Invited Speaker at the “Progam Latihan
Borneo Leadership Talk Series 2/2020”, on 3rd September 2020
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. Title Paper Presented: Voices of Local Community
Leaders: Leaving no one behind in UNIMAS’s role in supporting SDGs.
Invited Speaker “Empowering Dayak Women
through Education” Zoom Event. 28th August 2020. Title Paper
Presented: Dayak Women in Digital Age: Opportunities and Challenges.
Invited Panelist “Forum Masa Depan
Malaysia: Prospek dan Cabaran oleh Kaukus Parlimen Muda Parlimen Malaysia,
2020” on 5th February 2020 at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Keynote Address, eBorneo Knowledge Fair 2019 “Indigenous Connections Across Borders.” 22 – 24 October 2019, in Ba Kelalan. Title Paper Presented: Across Border Connections through Space and Time: Implications on Policy Planning of Cross Border Movements in the Highlands of Central Borneo.
Speaker Plenary Panel “Energy Access for Sustainable Development hosted by United Nations Development Programme”, Pullman Hotel Kuching on 15-16th March 2019. Title Paper Presented: Looking Beyond Technologies.
Plenary Speaker at Dayak Chair Symposium on
“Indigenous Identities and Cultures” Faculty of Social Sciences, UNIMAS 2019.
Title Paper Presented: Sustaining Indigenous Identities and Cultures: what can we learn
from around the world?
Center for World Austronesia and Indigenous Peoples (CWAIP) at
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan .12 November 2019 – 16th November 2019.
Title Papers Presented: 1) We have Grown Cold: Technology
and Society in the Kelabit Highlands of Central Borneo 2. Jars and
Knowledge: Anthropology, Obligation and Development.
Invited Talk Regional Workshop on “Unpacking Indigeneity in
Southeast Asia” University Malaya 25th -26th April 2019.
Title Paper Presented:Unpacking Indigeneity: FORMADAT, the
Alliance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Highlands of Borneo
Invited Talk Kongres Seni Sarawak 2018
Merancang Ke arah Pelestarian dan Pemerkasaan Seni by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka
Cawangan Sarawak on 21 – 22 February 2018. Title Paper Presented:Melestarikan dan
Memperkasakan Persembahan dan Kesenian Etnik Sarawak sebagai penghubung ilmu:
sebuah nota dan isu dari aspek mendokumentasikan tradisi.
Plenary Speaker at Plenary Session 2:
Special MOOC Panel on Women’s Empowerment through Technology. KANITA
International Conference on Gender Studies (KICGS 2018) Press for Change:
Re-imagining and Co-creating Women's Empowerment by Centre for Research on
Women and Gender University Conference Hall, USM 27th & 28th
November 2018. Title Paper Presented: MOOC for Women at the Fringe. A note from
single mothers in Bario and Ba Kelalan, Sarawak.
Invited Speaker at the Law Faculty University
of Malaya on June 17, 2016. Paper Presented: Needs Analysis and Asset Based
Community Development for Telecentre Programme among Orang Asli West Malaysia.
Speaker University-Community Partnership by
Sarawak Development Institute Bilik Gerakan Negeri Wisma Bapa Malaysia 2016.
Plenary Speaker 2nd International
Conference on Media and Society, University Malaysia Sarawak 2015. Title Paper
Presented: e-Inclusion and Media for Asia’s Indigenous Peoples: Lessons Learnt
Invited Speaker Forum on East Looking East At
Sabah And Sarawak
by ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore
on 4th December 2015. Title Paper Presented: Building Fortitude:
Negotiating Identities at the Margin of Malaysian Nation State.
Invited Speaker 2nd Smart Village Workshop
by Academy Sciences Malaysia and The Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre at
Cambridge: Forum on Electricity Access for Indigenous Communities in Sarawak,
2015. Title Paper Presented: eBario Project.
Invited Speaker Social Transformation:
Rethinking New Directions Conference and Facilitated Workshop organised by The
Social Development Council, Ministry of Social Development Sarawak. Pullman,
Kuching October 30th – Novermber 1st 2014. Title Paper Presented: Traditional
and Cultural Sustainability and Social Transformation: What is the Way Forward?
Keynote Address 12th International Borneo Research
Council Conference: Diversity and Dynamism in Borneo (BRC2014), 2014 Universiti
Malaysia Sabah. Diversity and Dynamism in Borneo – The (Re) Positioning of Agency in
at the Roundtable on
Protecting Nature in the Heart of Borneo: Stocktake, Present Challenges, Future
Directions. 5 – 6 September 2012 by ISEAS, Singapore. Heart of Borneo and the Impact on Indigenous Communities, Sarawak.
Title of Paper Presented: Protecting
Nature in the Heart of Borneo (HoB): the Kelabit Perspective/Experiences on
Speaker at the Family as School of Peace, organized by WFWP
Hotel, Miri, Sarawak on 29th September 2012.
Paper Presented: Multicultural
Perspectives and Practices of Peace.
Presenter at Borneo Studies Workshop: The State-of-the
Art and Future Directions,
30 November – 1 December 2012 at UBD, Brunei. Title of Paper Presented: Sociological and Social
Science Research at University Malaysia Sarawak.
Invited Presenter at the
Malaysia Public Policy Dialogue: Marginalization, Poverty and Education: Social
Reality and Policy Reform Option, 20 December 2011 at UCSI
University, Malaysia. Title
of Paper Presented: Marginalization, Poverty and Education
Social Reality and Policy Reform Options: Some Observations/ Notes from
(2010) “Old Beads among the Kelabit of Sarawak Conserving their values within a
changing social and political context.” Paper presented at the Borneo
International Beads Conference on 9 – 10 October 2010
at Parkcity Everly
Hotel, Miri. Organized by CraftHub Sarawak and supported by World Crafts
Bala, P. (2009) “Documenting Traditional
Knowledge: Some notes/issues from Sarawak.” Paper presented at the Seminar
Pengetahuan Tradisi ke Arah Pembangunan Harta Intelek: Peranan Muzium dalam
memartabatkan Warisan sebagai Penghubung Ilmu dan Harta Intelek by MyIPO at
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center on 24-25 April 2009.
(2008) “Redeploying Technologies: Information Communication Technologies for
Greater Agency and Political Engagement in the Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak East
Malaysia.” Paper presented at the Subversion, Conversion, Development: Public
Interests in Technologies Conference by Centre for Research in the Arts, Social
Sciences and Humanities University of Cambridge, UK. 24 – 26 April 2008.
(2008) An engagement with “modernity”?: Becoming Christian in the Kelabit
Highlands of Central Borneo.” Paper presented at The 6th
International Malaysian Studies Conference (MSC6), Crowne Plaza Riverside
Hotel, Kuching, 5 – 7 August2008
(2007) Information Communication Technologies for Greater Agency: the Kelabit
Engagement with e-Bario, Paper presented at e-Bario Knowledge Fair, Bario
Telecentre, Bario Kelabit Highlands, 6-9 December 2007. [Presenter]
(2007) E-Inclusion and Media for Asia’s Indigenous Peoples: Lessons Learnt from
e-Bario, UNDP/e-Bario Agenda on ICTs for Indigenous People at the 3rd
Knowledge Conference (GK3),organized by Global Knowledge Partnership. Kuala
Lumpur Conference Centre (KLCC), 11-13 December, 2007. [Presenter]
Bala, P. (2006) “Issue of power & Community
participation in “development” in the Kelabit Highlands: Lessons from e Bario
project.” Paper presented at the 2006 Biennial BRC Conference –
Borneo in the New Century. Organized by: Borneo
Research Council and Institute of East Asian Studies, UNIMAS July 31 – August
1, 2006 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kuching Sarawak.
Bala, P. (2003)
“Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D).” Paper
presented at Special Event: Information and Communication Technology for
Development (ICT4D). Organized by Swiss Commission on the Information Society
and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, in Berne Switzerland March 26th,
Bala, P. (2002)
“e-Bario: a case for empowering rural communities through Information
communication technologies.” Paper presented at Asian Regional Consultation on
Rural Women in Knowledge Society. Organized by FAO and the International Crops
Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. At Campus of International Crops
Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patacheru Andhra Pradesh, India.
16 – 19 December 2002.
Bala P. (2002)
“eBario and ICT-enabled Development; South-South Exchange.” Workshop on
ICT-enabled Development; South-South Exchange. Organized by M.S.Swaminathan
Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai India in collaboration with Humanist
Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (HIVOS), International
Institute for Communication and Development and International Development
Research Center of Canda (IDRC), at MSSRF, Chennai India. 21 – 28 October 2002.
Bala, P. (2002)
“Research Agenda – Experience and Lessons from eBario Project.” Paper presented
at DAGS Workshop for Bridging the Digital Divide (BDD) Pilot Projects.
Organised by National IT Council, Malaysia. Awana Genting Highlands Golf and
Country Resort, Pahang Daul Makmur, 23 – 25 September 2002.
Bala, P. (2002)
“Providing equal access to information communication technologies for
communities for rural communities in Malaysia: Experience Learned from the
implementation of the e-Bario project.” Paper presented at the Information
Technology in Regional Areas Conference 2002. Rockhampton Queensland,
Australia. 26 – 29 August, 2002.
Bala, P (2002)
“Building Capacity at the local level for a Knowledge Society: Experience
Learned from the Implementation of the e-Bario Project.” Paper presented at
Infosoc Malaysia 2002 – K-initiatives for Improved Local Governance. Organized
by National IT Council of Malaysia and Ministry of Housing and Local
Government. At Magellan Sutera Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, 4 – 5 June 2002.
Bala, P. (2002)
“Teknologi untuk pembangunan Keluarga dan Masyarakat. Projek e-Bario, Sarawak.”
Paper presented at Seminar Kebangsaan Tecknologi Maklumat: Pembangunan Keluarga
dan Masyarakat. Organized by Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM). Dewan
Besar, IKIM Kuala Lumpur, 26 – 27 March 2002.
Bala, P (2001)
“Multiculturalism, religion and state at the margins: the Kelabit Experience in
the highlands of Central Borneo”. Paper presented at International Workshop on
“Religion, State and Post-Nationalism: The Southeast Asian Experience” at
Bala, P. (2000) "Borders and Regional
Economic Co-operation: Challenges for BIMP-EAGA", paper presented at
Seminar Politik Malaysia dan Isu-isu Serantau anjuran Kumpulan Teras Politik
dan Hubungan Antarabangsa, Fakulti Sains Sosial, UNIMAS pada 22 Januari 2000 di Dewan Kuliah 2,
Roger Harris, Peter Songan, Elaine Khoo Guet
Lien and Poline Bala (2000) “Methodologies for Community-Oriented Content"
Paper presented at Infosoc 2000: Access and Equity Benchmark for Progress
organized by NITC Malaysia, Sarawak State Government, Sarawak Information
Technology Resource Council, Sarawak Information Systems Sdn Bhd, MIMOS Bhd, PIKOM di Crown Plaza Hotel, Kuching Sarawak (7-9
Poline Bala, Elaine Khoo Guet Lien, Peter
Songan and Roger Harris (2000) “Potential Users Profile and Existing
Communication Pattern Among the Rural Community of Bario: A Need Analysis for
the Development of a Telecentre.” Paper presented at Conference Borneo 2000
organized by UNIMAS and Sarawak Development Institute. (10-14 July 2000) Crown
Plaza Hotel, Kuching Sarawak
Bala, P. (2000) Space, Place and Identity:
Changing Meanings at the Border in Highland Borneo. Paper presented at
Conference Borneo 2000 organized by UNIMAS and Sarawak Development Institute.
(10-14 July 2000) Crown Plaza Hotel, Kuching Sarawak
Roger Harris, Poline Bala, Peter
Songan and Elaine Khoo Guet Lien (2000) “Challenges and Opportunities in
introducing information and communication technologies to the Kelabit Community
of North Central Borneo.” Paper presented at Conference Catac 2000: Cultural
Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication organized by Murdoch University.
Di Tradewinds Hotel, Perth (12 - 14 July 2000)
Bala, P. (2000) “Informal economies at the
Border regions of Highland Borneo: Lessons and opportunities for BIMP-EAGA”
Paper presented at Regional Conference on BIMP-EAGA 2000: Socio-economic
Co-operation in BIMP-EAGA by Faculty of Social Sciences, UNIMAS (October 18-19 2000) Merdeka Palace Hotel,
Bala, P. (2000)“e-Bario Telecentre
Development Project.” Paper presented at
e-Rural Symposium on Rural IT Development organized by UNIMAS, IDRC, MIMOS Bhd.,
Sarawak State Government. Hilton Hotel, Kuching Sarawak. (22-23 November 2000)