Welcome to the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre's June Newsletter
This has been a fruitful and exciting Summer Term for SEAC, and we are happy to share our Centre News and Announcements alongside a recap of the Centre's events over the term. 
  • 🌏SEAC hosts a new research project on Modelling Flood Risk and Community Resilience in Rayong Province, Thailand.
  • 🥾Centre Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin undertook visits to Korea, Singapore, and Thailand.
  • 📚Paper no.3 of the Southeast Asia Working Paper Series on urban redevelopment in Bangkok has been published.
  • 📢The Centre congratulates SEAC Research Fund awardees, Dr. Thomas Smith and Felicia Liu, for presenting their research findings at the EGU22.
  • 🗣️The Centre hosts the final event in Summer Term on counter-mapping in Southeast Asia. Find out more below to sign up!
Centre News and Announcements
SEAC Director, Prof Hyun Bang Shin returns from a visit to Southeast Asia

During April to June 2022 SEAC Director, Prof Hyun Bang Shin undertook visits to Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. This included: working on a new research project  Modelling Flood Risk and Community Resilience in Rayong Province, Thailand; engaging with LSE alumni in Bangkok and Singapore; meeting with SEAC affiliates; and undertaking academic engagement. You can read further details about the visit here
SEAC launches a new research partnership programme on Modelling Flood Risk and Community Resilience in Rayong Province, Thailand

A pioneering and expansive research partnership programme between Chulalongkorn University, the University of Sussex, LSE, and the University of Bristol will apply innovative methodology and world-leading practice to solve local and global challenges of flooding and climate change impact.

Combining expertise in climate science, physical geography, social science and economics, the partnership team will use high-resolution climate modelling to develop flood risk maps, research how government policies have shaped communities’ responses to flooding and how community knowledge and resilience can be applied to creating better flood management policies for the government and private sector in Thailand.

Full information can be found here.

Paper no.3 of the Southeast Asia Working Paper Series has been published

Working Paper no.3 of the Southeast Asia Working Paper Series by former Senior Visiting Fellow, Professor Tamaki Endo (Saitama University) explores urban redevelopment, spatial restructuring and community displacement in Bangkok. Read this paper here.
This series showcases work-in-progress research by the SEAC community, and provides the opportunity for SEAC Associates, Visiting Fellows, LSE PhD Students, and Academic/Research staff to share critical and constructive dialogues on region-related topics across all social science disciplines. 

SEAC Research Fund awardees Dr Thomas Smith and Felicia Liu presented research findings at the EGU22

2020/21 Awardees of the SEAC Research Fund, Dr Thomas Smith and Felicia Liu, presented their research findings at the EGU22 General Assembly on 27 May, on Seasonality in the Anthropocene: the Construction of Southeast Asia’s ‘Haze Season' in the Media. The abstract can be found here.

SEAC bids farewell to Tanyamai Anantakoraneewat and Tianzi Liu
SEAC bids farewell to our two Graduate Interns: Tanyamai Anantakoraneewat and Tianzi Liu who complete their time working for SEAC in June. We are thankful for all their contributions to and hard work for the Centre and wish them the best as they complete their Master's degrees. 
📢Call for new blog proposals for LSE Southeast Asia Blog
SEAC welcomes posts about ongoing work and topics, or timely issues in the region. If you are interested in submitting please email with your completed template which can be found here.
SEAC Director, Prof Hyun Bang Shin to present at International Symposium on Sustainable Urban Renewal

On Saturday 18 June, Prof Shin will speak about Whose renewal? Critical reflections on the aspirational politics of urban changes on a panel chaired by SEAC Associate Dr Yimin Zhao, at the  International Symposium on Sustainable Urban Renewal at Renmin University. 
Associates News
Dr Catalina Ortiz Chairs event on "Stories of Spatial Violence in Asian Cities"

Centre Associate Dr Catalina Ortiz chaired "Stories of Spatial Violence in Asian Cities", which shared key findings and launched the website of the research project "Yangon Stories". The event took place on 10 June, from 9.30am to 10.30am, and featured Prof Hyun Bang Shin as a discussant.

Yangon Stories is a collaborative research project, of which Dr Ortiz is PI, that documents and bears testimony of all forms of spatial violence exerted by state actors on Yangon communities since the colonial period and how these various forms have shaped the city's urban development and everyday life in Yangon. The project is launching its website - a digital platform to document modalities of spatial violence from interactive mapping, timeline, repositories, and stories since the colonial period. This platform is an attempt to mobilise action to prevent further violence. For more information click here.

Dr Sin Yee Koh spoke at Book Launch of Student Migrants & Contemporary Educational Mobilities

Centre Associate Dr Sin Yee Koh was a guest speaker at the book launch of  Johanna Waters and Rachel Brooks’ new book, Student Migrants and Contemporary Educational Mobilities  and explored various questions about the meaning and significance of international student migrations raised in the book. Further information can be found here

Dr Nicholas Long chaired an event on creative leaders of Southeast Asia

Centre Associate Dr Nicholas Long chaired an event organised by the LSE Indonesian Society, who invited Kang Ridwan Kamil, the Governor of West Java, to campus on the 26th of May, 2022.

Forthcoming Events

Counter-mapping in Southeast Asia: Mapping With and For the People

Wednesday 22 June 2022 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The act of counter-mapping by local people as everyday resistance and solidarity has the idea of expanding the perspective of seeing. This panel invited three collectives from Surabaya, Kuala Lumpur and Quezon City to discuss their respective practices in counter-mapping. Click here for more details on this event and to register.

Events Recap

Recap of Summer Term's events
SEAC has hosted a diverse group of scholars working on Southeast Asia over the Summer Term. They have brought a broad range of perspectives on issues such as Indonesian Socialism, Doing Research in Cambodia, Sand Extraction, Flooding and Counter-mapping. 

“Don’t Always Blame Climate Change”: The Political Ecology of Uneven Development and Vulnerability to Flooding in Southeast Asian Megacities

As part of the SEAC Southeast Asian Waters Seminar series Dr. Danny Marks (Assistant Professor in Environmental Policy and Politics, Dublin City University) spoke on flooding in Jakarta and the social and political causes of these disasters. The talk was chaired by Prof. Hyun Bang Shin. Further details and a recording of this event can be found here.

Electoral Dystopias in the Philippines: From Colonial Democracy to Duterte and the Return of the Marcoses

Against the backdrop of the final days of the Duterte presidency and the recent election of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. in the Philippines, Professor Vicente L. Rafael (Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle) examined the colonial roots of elections in the organization of native collaboration and counterinsurgency under Spain and the US. The talk concluded with a look at contemporary practices today and the results of the 2022 presidential elections. This event was chaired by Prof. John Sidel. Further details and a recording of this event can be found here.

Blog Updates

Book Review: Strategies of Authoritarian Survival and Dissensus in Southeast Asia by Sokphea Young

By Bavo Stevens

In Strategies of Authoritarian Survival and Dissensus in Southeast Asia, Sokphea Young argues that the success of civil society organisations (CSO) movements in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia, depends largely on whether these movements are seen as threats to the regime’s winning coalition. On the other hand, CSO movements that are not seen as a threatening are more likely to succeed, even if they are relatively weakly organised. Read this book review here.

Book review: Narrating Democracy in Myanmar: The Struggle between Activists, Democratic Leaders and Aid Workers by Tamas Wells

By Giulia Garbagni

In Narrating Democracy in Myanmar: The Struggle between Activists, Democratic Leaders and Aid Workers, Tamas Wells explores the multifaceted ways in which democracy has been conceptualized in Myanmar over the past decade, often outside of a Western liberal democratic paradigm. One year after the military coup, this book still offers an insightful window into the dynamism and contradictions of contemporary Burmese political thought. Read this book review here.

Read SEAC's newest publication online for free

SEAC is delighted to have recently published COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: Insights for a post-pandemic world edited by SEAC Director, Professor Hyun Bang Shin. This open-access book features the work of 38 contributors, more than 30 of whom originate from Southeast Asia or are based therein. This new edited volume compiles reflections on the following three themes: (1) Urbanisation, digital infrastructures, economies, and the environment; (2) Migrants, (im)mobilities, and borders; and (3) Collective action, communities, and mutual action. Read more and download your copy here.
Don’t forget, SEAC hosts a wealth of publications by staff and Associates and podcasts of past SEAC events, which you can access via the SEAC Publications and Media page.

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is a multi-disciplinary Research Centre within the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Building on the School’s deep academic and historical connections with Southeast Asia, SEAC seeks to foster world-leading academic and policy research with a focus on the Southeast Asian social and political landscape.

SEAC is LSE’s gateway to understanding Southeast Asia.

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre was established with the generous support of Professor Saw Swee Hock.


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