[TimorLesteStudies] Timor-Leste Studies Workshop in Washington, 22 March 2018
mleach at swin.edu.au
Tue Dec 12 10:04:08 AEDT 2017
TIMOR-LESTE STUDIES PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP
ASSOCIATION FOR ASIAN STUDIES | WASHINGTON DC | MARCH 22. 2018
A SPECIAL EVENT SPONSORED BY
THE SOUTHEAST ASIA COUNCIL & THE INDONESIA AND TIMOR-LESTE STUDIES COMMITTEE
WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE HENRY LUCE FOUNDATION
Provisional Program of Events
9-9:30am Coffee, Welcome
9:30 - 11am Current Trends in Research on Timor-Leste
11-11:30am Coffee + Exhibit
11:30am-1pm Archives and Source Materials for Timor-Leste Studies
2:30-4:00pm Historical Justice: Issues and Questions
4-4:30pm Coffee + Exhibit
4:30-5:00pm Handover to Timor-Leste Studies Association, North America Chapter
Current Trends in Research on Timor-Leste (chaired by David Hicks)
In contrast to the lengthy research-poor period during which Timor-Leste was under the successive colonial governments of Portugal and Indonesia, a great deal of research is now being conducted in this independent nation-state. So it now seems the time to assess the nature of this work, and the results it has produced.
Accordingly, this panel considers current research, and that conducted in the recent past, by scholars in a range of academic disciplines, but also by practitioners, officers of national and international organizations, and others. The research domains to be dealt with embrace an extensive array of topics—including national, regional, and local politics; administrative issues (national and local); economy and finance; NGOs; religion; democracy; local traditions; health; and demography.
Archives and Source Materials for Timor-Leste Studies (chaired by David Webster)
Although long neglected in scholarly studies of Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste has begun to receive more academic attention in recent years. Building on insights from last year’s pre-conference workshop in Toronto, this panel will examine the growing base of source material available in Timor-Leste studies by examining archival sources and the role they play in historical memory. We will attempt to map future strategies to compile archival and other pertinent source materials. The panel will also survey those materials likely to be valuable in advancing the study of Timor-Leste in North American universities including – but not limited to – music, language and literature.
Historical Justice: Issues and Questions (chaired by Michael Leach & Elizabeth Drexler)
Fifteen years after the restoration of Independence, historical justice remains a key issue in Timor-Leste's political life. Though post-independence governments have favored reconciliation with Indonesia over justice for victims, some progress has been evident in recent months with the establishment of the Centro Nacional Chega!—a successor body to the CAVR (Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation), which will become a permanent human rights record and archive. This panel will explore issues of historical justice in contemporary Timor-Leste, examining the positions of the state, victims’ groups, legal associations, the Church and other actors. It will also examine the way issues of historical justice affect broader nation-building issues of
school curriculum development, and influence themes in popular culture, and in political campaigns.
Queries and requests for further information may be sent to Richard Fox (rfox at eth.uni-heidelberg.de)
Although one must register to attend the AAS conference itself, the TL workshop is free and open to all.
Additional information is at https://berubah.org/timor-leste-studies-initiative/<https://berubah.org/timor-leste-studies-initiative/> , which will be updated periodically.
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