Friday Forum: Thanik Lertcharnrit

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

“The Prehistory of Thailand, from the Beginning to the Emergence of Urban Centers”

Friday Forum: Phong Nguyen

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

The Interpretation of Silence: Navigating History, Myth, and Invention as a Vietnamese American Writer This talk will explore my family background, my efforts to understand and write about my father's history, and how this background …

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

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

2022 Annual Council on Thai Studies Meeting 50th Anniversary of COTS Conference Dates: October  21-23, 2022 Center for Southeast Asian Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison Ingraham Hall, Room 206 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706   …

Friday Forum/Council on Thai Studies (COTS) Conference Keynote Lecture: Pinkaew Laungaramsri

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

"Border and Bribery: An Anthropology of Corruption"

Corruption has often been defined as a sign of social instability and decay, endemic to weak states with poor legal order. Anti-corruption networks, policymakers, politicians, and international institutes intrinsically linked corruption to the lack of good governance and transparency believed to lead to consequential economic losses for the developing world. Such view is shaped by the separation between the state and society and the law and corruption opposition. Drawing on fieldwork in border town A in western Thailand, this talk attempts to move away from the duality of the relationship between state and corruption and corresponding public and private dichotomy by investigating the politics of bribery, extortion, and brokerage operating at the border. In rethinking the anthropology of corruption, the speaker argues that corruption in the form of bribery has not only been central to the process of state making at the margin, it has also been key to accumulation of capital through fixity of migrant workers that connects the margin with the global textile industries. The complex relationship between state’s reification and exploitation of migrant categories, and immigrant’s negotiation of such immutability are discussed as fundamental to what Kirsten Endres calls ‘corrupt exception’ – the overlapping state of inclusion and exclusion in which corruption has become the norm rather than the exception.

Friday Forum: Tyrell Haberkorn

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

The Impossibility of the People: A Judgment Against Coups in Thailand The People Rule on the Government On the first anniversary of the coup by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the junta …

Friday Forum: Nattaporn Luangpipat

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

"Chinese Dialects VS Mandarin: The Ebb and Flow of Chinese Language Learning in Thailand" This event is free and open to the public.

Friday Forum: Mai Elliot

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

Looking For My Family's Roots in a Changed Vietnam?   Returning to Vietnam after the Vietnam War ended in 1975, I found a country that time, two long and devastating wars, a Communist revolution, globalization …

Friday Forum: Chaiyaporn Singdee

206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

The Afterlife of the Vietnam War Era: U.S. Army Uniforms in Thailand This event is free and open to the public.