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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.

      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, writers, artists, 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.

Fellowship Slots and Periods

Seven fellowships, including one librarian position, will become available on the following dates:

  • 1) January 21, 2019 (librarian)
  • 2) February 1, 2019
  • 3) April 1, 2019
  • 4) June 1, 2019

Eligibility

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.

Application Procedure
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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
  • 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.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2019 fellowships must reach us no later than May 31, 2018 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 August 2018.

 

Testimonials

Charnvit Kasetsiri (Thailand)

I was at the Kyoto Center for Southeast Asian Studies two times. The first one was for a full year in 1977 right after the 6 October 1976 coup. The second was for nine months in 2014-15, right after the 22 May 2014 coup. I was fortunate to have applied to be there well ahead of time and I must say that I did not expect the coups, especially the 2014 one, were coming. I enjoyed living and working in Kyoto, away from troublesome Bangkok and my University Thammasat.

      My impression of CSEAS is that it is a good place for academic work. It has good academic staff and good library. In 1977 senior sensei like Ishii Y., Yano T., Fukui H. were around; the staff was small enough that we got to know one another well. I was amazed to find out that these Japanese scholars had good, or sometimes even better knowledge of Southeast Asia and my country Thailand. The research library was developing in such a way that by 2014, I could find books and materials for my Thai history research. One must remember that in the 1970s Japan did not have good image in Southeast Asia. Anti-Japanese feeling was running high when Premier Tanaka Kakuei visited five Southeast Asian countries in early 1974 (the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, January 7 to 17). Kyoto and CSEAS gave me a different image of Japan. I came to appreciate the Japanese way of life, its culture and fresh raw sashimi. On top of that, biking in Kyoto, back and forth to the Center, is beyond description.

      Being attached to CSEAS I have opportunity to be more involved in cultural and academic bi-lateral exchanges with Japan and its academics, as well as multi-lateral with other Southeast Asian countries. From here I came to be familiar with the Toyota Foundation, Japan. The Foundation and CSEAS helped me cross into neighboring mainland Southeast Asia as well as the island world like Indonesia and the Philippines. Via my CSEAS Japanese friends I got to know those in Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc. And my Thammasat became the first Thai university, in the year 2000, to establish a B.A. program in Southeast Asian Studies. On top of this a good number of books/translations and manuscripts on Southeast Asia in the Thai language are an outcome of my connection with CSEAS. Much thanks and appreciation. Arigatou and ookini.

 

Professor Emeritus, Thammasat University Former CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar
Dates 1977
June 2014-February 2015

      

Resil Mojares (Philippines)

My six-month stint as a visiting fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies in 2000 was a most pleasant, productive, and memorable experience-in part because the city of Kyoto offers the charm and solace perfect for a writing retreat; in part because CSEAS is a quietly supportive, stimulating haven for intellectual work. Such fellowships as I enjoyed address an important need in a region where the conditions of academic work in the scholar’s home environment often constrain the free pursuit of writing and research. By offering a fellowship that is well-endowed, flexible in its priorities, and one that is not over-managed, CSEAS offers a rare and vital service to scholarship in the region. By thus becoming a focal point for Southeast Asian scholars to come together, CSEAS nurtures the spirit of intellectual sharing, collegiality, and community.

      CSEAS has created an environment perfect for this purpose: low-profile and relaxed; excellent physical facilities; a good, working library; a small but top-notch resident faculty; and (not least) an efficient, self-effacing staff. It is also rightly-sized, not too big as to depersonalize the kind of work that takes place at the Center.

People have recognized for a long time now that “Southeast Asia” is a dynamic construct that should be defined and shaped from within, and that studies pertaining to the region must have their base and center of gravity within the region itself. CSEAS is leading the way in turning these aspirations into a reality in the field of scholarship.

I consider CSEAS in Kyoto the best of the centers of its kind, whether located in or outside the region. It is sensitive to the priorities and needs of scholarship in Southeast Asia, yet not agenda-driven; collaborative and region-based not only in its aims but its practices; and respectful and supportive of what, at the heart of it all, is the individual exercise of dedicated and responsible scholarship.

 

Professor Resil Mojares
Emeritus, University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines
Former CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar
June-December 2000

      


Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (Taiwan)

My three-month tenure as a foreign visiting scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies in Kyoto University was between October 2015 to Jan 2016 and offered a very intellectually productive and culturally rich experience. I successfully completed my tasks to complete a research project proposal on the comparative study of the tripartite links between the middle class, civil society and democratization in Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand. From this, at a later date, I was able to invite scholars from CSEAS and GRIPS in Japan, along with experts from Taiwan, to join two international workshops to present papers on the topic at my Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan) and at GRIPS
(Tokyo, Japan) in September and December, 2016.

      At present (2018) I am excited to report that all the revised workshop papers will be complied in an edited volume titled, Middle Class, Civil Society, and Democracy in Asia to be published shortly (2018 Routledge).

In retrospect, I am grateful to the CSEAS fellowship in that it offered me a calm and pleasantly intellectual environment to pursue my proposal writing and develop necessary scholarly networks to build up my research team.

Furthermore, during my stay there, I even facilitated the institutional collaboration between CSEAS-Kyoto and CSEAS-NCCU to sign a MOU to co-sponsor academic programs in the following years. I also had plenty of opportunities to attend lectures and seminars organized by CSEAS and many informal, yet stimulating discussions, with resident scholars and fellows. It was indeed a luxury to indulge myself in such a free spirit exchange with first rate academics in CSEAS.

       My wife also greatly benefited by accompanying me to visit CSEAS. She was graciously invited to hold an art exhibition to celebrate CSEAS’s 50th Anniversary. We of course would not miss this rare occasion to explore the culture and beauty of this ancient Japanese cultural capital. This enriched and deepened our understanding of Japanese culture, nature, and the city landscape.

       I would like to join many other international scholars who have been greatly benefitted from CSEAS fellowships and assert with great confidence that CSEAS is a leading research institution in Southeast Asian Studies. The fellowship has definitely nurtured and fostered the precious intellectual spirit of freedom and sharing. Thank you, CSEAS.

 

Professor Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao
Distinguished Research Fellow of Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica
Professor of Sociology, National Taiwan University and National Sun Yat-sen University
Chair Professor, National Central University
Former CSEAS Foreign Visiting Research Scholar
October 2015 – January 2016

      


Chris Baker (United Kingdom)
Pasuk Phongpaichit (Thailand)

We visited the Center in 1998 when Pasuk was invited to Japan by the Japan Foundation and have been fortunate to have two 6-month fellowships- from September 2004 to March 2005 when Pasuk was hosted by Professor Shiraishi Takashi, and from November 2011 to April 2012, when both Chris and Pasuk (for part of the time) were hosted by Professor Sugihara Kaoru.

      Pasuk has also made several shorter visits to the Center under the JSPS-NRCT Core University Program headed by Professor Shiraishi and later by Professor Mizuno Kosuke. From this latter program emerged The Rise of Middle Classes in Southeast Asia edited by Shiraishi Takashi and Pasuk Phongpaichit (Kyoto University Press and Trans Pacific Press, 2008) and Populism in Asia edited by Mizuno Kosuke and Pasuk Phongpaichit (Kyoto University Press and NUS Press, 2009).
For visiting scholars such as us, the Center offers a unique experience. First, it is an opportunity to devote oneself full-time to a major project. Over our 2004-05 stay, we completed our A History of Thailand, which is now in its third edition, and also began translating the folk epic, A Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen, completed and published seven years later. Over 2011-12, we worked mainly on a project about inequality, since published as Unequal Thailand: Aspects of Income, Wealth and Power (Singapore: NUS Press, 2016).

      Equally important is the chance to interact with the staff and projects of the Center, and to learn from the Center’s special culture of interdisciplinary work. We were privileged to attend one of the launching events for the “Sustainable Humanosphere” project, and several years later to attend its final conference. Both the process and the end-product of this pioneering project are very inspiring.
A special feature of the Center is the opportunity to meet and discuss with other visiting scholars who come from all over Asia and beyond and who study different parts and different aspects of Asia within many disciplines. These encounters offer unplanned and unexpected learning experiences. We have attended several seminars and short conferences on topics which would not normally have drawn our attention but which provided opportunities to learn “outside the box” of our usual concerns.

       Finally, the sheer elegance of Kyoto as a city can sometimes be a distraction from academic work but on balance serves as a source of inspiration. Cycling along the Kamo River between the Center and the Shugakuin Hostel through the changing seasons is therapy for the mind.

CSEAS has built a pre-eminent position in the world of interdisciplinary scholarship on the Asian region.

       Its contribution is found in its journals, publications, library resources, databases, conferences, seminars, and projects, but also in its efforts to foster the human contacts and personal academic exchanges which are the traffic of intellectual life.

 

Pasuk Phongpaichit Professor, Chulalongkorn University

CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar
Dates September 2004-March 2005
November 2011-April 2012

Chris Baker Writer and Scholar
CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar
Dates November 2011-April 2012

      


Janet Hoskins (United States)

I was at CSEAS from December 2010 to May 2011, which was a year with a harsh winter, a huge earthquake and tsunami, and a beautiful spring. For Japan, it was perhaps “the best of times and the worst of times.” I saw the incredible devastation caused by the Tohuku earthquake, but also the outpouring of support for the victims. I saw the government fail to address radiation dangers adequately, but also the heroism of particular workers who tried to repair the leaks at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. It was a time when the people of Japan were tested by horrific events and showed an admirable fortitude and solidarity.

      CSEAS was known to me as a regional studies center which had a distinguished history and was linked to a number of important publications. I had not been aware of many of CSEAS’s other activities in sponsoring conferences on current events and bringing together scholars who work on environmental issues. I was familiar with the work of anthropologists and historians who had been affiliated with CSEAS, but had not realized the links that the Center has to activism and the political transformation of the region. Since my own work is on transnational religion, I had been especially interested in the linkages between the new Vietnamese religion of Caodaism and some of the “Oomoto lineage” new religions in Japan.

      My main goal during the time that I spent at the Center was to finish a book manuscript and to learn more about Japanese religion. Kyoto proved to be a wonderful place to do both of these things. I was very happy to meet a range of scholars from different countries who study Southeast Asia. I attended a wide range of seminars and workshops, and also went on field trips to monasteries, temples and mountain retreats in the area. There was a wonderfully congenial atmosphere at the Center which was combined with a serious devotion to scholarship and research productivity.
When I had a serious bicycle accident just a few weeks before the end of my stay, I got incredible assistance from CSEAS staff and especially my sponsor Yoko Hayami. I will always be grateful for her help at that time of pain.

CSEAS has helped to foster and continue dialogues across the Pacific about Southeast Asian cultures and how they are changing in today’s globalized world.

       Regional studies have been challenged in recent years by the new ways in which we are all increasingly connected, so I see an emerging model of “Transpacific Studies,” in which people from both sides of the Pacific are part of an interactive, mutually constitutive dynamic process. I am hoping build new “Transpacific bridges” (which will, of course, be conceptual “bridges,” not real ones!) through increased contact between Asia and North America.

       Japan is well situated to contribute to our knowledge of Southeast Asia because of its long history of involvement in the region, its educated citizens, and its commitment to scholarship. Globally, there are still language issues in communicating with many Japanese scholars, but publications like the journal of Southeast Asian Studies have made this less of a barrier. Collaborations with institutions like the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore have also created a context for more inter-Asian dialogue and research collaboration.

 

Professor Janet Hoskins
Former CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar
Dates Dec 2010 – May 2011

      


OOI Keat Gin (Malaysia)

Twin Interludes

Twice, not once, I was a visiting research fellow of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. My initial residence was a three-month stay from mid-July to mind-Oct 2015. On the second occasion, it was a similar duration in 2016. Kudos to CSEAS for its flexibility in arranging the allotted six-month sojourn into two phases owing to other commitments that were less than accommodating. Seizing this present opportunity, my gratitude to those managing CSEAS then in demonstrating less than dogmatic observance of rules and regulations.

      Intellectually, the twin interludes during the Kyoto summer were indeed beneficial. Seclusion afforded deep contemplation, thoughtful reflection. All the thinking, deep or otherwise, were effectively and readily transformed into words on the notebook screen. In penning a book, solitude was an asset, an ambience of indulgence for the writing craft, thoughts flow into words, words dressed a page, and several pages thereafter, a manuscript (for submission). Whether in my assigned office in CSEAS or in my apartment in Shugakuin, the environment nurtured creativity that transferred into completed papers, chapters, volumes in clockwork fashion. Over the space of two sojourns, the final accomplishment, writing-wise, was laudable, if not, impressive, viz. two working papers, two edited volumes, and a single-authored monograph. Admittedly the last mentioned had commenced much earlier in various other venues but was completed at CSEAS. Prolific penmanship and editing work owed much to the minimum of interferences. Encountered distractions faced by most serving academics commonly included a series of fruitless meetings, nuisance of unfinished administrative paperwork, and various other time-sapping bureaucratic demands, were all pleasantly ‘missing’ during my residences.

      Again intellectually, I partook and enriched my knowledge and appetite, thoughts and insights in Japanese sociocultural practices, history, and heritage whilst sojourning in the ancient city of Kyoto. Weekends were spent cycling (one of life’s joys) around the historic city and outskirts, savoring the natural beauty as well as admiring the man-made edifices, the bustle of the city-center thronged with tourists and locals that were all profitable indulgences. Then there were the UNESCO-acknowledged world heritage sites (17 altogether then, if I recalled) were not only, mind the cliché, awe-inspiring, but also, fruitfully informative, a glimpse and a window into past achievements in both form and substance. Either enjoying the culinary delights of kaiseki, the traditional multi-course Japanese meal in an old-style restaurant, or simply standing and slurping (embarrassingly loudly) a bowl of soba (buckwheat noodle) at a roadside stall manned by an elderly couple, both were deep experiences of the senses.

      Facilities at CSEAS itself and Kyoto University were commendable and supportive. Whether one was seeking assistance in the library or in one of the administration offices, staff were attentive, knowledgeable and helpful. Despite language and/or cultural barriers, smiles from all quarters overcame any obstacles. Daily living in Kyoto, the cuisine, the shopping, the parks, the cycling lanes, ‘polite’ traffic, the Kano river, the outskirts, and the salubrious weather (despite summer heat, typhoon warnings), all added to the rich, profitable, and unforgettable stay. My spouse, who spent shorter sojourns with me, was equally impressed, amused, delighted.

 

Professor OOI Keat Gin
Coordinator Asia Pacific Research Unit (APRU-USM)
School of Humanities
Universiti Sains Malaysia

      


Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr. (Philippines)

To have been affiliated with the CSEAS on a Visiting Research Fellowship was my distinct privilege and honor, first during the second half of 2001 and then from August 2010 to January 2011. During the first fellowship I completed an anthology on overseas migration, which was published in 2002 as Filipinos in Global Migrations: At Home in the World? The second fellowship enabled me to work on my book manuscript that saw publication in 2014, Migration Revolution: Philippine Nationhood and Class Relations in A Globalized Age (published in 2014 under the Kyoto CSEAS Series on Asian Studies). The research fellowships also gave me the opportunity to work on journal articles that were subsequently published in Southeast Asian Studies (vol. 41, no. 2, 2003) and the Journal of Global History (vol. 7, no. 3, 2012).

The research fellowships offered by the Center are truly valuable in providing the dedicated time and congenial environment to pursue scholarly work.

       Stimulating conversations with the Center’s resident and visiting scholars enhanced my research, providing me leads to pursue as well as friendly encouragement in my work. As an academic based in the Philippines since 2003, I truly appreciate that the Center provides research opportunities free from the complexities of my home institution. Surely scholars from other countries in Southeast Asia would have a similar appreciation of the CSEAS.

      By making the visiting research fellowships more competitive, the Center has also enhanced their prestige. These fellowships, I believe, are at the core of a flourishing network of scholars of Southeast Asia-which the Center has formalized into the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA).

       Beyond the fellowships for visiting scholars, the Center undertakes numerous activities, such as its program on young researchers and the various intersections with graduate degree programs in Kyoto University, which have contributed immensely to the training of a future generation of scholars and to knowledge production in and of Southeast Asia.

      The Center’s decision to launch the English language journal, Southeast Asian Studies, in April 2012, while keeping Tonan Ajia Kenkyu as a Japanese language journal, has expanded the journal’s readership and positioned the Center as probably the only one in the world devoted to Southeast Asia that publishes its own high-caliber journal on the region. I am honored to be on its International Advisory Board.

      In 2012 an important milestone was achieved when the Ateneo de Manila University’s Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints and Southeast Asian Studies entered into a formal partnership. As a result, the two journals have cosponsored so far two international conferences, both of which were held at the Ateneo de Manila. “Historiography and Nation since Pasyon and Revolution: Conference in Honor of Professor Reynaldo C Ileto” was held on 8-9 February 2013. “Disasters in History: The Philippines in Comparative Perspective” was held on 24-25 October 2014. A third one will be held on 30-31 July 2018, “Bridging Worlds, Illumining the Archive: An International Conference in Honor of Professor Resil B. Mojares.”

      All these innovative activities may seem like ordinary pursuits that the Center is expected to conduct anyway. However, given the travails of area studies in the United States, the Center’s activities gain tremendous significance. The expansion and growth of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University signal in no uncertain terms the continuing relevance of Southeast Asian studies amid changing conditions in both Southeast Asia and the world. The CSEAS has engaged scholars of the region as equal partners and colleagues, unhampered by the ambitions of states and rulers.

 

Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr.
Former CSEAS Fellow

Dates 10 July 2001 to 9 January 2002
1 August 2010 to 31 January 2011

      


Peter Jackson (Australia)

Over the years, many colleagues in Thai studies and other fields of Southeast Asian studies have spoken glowingly of Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) as providing an outstanding, international standard research environment and they have strongly encouraged me to spend time at the Center. Honoured to be selected to be a CSEAS visiting fellow for six months from October 2017, I was not disappointed. CSEAS not only deservedly lived up to its reputation, but the Center much exceeded my expectations before arriving in Japan. In an international academic environment increasingly driven by short-term neoliberal policies of “global rankings,” “publication metrics,” “performance indicators,” and market-based curriculums, CSEAS and Kyoto University more broadly stand out as centres of genuine free inquiry that value scholarly excellence above all else. And at a time when we are witnessing a disturbing darkening of the political climate across much of Southeast Asia, with repression and restrictions on academic inquiry and expression becoming increasingly commonplace, CSEAS stands out as a bastion of intellectual excellence based on a spirit of unfettered free inquiry into the societies and polities of the region.

      However, from a personal perspective the most important and rewarding aspect of my all too brief stay at CSEAS was the unanticipated discovery of the genuinely large numbers of Japanese scholars based at universities across the country who specialise in Thai and Southeast Asian area studies but who publish almost exclusively in Japanese-language journals and monographs. I ashamedly admit that before my time at CSEAS I knew almost nothing of the impressive size and depth of the world of Japanese-language scholarship on Southeast Asia. Happily, my time at CSEAS coincided with the second SEASIA Conference, held at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok in December 2017, where I was also able to meet many of the large contingent of Japanese scholars who participated in that internationally significant event.

Over and above its importance as an international standard research centre, CSEAS and initiatives such as the regular SEASIA conferences fulfil a vital role in providing a bridge between Japanese-language Southeast Asian studies and the mainly Anglophone worlds of research and inquiry on the region beyond Japan.

      The welcoming staff in the CSEAS administration and library were marvellous in helping make the negotiation of the Japanese Government and Kyodai bureaucracies less intimidating. But over and above their day-to-day roles in helping international visitors such as myself, they and the academic staff of CSEAS provide crucial points of connection between the organisational and scholarly dimensions of the Japanese and international academies. The only regret of my time at CSEAS is the realisation that I should have made the effort to spend time in Japan much earlier in my academic career. I very much hope to make up for past omissions by exploring options for developing future collaborations with the new colleagues I met while based at CSEAS.

 

Prof. Peter A Jackson PhD
Emeritus Professor, College of Asia and the Pacific
Australian National University, Canberra
Membre Associé, Centre Asie du Sud-Est, CNRS-EHESS, Paris
October 2017 – March 2018

      


Latsamay Sylavong (Laos)

In 2013, CSEAS provided me with a six-month fellowship to stay at the Center. This was a very productive and memorable experience allowing me to participate in various seminars, conferences, colloquia, and brown bag lectures, as well as the nice attractions of Kyoto city. The fellowship provided me a great opportunity to prepare a working paper to share and discuss my work with professors and colleagues within CSEAS. I was impressed with the professionalism of CSEAS, and benefited from the facilities that supported my stay. The Center provided space for flexible academic thinking. The pleasant and quiet surroundings were an excellent setting for the Center’s academic culture of exchange of ideas. This included the permanent staff of the Center, affiliated institutions within the University and students. The relationships I formed with other fellows from various fields of research and countries helped me to broaden my thinking, as well as making me think about ways to collaborate across the region. CSEAS offers a vital environment for scholarship in the region. Working in the field of environment and natural resources, I particularly enjoyed the Center’s approach to integrating social, environmental and ecological issues into their area studies.

      I found CSEAS to be perfect for my fellowship, providing an excellent environment in a traditional city. My daily routine of cycling to the Center, focusing on my writing, accessing the many libraries in the University system and joining stimulating seminars was a unique experience.
Although we are all studying Southeast Asian studies, being in Kyoto opened up many opportunities to learn from what is going on in Japan. For me, learning about Satoyama initiatives provided a new perspective on local resource governance. There were many useful comparisons and insights, which I shared with colleagues after I returned to Laos. From my own experience, strong environmental leadership in academia will help influence decision-making processes in various areas.

I really feel CSEAS in Kyoto is one of the leading centers suited to the academic priorities and needs of scholarship for experienced professionals to achieve their expectations/ goals in their respective fields of scholarship.

      The Center provides many different types of support to make sure that scholars make connections, share ideas and have the right environment for fellows to be productive.

 

Latsamay Sylavong
Former Country Director of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Former CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar
Dates June – December 2013

      


Virginia Shih (United States)

It was indeed an honor and privilege for being invited as a visiting research scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) of Kyoto University from September 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013. Attending the Center’s events, workshops, seminars and staff meetings during my 6-month research residency was truly an eye opener to understand why and how things were conducted and learn about the quality of scholarship among presenters and the leadership of event organizers. I fulfilled my research objective in exploring the priorities, challenges, and prospects of Southeast Asian studies at CSEAS as a “Center of Excellence” for my overall understanding of Japanese contributions to Southeast Asia scholarship and librarianship. At the end of my research residency, I submitted an essay on “Exploring Southeast Asian Studies Programs and Scholarly Treasures in Japanese Institutions: A Preliminary Fieldwork Survey” which was published in CSEAS Newsletter No. 67, Spring 2013.

CSEAS has been, is, and will remain as one of most dynamic, innovative leading research centers in global Southeast Asian studies.

Given its geographic convenience in Asia, CSEAS has its advantage to establish and sustain a global network with various prestigious institutions interested in Asian/Southeast Asian studies through bilateral or multilateral memoranda of understanding, academic exchange agreements, collaborative research programs, field stations and overseas liaison offices. CSEAS has been successful in inviting local, regional, national and international academic communities to lead, contribute or participate in various public lectures, seminars, conferences, colloquia, workshops, and social events that provide an ongoing international momentum and forum for the research and teaching community to foster global area studies discussions in interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary areas within and beyond Asia. Among numerous academic achievements that CSEAS has accomplished regionally and globally in almost half a century, it is gratifying to see the open access of Southeast Asian Studies journal to promote Southeast Asia scholarship to a worldwide English-speaking audience as well as the inauguration of the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA) in 2013 and its first biennial conference of SEASIA in December 2015 in conjunction with celebrating the 50th anniversary of CSEAS. I sincerely extend my heartfelt congratulations and blessings that CSEAS will continue to flourish as the worldclass research institute in Southeast Asian studies with distinguished faculty, researchers and graduate students as well as extraordinary resources to sustain global academic community building and networking to serve the local and global community of Southeast Asian studies in the next few decades to come.

 

Virgina Shih
Librarian, South/Southeast Asia Library,
University of California, Berkeley
Former CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar,
September 2012-February 2013

      


Nipaporn Ratchatapattanakul (Thailand)

I was a three-month visiting fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies in 2015. As an alumna of the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University, I felt as if I had returned to my academic homeland. Although I was familiar with the staff and academic facilities of CSEAS, I found discovered new experiences toward academic work as a visiting fellow. CSEAS has created a perfect environment for research and I was write an article throughout the day at my personal research office. Besides this, my stress was relieved by listening to my favorite relaxing music and watching lovely autumn view from my office’s window. I had lunch with neighbouring scholars and we shared not only academic matters, but also our experiences from our personal life. During some weekends, we participated in a one-day trip organized by CSEAS and, for instance, went hiking up Arashiyama. What impressed me most is the warm welcome to join a trip even if we had not known each other previously. Until now, the relaxing music and memories remind me of my pleasant academic time at CSEAS. I was able to finish writing and at the same time prepare for a new research proposal during the three-month visiting. This was truly a productive time in my life.

      Apart from the peaceful environment, CSEAS has significantly created an environment for forming academic connections. The special talks and seminars of well-known scholars and newcomers were held at Tonan-tei around twice a month. As CSEAS’s academic staff possess diverse experiences, I enjoyed the variety of topics and could connect with the participants who attended these events. Indeed, CSEAS’s academic staff are a key element to the friendly atmosphere that exists. They treated all of the presenters and participants very well. I believe that CSEAS’s academic and administrative staffs have rich experiences and an especially good outlook toward international academic affairs.

       As such, I trust that CSEAS can continue to be another principal academic homeland for everyone and not just restricted to former Kyoto University alumni such as myself.

 

Nipaporn Ratchatapattanakul
Lecturer, Department of History, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
Former CSEAS Visiting Research Scholar
October-December 2015

      


 

Recent fellows

 

Maria Karina Africa Bolasco

Untold Lives and the Philippine Political Revolution of the Long 1970s.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) was the strongest opposition against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos until it conceded that role on the eve of Marcos’s ouster. Thousands of young men and women joined this movement , many of them sacrificing their lives. And while some of the leaders of this political revolution still survive, their stories remain untold, creating this yawning gap in the history of the period. Without their stories, the writing of this important part of Philippine history will be incomplete.

I propose to write about their very own post-reflections on their work and conviction as top ex-leaders of the CPP, their passion and dedication as they carried out their daily tasks in the political revolution of the long 1970s. I hope to be able to show how their original concepts of social change and of a national democratic movement have changed or evolved over the 50 years of the CPP.

I shall be guided by Jonathan Culler’s (Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction: Oxford 1997)definition of biography theory as ” accounts others can use about meaning, nature and culture, the functioning of the psyche, the relations of public to private experience and of larger historical forces to individual experience.”

Biography or life writing is both a historical activity and a literary genre. In the last four decades, people’s stories have made history more interesting and engaging to a public. Yet, it is the genre least studied and theorized, but simultaneously it is the most actively discussed, and more critically, due to the perceived limits of biographical knowledge. How are claims validated? Shall we pit their accounts against one another? Or is it more important that they all get to their personal truths. There are lessons for individuals and communities over regrets, failures, and sins of commission and omission. Isn’t this how individual lives move history forward?

This project shall be conscious of the demands of writing biographies that will accurately document the story of a political revolution “in the long 70s,” in the time of Marcos and Sison. Having handled the publication of so many books on martial law, on the heroes and martyrs who fought against it, and even collections of the memoirs of these men and women, I feel that this book would be the logical conclusion of all these early publishing efforts.

I have done, and continue to do via email, more interviews of these individuals. My goals here are to be able to 1) transcribe the many hours of interviews; 2) do further documentary research at the CSEAS and KU Libraries, and 3) write the first draft of the book.

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Mohammad Golam Farouque

Prospects and Challenges of Managing Natural Resources through Community-based Approach in Bangladesh

The capacity to use and manage natural resources effectively is a great challenge in many developing countries. These resources reside under threatening conditions in Bangladesh where around 80 percent people, an estimated at 120 million people, live in rural areas and depend on natural resources (land, water and forests) for economic development, food security and other basic necessities. The country’s population is estimated to reach 210 million by 2030 and this will have serious implications on the sustainability of its natural resource base. The community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) approach is a systematic effort to improve soil and land productivity, agro-forestry development and other rural energy sources by which landholders gain access and use rights to, or ownership of, natural resources; collaborative and transparent planning and participation in the management of resources use; and achieving financial and other benefits from stewardship.

While at CSEAS, I will be working on research that will attempt to explore the prospects and challenges of a CBNRM approach through intensive literature review, consultation and discussion meeting with experts and observations as well under the guidance of my host Professor. However, to date, there have been very limited studies concerning the above issues in the context of Bangladesh. Identifying prospects and challenges will provide insights to establish this approach in Bangladesh while considering the perspectives from both developed and developing countries.

Swe Swe Mar

Assessment of farmers’ attitude towards the use of inorganic and organic fertilizers for rice cultivation in central Myanmar

I am Swe Swe Mar a lecturer in the department of soil and water science of Yezin Agricultural University, Myanmar. Between 2007 to 2012, I studied my master and doctor degree at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology under the supervision of Professor Dr. Masanori OKAZAKI and Professor Dr. Koki TOYOTA.

My research project is an assessment of farmers’ attitude towards the use of chemical and organic fertilizers in rice cultivation of Naypyitaw, Myanmar. At present, Myanmar faces huge food supply challenges due to an increasing population, limited opportunities to increase arable land, and declining yields associated with continuously declining soil fertility. This research explores factors influencing fertilizer and manure use in rice cultivation. At present, well-established nutrient management practices undertaken by smallholder include use of manure and intercropping legumes while composting and agroforestry are relatively new and limited and manure releases nutrients to the soil slowly and helps soil to build organic matter with long-term benefit. One key requirement to overcoming the socio-economic as well as the biophysical constraints to improve soil fertility management at the farm level is an understanding of the basic rationale of small-scale mixed farming systems such as those in Myanmar with an adequate understanding of smallholders’ attitudes. This research will look into the above during my stay at CSEAS.

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Dianto Bachriadi

Land conflicts in contemporary Indonesia and its meaning in the historical context

Land conflicts have occurred in many places all over Indonesia on many occasions. Here I will explore and analyze three main factors that work on this phenomena, which are land grabs, the unequal structure of land distribution, and colonial-minded agrarian laws and policies. With the first factor, land grabbing phenomenon show how easy corporations obtain control over large swaths of land straining space for people’s livelihood. With the second, I will explore how the structure of land distribution in Indonesia, which is always in unequal form, has been constructed, and subsequently created the conditions for land encroachment by local people into both public and private land. With the final one, I will explore the sustainability of a colonial-minded laws in Indonesian agrarian policies. I assume that as long as these three factors continue to work, land conflicts will persist.

Marcus Mietzner

The pitfalls of democratization in Southeast Asia

While at CSEAS, I will be working on a manuscript for a new mini-book series edited by Edward Aspinall and Meredith Weiss for Cambridge University Press. This monograph will discuss the reasons behind the apparent obstacles to democratization in Southeast Asia. While autocracy firmly endures in states such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore and Brunei, the young democracies of the Philippines and Indonesia show clear signs of deconsolidation. At the same time, the democratic transition of Myanmar is under threat, while Malaysia’s future remains uncertain. Why is it that Southeast Asia is such a difficult arena for democracy to take hold? The manuscript will ponder the evidence and offer some explanations in the context of rising inequality and populism in a post-globalisation world.

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Alicia Chavarria Esguerra

Alicia Chavarria Esguerra

Mabuhay!

I am Alicia Chavarria Esguerra, Librarian at Bulacan State University, located in the historic City of Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines. I am also an Associate Professor in the same university, teaching various Library and Information Science subjects in the undergraduate level. It is my first time to be in the beautiful City of Kyoto although it has always been my dream to visit this amazing country which exemplifies that technology and nature can co- exist and share a symbiotic relationship with each other.

While at CSEAS, I will be working on a research that will attempt to describe library education and practices in Japan and the Philippines; identify the similarities and understand their differences, with the aim of finding avenues by which these two great nations can work in mutual cooperation in the field of Librarianship and Information Science. I also hope to finish my research about the history and development of library education and librarianship during the early period of American colonization in the Philippines. In addition, I will be working on the cataloging and classification of the Ambeth Ocampo Collection available at the CSEAS Library, and work in partnership with Professor Mikiko Ono in the compilation of an annotated bibliography of this rich Filipiniana collection.

Wilfrido V. Villacorta

China, Japan, ASEAN: Towards A Mutually Acceptable Modus Vivendi?

Transformations in the character of world affairs necessitate different responses from traditional as well as emerging powers. Perceptions of who are friends and who are enemies are becoming more blurred. As states are faced with formidable challenges of this century, what is evident is that there are no permanent interests either. The parameters of so-called national and regional interests have to be re-framed. Definitions of core benefits of individual states tend to be parochial and short-term, deep-rooted in bloated concepts of national pride, perpetuation of self-serving official narratives and vested interests of leaders. One-upmanship is the name of the zero-sum game.

Massive poverty, transnational crime, natural disasters due to environmental destruction, international terrorism, the specter of a global nuclear holocaust-these more serious threats to human survival should be the over-riding focus in the pursuit of national interest. My study will examine and evaluate the extent to which these moral imperatives are effectively addressed by Japan and China, the prospects of closer cooperation between these two leading powers in the region, and the catalytic role of ASEAN in unlocking these possibilities.

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Ronald Everette David HOLMES

My current research focuses on an examination of the values, beliefs, motivations, and characteristics of Filipino citizens/voters. In the run-up to the last 2016 elections and under the current administration, Filipino voters/citizens have been characterized as bobotante (a portmanteau of bobo [stupid] and botante [voters]); tangahanga (another compound word of tanga [stupid] and tagahanga [fan]); dilawan (yellows, referring to those who support the Liberal Party or its leaders [former President Benigno S. Aquino or presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas]); or Dutertards (term used for describe those who support presidential candidate and now incumbent president Rodrigo Duterte). These characterizations are, at the very least, sweeping. Thus, this research, through an examination of prior qualitative work, as well as existing and future survey data, aims to surface what could be deemed as “drivers” of political behavior of Filipino citizens/voters.

Hezri Adnan

Retro-fitting or Transformation? Sustainable Development Goals and Public Policy in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, governments, businesses and non-governmental stakeholders are laying the building blocks necessary to adopt a suite of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals, targets, and indicators of SDGs aim for a global transformation by 2030 whereby ‘no one will be left behind’ in development as well as to ‘end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all’. While at CSEAS, I will analyze the nature and extent of SDG implementation in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand at various scales of governance. Informed by the scholarship on policy change and sustainable humanosphere, the research will examine whether countries are merely ‘retro-fitting’ the SDG agenda into their existing priorities, or ambitiously exploring the potential for credible policy reforms or transformation.

Colin Andreas DÜRKOP

Research Topic: ASEAN and BSEC – A comparative analysis between two Regional Organizations

While numerous studies exist which focus on multilateral cooperation at a regional and/or sub-regional level, little research appears to have been conducted on inter-regional comparisons. This is surprising in times of advancing globalization and regional cooperation. As a case in point, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) is hitherto little known in Southeast Asia (and vice-versa). So far, there has been no comparative analysis between these two regional organizations which share many similarities but also different features. Moreover, no institutional links have so far been established between ASEAN and BSEC comparable to the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC). Similarly, only few exchanges on academic/scientific level or between think tanks and NGOs took place so far.

Against this backdrop it appears to be of academic interest to compare the goals, structures, working principles and methods as well as different programs of the two regional bodies situated in Southeast Asia and West Asia, two economically vibrant regions with a potential to complement each other. This research will address the question to what extent or in which areas BSEC could serve as a source of inspiration (rather than an alternative model) for the ASEAN in general or AEC in particular, or vice versa. As a case study, SME development approaches pursued by both regional organizations will be chosen as a focal point for the analysis.

Saksith Chalermpong

The Political Economy of Public and Informal Transport in Thailand

At CSEAS, I will work on synthesizing the lessons learned from Thailand’s experiences in planning and regulation of public transport systems over the past two decades. I will employ a political economy approach to understand the interactions between government institutions, and the behaviors of transport operators, in particular, how the action or inaction of government institutions create incentive systems for operators, drivers or other stakeholders. Such decisions often produce outcomes that are generally socially desirable, but often times problematic. Institutional, organizational, and other issues that affect performance of public transport, including formal and informal operators in Bangkok, will be analyzed and compared with those in other Southeast Asian countries. It is hoped that Thailand’s experiences with planning and regulation of public transport systems can offer useful lessons for other developing countries in Southeast Asia and elsewhere.

Puangthong Pawakapan

Research topic “The Thai Military’s Civil Affairs Projects”
Associate Professor Puangthong Pawakapan
Visiting Research Scholar at the CSEAS, Kyoto University

The Thai military’s civil affairs projects, including rural development program, mass organizations and psychological operations, were essential tools of counter-insurgency operations during the Cold War period. The Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) was the nerve center of the operations. ISOC was known for its use of violence and propaganda techniques against the movements of students and peasants in the 1970s. The demise of communism did not see the winding up of ISOC power. Instead, the military expanded its power widely, especially after the coups of September 2006 and May 2014. This research examines the role and impact of ISOC in organizing and mobilizing several segments of Thai citizenry nationwide with the aim to undermine electoral democracy and to entrench the power of the conservative elites, especially when Thai society is polarized deeply by the color-coded conflict.

Thongphanith PHOUKHAM

Creating and Printing of the National Bibliography

2 year ago I was able to participate in a Sakura Science Project and visited Japan. I did not think I would be able to visit again however, I am glad that this became a possibility and that I have received a warm welcome from CSEAS. During my stay I hope I will gain valuable academic experience and learn about how CSEAS operates. I aim to use my experiences here to lead to more fruitful cooperation between the National Library of Laos and CSEAS in the future.

Sypha PHONGSAVATH

Compiling Academic and Non-Academic Journal Titles are Published in Laos for Making the National Journal Bibliography Books.

I am a librarian from the Central Library of the National University of Laos and this is my first time that I have an opportunity to visit Japan and Kyoto University. I am very happy to be a member of CSEAS and I would like to express my thanks to the staff for their very kind opportunities to be here and their warm welcome. For three months I have been here, I have improved my librarian skills and will bring all of knowledge I have gained here to help develop Lao libraries after I return to Laos. I also aim to work on a paper entitled, Compiling Academic and Non-Academic Journal Titles are Published in Laos for Making the National Journal Bibliography Books. I will try my best to gain valuable academic knowledge and experience in Kyoto. Hopefully Lao librarians will be able to improve their library science skills as I have and I hope that we can have enduring cooperation between Kyoto University and Lao libraries in the future.

Muhammad SALIM

Agricultural Modernization and Sustainability of Rice Production in Bangladesh: Technological Issues

At the beginning of the Green Revolution in the late 1960s, modern varieties of rice were introduced in a number of developing countries that were struggling to overcome food deficits, including Bangladesh. The area under rice production in Bangladesh since independence in 1971 has been, to date, almost static while production has been increasing over the past four decades. Rice production more than tripled but progress has been slowing down. The yield plateau of rice must be overcome by revamping agricultural research through the development of a wide number of technologies such as development of suitable varieties in different Agro-ecological zones (AEZs), fertilizer management technology, water saving technology and systems of rice intensification (SRI) etc. Globally, the orientation of the development of agricultural is shifting from productivity to sustainability, stability and safety. However, these issues have not been studied properly in Bangladesh. While at CSEAS, I will study and focus on technological issues and the sustainability of rice production in Bangladesh.

Zaher SAMMAN TAHAN

Examination of some Genes Encoding Virulence-associated Factors in Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Escherichia coli Strain 83972 to Understand its Colonization Mechanism and to Evaluate its Potential Use in Prevention of Symptomatic Urinary Tract Infections

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a well-known intestinal bacterium as a commensal of the humans and other animals. Most of E. coli strains causes no problem or even are beneficial to their hosts. However, some E. coli strains cause debilitating and sometimes fatal diseases in humans as well as warm-blooded animals. E. coli pathogenic strains are divided into intestinal pathogens causing diarrhea and extraintestinal E. coli causing a variety of infections including meningitis, septicemia and urinary tract infections (UTI’s), the latter being called uropathogenic E. coli strains responsible for urinary tract infections.

UTI is considered to be the most common infections in humans and serious health problem affecting millions of people each year and one of the most common infection in Syrian’s hospitals. The primary infection step of UTI’s by these strains is colonization, i.e., bacterial adherence is generally considered to be a pivotal step in the colonization of host urinary tract epithelium submitted to hydrodynamic flow forces, so that the bacteria can resist removal by urine flow. Bacterial adherence not only contributes to colonization, but also to invasion, biofilm formation, and host cell damage.

Various types of uropathogenic E. coli strains possessing different attachment mechanisms have been reported. Fully virulent uropathogenic E. coli causes symptomatic UTI’s, accompanied by acute inflammation with strong innate immune response and tissue damage. Less virulent strains establish asymptomatic bacteriuria (ABU) accompanied by an innate immune response too weak to cause symptoms.

While at CSEAS I will be studying the difference between uropathogenic E. coli strains isolated from symptomatic UTI’s and their well-characterized virulence factors and an (ABU) E. coli strain 83972. Past molecular characterization of the strains isolated from bacteriuria, a representative UTI, revealed the following virulence-associated factors: various types of fimbria necessary for attachment, formation of biofilm and production of Siderophore; uropathogenic E. coli strains differ from the commensal E. coli by possession and expression of these specific virulence factors involved in interaction with host tissues. So, characterization of E. coli 83972 for possible virulence factors and modification of this strain, if needed, will enable us to use E. coli 83972 as a basis for establishment of a novel strategy to prevent recurrent UTI’s in Syria, which at present is strongly suffering from an internal dispute, and to reduce the everlasting issue of random and uncontrolled use of antibiotics, therapeutic treatment, for which no alternative treatment method is established.

Kathrina MOHD DAUD

While at CSEAS, I will be working on a translation into English of Norsiah Gapar’s Pengabdian. Norsiah Gapar is one of the foremost Malay-language writers in Brunei Darussalam, and was the first female Bruneian writer to win the S.E.A Write Award in 2009. Pengabdian was her debut novel, and the winner of the first novel-writing competition organised by the National Language and Literature Bureau – it remains a staple of the national literature curriculum at the secondary and tertiary levels.

I will also be working on a project to understand and frame the production of contemporary Muslim literature in Southeast Asia, through its engagements with global as well as regional Muslim literature. While classical Muslim literature has been studied extensively, there is much less scholarship on contemporary global Muslim literature, and no comprehensive overview of contemporary Muslim literature in the Malay world in Southeast Asia. There has recently been increased focus on the Muslim Malay countries of Southeast Asia (Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia) as emerging centers and offering national models for global Islamic civilization. As such, it is an opportune time to examine the cultural production of Islam in the region.

Coeli Barry

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.

San Tun

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.

Weera OSTAPIRAT

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.

Ali Musa

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.

Seminars presented:
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.

Past fellows

Visiting Research Scholars

Name Period Affiliation Research Title
Maria Karina Africa Bolasco 2018.11.1
2019.4.30
Director, Ateneo de Manila University Press Untold Lives and the Philippine Political Revolution of the Long 1970s.
Mohammad Golam Farouque 2018.11.1
2019.1.31
Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Faculty of Agriculture Bangladesh Agricultural University Prospects and Challenges of Managing Natural Resources through Community-based Approach in Bangladesh
Swe Swe Mar 2018.10.1
2018.12.31
Lecturer, Department of Soil and Water Science, Yezin Agricultural University Assessment of farmers’ attitude towards the use of inorganic and organic fertilizers for rice cultivation in central Myanmar
Dianto Bachriadi 2018.9.1
2019.2.28
Senior Researcher, & Head of the Association, Agrarian Resources Centre (ARC), Indonesia Land Conflicts in Contemporary Indonesia and its Meaning in the Historical Context
Marcus Mietzner 2018.7.1
2018.12.31
Associate Professor, Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University Autocratic Endurance and Democratic Fragility: Democratization and its Obstacles in Southeast Asia
ESGUERRA, Alicia Chavarria 2018.6.1
2018.11.30
Associate Professor, Faculty of College of Education, Bulacan State University Comparative Study of Library Education and Practice in Japan and the Philippines with Implication Towards Collaboration
VILLACORTA, Wilfrido Villacorta 2018.5.8
2018.8.7
Professor Emeritus, De La Salle University The Future of ASEAN: The Role of Japan and China
HOLMES, Ronald Everette David 2018.5.1
2018.10.31
Assistant Professor, Institute: Department of Political Science, De La Salle University The Filipino as a voter/citizen: Understanding Philippine politics from the ground
Ahmad Hezri Bin Adnan 2018.5.1
2018.10.31
Director and Senior Fellow, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia Retro-fitting or Transformation? Sustainable Development Goals and Public Policy in Southeast Asia
DÜRKOP, Colin Andreas 2018.4.9
2018.7.8
Instructor on freerance basis, Academy for International Cooperation ASEAN and BSEC – A comparative analysis between two Regional Organizations
CHALERMPONG, Saksith 2018.3.16
2018.6.15
Associate Professor, Division of Transportation Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University The Political Economy of Public and Informal Transport in Thailand
PHONGSAVATH, Sypha 2018.2.1
2018.4.30
Head of Information Service Department of the Central Library, National University of Laos Compiling Academic and Non-Academic Journal Titles are published in Laos for Making the National Journal Bibliography Books
THONGPHANITH, Phoukham 2018.2.1
2018.4.30
Librarian, National Library of Laos Creating and Printing of the National Bibliography
PAWAKAPAN, Puangthong 2018.2.1
2018.7.31
Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University ISOC as the Thai Military’s Anti-Democratic Machination
SALIM, Muhammad 2018.1.1
2018.3.31
Professor, Bangladesh Agricultural University Agricultural Modernization and Sustainability of Rice Production in Bangladesh: technological issues
MOHD DAUD, Kathrina 2017.12.1
2018.2.28
Deputy Dean (Academic), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam Norsiah Gapar’s Pengabdian and Contemporary Muslim Narratives in the Nusantara
TAHAN, Zaher Samman 2017.10.6
2018.4.5
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Aleppo University Detection of virulence factors genes (fimbrial types, biofilm and siderophore systems) in asymptomatic bacteriuria Escherichia coli strain 83972 in order to understand its colonization mechanism.
JACKSON, Peter Anthony 2017.10.1
2018.3.31
Professor, Australian National University Sociological and Political Dimensions of the Resurgence of Supernatural Ritual in Thailand
BARRY, Coeli 2017.9.15
2018.3.14
Associate Professor, Mahidol University, Institute of Human Rights & Peace Studies Scholar Migrants and Intellectual Communities in ASEAN/Southeast Asia
WEISS, Meredith Leigh 2017.7.24
2018.1.23
Professor, University at Albany, SUNY
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department of Political Science
Malaysia: Politics and Society
San Tun 2017.7.1
2017.9.30
Department of Philosophy
Dagon University
Social Implication of Studying Abhidhamma in the Contemporary Myanmar
Ali Musa 2017.6.1
2017.11.30
Senior Librarian, Ajip Rosidi Library, The Sundanese Study Centre Preservation and Maintenance of Special Collection
PADOCH, Christine Anne 2017.5.15
2017.11.14
Adjunct Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University Updating Understanding of Human Mobility, Livelihood Transitions, and Changes in Landscape Patterns in Borneo
Aung Naing Oo 2017.5.1
2017.7.31
Associate Professor, Department of Soil and Water Science, Yezin Agricultural University Food Security And Socio-Economic Impacts Of Soil Salinization In The Central Myanmar
TAYLOR, Robert Henry 2017.3.13
2017.6.12
Professorial Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Armies in the Politics of South East Asia
Weera OSTAPIRAT 2017.3.1
2017.8.31
Associate Professor, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University Linguistic past and present of the Palaung people of the Myanmar-China border area
HEWISON, Kevin John 2017.1.10
2017.7.9
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
2017.7.9
Professor, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia Obesity and ethnicity in Malaysia and Thailand
Saiful Umam 2017.1.10
2017.4.9
Associate Professor, State Islamic University Jakarta Other Javanese Islam: Pegon Books and the Localization of Islamic Orthodoxy in Java
SOPRANZETTI, Claudio 2017.1.10
2017.4.9
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
2017.4.30
Director, Rizal Library, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University Promoting the CSEAS Library as a Venue for Research on Philippine Studies
Myint Thida 2016.11.1
2017.1.31
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
2016.12.31
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
2017.3.4
Member of the Board, Focus on the Global South Crisis of Liberal Democracy in the Philippines and Thailand
Tika Dewi Atikah 2016.9.1
2016.11.30
Researcher, Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences Study on Forest Dynamic in Indonesia
MACLEAN, Kenneth Arthur Samuel 2016.8.1
2016.12.31
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
2016.10.15
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
2016.12.31
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
2016.8.15
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
2016.8.15
Librarian, Universities’ Central Library, University of Yangon Selective annotated bibliography of books on Myanmar ethnic groups (Shan and Kayin) 
LUANGON, Sukanda 2016.4.11
2016.7.10
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University Financial Inclusion in Thailand: Innovations and Challenges
WONG, Grace Mun Yee 2016.3.1
2016.8.31
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
2016.7.31
Director, Centre for Peace and Security, University of South Australia Ethnicity and Natural Resource Governance in Myanmar
SURIAMIHARDJA, Dadang Ahmad 2016.2.1
2016.7.31
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
2016.4.30
Researcher, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences Modernism or Puritanism? A Study of the Muhammadiyah in its Post-Centennial Era
UTHAISA, Sivaporn 2016.1.18
2016.4.17
Catalog librarian, Collection Management Division, Thammasat University Libraries Thai cremation volumes: a comparative study
HAKIM, Lukman 2016.1.6
2016.4.5
Profesor Research, Center for Science and Technological Development Studies, Indonesian Institute of Science Indonesian Science Technology and Innovation Development under New Administration Changes
MUKDAWIJITRA, Yukti 2016.1.1
2016.6.30
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
2016.1.15
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
RATCHATAPATTANAKUL, Nipaporn 2015.10.1
2015.12.31
Lecturer, Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University Visions, Values and Narratives of the Thai Bureaucratic System, 1940s-1990s.
VILAITHONG, Villa 2015.10.1
2015.12.31
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University Dressing Modern Thai Women: Fashion Entrepreneurs, Commercial Beauty Culture, and Social Shows, 1957-1973
BAO, Maohong 2015.8.1
2016.1.31
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
2015.10.31
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University Inequality, Social Conflict and Political Regime Change in Southeast Asia
Ooi Keat Gin 2015.7.15
2015.10.14
Professor, School of Humanities,
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Borneo in the midst of the Cold War, 1950-1970
Khin Lay Swe 2015.6.1
2015.11.30
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
JIRATTIKORN, Amporn 2015.6.1
2015.11.30
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
TANGSEEFA, Decha 2015.3.10
2015.9.9
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
2015.8.30
Librarian, Institute of Social Sciences Information The Digitization of Microfilm and Sino Nom Documents
IKEYA, Chie 2015.1.20
2015.7.19
Associate Professor, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University Transcultural Intimacies in Colonial Burma, Southeast Asia, and Beyond
WINICHAKUL, Thongchai 2015.1.5
2015.7.4
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
2015.4.30
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
2015.4.30
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
2015.4.30
Full Professor, University of San Carlos The Comic in Cebuano Life and Literature
PONGPONRAT, Kannapa 2014.9.1-
2014.11.30
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
MISSITA, Sompong 2014.8.1-
2015.1.31
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-
2015.1.31
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-
2014.8.31
Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania The Thai Digital Manuscript and Monastery Project
KASETSIRI, Charnvit 2014.6.1-
2014.11.30
Professor Emeritus, Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University Thailand: A New Monarchy Under King Bhumibol: Rama IX
ANDI, Amri 2014.4.7-
2014.9.30
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-
2014.9.30
President, Journalism for Nation Building Foundation Reducing Inequality in the Philippines
CHENG, Ke-Sheng 2014.4.1-
2014.9.30
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
BAUTISTA, Julius 2014.1.15-
2014.7.14
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
PHAKDEEWANICH, Titipol 2014.1.7-
2014.6.30
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-
2014.3.31
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-
2014.4.30
Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Phu Xuan University Study methods of revision, safekeeping Han Nom documents and the ancient maps in Japan
TREERAT, Nualnoi 2013.11.1-
2014.4.30
Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University Media, Politics and Democracy
KIMURA, Ehito 2013.9.1-
2014.2.28
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Social Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa Transitional Justice in Southeast Asia
POKHREL,Chandra Prasad 2013.9.1-
2013.12.31
Lecturer, Central Department of Botany, Faculty of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal Impact of Climate Change on Mountain and Hill Agriculture
KONG, Jianxun 2013.8.1-
2014.1.31
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-
2013.12.31
Associate Member,
Ecole Française d’Éxtrême-Orient
Linguistic History of the East-Khmuic (Austroasiatic) languages
SYLAVONG, Latsamay 2013.6.1-
2013.11.30
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-
2013.9.30
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-
2013.9.24
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
CHO, Hung-Guk 2013.3.1-
2013.8.31
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

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