29 April 2016

SEASS - The Southeast Asia Signature Series

The Southeast Asia Signature Series (SEASS) is an open space for the exchange of knowledge about Southeast Asia. 

A collaboration between Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) and the Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) at the University of Copenhagen, we invite guest speakers from academia, practitioners in fields related to politics, economy, culture and civil society to give talks and contribute to the series. Students, academics as well as the public are welcome to join, contribute, and actively participate.

The SEASS is co-coordinated by ADI as well as Mark Philip Stadler, PhD Fellow at ADI and ToRS. The cornerstone goals of the lecture series are:

  1. Create an environment for high-level research and study in the field of Southeast Asian Studies
  2. Create opportunities for guest speakers to deliver knowledge for an academic audience and the public in Copenhagen and in Denmark as a whole with special interest in Southeast Asia
  3. Work to maintain the expertise within the subject area of Southeast Asian studies and to support the continuation of the study program of Southeast Asian Studies in any way possible
  4. Initiate and maintain high-level research projects with scholars working on Southeast Asia as well as attract funding for in-field excursions and research

Southeast Asian countries and their diasporas leave a clear signature in Denmark’s politics, economics, culture and every-day life. The relations between Denmark and the countries of Southeast Asia are very close, especially when it comes to economic and business relations. The 11,000+ Thai people living in Denmark are one of the largest diaspora communities in Denmark and Indonesia is one of the most significant economic partners of Denmark in the Asia-Pacific region. Southeast Asia is one of the most vibrant regions in the world. Because of steady economic growth and democratization processes, the eleven countries of the region, which are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, East Timor, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, more and more become significant players in the Asia-Pacific Region and globally. SEASS is here to encourage new thinking on Southeast Asia, gather people with similar interests, inspire critical discussions and cultivate the study environment of Southeast Asian Studies.