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Film screening of “Paradoxocracy” and discussion in Vienna

“The role of film, media and social media in the current political context of Thailand”

Film screening of “Paradoxocracy” and dicsussion with Thai film maker and magazine founder Passakorn Pramunwong

Thursday, 24 September, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Department of Development Studies
Seminar room SG2
Sensengasse 3, 1090 Vienna

1:00 pm
Film screening of “Paradoxocracy” (2013) 85 min, directed by Passakorn Pramunwong, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Using a combination of archival footage, voice-overs and interviews with 15 academics, activists and political leaders from Thailand, “Paradoxocracy” presents a personal journey to come to an understanding of how Thailand arrived at its current state of political struggle. Given Thailand’s strict lese majeste laws the film is heavily self-censored and also suffered several significant requests for “adjustments” from the Thai censorship board before it could be publicly screened. The censored parts were kept in the film but the censored dialogues made silent and the English subtitles blackened.

2:30 pm
Discussion with film maker Passakorn Pramunwong

Master’s Contemporary Asian Studies – University of Amsterdam

Are you interested in Asia?

Then check out the Master’s programme of the University of Amsterdam:
Contemporary Asian Studies is an innovative programme with a broad, interdisciplinary character and a comparative approach to the study of Asia, as a key driver of local and global changes. The programme focuses on all the main regions of Asia, stressing the importance of looking at interconnections both within the vast Asian region and between Asian societies and other parts of the world.
The main objective of the programme is to meet a growing demand for social scientific knowledge and expertise in different areas concerning Asian societies. This programme consists of courses that focus on contemporary themes as well as courses on specific regions in Asia. The programme also offers you the opportunity to design and conduct an independent field research in Asia, leading to a Master’s thesis. If you wish to conduct field research in other regions or the Netherlands, that can also be accommodated – if related to Asia, or Asian people.

Student profile:
Are you a student with a bachelor in Sociology, Anthropology, Social Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Asian Studies, Political Sciences, Law or Management? Do you have a special interest in Asia? Then the Master’s Programme Contemporary Asian Studies might be the perfect Master’s Programme for you!

There will be a presentation at the University of Amsterdam in REC-M S.02 on 16 February at 18.00 and/or make an appointment with your study advisor or the study advisor of Contemporary Asian Studies (Iti Westra) T. +31 (0)20 525 3777

For detailed information please visit the University’s website:

Call for papers: Malay/Indonesian manuscripts panel at ASEASUK 2014

Keeping up the tradition established by Datuk Dr Annabel, Dr Mulaika Hijjas will be convening a panel on Malay/Indonesian manuscript studies at ASEASUK 2014, to be held in Brighton, 12-14 September.

Papers are invited on any aspect of the form and content of manuscripts from insular South East Asia, including the present-day states of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, and the southern Muslim regions of Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. Topics may include the codicology of manuscripts, including studies on illumination, bindings, inks, calligraphy and palaeography; philological studies of texts in vernacular languages or in Arabic; and the overlap between manuscript studies and epigraphy, looking at inscriptions in wood, stone or metal. Historical, literary or cultural studies based on manuscript materials will also be welcome.


Details of the conference are attached and can also be found here:


Please submit abstracts to Mulaika Hijjas (, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of South East Asia, SOAS, University of London by 31 March 2014.

Summerschool on Indonesia

As part of a newly established Australian-German academic exchange program, we are organizing a summerschool on ‘Local, National and Transnational Modes of Belonging in Indonesia and Beyond’ (Kleinwalstertal, Austria; 20-26 July 2014). The workshop is organized by anthropologists from the Australian National University, Canberra, and the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. We are inviting interested PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers (Postdocs) to submit their paper abstracts by 25 January 2014 the latest.



Local, National and Transnational Modes of Belonging in Indonesia and Beyond

Kleinwalsertal, Germany, 20-26 July 2014

A joint Australian-German Project



Organizers: Prof. Kathryn Robinson (The Australian National University), Prof. Karl-Heinz Kohl (Goethe-University Frankfurt), Prof. Susanne Schroeter (Goethe-University Frankfurt), Dr. Birgit Braeuchler (Goethe-University Frankfurt), Dr. Kristina Grossmann (University of Passau), Dr. Ross Tapsell (The Australian National University)


Format: Presentations with group-based and individual feedback, discussion of participants’ work-in-progress and future ideas, text work … complemented by various activities to explore the beautiful Kleinwalsertal


Who: PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers (Postdocs)

Submission Deadline: 25 January 2014

Notification: by 3 February 2014

Costs per participant: appr. € 300 (or AUS$ 420), including accommodation (6 nights), transport (Frankfurt, Germany, to Kleinwalsertal) and meals


Course description: What does national belonging mean in the 21st century? How does it intersect with other forms of identification, couched in, for example, local, universal or global terms. The last few decades in Indonesa have semingly tested national belonging. The conflicts that accompanied the fall of Suharto led to fears of national disintegration; the ‘Big Bang’ decentralisation has fostered localised power bases and ‘nativist’ claims. However, the economy is booming and the move to electoral democracy following thirty years of authoritarian rule hailed a success by political allies and commentators alike. How do we understand expressions of sub-national difference that continue to flare up, which include local identity (including claims of indigeneity) and rights claims; demands by religiously motivated groups to redefine the terms of the nation; and protests by groups (including women) that feel left out by dominant forms of ideology and public policy. The current period has thus also been marked by new fundamentalisms – religious and cultural – including resurgence of claims by ‘traditional’ elites of their right to rule, anti-migrant ‘nativist’ discourse or the introduction of local laws purportedly based on sharia. Such claims pose challenges to state/national ideologies, and the very idea of the nation. They are potentially inflammatory as they do not acknowledge the historic heterogeneity of local populations in Indonesia and can lead to the emergence of conflict between, for example: locals and migrants; Muslim ‘traditionalists’ and purification movements drawing on global discourses; promoters of local culture versus sympathizers of western-derived notions of democracy.


            Such dynamics are not unique to Indonesia and some (religious fundamantalisms; assertion of rights in terms of indigeneity; demands for gender equity) invoke international or indeed universal ideologies and principles. The Summerschool will assess current ‘modes of belonging’ by taking differing vantage points, including the peripheries, and from below. We would encourage contributions to be based on theoretical reflections in areas such as concepts of citizenship; national identity and community formation; transnational social movements; and forms of representation and communication; analysed through field research.


Particular foci or themes could be:

  • ‘revival of tradition’
  • internal and transnational migration
  • religious radicalization
  • interlinkage between different normative orders (state, customary, religious, etc.)
  • local, national, transnational identities (including media representations)
  • changing resource use and access
  • gender relations


Please send a short letter outlining your reasons for wishing to attend, your paper title and abstract (maximum 250 words), along with your institutional affiliation and a short bio sketch (maximum 150 words), to Birgit Braeuchler (birgitbraeuchler[at] and Kristina Grossmann (rossarigo[at] by 25 January 2014.


The initiative takes place in the framework of a newly established Australian-German exchange program funded by the DAAD (GU-Go8).

Job vacancy at Royal Thai Embassy in Berlin/ Germany

The Royal Thai Embassy is looking for a German national with a background in political science / IR or economics, who is fluent in English and has good research abilities and organizational skills. For further information or in order to send your CV and a letter of interest, please refer to the following contact details:  

Dr. Chaiyakorn Kiatpongsan, First Secretary

Royal Thai Embassy
Lepsiusstr. 64-66
12163 Berlin
Tel. +491622099404

Guest lecture on “Community Driven Development, Food Security and Vulnerability in a Post Crisis Context: The Case of Post Tsunami Aceh” by John McCarthy, 24 June 2013, Vienna

John McCarthy from the Australian National University will give a lecture on “Community Driven Development, Food Security and Vulnerability in a Post Crisis Context: The Case of Post Tsunami Aceh”  on 24th June 2013 at 4 p.m. at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Seminar room 1, A-1030 Vienna, Apostelgasse 23. More Information: Guest Lecture_McCarthy


Conference “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia”, Goettingen (Germany), June 26-29 2013

In global comparison, Southeast Asia stands out as a region marked by a particularly diverse religious landscape. Various “ethnic religions” interact with so-called “world religions”, all of the latter — with the exception of Judaism — being represented in the region. The mid-term conference “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia” will explore the link between “religion” and “modernity” by focusing on three dimensions of religious dynamics, namely mediality, politics and mobility.

For the programme, a list of presenters, the abstracts and information on registration details, please visit the conference website:

A reduced conference fee is available until June 15th.