Barbara Watson Andaya

Humanities (History)

Visiting Professor


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Professor Barbara Watson Andaya received her BA degree at the University of Sydney in 1962, and then taught in a high school for three years before undertaking graduate work for her MA in Southeast Asian History at the University of Hawai‘i. She was awarded a Cornell PhD degree in 1975 with a thesis on the Malay state of Perak in the 18th century. While living in Malaysia, she had some teaching responsibilities in the History Department at the University of Malaya. She spent some time as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University before taking up a position at the University of Auckland in 1978. During this time, she also undertook research in the Netherlands and Indonesia. She moved to the University of Hawai‘i in 1993, where she is Professor of Asian Studies. In 2005-2006, Professor Andaya was President of the American Association of Asian Studies and in 2010, she received the University of Hawai‘i Regents Medal for Excellence in Research. Her specific area of expertise is the western Malay-Indonesia archipelago, on which she has published widely but she maintains an active teaching and research interest across all Southeast Asia. Her recent publications include The Flaming Womb: Repositioning Women in Early Modern Southeast Asia (2006) and (with Leonard Y Andaya) A History of Early Modern Southeast Asia (2015) and A History of Malaysia (third edition, 2016); Her present project is a history of gender and religious interaction in Southeast Asia, 1511-1940.

Southeast Asian History, especially the early modern period; gender and sexuality; globalising influences, religious change

2016: (with Leonard Y. Andaya). A History of Malaysia, Third Edition (MacmillanPalgrave: London)

2015: (with Leonard Y. Andaya). A History of Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1400-1830. Cambridge University Press

2011: (edited, with Stephen Chia) Bujang Valley and Early Civilisations in Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur: Dept. of National Heritage.

2006: The Flaming Womb: Repositioning Women in Southeast Asian History Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. Paperback edition, 2008.

2000 [edited collection]: Other Pasts: Women, Gender and History in Early Modern Southeast Asia. Honolulu: Center for Southeast Asia Studies.

  1. To Live as Brothers: Southeast Sumatra in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.

1982 (with Virginia Matheson). Raja Ali Haji, The Precious Gift (Tuhfat al Nafis). An Annotated Translation. Oxford in Asia: Kuala Lumpur.

  1. Perak, the Abode of Grace. A Study of an Eighteenth Century Malay State Oxford in Asia: Kuala Lumpur.

Recent articles (last two years only):
2017: ‘Seas, Oceans and Cosmologies in Southeast Asia.’ (Forthcoming in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies).

2017: ‘Glocalization and the Marketing of Christianity in Early Modern Southeast Asia.’ Religions 8 (1), 7; doi:10.3390/rel8010007.

2016: ‘Rivers, Oceans and Spirits: Gender and Water Cosmologies in Southeast Asia.’ TRaNS: Trans -Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, 4, 2 (July) 239-263.

2015: “Come Home, Come Home!” Chineseness, John Sung and Theatrical Evangelism in 1930s Southeast Asia.” Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Freiburg (Germany) Occasional Paper No.

Recent book chapters and articles (last two years only):
2016. ‘Islam and Christianity in South-East Asia, 1600-1700’ Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History Volume 11 South and East Asia, Africa and the Americas (1600-1700), ed. David Thomas and John Chesworth. Leiden: Brill, pp. 15-28.

  1. “Islam and Christianity in Southeast Asia 1600-1700”. Working Paper No 3 (A longer version of 2 above). Yusof Ishak Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

2016: ‘Imagination, Memory and History: Narrating India-Malay Intersections in the Early Modern Period’. In Narratives, Routes and Intersections in pre-Modern Asia, ed. Radhika Seshan. London: Routledge, pp. 8-35.

2015: “The Glocalization of Christianity in Early Modern Southeast Asia.” In Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1350-1800, ed. Ooi Keat Gin and Hoang Anh Tuah. London: Routledge, pp. 233-49.

Engendering the History of Southeast Asia
Globalisation of Southeast Asia