From The Land of Shadows: Remembering Violence and the Violence of Remembering 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge seizure of power in Cambodia on April 17, 1975 and the beginning of the country’s spiraling descent into one … Read more
Sylvain Vogel, PhD, HDR is an independent researcher who has taught languages, literature, and linguistics at a number of institutions including the University of Qaid-e-Azam, Kabul University, and the Royal University of Phnom Pehn. He is a member of the … Read more
This talk will focus on the Freedom Company, a paramilitary organization created by a group of Filipino veterans and U.S. CIA agents to wage covert, anti-communist warfare in Southeast Asia. In the 1950s and 60s, the Company moved through U.S. … Read more
Join the feminist anthropologist and filmmaker for a film screening of her film Nobel Nok Dah and discussion about the film's topic of the lives of three refugee women from Burma.
In the variegated landscape of Filipino paranormal practice, one phenomenon garnered worldwide attention in the last quarter of the twentieth century: psychic surgery. A form of spiritual healing in which the practitioner, or espiritista, usually male, operates on the body of … Read more
“Air-Conditioned Socialism” examines the transformative atmospheres of modernity in Vietnam, from the days of revolutionary struggle to the rise of market socialism. This transformation is most starkly visible during the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam War, when America’s chemical … Read more
Post-colonial, doubly post-socialist, and post-conflict, by any account, Cambodia’s recent past has been punctuated by a series of dramatic social, economic, and political ruptures. Yet, there are also remarkable continuities. For one, the same party has held power for over … Read more
Language is a central medium through which cultural systems operate. In the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Peoples’ Languages, the vast majority of these languages are at risk of losing their vitality, with some already gone to sleep. The precarity … Read more
The Wa region between Burma and China, where borders remain porous and neighbouring states have failed to ‘climb the hills’, seems like a typical place where highland dwellers have successfully resisted state domination. Yet the literature on Zomian escapism fails … Read more
The challenges of contemporary migration in Asia must be understood in the context of the postcolonial development of nation-states in the region. When large-scale labour migration began in the 1970s, many Asian countries had only recently cut their colonial apron … Read more
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