Forum Fall Semester 2004-05
September 3, 2004 - Mike Boehm
(Project Director for the Madison Quaker Projects in Vietnam)
Loan Projects and Other Experimental Projects in Central Vietnam"
Micro loan projects among poor women in Quang
Nai Province in Vietnam; slide show that is very moving, showing many
of the women who have received loans in My Lai Village. The loan projects,
which are similar to those of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, are very
September 10, 2004 - Andrew Causey
(Anthropology, Columbia College, Chicago)
of the Swim: Post-Tourism Times at Lake Toba, North Sumatra"
Andrew Causey discusses the effects of severely declining tourism on the
lives of Toba Bataks living on Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Sumatra. Based
on a recent return trip to the area, Causey addresses social and economic
changes that have transpired since his fieldwork in 1994-1995.
September 17, 2004 - Ken George
(Anthropology, UW - Madison)
Culture, and the Indonesian Public Sphere: Reworking the Geertzian Legacy"
September 24, 2004- Robert Hefner
(Anthropology, Boston University)
& the Cultural Possibility of Democracy: Some Bittersweet Lessons
This paper examines recent developments in Indonesian Muslim politics
with an eye to assessing the obstacles and achievements of Indonesia's
civil-democratic Muslims. It also uses Indonesian case as a point of reflection
on some general challenges to democratization in the Muslim world.
October 1, 2004 - Felicidad A.Prudente
(Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, University of the Philippines)
Jama Mapun Kulintangan: Gong Tradition of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines"
Abstract: The presentation expounds on the Jama Mapun kulintangan
as a metaphor of dynamic interaction within the Sulu zone. Video clips
of kulintangan ensemble performance will complement the lecture.
October 8, 2004 - Paul Kramer
(History, John Hopkins University)
Blood of Government: Race and Empire Between the United Sates and the
October 15, 2004 - Baskara T.
Wardaya (History, Sanata Dharma University) ***260 Bascom Hall***
War Shadow: U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Indonesia During the Eisenhower
and Kennedy Administrations (1953-1963)"
With the Indonesian communists continuing to be on the rise, the administration
of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) decided to involve itself
directly in preventing a communist takeover of Indonesia. Working through
the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in 1957-1958 the administration
supported the Indonesian regional military commands in their opposition
to Indonesia’s central government and military command, which the
administration thought were pro-communist. In policy attitudes slightly
different from those of the Eisenhower administration, the short-lived
administration of President John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) presented itself
to be more open to the aspiration of the Indonesian people, as it was
more open to the aspirations of other newly-independent countries. The
administration’s willingness to mediate Dutch-Indonesian dispute
over West New Guinea as well as its eagerness to prevent Indonesia’s
opposition to the Federation of Malaysia into a direct military conflict
demonstrated such openness.
Continuing the Truman and Eisenhower administrations’ tradition
of viewing Indonesia under the shadow of the Cold War, however, the Kennedy
administration’s policies on the two issues were motivated by fear
of losing Indonesia to the communists.
As it realized the importance of Indonesia to remain noncommunist and
to stay neutral in the Cold War antagonism—particularly when in
Vietnam the communists appeared to be gaining control by the day—the
administration intended to address Indonesia’s concerns and rebuild
U.S.-Indonesian relations. Unfortunately, President Kennedy’s plans
to deal with the concerns and to build closer relations with Indonesia—including
a plan to visit the country in early 1964—never materialized. The
bullets that killed the President on November 22, 1963, also destroyed
his initiatives to restore U.S.-Indonesian relations. ***260 Bascom Hall***
October 22, 2004 - Ian Coxhead
(Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison)
Trade with China and the Natural Resource Curse in S.E. Asia"
The rapid growth of China and its increasing integration with Asian and
world markets is expected to have significant effects on the structure
of production and trade in SE Asian economies, including the increased
demand for natural resources. These trends will interact with decentralization,
a phenomenon sweeping through Southeast Asia. If sufficiently severe,
the combination of higher demand for natural resources and diminished
constraints on their exploitation could expose the region to reduced rates
of aggregate economic growth.
October 29, 2004 - Adam Knee (Film,
Bodies: The Curious Persistence of the Horror Genre in Contemporary Thai
This talk will examine the prevalence of the horror genre in post-1996
Thai cinema. The focus will be on the genre's consistent preoccupations
with issues of gender, of the body, and of history. The talk will close
with speculation as to why this genre, resonant of woman's oppression
and historical trauma, appears to so peculiarly haunt contemporary Thai
culture. ***1418 Van Hise*******
November 5, 2004 - Martha Ratliff
(Linguistics, Wayne State University)
The notion of a prehistoric "homeland" is mysterious and evocative,
and therefore serves as a frequent topic of folk tales and popular histories.
Although linguistic evidence can only take us back so far, I have used
this more secure and objective form of evidence to establish a rough location
for the Hmong-Mien peoples of Southeast Asia at c. 2000 BP that contradicts
November 12, 2004 - Michael Cullinane
(CSEAS & History, UW-Madison)
in the Brigands: The Politics of Pacification in the Colonial Philippines,
Sponsored by Empire in Transition: A Cultural and Historical Case Study
Philippines Lecture Series and Friday Forum Lecture Series.
November 15,2004- James Siegel
(Anthropology, Cornell University)
Expedition to Samalanga: Sword and Camera in Atjeh (1901)”
Sponsored by Cultural Anthropology Seminar Series and The Center for Southeast
The jihad takes on multiple meanings in Islam. One example occurred in
the war between Acehnese and Dutch which began in 1873. It is striking
that in the war that wages today between Acehnese and the Indonesian army,
the jihad in its old form is missing. Just what jihad was in the 19th
and early 20th centuries and its effects on memory is approached obliquely
through the use (and refusal) of photography in Indonesia. Necessarily
this is accompanied by a commentary on the aesthetic of the photograph.
November 19, 2004 - Jack Rutledge
(Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison)
of Reproductive Biology Technology and Indigenous Knowledge to Dairying
in Southeast Asia"
Increased domestic milk production is a goal of many third-world countries,
but productive breeds lack tropical adaptation while tropically adapted
breeds (or species) lack productive capability. For centuries it has been
known that crosses of the two types yield an excellent dairy animal, but
breeding from the hybrid base is fruitless. Since reproductive excess
in cattle is meager and half the calves born are male and useless for
milk production, systems of production based on natural reproduction utilizing
the crosses are untenable. Technology intervention using sex-control and
in vitro embryo production remove these impediments.
November 26, 2004 - Thanksgiving
Recess: NO FF
November 29, 2004 - John Duffy (English/Writing
Center, Notre Dame University)
Identity, and the Hmong in Laos, 1950-1975”
This talk examines the intersections of literacy development and identity
construction as experienced by the Hmong of Laos from 1950 to 1975. Duffy
will discuss the role of the state, of missionary Christians, and of the
United States CIA in using literacy to promote identities for the Hmong
people, and he considers the ways in which the Hmong used their newly developed
literacy skills to revise and re-imagine these
December 3, 2004 - Kurt Schwabe (Environ. Sci., UC-Riverside)
Communities in Peninsular Malaysia: Activities, Income, and Well-being"
While overall poverty in Malaysia has been reduced to less than 8%
in recent years, a disproportionate 81% of Orang Asli still live below
the poverty line (Nicholas 2002). This research investigates the potential
role of markets, natural resource availability, and government in influencing
the poverty and well-being of one particular Orang Asli community, the
December 10,2004 - Ingrid Muan (Fine Arts, Royal University
of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh)
S: Painting and History in Phnom Penh”cenes (Last Friday Forum)
This presentation considers the history of painting and the painting of
history in Phnom Penh during the 20th century. Muan will briefly sketch
successive representational regimes of two dimensional ornament (the Protectorate
period) and the view from life (the period of Independence), before considering
the way in which these two regimes intertwine to haunt contemporary painting
in the city today. Bringing undercurrents to the surface through this
formal analysis, Muan then considers the subjects of contemporary painting
in order to speculate what these representations and their omissions -
might reveal about contemporary urban society in Cambodia.