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Decolonization, education and “slow archaeology”


“Decolonization is not just about highlighting flawed historical narratives, it's also about redress... It's economic, it's political and, of course, it's educational,” says CSEAS Director Stephen Acabado.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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Apply to the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program!


Academic-year and summer fellowships are available to support undergraduate and graduate students to study in modern foreign languages and area studies.

Monday, November 28, 2022

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Southeast Asia Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships


Apply now for the Summer 2023 and Academic Year 2023-2024 FLAS Fellowships for the study of Southeast Asian languages! The deadline is February 22, 2023.

Monday, November 14, 2022

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PEMSEA Summer 2023 Archaeological Field School in Cambodia


Students are invited to apply for the Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia Archaeology Field School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, tentatively scheduled June 22 to July 13, 2023. Deadline: January 30, 2023

Monday, November 7, 2022

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Engaging Lived Religion: Jain, Buddhist, and Muslim Communities


This free K-12 Teacher Institute (Jan 28 and Feb 4, 2023) is designed for educators teaching grades 6-12 to learn about Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam through the lens of "Lived Religion". Register now! Space is limited to 25 teachers.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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Introducing Piphal Heng


Piphal Heng is the 2022–2024 postdoctoral scholar at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia. He also holds a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for his postdoctoral research at UCLA.

Monday, September 19, 2022

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Everyday speculation and resistance among peri-urban spaces in Jakarta


UCLA Professors Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard present their field study of how residents in Jakarta, Indonesia navigate displacement, dispossession and the rebuilding of their lives.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

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UCLA International Institute receives $8 million in federal funding


Six centers of the institute have been awarded Title VI funding for area and/or language studies at UCLA.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Focusing on local responses to ecological change


Aug. 3, 2022. Stephen Acabdao, director of the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, attended a workshop at the PSU Caramoan campus in the Phillipines sponsored by the Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA). The program, he said to Inquirer.net, will “empower descendant communities that can provide compelling narratives for SEA cultural identities and highlight indigenous histories, which are typically absent from national historical narratives.”

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

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International Institute sends students around the world in summer 2022


The International Institute, its academic programs and its research centers play an instrumental role in supporting international education and research at UCLA. This summer, they provided financial support that helped over 100 students travel abroad to study or conduct research.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Filipino history, demystified


Jul 7, 2022. Speaking to CNN about an exhibit on the true history of the Ifugao rice terraces in the Philippines, Director of the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies Stephen Acabado observed, “Exhibits like this provide a venue to highlight the experiences of marginalized Indigenous peoples. In the Philippine case, we hope that it spurs proactive policies that empower IP groups to learn more about their history and heritage. Studies have shown that youths who are more secure about their ethnic identity are more likely to succeed later in life. It's the least that we can do to redress centuries of oppression.”

Thursday, July 7, 2022

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Indonesian Studies Small Grant Summer 2022


The Indonesian Studies Small Grants are available to UCLA graduate and undergraduate students for research or projects on Indonesia conducted during Summer 2022. Deadline: May 9, 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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Enroll for the GETSEA Summer 2022 Mini-Course


The consortium for Graduate Education and Training in Southeast Asian Studies is offering a free virtual mini-course, open to all graduate students studying Southeast Asia. Application deadline: May 1, 2022

Monday, April 4, 2022

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UCLA lecturer guides cultural representation on Raya and the Last Dragon


Juliana Wijaya, as a linguist, consulted on the characters' names for this Oscar-nominated film. She worked alongside a team of cultural consultants, textile experts, architects and linguists to ensure that the film accurately represented Southeast Asian culture.

Monday, March 21, 2022

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Successful collaborative research with indigenous communities


While Ifugao's most respected elders and local historians initially did not believe UCLA Professor Stephen Acabado's dating of the rice terraces in their region, both elders requested on their deathbeds that his collaborative archaeological research continue.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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