SEA Junction (or fully “Southeast Asia Junction”) is the core activity of the Foundation for Southeast Asia Studies, a registered non-profit Thai foundation established in 2018. Our aim is to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all socio-cultural dimensions – from arts and crafts to the economy and development – by enhancing public access to knowledge resources and by promoting exchanges among students, specialists and Southeast Asia lovers.

SEA Junction contributes to these objectives as a public venue and informal space on Southeast Asia where people with an interest in the region’s art, culture and societies can meet, share information, consult available resource, and read related literature at their leisure.


Dr. Rosalia (Lia) Sciortino Sumaryono

Dr. Rosalia (Lia) Sciortino Sumaryono, a cultural anthropologist and development sociologist by training, earned her master and doctorate at the Vrije Universities, Amsterdam with honors. Currently, she is Associate Professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Visiting Professor at the Master in International Development Studies (MAIDS), Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and Senior Social Development and Health Advisor to Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction Program (MAMPU), a joint initiative of the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) implemented by Cowater in Indonesia. She also recently founded and directs the Foundation for Southeast Asian Studies and its core activity SEA Junction, a public venue for interaction and cross-learning on Southeast Asia ( Most recently, Dr. Sciortino was IDRC Regional Director for Southeast and East Asia in Singapore (2010-2014), Senior Adviser for the Health Program to the Australian Agency for International Development in Indonesia (2009-2010), and Regional Director for Asia of the Rockefeller Foundation (2000-2007) establishing during her tenure the Foundation’s Southeast Asia Office in Bangkok. Prior to that, she was program officer Gender, Health and Human Development at the Indonesia and Philippines offices of the Ford Foundation from 1993 to 2000. Dr. Sciortino acts as a consultant for international and regional organizations, as an adviser for academic and international development institutions, and is a member of scientific and institutional boards. In November 2017, she received a medal by the Vietnamese Association of Social Sciences for her contribution to social sciences in Vietnam. She has published widely on development issues in Southeast Asia, in particular philanthropy, international development, regional integration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and ASEAN, poverty and vulnerability, social protection, migration, gender, social health, sexual and reproductive health. A native of Palermo, Italy, she fluently speaks Italian, English, Indonesian and Dutch.

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Although the agreement for the UNESCO Chair has been signed with the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – UKM ) as a whole, the effective post of command for the “UNESCO Chair on Social Practices in Intercultural Communication and Social Cohesion” is located at KITA – the Institute of Ethnic Studies, a component of the UKM. KITA institute comprises of anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists and linguists who work with researchers from other public and private universities in Malaysia and beyond in order to conduct the various research programs under the UNESCO Chair. The three places of sociality that constitute our conceptual umbrella have been translated into five action-research programs or “clusters” in order to operationalize our research activities within the context of Malaysia. These clusters have been labeled as follows:

  •  Empowering urban poor neighbourhood communities;

  •  Curbing down alienation and discrimination at the workplace;

  •  Diminishing marginalization of ethnic minorities through short food supply chains;

  • Preventing oblivion of cultural heritage for creolized communities;

  • Ensuring the welfare of religious-based communities through interfaith dialogue.



    Distinguished Datuk Professor Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin



    Dr. Éric Olmedo




The Pondok Perancis Institute (IPP) is a Franco-Malaysian research center based in Malaysia. IPP is dedicated to academic and scientific cooperation between France and Malaysia. Its vocation is to encourage the development of research, to promote academic exchanges and to facilitate the circulation of knowledge.



David Delfolie

David Delfolie is a teacher and Inclusion Officer at Sciences Po Lille (France), researcher attached to IDHES-PARIS 1. He is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Dynamiques internationales. Among his latest publications: « Quand l’espace public se met au diapason. La politisation sonore en Malaisie, entre enjeux idéologiques et clivages partisans » [When the public space is getting in tune. Sound politicization in Malaysia, between ideological issues and partisan cleavages] (Politiques de Communication, special issue 1, 2017) and Malaisie-Chine: une “précieuse” relation [Malaysia-China: a “precious” relationship], with Natahlie Fau and Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux (Carnets de l’IRASEC, 2016).


Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux

Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux (CASE, Paris) is a lecturer in economics at the University of Rennes 2. For the past twenty years, she has been conducting political economy research on the transformations of Malaysian capitalism in the Southeast Asian context. Currently she is particularly interested in relations with China, in particular as they are formed through investments and aid. Since 2019, she has been coordinating ASEAN-China-Norms, the CNRS international research network dedicated to the circulation of standards in the social and political field between China and Southeast Asia. For the interMSH network, from 2020 it will open a new project dedicated to extractive industries facing an ecological turnaround (coordinated with G. Lhuilieu, FMSH / ENS Rennes). Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux is deputy director of the journal Archipel and co-director of the Pondok Perancis Institute in Kuala Lumpur.

Main publications: Malaisie, un modèle de développement souverain, Lyon, ENS Editions, 2012; Malaisie-Chine, une précieuse relation, Bangkok, IRASEC, 2017 (with D. Delfolie and N. Fau); The Development of the Malaysian Capitalism, from the British Rule to present days, Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2017.



CENTER FOR MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY of LP3ES – Institute for Research, Education and Information on Economy and Social Affairs

The Institute for Economic and Social Research, Education and Information (LP3ES) was founded on August 19, 1971; known as one of the NGOs in Indonesia, LP3ES is engaged in research, empowerment, political education, economics, social and publishing. Since 1972, LP3ES has published a social and economic monthly journal, Prisma, which has been read by academics, students, government officials, political figures and other strategic groups. The thoughts and analysis presented in the journal Prisma have been used as a reference for decision makers and development planners in Indonesia as well as being read by intellectuals and university lecturers. In the field of publishing, since its inception LP3ES has also published dozens of text books and general readings for students and universities, some of which have been used as a kind of compulsory reading material at various faculties and universities as well as other higher education institutions. As a research NGO, LP3ES is involved in research, policy studies and activism mainly related to grass-root communities. Starting from research on the informal sector, cooperatives, small industry and handicrafts, traditional educational institutions such as Islamic boarding schools, non-formal education, farmer participation, maternal and child health, the environment, studies on community and state relations and so on.

DIRECTOR of Center for Media and Democracy


Holds a Ph.D  from Leiden University, the Netherlands. Lecturer of Government Science at Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang, Indonesia. Director of Center for Media and Democracy, LP3ES, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Recent research projects: 2020-2021 | Cyber Troops and Public Opinion Manipulation: A Mixed-Method Study of Social Media Propaganda in Indonesia (CYTPOM) | Initiator and Project Manager (Funded by KNAW, the Netherlands, in collaboration between Diponegoro University, University of Amsterdam, LP3ES and Universitas Islam Indonesia); 2020 | Co-option of Digital Public Sphere and Cyber Terror towards Indonesian Anti Corruption Activist | Initiator and Project Manager  (Funded by Indonesian Commission on Corruption Eradication (KPK) in collaboration with Diponegoro University); 2020 | Opening the « black box » of the decision-making process in local planning for climate change in Semarang | Project Collaborator (In collaboration between Maastricht University, Indonesian Development of Economic and Finance (INDEF) and Diponegoro University); 2019 | Digital Actvism: The Use of Youtube Channel in the Social Movement Against Environmental Destruction in the Case of Cement Factory in Rembang Regency | Initiator and Project Manager (Funded by Diponegoro University)

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Department of Government Science UNIVERSITAS DIPONEGORO

Diponegoro University (Universitas Diponegoro – Undip) is one of the best universities in Indonesia, located in Semarang City, Central Java Province.

The University founded in 1956 initially as a private university but then earned the status of a public university in 1961. Word of Diponegoro derived from the name of a national hero, Prince Diponegoro, whom a patriotic prince stirred up freedom spirit from Dutch colonialism in the early 19th century. This spirit has inspired efforts to establish Undip. Diponegoro University earned the accreditation of A (Excellent) with 361 scores of National Accreditation Agency for Higher Education Entity, which is effective from 2013 to 2018. Under Government Regulation No 52/2015, Undip has the status of State-Owned Higher Education Entity – Legal Body. Recently, Undip has 149 study programs in 11 faculties, postgraduates schools, and vocational schools. Undip has also got rankings from national and international institutions.