The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC)

The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) is one of four regional councils operating within the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Created in 1970, these councils represent the interests of scholars working in their respective geographical areas.

Collectively, the four area councils and the Council of Conferences serve as the major policy body for the Association of Asian Studies, providing liaison between the Board of Directors and the members at large.

The Southeast Asia Council administers three book prizes for Southeast Asia scholars—the Harry J. Benda Prize, the George McT. Kahin Prize, and the A.L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize.

TRANSLATION SUBVENTIONS: The Translation Project Group of the Southeast Asia Council is providing subventions to support the translation of key texts not yet published in the social sciences and humanities from a Southeast Asian language into English.

ATTN STUDENTS: The Southeast Asia Council administers a prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the AAS Annual Conference.

SEAC Council Members

Chair: Maitrii Aung-Thwin, National University of Singapore, hismvat@nus.edu.sg

Nhung Tuyet Tran, University of Toronto, nhungtuyet.tran@utoronto.ca

Yoko Hayami, Kyoto University, yhayami@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung, U. of Massachusetts, Lowell, ardeth_thawnghmung@uml.edu

David Biggs, UC-Riverside, biggsbiggs@gmail.com

Ronit Ricci, Australian National University, ronit.ricci@anu.edu.au

Wen-Chin Chang, Academia Sinica, wencc@gate.sinica.edu.tw

Pattaratorn Chirapravati, CSU-Sacramento, pchirapravati@csus.edu

Erik Harms, Yale University, erik.harms@yale.edu

SEAC Committees

Country Specific Groups

Related Committees


The Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies announces the 2014 competition for the best paper on a Southeast Asia topic presented by a graduate student at the AAS Conference in Philadelphia.

The prize is designed to recognize emerging scholarship in the field and to foster intellectual exchange among junior and senior scholars. The award of $500 and a certificate will be presented at the 2015 AAS Presidential Address/Awards Ceremony in Chicago.

The Council encourages graduate students who present papers at the March 2014 Conference in Philadelphia to submit their papers for consideration (approximately 7,000 words maximum). Papers on any aspect and region of Southeast Asia will be considered. Students must be currently registered in a doctoral program in order to be considered for the Prize.

Please submit your 2014 conference paper, proof of current doctoral program registration, and panel abstract in PDF format by March 30, 2014 to Prof. David Biggs, biggsbiggs@gmail.com. Papers received after March 30, 2014 will not be considered.

The winner of the 2013 AAS San Diego Conference SEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize winner was Dredge Byung'chu Kang (Emory U.) for "Eastward Orientations: Thai Middle Class Desire for White Asians."

The winner of the 2012 AAS Toronto Conference SEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize was Joseph Harris, then doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (now at Boston University), who presented a paper entitled, "Who Governs? Autonomous Political Networks as a Challenge to Power in Thailand."

The winner of the 2011 AAS-ICAS Hawaii Joint Conference SEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize was Noer Fauzi Rachman, PhD Candidate in the Department of Environment, Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California at Berkeley (now at Bogor Agricultural University), who presented a paper entitled, "Struggle Over Land and Land Policy in Contemporary Indonesia."