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Summer School SEA 
Social Movements in Contemporary Southeast Asia (SEA)

The Department of Asian and North African Studies of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Marco Polo Center for Global Europe-Asia Connections are pleased to offer a Summer School on Social Movements in Contemporary Southeast Asia.

This Summer School will focus on the specific and distinctive features of collective social actors in the region by illuminating the central roles played by the youth, women, LGBTQ+ activists and religious actors in shaping, resisting, and/or contesting processes of cultural and socio-political change.

The Summer School will be held in Venice, Italy, on September 18 to 24, 2022.

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The School welcomes MA and PhD students (including student activists) who wish to develop a research paper exploring one of the following three themes with reference to contemporary Southeast Asia:

  • social movements through the lens of age;
  • social movements through the lens of gender;
  • social movements through the lens of religion.

Selected students will have the opportunity to work with an appointed advisor on the development of their research paper, written and oral. At the end of the School, they will present their paper to an audience of scholars of Southeast Asia.  

* Should travel restrictions and other uncertainties related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic make it impossible for the event to be held onsite, the Organizing Committee will consider alternative plans, including hybrid modes of attendance. Updates will be published on this website and communicated via email to successful applicants.

Rationale

This 7-day summer school aims to provide young and emerging scholars with methodological, theoretical, and analytical tools for the study of social movements in contemporary Southeast Asia.

Since the colonial period, resistance in the region has often been expressed via a broad range of social movements – a diverse array of collective actions, organizational strategies, and social networks that have catalyzed profound transformations in identity, lifestyle, culture, economy, and politics. Notable examples include the 1970s student movements in Thailand, the 2008 Saffron Revolution in Myanmar, and the 1986 People Power Revolution in the Philippines. 

This Summer School will engage students in addressing the complex transformations brought about by social movements in Southeast Asia by considering the following three interrelated axes of enquiry: religion, gender and age. 

As in other world contexts, young people in Southeast Asia have often been at the vanguard of political change. Their mobilization in the region has destabilized longstanding social hierarchies. Many of these movements seek to question prevailing gender norms and advance new ideas of kinship and community. In doing so they often co-opt, contest and reframe those religious ideals that sustain existing power arrangements.

Whilst a growing body of literature has dealt with social movements in areas ranging from Western Europe and North America to Latin America and the Middle East, Southeast Asia remains understudied. Yet, recent “gay pride” parades in Vietnam, youth-led “digital protests” in Thailand and Myanmar, Buddhist environmental actions in Cambodia, “indigenous rights millenarianism” in highland Southeast Asia, and Muslim NGO activism throughout Indonesia, to name a few, have captured international attention.

The Summer School will focus on the specific and distinctive features of collective social actors in this region by illuminating the central roles played by the youth, women, LGBTQ+ activists and religious actors in shaping, resisting, and/or contesting processes of cultural and socio-political change.  

In addition to focused lectures and class discussions on social movements in Southeast Asia, the School will provide graduate students from around the world with opportunities to develop academic writing and presentation skills through collaborative work with senior researchers and leading experts in the field.

Based on their research interests/proposal, students will be assigned to one of the following working groups/thematic panels:

  • social movements through the lens of age;
  • social movements through the lens of gender;
  • social movements through the lens of religion.

Students in each panel will work with an appointed advisor on the development of their research paper. The School will conclude with a Graduate Conference that is open to the public. This final event will provide students with a platform to present their work in a scientific conference setting to an audience of scholars of Southeast Asia. 

Eligibility and grants

All MA students and PhD students interested in researching about social movements are eligible to apply.

Attendance to the Summer School is free of charge.

Accommodation (six days) and half board (lunch) in Venice will be fully covered for 20 successful applicants.

In addition, travel grants (transportation and visa costs) up to a maximum of 1,000 Euros are available for 5 students from Southeast Asian countries (all but Singapore and Brunei).

Call for applications

Application packages from eligible students should contain: 

  • curriculum vitae, complete with lists of symposia attended and publications (if any)
  • abstract of a conference paper (max. 300 words) that you would like to develop during the School. This paper should explore the summer school theme through 1 of the proposed 3 analytical lenses: age, gender, or religion
  • short bio note (100–150 words)
  • scanned copy of passport/ID card
  • application form (available here below)

Application materials should be sent to  summerschool.sea@unive.it by 30 April 2022.
Successful applications will be notified via email by 15 May 2022.
Selected students will be required to submit a full-length conference paper (maximum: 6,000 words, including references, notes and bibliography) based on their original abstract by 15 July 2022. The proposed paper should not have been previously published or presented. It should also be based on the student’s own work.

Programme

18/09
Afternoon: Presentation of the school and keynote address

19/09
Morning lecture: Social movements through the lens of generation
Afternoon skills session: How to write an academic paper

20/09
Morning lecture: Social movements through the lens of gender
Afternoon skills session: How to deal with peer review reports

21/09
Morning lecture: Social movements through the lens of religion
Afternoon skills session: How to present a conference paper

22/09
Finalization of papers
Students' forum and guided symposia

23/09
Finalization of papers
Students' forum and guided symposia
Afternoon: Graduate Conference on Social Movements in Southeast Asia

24/09
Graduate Conference on Social Movements in Southeast Asia

Keynote speaker

Khin Mar Mar Kyi

Oxford University

Teachers

Organizing Committee

Giuseppe Bolotta

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Richard Quang-Anh Tran

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Edoardo Siani

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Guest lecturers

Chris Chaplin

London School of Economics and Political Science

Paul Horton

Linköping University

Thomas Stodulka

Freie Universität Berlin

Academic advisors

Catherine Scheer

Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient

Matthew Phillips

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Amalia Rossi

Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Alessandra Chiricosta

Tor Vergata University of Rome 

Project Coordinator

Maria Beatrice Grossa

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Partner institutions and graduate conference

The Summer School Graduate Conference is part of a series of interlinked events on social movements in Southeast Asia, organized by a network of academic, research, and public institutions, including:

MAP - Centro di Ricerca Marco Polo sulle connessioni globali Europa-Asia - Marco Polo Centre for Global Europe-Asia Connections
Universitas Diponegoro Semarang
ISMEO
SHAPE SEA
SEA Junction
AlterSEA

Contacts

For any queries, please contact us at  summerschool.sea@unive.it.