of Dean C. Worcester in the Philippines

Race, Gender and Colonialism: Representation in the Worcester Photos



Sony Bolton (U-M): "The Bureau for Non-Christian Tribes: Bioeconomies and Archival Bodies in Philippine History"
Charley Sullivan (U-M): "'I hope to do something among the native races': Anthropology, anthropometry and photography in the American racial project in the colonial Philippines"
Nerissa Balce Cortez (SUNY Stony Brook): "Body Parts of Empire"
Mark Rice (St. John Fisher College): Dean Worcester's Photographs and the Slippery Lines of Race"

Discussant:    Victor Mendoza (U-M)

Politics of the Archive: The Afterlives of the Worcester Photos



Melissa Banta (Harvard): "The Governor General's Archive: Photographic Encounters in the Philippines, 1903-1913"
Michael Price (Independent Scholar): "The Place of Worcester in the History of Philippine Photography"
Ricky Punzalan (Univ. of Maryland): "Archival dispersal and Virtual Reunification: Understanding the Provenance of Worcester's Ethnographic Photographs"
Analyn Salvador-Amores (Univ. of the Philippines, Baguio): "Worcester Photographs in Anthropological Fieldwork: Visualizing Igorot Material Culture from the Archives to the Cordilleras in northern Luzon, Philippines"

Discussant: Susan F. Go (U-M)

Native Life in the Philippines


Film Showing and Discussion.  

Natural Science Auditorium

2140 Kraus Building

830 N. University Ave

The first public showing of Dean Worcester's recently rediscovered 1913 film.


Nick Deocampo (Filmmaker and film critic)

Kate Pourshariati (Univ. of Pennsylvania)

Mark Rice (St. John Fisher College)


Organized by Carla Sinopoli, Deirdre de la Cruz, and CSEAS.Co-sponsored by: Understanding Race Theme Semester, International Institute, Office of the Vice President for Research, Rackham Graduate School, College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts, Institute for the Humanities, Museum Studies Program, Departments of American Culture, Anthropology, Asian Languages and Cultures, History, Screen Arts and Cultures, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program, Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Natural History, Bentley Historical Library, and University Library. 

Southeast Asia: Between the Lines Graduate Student Conference and WorkshopDecember 9-10, 2011

December 9-10, 2011
1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 S. University, Ann Arbor, MI

To continue the conversation started in our 2010 50th Anniversary interdisciplinary conference on the state of Southeast Asian Studies, CSEAS hosted Southeast Asia: Between the Lines, a graduate student conference and workshop. The conference aimed to continue conversations on Southeast Asia across disciplinary lines, build connections between graduate students at different institutions, and facilitate intensive interactions between faculty and student participants. Support for this event came from the Henry Luce Foundation,  Rackham Graduate School, and the Departments of Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology.

Invited moderators/workshop facilitators: 

Ian Baird

Geography/Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Vicente Rafael

History, University of Washington

Dan Slater

Political Science, University of Chicago

Anna Tsing

Anthropology/Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz 

Call for Papers



50th Anniversary Conference & Reunion 

Performing Tradition and Hybridity in Southeast Asia

Unsettling Territories in Southeast Asia

Culture & Power in the Southeast Asian Marketplace

Regionalism and Liberalism in Southeast Asia

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Changing Southeast Asian Studies