Welcome to this site and thank you for your interest in our NEH-sponsored Summer Institute on Colonial Experiences and Their Legacies in Southeast Asia. We are convinced that this will be an exciting and timely academic opportunity for everyone involved, including the team of world-class scholars who will be guiding our explorations of the complex interplay of globalization, cultural diversity and agency through the colonial and postcolonial histories of Southeast Asia—one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic regions.
ASDP hosted its first NEH summer institute on Chinese Culture and Society in 1993 and since then we’ve conducted nineteen more, most recently programs on Confucian Asia, Islam in Asia and Buddhist East Asia in 2016, 2017 and 2018. These institutes have invariably been profoundly rewarding experiences, attracting as they do the best teachers in the country committed to expanding their teaching expertise and research interests. Colonial Experiences and Their Legacies in Southeast Asia builds on insights gained by hosting three previous NEH Summer Institute programs on Southeast Asia for college and university faculty members—Southeast Asian Cultures (1997); Southeast Asia: The Interplay of Indigenous Cultures and Outside Influences (2005). and The Dynamics of Cultural Unity and Diversity in Southeast Asia (2011)—as well as sixteen other NEH Summer Institute programs that have addressed various other regions in Asia as well as such themes as religion and politics, cultures of authority, and the interplay of tradition and transformation. Both of us were deeply involved in the previous NEH programs on Southeast Asia, and one of us (Hershock) has been involved designing and hosting all nineteen of these NEH programs. We appreciate your interest in Colonial Experiences and Their Legacies in Southeast Asia and look forward to reading your applications carefully and to selecting a cohort to spend four weeks together in shared exploration of Southeast Asian engagements with the global phenomena of colonialism and its legacies.
Dr. Barbara Watson Andaya
Professor of Asian Studies
University of Hawai‘i
Dr. Peter D. Hershock
Director, Asian Studies Development Program