September 29, 2013

Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting


Council on Thai Studies
Annual Meeting
October 18-19, 2013

In Celebration of the 180th Anniversary of Thai-U.S. Diplomatic Relations

The Council on Thai Studies or COTS, which was founded at Northern Illinois University in 1972, is an informal organization of scholars interested in all aspects of Thai studies. COTS annually provides scholars and students with a venue for reporting preliminary findings, opportunities to receive prepublication feedback and a forum to discuss field and archive challenges.

The conference will lead off with a lecture Oct. 18 by NIU alumnus Srisompob Jitpiromsri, director of the Center for Conflict Studies and Cultural Diversity at Prince of Songkla University in Pattani, Thailand. His talk will be “The Formation of Peace Discourse and the Politics of Recognition in the Patani Peace Process.” While at NIU for the conference, Jitpiromsri is also accepting a Distinguished Alumni award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The keynote speaker Oct. 19 will be University of Leeds professor of Southeast Asian politics Duncan McCargo. His talk will be “Dispensing Justice? The Work of Thai Police Investigators.”

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