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).

Chris Hulshof and Kurt Kuehne, CSEAS graduate students, win Campus-Wide TA Awards

Congratulations to Christopher Hulshof and Kurt Kuehne, who were awarded in recognition of their outstanding teaching this year! Both Chris and Kurt are graduates of the MA program in Southeast Asian Studies, going on to pursue PhDs in their respective fields of History and Sociology. Chris received the Exceptional Service Award, which recognizes TAs who, in addition to their regular duties, perform exceptional service related to the educational mission of their department and our university (volunteerism, committee work, mentoring, etc.). Kurt received the Capstone PhD Teaching Award, which recognizes TAs who have performed as outstanding teachers throughout their UW–Madison tenure. This category honors TAs who are dissertators at the end of their graduate program and planning to defend their dissertations by the end of the academic year.

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!

Center Staff Updates

Recognizing Imelda Djatirman and Sri Pratiwi For nearly two years—a time largely dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Center has benefitted from the dedicated efforts of two program assistants who have given exceptional services to …