Event Highlights

Seminar: Is Thailand Ripe for Liberalism?


Aiming to add one small piece to the larger regional jigsaw, this talk answered some basic questions about liberalism in Thailand. Does Thailand have a liberal tradition? To what extent have Western liberal thinkers captured the imagination of Thai intellectuals? Is Thailand now ripe for liberalism?


10th Outreach Programme for University Students (OPUS) Lecture Series with Niigata University


ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute held its Outreach Programme for University Students (OPUS) Lecture Series with Niigata University Students on 3 March 2017.


Seminar on Ironies of Theory and Practice: Singapore New Wave Cinema


Running the Singapore “new wave” through Gilles Deleuze’s ruminations on the “movement-image” and “time-image”, Gerald Sim recalibrated our understanding of film history and world history, retheorised local film aesthetics, and proffered an understanding of Singapore’s spatial imagination. 


Seminar on UMNO: Neither Yesterday, Nor Tomorrow


28 February 2017, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah (right), Chief Secretary of Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) and Director (Strategic and Social Development) of Institute Darul Ehsan, highlighted that UMNO today is very different from what it was before, and is not suited for the future. The seminar was chaired by Dr Ooi Kee Beng (left), Deputy Director, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.


Seminar on Malaysia: Islamisation, the Constitution and the Road Ahead


Friday, 24 February, Emeritus Professor Shad Saleem Faruqi (right), holder of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Chair in Law at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, delivered a presentation on Islam and the Malaysian constitution chaired by Dr Norshahril Saat (left), Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.


Seminar on “The 2017 Indonesian Regional Elections: A Preamble to the 2019 Presidential Election?”


The 2017 round of simultaneous direct local elections (Pilkada) taking place on 15 February in Indonesia bore great significance for national politics. At stake was not only the Jakarta governorship, but also the presidency in 2019, as President Joko Widodo had shown that whoever wins the Jakarta election may have a shot at the presidency.


Seminar on Sabah and Sarawak: “Perspectives on Federal-State Relationship, Identity and Current Issues”


The seminar highlighted and discussed some results of a survey conducted by Merdeka Center for Opinion Research for ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute on respondents from the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.


Book Launch for The Veil of Circumstance, by Minister Ong Ye Kung


 ISEAS is honoured to have Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence launch “The Veil of Circumstance” by Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller, Visiting Senior Fellow, at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.


Workshop on Circulating the Bay of Bengal, Miraculously: Translating Wonder and Travel in Southeast Asia


This workshop aims to collect histories of travel, enchantment and wonder in Southeast Asia across the longue durée. In doing so, it brought together scholars whose work spans the geographic and temporal scope of societies, from the medieval era to the modern period, with a focus on ‘magical’ connections. The workshop argues, in trying to write a connected social and cultural history of the Bay of Bengal, it is essential that the histories of religious enchantment, religious history, mobile saints, missionaries, mediums, Gods, spirits and other travellers be collected as well.


ASEAN Lecture by Professor Amitav Acharya on “ASEAN at 50: Reflections on Its Past, Present and Future”


Professor Amitav Acharya, The Boeing Company Chair in International Relations of the Schwarzman Scholars Program, Tsinghua University; and Distinguished Professor of International Relations, American University delivered a Lecture titled “ASEAN at 50: Reflections on Its Past, Present and Future” at the ASEAN Lecture Series organised by the ASEAN Studies Centre.