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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Ninth Annual Southeast Asia Week - Society, Development, and Politics of Southeast Asia: March 9-13

Please join us for the ninth annual Southeast Asia Week, featuring exciting lectures, presentations, and discussions from Monday, March 9, to Friday, March 13. All events are free and open to the campus community and the public.

Migrants, Minorities, and Populism in Asia
Thomas Pepinsky, Professor of Government, Cornell University
Monday, March 9
1:00–2:15 p.m.
Bulger Communication Center 217

Populists in East and Southeast Asia generally refrain from invoking anti-migrant and anti-minority sentiments as part of their mobilizational strategies. This differentiates them from “exclusionary” populists in Europe, even though many Southeast Asian countries are diverse societies with long histories of migration and ethnic chauvinism. This talk will use the experiences of East and Southeast Asia to explore the varieties of populism across the world, focusing on how nationalist mobilization and mass incorporation shape popular identity, membership, and populists' strategies in contemporary democracies.


Contesting Land Reclamation in Bali*
Jennifer L. Gaynor, Research Fellow, Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, University at Buffalo
Tuesday, March 10
12:15–1:30 p.m.
Bulger Communication Center 216

This talk looks at the protest movement against land reclamation in Bali, Indonesia, which initially began with the resistance of coastal communities whose livelihoods were threatened by a proposed development project. The protest movement spread quickly among Balinese and their supporters, partly because of Indonesians’ extensive use of social media and as a result of international exposure. (Bali is a major tourist destination.) Yet the movement's spread has also relied on water’s importance in Hindu-Balinese society and religion. Referred to as the “religion of water” (agama tirta), water’s sacred character has given the Balinese a unique moral position in ethical and legal arguments with developers and the state, as well as inspired people to stage creative forms of resistance and to join mass mobilizations. 


Geopolitics and Development of Southeast Asia
Students from GEG 360: Geography of Asia
Wednesday, March 11, and Friday, March 13
1:00–1:50 p.m.
Classroom Building A209


Society and Development: Discover Cambodia through My Journey*
Anthony Janda, Student, Buffalo State College Political Science Department
Thursday, March 12
12:15–1:30 p.m.
Bulger Communication Center 216

Learn about one of the fastest growing countries in the world, Cambodia. This talks provides insights through a personal experience and journey in examining the history, culture, politics, education system, labor, and society and their evolving relationships in shaping the past, current, and future development of the country.


Sponsors and Partners
The Buffalo State College Equity and Campus Diversity Office, Geography and Planning Department, and Political Science Department; the University at Buffalo; and Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program

*Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: Vida Vanchan
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