12th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies
Date : 24 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
Venue : Asia Research Institute, Seminar Room
AS8 Level 4, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
National University of Singapore @ KRC
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This forum is organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; with funding support from the Henry Luce Foundation, USA.

The 12th Graduate Forum is one of the flagship events of the Asia Research Institute (ARI). This event provides a platform for graduate students from around the world working on Southeast Asia to communicate and interact, as they mature into the next generation of academic leaders. The sessions which allows them to present their work are organised thematically around the themes broadly reflecting the core research strengths of ARI, including the Asian dynamics of religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, population and social change. The five-day Forum coincides with the Asian Graduate Student Fellowship Programme 2017, which brings 28 graduate students to ARI for a four/six-week period of research, mentoring and participation in an academic writing workshop.

This year, there are two components to the Graduate Forum:

24-25 JULY | SKILLS BASED SESSIONS (Open to the Graduate Forum Students and Invited Participants only)

The first two days of the forum will be dedicated to skills based sessions during which senior scholars will address various topics such as how to get published in peer-reviewed journals, how to apply for international grants, and how to deal with conflicting reviews. The Visiting Senior Research Fellows who are also part of the Fellowship Programme will contribute to these sessions as well. Pheng Cheah (University of California – Berkeley) will provide an "In The Beginning" lecture at the start of the forum; Philip A. Rozario (Adelphi University School of Social Work) will deliver a session on mixed-methods in research; and Mariam Lam (University of California – Riverside) will take part in the final roundtable on how to flourish as an early career academic.

26-28 JULY | FORUM (Graduate Students' Presentations)

During these three days, graduate students will present their work in sessions organized thematically. In addition, there will be 3 keynote lectures by professors Sunil Amrith (Harvard University), Tom Boellstorff (University of California) and Lily Kong (Singapore Management University).


ARI was established as a university-level institute in July 2001 as one of the strategic initiatives of the National University of Singapore (NUS). It aims to provide a world-class focus and resource for research on the Asian region. ARI engages the social sciences broadly defined, and especially interdisciplinary frontiers between and beyond disciplines. One of ARI’s aims is to foster research on Southeast Asia, in particular by scholars from the region.


Admission is free, and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. We would greatly appreciate if you register your interest in attending to Ms Tay Minghua via email: minghua.tay@nus.edu.sg.


Dr Michiel BAAS, Asia Research Institute, NUS (Chair)
Dr Amelia FAUZIA, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Bernardo BROWN, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Celine CODEREY, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr HU Shu, Asia Research Institute, and Centre for Family and Population Research, NUS
Dr Michelle MILLER, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Rita PADAWANGI, Asia Research Institute, NUS
A/P Titima SUTHIWAN, Centre for Language Studies, NUS

Contact Person(s)
Minghua TAY