Keynote speakers

Our currently confirmed keynote speakers are:

As more speakers are confirmed, we will add their names and profiles to this page.


Professor Thongchai Winichakul

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Thongchai Winichakul

Dr Thongchai Winichakul is Professor of History at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His book, Siam Mapped: a history of the geobody of a nation (1994) was awarded the Harry J Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies (USA) in 1995, and the Grand Prize from the Asian Affairs Research Council (Japan) in 2004. He was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Award in 1994 and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. His research interests are in cultural and intellectual history of Siam including nationalism, modern geography and cartography, and historical knowledge. He is currently working on the intellectual foundations of modern Siam (1880s-1930s) and also on a book on the memories of the 1976 massacre in Bangkok. He regularly engages in political and social commentaries in Thailand. Professor Thongchai has been elected the President of the Association for Asian Studies in 2013/14.


Dr Paritta Chalermpow Koanantakool

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Paritta Chalermpow Koanantakool

Paritta taught anthropology at Thammasat University for many years. From 2002-2011 she was Director of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre where she spearheaded a research and capacity-building programme engaging with community-based museums all over Thailand. Paritta also initiated and collaborated on numerous Centre projects dealing with the transmission and documentation of cultural heritage. She is currently enjoying a quiet retirement with her cat and her painting, and occasionally facilitating UNESCO workshops on intangible cultural heritage in Asia and Pacific region.


Professor Jonathan Rigg

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Jonathan Rigg

Jonathan Rigg is a professor of geography at Durham University in the UK. He has been working in Thailand and more widely in Southeast Asia since the early 1980s, mainly on issues of agrarian change. He is interested in understanding how individuals and households deal with, contribute to, and are affected by processes of economic and social transformation. His most recent book is Unplanned development: tracking change in South-East Asia (Zed Books 2012), and he has also recently co-edited (with Peter Vandergeest) Revisiting rural places: pathways to poverty and prosperity in Southeast Asia (NUS and Hawaii University Press, 2012), which includes 16 longitudinal studies from across Southeast Asia, five from Thailand.


Professor Grant Evans

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Grant Evans

Grant Evans is a senior research fellow in anthropology at the École Française d’Extrême-Orient, Vientiane, Laos. For many years he was a professor of anthropology at the University of Hong Kong. His books have focused on Laos; from peasant studies to ‘royal studies’, political ritual and memory, and more generally Lao history. On the region; an early book with Kelvin Rowley, Red Brotherhood at War, a collection Where China Meets Southeast Asia, and further afield, Hong Kong: the Anthropology of a Chinese Metropolis edited with Maria Tam. Several books have been translated into Asian languages, including the collection, Asia’s Cultural Mosaic: An Anthropological Introduction.