The COUNCIL ON SOUTHEAST ASIA STUDIES at Yale University oversees a multifaceted interdisciplinary program promoting education, research, and intellectual exchange on the cultures, politics, history and economies of Southeast Asia. Yale currently maintains one of the most extensive Southeast Asia library collections in the United States. Read more about our program…

Established in 1947, Southeast Asia Studies was the first area studies program at Yale - and by all accounts the first in the country to establish a program for the study of Southeast Asia in all disciplines. See SEAS History…

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September 20
“White Shirts as Sacred Amulets: “World-Making” and “Self-Making” during the Burmese Political Festival”
Seinenu M. Thein-Lemelson, PhD, Anthropology Department, University of California, Los AngelesUniversity of California, Los Angeles

October 4
“What Happens After Victory? Lessons from Malaysia and Developmental Asia”
Elvin Ong, Assistant Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore
Fulbright Fellow, Council on Southeast Asia Studies, Yale University

The Council on Southeast Asian Studies is delighted to announce that our own James C. Scott, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Anthropology, and longtime member of the Council, has been awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) of Great Britain and Ireland. The RAI commendation described professor Scott as “one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century at the intersection of political science and anthropology, and much of it foregrounds the importance of long term comparative ethnographic research. Arguably, his two most influential books are ‘Weapons of the weak’ and ‘Seeing like a state’. Overall, he has made a lifetime seminal anthropological contribution to interdisciplinary agrarian economic, social, and political development studies which has shaped international development studies over the past half century and more.

The RAI President’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a person who, in the opinion of the judges, has made a fundamental, sustained and outstanding contribution to the discipline of anthropology over the course of their career. The award may be given to a person of any nationality, and there is no restriction on which sub-branch of anthropology from which the winner may be drawn.

Congratulations, Jim!


Monograph #69

The Thai Monarchy under King Vajiralongkorn

Edited by Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Expected Availability - Fall 2023
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