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 CSEAS Events 

Film Screening: The Ice Cream Sellers (2021)
Q&A with film director Sohel Rahman
TOMORROW Tuesday, November 22, 2022
12PM to 2PM Pacific Time
10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA Campus

The Ice Cream Sellers (75") tells the story of two little siblings and the genocide survivors of the Rohingya community who fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh after a brutal genocide. While most of the Rohingya people were exhausted from the weight of their trauma, the two siblings began their new life with hard work, selling cheap ice-cream door to door in the world´s largest refugee camp in a desperate attempt to earn enough money to bribe officials for the release of their father from prison in Myanmar. The film invites the audience to become a part of the journey of two children across the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, just as the director himself was invited and received intimate access into their journey of life. The film portrays a story of tragedy and loss, courage, and suffering. On one hand, we have parents’ harrowing tales of their flight from their homeland, and on the other, we see laughter and the irrepressible spirit of the children.

Sohel Rahman is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and producer based in Lisbon, Portugal. His films have been screened internationally in various film festivals and universities around the world. Sohel received the best feature documentary film award from the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal, Canada in 2021, and from Tasveer South Asian film Festival, Seattle in 2021 for his film The Ice Cream Sellers (2021).
WEBINAR: Schools, Blood, Guns, & Bombs: Education in Myanmar's Pro-Democracy Struggle
Panelists: Ka Lok Yip (Hamad Bin Khalifa University), Su Yin Htun (Ministry of Education, National Unity Government), Yamin (activist), Jonathan Liljeblad (The Australian National University College of Law)
November 30, 2022 at 4PM Pacific Time
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Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages
Talking about Tasks: Exploring the Language Learning Potential of Task-Based Language Teaching
December 9, 2022 at 2PM Pacific Time
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Everyone seems to talk about tasks. Task-based language teaching (TBLT) may well be the strongest empirically supported teaching approach around. However, for many instructors, TBLT is still an innovative approach that deviates from more familiar structure-based or form-focused teaching methods. They find it difficult to incorporate strong tasks in their teaching practices.

This talk will focus on tasks, on what makes a task different from an activity or exercise, on how classroom tasks can be used to support language learning at different proficiency levels. This talk aims to provide you with the foundational principles of TBLT so you can make tasks work for you and your students.

Koen Van Gorp is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Linguistics program, and Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Coordinator in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at Michigan State University. He is also Head of Research for the National LCTL Resource Center (NLRC) and serves as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Language and Education (KU Leuven, Belgium). His research interests are task-based language teaching and assessment, language-in-education policy, multilingual awareness and multilingualism.

 FLAS Fellowships 
Southeast Asia Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Deadline: February 22, 2023
Open to UCLA students from any discipline

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Applicants must be a current UCLA undergraduate student or an incoming and current UCLA graduate student. 
  • Recipients must study an eligible Southeast Asian language at the Intermediate or Advanced level for the award period.
  • Recipients must enroll in full-time study for the duration of their award period.

Summer 2023 fellowships are for an in-person intensive summer language programs offered through a U.S. university or abroad. They provide a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees to a maximum of $5,000. Students should apply separately for admissions into their chosen summer language program. The summer intensive language program must last at least 6 weeks and provide at least 140 synchronous contact hours for beginning and intermediate level courses, or 120 synchronous contact hours for advanced level coursework. Only current UCLA graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. Currently approved languages for Summer 2023 FLAS are Burmese, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Filipino/Tagalog, Lao, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese.

Academic Year 2022-2023 fellowships provide a total stipend of $20,000 and cover up to $18,000 of academic year tuition and fees for graduate students or $5000 stipend and $10,000 for tuition and fees for undergraduate students. The Academic Year FLAS Fellowship requires that students take one Southeast Asian language and one area studies course for letter grades every quarter for the entire year while enrolling full-time for residence at UCLA. Currently approved languages for Academic Year 2022-2023 FLAS are Indonesian, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese. (Intermediate Khmer is available at UCLA via distance learning from UC Berkeley during the academic year.)

AY awards may be used for dissertation research abroad or dissertation writing for PhD students who have completed their degree coursework and have advanced level of language proficiency, but this must be approved in advance and of low priority for consideration in the selection process.

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PEMSEA Summer 2023 Archaeological Field School in Cambodia
Deadline: January 30, 2023
Open to all students from any discipline
The Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA) is calling for applications to the 2023 Field School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, tentatively scheduled from June 22-July 13, 2023. Students participating in the 3-week field school will learn how to conduct archaeological field research; share the results of their studies by writing research papers and creating and participating in public presentations; and through active involvement in public outreach activities.  The field season will be divided into blocks of activities, geared toward achieving the research goals of the project. Activities include participation in surface mapping, archaeological excavations, the initial processing of artifacts, ethnographic interviews, and laboratory analyses. Lectures, discussions, one-on-one meetings, and hands-on laboratory training will be held every evening to guide students to complete their research projects.

The field school has been awarded funding by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Southeast Asia Initiative, complemented by funding from the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and UCLA International Institute. Eight (8) undergraduate students and four (4) graduate students will be selected through a competitive process. Costs of roundtrip airfare, field accommodation, meals, and ground travel for selected students will be covered by PEMSEA.

Click here for more information and to apply to the PEMSEA Field School 2023.

GETSEA Mini-Course Spring 2023
Deadline: November 30, 2022
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The consortium for Graduate Education and Training in Southeast Asian Studies (GETSEA) has funding to offer a series of non-credit, specialized mini-courses to be held online through synchronous video-conferencing. The primary focus should be Southeast Asia and can be on any topic or in any discipline. Multidisciplinary and co-taught collaborative courses are encouraged. We particularly welcome courses with a narrow focus on particular topics which might not normally be taught as a full semester-long course. 

The courses should be designed for 8-12 contact hours, ideally in the format of 12 hours over six class sessions, and will be open to PhD and MA graduate students at the participating GETSEA institutions. These courses should be roughly equivalent to one academic credit, with a corresponding one-credit workload in terms of reading and assignments. Instructors must also provide access to readings and other course materials wherever possible to make courses accessible for students.

 Teacher Training 
K-12 Teacher Institute:
Engaging Lived Religion: Jain, Buddhist, and Muslim Communities
January 28, 2023 from 10AM to 4PM
February 1, 2023 from 6PM to 8PM
February 4, 2023 from 10AM to 4PM

UCLA Fowler Museum
Space is limited to 25 teachers.
The Teacher Institute "Engaging Lived Religion: Jain, Buddhist, and Muslim Communities" will introduce grade 6-12 educators to Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam through the lens of "Lived Religion" and equip them with knowledge, resources, and pedagogies for classroom engagements.

This teacher institute will focus specifically on Jain, Buddhist, and Muslim communities from South and Southeast Asia and their diasporas in Los Angeles in order to help teachers gain a richer understanding of religious diversity in Southern California. It will accompany the Fowler Museum’s exhibition Visualizing Devotion: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings (November 20, 2022- March 26, 2023). 

Drawing on recent scholarship, as well as a wealth of Los Angeles resources–museums, murals, religious sites, and community and spiritual leaders–this teacher institute will explore the many ways individuals and communities express their key beliefs and practices. Educators will be introduced to strategies for integrating art, oral histories, music, and site visits into their curricula. They will work with scholars of religion, community leaders, and curators, as well as K-12 teachers versed in experiential learning, on curriculum activities for teaching World History, Culture, and Geography. 

Enrollment is limited to 25 Southern California-based teachers. LAUSD teachers will receive one LAUSD Salary Point with Multicultural Credit.

Register Here
 Call for Papers 
Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Conference
Crossing Boundaries, Sustaining Connections
March 10-12, 2023
Cornell University
Deadline: December 20, 2022
This year’s theme—Crossing Boundaries, Sustaining Connections—calls for us toreflect on our positions as scholars of Southeast Asia. We make our own field, but wedo not make it as we please. Climate change, authoritarian revanchism, pandemics,political polarization, new modes of association—these are problems which demandthe adaptation of old tools for new ends. How can we connect with and draw on the collective heritage of Southeast Asian Studies without remaining bound by limitations given and transmitted from the past? We invite reflexive, boundary-transgressing, and/or connection-making submissions that arouse productive, future-oriented (re)consideration of the historical, geographical, and institutional heritage of Southeast Asian Studies.

UC Berkeley-UCLA Southeast Asia Studies Conference
Networks and Knowledge in Southeast Asia
April 14-15, 2023
UC Berkeley
Deadline: January 9, 2023
The Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA invite graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career scholars to submit proposals for the 2023 UC Berkeley - UCLA Joint Conference on Southeast Asian Studies. Southeast Asia’s past, present, and future is shaped by its situation as a nexus of networks that has sent a complex array of people, ideas, and products, along with their various ways of knowing and being, across the globe. These movements have resulted in new developments of knowledge and interconnection. This conference will focus on such notions of knowledge and networks in a Southeast Asian context, broadly understood as (but not limited to) cultural interactions, diaspora, migration, digital networks and social media, social and political movements, trade, collaboration and exchange, and knowledge production.

2023 Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biennial Conference: Religious Assemblages
May 12-14, 2023
Victoria, BC, Canada
Deadline: January 15, 2023
A signature contribution of the anthropology of religion has been to reveal both the overt and covert ways in which religious practice both informs and can be conjoined to myriad other domains of social life.  From James Frazer’s interrogation of the pagan roots of Christianity to Saba Mahmood’s insights about the implicit Christianity of liberalism, the anthropology of religion has revealed assemblages of religious forms and practices with other forms and practices that superficially appear to be devoid of religious influence. The 2023 SAR Spring Conference seeks to showcase disciplinary and interdisciplinary work to highlight and develop understanding of religion both as a lived practice and a category.
 CSEAS Resources 
Curriculum Materials
These K-12 teacher resources, lesson plans and language resources were developed by UCLA CSEAS to cvoer Southeast Asia.
CSEAS Multimedia
Videos of past lectures and events organized by UCLA CSEAS are accessible online with closed captioning.
Southeast Asian Studies in CA
This faculty list highlights the range of expertise in Southeast Asian Studies currently found at public and private universities and community colleges in the state. Faculty emeritus based in California are also included.
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