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National University of Singapore
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260

Office: AS3/06-03
Email: seadak@nus.edu.sg
Tel: 65-65166865
Fax: 65-67776608
Homepage: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/seadak/
| Brief Introduction | Teaching Areas | Current Research | Publications

Brief Introduction Top

My research and teaching focuses on the politics and history of Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and East Timor. I am particularly interested in issues of political violence, social movements, collective action and human rights.

Teaching Areas Top

At NUS I have taught our department's large introductory module Southeast Asia: A Changing Region, second year modules on Politics in Southeast Asia and War in Southeast Asia, honours modules on Theory and Practice and Majorities and Minorities in Southeast Asia, and graduate seminars on Indonesia and Varieties of the State in Southeast Asia.

Current Research Top

My current research is focused on East Timor. One project is a micro-history of violence in a single locality over 300 years that aims to how recurrent violence has patterned and transformed both internal cleavages and alliances with supra-local actors, and how those solidarities and cleavages played out in the 'post-conflict' realms of transitional justice and political reconstruction. A second project examines the historical development of elites in East Timor from the mid-nineteenth century until the present.

Publications Top

  • My recent journal articles include:

    “Queens of Timor”, Archipel 84 (Nov. 2012), pp. 149-173.

    “Where are they now? The careers of army officers who served in East Timor in 1998-1999”, Indonesia 94 (Oct. 2012), pp. 111-130.

    (with Faizah Zakaria), “Detention in Mass Violence: Policy and Practice in Indonesia, 1965-1968”, Critical Asian Studies 44(3) (2012): 441-466.

    “Metaphors of Slavery in East Timor” Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies, Special Issue: Parts of Asia, 17/18 (2010): 257-280.

    “Subordinating Timor: Central authority and the origin of communal identities in East Timor,” Bijdragen tot de Tal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 166(2/3) (2010): 244-269.

    “Fragments of Utopia: Popular Yearnings in East Timor,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 40(2) (2009): 385-408.

    “A tape-recorder and a wink? Transcript of the May 29, 1983 Meeting Between Governor Carrascalão and Xanana Gusmão,” (translation) and “Commentary on the Transcript,” Indonesia 87 (2009): 73-102.

    Recent book chapters include:

    “Counter-revolutionary violence in Indonesia,” in Narayanan Ganesan and Sung Chull Kim, eds., State Violence and Political Transition in East Asia. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, forthcoming December 2012.

    “Between Violence and Negotiation: Rethinking the Indonesian Occupation and East Timorese Resistance,” in Michelle Miller, ed., Autonomy and Armed Separatism in South and Southeast Asia. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2012, 93-112.

    (with Katharine McGregor), “Introduction: The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia, 1965-1968,” in Kammen and McGregor, eds. The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia, 1965-1968. Singapore: NUS Press for ASAA, 2012, pp. 1-24.

    (with David Jenkins), “The Army Para-Commando Regiment and the Reign of Terror in Central Java and Bali,” in Kammen and McGregor, eds. The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia, 1965-1968. Singapore: NUS Press for ASAA, 2012, pp. 75-103.

    (with Yen-ling Tsai), “Anti-Communist Violence and the Ethnic Chinese in Medan, North Sumatra,” in Kammen and McGregor, eds. The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia, 1965-1968. Singapore: NUS Press ASAA, 2012, pp. 131-155.

    “The Armed Forces in Timor-Leste: Politicization through Elite Conflict,” in Marcus Mietzner, ed., The Political Resurgence of the Military in Southeast Asia: Conflict and Leadership. London and NY: Routledge, 2011, pp. 107-125.

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