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UC Berkeley-UCLA Southeast Asia Studies Virtual Conference Program // Registration is now open. All events are in Pacific Time.

The conference is free and open to the public.


Conference Music:

  • “Lao Duang Duean” performed by Supeena Insee Adler (UCLA) and Christopher Adler (University of San Diego)
  • “Auk Sum Lao Phaen” performed by Supeena Insee Adler (UCLA) and Christopher Adler (University of San Diego)
  • “Phuthai Saam Phao” performed by Supeena Insee Adler (UCLA) and Christopher Adler (University of San Diego)


10:15AM to 10:30AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks 

  • George Dutton (Director, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies)
  • Nancy Peluso (Director, UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies)

10:30AM to 12:00PM

Panel 1: Intersections of Religious Devotion and Community Identity in the Philippines and Vietnam

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  • The Archaeology and Iconography of Marian Devotion in Naga City, Bicol, Philippines – Madeleine Yakal (UCLA)
  • Vietnamese Marianism in the Twentieth Century – Tuan Hoang (Pepperdine University)
  • Cham Bani Religious Practice & Identity Discourse in South-Central Vietnam – William Noseworthy (McNeese State University)


Moderator: Oona Paredes (UCLA) 


11:00AM to 12:30PM

Panel 2: Indonesian Identity at Play: Gender, Religious, and Ethnic Divides in Music and Dance

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  • The Tuka Archive: Illuminating Historical and Contemporary Church Music Practices and Interreligious Relations in Indonesia – Dustin Wiebe (UC Davis)
  • Chinese Indonesians and Indonesian Jazz: Identities and Histories – Otto Stuparitz (UCLA)
  • Queering Indonesian Dance: Disrupting Normative Representations of Identity through Lengger Performance – Triwi Harjito (UCLA) 


Moderator: Henry Spiller (UC Davis)

1:30PM to 2:30PM

Keynote: Identity Politics in Myanmar: Studying “minorities” from the perspective of a “minority scholar” – Ardeth Thawnghmung (UMass Lowell)

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Moderator: George Dutton (UCLA)



12:00PM to 1:30PM

Burma/Myanmar After the Coup: Berkeley Roundtable

  • Seinenu Thein-Lemelson (UCLA)
  • Hilary Faxon (UC Berkeley)
  • Kenneth Wong (UC Berkeley)

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 Moderator: Penny Edwards (UC Berkeley)



11:00AM to 12:30PM

Panel 3: Reimagined Identities and Histories: Strategies of Ethnic Placemaking and Nation-building

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  • Asymptotic Approximations and Tactical Takeovers: The Struggle to Visually Represent a Global Filipino Identity – Zachary Frial (UCLA)
  • “The Fateful Land of the Hundred Viets”: A South Vietnamese Lieutenant Colonel’s Racial Vision for a Unified Southeast Asia – Anthony Morreale (UC Berkeley)
  • The Ritual Transformation and Cross-Cultural Communication between the Chinese and the Vietnamese in Camau, Vietnam: A Case Study of the Tian Hou Cult – Tho N. Nguyen (The University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University) 


Moderator: Helga Leitner (UCLA)

2:30PM to 4:00PM

Panel 4: Displaced Livelihoods: Implications of State Policies on Gender Roles, Labor, and Migration

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  • When All the Fish are Dead: The Catholic Peasantry’s Response to an Environmental Disaster in Vietnam – Andrew Le (UCLA)
  • Masculine Distinction: Family Formation and the Emergence of Class Identities Among Vietnamese Men – Phung Su (UC Berkeley)
  • “And so I rallied the women”: Performing home and community in the Philippines – Stephanie Santos (Metropolitan State University of Denver)


Moderator: Sarah Grant (CSU Fullerton)


4:30PM to 6:00PM

Panel 5: Navigating the Politics of Ethnic Identification, Subjectivity, and Exclusion

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  • Negotiating multiple identities: Becoming and un-becoming “Thai” Muslims – Ornwara Tritrakarn (Cornell University)
  • Crafting a Categorical Ayutthaya: Ethnic Labeling, Administrative Reforms, and the Social Reorganization of an Early Modern Entrepôt – Matthew Reeder (Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore)
  • The Han-ness of the Nguyễn: Ethno-cultural and political-administrative transformations in early Nguyễn Nam Hà – Dan Thuy Nguyen (Columbia University) 


Moderator: William Shattuck (El Camino College / Bakersfield College)

6:00PM to 6:30PM

Closing Remarks



The Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA are a consortium U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Funding for this conference is provided by our Title VI grant.

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Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2021