Thai studies in Sydney

[Originally posted September 2012. This is updated and re-posted.]

The University of Sydney will host the Twelfth International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS12) in April next year. This is a reminder that proposals for panels are due by the end of this month. Full details of the conference, and the online forms for panel and paper proposals and for registration are available here.

Since 1981, ICTS has been held every three years at different universities in and outside Thailand. This will be the first ICTS to be held in a city outside Thailand that has a significant Thai population, and this will help define the over-arching theme of the conference. Thailand in the World also anticipates the ASEAN Community in 2015, recognizes the globalization of the Thai economy, and follows a longstanding interest of ICTS in the broader world of Tai cultures beyond Thailand’s borders. As previously, the conference will be also open to a wide range of themes in the field of Thai Studies.

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The Twelfth International Conference on Thai Studies will be held at the University of Sydney from 22-24 April 2014. The theme will be “Thailand in the World”, and it will only take a short walk from the conference venue to the restaurants of King Street to confirm the influence of Thailand in Australia’s largest city. Sydney University has a strong tradition in Thai studies (Bill Geddes, Doug Miles and Peter Hinton were all members of the Anthropology department where I studied as an undergraduate) and the conference organiser, Phil Hirsch, has taken a lead in raising the profile of Southeast Asian studies at the University. All in all, its a great location for a Thai studies conference.

The first call for papers is available here. And the conference website is here.

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