PAHMI is one of the conferences that I try to attend every year if possible. The subject matter is a close fit with my research interests and the conference is an excellent opportunity to hear and reflect on scholarly views from ‘across the pond’. This year, the conference was held at the Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia.
I presented a paper entitled “Palm Oil Intensification and Expansion in Indonesia and Malaysia: Environmental and Socio-Political Considerations”. The paper will be expanded into a full-length article for publication, as one of the outputs for the British Academy Project on Evidence-Based Forestry in Indonesia. The Prezi for the presentation can be found here.
ICAS 10 was a very productive academic experience for me. During the convention, I had the opportunity to be part of two panels. The first was a panel organized by the Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP) entitled Emerging and Continuing Trends in Southeast Asian Studies. I was invited to share my thoughts on the position of Environmental Politics in the field. I shared a paper entitled “Trends in Environmental Studies in Southeast Asia: Transboundary Haze”. The paper offered a rough literature review of Environmental Politics in Southeast Asia and also some recommendations for more inclusion of the area in the syllabi of Southeast Asian studies programmes around the region. The piece will also be included in an upcoming special edition of SEASREP’s Regional Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.