Past events

19
Oct
2021

Grasping at the wind: Trends in the historiography of modern Southeast Asia

Robert Cribb

I am currently writing a chapter on the historiography of modern Southeast Asia for a new edition of the Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, due to appear in 2024.

The field of modern...

12
Oct
2021

In search of analytical parsimony: How to characterise the Indonesian state?

Professor Hal Hill

A central question for the development profession is understanding why and how some countries consistently perform strongly according to the usual indicators of development progress.

The...

19
Aug
2021

Can empires of 'race' succeed in containing 'Islam'? Britain, the Pahang War, & the 1902 Siam-Malaya boundary

Amrita Malhi

In 1874, Britain installed a Resident in Perak, its first colony on the Malay Peninsula. It then quickly added more territory to the south; and yet to the north, for two more decades, it...

10
Aug
2021

Saffron Salaams: Why Hindu nationalists need Muslim friends

Felix Pal

Why does an organisation of violently Islamophobic Hindu nationalists, the RSS, have a Muslim wing?

Drawing on their fieldwork with this Muslim wing, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, in North...

27
Jul
2021

PSC Seminar Series

Dr Rebecca Meckelburg

Local government and civil society responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia have been widely lauded in academic and popular media since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in March 2020...

13
Jul
2021

PSC Seminar Series

Jacob Wray

From the Colony to the Republic: Controlling Population Movement in Revolutionary Indonesia

During the Indonesian revolution (1945–1949), Java and Sumatra were divided. Two separate...

30
Jun
2021

New Mandala turns 15!

Various speakers

Join us for a live-streamed seminar to celebrate the 15th anniversary of New Mandala, the University’s premier digital platform for anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on Southeast Asia...

01
Jun
2021

Democratic Decline in Malaysia: From Independence to Perikatan Nasional 

John Funston

The 1957 Malayan independence constitution was a ‘bargain’ between Malay, Chinese and Indian communities. It retained important symbols of Malay identity, but represented a Westminster-style...

18
May
2021

The ‘Strong Leader’ Trap: The Unintended Consequence of China’s Global Investment Strategy

Alvin Camba

How does China protect and pursue its commercial interest in risky environments? I find that China – in this case, the Chinese Communist Party and the state seeks and befriends “strong leaders,”...

20
Apr
2021

“When I entered the tiger zone …“ Why did people participate in genocide in Cambodia and beyond?

Timothy Williams

Genocide constitutes one of the most heinous crimes imaginable to mankind and participation in it is thus often thought of as particularly egregious. So why do people participate in genocide?...

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