JSSEAS & NIHU-MAPS Joint Conference “Southeast Asia as Critical Crossroads: Dialogues with Anthony Reid” (Information as of 6/30/2023)

JSSEAS & NIHU-MAPS Joint Conference

Southeast Asia as Critical Crossroads: Dialogues with Anthony Reid (TBD)

PROGRAM (as of June 30)

Date: July 22-23, 2023

Venue: Toyo University – Hakusan campus https://www.toyo.ac.jp/about/access/hakusan/

*The event will also be live-streamed online through Webex

Language: English

Day 1: July 22(Sat)


Session 1. Reading A History of Southeast Asia: Critical Crossroads (TBD)

10:00-10:10 Opening remarks: Masao Imamura and Kazufumi Nagatsu

10:10-10:30 “Southeast Asian Genius: How the Region Manages Its Diversity?” Noriyuki Osada

10:30-10:50 “Southeast Asia as Method?” Akiko Iijima

10:50-11:10 “Towards Mainstreaming Southeast Asia: from the Viewpoints of History Education and Scholarship Review” Shiro Momoki

11:10-11:25 Break

11:25-11:45 “Southeast Asia in Global History: Trade, Economic Growth and the Environment” Kaoru Sugihara

11:45-12:05 “Social Structures and Historical Conjunctures: A Comparative View from China” Mio Kishimoto

12:05-12:20 Reply from Anthony Reid


Session 2. Anthony Reid and Southeast Asian Studies(TBD)

13:30-13:35 Opening remarks

13:35-13:50 “What is Vernacularization?” Masao Imamura

13:50-14:05 “Lessons on Gender from Southeast Asia” Yoko Hayami

14:05-14:20 “Environmental “Turns” in Historiography: Impact on Southeast Asian Studies” Farizah Zakaria

14:20-14:35 “Economic History and the Chinese Century” Atsushi Ota

14:35-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:20 Break

15:20-16:05 “Southeast Asian Studies in US, Australia and Japan: A partly autobiographical comparison” Anthony Reid

16:05-16:25 Comments: Michael Feener (& TBA)

16:25-16:50 Discussion

17:30-19:00 Reception at the venue (Toyo University)

DAY 2: July 23 (Sun)


Session 3. Commodity, People and Frontier: An Alternative Approach to Southeast Asian History in Japan (TBD)

10:00-10:05 Opening remarks: Kazufumi Nagatsu

10:05-10:20 “Introduction: Commodity, Peoples and Frontier in Southeast Asian Maritime World” Kazufumi Nagatsu

10:20-10:40 “Austronesian Inter-islands Networks and Marine Resources Use: Cases of Prehistoric Island Southeast Asia and Oceania” Rintaro Ono

10:40-11:00 “Trepang and Manilamen: Sea Cucumbers beyond Southeast Asian History” Jun Akamine

11:00-11:10 “Mangroves in History: Gates of Parallel World” Shinji Suzuki

11:10-11:30 Tea Break

11:10-11:30 “Gambir and its Frontiers in the Southeast Asian Archipelago” Kei Nishimura

11:50-12:10 “Complex Realities of Sweet Bananas: A Commodity for Thought on the Crossroad between the Philippines and Japan” Masako Ishii

12:10-13:20 Lunch Break

13:20-13:30 Comments from Southeast Asian Studies in Japan: Noriyuki Osada

13:30-13:40 Comments from Commodity Studies: TBA

13:40-14:00 Comments: Anthony Reid

14:00-14:20 Open Discussion

14:20-14:30 Closing remarks: Atsushi Ota

Abstracts (selects and tentative) can be viewed from the following link:


The final program, including all the abstracts, will be made available later at the website of the Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies: https://www.jsseas.org/en/category/guide-en/



If you wish to attend this event, “Southeast Asia as Critical Crossroads: Dialogues with Anthony Reid,” either in-person or online, please register by July 10 (23:59 JST) using this Google form: https://forms.gle/6iFhHKMtKje8SvpZ9

Due to limited space at the venue, registration may not guarantee in-person attendance. The organizers will send a confirmation email to every in-person participant by July 11.

There is no space limit to online (WebEx) participation. Because we need to send a link to all the online participants, please register even if you are attending online only.

We hope you will join this event.


for inquiries please contact: Masao Imamura (Yamagata University)

imamura[at]human.kj.yamagata-u.ac.jp, imamuramasao[at]gmail.com

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