Southeast Asia in Transition: Fall 2022 Webinar Series

We continue exploring how communities in the region are experiencing the economic, social, and cultural dislocations of these transformations. We focus on forests & fields, dams & rivers, roads & lands and the discourse of development.

We are excited to announce our Fall 2022 LuceSEA Webinar Series, “Southeast Asia in Transition: Discussing Development”

Webinar Schedule:

Webinar 1: Discourses of Development

Date & Time: September 28, 2022, 2:00-3:30pm HST


In this segment of the Luce Southeast Asia in Transition Webinar Series, we will explore the story of Development from varied perspectives, putting local interactions with the development paradigm and the more-than-human world into a broad conversation. Picking up where the last series left off, exploring through film the Mekong River as a living entity, we have invited speakers who talk about, engage with, and experience Development through relationships with the dead, with invisible entities in the land, and with the living world of fish, frogs, rice, and trees. We will hear about development from people who share different perspectives upon and experiences with these matters. Our speakers include academic, practitioner, and local voices, and the conversations will reveal what Development looks like from a mix of viewpoints and social positions.  

We will begin the series with a session on the many discourses of development

Speakers: Chann Sopheak (Mekong Culture WELL Fellow, Michigan State University and Professor, Royal University of Phnom Penh); Sophie Chao (Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow and Lecturer in Anthropology at University of Sydney); Amy Weismann (Deputy Regional Director of FHI 360); Medialin Elrna Anak Mukan (Iban community representative for Minority Report)

Moderator: Courtney Work, Associate Professor, National Chengchi University

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Webinar 2: Discussing Development: Roads & Land

Date & Time: October 19, 2022, 3:00-4:30pm HST

Speaker: Mike Dwyer (Assistant Professor Geography, Indiana University); Lisa Arensen (Assistant Professor at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam); Chi Suwichan Phatthanaphraiwan (professor of geo-cultural management at Bodhivijjalaya College, Srinakharinwirot University); Gabriel Yong Yit Vui (lecturer in the Geography, Environment and Development department at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Universiti Brunei Darussalam)

Moderator: Alyssa Paredes, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Michigan State University

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Webinar 3: Discussing Development: Dams & Rivers

Date & Time: November 23, 2022, 2:00-3:30pm HST

Speaker: Ming Li Yong (Research Fellow at EWC); Akarath Soukhapon (PhD Candidate/Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison); VAN PHAM DANG TRI (Director, Research Institute for Climate Change at Can Tho University, Viet Nam); Hadi Sham Abdullah (Ecotourism operator in Temburong National Park)

Moderator: Lisa Arensen, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

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Webinar 4: Discussing Development:  Forests & Fields

Date & Time: December 14, 2022, 2:00-3:30pm HST

Speaker: Carl Grundy-Warr (Senior Lecturer, Geography, National University of Singapore); Walker DePuy (Visiting Fellow in the Southeast Asian Program at Cornell University); Prey Lang Community Network, Representative; Armand Carbol (PhD Candidate in Ethnology at National Chengchi University); EK Sovanna (Kratie Representative of the Prey Lang Community Network, Cambodia)

Moderator: Chann Sopheak, Visiting Fellow, James Madison College, Michigan State University and Lecturer at Faculty of Development Studies, Royal University of Phnom Penh)

This series is made possible through funding from the Henry Luce Foundation and is co-organized by Michigan State University-James Madison College and Asian Studies Center, University of Hawai’i at Manoa-Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and Chiang Mai University-Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development.