Dissemination Workshop 1: “Dynamics of Integration and Dilemmas of Divergence in Contemporary SEA”, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang

On 18 September 2014, SEATIDE members gathered at the Lone Pine Hotel, Penang, for the 1st SEATIDE Dissemination Workshop “Dynamics of Integration and Dilemmas of Divergence in Contemporary SEA”.

The event, which was co-organized by Prof. Ooi Keat Gin of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Prof. Volker Grabowsky of Hamburg Universität (UHAM), and the EFEO, focused on research conducted within the framework of SEATIDE’s Work Package 2, “National and transnational diversity”.

Presentations were delivered by two panels: 1/ “Settling the Region’s Borders”, chaired by Dr Andrew Hardy, and 2/ “Coping with Religious Diversity in SEA”, chaired by Prof. Sumit Mandal. These included:

  • Heritage and Nationalism in the Preah Vihear Dispute, Prof. Volker Grabowsky (UHAM) and Dr Sok Udom Deth (Zaman University)
  • Ethnic Minorities Living on the Laos/Vietnam border, the State, and Beyond, Dr Vatthana Pholsena (ARI-NUS)
  • Buddhism in Contemporary Myanmar, Jacques Leider (EFEO)
  • Islam in Contemporary Indonesia, Dr Rémy Madinier (CASE-CNRS)
  • Christianity in the Highlands of Contemporary Vietnam, Jörg Thomas Engelbert (UHAM)

More than 50 people, including USM and other local university researchers as well as NGO representatives, attended the Workshop and participated in the closing roundtable discussion on “Fractures and Predicaments in Southeast Asian Identities” chaired by Prof. Yves Goudineau.

In the afternoon, Prof. Ooi Keat Gin (Universiti Sains Malaysia) gave an inspiring and highly informative talk about the cultural and social history of Penang, entitled From Colonial Outpost to Cosmopolitan Centre: Issues of Integration and Identity in the City. Indeed, Penang brings together all the ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural diversities of Southeast Asia.

This event was held back-to-back with a two-day internal “Publications Workshop” on 19-20 September 2014 where SEATIDE researchers worked on a series of 12 Online-papers to be published on the project website at the end of November 2014.