Colonial Experiences and 
Their Legacies in Southeast Asia
An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 10 - July 5, 2019 ~ Honolulu, Hawai‘i ~ Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program

Colonialism Experiences and
Their Legacies in Southeast Asia
                                                                                     An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 10 to July 5, 2019 ~ Honolulu, Hawaii ~ Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program

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Week Four: Postcolonial Challenges: Modernity and Development

One of the historical truisms of Southeast Asia is that political contests and wars were not fought so much over land as over labor. In the postcolonial period of newly won independence, a number of Southeast Asian countries shifted economic policies away from the production of raw materials which had been the pillars of colonialism to give a new emphasis to manufacturing. This gave rise, in turn, to the emergence of new labor regimes across the region, with notable and interwoven impacts on the lives of both elites and young women.


Barbara Andaya opens the week with a discussion of Southeast Asian women’s experiences of colonialism and its aftermath, focusing in particular on education and employment. In sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, Jeffrey Winters (Northwestern) will examine the rise of oligarchic rule in island Southeast Asia and on the impacts of development across the region, including the rise of both manufacturing and tourism. Nora Taylor (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) will join the program on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the use of art as a medium for protest in postcolonial Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Vietnam. In the final presentation of the program, Muhamad Ali (University of California, Riverside) will explore the legacies of colonialism through the lens of religion, including a case study of the changing role of Islam in contemporary Indonesia. The program will conclude with two sessions in which the participating summer scholars will present their curricular and research projects.

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