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The Sydney University Arts Association Lecture


7 September 2009

The Sydney University Arts Association presents the Inaugural Lecture entitled Southeast Asian Studies after Edward Said by Professor Adrian Vickers, Professor of Southeast Asian Studies School of Languages and Cultures.

The term 'Southeast Asia' dates from World War Two, but Southeast Asia's existence as an entity remains open to debate. The period after 1980 saw a flurry of writing on trade links, some local reactions to this writing, and the establishment of departments of Southeast Asian Studies at leading universities. This emphasis on attempts to find an economic base for Southeast Asia coincided with a rejection of the 'Orientalist' nature of western scholarship on the region. In a post-Saidian world, it is time to reconsider the cultural constitution of Southeast Asia, and to re-assess a series of scholarly legacies, including that of the University of Sydney. Beginning with the figure of Panji, a literary and artistic hero common to the region, this lecture will offer a series of connective views of Southeast Asia, views that have the potential to include Australian participants in the region.

Adrian Vickers became Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Sydney in 2007. He has previously worked at the University of Wollongong and the University of New South Wales, and held visiting positions at the University of Indonesian, Udayana University Bali, and Leiden University. He is author of Bali: A Paradise Created (1989) and A History of Modern Indonesia (2005). His forthcoming book Peradaban Pesisir [Coastal Civilisation] will continue to explore themes of Panji texts from his earlier book Journeys of Desire [2005]. Professor Vickers has supervised some twenty PhD theses to completion, and holds a series of ARC grants looking at Indonesian history and historiography, labour and industry in Southeast Asia, and Balinese art, all areas in which he has published book chapters, journal articles, encyclopedia entries and articles for general audiences.

When: Thursday 3 September, 6pm (Refreshments in the Woolley Common Room from 5.30pm)Where: Woolley Theatre N395, Woolley Building, the University of Sydney

For further information regarding upcoming events, please contact:

Emerita Professor Nerida Newbigin

Dr Michael McDonnell

Associate Professor Rosemary Huisman