2023 SEASIA Executive Committee Meeting Held in Kyoto

The SEASIA Executive Committee held its meeting in Kyoto, Japan on November 6, 2023. The Executive Committee is composed of Prof. Antoinette Raquiza, Chair of SEASIA; Prof. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao; Prof. Ahmad Najib Burhani; and Prof. Mieno Fumiharu. Also present was Special Advisor Dr. Julius Bautista. The regional secretariat is currently based in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University.

This is the first in-person meeting of the Committee since the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.  Marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the SEASIA Consortium, the Executive Committee reviewed the history and achievements of the Consortium and engaged in lively, substantive discussions aimed at assessing the future directions of Southeast Asian studies and the Consortium’s role in promoting area studies, strengthening the linkages among Consortium members, and enhancing networking between the Consortium and other institutions within and beyond the Asian region.

The Consortium, fresh from the success of the Asian Conference for Young Scholars of Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (AYSEA 2023) organized by the Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies of Academia Sinica, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Institute of International Relations of the National Chengchi University, and the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation in Taipei in September 11-12, 2023, is now preparing for the 2024 Biennial Conference, which will be held in Manila on July 18-20, and is hosted by the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

The Executive Committee of SEASIA held its first in-person meeting since the Covid-19 pandemic in Kyoto on November 6, 2023.  From left: Prof. Kono Yasuyuki (former chair of the Kyoto Secretariat), Executive Committee members Prof. Ahmad Najib Burhani and Prof. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Prof. Antoinette Raquiza (Chair, Executive Committee), Prof. Mieno Fumiharu, Julius Bautista (Special Advisor), and Caroline Hau (Kyoto Secretariat).