Since 1975, CSEAS has had an established visiting scholarship program to promote research activities in and on the region by distinguished scholars. To date, over 350 – many of them leading researchers in their respective fields- have availed themselves of the Center’s considerable scholarly resources to engage in path breaking, multidisciplinary research and develop comparative, historical, and global perspectives on Southeast Asia.
CSEAS hosts scholars and researchers who work on comparative and regional issues from a multi-area perspective, and are interested in spending time in Kyoto, Japan to conduct research, write, or pursue other scholarly interests in connection with their field of study. With considerable scholarly resources, CSEAS also offers the invigorating atmosphere of scenic Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and the main repository of the country’s cultural treasures, to enable researchers to pursue their interests in Southeast Asian area studies.
The Center’s multi-disciplinary character and the diverse research interests of our faculty offer visiting research scholars an ideal opportunity for the exchange of ideas, collaboration, and the cultivation of comparative perspectives.
Fourteen fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Fellowships are normally between a period of three to six-months, although in exceptional cases they can be extended for an additional six months.
Applicants are not limited to scholars: CSEAS has hosted government officials, journalists, public intellectuals, librarians, NGO workers, IT specialists, and other professionals on short-term visits.
While in Kyoto, we encourage scholars to participate in CSEAS conferences, seminars, and workshops and submit articles to the Center’s flagship journal Southeast Asian Studies, The Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, and the CSEAS Newsletter. Fellows are expected to reside in Kyoto for the duration of their fellowship and deliver a public lecture during their term. We also encourage fellows to consider submitting manuscripts to one of our book series.
Successful applicants will receive an appropriate stipend to cover international travel and living expenses in Kyoto and research funds will be provided to facilitate work. Funds will also be allocated for domestic travel, subject to government regulations. Visiting Research Scholars are considered as employees of Kyoto University and are therefore subject to some of the University’s regulations.
Six fellowships, including one librarian position, will become available on the following dates:
1) May 1, 2018
2) June 1, 2018 (librarian)
3) July 1, 2018
4) November 1, 2018
5) December 1, 2018
Applicants must be productive scholars of high reputation under 65 years of age at the time of the fellowship appointment; those over 65 may be considered only if they are outstanding. This fellowship is not available to individuals currently pursuing graduate degrees or post-doctoral studies. Only experienced librarians are eligible to apply for the library position. Scholars who have previously held CSEAS fellowships must wait six years after the completion of their fellowships before reapplying.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application via e-mail. Email applications must have the following attached documents (A4 size in PDF or MS word format):
a) A completed application form (can be downloaded from here)
b) A curriculum vitae (not exceeding 5 pages, must include research experience and a list of main publications)
c) Two referees (Applicants must also contact their respective referees and request them to send their letters of recommendations to CSEAS via email. The letter should be written in their institution’s letterhead.)
Email applications and letters of recommendations must be sent to this address: grants[at]cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp
(Important note: please put “CSEAS fellowship” as the subject or title of the email message, otherwise your message will not reach us).
Applicants with no access to email may write to CSEAS to ask for an application form. They must then submit the above forms, as well as ask their referees to send their sealed letters of recommendation directly to:
General Affairs Section
Attention: CSEAS Fellowship
Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University
46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has submitted all the necessary documents. Application materials will not be returned.
Applications for the 2018 fellowships must reach us no later than October 31, 2017 regardless of the postmarked date. We regret that we cannot entertain individual queries or follow-ups about the results of selection by email, fax, or telephone. Applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of January 2018.
While at CSEAS I will work on two interrelated projects, the first of which is a series of short memoir-essays on life as a mother, a teacher and a human rights specialist in Thailand/Southeast Asia. Among other themes, these essays reflect on how the challenges of pursuing a more pluralistic, democratic Thailand has had an impact on both a personal and professional level. Assimilation, internationality and politics also figure into the second project, which looks at migration and higher education in ASEAN. High-skilled international labor on Southeast Asian campuses is valued by policy-makers, university leaders and students, as well by foreign academics. This research examines the gaps and conflicts that can and often do emerge over expectations about what and how foreigners should teach, what role (if any) they should have in shaping research agendas and whether foreign scholars can have a meaningful role in the host society more widely.
Peter Anthony JACKSON
While at CSEAS I will be studying how new spirit cults in Thailand that seek supernatural intervention to achieve success, wealth, and power have become increasingly popular among senior politicians, civilian and military bureaucrats, and also within royal circles. I am interested in the sociological processes that have seen these cults move from the socio-cultural margins to the centre of national religious life, where they have often been incorporated within state projects under the aegis of Theravada Buddhism. While the political influences of institutional religions in Southeast Asia – Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism – are well-established fields of research, the political significance of supernatural cults outside the major religions is less well understood. Drawing on cross-disciplinary insights from political science, history, anthropology, and religious studies I hope to shed some light on why modernity in 21st century Thailand is producing forms of supernatural “enchantment” that are increasingly central to the exercise of political authority.
Meredith Leigh Weiss
Malaysia: Politics & Society
I am currently working on two projects: completing a book manuscript on the resilience of the current regimes in Malaysia and Singapore, and a broader inquiry into the nature of Malaysia’s state and civil society. Both these projects draw on qualitative research—mostly interviews, observation, archives, and both primary- and secondary-source documents—and take an interdisciplinary, historical approach. Moving beyond the usual narratives of Malaysia’s communal politics and strong, centralized state, both projects highlight themes of developmentalism and its implications, forms of political participation and contention, and processes of social and political change. I hope this research will add to our understanding of the workings of the distinctive and perennially interesting Malaysian polity.
The Social Implications of Studying Abhidhamma in Contemporary Myanmar
At CSEAS, Kyoto University, I will conduct a research project to study Abhidhamma, Buddhist Philosophy, and its social implication in contemporary Myanmar Society. In Myanmar’s traditions, there are Buddhist social activities carried out every full moon day of each
month. The full moon day of the seventh month of Myanmar calendar is called Abhidhamma Day and Myanmar Buddhists celebrate “respect and
forgiveness day.” Nowadays, the significant feature of contemporary Myanmar is “political change” and democratization. Through this
process, social, economic, and conceptual change in Myanmar society is a strong influence. My assumption is that some persons apply their
knowledge of Abhidhamma in their problem solving, in terms of friendships, leadership, and of their philosophical attitudes.
Christine Anne PADOCH
Human mobility has recently been in the international spotlight, as high-volume refugee flows dominate the news. Migration is of course not a new phenomenon in Southeast Asia. While at Kyoto I will pursue a transdisciplinary approach to the study of patterns of mobility, both now and in times past, in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. The research has two specific foci, both of which would serve to update earlier understanding of mobility especially among the Iban. One focus will be upon the fate of one village that was forced to migrate due to the construction of a hydroelectric dam at the town of Lubok Antu in the 1980s. A second focus will be on traditional and new forms of wage-labor migration or “bejalai”. Both will bring historical information, including previously unpublished ethnographic data, to bear on present forms of human mobility and demographic change.
Kevin John HEWISON
Cold War Alliances: The U.S., Counterinsurgency and the Making of the Modern Monarchy
The study of the monarchy role in Thailand’s politics has grown in significance in recent years, with several books and articles appearing and a constant stream of media commentary, much of it associated with the question of succession. Yet there has been less attention to the relationship between Cold War, the political rise of the monarchy and the path of domestic politics. Because of censorship, research in Thailand on this intersection of monarchy, counterinsurgency and the US alliance in Thailand has been all but impossible. This period of research at CSEAS permitted a detailed assessment of US official and semi-official sources at the State Department, Presidential libraries, RAND and the CIA. In fact, a few days after my arrival in Kyoto, the CIA released millions of documents, meaning that I was able to assess the thousands of these relevant to Thailand, from the mid-1940s to the mid-1980s, as well as read and assess a range of published materials. As a result of this all-too-short research period, I was able to make three presentations that reflected on the monarchy, counterinsurgency and succession at CSEAS and GRIPS in Tokyo.
Prof. Weera Ostapirat is currently carrying out a joint-project at CSEAS with Prof. Nathan Badenoch on the ‘Linguistic past and present of the Palaung people of the Myanmar-China border area’. The primary output of the project will be a volume co-edited with Prof. Badenoch, tentatively titled Exploring the Diversity of the Palaung Languages. This publication will bring together a collection of research papers, including a paper co-authored with Prof. Badenoch, and a large compilation of new data on Palaung languages spoken in Thailand, Myanmar and China.
The CSEAS library contains various collection of books, some of which are special collections that cover South East Asia and Dutch collections. Speaking about my research in CSEAS, so far I have managed several catalogues of the late Prof. T. Igarashi collections. It is an honor for me to be personally acquainted with the collections. The collections that I’ve been managed are mostly journals, magazines and personal works. The special collections contains various languages from Bahasa Indonesia-Jawi-Basa Sunda to Dutch.
Whilst I have been going through Prof. Igarashi collections, I have covered various areas dealing with agriculture, economic development, politics in the colonial period, the revolution, and pre- and post of Indonesian independence.
At last, it such an honor for me to have been given the great opportunity to experience CSEAS’s professional working environment. It is my hope that I will learn from and contribute more to CSEAS in the future.
Aung Naing Oo
Food security and socio-economic impacts of soil salinization in the central Myanmar: A case study
Central Myanmar is known as a Dry Zone due to its physical characteristics such as low annual precipitation, uneven distribution patterns, significant high temperatures and low relative humidity. In Htein Kan Gyi village in Myittha Township, Mandalay Division, more than 700 acres of land is salt-affected due to the water logging due to the main canal system of the Kinda Dam. As a result of this, soil salinity has been one of the most important issues for local farmers who live in this village. Decreasing soil productivity caused by salinization has led to social tension, unemployment and reduced incomes for all households. This research at CSEAS will survey the impacts of soil salinity on crop production, food security and socio-economic conditions of this village.
Wan Abdul Manan
While at CSEAS, I was able to review literature and secondary data on obesity in Malaysia and Thailand in relation to food habits, lifestyle and ethnicity, with a particular focus on the Malay population in Southern Thailand and Malaysia. I was also able to compile literature on the prevalence of obesity in Malaysia and Thailand from journals, survey reports, and government documents. The sojourn also afforded me the opportunity to visit South Thailand to discuss collaborations with academics, researchers and doctors in Prince of Songkla University (Pattani and Hatyai campuses) and the Ministry of Public Health, Southern Branch, Pattani. My stay also allowed me to study about the Japanese School Lunch Program, to see if it can be adopted in Malaysia as part of long term measures to combat obesity in children and adults in the future. I visited and observed school lunch preparation in a primary school in Sanda City, Kobe and visited the Museum on Japanese School Lunch Program in Saitama Prefecture.
1. “Imagining World-Class ASEAN Universities: Derailed Past and Future Roadmap?” Field Medical Workshop among Thailand, Malaysia and Japan, March 29th, 2017
2. “Nutrition Transition in Malaysia: Deconstructing the Hunger-Obesity Paradox”, CSEAS Colloquium, June 22nd, 2017
3. “Erosion of the Academic Dogma in Malaysian Universities: Drifting in the Abyss of World-Class Quest, “ CSEAS Special Seminar, July 3, 2017
TAYLOR Robert Henry
The Comparative Study of the Military in Southeast Asian Politics
The study of the role of the military in Southeast Asian politics has been a topic of interest to students of the region since the early days of the Cold War. Now, in the post-Cold War period, emphasis has switched to the study of ‘democratisation’ but the military is still present and no successful transition to a civilian constitutional order is possible without the cooperation of a state’s army. During my time at Kyoto I studied much of the new literature on this topic, particularly in regard to Indonesia and the Philippines about which I was less familiar than that on Myanmar and Thailand. The resources of the Centre’s and the University’s libraries were essential to cover such an extensive literature expeditiously. As a consequence, I was able to make presentation on this topic to seminars in Hiroshima, Osaka, and at CSEAS as well as give a talk on the study of Myanmar politics since the 1950s in Tokyo.
Visiting Research Scholars
|HEWISON, Kevin John||2017.1.10
|Editor-in-chief, Journal of Contemporary Asia||Cold War Alliances: The U.S., Counterinsurgency and the Making of the Modern Monarchy|
|Wan Abdul Manan Bin Wan Muda||2017.1.10
|Professor, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia||Obesity and ethnicity in Malaysia and Thailand|
|Associate Professor, State Islamic University Jakarta||Other Javanese Islam: Pegon Books and the Localization of Islamic Orthodoxy in Java|
|Researcher and Lecturer, All Souls College, University of Oxford||Fragility of Power in Thailand：The Unraveling of Royalism in Contemporary Thailand|
|TOTANES, Vernon del Rosario||2016.11.1
|Director, Rizal Library, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University||Promoting the CSEAS Library as a Venue for Research on Philippine Studies|
|Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Yangon||Rural Urban Migration and Rural Depopulation in Ayeyarwady Region: A case study of three villages in Pyarpon Township|
|Mar Mar Win||2016.10.1
|Research Officer, Food Legumes Section, Department of Agricultural Research||A case study: The Impact of Reducing Farm Land by Tourism Development on Local Agricultural Sector and the Household’s Income Contribution in Bagan-Nyaung U Area in Myanmar|
|BELLO, Walden Flores||2016.9.5
|Member of the Board, Focus on the Global South||Crisis of Liberal Democracy in the Philippines and Thailand|
|Tika Dewi Atikah||2016.9.1
|Researcher, Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences||Study on Forest Dynamic in Indonesia|
|MACLEAN, Kenneth Arthur Samuel||2016.8.1
|Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, Clark University||The Protection and Care of Sexualized Ethnic Bodies Across the Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands|
|OOI, Keat Gin||2016.7.15
|Professor, History Section, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia||Borneo in the midst of the Cold War, 1950-1970|
|BUI, The Cuong||2016.7.1
|Full Professor, High Senior Researcher, Center for Sociology, Southern Institute of Social Sciences, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences||Configuration of Social Stratification in the Southern Economic Region of Vietnam|
|Ohn Mar Oo||2016.5.16
|Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Yangon||Bibliometric Study of PhD Dissertations Submitted to the History Department of University of Yangon (2002-2007)|
|Ni Ni Naing||2016.5.16
|Librarian, Universities’ Central Library, University of Yangon||Selective annotated bibliography of books on Myanmar ethnic groups (Shan and Kayin)|
|Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University||Financial Inclusion in Thailand: Innovations and Challenges|
|WONG, Grace Mun Yee||2016.3.1
|Senior Scientist, Forest and Livelihoods Portfolio, Center for International Forestry Research||Assessing costs, risks and incentives affecting forests and land use decisions in rural landscapes of SE Asia|
|SIMPSON, Adam John||2016.2.1
|Director, Centre for Peace and Security, University of South Australia||Ethnicity and Natural Resource Governance in Myanmar|
|SURIAMIHARDJA, Dadang Ahmad||2016.2.1
|Professor, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Hasanuddin University||Study on Environmental Economics Concerning Mining Activities in Jeneberang River|
|BURHANI, Ahmad Najib||2016.2.1
|Researcher, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences||Modernism or Puritanism? A Study of the Muhammadiyah in its Post-Centennial Era|
|Catalog librarian, Collection Management Division, Thammasat University Libraries||Thai cremation volumes: a comparative study|
|Profesor Research, Center for Science and Technological Development Studies, Indonesian Institute of Science||Indonesian Science Technology and Innovation Development under New Administration Changes|
|Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University||From love story to class consciousness: Subjectivation of Ethnic Thái (the Tai) in Vietnam|
|HSIAO, Hsin-Huang Michael||2015.10.15
|Distinguished Research Fellow and Director,
Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica
|Examining the Triple Links of Middle Class, Civil Society, and the Third Wave Democratization in the Philippines and Thailand: In the Light of the Experiences of Taiwan and South Korea|
|Lecturer, Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University||Visions, Values and Narratives of the Thai Bureaucratic System, 1940s-1990s.|
|Assistant Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University||Dressing Modern Thai Women: Fashion Entrepreneurs, Commercial Beauty Culture, and Social Shows, 1957-1973|
|Professor, Department of History, Peking University||The Making of Modern Agriculture in the Philippines and its Transformation: From the Perspective of Agroecological History|
|HANSSON, Eva Louise||2015.8.1
|Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University||Inequality, Social Conflict and Political Regime Change in Southeast Asia|
|Ooi Keat Gin||2015.7.15
|Professor, School of Humanities,
Universiti Sains Malaysia
|Borneo in the midst of the Cold War, 1950-1970|
|Khin Lay Swe||2015.6.1
|Special Affiliated Professor, Department of Plant Breeding, Physiology and Ecology, Yezin Agricultural University||Comparative Study on Traditional Application of Resources of SATO in Rural Development in Myanmar and Japan|
|Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences and Development, Faculty of Social Sciences
Chiang Mai University
|From “Revolutionary” to “Regret”: Shan Resistance in Burma over the Past 50 Years|
|Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University||Audible Politics & A Zone of Exception: Linguistic Soundscape in a Thai-Myanmar “Temporary Shelter Area”|
|NGUYEN, Van Thinh||2015.3.1
|Librarian, Institute of Social Sciences Information||The Digitization of Microfilm and Sino Nom Documents|
|Associate Professor, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University||Transcultural Intimacies in Colonial Burma, Southeast Asia, and Beyond|
|Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin – Madison||Moments of Silence: the Unforgetting and Enigmatic Memories of the 1976 Massacre in Bangkok|
|ADAM, Asvi Warman||2014.11.1
|Research Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences||State Violence, Collective Memory and Reconciliation: Preparation to write a book about the 1965’s Indonesian tragedy|
|ALI, MD Rostom||2014.11.1
|Associate Professor/Head of the Department, Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Bangladesh Agricultural University||Prospect and Future of Renewable Energy in Bangladesh: Focuses on Biomass, Wind Energy and Solar Energy|
|YU, Hope Sabanpan||2014.11.1
|Full Professor, University of San Carlos||The Comic in Cebuano Life and Literature|
|Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Lecturer in Service Innovation Program, Service Innovation Program, College of Innovation, Thammasat University||Volunteer Tourism to Support Disadvantage Population: A Case Study of Tsunami Disaster in Japan 2011|
|Librarian, Head of Acquisition and Cataloging Department, Sanamchandra Palace Library, Central Library, Silpakorn University||The Model of Collaboration between Lecturers and Librarians for Information Literacy of Undergraduate Students Majoring in Japanese: A Case Study of Silpakorn University|
|KABIR, Md. Enamul||2014.8.1-
|Professor, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Life Science School, Khulna University||Plant Diversity and Carbon Assessment for the Bangladesh Sundarbans Mangrove: An Address towards Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change and Livelihood Options|
|MCDANIEL, Justin Thomas||2014.6.1-
|Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania||The Thai Digital Manuscript and Monastery Project|
|Professor Emeritus, Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University||Thailand: A New Monarchy Under King Bhumibol: Rama IX|
|Associate Professor, Fisheries Department, Faculty of Marine Science and Fisheries, Hasanuddin University||Fostering Local Experiences with Global Visions of Mangrove Conservation for Sustainable Humanosphere in Southeast Asia|
|VITUG, Ma. Teresa Danguilan||2014.4.1-
|President, Journalism for Nation Building Foundation||Reducing Inequality in the Philippines|
|Professor, Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University||Detecting Hydrological Changes and Assessing the Impact of Climate Change in Southeast Asia: Focusing on Extreme Rainfalls in Thailand|
|Senior Lecturer, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore||‘Export Quality Martyrs’: An Ethnohistorical Analysis of “Suffering” and “Sacrifice” in the Philippines|
|Head of Department of Government, Faculty of Political Science, Ubon Ratchathani University||The Roles of China and the US for the Development of the Greater Mekong Subregion and also for the Strengthening of ASEAN|
|RAHMAN, Md. Mizanur||2014.1.1-
|Director, Rural Institution and Local Government Division, Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD)||Development at Program and Non-Program Villages: A Comparative Study|
|TRAN, Van Quyen||2013.11.1-
|Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Phu Xuan University||Study methods of revision, safekeeping Han Nom documents and the ancient maps in Japan|
|Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University||Media, Politics and Democracy|
|Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Social Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa||Transitional Justice in Southeast Asia|
|Lecturer, Central Department of Botany, Faculty of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal||Impact of Climate Change on Mountain and Hill Agriculture|
|Professor and Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences||Outbound Labor Migration and Changing Agricultural Life in the Ethnic Minority Areas of Southern Yunnan Province|
|DIFFLOTH, Gérard Felix||2013.7.1-
Ecole Française d’Éxtrême-Orient
|Linguistic History of the East-Khmuic (Austroasiatic) languages|
|Country Representative, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature||REDD, National Policy and Local Livelihoods in Developing Countries: Development of institutional arrangements and mechanisms to distribute benefits|
|DASGUPTA, Swapan Kumar||2013.4.1-
|Director, Project Division, Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD)||Rural Development in Bangladesh: Experiences of GOs and NGOs|
|HOWARD, Elizabeth (Moore) Whittem||2013.3.25-
|Reader in the Art & Archaeology of Southeast Asia, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS)||Mapping Myanmar archaeology: local and regional networks of inland and maritime cultures|
|Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Pusan National University||Reinterpretation of King Chao Anouvong (1804-1828) of Vieng Chan and Lao historical perception of Thailand|