April 6, 2023

Luncheon talk with Dr. Nicolas Weber on A Cham Odyssey – Ten Centuries of Diasporic History

April 6, 2023, 11:30 – 13:00, Classroom 103, Ground Floor, Fulbright University Vietnam

In the next episode of ‘Fulbright Speakers’ Series: The World Beyond a Book’, Fulbright University Vietnam cordially invites you to a luncheon talk with Dr. Nicolas Weber on his monograph, A Cham Odyssey – Ten Centuries of Diasporic History.

⏰Time: 11:30 AM – 01:00 PM on Thursday, April 6, 2023 (Vietnam time, GMT +7)

📌Location: Classroom 103, Ground Floor, Fulbright University Vietnam

👉 Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/fvbRwBq553

🙌Lunch will be provided at the venue based on your registration

His monograph offers the first comprehensive study of the history of the Cham diaspora in mainland Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia). It aims to show the patterns of the historical development of the Cham diaspora and documents their participation to the development of the region. Drawing on a large corpus of sources in the Cham, Vietnamese, Khmer, Malay and French languages, the book covers a broad chronology (from the 10th to the 20th centuries) and geographical scope to reflect the diversity and similarity, as well as the specificity and continuity of the various stages of development of the Cham diaspora. While sharing his own journey through research, he will reflect on the nature and meaning of the sources he have used which, while expressing Cham uniqueness and singular history, are strangely relatable and universal.


Fulbright Speakers’ Series is a quest for knowledge and understanding with diverse incisive viewpoints of prominent authors, both in Vietnam and globally, venturing into a myriad of topics ranging from development history and current Vietnam in the context of globalization, to the importance of mental health in being a compassionate community member.

About the speaker:

Nicolas Weber specializes in Southeast Asian history (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia), ethno-history and diasporas.  

He received his Ph.D. from INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations), Paris, France, in 2005. He has worked extensively on ethnic history, Cham history and the Cham Diaspora in Southeast Asia. His first monograph, published in French in 2014, features the first synthesis of ten centuries of Cham diasporic history in Southeast Asia. He has also published in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, SOJOURN and Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Asiatic Society, as well as Bulletin de l’École Française d’Extrême-Orient, Archipel and Péninsule.  

His research involves extensive analysis of sources in vernacular languages, and particularly in Cham and Vietnamese. Through his research, publications and talks, he has sought to give importance to underrepresented groups’ perspectives. He believes that, in a multifaceted history, such as that of Vietnam, it is important to demonstrate the different narratives that exist within the various ethnic groups. In addition, it creates the opportunity to give voice to people who have been involved in crucial historical events.