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2021/22 Lecture Series

The Place of Waste in Southeast Asia

January 21 – Roundtable (10:30 AM-12:00 PM EST)

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

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Music and Incitement to Violence: Anti-Muslim Hate Music in Burma/Myanmar

February 11 – Lecture

HEATHER MACLACHLAN, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Interim Director of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Dayton

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Racial Capitalism and Interspecies Empire in Colonial Myanmar

March 4 – Lecture

JONATHAN SAHA, Associate Professor of South Asian History, Department of History, University of Durham

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Pedagogies of Transfemininity in the Spanish Colonial Philippines, 1589-1864

March 18 – Lecture

JAYA JACOBO, Assistant Professor of Gender, Equality, and Diversity, Institute of Education, Coventry University

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Magnetic Female Power in East Javanese Cross-Gender Dance Performance

April 8 – Lecture

CHRISTINA SUNARDI, Department of Dance Chair; Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology; Adelaide D. Currie Cole Endowed Professor, University of Washington

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Productive Frictions, Ho Chi Minh City’s Street Life, and the Future of Street Spaces

April 15 – Lecture

HUE-TAM JAMME, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

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How Governments Declare Disasters: Thoughts from Southeast Asia

Monday, September 13 – Lecture & Career Talk
12:00-1:00 PM EST, 1010 Weiser Hall & Virtual register at
A. MICHAEL STERN, United States Agency for International Development
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1:30-2:30 PM EST, 1010 Weiser Hall
A Discussion with A. Michael Stern on Career Building in Asian Studies

A River Changes Course (2013) and Lost World (2018)

Wednesday, October 6 – Film Screenings and Discussion with the Director
6:30-9:00 PM EST,  Wells Hall, Michigan State University
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KALYANEE MAM, Award Winning Filmmaker

Lost World (2018)

Friday, October 8 – Film Screening and Discussion with Film Director
12:00-1:00 PM EST, Herderson Room, Michigan League
Virtual participation; register at
KALYANEE MAM, Award Winning Filmmaker
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The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Indonesia and Comparisons with the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, October 15 – Lecture
12:00-1:00 PM EST, Virtual; register at
SIDDHARTH CHANDRA, Michigan State University
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The Past, Present, and Future of LGBT Activism in Singapore: A Roundtable on Pink Dot

Monday, October 25 – Roundtable
9:30-11:00 AM EST, Virtual; register at
Panelists: ALFIAN SA’AT (Singaporean writer), MICHELLE LAZAR (National University of Singapore), ROBERT PHILLIPS (Ball State University), and PAVAN MANO (King's College London), with ADI SALEEM BHARAT (U-M) as the moderator
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Is the Philippines Asia's Banana Republic? Vertical Disintegration After Empire

Friday, November 5 – Lecture
12:00-1:00 PM EST, Virtual; register at
ALYSSA PAREDES, University of Michigan
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Nhu Quynh’s Stardom: The (Re)making of Womanhood on Screen, Creative Labor, and the Contemporary Vietnamese Film Industry

Friday, November 19 – Lecture
12:00-1:00 PM EST, Virtual; register at
QUI-HA HOANG NGUYEN, Yale University
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The Role of Strategic Ignorance in Indonesian Agrarian Development

Friday, December 3 – Lecture
12:00-1:00 PM EST, Virtual; register at