The 11th International Conference on Thai Studies
Visions of the Future
July 26-28, 2011

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The Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, is pleased to invite researchers, students, and activists with an interest in Thailand to participate in the 11th International Conference on Thai Studies on July 26-28, 2011. Held every three years, the International Conference on Thai Studies is a well-established forum for researchers across disciplines to share knowledge and perspectives on Thailand, Thai culture and society and the connection between Thailand and the world. In 2011, the 11th International Conference on Thai Studies marks the 30th Anniversary of two special occasions: first, the inauguration of the Thai Studies Conference, initiated in 1981 in India by a small group of Thai and Indian scholars, and secondly the founding of the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, a rigorous unit of Mahidol University devoted to research and studies on diverse linguistic groups and cultures of Asia.
Keynote Address

“Religion and Power in Modern Thai History”

  • Craig J. Reynolds, Australian National University
Plenary Sessions

“The Disappearing Past: Hidden Histories and Vanishing Environments”

  • John Hartmann, Northern Illinois University
  • Discussant: William Klausner, The Institute of Security and International Studies, Thailand

“Thainess” in the Face of Universal Human Rights Protection of Cultural and Linguistic Identity”

  • Suwilai Premsrirat, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Coeli Barry, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (Public Organization), Thailand
  • Discussant: Gothom Arya, Mahidol University, Thailand
Concluding Remark
  • Robert Bauer, University of Hong Kong
Abstract Submission

To submit abstracts, please send a Microsoft word file (document) and a PDF file of abstracts in English, in email attachments, to by February 15, 2011. Confirmation of abstract acceptance will be delivered by 31 March 2011. Language of the conference is English.

Organized Panels

Organized panels, composed of three scholars presenting formal papers and one discussant, will be scheduled into one-and-a-half-hour time slots. Panel organizers are requested to supply the following information:-

  1. Title of the panel
  2. Conference theme(s) to be discussed by the panel and a brief outline (up to 50 words) of the focus of the panel
  3. The full name, affiliation, office address and email of each paper presenter and the panel organizer(s)/discussant(s)
  4. The title of each presentation
  5. An abstract for each paper of up to 250 words
The following tentative panels are seeking paper presenters. Please contact the panel organizers directly if interested
  1. Language and Culture Preservation: Lessons, Debates and Case Studies
    Panel organizer: Suwilai Premsrirat
  2. Romanization in Thai
    Panel organizers: Amon Saengmanee and Robert Bauer
  3. Ethnic Groups in Thailand
    Panel organizer: Somsonge Burusphat
  4. The Thai-Cambodian Conflict: Nationalist Discourses on Ancient Monuments
    Panel organizer: Volker Grabowsky
Individual Papers

To submit a proposal for individual paper presentation, please include the following:

  1. Title of the paper
  2. Name, affiliation, address and email of paper presenter
  3. Abstracts (up to 250 words) with identified keywords
  4. Related conference theme(s)
Themes and Topics

The 11th International Conference on Thai Studies is intended to reflect on the course of Thailand’s history and to envision the way forward as the country has undergone crucial changes and challenges. The conference aims at addressing emerging issues as well as revisiting old debates about Thai society. Panels will engage in, but not be limited to, the following overlapping topics:

  • Thailand, diversity and multiculturalism
  • Food, culture, and the political economy
  • Agricultural transformation
  • Democratization
  • Environmental movements
  • Thai civil society and civic participation
  • The media and society
  • Virtual community and activism
  • Peace building and conflict resolution
  • Law and social justice
  • Culture and representation
  • Thai urbanism
  • Thailand and ASEAN
  • Thailand and the Mekong Sub-region
  • Migration and citizenship
  • Arts and architecture
  • Literature and music
  • Language and linguistics
  • Communication and development
  • History
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Health and Medicine
Registration and payment details will be announced in due course.
Registration Fees
Early registration fee
(on or before April 30, 2011)
Late Registration fee
(after April 30, 2011)
Thai Nationals
3,000 Baht
4,000 Baht
Foreign Participants
Thai Students
1,500 Baht
2,000 Baht
Foreign Students
For further information, please contact:

Somsonge Burusphat, Ph.D.
Organizing Chair
Tel 66-85-9397746

Sirijit Sunanta, Ph.D.
Secretariat Chair
The 11th International Conference on Thai Studies
The Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia
Mahidol University, Salaya
999 Phuttamonthon 4 Road, Nakhon Pathom 73170, THAILAND
Fax 662-800-2332 Tel 662-8002308-14 ext. 3327

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