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.
Chair: Nhung Tuyet Tran, University of Toronto, email@example.com
Patricio Abinales, Kyoto University, firstname.lastname@example.org
George Dutton, UCLA, email@example.com
Andrew Willford, Cornell University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoko Hayami, Kyoto University, email@example.com
Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung, U. of Massachusetts, Lowell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maitrii Aung-Thwin, National University of Singapore, email@example.com
David Biggs, UC-Riverside, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronit Ricci, Australian National University, email@example.com
The AAS Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) holds an annual competition for the best paper on a Southeast Asia topic presented by a graduate student at the AAS Conference.
The prize—an award of $200 and a certificate—is designed to recognize emerging scholarship in the field and to foster intellectual exchange among junior and senior scholars.
The Council encourages graduate students who will be presenting papers at the March 2014 Conference in Philadelphia to submit their papers for consideration (approximately 7,000 words maximum) prior to the time of the conference. Papers on any aspect and region of Southeast Asia will be considered. Students must be registered in a doctoral program in order to be considered for the prize. Submission information for the 2014 prize will be made available in spring 2014, shortly before the Philadelphia conference (March 27–30, 2014).
Announcement of the 2013 AAS San Diego Conference SEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize winner will be made at the 2014 AAS Philadelphia Conference.
The winner of the 2012 AAS Annual Conference SEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize was Joseph Harris (University of Wisconsin, Madison), 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."