Decoration of Honour for Dr Pattana Kitiarsa

Dr Pattana Kitiarsa has been decorated with “The Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn” honour at a special ceremony at the Thai Embassy on 13 September 2012. This decoration of honour was granted to Dr Kitiarsa by His Majesty King Bhumibhol on 5 December 2011. It represents his country’s appreciation of Dr Pattana Kitiarsa’s voluntary work and contributions to the Thai migrant community in Singapore.


Congratulations to our administrative staff!

The Department’s office staff, Ms Sharifah Alawiyah, Mdm Rohani Sungib and Mdm Moli have been awarded the FASS Service Award 2012. This award provides  recognition to administrative staff who demonstrates outstanding and exemplary  performance in delivering consistent and high quality service to students,  colleagues, and members of the public.Thank you for your efficient service over the years and congratulations on the well deserved award!

“Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840-1910” by Prof Reynaldo Ileto is selected as one of the most influential books on Southeast Asia

Prof. Reynaldo Clemana Ileto’s book, Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840-1910, is selected as one of the most influential books on Southeast Asia by the Editorial Team of SOJOURN: The Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia and its International Advisory Panel in an exercise to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).

Altogether, forty-five books were nominated but fourteen works were selected as most influential on grounds that they have: influenced theory formation and/or empirical perceptions in Southeast Asia; continued to serve as pivotal reference points for contemporary scholars; and transcended the period they were written in.

Congratulations to Prof. Ileto who also appears to be the only non-Western scholar to make the list.

The list by SOJOURN is follows:

The Most Influential Books of Southeast Asia

Furnivall, J.S. Colonial Policy and Practice: A Comparative Study of Burma and Netherlands India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1948.

Reid, Anthony. Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450–1680. 2 Volumes. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988–1993.

Scott, James C. The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976.

Anderson, Benedict R.O’G. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London, New York: Verso, 1991 (1983).

Geertz, Clifford. Agricultural Involution: The Process of Ecological Change in Indonesia. Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 1963.

Ileto, Reynaldo Clemeña. Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840–1910. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1979.

Leach, Edmund Ronald. Political Systems of Highland Burma: A Study of Kachin Social Structure. London: G. Bell & Sons, Ltd., 1954.

Scott, James C. Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Geertz, Clifford. The Religion of Java. Glencoe, Ill.: Free Press, 1960.

Kahin, George McTurnan. Nationalism and Revolution in Indonesia. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1952.

Roff, William R. The Origins of Malay Nationalism. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967.

Leur, J.C. van. Indonesian Trade and Society: Essays in Asian Social and Economic History. The Hague: W. Van Hoeve, 1955.

Wertheim, W.F. Indonesian Society in Transition: A Study of Social Change. Bandung: Sumur Bandung, 1956.

Wertheim, W.F. East-West Parallels: Sociological Approaches to Modern Asia. The Hague: W. Van Hoeve, 1964.

For details on selection process and review essays of some of the selected books, see the SOJOURN website at: