Forum Fall Semester 2005-06
September 2, 2005 - Denni Purbasari (Economics, University
of Colorado Boulder)
Seeking in Developing Countries: Firm-Level Evidence from Indonesia"
Political connections have been widely discussed in the literature of
corruption, but little work has been done to empirically identify either
the presence of corruption or the channels through which it operates.
Using Indonesia as a case study we find that politically connected firms
are more likely to receive trade protection which impose substantial
welfare cost on the Indonesian economy.
September 9, 2005 - Andy Sutton (Music, UW-Madison)
“Beyond Bricolage? Music and Image on Indonesian VCDs”
Since their first appearance in Indonesia in the late 1990s, VCDs have
become the dominant mode of distribution not only for movies but for
music as well. Sutton's lecture considers VCDs of national and regional
popular music, focusing on the content of these multi-layered media
products and the aesthetic puzzles they pose.
September 16, 2005 **Room Change: 1418
Van Hise** - Fadjar I.Thufail (Anthropology, UW-Madison)
Nation: Forging Political Community Five Years after the May 1998 Riots”
The May 1998 riots in Indonesia remain an uncharted space years later.
Soeharto's resignation and the New Order regime's downfall following
the riots are historic events but provide little to assure a political
climate for Indonesians to revisit the legacy of past violence. Amidst
this uncertainty, human rights advocacy groups and victims of New Order
violence confronted the legacy of violence by holding an unprecedented
national gathering of violence victims (Temu Korban Nasional) in 2002-2003.
This talk charts the landscapes of possessed grievance that both the
human rights activists and the victims evoke to make their experiences
of suffering and injustice meaningful.
September 23, 2005 - Mary McCoy (Communications,
in the Making of a Modern Democracy: the Case of Indonesia"
September 30, 2005 **Room
Change: 1418 Van Hise** - Paul Hutchcroft (Poli. Sci.,
Deepening Crisis of Democracy in the Philippines”
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo struggles to retain power as she faces
allegations that close relatives are involved in gambling syndicates
and still more damaging accusations of complicity in fixing the May
2004 elections. Unlike the crises of 1986 and 2001, when "people
power revolutions" brought new leadership and nurtured fresh hopes,
the crisis of 2005 reveals a democracy desperately struggling for legitimacy.
October 7, 2005 - Joseph Liow (Institute of Defense
& Strategic Studies, Singapore)
and Resistance in Pattani and Mindanao"
Since 9/11, we have all been seized by how Islam appears to define the
ideological and tactical parameters of conflicts involving Muslim populations.
This talk hopes to critically interrogate the role of Islam in the ongoing
conflicts in southern Thailand and southern Philippines.
October 14, 2005 - Ramon Santos (Music, U. Philippines)
Music in Religion and Worship in the Philippines”
Prof. Santos will focus on the religious music, the liturgical and extra-liturgical
rites in Filipino cultural communities.
October 21, 2005 - Nancy Smith-Hefner (Anthropology,
Sex in the City? Youth and Sexuality in Muslim Java”
This paper looks at contemporary Muslim Javanese youth in the
Central Javanese city of Yogyakarta and the current controversies surrounding
October 28, 2005 - Aaron Pitluck (Sociology and Anthropology,
and their Brokers in the Malaysian Stock Market: Some New Ideas on Investor
Drawing on over one hundred ethnographic interviews with financial
workers in Malaysia, Aaron Pitluck advocates a social networks perspective
to better understand Malaysian investors' behavior. The talk will explore
implications to understand the rapid construction or destruction of
investor confidence in a nation.
November 4, 2005 - Karen Coates and Jeremy Redfern
Now: Life in the Wake of War"
Cambodia has never recovered from the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime and
two decades of war that ripped the country apart. Award-winning journalist
Coates and photojournalist Redfern speak about their new book that provides
a portrait of contemporary Cambodia through its people.
November 11, 2005 - Eric Haanstad (Anthropology, UW-Madison)
State Demands Sacrifices: Yaa Baa, Red Bull, and Ritual Killings
in the Thai Drug Wars”
Haanstad investigates Thailand's drug wars, highlighting some of the
campaign's most profitable political economies, as well as violent displays
of order and overt deceptions.
November 18, 2005 - Pegi Deitz Shea (Author)
"The Search for Hope: The Whispering Cloth and
Author Pegi Deitz Shea discusses how she found her story to tell young
readers about the Hmong, their struggles and their strength, their tragedies
and their triumphs.
November 25, 2005 - No Friday Forum
(Thanksgiving break Nov 24-27)
December 2, 2005 - John Peck (Ph.D., UW-Madison Institute
of Environmental Studies)
Struggle for Fair Trade, Food Sovereignty, and Rural Justice in East
Timor: Report Back from the 2005 Madison Ainaro Sister City Delegation"
John E. Peck received his PhD in Land Resources (IES) from UW-Madison
in 2004. He is currently executive director of Family Farm Defenders,
a national grassroots organization based in Madison, WI that works on
issues of sustainable agriculture, rural justice, fair trade, consumer
safety, animal welfare, farm worker rights, and food sovereignty. In
Aug. 2005 John participated in a three week visit to East Timor.
December 9, 2005 - Evan Winet (Asian Languages and
Cultures, Macalester College)
the Veil of Nationalism: Islam and Modern Indonesian Theatre"
Evan Winet received a Ph.D from Stanford University in Drama and Humanities
in 2000. His particular areas of interest include Indonesian and Other
Asian Theaters; Directing and Dramaturgy; Masks, Puppets and Performing
Objects; History and Theories of Drama, Theater and Performance and
December 15, 2005 - Last class day No Friday