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From the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast features interviews and conversations with scholars and researchers working in and around Southeast Asia, all of whom have been invited to give a Gatty Lecture at Cornell University. Conversations cover the history, politics, economics, literature, art, and cultures of the region. Podcast topics cover the many nations and peoples of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Timor-Leste. For more information on the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, visit our website. Music provided by 14 Strings and the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble.

Mar 21, 2023

This week's Gatty Lecture Rewind podcast features ANU department of anthropology professor Dr. Sophie Chao. In the episode, Francine unpacks Dr. Chao's Gatty Lecture titled: We are (not) Monkeys: Raciality, Animality, and Cosmopolitical Struggles in Indonesian West Papua. They also dive further into what inspired her work, and the ways it connects with her expertise in environmental anthropology, and reflect critically on questions about the ethicality, justice, and positionality surrounding her research.

Lightning Round: 03:19

Research and lecture summary: 8:41

Advice for researchers and recommendations: 43:06

Dr. Chao's Top Recommendations:

  • The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (link)
  • Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Stories podcast: Sustainable Peatland Management and Transboundary Haze in Southeast Asia (link)

The music on the podcast is from "Me and Some Friends", a musical project by a group of friends at Cornell, to experiment with how the beautiful timbres of Gamelan music can meld with hypnotic guitar parts to create a contemplative and unique experience. Check them out here