Privileging the Southeast in Asia with distinct countries as a multilateral entity and bloc region is vitalized via cooperation, gamesmanship, and histories of particular and regional differences and affinities coalescing into a “Southeast Asia.” With particular models of development, policy-making and cultural nuancing emanating from within or adopted from elsewhere, Southeast Asia adapts, positions and situates itself alongside and competes with the rapid growth and resultant changes and challenges coming out of what’s referred to as East Asia- China, Japan and Korea, and a World of globalizing intersections and tensions. Disruptions and opportunities abound between countries and in relationship to East Asia in terms of security via territorial sovereignty, politics and economics, coaxed or hindered by local political developments and critical junctures, poverty, rural development, environmental concerns, energy management, human and drug trafficking, health care (HIV/AIDS), cultural, religious and gender identity polemics, urbanization, transnational mining, lumber, dam building industries. In what ways has or has not Southeast Asia become a “bloc force” economically, politically, socially and culturally, and via scholarly and popular discourse? In what ways do individual countries respond to each other in the framing of and adjudication of sensitive social, religious, and cultural matters? The 5th International Seminar on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA2013) aims to bring together academics, scholars, observers and experts to discuss, debate and examine various issues that prosper or perhaps inhibit a Southeast Asia Rising with themes as follows:
Political Development in Southeast Asia
Critical junctures: Elections in Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines
The Relevance of Royalty: Emblematic, Functional, Dysfunctional?
Twenty-First Century Governance and Dynastic Politics in Southeast Asia
Hindrances to Development:
1) Bribe-Free Southeast Asia: Only a dream?
2) Corruption as “Tradition”
Political Allegiances: An Orgy of Changing Bedfellows
Economy and Social Development
Inter-country cooperation for regional economic development
Worker Migrations: From Where, To Where, For What- Opportunities, Limitations, Risks
Poverty in Southeast Asia: All talk, real alleviation, hopes and realities
Policing or Enabling Trafficking: Ethics, Hidden Economy, Human Rights
3) Pirated goods
Economic competition with China, Japan, Korea
China Dominance: Real, Exaggerated, Temporal?
The Realities of “Open Markets”: Whither coercive, mutually beneficial, cooperative?
Financial Markets: Future Crashes?
Resource Extractive Industries: Transnational Corporate Efforts Impacting the Local
3) Sea beds
Dam building: Immediate and Long-term Hazards and Benefits
GMOs in Southeast Asia: Help, Hazards, Hype toward feeding the masses?
1) Scientific Studies Supporting GMO Safety
2) Scientific Studies Contesting GMO Safety
3) The Use of “Science” as a Polyphony of Food Security Discourses
4) Sustainability and the Profit Motive
5) Monsanto as Hegemonic GMO Provider and Beneficiary
Education in Southeast Asia
Language Education in Southeast Asia
Language Policy in Southeast Asia
Multilingual and Multicultural Southeast Asia
Indigenous Languages and “Literacy”: Heritage, Assimilation Ideologies and Language Death
Systems of Education in Southeast Asia
Current Issues in Education: The Public and the Private
Access: Who Gets Educated? And for What Purposes?
Tertiary Research Funding Values and Marginalizations: Sciences, Math, Business, and Cultural Heritage, Traditional and Contemporary Arts
Culture issues in Southeast Asia
Economic Contributions of Creative Industries
Arts, Literature and development in Southeast Asia
Belief: adaptation and changes
Gender equality, (in)equality, invisibility
Southeast diaspora and cultural issues
Presentation, representation and preservation of cultural heritage and authenticity
Performing arts and identity: Dance, Music, Theatre
Tangible and intangible cultural heritage and tourism
What Do you Mean? Enculturation, Acculturation, Interculturation, Multicultural
Minority Issues in Southeast Asia
Who are Minorities?
Where are the Orang Asli?
Land grabbing and Deforestation of Ancestral Domains
Religious Proselytizing, Conversion, and Local Identity among minoritized peoples
HIV/AIDS and the struggle for acceptance of afflicted people
Citizenship and Statelessness- The never ending woes of the minorities.
Transnational spaces and the minorities.
Temporal refuge, permanent residence and asylum seekers
Empowering the minorities through activism and foreign funding.
Maritime Issues in Southeast Asia
Our Maritime Security: Strategies, Boundaries and Sovereignties
Enviable Marine Resources: Competition and Cooperation
Impacts and Shifts in Ports and Trade
Marine Production: Fisheries, Aquaculture
Touristing the Ocean
International Relations and Security issues in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia “Versus” China?
The United States Presence
Conflict Resolution and (Im)Balance of Power
Regional Disaster Response and Relief
Terrorism: Global networks and Local malcontents
ASEAN: Imagined Community?
ASEAN security cooperation
ASEAN economic cooperation
ASEAN and Regional Integration
And any other themes related to the objectives ofthe conference