SEAS 455 - Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
Section: 002 Readings on Postcolonial Southeast Asia
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Southeast Asian Studies (SEAS)
Department: LSA II: SE Asian Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior, Senior, graduate students.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:


  1. Touching: How close can a scholar come to the subject of his study? How close should s/he try to come?
  2. Time, speed, passing: How does speed of the subjects' movement affect a scholar's perception, and his or her method?


  1. Migration, localization, atomization: There is never one separate body of subject available to research. How focused should one try to be in studying history?
  2. Left Wing: What is a history of the meaning of left wing in Southeast Asia?

Readings (would hopefully be modified to suit the students and their projects):

  1. Geertz, Clifford, After the Fact. Two Countries, Four Decades, One Anthropolo-gist
  2. Day, Tony, Fluid Iron: State Formation in Southeast Asia
  3. Anderson, Benedict, Under Three Flags: Anarchism and Anti-Colonial Imagina-tion
  4. Siegel, James,Naming the Witch
  5. Rafael, Vicente L., The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines;
  6. Zinoman, Peter, Colonial Bastille
  7. Stoler, Ann, Carnal Knowledge

SEAS 455 - Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
Th 2:30PM - 5:30PM
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