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[Call for Proposals] 14th International Conference on Thai Studies
10 December, 2021 - 12 December, 2021
14th International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS14) is taking place at a time of unprecedented challenges not only for Thailand but for the entire world. More than ever before, we are made aware of the porosity of borders, the inextricable connectedness of the world’s population, environment, economy, and politics. Since early 2020, the pandemic has affected our societies from the details of our everyday lives and well-being to the larger world systems. Around the world, new modes of behavior, and new systems of public health, communication, economy, governance, culture etc. are being sought. As academics, we are faced with a grave challenge towards new paradigms for understanding the situation as well as shaping the future.
In Thailand, the economy has been staggering due to middle-income trap. Economic inequalities are growing, leaving a negative impact on society and politics. Politics has been severely polarized and its arena is narrowing. Deepening interactions with neighboring countries have increased mobility of people. It is time for us to think earnestly for a better and happier future for Thailand.
The conference aims to encourage Thai and international scholars to reflect upon Thai society, politics, economics, culture, and environment in the context of a global turning point that concerns relationships within and beyond Thai border. The conference will review and analyze issues in Thai society, including problems and conflicts arising from the current situation. At the same time, the conference will allow scholars to explore the state of knowledge in Thai Studies and identify gaps in the knowledge base that should be filled.
ICTS14 is calling for proposals. We welcome two types of submissions; 1) individual abstracts and 2) panel proposals. All proposals must be submitted via the form. All paper and panel submissions must be in English, although the actual presentations can be in Thai. We will close the online submission form on 31 January 2021 (5:00pm, JST) and all notifications on acceptance will be sent out by 31 May 2021.