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Mon, 29 Nov


AMSEAS Biennial Conference 2021

AMSEAS Biennial Conference 2021: "Mainland Southeast Asia: Control and Resistance"

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AMSEAS  Biennial Conference 2021: "Mainland Southeast Asia: Control and Resistance"
AMSEAS  Biennial Conference 2021: "Mainland Southeast Asia: Control and Resistance"

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29 Nov 2021, 12:00 pm AEDT – 30 Nov 2021, 6:00 pm AEDT

AMSEAS Biennial Conference 2021

Conference Program


CONFERENCE DAY 1: Monday 29th November

NOTE: All times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

12.00 - 12.15pm  Welcoming Address: Patrick Jory, President, AMSEAS

12.15 - 12.50pm  Keynote Address: Nick Cheesman: “Mainland Southeast Asia: Control and Resistance”

12.50 - 1.00pm Break

1.00 - 2.20 pm  PANEL 1: Authoritarianism and Resistance

      CHAIR: Melissa Curley, University of Queensland

  • 'Uniformity to Resist: Ruptures and Solidarity among Thai Pro-Democracy Protestors' - Wichuta Teeratanabodee, Nanyang Technological University
  • 'Does Regime Matter? Reconsidering Thailand’s Democratic Recession from Below' - Suthikarn Meechan, University of Canterbury
  • 'State Mobilisation and Authoritarian Legitimation: The Case of Cambodia' - Mun Vong, Griffith University

2.20 - 2.30pm Break

2.30 - 3.50pm PANEL 2: Authoritarian Institutions

      CHAIR: Simon Creak, Nanyang Technological University

  • 'Rule of Law for Political Gain: Trends in Civil Society in Lao PDR' - Andrea Haefner, Griffith University
  • 'Fighting the Pandemic like Fighting the Enemy: Vietnam’s Securitization of COVID-19' - Phan Xuan Dung, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, To Minh Son, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore & Quah Say Jye, National University of Singapore.
  • 'Power before Education: The Authoritarianism of a Thai University' - Matthew Kosuta, Independent Scholar

3.50 - 4.00pm Break

4.00 - 5.20pm PANEL 3: Media Activism and Access

      CHAIR: Arjun Subrahmanyan, Murdoch University

  • 'Breaking News Taboos: The Politics of Social News and Thailand’s 2020 Protests' - Sippachai Kunnuwong, Sungkonghoe University
  • 'Vietnam's Media in the Oil Rig Crisis' - Le, Thi My Danh, University of Waikato
  • 'Bridging the Digital Divide: Reducing Digital Inequalities in Vietnam via ICT Access and Usage' - Khang Pham Minh, Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities & Tai Quoc Nguyen, Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities


CONFERENCE DAY 2: Tuesday 30th November

11.00 - 12.40pm PANEL 4: China and Mainland Southeast Asia: History

      CHAIR: Marnie Feneley, University of New South Wales

  • 'Hegemonic Imaginings: Revisiting Historical Discourse about Chinese Colonialism in Nanyang, 1905-1940' - Ruixin Yang & Yuhang Yu, Independent scholars
  • 'Kirin in the Chinthe’s Territory: The Presence of Chinese Films in British Burma, 1925-1927' - Yongchun Fu, NingboTech University
  • 'Revisiting Miscellaneous Notes on the Southern Seas: A Nineteenth Century Chinese Official Visits Vietnam' - Josh Stenberg, University of Sydney
  • 'Old Burmese Weights were not Opium Weights. They were Weights. What Else do we Know about Them?' - Bob Hudson, University of Sydney

12.40 - 12.50pm Break

12.50 - 2.10pm PANEL 5: China and Mainland Southeast Asia: The Present


  • 'Patriots Abroad: Imperialism, Grand Strategy, and Capitalism in China’s Activities in Mainland Southeast Asia' - Gregory V. Raymond, Australian National University
  • 'Cambodia-China Relations: From a Critical State Theory Perspective' - Sreang Chheat, University of Queensland
  • 'Angstful Aspirants: Ethnic Minority Uplanders in Far-North Laos are Greeting China’s Rise with a Compelling Cocktail of Aspiration, Awe, Angst and Ambivalence' - Paul-David Lutz, The University of Sydney

2.10 - 2.20pm Break

2.20 - 4.00pm  PANEL 6: Labour, Development, Migration

      CHAIR: Gerard McCarthy, National University of Singapore

  • 'Labour and Electoral Politics in Cambodia' - Kristy Ward and Michele Ford, University of Sydney
  • 'Processes and Pathways of Vietnamese Migration to Australia: A Network-Based Approach' - Lan Anh Hoang, University of Melbourne
  • 'Challenges in Managing Undocumented Migrant Workers under the New Law on Contract-based Vietnamese Overseas Workers: A Case Study of Runaway Vietnamese Migrant Workers in Japan' - Nguyen Thuy Duong, Hanoi Law University
  • 'Exclusive Urbanism: Development and Privatisation in Vientiane' - Kesone Kanhalikham, National University of Laos & Kearrin Sims, James Cook University

4.00 - 4.10pm Break

4.10 - 5.50pm  PANEL 7: Environmental Activism

     CHAIR: Justine Chambers, Australian National University

  • 'Towards the ‘Expanded Field’ of Environmental Activism in Cambodia' - Stephanie Benzaquen-Gautier, University of Nottingham
  • 'Plastic Constellations and Actor Insights in Thailand' - Achmad Firas Khudi, Chiang Mai University
  • 'Destroying the Good with the Bad: Farmers’ Attitudes and Beliefs and Pesticide Overuse in Northwest Cambodia'- Lucinda Dunn, University of Sydney
  • 'Learning to Transform Bangkok: The Roles of Thai CSOs in Transnational Knowledge Flows' - Chieh-Ming Lai, University of Sydney

5.50-6.00pm Closing Remarks: Melissa Curley, University of Queensland

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