Brief biography of the Chair holder
He has over 30 years of teaching & research experience in Anthropology and Political Science (since 1973) with Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Short stints experience at CNRS Paris & Toulouse University, France; Bielefeld University & Passau University, Germany; Osaka University & Kyoto University, Japan; Leiden University, The Netherlands; Lund University, Sweden; UNPAD, Indonesia; National University of Singapore (NUS); University of Hawai’I; Harvard University; University of Melbourne & Monash University, Australia.
Past and Present Appointments at UKM: Professor in Social Anthropology (from 1991); Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (1997-1999); Director, Institute of the Malay World & Civilization (ATMA), 1999-2007; Founding Director, Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON) 2005-2007; Founding Director, Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), UKM, 2007-now.
Achievements: He spent over 25 years researching, writing and lecturing on the theme “politics, culture & economic development “in Southeast Asia, with an empirical focus on Malaysia and Indonesia. His books have become standard references in Australia, Japan, the UK, Sweden and USA on courses on politics & culture on Southeast Asia. A much sought after analysts on Malaysian current affairs in both local and international mass media (Al-Jazeera, BBC, ABC Sydney, etc).
- Laureate, Academic Prize 2008, of the Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize, Japan;
- Distinguished Professor, UKM, September 2010;
- Chair holder, UNESCO Chair on Social Practices in Intercultural Communication and Social Cohesion, UKM, October 2019.
EDUCATION: BA Hons (Best student prize) in Anthropology & Sociology, Universiti Malaya, 1973; MA in Sociology of Development, University of Malaya, 1976; PhD in Social Anthropology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 1983.
Member, Editorial Board (selected journals):
International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge Univ Press); Journal of Comparative Development Studies (Hong Kong) Indonesian Journal of Social Sciences (Jakarta); Journal of Asian Anthropology (Australia); Kajian Malaysia (Malaysian Studies), USM; Al-Jamaiah: Journal of Islamic Studies (Yogjakarta); Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Routledge), Journal of Current Southeast Asian Studies (Hamburg University, Germany)
- Published more than 100 papers, 90% in refereed international journals; in local and international media.
- Contributed to numerous major chapters to books on development studies, Islamic modernity, colonialism and knowledge production, nations and nationalism, identity formation and popular culture.
- Edited Module on Ethnic Relations for “Ethnic Relations Course”, a compulsory university course for 20 Malaysian Public Universities, 2007, with a national enrollment of about 30,000 students annually.
Significant 10 Publications
- From British to Bumiputera Rule: Local Politics and Rural Development in Peninsular Malaysia. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1986, reprinted 1990, 2nd ed 2004 (finalist for the HARRY J. BENDA PRIZE 1987/88, Association for Asian Studies, U.S.A., and EDGAR GRAHAM BOOK PRIZE 1988, SOAS University of London.]
- Japanese Anthropologists and Malaysian Society: Contributions to Malaysian Ethnography, Senri Ethnological Studies no.48, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, 1998. [Co-editor Tomiyuki UESUGI].
- Social Anthropology of the Malays – Collected Essays of M.G. Swift, UKM Press, Bangi, 2001.
- The Challenges of Critical Academia, Special Issue, Journal of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, vol. 2, No. 2, August 2001, [Co-editor Allen Chun].
- Membina Bangsa Malaysia [Building a Malaysian Nation), Vol. 1, 2 & 3, Kuala Lumpur: Jabatan Perpaduan Negara, 2003. [co-edited with Rahimah A.Aziz, Abdul Rahman Embong, Mohamed Yusoff Ismail, Kamaruddin M.Said].
- Modul Hubungan Etnik [Ethnic Relations Module], MOHE: UITM Press, 2007.
- “Social Science in Southeast Asia observed: a Malaysian viewpoint”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 2(2), 2001:177-198.
- “Nations-of-Intent in Malaysia,” in Asian Forms of the Nation, edited by Stein Tonnesson and Hans Antlov, London: Curzon and Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 1996: 323-47.
- “Malaysia,” The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, [Editor-In-Chief, Robert Wuthnow], vol. 1, Congressional Quarterly Inc., Washington, D.C., 1998: 490-492.
- “A History of an Identity, an Identity of a History: The Idea and Practice of ‘Malayness’ in Malaysia Reconsidered”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 32(3), 2001: 355-366.