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Student for a Day of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

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Student for a Day - Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Friday 28 February 2020
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Are you interested in studying the international bachelor's programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology? Do you want to know more about what it is like to study at Leiden University? Be a Cultural Anthropology and Development Student for a Day! By attending a lecture with a current anthropology student, you can learn all the ins-and-outs of this programme. 

Anthropology and Sociology of Modern Day South-East Asia

South-East Asia has been called many things, from a colonial construction to a residual category of the Cold War; an economic miracle without precedent or merely the backyard of its more successful neighbours to the East and the North. The course ‘Anthropology and Sociology of Modern Day South-East Asia’ focuses on the South-East Asian region in its own right dealing with how South-East Asia as a whole and its constituent nations have been imagined and shaped by various actors in present times, from powerful capital to its often porous borders, from dominant ethnicities to those living at the margins, and from local nationalist histories to pan-regional initiatives such as ASEAN. We shall scrutinize ideas of nation, state and citizenship by comparing examples from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines, among others.

Topics dealt with in this course include labour regimes and social inequalities, the new Asian middle class and its patterns of consumption, techno-nationalist state projects such as state car and telecoms industries, migration, popular religion, cultural heritage tourism, human rights, new sexual identities and the fate of Southeast Asia’s indigenous people in the 21st century.

What is South-East Asia’s place in today’s world, and in the minds of the colourful and widely divergent range of its own communities, people and citizens? While constantly questioning the merits of a comparative approach this course will strongly emphasize the how South-East Asians perceive of their own region, as our weekly sessions will include discussion of essays, poetry and newspaper clipping on current affairs, as well as scholarly analyses of regional experts.

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