Seminar on the History of Srivijaya and Chinese Sources

Please join us at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday 28 October 2020 for a talk by Dr. Johannes L. Kurz, Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of History and International Relations in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), on “Beyond Shilifoshi and Sanfoqi: Some Critical Remarks on the History of Srivijaya and Chinese Sources.”For more information, please see the flyer below.

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Multidisiplinary Conference on Vietnam + ASEAN – Call for Proposals

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) would like to announce the call for proposals for an upcoming multidisciplinary conference on Vietnam and ASEAN.The 12th Engaging With Vietnam (EWV) Conference will be held in conjunction with the 12th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Conference in Kyoto, Japan from 24-27 August 2021, and IAS is a collaborating partner.The theme for the conference is "Engaging With Vietnam and ASEAN: Mobilities and Identities in an Age of Global Transformation.”Proposals for EWV 12 may involve topics from all disciplines in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities that deal…

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Transnational Scholarship in the Periphery: Reflections of an Anthropologist

Professor Wan Zawawi Ibrahim is an anthropologist who has published on a wide range of topics, from early work on the Malay peasantry to more recent writings on identity among the indigenous peoples of Sabah and Sarawak.In early 2020, “Prof Wan,” as he is affectionately known, presented a seminar at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) entitled “On the Making of Transnational Scholarship in the Periphery: Reflections of an Anthropologist.”https://youtu.be/I0qRY9SQ3yY

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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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Seminar on Voluntary Immobility

Please join us at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday 21 October 2020 for a talk by Dr. Aris Ananta, visiting Professor at the Centre for Advanced Research (CARe) at UBD, on “Voluntary Immobility: Will it be the Future Dominant Population Mobility Pattern?”This seminar is jointly sponsored by IAS and CARe. For more information, please see the flyer below.

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Best of Borneo Travel in Indonesian

A work by Dr. Victor T. King, Professor of Borneo Studies at the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, has been translated into Indonesian.The Best of Borneo Travel, a book that Dr.King first published with Oxford Paperbacks in 1993 is available in Indonesian as Kalimantan tempo doeloe (Komunitas Bambu).To quote from the English description of the book,The Best of Borneo Travel is just that, a fascinating collection of colorful travel notes by Westerners--from those who first visited this Indonesian island-nation in the sixteenth century to writers still enthralled by Borneo today.Through the eyes of these European explorers, merchants,…

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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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Carnegie on Ethnic Plurality and State Formation in Indonesia

Associate Professor Paul J. Carnegie of the Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has just published a new chapter on “National Imaginary, Ethnic Plurality, and State Formation in Indonesia” in The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity.This chapter appears with 14 others in a section on Ethno-nationalism and Power that Dr. Carnegie edited for this 3-volume work.Please see below for an abstract of the chapter by Dr. Carnegie.Carnegie P.J. (2019) National Imaginary, Ethnic Plurality, and State Formation in Indonesia. In: Ratuva S. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2898-5_165AbstractIndonesia is a vast and diverse…

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IAS Publishes 60th Working Paper – Chinese Studies in Southeast Asia

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 60: From Periphery to Center to Periphery: Chinese Studies in Southeast Asia, 1960-2000 by Tong Chee Kiong and Lee Cheuk Yin. Please see below for details. Abstract: This paper examines the contribution of overseas scholars to Chinese studies. Given that eighty percent of the Chinese diaspora are located in Southeast Asia, it pays particular attention to social science scholarship in the region. The work of scholars in religion and ethnicity are highlighted. The authors argue that the rise of China…

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