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Events in the year

Past events run in conjunction with partners

Our centre runs a number of events throughout the year in conjunction with industry, government, NGOs and community partners. Take a look at our past events of 2018 for ideas on how you can get involved with our centre.

Past events

Events 2018

The inaugural SSEAC Postgraduate Conference showcased Southeast Asia expertise from 24 higher degree research students from the University of Sydney and beyond across SSEAC's areas of research strength. The conference was preperation for HDR students who had been accepted to present research papers at the biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia 2018. 

Following on from the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre's Politics in Action Forum on 18 May 2018, SSEAC hosted an ECR day to discuss what it means to be a well-rounded academic. 

This workshop brought together early career researchers (excluding postgraduate students) from around Australia, who are focused on Southeast Asia, and provided an opportunity to network with peers from across the country.

Our invited experts provided an analysis of the political situation in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines and discussed the broader implications of events in these countries for our region. Drawing upon expertise from around the world, these presentations gave up-to-date information on developments in Southeast Asia.


  • Professor Garry Rodan (Murdoch University)
  • Associate Professor Bridget Welsh (John Cabot University, Italy)
  • Dr Su Mon Thazin Aung (Institute of Strategy and Policy, Myanmar)
  • Dr Keith Barney (Australian National University)
  • Dr Melissa Crouch (University of New South Wales)
  • Dr Jayeel Serrano Cornelio (Ateneo de Manila University)
  • Dr Lee Morgenbesser  (Griffith University)
  • Dr Charlotte Setijadi (Institute for Southeast Asia Studies- Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore)

In this workshop, postgraduate students from the University of Sydney and across Australia explored the realities of working in academia and of being a well-rounded academic citizen. A panel of invited experts discussed the following topics:

  • What is a well-rounded academic?
  • Engaging outside of academia
  • Academic service - expectations, traps and leveraging for career benefit
  • Being realistic about academia

Dr Nadhrah A Kadir from the Universiti Sains Malaysia gave a seminar on her current research which focuses on understanding the dynamic interaction between cycling advocates and the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia.

Ethnomusicologist Edward Herbst, Director of the Bali 1928 Repatriation Project presented a lecture and film screening on gender, crossing-dressing and androgyny in 1930’s archival films in Balinese dance-drama. 

Founder and Chief Coordinator of suicide and mental health organisation Into the Light Indonesia, Benny Prawira, gave a seminar on the work of young people in eradicating suicide stigma and raising awareness around mental health issues in Indonesia.

Ian Burnet, author of Spice Islands, gave an illustrated history of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and provided historical context to the exhibition of Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, showing at the Art Gallery of NSW.