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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Social Justice in Southeast Asia: Primary and Secondary Source Collection Development


This project supports enhanced acquisition of primary and secondary sources in both English and local languages across Southeast Asia. This will include archival newspaper microfilms; print media periodicals; art, literary and other creative primary sources; films; and a range of ephemeral materials. This project builds on UW–Madison’s existing strong and unique collection in Southeast Asian Studies and will complement new funding (2021-2025) to support academic programming and hires in Social Justice in Southeast Asia.

Expansion of the primary and secondary source collections in social justice in Southeast Asia enhances undergraduate teaching, facilitate graduate and faculty research, and draw visitors to the UW–Madison libraries.

Social justice here is defined expansively as social problems, injustices and inequities, along with social
movements that try to address them; examples include restriction of freedom of expression, housing
rights, and LGBTQIA+ struggles for equality and recognition. A full list of materials to be acquired will be
developed by canvassing the faculty and graduate students who research Southeast Asia at UW.

In 2021, the UW Center for Southeast Asian Studies was awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Henry
Luce Foundation to seed three junior faculty hires (History, Anthropology/International Studies, and Asian
Languages and Cultures), and to support programming including internships and research grants for
undergraduate and graduate students, dissertation workshops, practitioner visits to campus for master
classes, visiting fellowships for scholars from Southeast Asia, an open-access translation publication
series, and an online lecture series and online reading group (for more information, see The Social Justice in Southeast Asia: Primary and Secondary
Source Collection Development project complements and builds upon these activities.


Tyrell Haberkorn, Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures


Larry Ashmun, Southeast Asian and Hmong Studies Librarian, Memorial Library