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SSEAC NEWS
MARCH 2013
ACTIVITIES
Changes at the Centre
In January of 2013, SSEAC held a public seminar where three candidates for the Directorship, 2013-16, presented their vision for the Centre.
In January of 2013, SSEAC held a public seminar where three candidates for the Directorship, 2013-16, presented their vision for the Centre. SSEAC would like to thank all those members who attended the seminar and provided constructive feedback to our interview panel. Negotiations are ongoing. Members will be notified as soon as an appointment is made.  

This month SSEAC welcomes a new full-time Executive Officer, Dr Thushara Dibley. Thushara completed a PhD on peacebuilding NGOs in Timor-Leste and Aceh in 2012 and has spent the last year as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the USA.  Our current Administrator, Eve Warburton, is leaving the Centre to pursue doctoral studies at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific. Many thanks to Eve for all her hard work.

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Consuls General from the Region
Following the success of our launch last November, the Consul General from the Philippines, Anne Jalando On-Lois, organised a follow-up briefing with other Consuls General from the region.
Following the success of our launch last November, the Consul General from the Philippines, Anne Jalando-on Louis, organised a follow-up briefing with other Consuls General from the region. Indonesia,  Malaysia, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam, were represented at the meeting on February 23. The briefing was an opportunity for Director, Michele Ford, to explain more about the goals of the Centre, and for the Consuls General to propose ideas for future collaboration on public seminars, outreach activities and the upcoming ASEAN anniversary.
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Indonesia Country Group Colloquium
SSEAC will hold a half day Country Group Colloquium this Friday, March 8, with the aim of fostering the development of an academic community around the study of Indonesia, identifying possible collaborative prospects and helping to establish a strategic focus for the University’s engagement with Indonesia.
SSEAC will hold a half day Country Group Colloquium this Friday, March 8, with the aim of fostering the development of an academic community around the study of Indonesia, identifying possible collaborative prospects and helping to establish a strategic focus for the University’s engagement with Indonesia. All SSEAC members with an interest in Indonesia are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please register here if you are interested in attending.

For agenda details, please contact SSEAC’s Indonesia Country Coordinator, Jeff Neilson .

SSEAC will hold similar colloquiums for the other Country Groups in the coming months.
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OPPORTUNITIES
Conferences and Workshops
Click here to read about Southeast Asia related conferences and workshops.

The 12th International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS) (University of Sydney)
ICTS is now accepting papers and panels. The Super Early Bird Registration is now open. To receive updates on Conference details, join the mailing list.

2013 Myanmar (Burma) Update Conference (ANU)
The 2013 Myanmar (Burma) Update Conference will be held over two days, on Friday, 15 March and Saturday, 16 March 2013, at the Australian National University, Canberra, hosted by the Department of Political and Social Change, College of Asia and the Pacific, on the theme of “debating democratisation”.

Indonesia Council Open Conference (ICOC) 2013 (University of Tasmania)
The Seventh ICOC will be held at the University of Tasmania, 11 – 12 July 2013.  Preceding the conference proper a Workshop for Honours and graduate/postgraduate students will be held in the morning session on 11 July.

Thailand Grand Festival
The Thailand Grand Festival will be held on the 9th and 10th of March 2013 at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour. There will be  cultural crafts from the four regions of Thailand. There will even be the opportunity to try some of the traditional arts & crafts yourself.


Grants
Click here to read about grant opportunities in Southeast Asia.

AusAID Government Partnerships for Development grants

Round One of the AusAID Government Partnerships for Development (GPFD) program is now open for Concept Proposals. The closing date is Tuesday 26 March 2013. The internal University deadline is 5pm AEDT on Monday 18 March 2013.  Activities funded by the GPFD must focus on addressing poverty and assisting the economic development and welfare of the partner country and may include internships and placements, training workshops, twinning arrangements and policy research.

For more information please contact Kate Lollback.

For input on how to leverage the University’s Southeast Asian expertise in your proposal, contact SSEAC.

For students
Click here to read about Southeast Asia related opportunities for students.

Student research network

We are inviting students working on Southeast Asian topics, or who are Southeast Asian nationals, to register with SSEAC’s new research student network. By registering with SSEAC, students will receive periodic information on Centre activities and opportunities, and become involved in the development of a rich and active community of students from across the campus who share an interest in the region. Register with the SSEAC Research Student Network HERE.


Vietnam Afternoon Tea
All Vietnamese students and students with an interest in Vietnam at the University are invited to afternoon tea with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) on Wednesday 13 March from 3:00PM – 4:00PM at the International Portfolio’s Seminar Room to meet with Professor Merrilyn Walton - coordinator for Vietnam for the SSEAC. 

The afternoon tea is an opportunity to discuss the possibility of convening a 2 hour Seminar showcasing your research and learning.
Please RSVP to Trudy Fernan

SSEAC is planning a series of post-graduate student seminars 
What would you like from a SSEAC student seminar program? Take a moment to fill out this short survey, and help us create a vibrant, interdisciplinary resource for students working on Southeast Asia.


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CONTENTS
Activities
Opportunities
In Focus: Dr Vannessa Hearman
Featured Publication
IN FOCUS: DR VANNESSA HEARMAN
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Learn about Dr Vannessa Hearman's research into Indonesia's history of violence.
Vannessa Hearman joined the Department of Indonesian Studies this year after completing her PhD on the 1965-68 anti-communist repression in East Java, Indonesia. Her research deals with activism, social movements and the Indonesian left, as well as transitional justice in the aftermath of dictatorships.

Vannessa is part of several collaborative research projects about the 1965-66 violence in Indonesia. In February 2013 she worked with colleagues from the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and the ANU to organise a conference that brought together activists and researchers from Indonesia.

Vannessa is also collaborating with Dr Kate McGregor at the University of Melbourne to research Indonesia’s transnational linkages during the Sukarno years. This project involves archival and interview research in Europe, Indonesia and Cuba. It aims to provide a new history of Indonesia’s connectedness with the world in the 1950s and 60s and a more complex picture of the Cold War, especially as seen from Southeast Asia. 

FEATURED PUBLICATION
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Read about Michele Ford's new edited book Social Activism in Southeast Asia.
Social Activism in Southeast Asia examines the ways in which social movements operate in a region characterised by a history of authoritarian regimes and relatively weak civil society. It situates cutting-edge accounts of activism around civil and political rights, globalisation, peace, the environment, migrant and factory labour, the rights of middle- and working-class women and sexual identity in an overarching framework of analysis that forefronts the importance of human rights and the state as a focus for social activism.

Drawing on contemporary evidence from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste, the book explores the ways in which social movement actors engage with their international allies, the community and the state in order to promote social change. As well as providing detailed and nuanced analyses of particular movements in specific areas of Southeast Asia, the book addresses difficult questions about the politics, strategies and authenticity of social movements. 

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