2019 Luce Research Fellowship Recipients
The recipients of the 2019 Luce Graduate Field Study Fellowships for Research or Advanced Language Study in Southeast Asia are Benjamin Moseley (PhD student, Southeast Asian History) and R.L. Hughes (MA student, Second Language Studies).
Congratulations to both scholars!
Ben Moseley will be doing his fieldwork in Maluku, East Indonesia. His research will focus on the historical relations between local communities, Catholic missionaries, and Portuguese administrators and colonists, throughout the eastern Malay-Indonesian Archipelago during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
R.L. Hughes intends to spend Summer 2019 in Indonesia working under the tutelage of Muhammad Yasir and Professor Saut Situmorang, both authors and activists, to pursue a passion for Indonesian language, literature, and future teaching. Working with Pak Yasir will underline the importance of the conversational lexicon for Indonesian students, and provide access to his knowledge of Dayakeese, the regional language of his people native to the area of Danau Sembuluh in Kalimantan. Professor Situmorang’s work has inspired Hughes to start thinking about Indonesian outside of the traditional classroom due to his student-focused and community-oriented language work in the Metro Yogyakarta area. It is anticipated that this summer study program will help Hughes develop a stronger foundation in the study and teaching of the Indonesian language.