The first “Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” conference was held in 2010 at Monash University and featured Vietnam-related work by Vietnamese and international researchers and research students in Australian universities and organizations. The second and third conferences moved to Vietnam, and saw the added participation of scholars and research students based in Vietnam, Southeast Asia and various other countries around the world. For this fourth “Engaging with Vietnam” conference we wish to move our center of gravity once again in order to involve new participants, and also to gain the inspiration which comes from moving beyond familiar boundaries.
The 4th Engaging Vietnam Conference will continue the traditions developed in the three previous conferences in Hanoi and Melbourne emphasizing policy-relevant interdisciplinary and international academic research and dialogue between Vietnamese and foreign scholars interested in Vietnam. One of the key identities of the Engaging with VN Conference is its interdisciplinary research rigour that places knowledge, research and scholarship as well as policy-research dialogues at the core of its agendas. It has brought speakers from various fields across the social sciences, humanities, education, diplomacy and policy to engage in these questions. The 4th Conference will also be the first general conference on a broad range of Vietnam related topics held in the United States for some time. It will feature keynote panels consisting of scholars, diplomats and policy makers speaking directly to the key foci of the conference.
The conference organizing committee will focus on several areas of keen interest to Vietnam in its relations with outside countries: historical and contemporary international relationships (including with Australia, China, and the United States); issues of language, culture, ideology and identity that has placed Vietnam scholarship in heated academic debates among scholars; issues of economic development and business relationships; issues concerning educational reforms with regards to nation building, globalization, internationalization and social justice; and climate change and other related environment and resource issues. The committee is interested in both cutting-edge academic research as well as policy issues.
We invite proposals for panels that address any of these issues or any other issues that you believe are significant in Vietnam’s external engagement. These might include, for example, relationships in the South China Sea, the TransPacific Partnership negotiations, Vietnam foreign investment policies and practices, international student flows, Vietnam’s climate change strategy and adaption efforts, disaster management issues, and urbanization issues.
Please click here to download the Conference Program: 4th EWV Conference Program_2012.
Dr. Tuong Vu is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon, and has held visiting fellowships at the National University of Singapore and Princeton University. His book, Paths to Development in Asia: South Korea, Vietnam, China, and Indonesia (Cambridge, 2010), received a 2011 Bernard Schwartz Award Honorable Mention. He is also co-editor of Dynamics of the Cold War in Asia: Ideology, Identity, and Culture (Palgrave, 2009) and Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis (Stanford, 2008). His articles have appeared in many scholarly journals, including World Politics, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, South East Asia Research, and Theory and Society. Currently he is writing a book about the Vietnamese revolution as a case of radical movements in international politics.
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.
Dr. Nancy D. Lewis brings extensive research, administrative, teaching and outreach, and international scientific leadership experience to the East-West Center (www.eastwestcenter.org) as the Director of the Research Program.
Nancy was recruited to the East-West Center from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she served as the Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professor of Geography with affiliate appointments in Public Health, Pacific Island Studies, Women’s Studies and Urban and Regional Planning. Nancy has long been involved with the Pacific Science Association (www.Pacificscience.org), a regional, interdisciplinary science organization, and she currently serves as PSA president. She has led the organization’s efforts to promote women and science for over a decade. Nancy has also served on the gender advisory board of the International Federation of Institutes of Advanced Study and on the founding board of the International Association for Ecology and Health. She is a past president of the Hawaii chapter of Sigma Xi and serves and has served on the editorial boards of Pacific Science, EcoHealth, and Ethics, Place and Environment. She also serves (ex-officio) on the US National Research Council for the Pacific Science Association.
Nancy’s research has revolved around the intersection between health and the environment, exploring the geography of health and disease; health and development; gender and ‘safe womahood’; and currently climate change and health; and globalization, health and human security. She has over thirty years of field experience in the Pacific Islands and more recent experience in East, South and Southeast Asia.
Nancy holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in geography, a M.S. in health and medical science, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow in the mid-1980’s and was awarded an EWC teaching award for most outstanding instructor. She has received a number of grants, fellowships and awards, is the author of numerous professional publications, and has served as a consultant for national and international organizations.
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. Pierre Asselin, Professor of History, Hawai’i Pacific University, Pierre Asselin is a diplomatic historian specializing in United States foreign relations, East and Southeast Asia, and international relations during the Cold War. His primary research area is the Vietnam War, with an emphasis on the decision-making of Vietnamese communist authorities in the period 1954-75. He speaks Vietnamese and regularly travels to Vietnam for research. His interest in internationalism and transnationalism during the Vietnam War has taken him to various other document repositories, including the Algerian National Archives.
Asselin is the author of A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement (University of North Carolina Press, 2002), winner of the 2003 Kenneth W. Baldridge Prize, and Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965 (University of California Press, 2013), winner of the 2013 Arthur Goodzeit Book Award. Other recent and notable publications include “The Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the 1954 Geneva Conference: A Revisionist Critique” in Cold War History (2011); “Revisionism Triumphant: Hanoi’s Diplomatic Strategy in the Nixon Era” in Journal of Cold War Studies (2011); and “‘We Don’t Want a Munich’: Hanoi’s Diplomatic Strategy, 1965-1968” in Diplomatic History (2012). He is co-editor of The Cambridge History of the Vietnam War, Volume III: Endings (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming ), and working on the completion of Vietnam’s American War: A History with Documents (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming ), which surveys the Vietnamese communist experience during the Vietnam War. He is also developing a third monograph exploring the origins and conduct of Hanoi’s so-called diplomatic struggle during the Vietnam War on the basis of archival evidence from Vietnam, Algeria, France, Canada, and the United Kingdom. His work has featured prominently in France and as well as in Vietnam.
Dr. Michael DiGregorio is a scholar, filmmaker and philanthropy professional. As a Ford Foundation program officer in Vietnam, he developed, funded and guided programs in support of the renovation of the social sciences, training in urban planning; redevelopment of Vietnam’s documentary and feature film industries; preservation of unique and endangered cultural heritage, and support for socially engaged contemporary arts. He oversaw a total of $35 million in grants to Vietnamese and foreign individuals and institutions. Michael’s work with the Ford Foundation earned him a reputation for developing innovative programs, under difficult circumstances, through engagement with government, professionals, and concerned and affected communities.
Michael currently works as a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation funded Asia Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) through which he has conducted research, developed funding proposals, and facilitated professional trainings. Michael is also a director and producer of documentary films and television series with experience working with international broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, and international media funds.
Michael earned a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 with a dissertation on the cultural economy of industrializing craft villages in the Red River Delta. He received an MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii in 1993. Michael’s MA thesis, was published by the East West Center in 1994 as “Urban Harvest: Recycling as a Peasant Industry in Northern Vietnam.”
Dr. Jefferson Fox is a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. He received his Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He studies land-use and land-cover change in Asia and the possible cumulative impact of these changes on the region and the global environment. Dr. Fox has co-edited several books, most recently, People and the Environment: Approaches for Linking Household and Community Surveys to Remote Sensing and GIS (Kluwer Academic Press, 2003). His ongoing research includes ‘Coupled Natural-Human Systems and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Anthropogenic environmental change and avian influenza in Vietnam’ funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and ‘The expansion of rubber and its implications for water and carbon dynamics in Montane Mainland Southeast Asia” funded by NASA. He is P.I. on a grant from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor entitled ‘Natural Resource Management, Democracy, and Human Rights: Building Capacity for Community-Based Resource Management: Enhancing Resource Rights, and Strengthening Civil Society in Kachin State.’ He is also co-P.I. on a grant from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs entitled: ‘Rural to urban transitions and the peri-urban interface: Identifying, mapping, and understanding peri-urban areas in India and Pakistan’. He has worked in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China (Yunnan), Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.
Dr. Nguyen Thanh Lam is Head of The Department of Environmental Management, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Hanoi University of Agriculture, Vietnam. He received his education from Russia, Vietnam and Thailand and can speak English, Russian and Thai. Dr Nguyen is very well published and known for this expertise in naturual resources and environment.
Dr. Tung Bui, Matson Navigation Co. Chair Professor Graduate Chair and Director, PhD Program in International Management Director, Pacific Research Institute for Information System Management Co-Director, APEC Study Center
Since 1997, Dr. Bui holds the distinguished professorship of global business endowed by the Matson Navigation Company, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He currently serves as Director of the Ph.D Program in International Management. He earned a doctorate in managerial economics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (1980) and a Ph.D. in information systems from the Stern School of Business, New York University (1986). Prior to joining the University of Hawaii, Prof. Bui was on the faculty at the United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, New York University, the Universities of Fribourg and Lausanne, Switzerland, the University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a regular speaker worldwide.
Prof. Bui has published 11 books and over 110 papers. His current research interests focus on effective management of large organizations, electronic commerce, sustainable development, and in collaborative technology, including group decision and negotiation support systems. In 1993, a research journal nominated him as “one of the most influential researchers in the field of decision support systems” based on citation. He won best paper awards at the 1996 Hawaii International Conference in System Sciences and at the Decision Science Institute conference (2000). Many of his papers were nominated best papers: Professor Bui is journal department editor of INFORMS Group Decision and Negotiation, and Journal of Electronic Commerce Research. He is also associate/senior editor of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems, the Journal of Decision Systems, the Journal of Electronic Business, the Journal of International Technology Theory and Applications, and the newly created International Journal of Information Systems and Management, and former associate editor of the Journal of MIS, and Communications of AIS.
Professor Bui has been a regular consultant and advisor to both governmental and private organizations on a number of public policies to include national and regional planning and business process re-engineering. He is the Director of the Pacific Research Institute on Information Systems Management (PRIISM) and the co-director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) UH studies center. He has chaired ten major international conferences, and is a regular program committee member of international meetings and workshops. Among other professional activities, he is also an active member of the International Public Management Network whose interest is on reinventing government. With the government of Thailand, Bui headed a joint project funded by APEC to promote e-commerce in East Asia with a publication titled “E-commerce Readiness in East Asia”, a video on e-commerce practice in Asia, and a number of e-commerce workshops in Bangkok, Thailand. He was the leader of a five-year leadership training program funded by the Provincial Government of Guangdong, China to train senior government officials as part of China’s preparation to enter WTO (1999-2004).
In Hawaii, Bui supports the use of information technology to support the State economy. He is the author of an award winning report on the “E-commerce Trends in Hawaii – 2000”. He appears regularly on local televisions, radios and newspapers to promote economic development and global business. Bui is the recipient of the 2003 U.S. Department of Commerce SBA Small Business Research Advocate Award for the State of Hawaii and the Western region of the U.S. As a Vietnamese-American, Bui has contributed to promoting U.S. involvement in education and training in Vietnam. He served as an advisor to the Vietnamese Minister on Education and Training (1994-95). Among other activities, he is actively involved in various education, training and research programs in Vietnam. He is currently the principal investigator of a project to develop sustainable plans for four most modern Learning Resource Centers in Vietnam (Hue, Danang, Can Tho and Thai Nguyen), and to build Academic English capacity in the country. In 2011 he received the National Medal from Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training in recognition of his contribution to advancing education in Vietnam and has been appointed as a honorary professor at the University of Hue, Vietnam.
Dr. Nguyễn Thị Hạnh (PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an associate professor of applied linguistics in the TESOL Program at Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii. Her research focuses on the development of interactional competence in second language acquisition and at the workplace, learner identities, and various aspects of Vietnamese applied linguistics (e.g. family discourse, grammar in interaction, pragmatics, and phonology). Website: http://de.hpu.edu/hnguyen/.
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. 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. 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.
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.