Southeast Asian Research at York | News and Publications
> Alicia Turner's (Humanities) essay on “Religion Making and Its Failures: Turning Monasteries into Schools and Buddhism in a Religion in Colonial Burma" is included in the September 2011 release of Markus Dressler and Arvind Mandair (eds.) Secularism and Religion Making (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
This book conceives of "religion-making" broadly as the multiple ways in which social and cultural phenomena are configured and reconfigured within the matrix of a world-religion discourse that is historically and semantically rooted in particular Western and predominantly Christian experiences, knowledges, and institutions. It investigates how religion is universalized and certain ideas, social formations, and practices rendered "religious" are thus integrated in and subordinated to very particular - mostly liberal-secular - assumptions about the relationship between history, politics, and religion.
The individual contributions, written by a new generation of scholars with decisively interdisciplinary approaches, examine the processes of translation and globalization of historically specific concepts and practices of religion - and its dialectical counterpart, the secular - into new contexts. This volume contributes to the relatively new field of thought that aspires to unravel the thoroughly intertwined relationships between religion and secularism as modern concepts.
> R. Patrick Alcedo received a Research Creation Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for 'Ati-atihan Festival on the Move: Dancing Culture and Performance of Identity among Filipinos from the Central Philippines to Toronto, Canada'. This project examines the Ati-atihan religious festival in the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora as a form of “strategic essentializing” deployed by Filipinos to negotiate the forces of modernity and to safeguard what they believe to be as a communal expression of their cultural heritage (August 2011).
> Graduate Associate Keith Barney is the co-author, with K. Canby, "Lao PDR: Overview of Forest Governance, Markets and Trade.” The report was recently published by Forest Trends with funding through the European Forestry Institute/European Commission. The study can be accessed here: http://forest-trends.org/publication_details.php?publicationID=2920.
> YCAR welcomes M. Lawrence Santiago to YCAR. He is a Visiting Scholar from the University of British Columbia who will be based at the Centre from December 2010 to September 2011. He specializing in comparative migration and health policies between developed and developing countries. To analyze the role of the modern state and international organizations in creating, controlling and managing human migration systems, he is doing a transnational case study of the migration flows of health workers from the Philippines to Canada.
> Philippine Studies showcased at York U appeared in the Philippine Reporter, 12 October 2010
> Politics of Decentralization: Natural Resource Management in Asia (Chiang Mai: Mekong Press) was published in March 2010. The editors are Peter Vandergeest (Faculty Associate, Geography) and Chusak Wittayapak. The publication brings together empirically grounded studies of the decentralization of natural resource management in seven South and Southeast Asian countries. It provides a clear explanation of the key concepts and debates in decentralization relevant to the management of forests, fisheries and water in the region.
> Sociology & geography prof to talk about forestry and political violence in Asia (18 January 2010)
Selected Recent Publications
The following were the publications of YCAR Associates on themes relating to Southeast Asia in 2010.2011. Earlier publications can be found in the Publications Archive.
Alcedo, Russ Patrick, S.A. Ness and H.M.J. Maier (ed.) (Forthcoming). Religious Festivals in Contemporary Southeast Asia. Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press.
Alcedo, Russ Patrick (2010). “Ati-atihan: Mother of Philippines Festivals”. Writer, Director, Producer. InTensions 4. Available from: www.yorku.ca/intent/issue4.
Armitage, D., Melissa Marschke and T. Troung Van (Forthcoming). “Early-stage Transformation of Coastal Marine Governance in Vietnam”. Marine Policy 35(5).
Arthur, R., R. Friend and Melissa Marschke (Accepted). “Making Adaptive Co-management more than a Marriage of Convenience: Reconciling Theory and Practice in the Management of Fisheries in the Mekong Region”. In B. Goldstein (ed.) Planning for Disaster. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Barney, Keith (Accepted). “Land, Livelihoods and Remittances: A Political Ecology of Youth Outmigration across the Lao-Thai Mekong Border”. Critical Asian Studies.
Barney, Keith (2011). “China and the Mekong Region: Beyond the Territorial Trap”. New Mandala. Available from: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2011/03/04/china-and-the-mekong-region-beyond-the-territorial-trap/#more-13064.
Barney, Keith and K. Canby (2011). “Scoping Baseline Information for the Mekong Region: Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT): Cambodia Report”. Washington D.C.: Forest Trends.
Barney, Keith and K. Canby (2011). “Scoping Baseline Information for the Mekong Region: Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT): Lao PDR Report”. Washington D.C.: Forest Trends.
Molnar, A., Keith Barney, M. DeVito, A. Karsenty, D. Elson, M. Benavides, P. Tipula, C. Soria, P. Shearman and M. France (2011). “Large Acquisition of Rights on Forest Lands for Tropical Timber Concession and Commercial Wood Plantations”. Washington D.C.: Rights and Resources Initiative. Available at: www.rightsandresources.org/publication_details.php?publicationID=2242.
Bose, Pablo (2010). Commentary on “On Intersections, Anticipations, and Provisional Publics: Remaking District Life in Jakarta”. Urban Geography 31(3): 309-314.
Dao, Nga (Forthcoming). “Damming Rivers in Vietnam: A Lesson Learned in the Tây Bắc (Northwest) Region”. The Journal for Vietnamese Studies.
Dao, Nga (2010). “Dam Development in Vietnam: The Evolution of Dam-induced Resettlement Policy”. Water Alternative 3(2): 324-340.
Dao, Nga (2010). “Rubber Plantation in Resettlement Sites: Opportunity or Challenge in Son La Province?” Hanoi: Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development.
Hall, Derek (2010). Book review of Hiroyoshi Kano’s Indonesian Exports, Peasant Agriculture and the World Economy 1850-2000 (Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2008). Journal of Peasant Studies 37(2): 458-460.
Kelly, Philip F. (Forthcoming). “Class, Migration and Identity in a Philippine Village”. In C. Pluss and K.B. Chan (eds.) Migrant Identifications in Asia: Intersecting Cultural, Political, Social, Emotional and Economic Dimensions.
Kelly, Philip F. (Forthcoming). “Class Reproduction in a Transitional Agrarian Setting: Youth Trajectories in a Peri-Urban Philippine Village”. In J. Rigg and P. Vandergeest (eds.) Revisiting Agrarian Transformations: Localities, State and Class in Rural Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.
Kelly, Philip F. (ed.) (Forthcoming). “Migration and Agrarian Transitions in Rural Southeast Asia”. Special Issue of Critical Asian Studies.
Kelly, Philip F. (Forthcoming). “Migration, Agrarian Transition and Rural Change in Southeast Asia”. Critical Asian Studies.
Lazarus, K., N. Badenoch, Nga Dao and B.P. Resurreccion (eds.) (2011). Water Rights and Social Justice in the Mekong Region, 3rd edn. Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience. London: Earthscan.
Lukasiewicz, Adam. (Forthcoming). ”Smallholder Farm Management and Agrarian Expansion in Female-headed Households with Migrant Male Members: Evidence from the Rural Philippines”. Critical Asian Studies.
Lukasiewicz, Adam (2010). Review of Dominique Caouette and Sarah Turner (eds.) Agrarian Angst and Rural Resistance in Contemporary Southeast Asia (New York: Routledge, 2009). The Professional Geographer 62(4): 546-548.
Marschke, Melissa (Forthcoming). “Koh Sralao Village, Cambodia: An Exploration into Social-ecological Decline and Marginalization”. In J. Rigg and P. Vandergeest (eds.) Revisiting Agrarian Transformations: Localities, State and Class in Rural Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.
Marschke, Melissa (Accepted). Resource Governance at the Margins: Fish, Trees and Life in Coastal Cambodia. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.
Nguyen-Marshall, Van (2009). “Tools of Empire? Vietnamese Catholics in South Vietnam”. The Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (New Series) 20(2): 138-159.
Tan, Serene K. (Forthcoming). “Making/Marketing Heritage: Chinatowns in Southeast Asia”. In P.W. Daniels, K.C. Ho, T.A. Hutton (eds.) New Economic Spaces in Asian Cities: From Industrial Restructuring to the Cultural Turn. New York: Routledge.
Truong Van, T., D. Armitage and Melissa Marschke (2010). “Livelihoods and Co-Management in the Tam Giang Lagoon, Vietnam”. Ocean & Coastal Management 53: 327-335.
Turner, Alicia (Forthcoming). “Religion Making and Its Failures: Turning Monasteries into Schools and Buddhism into a Religion in Colonial Burma”. In M. Dressler and A. Mandair (eds.) Secularism and Religion Making. New York: Oxford University Press.
Turner, Alicia (2010). “The Irish Pongyi in Colonial Burma: The Confrontations and Challenges of U Dhammaloka”. Contemporary Buddhism 11(2): 149-171.
Turner, Alicia, L. Cox and B. Bocking (2010). “Beachcombing, Going Native and Freethinking: Rewriting the History of Early Western Buddhist Monastics”. Contemporary Buddhism 11(2).
Ye, J. and Philip F. Kelly (Forthcoming). “Cosmopolitanism at Work: Labour Market Exclusion in Singapore’s Financial Sector”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
Young, Mary (Forthcoming). “Revisiting the Impact of Economic Crisis on Indonesian Agro-Food Production”. Development in Practice.