Liam C. KELLEY

Associate Professor
PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

About

Liam C. Kelley is an Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Studies in The Institute of Asian Studies.

His background is in premodern Vietnamese history, but he is particularly interested in how the premodern Vietnamese past has been reinterpreted and re-purposed since the early twentieth century.

Beyond Vietnam, Professor Kelley has taught numerous courses on modern Southeast Asian history and is interested in re-conceptualizing the narrative of modern Southeast Asian history.

Professor Kelley is also very interested in the ways in which the Digital Revolution is transforming how scholars can produce and disseminate their ideas and has been at the forefront of the effort to employ new digital media for academic purposes.

Finally, together with Professor Phan Le Ha in the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE), Professor Kelley organizes an annual conference called Engaging With Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue (engagingwithvietnam.org).

Research Interests

     • Vietnamese history
     • Modern Southeast Asian history
     • Modern history of Borneo
     • Hipster Culture in Southeast Asia (and the world)
     • Digital Humanities
     • The Intersection of New Media and Academic Scholarship

Select Publications

Journal Articles

Liam C. Kelley, “The Centrality of ‘Fringe History’: Diaspora, the Internet and a New Version of Vietnamese Prehistory,” International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies Vol. 16, No. 1 (2020): 71–104.

Phan Lê Hà, Liam C. Kelley, and Jamie Gillen, “Introduction: The Collaboration Project between Engaging With Vietnam and the Journal of Vietnamese Studies,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies Vol. 15, No. 1 (2020): 1-5.

Liam C. Kelley, “From a Reliant Land to a Kingdom in Asia: Premodern Geographic Knowledge and the Emergence of the Geo-Body in Late Imperial Vietnam,” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 5.2 (2016): 460-496.

Liam C. Kelley, “Moral Exemplar, Our General, Potent Deity, Confucian Moralizer and National Hero: The Transformations of Trần Hưng Đạo,” Modern Asian Studies 49.6 (2015): 1963-1993.

Liam C. Kelley, “Tai Words and the Place of the Tai in the Vietnamese Past,” Journal of the Siam Society 101 (2013): 55-84.

Liam C. Kelley, “The Biography of the Hồng Bàng Clan as a Medieval Vietnamese Invented Tradition,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 7.2 (2012): 87-130.

Book Chapters

Liam C. Kelley, “Constructing Local Narratives: Spirits: Dreams, and Prophecies in the Medieval Red River Delta,” in China’s Encounters on the South and Southwest: Forging the Fiery Frontier, James Anderson and John K. Whitmore, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 78-105.

Liam C. Kelley, “Inventing Traditions in Fifteenth-Century Vietnam,” in Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours, edited by Victor Mair and Liam C. Kelley (Singapore: ISEAS, 2015), 161-193.

Edited Books and Special Issues

Phan Lê Hà, Liam C. Kelley and Jamie Gillen, eds., “Special Issue: The Collaboration Project between Engaging With Vietnam and the Journal of Vietnamese Studies,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies Vol. 15, No. 1 (2020).

John D. Phan and Liam C. Kelley, eds., “Buddhist Literacy in Early Modern Vietnamese Print Culture,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018).

Victor Mair and Liam C. Kelley, eds., Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours (Singapore: ISEAS, 2015).

News

Liam C. Kelley on Vietnamese History & Area/Asian Studies

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) is pleased to share a video interview with Dr. Liam C. Kelley of IAS on Vietnamese History & Area/Asian Studies. For more information about Dr. Kelley, please visit his IAS staff page:https://ias.ubd.edu.bn/liam-kelley/ Articles mentioned in the video: Liam C. Kelley, “The Decline of Asian Studies in […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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New Article on Vietnamese History

In a new article on Vietnamese history, Associate Professor Liam C. Kelley reinterprets what we know about the historical development of the southern half of Vietnam. The southern half of Vietnam has long been characterized by historians as historically less-centralized, less-Confucian, and less-bureaucratic than the Vietnamese heartland in the Red River delta. However, through a […]

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Kelley Co-Edits Journal Issue on Vietnam

Associate Professor Liam C. Kelley of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies. Entitled “The Collaboration Project between Engaging With Vietnam and the Journal of Vietnamese Studies,” this special issue contains three papers from an annual multi-disciplinary conference on Vietnam called Engaging […]

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Kelley on Vietnamese “Fringe History”

Associate Professor Liam C. Kelley of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam has just published an article on “The Centrality of ‘Fringe History’: Diaspora, The Internet and a New Version of Vietnamese Prehistory” in the International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies. The abstract of the article is as follows: Until recently, virtually […]

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Seminar on Vietnam as a “Royal Nation”

Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) Associate Professor Liam C. Kelley will give a talk for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Seminar Series on “The Forgotten Role of the ‘Royal Nation’ of Vietnam.” For more information, please see the flyer below.

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IAS Working Paper on Early British North Borneo

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No. 45: Stranger Kings and Strangers in an Asiatic Country: The Ambiguity of Human Relations in Early British North Borneo by Liam C. Kelley. Please see below for details. Abstract: This paper seeks to understand how […]

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