5th Pre-Conference Virtual Workshop of the Timor-Leste Studies Initiative @ the Association for Asian Studies

We are pleased to announce the 5th Pre-Conference Virtual Workshop of the Timor-Leste Studies Initiative @ the Association for Asian Studies on March 11-18th, 2022. The project has several aims including the promotion of Timor-Leste Studies in the Americas, the development of teaching materials and distance language learning (i.e. Tetum), and the support for archival projects on Timor-Leste and East Timorese scholars.

The workshop will be held online. 11th, 12th, and 18th March (East Timor time)

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The workshop which will be held online via ZOOM (links to come). Papers will be circulated among panelists before the workshop. Each panel will be assigned a discussant and panelists will provide directed feedback on the papers.

To register for this event please click here

If you have registered for this event you can access the Zoom links with a passcode here (passcode will be emailed to registered 48hours prior to the event)

Tentative Schedule:

Panel 1. Culture, Religion and Education (100 minutes session)

Time: 0:00 AM 11th March in East Timor, 5:00 AM 10th March in Honolulu

Miria Asaba, “Lao Hamutuk: Parallel Existence of Kultura and Catholicism in Oecusse, Timor-Leste”

Alberto Fidalgo Castro, “Of Sacred Things, Taboos, and Orthopraxis: The Concept of Lulik in Timor-Leste”

Rahul Goswami, UNESCO 2003 Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage and Timorese Culture (Title TBC)

Sheena M. Harris, Historical Narratives and School Education (title TBC)

Discussants:  Josh Trindade and Amy Rothschild 

Round Table Session on ‘The Future of Timor-Leste Studies’ (75 minutes session)

Time; 9:00 AM 12 Saturday March in East Timor, 14:00 PM 11th Friday March in Honolulu

Moderator: David Webster

Panel 2. International Relations and Political Economy (100 minutes session)

Time: 10:30 AM 12th (Saturday) March in East Timor, 15:30 PM 10th (Friday) in Honolulu

Chales Scheiner, “The Resource Curse in Timor-Leste”

Laurentina ‘Mica’ Barreto Soares, “Foreign Aid and Local Perceptions: The Case of China’s Foreign Aid to Timor-Leste”

Alarico Ximenes, “East Timor Geopolitics in Southeast Asia: East Timor Hedging Strategy vis-a-vis Australia and Indonesia”

Discussants: Takahiro Kamisuna and Ahmad Rizky Mardhatillah Umar

Panel 3: Political Movements and their Histories (100 minutes session)

Time: 22:00 PM 18th (Friday) March in East Timor, 03:00 AM in Honolulu on the same day.

Marisa Ramos Gonçalves, “Researching East Timorese Ideas of Human Rights and Justice”

Chris Lundry, “The East Timor Action Network: Advocacy, Polyarchy, and Lobbying Success on behalf of Self-Determination”

Takahiro Kamisuna, “Nationalism in Transition: Construction and Transformation of Rai Timor”

Ivo Mateus Gonçalves, “Debunking the Indonesian Official Myth: The East Timor Student Movement and Their Media”

Discussants: David Webster, Michael Leach, and Doreen Lee

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