Upcoming events

A valuable paradox: Indonesian as an un-native language

Co-hosted with the Department of Indonesian Studies

When: 12.30-2.00pm, Friday 24 March 2017
Where: TBC

In 2008 Goenawan Moehamad celebrated the “very valuable paradox” (paradoks yang sangat berharga) of the language that has come over three generations to be known by almost all of Indonesia’s 250 million people. Drawing on sociolinguistic research, Professor Joe Errington of Yale University will explore different versions of this paradox as it has developed in two towns, Kupang and Pontianak.


Fungible life: experiment in the Asian city of life

Book discussion with Aihwa Ong

When: 2.30–5.00pm, 31 March 2017
Where: CCANESA Boardroom, Madsen Building (F09), University of Sydney

Co-hosted by the Biopolitics of Science Research Network

In Fungible Life Aihwa Ong explores the dynamic world of cutting-edge bioscience research, offering critical insights into the complex ways Asian bioscientific worlds and cosmopolitan sciences are entangled in a tropical environment brimming with the threat of emergent diseases. At biomedical centers in Singapore and China scientists map genetic variants, disease risks, and biomarkers, mobilizing ethnicized "Asian" bodies and health data for genomic research. Their differentiation between Chinese, Indian, and Malay DNA makes fungible Singapore's ethnic-stratified databases that come to "represent" majority populations in Asia. By deploying genomic science as a public good, researchers reconfigure the relationships between objects, peoples, and spaces, thus rendering "Asia" itself as a shifting entity. In Ong's analysis, Asia emerges as a richly layered mode of entanglements, where the population's genetic pasts, anxieties and hopes, shared genetic weaknesses, and embattled genetic futures intersect. Furthermore, her illustration of the contrasting methods and goals of the Biopolis biomedical centre in Singapore and BGI Genomics in China raises questions about the future direction of cosmopolitan science in Asia and beyond.

Aihwa Ong is Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.


Sydney Ideas: How change happens

Co-hosted with Sydney Ideas, the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network and the Developmental Leadership Program.

When: 6.00-7:30pm, Monday 3 April 2017
Where: Law School Foyer, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Dr Duncan Green of Oxfam joins us to share the ideas in his latest book How Change Happens, exploring the topic of social and political change from the perspective of international development.


Postgraduate workshop: Applying for jobs in academia

When: 10am-5pm, Thursday 18 May 2017
Where: Room 446, New Law Annexe, University of Sydney

Applying for academic jobs can be a daunting process. This workshop is designed to help higher degree research students think strategically about how to approach the job application process and what you can do to give yourself a competitive edge.


Politics in Action: Updates from Southeast Asia

When: 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 19 May 2017
Where: TBC

Join us for the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre’s second annual Politics in Action Forum, bringing you political updates from selected countries in Southeast Asia.

With a packed agenda and an exciting line-up of international speakers, this year's forum will focus on Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.


Early Career Researchers day: Career development workshop

When: 10am-3pm, Saturday 20 May 2017
Where: Room 1080, Abercrombie Building H70, University of Sydney

Following on from the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre's Politics in Action Forum on 19 March 2017, we invite you to join us for a professional development workshop at the University of Sydney.

We aim to bring together up-and-coming early career researchers (excluding postgraduate students) from around Australia, who are focused on Southeast Asia, to discuss a range of professional development topics, as well as providing an opportunity to network with peers from across the country.

Most importantly, this will be an informal setting for you to share ideas (and possibly even frustrations!) with fellow academics and ask questions of those who have gone before you.