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Southeast Asia Studies: Resource Overview

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An Overview of Southeast Asia Studies at Berkeley


Image result for free stock photos of southeast asiaThe region of Southeast Asia includes 6 insular countries (Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore) and 5 mainland countries (CambodiaLaosMyanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). 


UC Berkeley offers over 30 courses in Southeast Asian studies through 14 departments, most notably the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies. Established in 1972, the department's courses cover South and Southeast Asian civilizations, languages, literature, and religious studies.


The Center for Southeast Asia Studies (CSEAS), established in 1960, enriches the study of Southeast Asia by sponsoring annual Southeast Asian studies conferences, lectures, and workshops throughout the academic year. These events provide numerous opportunities for international visitors to work with Berkeley faculty for promoting interdisciplinary Southeast Asia research. CSEAS events can be found on the CSEAS event calendar.


New in Southeast Asia Studies

Launched in early 2017, the "Documentation of Oct 6" Online Archives project emerged from 2016's 40th anniversary commemoration of the October 6 massacre in Bangkok and aims to collect and make accessible primary materials such as newspapers and news clippings, military broadcast recordings, photos, propaganda, and journalistic footage.

Libraries and Collections

The South/Southeast Asia Library (S/SEAL) serves as the center for Berkeley's Southeast Asia collections, which focus on the social sciences and humanities, covering both prewar and postwar periods in western and vernacular languages.


Subject Guides

Several Southeast Asia topics are represented with a subject guide, including film/cinema and women's studies.




Exhibits and Galleries

Visit and learn more about our many online South Asia exhibits and galleries. Included are both online representations of past physical exhibits and online-only exhibits.


Special Collections

Berkeley's Southeast Asia Special Collections are most often the result of generous bequests and gifts from private collectors. Most special collections are housed and distributed by the Main Library and various subject specialty libraries and are accessible through the OskiCat and MELVYL catalogs.


International Directories

Use directories to find librarians, collections, and other Southeast Asia resources.



Resource Overview          S/SEAL and the Southeast Asia Collections          Exhibits and Galleries         Special Collections          Subject Guides          International Directories

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