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Introducing GETSEA

October 2, 2020

We are happy to announce that SEAC is a founding member of the newly-established “Graduate Education and Training in Southeast Asian Studies” (GETSEA) consortium. The consortium has been awarded a $275,000 grant by the Henry Luce Foundation through its Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia (LuceSEA). GETSEA was formed with the mission of enhancing graduate education in Southeast Asian studies across North America through innovation and collaboration.

As a cross-institutional network led by the eight current National Resource Centers (NRCs) on Southeast Asia, GETSEA will work to expand the collaborative infrastructure between the centers of Southeast Asian studies, including a virtual speaker series, specialized online mini-courses, a mentoring network, professional development workshops for graduate students, and the creation of a framework for shared language instruction. We hope you will take advantage of the expanded curricular and networking opportunities afforded by GETSEA.

This collaboration between Southeast Asia centers will be critical as we continue to adapt to new virtual learning environments. This grant will allow SEAC and our fellow NRCs to foster productive new connections in our teaching and research, and to come together during a time of social distancing to strengthen our scholarly interactions.

The Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University will serve as the initial administrative host for GETSEA. The members of the consortium include:

Cornell University (host)
The University of Michigan
Northern Illinois University
The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
The University of Washington
The University of Wisconsin, Madison
The University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Berkeley

You can take advantage of the expanded programming presented through this collaboration by attending any of the upcoming fall events hosted by consortium members. A complete list is included under the Events heading in this newsletter. Highlights include a panel discussion on October 14th about the Future of Anthropology featuring UW’s Peter Lape, a presentation on October 15th on the Thai spirit world that is part of Cornell’s Gatty Lecture Series, a focus on “Indonesia’s Im/moral Turn” by the Director of the Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Center at Monash University, and an analysis of the cartographical imagination of early modern Spaniards attempting to configure the western frontier of empire in Southeast Asia. We will continue to advertise events open to all members of the GETSEA community in our Events section this year.

You can find out more about GETSEA on the GETSEA website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.