New Special Issue on Debating Southeast Asia

Professor Victor T. King of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) has edited a special issue of the journal Suvannabhumi: Multi-disciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies on “Debating Southeast Asia.”The papers in this special issue were first presented at a conference organized by the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies at Busan University of Foreign Studies in 2019 on the theme of “The Recognition and Construction of Southeast Asia as a Whole.”In addition to an introduction, Professor King also has a paper in this special issue entitled “Who Made Southeast Asia? Personages, Programs and Problems…

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IAS Working Paper on Covid-19 and Tourism in Southeast Asia

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 57: Covid-19 and Tourism in Southeast Asia by Jennifer Kim Lian Chan and Victor T. King. Please see below for details. Abstract: During the past two decades the Southeast Asian region has experienced a range of major crises. Its substantial tourism industry has often taken the brunt of these difficult and testing events, from natural and environmental calamities, epidemics and pandemics, downturns and financial slumps in the world economy, terrorism and political conflict. The latest peril, this time on a…

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IAS Working Paper on the Iban of Melilas, Ulu Belait

Working Paper No 56: The Iban of Melilas, Ulu Belait: From Migrants to Citizens by Mahirah Nazatul Hazimah and Lian Kwen Fee. Please see below for details. Abstract: There are an estimated 14,000 to 20,000 Iban living in Brunei, most of them in the Ulu Belait and Temburong districts. They migrated to Brunei from Sarawak just before the Second World War in search of new land and opportunity to improve their livelihood. Not recognized as one of the seven puak by the state, the common narrative is that they face challenges of incorporation into the Sultanate. In Mukim Sukang (Ulu…

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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 comparative examination of tax collection and military recruitment in these two regions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Dr. Kelley argues that the southern half of Vietnam in many ways surpassed its northern counterpart in its centralized control of the population. This paper enables historians…

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IAS Working Paper on Indonesian Reforms 1999-2002

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 55: On Constitutions and Power: An Anatomy of Indonesian Reforms 1999-2002 by Paul J. Carnegie. Please see below for details. Abstract: Proposing constitutional reform and the process of establishing it are two distinct matters. The former is largely a normative projection of what could be whilst the latter involves the manner in which reform is brought about. In reality, translating proposals into accepted practice involves overcoming legacies of the past. Whether or not they can persist over time is a…

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New IAS/Springer ‘Asia In Transition’ Volume on Imaginings of the Indonesian Nation

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) is pleased to announce the publication of the latest volume in the IAS/Springer - ‘Asia in Transition’ Series: The Divergent Nation of Indonesia Heterogeneous Imaginings in Jakarta, Kupang, and Banda Aceh by Stefani Nugroho. Abstract: This book explores how Indonesia is imagined differently by young people in the three cities of Jakarta, Kupang and Banda Aceh. Throughout the course of Indonesia’s colonial and postcolonial history, Jakarta, the capital, has always occupied a central position, while Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara and Banda Aceh in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam are…

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New Article on Traditional Healers and Medicinal Plants in Brunei

F. Merlin Franco, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam has recently co-authored an article on traditional healing practices and medicinal plants in the Kiudang area of Tutong District, Brunei Darussalam.Entitled “A Comparative Account of the Traditional Healing Practices and Healers and Non-healers in the Kiudang Area of Brunei Darussalam,” this article has just been published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.To quote from the abstract, the article compares “the traditional medicinal knowledge and associated spiritual practices of healers with that of non-healers, to understand the relevance of healers in contemporary times. Given…

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IAS Working Paper on Performative Mimicry and Postcolonial Exoticism in Literature

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 54: Performative mimicry and postcolonial exoticism: A re-politicising of the female body in the work of Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Amir Falique by Mahfuzah Abd Wahab. Please see below for details. Abstract: While the myth of the exotic Oriental is a subject of rejection and subversion in conventional postcolonial studies, in contemporary studies of Southeast Asia, self-exoticism is evident at both the individual and national levels. It is deployed to achieve positional status in a globalised world. This paper investigates…

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New Publication on Human Security in Oceania

Associate Professor Paul J. Carnegie and Professor Victor T. King of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) have just published a chapter on human security in Oceania.Entitled “Mapping Circumstances in Oceania: Reconsidering Human Security in an Age of Globalisation,” this chapter appears in the new book Mapping Security in the Pacific: A Focus on Context, Gender and Organisational Culture (Routledge 2020).In their chapter, Carnegie and King “contend that the field of human security (which tends to be dominated by the disciplinary concerns of international relations, development and security studies) needs to engage more fully…

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Seminar on Heritage Sites and Tourism in Southeast Asia

Please join us at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, for a talk by Professor Victor T. King, Professor of Borneo Studies at IAS, on "World Heritage Sites and their Margins in Southeast Asian Tourism Development: Heritage-scapes or Non-heritage Spaces?"For more information, please see the flyer below.

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