IAS Supervises Award Winners

In addition to conducting research, the staff members of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) also teach and supervise students in various faculties at the university. Associate Professor Paul J. Carnegie recently had the privilege of supervising two award-winning students.The two UBD students, Caroline Anne Yong Suk Zhen (above left) and Siu Tzyy Wei (above right), recently won a Special Recognition Award at the 2020 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest for their submission titled Of Digital Divides and Paradigm Shifts: A Letter to the Future.The contest was organized by the ASEAN-Korea Centre, Korea National Diplomatic…

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Webinar & Book Launch on the Repercussions of COVID-19 on FTAs and International Investment in the Asia-Pacific

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) is pleased to host a webinar and book launch entitled: “New Frontiers in Asia-Pacific International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution: Webinar & Book Launch.” What are the current and potential repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, for FTAs and international investment in the Asia-Pacific region? A panel of experts will briefly discuss, in roundtable format, developments in India, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia, and in so doing, will draw on their recently published volume, “New Frontiers in Asia-Pacific International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution” (Kluwer 2021). Dr Michael Hwang SC will…

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Keynote on Countering Militant Extremism in Indonesia

Associate Professor Paul Carnegie of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) gave a virtual keynote address on “Countering Militant Extremism in Indonesia” for the online Islamic Culture Society (ICS) Conference, Universitas Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia, 29-30th September 2020.The theme of the conference was “Countering Radicalism and Terrorism in the Digital Era: Reshaping a Global Peace Community.Dr. Carnegie’s talk discussed Indonesia's experience with militant extremism and the conditioning circumstances associated with its reproduction in discourse and practice. It then went on to consider what lessons we can draw from Indonesia’s previous responses to militant extremism especially…

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Promoting Collaboration with Scholars in Latin America

Dr. Merlin Franco, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD), recently presented a paper for the International Online Conference on Ethnobiology (Conferência Internacional Online de Etnobiologia) organized by Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa (UFPB) in Brazil.Dr. Franco’s presentation was on “Exploring opportunities for collaboration between ethnobiologists from Latin America and Southeast Asia.”Given the similarities between the tropical rainforest ecosystems of Latin America and Southeast Asia, there is indeed much that scholars can collaborate on, and in his talk Dr. Franco highlighted ways to do this. The participants of…

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Webinar on Vietnamese and International Scholarship

Associate Professor Liam C. Kelley of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) presented a webinar on 20 September 2020 on “Việt Origins in Vietnamese and International Scholarship: Unequal Knowledge in the Global Age” as part of “The Vietnam Studies Research Snapshot (VSRS) Webinar Series.”The VSRS Webinar Series seeks “to foster a global network of Vietnam Studies scholars and students from within and outside Vietnam. . . to connect generations of Vietnam Studies researchers across thematic and disciplinary groups through intellectual debates, networking activities, and mutual support.”See below for the abstract of Dr. Kelley’s webinar.For…

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Kelley Appointed Co-Editor of New Journal

Associate Professor Liam C. Kelley has been appointed co-editor of China and Asia: A Journal in Historical Studies (CAHS).Founded by Professor Han Xiaorong of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, CAHS is a peer-reviewed English-language forum for historical research on relations between China and other regions of Asia during both the pre-modern and modern periods. Its purpose is to promote communication and exchange among the global Asian studies community, especially among scholars based in Asian countries. CAHS publishes manuscripts focusing on the political, economic, social, and cultural interactions between China and other parts of Asia, as well as studies covering a…

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King Presents at Borneo Tourism Research Centre in Sabah

Professor Victor T. King presented two talks on 27 February 2020 at the Borneo Tourism Research Centre, Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu on “ASEAN Tourism Development: Borneo Case Studies” and “Writing for Academic Publication”.The visit was organised by Associate Professor Dr. Janice Nga Lay Hui and Professor Dr. Chan Kim Lian.Dr. King, Professor of Borneo Studies at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, has published extensively on tourism in ASEAN and the anthropology of Borneo.For more on the Borneo Tourism Research Centre, please visit their website.

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News Coverage of F. Merlin Franco’s Research on Plant Blindness

Dr. F. Merlin Franco of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam discussed his research on the role that open-air markets can play in combating plant blindness on the Royal Television Brunei evening news.In his discussion, Dr. Franco reiterates points that he has made in a recently published co-authored article on the biocultural importance of Tamu Kianggeh, an open-air market in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.Entitled “Socialising over Fruits and Vegetables: The Biocultural Importance of an Open-Air Market in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam” and published in the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, the article investigates ways in which…

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Public Lecture on 4.0 Revolution in the News

A report on the recent public lecture sponsored by IAS and UBD on “Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Inclusive Future of Work” by Dr. Mia Mikic, has been featured in the Borneo Bulletin.Please follow the link below to read the report:https://borneobulletin.com.bn/jobs-requiring-digital-skills-go-12pc-four-years-2/Dr. Mikic, Director of the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division at UN ESCAP, spoke to a full auditorium on the topic of the industrial revolution 4.0 and its consequences for work in Asia.Below please find some images from the event.

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New Volume in Honour of Victor T. King

Professor Victor T. King of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam has been honored with a book that has been published in recognition of his contributions to the field of Southeast Asian Studies.The book is entitled Borneo and Sulawesi: Indigenous Peoples, Empires and Area Studies (Routledge, 2019) and is edited by Ooi Keat Gin.The description of the book states that,“This book presents a great deal of new research findings on the history of Borneo, the history of Sulawesi and the interrelationship between the two islands.  Some specific chapters focus on empires and colonizers, including the activities of…

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