It is generally agreed that most existing knowledge referred to in social sciences and humanities is ‘Western’-based and that most research studies in these fields tend to draw on theories and methods developed from ‘the West’. However, this tendency is not unquestioned in research practices and knowledge production processes. For example, Chen (2010) argues that many socio-political constructs in Asia cannot just be explained by Western models of society and/or scholarship. In some ways, these constructs are the product of localization of the broader Western mode. In the same vein, Chen proposes that scholars from Asia need to engage more with ‘Asian’ knowledge.
The argument has laid a foundation for the ‘Asia as Method’ project that has been initiated and pursued by both supervisors and PhD students in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia. “Asia as Method’ aims at creating a dialogue with the West’s and Asia’s knowledge and theories that can be applied in educational research. This project has received full support from the Faculty and University, including funding and expertise provision. Currently, more than 30 PhD candidates from 14 different Asian countries are participating and driving the project forward. Their supervisors offer academic advice and help bring in expert knowledge to the project. Most of these PhD students are experienced teachers and researchers in their home universities and maintain a strong connection with their countries while pursuing their studies in Australia.
Inspired by this project, the 3rd Engaging with Vietnam Conference 2011 wishes to take a step further. It hopes to engage with problems, challenges and proposals associated with the adoption of ‘Western’ theories in research about Asian contexts and how local ‘Asian’ cultures and scholarship may mediate them. The conference would particularly like to encourage East–West dialogues and Asia–Asia conversations, in which scholars engage in a dialogical sharing of how knowledge produced and/or developed by ‘Asian’ thinking and scholarship could contribute to the social sciences and humanities as well as Asian studies in Asia. We would like to see how these dialogues and conversations could create a platform for meaningful knowledge production for, by, with, and in Asia, and how this process may impact research and scholarship in other parts of the world. We would also like to encourage conversations where the notions of East, West, Asia and local knowledge are problematised. Likewise, we are interested in engaging with alternative concepts.
Please click here to download the Conference Program: 3rd EWV Conference Program_2011.
His Excellency Allaster Cox, former Auastralian Ambassador to Vietnam. Mr. Cox was most recently Assistant Secretary, Global Issues Branch in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Overseas, he has served as High Commissioner in Brunei Darussalam (2001-04), Deputy Head of Mission in Kuala Lumpur (1998-2000), First Secretary, later Counsellor in Jakarta (1992-96) and Third, later Second Secretary in Brunei (1988-1990).
In Canberra, Mr Cox was Assistant Secretary, United States Branch (2006-07), Assistant Secretary, Asia, Americas and Trade Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2004-06), Director, Indonesia Section (1997-98) and Director, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Section (1996-97).
Mr Cox holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degrees from the University of Sydney. He joined the public service in 1987. Mr Cox is married and has two children. He speaks Indonesian and Malay.
Duong Trung Quoc, National Assembly Member; Secretary General of Viet Nam’s Association of Historians
Duong Trung Quoc is well known in Viet Nam as an editor, a journalist, a researcher, and an elected representative of the people. After he graduated from Hanoi University with a Bachelor of Arts in History his career started in the mid-sixties at the Institute of Historical Sciences and culminated with his becoming its Deputy Director in 1988. He was elected the same year Secretary General of the Association of Vietnamese Historians, one of the first non-governmental organizations in the country. Editor-in-chief of the Association’s publication “Yesterday & Today” (Xua và Nay) since 1994, he has always defined himself as “a storyteller more than a historian” (his own words), embodying in his theories and writings his faith in the principle of “revisiting the past to understand the present”. That analytical approach characterizes his thought-provoking statements at the National Assembly where he has served since 2002 (XIth and XIIth Terms) in the Culture, Education and Youth Committee. In the same challenging spirit, Mr. Quoc has been on the forefront of many national debates, such as the urgency to preserve the nation’s collective memory, its historical landmarks, and the need to overhaul the country’s educational system, among others.
His open-mindedness and novel frame of mind are equally appreciated by colleagues and friends across the world. A member of the Vietnam-US, Vietnam-France and Vietnam- North Africa Caucuses and an executive member of the VN-US Friendship Association, Mr. Quoc, the historian, is frequently asked to speak at international conferences and colloquiums for the Viet Nam of today.
(Source: Tri Viet University, http://www.trivietuniversity.edu.vn)
Dr. Liam Kelley is an Associate Professor in the History Department at the Univeristy of Hawaii at Manoa. His research and teaching focuses on mainland Southeast Asian history, and premodern Vietnamese history. Dr. Kelley is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies. He has published a book on envoy poetry (thơ đi sứ), co-edited a book on China’s Southern frontiers, and published articles and book chapters on the invention of traditions in medieval Vietnam, the emergence of Vietnamese nationalism and spirit writing (giáng bút) in early twentieth century Vietnam. He has also completed English translations of the outer annals (ngoại kỷ) of the Đại Việt sử ký toàn thư and the Khâm định Việt sử thông giám cương mực. Dr. Kelley is currently writing a monograph on the modern search for Viet origins and developing his arts-inspired interests on knowledge production which can be found on his personal blog (leminhkhai.wordpress.com) and its associated YouTube channel.
Dr. Liam Kelley, since 2011, has been co-developing the Engaging with Vietnam initiative with Dr. Phan Le Ha.
Dr. Viv Edwards is Professor of Language in Education at the University of Reading where she is also Director of the National Centre for Language and Literacy. She is editor of the international journal, Language and Education, and has published widely in the area of learning and teaching in multilingual classrooms. Her publications include Learning to be literate: multilingual perspectives (Multilingual Matters, 2009), Multilingualism in the English-speaking world (Blackwell 2004; British Association of Applied Linguistics Book of the Year, 2005) and The Power of Babel: teaching and learning in multilingual classrooms (Trentham 1998). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Dr. T. Ruanni F. Tupas is an English Language Teaching (ELT) practitioner with twenty years experience teaching proficiency, academic writing and professional communication courses. He is currently Senior Lecturer at the Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore, where he is one of the Centre’s recipients of this year’s Commendation for Teaching Excellence. He regularly travels around the region as Project Director (with KC Lee) of a three-year localization project in ELT curriculum development in Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia, through a SGD$485,000 grant from Temasek Foundation Singapore. He was the 2009 Andrew Gonzalez Distinguished Professorial Chair Holder in Linguistics and Language Education awarded by the Linguistic Society of the Philippines, and a 2008 National Book Award Finalist for the edited volume, (Re)making society: The politics of language, discourse and identity in the Philippines (University of the Philippines Press, 2007). He has recently been appointed as member of the Advisory Board of Language Teaching.
Dr. Carlyle A. Thayer is Emeritus Professor, The University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. He was educated at Brown and holds an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies from Yale and a PhD in International Relations from The Australian National University. Professor Thayer is a Vietnam country expert and a Southeast Asia regional specialist. He has over 400 publications to his name including: Vietnam People’s Army: Development and Modernization.
Bandar Seri Begawan: Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, 2009 and War By Other Means:
National Liberation and Revolution in Vietnam, 1954-1960. Boston and London: Unwin Hyman Ltd., 1989.
Dr. Greg Dimitriadis is Full Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. His earliest work focused on urban youth culture, including the role and importance of non-traditional educational sites, curricula, and programs. His more recent work has dealt with the changing nature of higher education today, including the ways new, global flows of people, ideas, and technologies have challenged traditional and narrow notions of academic “expertise” and “competence.” Dimitriadis has authored or co-authored eight academic books and co-edited another four. He has also authored or co-authored over 50 articles and book chapters (many of which have been reprinted) in journals including Journal of Education Policy, Teachers College Record, British Journal of Sociology of Education, and Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Dimitriadis most recent book, Critical Dispositions: Evidence and Expertise in Education, was published by Routledge in 2011.
Dr. Philip Hirsch is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sydney. He is Director of the Mekong Research Group and chairs the Executive Committee of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Professor Hirsch has research interests in natural resource management and land issues, rural change and the politics of environment and development in Southeast Asia, notably Thailand, Cambodia Laos and Vietnam and the wider Mekong Region. He has been involved with collaborative field projects in each country. He has published widely on environment and development in Southeast Asia and is involved in research and teaching networks among geographers and others in a number of Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam. Professor Hirsch is fluent in spoken and written Thai and Lao, speaks and writes intermediate Vietnamese and elementary Khmer.
Dr. Charles E. Morrison has been president of the East-West Center since 1998. He has been associated with the Center since 1980 in various capacities, including heading its former Institute of Economics and Politics. A U.S. Senate aide early in his career, he has also been a research associate at the Japan Center for International Exchange. Morrison has served as the international chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council since 2005, and is a member of other national and international bodies that promote trans-Pacific security and economic cooperation. His Ph.D. is from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he also once taught on Southeast Asia. He speaks and publishes widely on U.S. Asia policy issues and the countries of the region, and gives special emphasis to regional cooperation, particularly the APEC process.
Publications in recent years include ·Four Adjectives Become a Noun: APEC the Future of Asia-Pacific Cooperation; ·An APEC Trade Agenda? The Political Economy of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific; ·Leadership Succession and U.S. Foreign Policy: Implications for East Asia; ·Japan, ASEAN, and East Asia from an American Perspective.
Associate Professor Dr. Phan Van Que is Dean of the Graduate School of English Language Education, Hanoi University of Business and Technology (HUBT), Vietnam. Prior to this, Dr. Phan was Vice President (Academic Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of English and Modern Languages, Hanoi Open University. He was the Governing Board Member of Vietnam to SEAMEO SEAMOLEC from 2001 to 2011.
Phan Van Que is the recipient of several projects funded by the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam, including those in the areas of foreign language policy and distance education in Southeast Asian countries.
Phan Van Que sees himself as a mobile scholar. He received his education in Vietnam and Australia. His research areas embed mobility in many ways, including the research sites, nature of inquiry and knowledge flow. He has published in books, journals and has given many presentations at national and international conferences.
Dr. Dat Bao is a pedagogist, visual artist and song composer. He provides visual illustrations for textbooks and writes music as a hobby when life inspires. Dat lectures at Monash University and conducts research into creative pedagogy with implications in curriculum design. His recent book Understanding Silence and Reticence(Bloomsbury, 2014) reflects his view on how silence can sometimes become the most meaningful sound in the mind.
Dr. Phan Le Ha (Phan is the family name), PhD, is a Full Professor in the College of Education, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA. Professor Phan also holds adjunct positions at universities in Vietnam and Australia. Her expertise includes language-identity-pedagogy studies, knowledge mobility and production, TESOL, and international and higher education. She is the founder of Engaging with Vietnam, which since 2009 has brought together policy makers, researchers, and professionals working in a wide range of countries and organizations to engage with Vietnam-related scholarship from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives and approaches. She looks forward to your helping the Initiative to blossom and sustain itself as a continuing rigorous dialogue.
Phan Le Ha’s expertise, knowledge and experiences are largely informed by her work in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and North America. She has been supervising/advising research projects at Honours, Master’s and PhD levels on a wide range of topics, including identity studies, English language education in global contexts, transnational/offshore education, and the internationalisation of education more broadly.
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Professor Phan is currently developing a new interest in engaging with the arts, the media and the digital world to produce multimodal multidisciplinary scholarship and to push research and knowledge production into new directions.
Dr. Pham Quang Minh is associate professor of history and politics at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Vietnam National University-Hanoi. After receiving his PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany) in 2002, he first became deputy head, and then head of the International Studies Department at USSH, and in 2012 Pham Quang Minh was promoted to Vice-Rector for research affairs at the university. His main teaching and researching interests include world politics, Asia-Pacific international relations, and Vietnam’s foreign policy. His articles have appeared in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Asia-Pacific Review, and Asia Europe Journal; he has also recently contributed a chapter “East Asia and the Pacific: The Regional Roles of Vietnam and Korea,” to Joon-Woo Park, Gi-Wook Shin, and Donald W. Keyser (eds.), Asia’s Middle Powers? The Identity and Regional Policy of South Korea and Vietnam, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University 2013, pp. 73-97.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) of Monash University, Professor Stephanie Fahey is responsible for setting the university’s strategic direction for global engagement in research and education.
Professor Fahey’s career has included positions at several Australian universities, most recently as Director of the Research Institute for Asia Pacific and Acting Assistant Pro Vice-Chancellor (International – Asia Pacific) at the University of Sydney.
Professor Fahey holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the Australian National University. Her research interests have covered socio-economic development in the Pacific, primarily Papua New Guinea, transition of Vietnamese society and economy and more recently the use of the internet in the expression and development of international relations among youth in North East Asia.
Active in community engagement, Professor Fahey has been appointed to many influential government boards, non-governmental organisation boards and business councils including the Foreign Affairs Council, the national board of the Australia China Business Council, the Australia Korea Foundation, and a subcommittee of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Committee which looks at Australia’s engagement with China and India.