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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes and sponsors a number of events such as lectures, film screening, workshops, symposia, conferences, exhibits, and performances throughout the year.  Several of these events are in collaboration with other U-M units, and are often free and open to the public. To see what we have planned for this semester, please visit our 2020 Lecture Series page.

CSEAS Lecture Series. Roundtable on “The Place of Waste in Southeast Asia”

Panelists: David R. Biggs, University of California Riverside; Von Hernandez, Break Free From Plastic; Tammara Soma, Simon Fraser University; Leah Zani, Oakland, California; Alyssa Paredes (moderator), University of Michigan
Friday, January 21, 2022
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
This roundtable discussion focuses on the place of waste in life in Southeast Asia and on the political and ecological stakes facing Southeast Asia.

This discussion spans historical, conservation, anthropological, and food systems conversations about how the production and treatment of waste critically affect both urban, rural, and maritime spaces. Framed by the following questions: How do you define waste in your work? What is the place of waste in Southeast Asian societies? And what is the place of the Southeast Asian region in global waste proliferation?

TAMMARA SOMA, Assistant Professor in Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University
LEAH ZANI, Anthropologist, Author, and Poet based in Oakland, California
VON HERNANDEZ, Global Coordinator, Break Free From Plastic
DAVID R. BIGGS, Professor of History, University of California Riverside

Moderator: ALYSSA PAREDES, LSA Collegiate Fellow in Anthropology, University of Michigan

Free and open to the public; please register at
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Link:
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Area Studies, Asian Languages And Cultures, Cseas Lecture Series, Discussion, Southeast Asia, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Donia Human Rights Center, Asian Languages and Cultures