Remembering Benedict Anderson: His Life and Impact on Thai and Southeast Asian Studies. A talk by Charnvit Kasetsiri


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Prof Anderson (August 26, 1936 – December 13, 2015) is one of the most well-known scholars on Southeast Asia. His academic masterpiece: 1983 Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism, has been translated into 33 languages in 38 countries, including Thai. Like most Southeast Asian academics, his specialty is on one country i.e. Indonesia.  However, in the period of teaching and researching for half a century, Anderson had managed to cross the fixed national boundaries and language limitation. He crossed over from Indonesian into Thai and Philippine studies. His works on Thailand starting in late 1970s up to the time he passed away, have a strong impact on leading Thai academics and students of Thai studies.

Charnvit Kasetsiri is a Professor Emeritus of Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, born in 1941. he is a prominent historian and Thai Studies scholar. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy with Honor from Thammasat in 1963, he pursued his M.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, Los Angeles, California in 1967, under a Rockefeller scholarship and got his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History at Cornell University in 1972.

His thesis: The Rise of Ayudhya and a History of Siam in the 14th and 15th Centuries, was published by Oxford in Asia, 1976. He served as Lecturer of History at Thammasat from 1973-2001 and founded, in 2000, the Southeast Asian Studies Program. He was the President of Thammasat University in 1995-96. He has written approximately 200 articles and a number of publications on Thai and Southeast Asian History. He has launched a ‘Siam not Thailand’ campaign to rename the country as to reflect the reality about its ethnics, languages and cultural identities.

His latest book, 2015, is Studies in Thai and Southeast Asian Histories.

Charnvit has been awarded with a Fukuoka Academic Prize 2012, Japan, and the DCAS 2014 (Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies) by the Association for Asian Studies, USA.

Date: Thursday, 27th July 2017
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21

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