Regional Social & Cultural Studies

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The RSCS programme studies and examines the history, sociology and anthropology of national and transnational processes within Southeast Asia. Specifically, RSCS is concerned with ethnographic practices and theory-building in the areas of contemporary histories, nation-building, ethnicity, religion, class and popular culture in the region.

Key research areas are the processes of nation-building, civil society and religion, cultural globalisation and identity-making, contemporary politics, and democratisation and multiculturalism in Southeast Asia.

The programme publishes the internationally-refereed SOJOURN thrice a year. The journal covers topics on urbanisation, migration, ethnicity, religion, popular culture, nation-building, civil society, family and gender.

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  1. Religion in Southeast Asia

For more information, please contact the Coordinators Dr Norshahril Saat and Dr Terence Chong

  1. China and Southeast Asia in the 21st Century

For more information, please contact the Coordinator Professor Leo Suryadinata

  1. Media, Technology and Society

For more information, please contact the Coordinator Ms Lee Sue-Ann

The Politics of Art in Southeast Asia Seminar Series ran from 2016 – 2020