series of talks will explore a number of issues which have arisen from a
study of ethnogenesis, identity formation, state building, religious
reform, and socio-economic "modernization" in selected regions of
insular and peninsular Southeast Asia in the (late) modern period (late
19th century to the present). Clearly, none of these broad thematic
areas can be adequately studied on its own.
This talk is the first in a series of 3 lectures and explores the
theme of modernity, specifically by asking whether we can or should
speak of a distinctively Southeast Asian form, pattern, structure or
trajectory of modernity - a question which arises out of the
‘revisionist' literature on so-called alternative modernities.
Among Joel S. Kahn's many books are Other Malays (2006), Modernity
and Exclusion (2001), Southeast Asian Identities (ed., 1998), Culture,
Multiculture, Postculture (1995), and Constituting the Minangkabau (1993). His other writings include "State, Region, and the Politics of
Recognition" (forthcoming in National Integration and Regionalism in
Indonesia and Malaysia). He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of the
Social Sciences in Australia and has held appointments at Monash
University and University College London, among other institutions. He
serves or has served as an editorial board member of Critique of
Anthropology, Current Anthropology, and Ethnicities. His doctorate is
from the London School of Economics and Political Science.