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Conference Program


CONFERENCE DAY 1: Monday 29th November

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

12.15 - 12.50pm        Keynote Address: Nick Cheesman: “Mainland Southeast Asia:  
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


  • Regime Crisis and State Mobilisation: 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, FPT University


  • 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

11.00am - 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

CHAIR: Patrick Jory, University of Queensland

  • 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 - 5.30pm           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


  • Learning to Transform Bangkok: The Roles of Thai CSOs in Transnational Knowledge Flows
           Chieh-Ming Lai, University of Sydney

5.30 - 5.40pm              Closing Remarks: Melissa Curley, University of Queensland


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