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Negotiating Bangkok Streets
6 September, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
On 7 July SEA Junction launched a new series on street food and its many dimensions in Southeast Asia in collaboration with “Beyond Food” an initiative focusing on how street food is embedded in the functioning of cities and peri-urban areas. The series highlights the link of street food with other urban dimensions such as use and design of public spaces, urban safety, urban formal economy, and right to the city among others.
The first event discussed the implication of an eventual disappearance of street food in Bangkok mainly from an economic perspective. On 6 September, the second event will focus on how spatial arrangements (banning, eviction, zoning and such) by the municipal and national government interact with corporate interests and impact on the physical space of street vendors (not only food) and how vendors try to negotiate with the authorities for survival. Findings from research in Khaosan Road and in Siam Square will be presented and serve as a base for discussion. More particularly, the panel composition is as follows:
Introduction to the event
Rosalia Sciortino Director SEA Junction & Assoc. Professor, Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University
Panelists & Topics:
“Towards participatory governance: Struggles, Obstacles and Challenges of Khaosan street vendors”
Parisa Musigakama, Lecturer Faculty of Architecture, Rangsit University and Ph.D candidate, Architecture, Chulalongkorn University
“Observations from the Siam Square night market”
Trude Renwick, PhD candidate, Architectural History and Theory, University of California Berkeley, Fulbright Hays DDRA scholar
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SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia
SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/
Beyond Food aims at changing the narrative around street food by moving away from a “food-centric” perspective and placing it in broader social, economic and cultural contexts. For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/beyondfood.bkk/