Luce-SEA Partners

 The projects envisioned by UW-Luce SEA coalesce around the theme of comparative authoritarianism and the goal of bridging Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian American studies. Several  projects focus on approaching these elements through research archives and involve collaboration with a network of international partners. Please learn more about these archival projects and our partners below. 

UW-Luce SEA Projects

Critical Archival Practice Workshops 

UW-Luce SEA will develop a series of workshops on critical archival practice with colleagues at the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, the Ateneo de Manila School of Government (MSG), and the Yangon Film School (YFS). The workshops aim to explore critical archival practice across place, historical periods and formats, and introduce faculty and graduate students to new critical methods of resources analysis.

Archival Studies Fellowships

UW-Luce SEA and its partners will also establish three short-term archival studies fellowships for work in various collections: First, the Bophana Center will support a resident fellow from CKS. Additionally, one fellow from the Yangon Film School and one from the Drug Archive will work at UW in the collections of their expertise for up to a month. The Yangon Film School fellow will explore the UW Cowell film archive (UW Special Collections) with the aim of addressing reconciliation processes and the creative use of documentary footage. The Drug Archive fellow will work with Alaska Yukon Exposition materials (UW Burke Museum of Natural History Southeast Asia Collection) to compare colonial and contemporary documentary methods. Both fellows will attend the archival studies workshop hosted at UW.

Additionally, UW-Luce SEA aims to train a new generation of Southeast Asia librarians. To that end, it will fund three archival fellows at UW Libraries. It will also support one Southeast Asia scholar to train at UW Libraries while attaining an MLIS degree. This addresses a longstanding concern within the research library community about the shortage of trained specialists in Southeast Asia studies.

Undergraduate Course: Southeast Asian Pasts and Futures

Dr. Raissa DeSmet (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell) will develop a Southeast Asian research family at the Burke Museum. This three quarter-long experience will engage Southeast Asian American undergraduates in Asian Studies and American Ethnic Studies from the Seattle and Bothell campuses with the Burke Museum of Natural History’s Southeast Asia collections. During the year, students will implement a community engaged project that recreates connections to material objects that were severed from their lived contexts by the authoritarian forces of colonialism, militarism, and migration. Final student research will be showcased in a public exhibit, exposing the Southeast Asia collection at the Burke to a wider audience for the first time.


Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center

Founded by film director Rithy Panh, Bophana Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, collects archive images and sounds on Cambodia and offers free public access to this unique heritage. Bophana Center also trains young Cambodians for careers in filmmaking, broadcasting and new media.

The Burke Museum – University of Washington

The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus in Seattle with a focus on dinosaurs, fossils, Northwest Native art, plant and animal collections, and cultural pieces from across the globe.

Center for Khmer Studies

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) promotes research, teaching and public service in the social sciences, arts and humanities in Cambodia and the Mekong region.

Drug Archive at Ateneo de Manila University

The Drug Archive is a data-driven examination of the Philippine AntiDrug Campaign, founded in 2018 by the Ateneo School of Government at Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle Philippines, the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The Archive’s goal is to gather and analyze data and documents related to the antidrug campaign, and, eventually, to launch more in-depth research and gain deeper insights into the campaign’s scope and effectiveness.

Yangon Film School

The European non-profit organisation Yangon Film School (YFS) aims to create a diverse media culture in Myanmar by training a creative young workforce that is also capable of meeting the audiovisual needs of Myanmar’s development sector. The Yangon Film School offers a range of audio-visual workshops for emerging Myanmar filmmakers that blends theory with practical, hands-on exercises.