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Modern Southeast Asia: Colonial Legacies, Lasting Diversities is a two-week residential institute for college and university teachers that will be hosted on the East-West Center campus in Honolulu by the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP). The institute will examine Southeast Asia in its broad geographical and historical context as a distinctive cultural crossroads that was subject to competing colonial interests from the 17th to the early 20th century and that remains one of the most linguistically, ethnically and religiously diverse regions of the world.

Applicants accepted into this program are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis, which includes a final project. Participants will receive support for travel and lodging. Preference will be given to applications from individuals and teams from minority-serving institutions.

Click here to learn more about the Summer Institute https://www.eastwestcenter.org/ASDP-2024ModernSEAsiaInstitute.

Dates: July 29-August 9, 2024

Location: East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai‘i


Applications must be submitted by March 12, 2024

Application Information

Applications are sought from humanities and social science teachers committed to infusing institute content into their undergraduate courses and to developing Southeast Asian studies offerings on their campuses. Twenty participants will be selected with a target of including five to seven institutional teams, supplemented with a small number of individual participants. Preference will be given to applications from individuals and teams from minority-serving institutions.

Applications should include (1) an institutional letter of support, (2) current CV and (3) an essay (up to 1,500 words) providing relevant information about your personal and academic background; your reasons for applying to this program; how you anticipate the Institute will impact your teaching and/or research; and a statement about how participating in the program will help further the growth of Asian studies at your school.

Team Applications: Each member of an institutional team must submit an individual application as described above, which should include a paragraph identifying fellow team members and the institutional goals of participating in the program.

Note: Any institutional teams that submitted applications for both the 2023 and 2024 institutes this past year should resubmit the relevant team member applications to ensure consideration for the 2024 program.

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This Institute is part of ASDP's multiyear project on Enhancing Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum. This project, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, seeks to enhance Asian studies offerings at undergraduate-serving colleges and universities, with a focus on minority-serving institutions.

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