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Yapp, Lauren Instructor


Research Areas research areas



  • critical heritage studies, cities and urbanism, colonialism and postcolonialism, public history, memory politics, museums, social movements, community activism, archaeology, anthropology, Indonesia, Southeast Asia


selected publications


courses taught

  • ASIA 1000 - Origins of Contemporary Southeast Asia
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explores the dynamic present of Southeast Asia in light of its complex past. Introduces the shared historical experiences that have shaped diverse Southeast Asian societies, with a focus on the continuing effects of colonialism, nationalism, and globalization in the region. Examines key issues facing contemporary Southeast Asian communities, including current debates around gender, faith, human rights, democracy, development, etc. Engages with Southeast Asian literature, film, art, journalism, and museum collections from a transdisciplinary perspective. Recommended prerequisite: students may find some prior coursework in history, anthropology, or Asian Studies to be helpful, but this is not required.
  • ASIA 2000 - Gateway to Modern Asia: Exploring Regional Connections
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Introduces main themes, intellectual approaches used in Asian Studies through a transdisciplinary perspective that focuses on interactions and links between geographic regions and national boundaries. Presents Asia as a concept, a powerful imaginary geography, and historically dynamic construct that has shaped / been shaped by global patterns of economic development, nation building, war and diplomacy, colonialism and aspirations for better lives.
  • ASIA 4300 - Open Topics in Asian Literature and Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Examines selected texts on a particular topic. Taught by regular or visiting faculty. Topics change each term. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ASIA 4500 - Urban Asia: Tradition, Modernity, Challenges
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Explores change in urban Asia, the representation of Asian cities, and the challenges of urban life through a transdisciplinary and thematic approach using academic articles, documentaries, and literary materials. The class discusses the role of tradition, concepts of modernity, the impact of tourism, rural to urban migration, poverty, the effects of war, legacies of colonialism, and environmental challenges.
  • ASIA 4830 - Senior Seminar in Asian Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Participates in a discussion seminar on topics in Asian Studies, conducts research and writes a final paper or creates a final project on an approved Asian topic, following guidelines established by the program director. Required for an Asian Studies major but open to non-Asian Study majors.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)