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Call for Papers: “Southeast Asian Natures: Defining Environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia”, Palm Springs CA, March 12 – 14, 2018

Call for Papers: “Southeast Asian Natures: Defining Environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia”

Sponsors: UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society & Southeast Asia Program

Organizers: David Biggs, Christina Schwenkel and Hendrik Maier

Location: Palm Springs CA

Date: March 12 – 14, 2018

 

Over one hundred fifty years ago, naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace journeyed through the islands of Southeast Asia, drawing from the region’s rich biodiversity to co-discover with Darwin the theory of natural selection. However, even at that time he noted that forests were quickly giving way to colonial clear cuts and species from one island were showing up in the markets of others. The Anthropocene, an era in which human activity has become a dominant shaping force in ecosystems, global climate and species histories, was already underway. Wallace’s environmentalism was also deeply contingent upon imperial networks of travel and communication; the ensuing wars of empire and decolonization left many eco-cultures in tatters. A critical challenge then for policymakers, intellectuals, scientists and others in the region is to articulate new notions of environmentalism that respond to these complex intersections of ecology, history, and culture. As people and governments struggle to articulate locally meaningful responses to Anthropocene problems, scholars, artists and activists can play important roles in identifying ideas of nature, ruin, sustainability and health that resonate locally or inter-regionally. As literary critic Raymond Williams once noted, the word “nature” is one of the most complex in the English vocabulary. If this is so, then how do these ideas fare in translation?

“Southeast Asian Natures” asks participants to consider the complexities of nature and its changes in the many different languages and ecologies of Southeast Asia. Proposed themes of the workshop are purposefully broad, and they include:

  1. histories, ecologies and flows
  2. spatial practices, representations and bio-politics
  3. nature, sustainability and health in language, ritual and performance

Call for Works-in-Progress

Interested participants are invited to email a ~300-word abstract and 2-page cv by July 1 2017 to dbiggs@ucr.edu with subject “SE ASIAN NATURES.” The abstract should outline a project (textual, visual, digital) that engages with the theme of environmentalism and the Anthropocene in Southeast Asia. A 3000 to 4000-word draft essay will be due February 1, 2018 and pre-circulated among the workshop’s participants.

A Pre-Conference Creative Dialogue

Designed as a pre-conference workshop before the American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, conference organizers encourage participants to propose panels (due July 14 2017) for the ASEH Meeting set in nearby Riverside CA Mar 14-18, 2017.  (see http://www.aseh.net.) The aim of SE Asian Natures, above all else, is to initiate a rich, multi-disciplinary conversation with an eye to creating individual and collective scholarly works. Guest participants at the meeting will include scholars working on a Luce Foundation initiative, Asia in the Anthropocene, and editors from the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

The Desert as Creative Environment

The workshop takes advantage of UCR’s Palm Desert Campus located 46 miles east of Riverside in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs CA) to provide an engaging setting. Besides a day-long workshop on Tuesday Mar 13, it will feature a “Species Walk” hike/seminar on Wednesday morning at the UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Nature Reserve (http://deepcanyon.ucnrs.org/). The walk and lunch at the station will give participants an opportunity to discuss projects informally while learning about local Anthropocene-related issues.

Palm Springs is world-famous for its arts and recreation; and participants are encouraged to explore Palm Springs. The workshop will provide each participant with two nights’ accommodation in a private room at the Saguaro Palm Springs Hotel. The hotel (http://thesaguaro.com/palm-springs/) is family-friendly and committed to sustainable practices.

Transportation

Participants are asked to provide their own air and surface transportation to Palm Springs. Workshop organizers regret that they cannot support travel, however they hope that participants will seek conference travel support from home institutions and combine travel to Palm Springs with travel to the nearby Riverside ASEH Meeting. The workshop will provide two vans (~20 passengers) used to transport participants to and from conference venues and on Wednesday afternoon to the ASEH Meeting in Riverside. (Those wishing to avoid driving altogether can reach the conference hotel from Palm Springs Airport by taxi in 5 minutes; and those leaving the ASEH Meeting in Riverside can reach Ontario CA Airport (ONT) by shuttle in twenty minutes.)

Workshop Events

Monday – Mar 12th – welcome at Palm Springs Hotel – 5pm

Tuesday – Mar 13th – workshop at UCR Palm Desert – 830am – 430 pm

Tuesday – Mar 13th – dinner at Palm Springs Hotel – 6-8 pm

Wednesday – Mar 14th – “SpeciesWalk” at UCR Boyd Deep Canyon– 9am to 12pm (vegan box lunch)

Wednesday – Mar 14th – 2pm –shuttle to Mission Inn, Riverside CA

Inclusive Environment

The workshop and the hotel venue are committed to a practice of inclusivity. The hotel is family-friendly, committed to State of California non-discriminatory practices. Conference organizers welcome participants to bring partners, friends and children. Participants are asked to make their own arrangements for child care – however, with advance notice the workshop organizers are happy to assist. There are many outdoor educational opportunities nearby.  Children, friends and partners are welcome to attend the Tuesday dinner and Wednesday walk; participants will be asked to pay for additional meal ($25) and box lunch ($10) costs and to please notify in advance. The Saguaro Hotel is pet friendly, but pets are not permitted at the Palm Desert Campus or nature reserve.

End Products – Meeting in Southeast Asia and Thematic Issues

The workshop organizers will discuss with participants the possibility of organizing a larger SE Asian Natures meeting in Singapore (2019-2020), and depending on participant interest they will work towards developing a special issue of essays for the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies or similar venues.

Queries: Prof. David Biggs – dbiggs@ucr.edu. Please write “SE Asian Natures” in subject title.

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Vietnamese American writers of the diaspora reading in Paris on Mai 27

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L’Ahmadiyya : l’Islam entre l’Asie et l’Afrique – M. Miran-Gyon & R. Madinier – 24 mai 2017 – 15h-17h – 96 bd raspail 75006 Paris

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Call for papers : International Conference « Binh Dinh ancient ceramics – Vijaya Kingdom and its relationship with Thang Long citadel – Dai Viet (11th-15th centuries) »

The Research Center for Imperial Citadel (RCIC – Trung Tâm Nghiên cứu Kinh Thành) – Vietnam Academy of Social Science (VASS), is pleased to inform you that an international conference, Binh Dinh ancient ceramics – Vijaya Kingdom and its relationship with
Thang Long citadel – Dai Viet (11th-15th centuries), will be held in Quy Nhon city, Binh Dinh Province (central Vietnam) on 26-28 October 2017.
This conference aims to give an overview of the research on Champa ancient ceramics in Binh Dinh and to address issues related to the history of economic and cultural exchanges between Vijaya Kingdom and Thang Long Citadel as well as other South East Asian countries in the past.
You will find attached the first announcement of the conference, which includes themes and topics chosen for discussion, and deadlines for panel proposals, abstracts and paper submissionWe would appreciate if you could spread the word to those who are working on, or are interested in, research in these areas.
For more information, please contact the conference organizers :
Do Truong Giang (Alex Giang)
Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS)
Or/And:
Assoc.Prof, Dr.Bui Minh Tri
tri_vnceramics@yahoo.com
Director of Research Center for Imperial City (RCIC)
Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS)
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Exposition « Balthazar : Prince Noir de Timor et de Solor en Chine, en Amérique et en Europe au XVIIIe siècle » – Du 22 mai au 2 juin 2016 – INALCO

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Séminaire EHESS – « Le miroir des gouvernants : esthétique de l’autorité politique dans le monde malais XVIIIe-XXe siècles » – E. Clavé et R. Madinier – Lundi 22 mai 2017 – 14h/17h – Maison de l’Asie – 4e étage – 22 avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris

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Projection Breaking the Chains ce vendredi 19 mai à 18h. Amphithéâtre François Furet, EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, Paris VIe

Le CERMES3, le collectif Contrast et le programme de recherche ERC GlobHealth organisent le 19 mai prochain la projection du documentaire de l’anthropologue Erminia Collucci sur les pratiques de contention psychiatrique en Indonésie. Elle sera suivie d’une discussion avec Ursula Read (CERMES3), Joan Sidawy (auteur du blog comme des fous) et Livia Velpry (CERMES3-Univ Paris 8).

 

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La Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian accueillera le 23 mai à 19h Romain Bertrand, spécialiste de l’histoire de l’Insulinde moderne et coloniale pour une conférence intitulée Contacts, conquêtes, colonies. L’Insulinde, laboratoire d’une histoire-mondes (16e-19e siècles).

Pour plus d’informations sur cet évènement ainsi sur le cycle de conférences Tout se transforme, vous pouvez consulter notre site internet : 
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Christophe Pottier (EFEO) intervient au séminaire de l’EFEO Paris, du 22 mai 2017, sur le thème « Architecture et construction dans le Cambodge ancien » de 11h à 12h30 à la Maison de l’Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, salon du 1er étage).

« Excellents sculpteurs… mais piètres architectes ». Depuis sa « découverte » il y a bientôt 150 ans, l’architecture des temples d’Angkor a été louée, observée, analysée et très souvent évaluée à l’aulne des grandes traditions constructives du monde méditerranéen. La recherche occidentale qui a depuis animé les études du Cambodge ancien a généré une vision de l’architecture soulignant son symbolisme omniprésent, son apparent immobilisme technique, sa typologie limitée et son assujettissement à la sculpture. Un réexamen permet toutefois de mettre en valeur la cohérence des espaces architecturaux, une riche et singulière créativité de conception, et des évolutions techniques, fonctionnelles et typologiques significatives qui la caractérise au sein des traditions constructives de l’Asie du Sud-est.

Ce séminaire est intégré au séminaire de Master « Asies » de l’EFEO, l’EHESS et l’EPHE qui a lieu de 9h à 11h le même jour.affiche sem efeo pottier

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Anthropologie comparée à partir de l’Asie du Sud-Est – Aurélie Névot (CNRS) – Jeudi 18 mai 2017

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Site Web de l'Association française pour la recherche sur l'Asie du Sud-Est: Afrase