Southeast Asia Seminar 2019

The 43rd Southeast Asia Seminar
“Economic Growth, Ecology, and Equality: Learning from Vietnam”
7-13 November 2019 Hanoi, Vietnam

Application Closed

Organized by
the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

7-13 November 2019
Hanoi, Vietnam

Throughout the world, economic growth often leads to both ecological degradation and inequality. Many countries have encountered the ruin of the ecological realm and various forms of inequality, e.g., unequal access to natural resources, unequal employment and education opportunities, as well as regional disparities, among others. Such predicaments have likewise been one of Southeast Asia’s most critical and urgent issues.
Vietnam is the site of this year’s Southeast Asian Seminar due to its uniqueness as, currently, one of the most economically-robust countries in the region that shifted from a socialist regime to a market-oriented economy. Amidst its rapid development in the last few decades, Vietnam has, in various ways, been attempting to ensure the well balance between growth, ecology, and equality. In this light, the seminar’s purpose is, therefore, to learn from Vietnam’s experiences of socio-economic transition in comparison to other cases in Southeast Asia.

The Southeast Asia Seminar has been held annually by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University since 1977. Organized thematically around a variety of topics, the seminar offers a seven-day of study tour of Vietnam with group discussions and presentations by the participants. This year, the Seminar will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The organizers are currently calling for applications from young and up-and-coming scholars mainly in Southeast and East Asia.

Program (tentative)

DAY 1 Nov.7:
Arriving at Hanoi

DAY 2 Nov.8:
Briefing and lectures on Economic Growth, Ecology, and Equality in Southeast Asia

DAY 3 Nov.9:
Field work at peri-urban area of Hanoi

DAY 4 Nov.10:
Moving to rural area

DAY 5 Nov.11:
Briefing, lectures, and field work

DAY 6 Nov.12:
Field work, and back to Hanoi

DAY 7 Nov. 13:
Wrap-up meeting at Hanoi, Leaving Hanoi

Participants will be required to attend the whole trip and to present on: a) what they will have learnt during the seminar; b) how such experiences will relate to their research.

Seminar fee:
Registration is free, however successful applicants will be required to cover their travel (and where necessary visas) costs. Accommodation in Vietnam will be covered by the organizers.

Application deadline:
August 25th, 2019

Selection:
Applicants who want to join the seminar must have a strong academic interest in the topic of this year’s seminar, and should be prepared to participate actively and constructively, and join in discussions for the full seven-day tour. We accept applications from young and up-and-coming scholars in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and other regions. Nationality balance will be taken into consideration while selecting participants.

The seminar committee will select on the basis of the application forms, and only accepted applicants will be informed by the end of September, 2019.

Organizers:
Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University

 

About SEAS
The Southeast Asia seminar has been held annually by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University since 1977. Aiming to deepen the understanding of Southeast Asia from various perspectives, the seminar offers seven days of study tour in Vietnam,
together with presentations and group discussion by the participants. This year, the seminar will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Contact: seas2019@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp