Speaker and Chair biographies
Prof. John Sidel is the Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Professor Sidel received his BA and MA from Yale University and his PhD from Cornell University. He is the author of Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines (1999), Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Trajectories (2000), Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia (2006), The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment (2007), Thinking and Working Politically in Development: Coalitions for Change in the Philippines (2020, with Jaime Faustino) and Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia (2021).
Dr. Hongxuan Lin is a postdoctoral fellow in the Religion and Globalization cluster at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore for 2021. In 2022, he will be a visiting fellow at the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asian Studies Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science. He received his PhD in History from the University of Washington in 2020, with a dissertation titled “Ummah Yet Proletariat: Islam and Marxism in the Netherlands East Indies and Indonesia, 1915 – 1959.” His work has been published in Southeast Asian Studies, Studia Islamika, and Positions: Asia Critique. He has also contributed to the ANU Southeast Asian studies blog, New Mandala.
Dr. Su Lin Lewis (@sulinlewis) is Associate Professor in Modern Global History at the University of Bristol. She has written on cosmopolitanism, transnational activism, and post-colonial internationalism, with a focus on modern Southeast Asia. Her monograph, Cities in Motion: Urban Life and Cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia 1920-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) won the Urban History Association’s Prize for Best Book (2015-16). She recently led an AHRC-funded collaborative research project on ‘Afro-Asian Networks in the Early Cold War’ and is currently an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow.
Dr. Nicole Cu-Unjieng Aboitiz (@NicoleC_Aboitiz) is a Research Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. Her research interests centre on global intellectual history and Southeast Asian environmental, cultural, and social history. She is executive director of the Toynbee Prize Foundation and author of Asian Place, Filipino Nation: A Global Intellectual History of the Philippine Revolution, 1887-1912 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2020)
Prof. Hyun Bang Shin (@urbancommune) is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and directs the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. His research centres on the critical analysis of the political economy of speculative urbanisation, gentrification and displacement, urban spectacles, and urbanism with particular attention to Asian cities. His books include Planetary Gentrification (Polity, 2016), Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Exporting Urban Korea? Reconsidering the Korean Urban Development Experience (Routledge, 2021), and The Political Economy of Mega Projects in Asia: Globalization and Urban Transformation (Routledge, forthcoming). He is Editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and is also a trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation.