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[Conference] The 6th Asian Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies

11-15 JULY 2011

Organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore Venue: Faculty of Law, Block B Level 4, 469 Bukit Timah Road,

National University of Singapore @ Bukit Timah Campus

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) was established as a university-level institute in July 2001 as one of the strategic initiatives of the National University of Singapore (NUS). It aims to provide a world-class focus and resource for research on the Asian region, located at one of its communication hubs. ARI engages the social sciences broadly defined, and especially interdisciplinary frontiers between and beyond disciplines.

One of ARI’s aims is to foster research on Southeast Asia, in particular by scholars from the region. To this end, it conducts the Asian Research Scholars programme, bringing more than 35 such graduate students to Singapore each year for a two and a half month period of research, mentoring and participation in an academic writing workshop. Towards the end of this period, we hold the Asian Graduate Forum.

The 6th Asian Graduate Forum is one of ARI's flagship events, a three-day workshop for graduate students who work on Southeast Asia. Held toward the end of the Asian Research Scholars Programme 2011, the Forum provides a platform for postgraduate students who are at an advanced stage to present their work, and also to communicate and interact, as they mature into the next generation of academic leaders.

The participants include ARI's Asian scholars, as well as graduate students from Singapore and other parts of the world. The unifying factor is that the research is on Southeast Asia, although the sessions are organised thematically around issues in Asian dynamics of religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, population and social change, etc. In addition to student presentations, three experts of the region share their insights on challenges and issues facing contemporary social science scholarship in Southeast Asia.


PANEL 15 – MALAYSIAN HISTORY & POLITICS China-Malaysia Relations Reconsidered: A Quantitative Study on Public Reflection Kankan Xie Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University, USA

Bo Fan Department of Mathematic, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

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