SEAC Call for Papers

Junior scholars, please note the below CFP from the Southeast Asia Council.  
–Megan Thomas, PSG Country Chair
Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia
Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies
Deadline July 1, 2017

The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars to join a “Rising Voices” panel on the broad topic of “Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia.” We seek to recruit three early career scholars from Southeast Asian countries in order to form a panel for eventual inclusion in the 2018 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, to be held in Washington, D.C. from March 22–25, 2018.

Panel Topic Details:

For this year’s Rising Voices Panel, we seek to build a panel on the broad topic of “Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia.” In addition to receiving financial support from the AAS/SEAC, this year’s Rising Voices Panel also has financial support provided by TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia (

The exact panel description will be developed and refined once panelists have been selected, but the theme is designed to be inclusive enough to solicit a wide range of applicants. Papers can discuss ways that transnational borderland identities are both formed and performed in various contexts, and may pursue the topic from any disciplinary angle, either contemporary or historical. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Pollution and Human Health
  • The Wildlife Trade and Human Health
  • Environmental Degradation, Poverty, and Human Health
  • Government(s) in Southeast Asia, the Environment, and Human Health
  • The Anthropocene and Human Health
  • International Organizations, the Environment , and Human Health in Southeast Asia

The only restriction regarding proposed paper topics is that they must be about “Southeast Asia” and “Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia.”

For further details on this year’s panel topic, eligibility, and selection criteria, please visit the call for papers at . Further questions may be addressed to this year’s panel

Mike Cullinane receives 2017 Grant Goodman Prize

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Cullinane (left) accepting the award from Rodell.

Michael Cullinane received the Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies at the Toronto PSG meeting.  We wanted to share the photo and the committee’s citation (below) with all, regardless of whether you were able to attend the event.

Congratulations, Mike!

The Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies is pleased to award the Grant Goodman Prize for 2017 to Michael Cullinane for his substantial contributions to Philippine historical studies. Cullinane is the Associate Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he teaches as a Faculty Associate.

It was during his undergraduate days in California that Cullinane’s interest in Southeast Asia began. Afterward, his service in the Peace Corps introduced him to Cebu and since then he has channeled his considerable energy and intellect toward that island province, the country and even the Filipino diaspora. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Cullinane was a prominent member of a group of young social historians who explored local histories of the Philippines. His concentration on Cebu and its social-political elites bespoke his interest in the country’s wrenching turn-of-the-century transition from Spanish to American colonial rule. This interest became the focus of his dissertation and his influential book Ilustrado Politics: Filipino Elite Responses to American Rule, 1898-1908 published by Ateneo de Manila University Press in 2004, a unique and definitive account.

In addition to this major work, Cullinane has authored twenty book chapters and articles on a wide range of historical topics, periods and geographical areas. The most numerous of these publications explore Cebuano topics such as its Chinese mestizos, both the Spanish and American colonial periods, and prominent Cebuano leaders such as Sergio Osmena. His other publications have explored topics that include demography, transportation strikes, Manuel L. Quezon, basketball and culture, and Hilario Moncado and local Filipino history in Hawaii.

Cullinane has continued his productive service to Philippine history and in 2014 he published two more major works both based on his Cebuano research interest: The Battle for Cebu (1899-1900): Andrew S. Rowan and the Siege of Sudlon and Arenas of Conspiracy and Rebellion in Late Nineteenth-Century Philippines: The Case of the April 1898 Uprising in Cebu. As was the case of Ilustrado Politics, these recent titles were published in the Philippines which increase the availability of his work to the Filipino scholarly community. He has at least two forthcoming articles and is working on two on-going book projects that will further deepen his already extensive contribution to Philippine history.

All of these publications were produced despite demanding administrative responsibilities for the Southeast Asia programs at the University of Michigan and now in Madison as well as his work with the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute programs on those two campuses. Of course he still has teaching responsibilities and has been involved in oral history and archival projects while presenting papers at a long list of international conferences.

The Philippine Studies Group is pleased to acknowledge his scholarship and leadership by conferring on him the 2017 Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine history.

Toronto AAS Meeting

The AAS meeting in Toronto had a great Philippine Studies turnout–both in terms of panels, and our annual meeting.

The annual PSG business meeting on Friday had thirty-one attendees, from seven countries, and twenty-three institutions.  More of us than usual were first-time attendees which was great.  The highlight of the evening was certainly when Paul Rodell, the chair of the Grant Goodman Award committee, presented Mike Cullinane with the award check and plaque, reading a wonderful account of his research and accomplishments.  When he accepted the award, Mike said a few words about how honored he was to receive it.  (He also reminded us that it was St. Patrick’s Day–March 17–perfect timing for PSG’s Irishman!)

The conference had 17 panels with some sort of Philippines Studies theme in at least one paper, and four full panels which were organized around Philippine Studies themes, of which two were sponsored by PSG.  A list of those panels and papers is available here: 2017-ps-panels-and-papers-at-aas

Thanks to everyone who contributed!  –Megan Thomas, PSG Exec. Secy.

2017 Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies


On behalf of the Philippine Studies Group (PSG), I am very pleased to announce that the 2017 recipient of the Grant Goodman Award in Philippine Historical Studies is Michael Cullinane of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This award is only granted in alternate years to a well-recognized scholar in any discipline of Philippine Studies whose body of work incorporates substantial historical content and analysis. The selection committee had a number of worthy candidates to consider and was grateful to those individuals who made the nominations, and in some cases, renominations. The award which includes a plaque and a check will be made at this year’s PSG meeting in Toronto at the annual AAS conference (Friday, March 17, 7:30-9:30 in the Peel Room). I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting and to congratulating Michael on receiving the recognition he so deserves.

Paul A. Rodell, Committee Chair

The Pattana Kitiarsa SEAC Prize for best graduate student paper

New announcement from SEAC: Any graduate student who presents a paper in Toronto is eligible to apply for the SEAC prize for best grad student paper — but they must do so before the end of the conference.


The AAS Southeast Asia Council’s annual prize recognizes emerging scholarship in the field of Southeast Asian studies, from any disciplinary perspective. Graduate students at any stage, enrolled at the time of submission, are eligible and welcome to apply. The committee invites papers that fit the definition of “conference papers,” i.e. of a length and scope that can be presented on an AAS panel, and that make an intellectual and/or methodological contribution to the study of Southeast Asia.

The prize honors the memory of Pattana Kitiarsa who was Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. He was born in the northeastern Thai province of Nong Khai and maintained his roots in this Lao-speaking region. As a scholar, teacher, and friend he touched many people’s lives. Sadly, Pattana passed away from cancer at the age of 46. With his passing the field lost one of its leading scholars of Southeast Asian labor, religion, class, and media.

Please submit your 2017 conference paper, proof of current doctoral program registration, and panel abstract in PDF format up until March 19, 2017 to Tom Pepinsky at Submissions should be approximately 7,000 words maximum. Papers received after March 19, 2017 will not be considered. Any questions regarding the prize can be sent to the same email address. The award of $500 and a certificate along with up to $400 in travel funds to attend the AAS Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2018 will be presented at the 2018 AAS Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The winner of the 2016 AAS SEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize will be announced at the 2017 AAS Annual Conference Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony in Toronto.

Philippine Studies Group Travel Award (2017)

In support of excellence in scholarship on the Philippines, and to increase the participation of junior scholars, the Philippine Studies Group (PSG), a committee of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, is pleased to announce the Philippine Studies Group Travel Award for the fourth year.

The PSG invites applications from individuals who will present a paper on the Philippines at the 2016 AAS Annual Conference in Toronto or the AAS-in-Asia Conference in Seoul. This year, we expect that up to three (3) awards of approximately $250 will be given to assist eligible individuals in defraying travel costs to the conference. Applicants must personally deliver their presentations at the conference to receive their award. The PSG Travel Fund committee will select awardees using the following criteria:

  • Eligibility: Current Ph.D. students are given priority; other graduate students as well as recent Ph.D.s (2015 on) are eligible to apply.
  • Excellence: peer review/acceptance of the paper by applicable AAS/AAS-in-Asia Conference Committee. Excellence is prioritized over financial need; accepted works that are part of organized panels are also prioritized over individual papers. Applicants may indicate additional measures of scholarly merit such as a related publication/exhibition/other media not otherwise indicated in the paper abstract.
  • Philippine themes/topics/issues: The entire paper or a significant portion must be devoted to Philippine material, regardless of discipline. For comparative works/case studies/multiple foci, the Philippine dimension must be evident, as demonstrated by title and abstract published in the AAS or AAS-in-Asia program.
  • Impact: the award should not be relied upon to cover all participant costs of travel but help defray customary conference expenses. Applicants are asked to briefly state other funding sources applied for and received, if applicable (such as the AAS Graduate Student Stipends, AAS LDC awards, AAS-in-Asia travel subsidy, own institutional or grant support, etc.).  Awards are not normally expected to exceed AAS Graduate Student Stipends (around $250) but unlike the AAS, have less restrictive residence requirements.

Applicants are invited to send an email to the PSG country chair Megan Thomas (University of California, Santa Cruz) by February 15, 2017. In your email, please include your name, your institutional affiliation, your residence (city), your rank (if a grad student, pls. tell us in what degree program; if a recent Ph.D., pls. tell us your degree date, position title, and whether it’s a tenure-track position), paper title, a copy of the abstract and panel information (session number, date and title), and use the email subject line “PSG Travel Award 2017.” Award decisions will be announced March 1; recipients will be presented with their awards during the PSG Section Meeting on March 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in the function room “Peel.”

On behalf of the PSG Travel Fund Committee Bernardita R. Churchill (University of the Philippines, Diliman), Barbara Gaerlan (University of California, Los Angeles), and Yoshiko Nagano (Kanagawa University, Yokohama), thank you for your interest and support!

PSG sponsored panels accepted

I’m happy to announce that two panels sponsored by PSG have been accepted for AAS 2017.  Congratulations to all involved and particularly the panel organizers Carin Gonzalez and Sharon Quinsaat. See below for provisional panel details.  And of course keep your eye out for these panels when the conference program is published (as well as for other panels related to the Philippines).

–Megan Thomas

Multiple Belongings and Flexible Identities:  Toward a Transnational Perspective of Filipino Migration (organized by Sharon Quinsaat)

The politics of disaster: Ethnographies of vulnerability and hope in the contemporary Philippines (organized by Carin Gonzalez)