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International Conferences and Seminars Since 2002 APRU had organized a seminar and three conferences. In partnership with the Centre for Asian Studies Amsterdam, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (CASA/ASSR), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a seminar themed ‘Intermediation of Capital, Knowledge and Labour between Asia and Europe: Comparative and Connective perspectives’, 11-13 December 2003. An expected output is a sequel to Capital and Knowledge in Asia: Changing Power Relations, eds. Heidi Dahles and Otto van den Muijzenberg (Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia) (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003), 239pp.

The three international conferences were Inaugural APRU International Conference ‘Southeast Asia since 1945: Reflections and Visions’, 20-23 July 2004; Second International APRU Conference 2007 ‘Independence and After in Southeast Asia: Old and New Interpretations’, 7-8 August 2007; and, The Second International Conference in the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia HOMSEA 2008’, 9-10 January 2008. The latter was in collaboration and support from the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, U.K. The outputs were: Reflections on Southeast Asian History since 1945, eds. Richard Mason and Abu Talib Ahmad (Penang: Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2006), 163pp.; Vannessa Hearman, ‘The Uses of Memoirs and Oral History Works in Researching the 1965-1966 Political Violence in Indonesia’, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 6, 2 (July 2009): 21-42; and, Raihanah Mohd Mydin, ‘Malaysia and the Author: Face-to-Face with the Challenges of Multiculturalism’, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 6, 2 (July 2009): 43-64; and, Towards Constructing An Early Medical History of Southeast Asia, ed. Ooi Keat Gin with assistance from Aniswal Abdul Ghani and Muhamad Hasrul Zakariah, and a Foreword by Anthony Reid (Singapore: National University of Singapore (NUS) Press, forthcoming).

Workshop APRU Book Workshop Series 2005 produced Exploring Space: Trends in Literature, Linguistics and Translation, eds. Shakila Abdul Manan and Lalita Sinha (Newcastle, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), 169pp.

Scholarly Journal APRU in collaboration with Penerbit USM (USM Press) publishes

International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAPS) (www.usm.my/ijaps/); its inaugural issue was in December 2005. Published biennially in May and November but since 2009 outings were in January and July. IJAPS is listed and indexed thus far in SciVerse Scopus (Scopus), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCO, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) by Australian Research Council (ARC), Genamics JournalSeek, Google Scholar, and Southeast Asian Serial Index (SASI).

APRU-USM Asia Pacific Studies Publication Series (AAPSPS) APRU in concert with Penerbit USM (USM Press) has set up a publication series AAPSPS that focuses on scholarly works in the social sciences and humanities. Thus far two volumes had appeared, viz. David Kenneth Bassett, The Factory of the English East India Company at Bantam, 1602-1682, ed. and introd. Dianne Lewis, and a Preface by Victor T. King, series ed. Ooi Keat Gin (Penang: APRU-USM Asia Pacific Studies Publication Series [AAPSPS], 2010); and, Mohd. Farid Mohd Sharif, Ibn Taymiyyah on Jihad and Baghy, series ed. Ooi Keat Gin (Penang: APRU-USM Asia Pacific Studies Publication Series [AAPSPS], 2011).

Scholar Affiliation In 2011 APRU hosted a Postdoctoral Student (Non-Stipend) and two Visiting Student Interns (Non-Stipend). The students were provided with office space, internet access, and usage of university library facilities; a nominal fee was paid (to the university) for this short-term affiliation.

Postdoctoral Student (Non-Stipend): Dr Kwok Jung Yun (PhD, School of History and Politics, University of Wollongong, Australia, 2010; Project: ‘Voice of the Fallen: Memorials to Commemorate the End of the Second World War in Malaya and Singapore’; Duration: 26 July 2011 to 26 October 2011; Seminar Presentation: ‘War Memorials and the Return of British Colonial Rule in Post-war Malaya and Singapore’, 7 October 2011.

Visiting Student Intern (Non-Stipend): Ms Tsai Hui-ming and Ms Wang Kuei-lan (Doctoral candidates, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, R.O.C.; supervisor: Associate Professor Dr Ann Heylen); Project: ‘The History of Southern Min (Hokkien) in Southeast Asia: A Case Study of Language Contact in Penang and Malacca, Malaysia, Past and Present’; Duration: 27 June 2011 to 28 August 2011; Seminar Presentation: ‘The History of Southern Min (Hokkien) in Southeast Asia: A Case Study of Language Contact in Penang and Malacca, Malaysia, Past and Present’, 26 August 2011.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) In 2007 APRU’s MOU with the Globalism Institute, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia produced a themed issue ‘Globalization and South and South East Asian Cities’ International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 3, 2 (November 2007).

APRU Eminent Scholar Series (ESS) Prominent scholars from the humanities and social sciences are invited to participate in a programme that aims at enhancing the university in the international scholarly community. Inaugurated in 2010 ESS had featured the following:

Emeritus Professor Nicholas Tarling, New Zealand Asia Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Public lecture: ‘Britain, Malaysia and Southeast Asia: Past, Present and Future’, 31 July 2009. Subsequently published as ‘Britain, Malaysia and Southeast Asia: Past, Present and Future’, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 6, 1 (Jan 2010).

Professor Barbara Watson Andaya, University of Hawai’i, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i, U.S. Public lecture: ‘Distant Drums and Thunderous Cannon: The Sounding of Early Malay Society’, 11 August 2010. Subsequently published as ‘Distant drums and thunderous cannon: Sounding authority in traditional Malay society’, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 7, 2 (July 2011).

Emeritus Professor Gayl Ness, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S. Public lecture: ‘Reflections on the First Generation of Malaysian Leadership and A Reassessment of May 1969’, 16 March 2011.

Associate Professor Silvia Vignato, Department of Anthropology, Università Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italia. Public lecture: "We must teach them everything": A Malaysian Manpower Agent's Ideas about Work and Morality, 17 April 2012.

Remarks APRU is consciously looking out for new challenges and opportunities, fruitful engagements and partnerships, and ensuring quality outcomes in current and future endeavours.

OOI Keat Gin, PhD
Pacific Research Unit (APRU)
of Humanities
Universiti Sains Malaysia