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SE Asia Speaker Series: Larry Chavis

    Indonesia’s Kecamantan Development Project:  Insights into Community Driven Development This talk will summarize my work on the effect of competition between villages in Indonesia for block grants aimed at infrastructure and microcredit.  This was work I carried out … Continued

SE Asia Speaker Series: Dr. Edmund Malesky and Dr. Markus Taussig

  OPENING FACTORY DOORS TO GOVERNMENT REGULATION: AN EXPERIMENT ON PARTICIPATION BY FIRMS IN THE DESIGN OF LABOR PROTECTION IN VIETNAM   Regulatory non-compliance by firms causes grave dangers for surrounding communities in emerging economies. This paper describes the results of a … Continued

SE Asia Speaker Series: Dr. Khatharya Um

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 … Continued

Sylvain Vogel, Southern Oral History Program Colloquium

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 … Continued

Spirits in a New Age: Philippine Centers of the Global Esoteric

FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC

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 … Continued

Air-conditioned Socialism with Ben Tran

FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC

“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 … Continued

Phnom Penh, Capital of the 20th Century

FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC

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 … Continued

Language Ecologies of the Anthropocene: Ngoi Bunong

FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC

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 … Continued

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