South Asia Studies

Gender in Southeast Asian Art Histories at the University of Sydney

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“[I]n a supremely ambivalent gesture, the future Buddha leaves behind the many subaltern women who literally define his princely existence to seek a new transcendent state. Is this a protofeminist act or simply another in the apparently limitless reinventions of phallocentrism?” The question—taken from Ashley Thompson’s keynote lecture, which launched the Gender in Southeast Asian […]

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

A group of Southeast Asian descendants wants to be recognised as Indigenous Australians

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In 1826, an English merchant, Alexander Hare, brought a group of people from Malaysia and Indonesia as well as South Africa and New Guinea to an atoll northwest of mainland Australia in the Indian Ocean. Hare took them to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands as indentured workers, slaves and/or convicts. A year later, a Scottish rival, […]

ASAA books, Nepal, South Asia Studies

Transitional Justice in Nepal: Interests, Victims and Agency

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Transitional Justice in Nepal: Interests, Victims and Agency has recently been published by Routledge as part of the Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) South Asian Series. In the Maoist heartland in Rolpa I met a female ex-combatant from the People’s Liberation Army (the Maoist rebels’ army). She explained to me that before the conflict […]

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