Southeast Asia-related Events at MLA 2020 in Seattle

Southeast Asia-related Events at MLA 2020 in Seattle.

Southeast Asia and the Oceanic.” 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Jan 9, 2020. WSCC Skagit 3

Panelists seek to add Southeast Asian perspectives to the transnational conversations on the oceanic, a critical framework that challenges national and land-based notions of literary and cultural studies. Oceanic imaginaries and methodologies are vital undercurrents in the study of Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian diasporic texts. This body of texts offers complex aesthetics and poetics of water bodies, water worlds, and postcolonial cultures. Related Material: For related material, write to after 1 Dec.

Presider: Joanne Leow, U of Saskatchewan


William Arighi, Springfield C

Nazry Bahrawi, Singapore U of Tech. and Design

Cheryl Narumi Naruse, Tulane U

Vinh Nguyen, U of Waterloo

E. K. Tan, Stony Brook U, State U of New York

Respondent: Vicente Rafael, U of Washington, Seattle


Settler Colonialism in Southeast Asia.” 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Jan 10, 2020. WSCC 619

Presider: Sheela Jane Menon, Dickinson C


1: Making Context Tangible through Form: Articulation of Life under Colonization through Graphic Storytelling

Shiladitya Sen, Montclair State U

2: Libraries, Archives, and Colonialism in Indonesia

Zoë McLaughlin, Michigan State U

3: Chinese Settler Colonialism in Sarawak: Sinophone and Anglophone Literary Perspectives from Elsewhere

Fiona Lee, U of Sydney

Respondent: Yu-ting Huang, Wesleyan U


Southeast Asian and Australian Literary and Cultural Connections.” 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Jan 11, 2020. WSCC Skagit 3

Panelists examine literary-cultural connections between Southeast Asian countries and Australia. What relationships between Southeast Asia and Australia emerge in literary representations? How do race, racism, and racial identification factor into these relationships? Do specific literary genres affect the structure and significance of these relationships and representations?

Presider: Weihsin Gui, U of California, Riverside


Ruth Yvonne Hsu, U of Hawai‘i, Mānoa

Eunice Ying Ci Lim, Penn State U, University Park

M. O’Brien, Central Washington U

Samuel Perks, Nanyang Technological U

Zhouling Tian, U of Wollongong

Elisabeth Arti Wulandari, Clarkson U


Transmedia Engagement and the Performance of Place in Southeast Asia.” 3:30 PM–4:45 PM Jan 11, 2020. WSCC Skagit 2

Presider: Brian Bernards, U of Southern California


1: Searching for a Global Place: Soh29 the Epic in Bali and Beyond

Jennifer Goodlander, Indiana U, Bloomington

2: The Expanding Island: Transmedial Critiques of Land Reclamation in Singapore

Joanne Leow, U of Saskatchewan

3: Mirror Space: The Unlocatability of Vietnamese People and Literature

Minh Vu, Yale U

4: Image Is Flat, Air Is Thick: Meteorological Media and the Visualization of the Southeast Asian Transboundary Haze

Nadine Chan, Claremont Graduate U


Southeast Asian Diasporic Authors in Conversation.” 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Jan 12, 2020. WSCC Skagit 3

A creative conversation among (and reading of excerpts by) authors whose acclaimed writings traverse and intersect with Southeast Asia, Australia, the United Kingdom, and North America. Authors discuss how their use of different genres (fiction, poetry, plays, comics) enables diverse imaginings of Southeast Asia and diaspora as complex modes of subjectivity, as imagined and lived spaces and regions, and as histories.

Presider: Brian Bernards, U of Southern California


Philip Holden, scholar-author

Lydia Kwa, author

Sonny Liew, comic artist-illustrator

Chi Vu, Victoria U, Melbourne

CFP: special issue of Antipodes journal on Southeast Asian & Australian Literary & Cultural Connections

CFP: special issue of Antipodes journal on Southeast Asian and Australian Literary and Cultural Connections

We invite essay submissions for a special issue of Antipodes, journal of the American Association for Australasian Studies (AAALS) on the topic of Southeast Asian and Australian Literary and Cultural Connections. This special section will be guest edited by Weihsin Gui (University of California-Riverside) and Cheryl Narumi Naruse (Tulane University).

Although there are numerous monographs and essay anthologies in the social sciences on the political, historical, and social ties between Southeast Asia and Australia, with one exception there has not been a recent substantive study of literary and cultural productions that arise because of such connections. José Wendell Capili’s recent literary history, Migrations and Mediations (2016), traces the emergence and growth of Southeast Asian diasporic writing in Australia from the 1970s to the present day. Building on Capili’s work, we welcome essays on authors such as Teo Hsu-ming, Lau Siew Mei, Simone Lazaroo, Beth Yahp, Julie Koh, Dewi Anggraeni, Nam Le, Hoa Pham, Merlinda Bobis, Arlene Chai among others.

The submission deadline is March 2, 2020. Essays should be 5500-7000 words in length and follow the latest MLA citation style and Antipodes guidelines. Arguments should address one or more of the following questions: What kind of relationships between specific Southeast Asian countries/cultures and Australia emerge in the literary text you are writing about? How does national and diasporic identity, migrant and refugee subjectivity, colonialism and racism/racial identification factor into these relationships? Does the specific genre of a literary text (for e.g. memoir, short story, lyric poetry) affect the structure and significance of these relationships and representations?

Please contact the guest editors Weihsin Gui ( and Cheryl Narumi Naruse ( if you have any questions. All essays should be submitted through the journal’s website (see below) and must go through peer review and editorial evaluation per the journal’s standing policy. Antipodes is published by Wayne State University Press. More information about the journal and submission process can be found here: