TIMOR-LESTE STUDIES INITIATIVE
Indonesia and Timor-Leste Studies Committee
Southeast Asia Council | Association of Asian Studies
With generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Southeast Asia Council’s (SEAC) Indonesia and Timor-Leste Studies Committee (ITLSC) at the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) has recently launched a new initiative to raise the profile of Timor-Leste studies in North America. In addition to calling greater attention to Timor-Leste in institutions of higher learning, the initiative aims to establish sustainable participation of Timorese scholars in the wider academy.
The study of Timor-Leste’s history, culture and society is woefully underrepresented in North America, and this initiative will be an important step in developing the competencies and networks required to ensure a sustainable future for scholarship on this important member of the Southeast Asian family of nations.
As a first step, SEAC and the ITLSC organized a series of panels, workshops and exhibits at the annual meetings of the AAS in Toronto (2017) and Washington DC (2018).
The Timor-Leste Studies Initiative is also affiliated with of the world-wide Timor-Leste Studies Association.
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