On-the-ground studies find enormous variety and behaviour that often confound the conventional categorisations of religious type.
Martial Law nostalgia and Ilocano youth: reimagining the Marcos legacy
Recounted experiences from elder generations in Ilocos clash with national facts, and young people have to choose between the two.
Buddhism and peace-building in Samlot District’s Kampong Lapov
Through Buddhist ceremonies, relations between perpetrators and victims from different places have been reconnected and restructured.
The life and times of an Unesco convention in Timor-Leste
Intangible Cultural Heritage processes carry a structure whose rigidity is out of place with the subject matter.
LGBTQuiet? Silence does not mean consent
That silence is chosen as a form of contestation in Singapore suggests there is a larger population desiring, ready for and calling for change.
Antisemitism in Southeast Asia: Stories from Jerusalem to Jakarta
Southeast Asian antisemitism has often bemused scholars and researchers, because it has been described as an antisemitism without Jews.
Kita perlu bicara! Seni, pelanggaran, dan politik di Documenta 15
Kolektif-kolektif berorientasi hak asasi manusia dari Indonesia telah dituduh anti-Semitis di salah satu pameran terbesar di Eropa, Dokumenta di Kassel, German.
We need to talk! Art, offence and politics in Documenta 15
Human-rights oriented Indonesian art collectives have been accused of anti-Semitism at one of Europe's largest art exhibitions, Documenta, in Kassel, Germany.
Redefining my Thai identity
It seems like being Thai means I have to overlook the barbaric killings and the state impunity as if it is a way of life.
New Books on SE Asia: Jane Ferguson’s “Repossessing Shanland…”
Literati and politicians have constructed a virtual Shan state that lives on in popular media, rock music, and Buddhist ritual.
Alatas and autonomous knowledge
Ideas for an autonomous social science tradition have influenced scholars for two generations.
Emerging dynamics among Southeast Asia’s Nepali diaspora
Associations and the polyvocality of social media can bring to fore diverse meanings of being in the diaspora
Identities, institutions, and intellectual aspirations: the praxis and study of Southeast Asian politics
"Most fundamentally, the study of politics requires attention to identity."
Nick Cheesman in conversation with Sumit K. Mandal on “Becoming Arab”
A discussion on the power and limits of colonial racial categories; Hadramis, Sayyids and Sharifas in maritime Southeast Asia; modernity and cultural hybridity; the descendants of Arabs in the Malay world today;
Scientific homophobia: misusing science in Indonesia
Anti-LGBT groups merges scientific jargon with religious conservatism to deliberately obscure the larger terrain of academic debates.
Not the Emperor’s, not the King’s, but the Straits Chinese
Ann Ang discusses the historical context, origins and identity of the Straits Chinese.
Voting for Islamisms beyond the ballot box
Political Islam at GE14 isn't just a race between parties as democratisation throws up alliances and fractures to define Muslim society.