INSTITUTE OF ASIAN STUDIES
|The Institute of Asian Studies|
|Universiti Brunei Darussalam|
|Jalan Tungku Link Gadong, BE1410|
|Negara Brunei Darussalam|
|+673 2463001 (Ext 2585/2586)|
INSTITUTE OF ASIAN STUDIES
The Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei’s national university, was established in January 2012. The IAS’s inaugural research programmes include Borneo Studies, South China Sea Studies, Popular Culture, Economic and Financial Integration in Asia, and Human/ Capital Movements in Asia.
Given the country’s strategic location at the hub of Asia, its political stability and the growing national emphasis attached to research and development at UBD, the IAS is an ideal home for scholars and practitioners engaged in research on Asian affairs.
Further, researchers and practitioners alike find a combination of Borneo’s lush natural environment, the campus’s location on the shores of the South China Sea, collegial professional atmosphere and supportive university administration highly conducive to scholarly activities. The IAS places a very strong emphasis on research that is immediately relevant, academically solid and multi-disciplinary.
The IAS is also home to the Wednesday Seminar Series wherein UBD academics and distinguished practitioners from the world of government, the private sector and civil society engage in lively discussions and debates on Asian affairs. The topics debated range from human and food security, ecological concerns, sociology of knowledge and the global academic politics of classic studies on Southeast Asia to issues in early childhood education and the geopolitics of the South China Sea as well as regional economic sustainability and integration. Speakers have included Professor Hans-Dieter Evers, Eminent Professor at UBD and Emeritus Professor of Development Planning, University of Bonn; Professor Solvay Gerke, Professor and Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Professor Victor T. King, Eminent Professor at UBD and Emeritus Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Leeds University, Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid, Head of International Affairs, South East Asian Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) IDEAS and Dr Rommel Curaming of the History Programme at UBD.
The inaugural year at the IAS culminated in a workshop entitled “Borneo Studies: The State of the Art and Future Directions” (30 Nov – 1 Dec 2012) and the ASEAN Inter-University Conference on Social Development (9-13 Dec 2012), entitled “Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia: Causes, Cost and Challenges”, held at UBD under the joint-sponsorship of the IAS and the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.
Workshop on the South China Sea: Towards a Mediterranean Understanding of Culture and Resources
WORKSHOP Reframing the South China Sea: Towards a Mediterranean Understanding of Culture and Resources, Brunei, 11-13 November 2013.
The workshop will look at the South China Sea from a different and novel perspective. It will look back into history, where the SCS has facilitated trade and cultural exchange, migration, the spread of languages, and the creation of maritime states. It will also look at the resources and opportunities of the SCS from fishing, to shipping, mining and cultural exchange. The South China Sea will be seen as a “mediterranean sea” and compared to other landlocked seas in Asia and elsewhere. Lessons will be learned from adopting a comparative perspective.
For further details and paper abstracts access https://sites.google.com/site/iasubd/home . Conference date: 11-13 November 2013. Contact: Prof Hans-Dieter Evers email@example.com and IAS-UBD firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop on the Road Less Travelled: Mobility in Southeast Asian Societies
Since the 1980s and the rise of the so called newly industrialised economies in East and Southeast Asia there has been a sustained growth of migration in some countries, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and to a lesser extent Thailand. The steady flow of migrants has been activated by a labour market in which local populations have avoided because of uncompetitive wages and unattractive work conditions. This development reflects global trends where countries that have experienced high economic growth have resulted in citizens moving out of the lower end of the labour market, which is inevitably filled by migrants from low-wage societies. Asian governments generally regard such migrant workers as temporary and short-term. However there are sectors of the migrant-receiving countries that also require highly skilled managerial, professional, and knowledge but foreign talent. Such migrants receive better treatment than those who depend on their manual skills.
Migration research in the region in the last two decades has been dominated by issues related to the movements of people as a result of the intensification of globalization. However migration inherent in the formation of societies in Southeast Asia has a much longer history and is more varied. This relates to the geography of Southeast Asia, history of maritime, trading and seafaring contacts, and its colonial connections which incorporated the region into a mercantile and later capitalist economy. Hence intraregional mobility has a long history that is deeply embedded in Southeast Asia, which is just as significant to interregional mobility.
This workshop is an opportunity for current and recent researchers on intra- and inter-regional migration in Southeast Asia to discuss their work and also help to identify significant issues of research particular to the region (among others ethnic relations and religious differences, the migration experience of workers, the factors involved in long-established cross-border movements, the rights of migrants, the gender dimension of migration).
Selected contributions will be published in an edited volume.
The workshop is scheduled to take place on 28-29 March 2014 (to be confirmed).
All queries to: Professor Lian Kwen Fee, Email: email@example.com
WORKING PAPERS SERIES
The Institute launched a Working Papers series in 2012. Three papers have already appeared (two by Victor T. King and one by Hans-Dieter Evers and Solvay Gerke) and these can be accessed and downloaded using this link (https://sites.google.com/site/iasworkingpapersseries/). Other papers are in the pipeline and the Institute plans to encourage presenters in its Wednesday seminar series to place their papers with us. Copyright remains with the authors.
PHD APPLICATIONS IN CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES
UBD is accepting applications from students from around the world for admission to its PhD programme in Asian Studies to commence in 2014.
Suitable applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in Critical Asian Studies under the Graduate Research Scholarship (GRS) Programme. Interested applicants are invited to contact the Graduate Studies and Research Office in the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org (to determine availability and application procedures)
Prospective applicants from the under-researched and under-represented mainland Southeast Asian countries including Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are strongly encouraged to apply.
STAFF, INCLUDING VISITING STAFF
Chee Kiong TONG, PhD and MA (Cornell), BA (National University of Singapore)
Tong Chee Kiong is Special Academic Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and Chair Professor. He was formerly Interim Director of IAS. He is concurrently Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. Prior to his appointment at UBD, Chee Kiong was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Director of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS. Chee Kiong’s research interest focusses on the Chinese in Southeast Asia. His publications include Chinese Death Rituals in Singapore (Routledge, 2004), Rationalizing Religion: Religious Conversion, Revivalism and Competition (Brill, 2007), and Identity and Ethnic Relations in Southeast Asia (Springer, 2010). He has also published articles in the British Journal of Sociology, International Sociology, International Migration Review, Diaspora, Journal of Asian Business, and Child Abuse and Neglect.
Victor T. KING, PhD (Hull), MA (London), BA (Hull), FRSA
Victor T. King is current Interim Director of IAS. He is Emeritus Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Leeds University and also Eminent Visiting Professor in the Institute of Asian Studies and Sociology-Anthropology at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Until July 2012 he served for six years as Executive Director of the White Rose East Asia Centre, Universities of Leeds and Sheffield. He has a wide range of research interests in the sociology and anthropology of Southeast Asia. His recent books include The Sociology of Southeast Asia: Transformation in a Developing Region (Copenhagen: NIAS Press and Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008; ebook 2011), with William Wilder The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2003; reprinted 2006), and translated into Indonesian as Antropologi Modern Asia Tenggara: Sebuah Pengantar (Yogyakarta: Kreasi Wacana, 2012); and co-edited volumes with Michael Hitchcock and Michael Parnwell, Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions (Copenhagen: NIAS Press and Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2009; and Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia, Copenhagen: NIAS Press and Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2010). Another recently co-edited volume with Park Seung Woo entitled The Historical Construction of Southeast Asian Studies is being published by ISEAS Press, Singapore in 2013.
Hans-Dieter, EVERS, PhD (Freiburg)
Professor Hans-Dieter Evers, an Emeritus Professor of Development Planning, ZEF University of Bonn is Eminent Visiting Professor, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia. His career led him from Monash University to Yale University, where he was Director of Graduate Southeast Asian Studies, to the University of Singapore, where he headed the sociology department, to Bielefeld University and the University of Bonn in Germany. He was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore, Visiting Professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris and Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, University of Oxford. His major publications include Monks, Priests and Peasants: A Study of Buddhism and Social Structure in Central Ceylon (Brill, 1972). Sosiologi Perkotaan (LP3ES Jakarta, 1982), Strategische Gruppen (Reimer, 1988), Southeast Asian Urbanism (ISEAS & Macmillan, 2000) and as co-editor Governing and Managing Knowledge in Asia (World Scientific, 2005, 2nd ed 2010, 3rd ed 2013) and Beyond the Knowledge Trap, Developing Asia's Knowledge-Based Economies (World Scientific, 2011).
Kwen Fee, LIAN, PhD (Wellington)
Lian Kwen Fee (PhD. Victoria University of Wellington) is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Asian Studies, UBD. He was formerly Associate Professor and Head of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. His background is in political and historical sociology. His current research interests are in race, migration, state, and multiculturalism. His recent teaching subjects are on race and migration, and he has conducted research workshops for Honours students and research seminars for Graduate students.
Tan Sri Dr Munir, MAJID, PhD, BSc (Econ) (London School of Economics)
Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid is a visiting Senior Fellow in IAS, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He is also a Visiting Senior Fellow, at LSE IDEAS for the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme. Dr. Majid has held a variety of posts. He was the Executive Chairman of CIMB and the founder Executive Chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission in 1993-1999.
Paul J. CARNEGIE, PhD (Queensland), MPhil (Dundee), DipLP, LLB (Hons)
Paul Carnegie is a Senior Lecturer of Political Economy at the Institute of Asian Studies, UBD. His research situates itself in the field of democratic transitions with a particular focus on Indonesia and more generally Southeast Asia and the MENA region. This work explores the complex role both political action and institutions play in post-authoritarian settings. He is the author of The Road from Authoritarianism to Democratization in Indonesia (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) alongside research articles in leading international journals. Over the last decade, his teaching and research have led to extensive travels in the Asia-Pacific and MENA regions. He has taught at the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, the British University in Egypt and American University of Sharjah.
Robina MOHAMMAD, PhD (King’s College London), MSc (Bristol), BSc (Reading)
Robina Mohammad is senior Lecturer in IAS and Human Geography. After completing her PhD she held a post-doctoral fellowship in the South Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore and then moved to take up an Assistant Professorship in Women’s Studies and Geography at the University of Georgia Athens (USA). Subsequently she has held positions at the Universities of Plymouth (UK); Reading and most recently Strathclyde in Scotland. Her research interests lie in the area of transnationalism, citizenship, marginality, identity and belonging through a focus on South Asian diasporas (Pakistani and Indian) connecting Europe, South Asia and the Gulf. A key strand of her research draws on the feminist lens to investigate narratives of marginality and modes of resistance at the intersection of post-colonial, (geo)political, social, economic and cultural structures. Furthermore her research explores the ways in which the transnational articulates with national structures to mediate local experiences of marginality, identity and belonging in Europe (UK and Spain), in South Asia (India and Pakistan) and in the Gulf.
Farah PURWANINGRUM, PhD (Bonn), LL.M (LSE), LL.B (UII)
Farah Purwaningrum is a Fellow at the Institute of Asian Studies. She is a sociologist with a law background. She holds law degrees from the Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), Yogyakarta and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), U.K. She completed her Doctorate of Philosophy in 2012 at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn, Germany. She has a keen interest in Political Sociology. Farah’s current research interests are in the areas of science policy, decentralisation, industrial cluster and knowledge governance. She has presented at a number of international conferences, and she has received grants and scholarships to conduct research in these areas. During her spare time she enjoys travelling and reading novels.
Zawawi IBRAHIM, PhD (Monash)
Zawawi Ibrahim, or Wan, is Professor of Anthropology at UBD and Leader in Popular Culture in Asia research programme. Prior to joining the UBD's Sociology-Anthropology Programme in 2011, Prof Wan held various academic appointments including: Co-ordinator, Development Studies Programme, Universiti Sains Malaysia (1981-1983); Head, Rural Development Studies, Faculty of Economics and Public Administration, University of Malaya (1996-1997); Dean, Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, University of Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) (1998-1999); Deputy Dean (Research), Faculty of Social Sciences, UNIMAS(2000-2003); and Deputy Director, Institute of Malay World and Civilisation, National University Malaysia (2004-2006). His current research focus is on Islamic Cinema in Southeast Asia (Malaysia and Indonesia), Brunei Kampung Ayer Postmodernist Ethnography, Youth, Popular Music and Identity in Brunei. Previously, Prof Wan has researched and published widely on topics ranging from Malay peasantry and plantation labour; Indigenous communities of Orang Asli (Peninsular Malaysia), Kadazandusun (Sabah),Penans (Sarawak) & Dayaks (West Kalimantan); AIDS in Malaysia. Among his most recent publications are Social Science and Knowledge in a Globalising World, SIRD & Malaysian Association of Social Sciences (PSSM) (2012) and Masyarakat Penan dan Impian Pembangunan: Satu Himpunan Naratif Keterpinggiran dan Jatidiri, SIRD (2012).
Gary M. JONES, PhD (Wales), MA (Warwick), BA (Portsmouth)
Gary Jones is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at UBD and Programme Leader of the Borneo Research group within the IAS. Gary is a former Dean of FASS as well as a former Deputy Director of the University’s Language Centre. He has also worked in Sri Lanka, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and the UK. The Borneo Research group is investigating the following topics that affect life on the world’s third largest island: human migration, natural resource management, land use and rights, urban growth and climate change. In addition, Gary is involved in both linguistics-related research, especially issues on bilingualism and bilingual education, as well as local youth culture and the perception of the arts. Recent publications include language planning in its historical context in Brunei (John Benjamins, 2012), language-in-education policies (SEAMEO, 2009) and conference papers ranging from tourism and language planning to family income and educational expectations.
Mikio OISHI, PhD (Bradford), MA (Bradford), BA (Kyoto)
Based at the Academy of Brunei Studies, Mikio is an Associate Professor in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations. Since leaving the government sector in Japan at the end of the 1980s, he has been active in research and consultancy roles, focusing on development-related conflict in Southeast Asia, environmental conflict in Japan and regional and international conflict in the Asia Pacific region. Mikio’s current research interests include: the new ASEAN Way of conflict management; managing territorial disputes in East Asia; the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as a conflict management regime; and the Pax Sinica (peace by China). Knowledgeable in the world’s major spiritual and humanistic traditions, he is interested in developing a holistic approach to conflict transformation in Asia and Eurasia as well as in seeking a regional security order reflecting the rich cultures, values and norms of Asia. Among his recent publications are: International Conflict in the Asia-Pacific (Routledge 2010, with Jacob Bercovitch) and Managing Conflict in Economic Development (LAP 2011).
Dk Noor Hasharina binti Pg. Haji HASSAN, PhD and MSc (Southampton), BA (UBD)
Dk Noor Hasharina began her career as a Tutor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UBD in 2004. She took her Masters Degree in Urban Studies at Southampton in 2004-2005 and was appointed to a Lectureship in Geography at UBD in 2005. She graduated with a PhD in Geography from Southampton in 2011 on Everyday Finances and Consumption in Brunei Darussalam. Her research interests include geographies of consumption and sustainable consumerism, financial geography and new urban economies in Brunei. She has presented papers on financialisation and consumption in Brunei at UBD, at Queen Mary’s London and at Southampton.
Dr Yabit ALAS, PhD (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), MA (Hawaii, Manoa), BA (UBD)
Dr Yabit has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dr Yabit’s research interests include studies of the Tutong-Dusun Language, the Dusunic Languages of Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei, and the Malay Language and its role in Brunei and the region. He has co-edited essays in honour of Professor James T. Collins and he has published a range of papers on the Dusun, Bisayan and Malay languages.