The End of an Era

Congratulations to Dr. Sheila Zamar, who completed her doctoral degree this summer in Asian Languages and Cultures with a dissertation on “Apprehending Philippine Negrito Languages, 1890-1990: An Inquiry into Linguistic Ideology.” We are, of course, …

2022 Council on Thai Studies (COTS) Conference – 50th Anniversary

The Council on Thai Studies (COTS) is an informal organization of scholars interested in all aspects of Thai studies, broadly defined. First established in 1972, COTS annually provides scholars with a venue for reporting preliminary findings, opportunities to receive prepublication feedback and a forum to discuss field and archive
challenges. Please consider giving a presentation or gathering a small group for a roundtable discussion or panel. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit papers, although everyone is welcome. Individual topics or groupings of papers are also welcome. An effort will be made to group individual papers into panel sessions
around common themes. Each presenter will have a maximum of 15 minutes for an oral presentation. This year is the 50th Anniversary of COTS, and thus this conference will be historic. Keynote speakers will include Professor Emeritus Thongchai Winichakul (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Professor Pinkaew Laungaramsri (Chiang Mai University).

Call for Participants: Feb 2022 JSEALab Reading Group

Led by four leading scholars, activists and artists, the reading group will collectively think about the events of the past year, histories of dictatorship and opposition in Myanmar, and possible futures of justice. Topics will include ethnic politics, the role of artists and journalists, and the meanings of the past in the present. Held once a week for four weeks in February 2022 [Wednesdays/Thursdays: 9 am Thailand (Thursday)/11 am Tokyo (Thursday)/1 pm Canberra (Thursday)/6 pm Berkeley (Wednesday)/8 pm Madison (Wednesday)], the twenty participants in the reading group will reflect and exchange ideas about state repression and peoples’ struggle in Myanmar. Participants will be asked to read, watch or otherwise engage with selected materials prior to each meeting and to commit to attending all four sessions. The reading group will be held online via Zoom and is free and is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. There is a maximum of 20 participants, so apply soon!