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Thai Studies Conference to be held at Chiang Mai International Convention Centre

July 22, 2017 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Under the theme “Globalized Thailand? Connectivity, Conflict, and Conundrums of Thai Studies”, the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies will be held on 15-18 July 2017 at the new Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center (CMECC), Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Actually, the International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS) has been held once every three years since 1981. Starting in Delhi, India, the conference was held at such illustrious places as Bangkok (1984), Canberra/Australia (1987), Kunming/China (1990), London (1993), Chiang Mai (1996), Amsterdam (1999), and Nakhon Phanom/Isan (2002). In 2005 it moved to North America for the first time, at Northern Illinois University in De Kalb. 2008 and 2011 saw the conference back in Bangkok, while in 2014 it was organized at the University of Sydney/Australia. Now in 2017 the ICTS will be back at Chiang Mai.

Hosted by Chiang Mai University, the conference aims to bring up to 600 Thai, regional, and international scholars together to present their research papers. Thematic focuses of the conference include:

Thailand and Its Connectivity in ASEAN

Thai Economy and the Global Market

Religion and Modernity in Thai Society

Crisis of Democracy and Politics of Governance

Border Studies, Border Trade, SEZs, and Border Conflicts

Gender, Sexuality, and Social Equity

Urbanization, Spatial Politics, and Public Space

Lan Na Studies

History and Public Memory

Literature, Media, and Popular Culture

Crafts, Artisans and Cultural Heritage

Migrants, Stateless People and Refugees

Health and Health Care Systems

In addition, there also will be the 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) held on 20-23 July 2017 at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center (CMECC). Hosted by Chiang Mai University, the events include panels and roundtable discussions, keynote speeches, and book exhibitions.

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