Seminar on the Sociology of the Everyday in Contemporary Brunei

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) recently held a seminar on “Mundane to Meaningful: Toward a Sociology of the Everyday in Contemporary Brunei” by Associate Professor Paul J. Carnegie.In this seminar, Dr. Carnegie discussed the sociology of the everyday approach, and introduced a recently published book in the IAS / Springer “Asia in Transition” book series that he co-edited with Professor Lian Kwen Fee and Dk Dr. Noor Hasharina Pg Hj Hassan (IAS) that employs this approach - (Re)presenting Brunei Darussalam: A Sociology of the Everyday.For more about the seminar, please see the flyer…

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Working Paper on Conceptualising Precarity in Southeast Asia

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 77: Precarity Matters: Conceptual Travails in Southeast Asia by Paul J. Carnegie.Please see below for details. Download the Working Paper Abstract: Marginality, vulnerability and disadvantage are key concerns of the social sciences. Nevertheless, state-business-investment agendas, policies, and practices in Southeast Asia regularly downplay these issues.This paper examines the applicability of a precarity framework for deciphering the forces, processes, and interests shaping contemporary forms of jeopardy in the region. Using a selection of illustrative examples, it demonstrates that conceptualising precarity enhances…

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MA and PhD in Asian Studies

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) is now accepting applications for the August 2024 intake to its MA and PhD in Asian Studies by research programs.For more information about these programs and for links to the application and scholarship information, please visit the IAS Graduate Studies web page.The deadline for submission is 29 February 2024.

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New Editorial on Geographical Debates

Senior Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies Koh Sin Yee has recently published a co-authored editorial on “Way-finding agendas through Transactions” in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.The piece is the first in a series of occasional editorials where readers are guided through groups of papers recently published in the journal that the editorial board considers as being ‘way-finding’ contributions to geographical debates. In spotlighting these groups of curated papers, the editorial invites readers to use the papers to navigate and engage with ongoing conversations and discussions in the field.

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Seminar on Chinese Language Education in Brunei Darussalam

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) recently held a seminar on “The Rise of China and Chinese Language Education in Brunei Darussalam” by Assistant Professor Dr. Hannah Ho Ming Yit of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at UBD.For more information about the seminar, please see the flyer below.

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Workshop on “Decolonialising Migration Studies?”

Senior Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies Koh Sin Yee co-organised a two-day workshop entitled “Decolonising Migration Studies?” with Professor Francis Collins (Waipapa Taumata Rau – University of Auckland) and Professor Brenda Yeoh (National University of Singapore).The workshop was held on 20-21 November 2023 at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. It included an open panel session where Dr Koh presented a paper.The workshop explored the relationship between colonialism and migration studies and addressed the future of the field in a time of intellectual decolonisation.

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Seminar on Publishing With Springer

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) recently held a joint seminar with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) on “Book Publishing With Springer” by Alex Westcott Campbell, Senior Editor at Springer Nature.IAS publishes with Springer a successful book series called “Asia in Transition.” For more information about this series, please visit the Springer website.For more information about Alex Westcott Campbell’s talk, please see the flyer below.

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New Chapter on Tianxia in Comparative Perspective

Associate Professor Liam C. Kelley of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam has recently published a chapter entitled “Tianxia as Anticosmopolitan and Protoracial: A Case Study of Late Imperial Vietnam” in a book entitled Tianxia in Comparative Perspectives: Alternative Models for a Possible Planetary Order that was edited by Roger T. Ames, Sor-hoon Tan, and Steven Y. H. Yang (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2023).“Tianxia/Thiên Hạ” is a very old concept in East Asia. It literally means “All Under Heaven,” and it is a term that was used to refer to such concepts as “the empire” or…

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Seminar on Electric Vehicles and Critical Materials Dependency

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) recently held a seminar on “Electric Vehicles and Critical Materials Dependency: A Geopolitical Analysis” by Associate Professor Dr. Bruno Jetin.For more information about the seminar, please see the flyer below.

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IAS Working Paper on Women in Pramoedya Ananta Toer Novel

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 76: Women as Agents of Patriarchy in The Girl from the Coast (1991) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer by Dk Nur Hazirah Pg Hassani.Please see below for details. Download the Working Paper Abstract: Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s The Girl from The Coast (1991) is a novel about women’s struggles under Javanese patriarchy, highlighting the controversial culture of polygamy and ‘practice wives’ in colonial Indonesia.Previous studies of the novel have situated the character of The Girl as the victimised female under the Bendoro’s…

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