University of Wisconsin–Madison


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    Ingraham 206
    Room 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706, USA

    “Mandating Modernity: The 12 Cultural Mandates and the New Thai Woman”

    Kanjana Thepboriruk
    Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
    Center for Southeast Asian Studies
    Northern Illinois University

    This talk explores the nationalist campaign waged by the 1st Phibunsongkhra Regime from 1939 – 1942, in particular, those policies that were directed at women. I discuss the mandates and the supplemental propaganda texts produced by the Department of Publicity that targeted women, as well as the afterlife of the Mandates in current day Thailand. Sources include original texts (books, pamphlets, and speeches).