Past events

24
Oct
2017

Speaking Out: Public Political Criticism in Contemporary Vietnam

Ben Kerkvliet

In essays, books, blogs, magazines, petitions, and demonstrations, Vietnamese citizens in recent years have been publicly debating and criticizing government agencies, policies, and the ruling...

17
Oct
2017

Villager responses to drought: An ethnographic study in southwest China

Aisi Shang

Abstract This thesis explores the social underpinnings of disasters associated with natural hazards. In existing disaster studies, it is common to classify people into different vulnerable groups...

10
Oct
2017

The Persistence Ethic: Debts and everyday politics in a rural East Javanese village

Colum Graham

Abstract In this midterm review seminar, I will present my research that investigates the politics of persistence in a rural village in East Java. I conceive of persistence as indebtedness,...

03
Oct
2017

Adversarial Linkages: The urban poor and electoral politics in Jakarta

Amalinda Savirani and Edward Aspinall

Abstract How do social movements rooted among poor and marginalized citizens bargain and forge coalitions with politicians, and win concessions from them, when electoral competition is...

07
Sep
2017

Islamic Nationalism: The Armed Resistance of Patani Malays in Southern Thailand

Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat

Abstract This research investigates the transformations of political ideologies of contemporary liberation movements in southern Thailand. The year 2004 marked a dramatic surge of violent...

07
Sep
2017

Mr Mothercountry: Colonialism and the rule of law

Professor Keally McBride, University of San Francisco

PRESENTED BY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE

One of the most interesting areas of scholarship in recent years has been the relationship between colonialism and the rule of law. Several...

29
Aug
2017

Political Authority in Vietnam: Is the Vietnamese communist party a paper leviathan?

Adam Fforde and Lada Homutova

Abstract In a contribution to the political analysis of contemporary Vietnam, a single-Party state, this paper seeks to provide an understanding of the Vietnamese term ‘authority’ (‘uy’) and its...

18
Aug
2017

Moderator or manipulator? Norodom Sihanouk and the nature of UN authority-building in Cambodia (1992-93)

Katrin Travouillon

Abstract Evaluations of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia make little mention of a contentious proposal that almost led to the amendment of UNTAC’s mandate: To safeguard...

25
Jul
2017

Jihadists Assemble: the rise of militant Islamism in Southeast Asia

Quinton Temby

Abstract After the attacks of September 11, 2001, in the US and the Bali bombings in Indonesia the following year, Southeast Asia came under scrutiny for its role in the rise of militant Islamism...

11
Jul
2017

In Plain Sight: Impunity and Human Rights in Thailand

Tyrell Haberkorn

Abstract Across regimes both dictatorial and democratic since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932, Thai citizens have experienced a range of forms of extrajudicial violence at the hands of...

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