Hello, SOAN friends!
As part of Puget Sound’s new Southeast Asia programs, which are getting rolling this year, we have been putting together a symposium that will take place this Friday night (10/23) and all day Saturday (10/24), and which includes several events of interest to those of us who love anthropology and sociology. For example:
Friday at 6pm in Murray Boardroom we’ll have our keynote talk by Philip Dearden from University of Victoria, which will focus on cultural-based approaches to marine conservation around Thailand and mainland Southeast Asia. Dr. Dearden is a prolific and renowned scholar of marine ecology, so this talk promises to be excellent.
Saturday at noon in Murray Boardroom we’ll have our first group of student research presentations from folks involved in our 2015 LIASE field school. These students studied and conducted research on issues related to biodiversity and conservation in Malaysian Borneo last summer with Professor Peter Wimberger from EPDM.
Saturday at 1:45pm, also in Murray Boardroom, our second student panel will feature research presentations from students on our 2014-15 Pacific Rim Asia Study-Travel Program (PacRim), in which all students conduct in-depth independent study projects. Because I was directing the spring semester, we wound up spending a lot of time in Southeast Asia (including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam), and these presentations will reflect research done in those countries.
Interested in traveling to Southeast Asia as part of our Luce Foundation sponsored field school program your own self? At 3:30pm, Nick Kontogeorgopoulos will discuss his upcoming LIASE field school course,Political Economy of Southeast Asia (IPE 333), and distribute applications. The course includes three weeks studying ecological challenges through a cultural lens near Chiang Mai, Thailand, at the end of the semester.
Finally, who doesn’t love Thai music and dance? We’re honored to have Chaopraya Ensemble performing a selection of classical and folk pieces on Saturday at 7pm in the Rotunda. Drop by and check it out, it promises to be a really wonderful performance.
The full schedule and additional information is here — feel free to come to one or all of these events (or some number in between), and invite your friends as well.
Hope to see you there!