Movement: Southeast Asia, Postgraduate Conference at SOAS University of London

Aria Danaparamita's picture

1st Postgraduate Conference on Southeast Asia
22 September 2017
SOAS University of London

With evolving political, social, and cultural currents in Southeast Asia, movement is an important discursive lens to understand the dynamism of the region. For this first postgraduate conference on Southeast Asia at SOAS, we explore papers that consider “movement.” For example, how can we critically investigate migration? Conflict and displacement? Diaspora and transnationalism? Trade? The movement of objects in and out of the region? Political movements? Social movements? Artistic movements? The movement of bodies in performance? Exchanges of ideas? Musical, visual, or filmic influences? Translation? Changes in the natural or architectural landscape? Climate change, resources, and resilience? Or indeed rethinking the delimitations of Southeast Asia as a region—and as an object of “area studies”?

The conference is free to attend, but registration is essential.

Keynote Lecture - Dr.Tamsin Barber (Oxford Brookes University)
“Multidirectional Movements” in Southeast Asia: Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora in the UK

Southeast Asia is a rapidly transforming and modernising region which is composed of diverse populations, nations and histories. The discursive lens of ‘movement’ offers us the potential to capture and understand a broad range of dynamic transformations taking place historically and in the present day. The notion of ‘movement’ may be used in two ways; firstly, as a way to encompass the more tangible flows within, and outside of, Southeast Asia - the migration of peoples, exportation of goods, culture, and capital in different directions (from East to West, and inter-regionally), secondly; it may refer to the less tangible movement of ideas, ideological shifts, and those of global power and recognition. In this talk, I use the example of Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora to explore some of these movements and assess the impact of more concrete geographical/physical movement upon the more ideational and abstract shifts or movements (and vice versa). Using the examples of three ‘movement’ eras in recent Vietnamese history; the movement of refugees from Vietnam in the 1970s, the transformation of identities (and identity politics) in the diaspora, and shifts in global consciousness among the youth in contemporary Vietnam; I focus on the role of power and how the legacy of old imperial power relations continue to shape such movements and consider the limits and possibilities of new forms of agency within these coercive structures.

Tamsin Barber is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University. Her research interests are in ‘race’, ethnicity, youth and migration with a focus on exclusion, inclusion, belonging and identity formation among the UK Vietnamese.  

For schedule and registration: