Distinguished Visiting Scholar: Dr. Harry Aveling
Dr. Harry Aveling served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Center for International Studies, Southeast Asian Studies Program during Spring Quarter, 2011, teaching a course in the International Literature and Linguistics (ILL) Department, entitled Modern Southeast Asian Literature in Translation (ILL 345B/545B).
Dr. Aveling was a member of the first generation of Indonesian Studies scholars in Australia and has taught at Monash University, Melbourne; Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang; Murdoch University, Perth (where he was Dean of the School of Humanities); and, most recently, La Trobe University, Melbourne. A specialist in Indonesian and Malay literature, and Translation Studies, he holds a PhD in Malay Studies from the National University of Singapore and a DCA (Doctor of Creative Arts) from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Besides his critical studies, he has translated extensively from Indonesian and Malay, and co-translated from Hindi. In 1991, he was awarded the Anugerah Pengembangan Sastera by the Federation of Malay Writers Associations (GAPENA) for his contributions to the international recognition of Malay literature.
Among his major translations are Secrets Need Words: Indonesian Poetry 1966-1998 (Ohio University Press 2001), short-listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Award 2003, and Saint Rosa: Selected Verse of Dorothea Rosa Herliany (IndonesiaTera 2005), winner of the Khatulistiwa Prize for Poetry, Jakarta 2006. He is the author, with Teri Yamada, of the new entry on Southeast Asian Translation Traditions in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, 2009.
Dr. Aveling has joined us at Ohio University to teach on a regular basis since 2002. His courses here have included: Modern Southeast Asian Literature in Translation; The Modern Southeast Asian Short Story; and Introduction to Translation Studies. In recent years, Dr. Aveling has also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Indonesia; the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and the Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Dr. Aveling is a Fellow of the Stockholm Collegium for World Literary History, Stockholm University, representing island Southeast Asia. He was President of the Australian Association for Literary Translation, 2005-2008, and is currently President of the Malaysia and Singapore Society, a regional subgroup of the Asian Studies Association of Australia.
Visiting Adjunct Professor: Dr. Norman Parmer
Dr. Jess Norman Parmer served as a Visiting Adjunct Professor in the Center for International Studies, Southeast Asian Studies Program during Spring Quarter, 2011. Dr. Parmer was the first Director of International Studies at Ohio University, and we are always honored when he comes out of retirement to join us. Dr. Parmer’s focus is on The Chinese in Southeast Asia (INST 610C).
Dr. Parmer’s interest in Southeast Asia dates from 1950. His first residence in the region—primarily in Malaysia and Singapore--was for two and a half years beginning in October 1952, when he was a doctoral student at Cornell University. He has lived throughout the region for a total of 12 years.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Parmer was the first Director of the Peace Corps in Malaysia, and his knowledge of Malaysian history and politics is extensive. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Northern Illinois University, Professor of History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and Visiting Professor at Universiti Kebangsana (Malaysia) and Cornell University. He has lectured at many colleges and universities, including the Australian National University, the National University of Singapore, and the London School of Economics. He has also been a political and economic consultant for several corporations.
He has published numerous books on Southeast Asia, including Colonial labor policy and administration: A history of labor in the rubber plantation industry in Malaya, c. 1910-1941 (Monographs of the Association for Asian Studies 1960); People and progress A global history (Laidlaw Bros 1978); and many journal articles and book reviews.
Dr. Parmer has recently completed a book length memoir about his experiences as an infantry soldier in Europe during World War II, and has begun a book about the Chinese in Southeast Asia.
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