Join us for SEAREG’s 17th Conference, Thursday, Dec. 7 to Saturday, Dec. 9, in Durham, North Carolina. The event will be hosted by Duke University & Wake Forest University and held on Duke's campus.
STATE OF THE FIELD
Dan Slater, the James Orin Murfin Professor of Political Science and director of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan, will discuss the state of the field. Dr. Slater specializes in the politics and history of dictatorship and democracy, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. He co-authored "Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis," a book published in 2008 that helped inspire the formation of SEAREG.
STATE OF THE REGION
Prasenjit Duara, the Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished Professor of East Asian Studies and director of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University, will reflect on environmental politics of the Mekong River and the history of China-Southeast Asia relations. He is the author of "Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942," which won the AHA Fairbank Prize and the AAS Levenson Prize.
|18:30||Opening Dinner||Durham Bottling Company|
506 Ramseur St., Durham, NC 27701
|8:00-9:00||Check in||Sanford Lobby|
|9:00-9:20||Welcome and Opening Remarks|
Eddy Malesky, Duke Center for International Development; Chair of the SEAREG Executive Council
|9:20-10:40||SEAREG Fellow Presentation #1|
Nguyen Dinh Tuan Vuong, University of Wisconsin
“The Persistent Health Effects of Defoliating Vietnam”
|11:00-12:20||SEAREG Fellow Presentation #2|
Songkhun Nillasithanukroh, University of Arkansas
“Turning Private Sector Resources into Political Power: Investigating the Utilization of Firm Resources for Electoral Purposes by Businessperson Politicians in Thailand”
|13:30-14:50||SEAREG Fellow Presentation #3|
Zhihang Ruan, Hunter College, City University of New York
"State-Building, Land Nationalization, and Fiscal Capacity in China and Vietnam"
|15:10-16:30||SEAREG Fellow Presentation #4|
Megan Ryan, University of Michigan
“Privileged Nation: Buddhist Nationalism, Regime Change, and Anti-Minority Mobilization in Myanmar”
|17:30-18:30||Happy Hour Poster Session||Penn Pavilion Garden Room|
|18:30-19:30||Banquet Dinner||Penn Pavilion Garden Room|
|19:30-20:30||State of the Field, Keynote Address|
Dan Slater, University of Michigan
|Penn Pavilion Garden Room|
|9:00-10:20||SEAREG Fellow Presentation #5|
Mai Truong, Marquette University
“Who Wants to Work with Pro-democracy Advocates? The Effects of Movements’ Blame Attribution and Social Mass Base on Movement Coalition Formation in Authoritarian Regimes”
SEAREG Thematic Sessions
Session #1: “Minority Representation and Social Dynamics in Southeast Asian Democracies”
This panel examines the intricate relationships between minority representation, migration, and nationalism within the political landscapes of Southeast Asian democracies.
Discussant: Darin Self, Brigham Young University
Session #2: “The Dynamics of Engagement: Field Experiments on Governance and Participation in Southeast Asia”
This panel delves into empirical field experiments that evaluate the impact of crisis response, community engagement, and gender inclusivity initiatives on local governance and civic participation in Southeast Asia.
Discussant: Erin Lin, Ohio State University
Session #3: “Democracy’s Unfinished Journey: Stability, Ideology, and Preferences in Post-Authoritarian Southeast Asia”
This panel ventures into the treacherous terrain that emerging democracies in Southeast Asia must navigate after toppling authoritarian rulers.
Discussant: Diana Kim, Georgetown University
|13:00-14:00||State of the Region, Keynote Address|
Prasenjit Duara, Duke University
|14:15-15:15||SEAREG General Meeting|
Governance & Constitutional Questions
|15:30-15:50||Wrap-up and Reflections||Sanford 223|
The airport is located two miles from the Durham city limits and 13 miles from downtown Durham.
- Residence Inn Durham McPherson/Duke University Medical Center Area is holding a room block for conference participants at 164 USD per night. Book your room at the group rate. Please note the last day to reserve a room at the group rate is Friday, Nov. 10, 2023.
Other nearby hotels
Info for Participants
Sanford building (Friday & Saturday)
201 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708 | map
The Sanford Building is located on Duke’s West Campus at the corner of Towerview Road and Science Drive. Duke Law School and Fuqua School of Business are across the street on Science Drive.
Penn Pavilion (Friday)
107 Union Dr., Durham, N.C. 27710 | map
The Garden Room is located on the lower level of Penn Pavilion.
Durham Bottling Co. (Thursday)
506 Ramseur St., Durham, N.C. 27701
DBCo, a historic industrial warehouse, is located in East Downtown Durham.
Durham bottle company (Thursday)
- There is a free parking lot next to DBC and adjacent to Krill restaurant.
Duke University (Friday & Saturday)
- There are a limited number of handicapped parking spots in front of the Sanford building.
Bryan Center Lot
To make the Q&A following each of the Fellows' presentations as smooth as possible, we ask that all attendees please adhere to SEAREG norms:
- Graduate students will have the first opportunity to ask questions and offer comments before the floor is opened to junior and senior faculty
- To be placed in the question/comment queue, please raise your hand (if in-person) or send a chat message to the meeting host (if online) with the following information:
- Whether your response is type (1) or type (2)
- Type 1 indicates a new question or comment
- Type 2 indicates a follow-up to the current question to which the presenter is responding
- Your title (e.g., grad student, faculty)
- The general nature of your feedback (e.g., empirics, methodology, discipline-related, literature, etc.)
- Whether your response is type (1) or type (2)
- Please keep your feedback as professional and as succinct as possible. These are working papers presented by colleagues and the goal of the session is to advance everyone’s thoughts on the subject matter at hand.
One of the features of SEAREG conferences is our Happy Hour Poster Session. During this informal section of the conference, approved attendees can share their unpublished research with colleagues and gain feedback in a casual setting.
Deadline to submit a proposal for the poster session: Nov. 22, 2023. You may submit your information for a poster on your registration form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first is a traditional, printed poster that is displayed on a board or wall (depending on the conference venue and host capacity). If you are looking for guidance, here is a website that has a downloadable template, advice (from LSE), and a video summarizing a “better poster” layout. In terms of size, we recommend a poster that would fit onto a “standard” poster board, or 24″ x 36″ (approx. 610 x 914 mm).
A second option is to present the poster digitally via your own laptop or large-screen tablet. The main advantages of this format are portability and cost-saving (no printing). The main challenge is making sure your audience can clearly see the information you present on your screen. Accordingly, for “digital posters,” we suggest having no more than 5 slides, organized as follows: (I) Research question/puzzle; (II) brief statement of your argument; (III) Research design; (IV) Highlight of 1-2 key findings; (V) Points about which you would like feedback.
Whichever format you choose, the point of the session is to share your research findings and gain feedback. The poster visuals are mainly a lure to draw an audience so you can chat with them about your work.
Please email Jack Daly at email@example.com.
SEAREG is grateful to the Henry Luce Foundation and Duke Asian/Pacific Studies Institute for their financial support to make this conference possible.