It is an unfortunate reality that many areas of study at universities across the world will never have the same draw than others. Very often, the more exotic the area, the less attractive it is for most prospective students. ...
Now that the dust has settled on my first two academic conferences, it seems like a good time to sit down and reflect on the experience.First up, the two day Transatlantic Historical Approaches Workshop, held by King’s in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nothing quite like two rainy, cold British summertime days to welcome our American panelists. I was first up, bright and early, at 9am, to give my paper, alongside Josh Lynn from the UNC. Giving the paper was surprisingly non-daunting – I think I must have used up all my nervous energy back...
By Saksith Saiyasombut There were a few events and discussion panels on freedom of speech and how the lèse majesté laws is heavily contributing to the continuous deterioration of that in Thailand in recent years. There was the panel discussion with Sulak, Pravit, Marshall and Anderson hosted by Siam Voices contributor Lisa Gardner, then the FCCT (where...
By Saksith Saiyasombut A highly anticipated and interesting panel discussion on Thailand’s draconian lèse majesté law will take place on Thursday with a very illustrious panel hosted by Siam Voices contributor Lisa Gardner, featuring academic Benedict Anderson, Thai columnist Pravit Rojanaphruk, social critic Sulak Sivaraksa and former Reuters correspondent Andrew MacGregor Marshall, who became (in)famous for...
Via Monkey Cage, check out Paul Staniland’s latest paper (PDF) on wartime political orders (full disclosure: Paul is a friend and on my dissertation committee). The basic point of the paper is that during civil conflicts, “bargains, deals, and tacit understandings between states and insurgents are common.” That is, states and insurgents are not actually...
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