Sunday, August 26, 2012

2nd Thai Studies Conference

25-26 October 2012
School of Management, RMIT University and Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne
The annual Thai Studies conference at RMIT University- The University of Melbourne is back! We would like to encourage scholars who are interested in all aspects of Thailand to participate in this global academic activity.
2012 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Thailand and Australia.
To mark this important anniversary between Australia and Thailand, RMIT University and The University of Melbourne will host the 2nd international Thai Studies Conference in Melbourne.
The theme for this year conference is "60th Anniversary: People Links, Nation Bonds"
Thailand has for many years been one of Australia's closest and most important partners in the Asia Pacific region. In many ways Thailand is a natural partner for Australia in Southeast Asia, and not just because of its central geographic location, or because of its popularity among Australian tourists - well over 300,000 Australians visited last year.
Thailand is a country that stands out in the region because of its remarkably tolerant society, open and outspoken news media, progressive democratic system and foreign policy, and outwardly-focused economy.
Issues such as global and regional migrant workers, public policy, ASEAN economic community, education reform, current political affairs, science and technology, economic development, pop-culture and entertainment in Thailand require further research and discussion. We hope that this conference will be a place to discuss various issues in the kingdom of Thailand.
Thailand and Australia currently enjoy an unprecedented level of cooperation and commonality of thinking. Cooperation between Thailand and Australia extends well beyond trade.There are various issues that both countries can and should consider as potential development.
This conference will be an important academic forum that bring together researchers, media and trade practitioners who are interested in the relationship between Australia and Thailand. What have we learnt in the last 60 years? How can Thailand and Australia work together for the benefits of the region? What can and should be done to foster national bonds between Australia and Thailand?
We aim to encourage Australian and Thai academics to showcase their research findings and share their views on the future of Thailand and Australia at this event.
Venue: Business College, RMIT University and Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne
Sub-themes:
- Bilateral Trade between Australia and Thailand
- Thai immigrants in Australia
- Australians in Thailand
- Modern Thai political economy
- Australian Pop culture in Thailand
- Thailand, ASEAN and Australia
- Business and Management in Thailand and Australia
* Paper should not exceed 5,000 words. The author should follow the style and format of The International Journal of Studies in Thai Business, Society and Culture. Please click this link.
There is no registration fee for this conference because we need to keep the high standard of our papers. We also need to acknowledge support from our sponsors: RMIT University and The University of Melbourne
Important Dates:
Call for Papers: 1 August-1 October 2012
Notification of Acceptance: 5 October 2012
Online Registration: 8 October 2012
Conference Date: 25-26 October 2012
Please submit your full paper to: nattavudpimpa@gmail.com
For registration, please contact: ramilac@unimelb.edu.au
Note that some papers from this conference MAY be eligible to publish in
The International Journal of Studies in Thai Business, Society & Culture

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Call for papers: 2nd Thai Studies Conference

25-26 October 2012
School of Management, RMIT University and Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne
2012 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Thailand and Australia.
To mark this important anniversary between Australia and Thailand, RMIT University and The University of Melbourne will host the 2nd international Thai Studies Conference in Melbourne.
The theme for this year conference is "60th Anniversary: People Links, Nation Bonds"
Thailand has for many years been one of Australia's closest and most important partners in the Asia Pacific region. In many ways Thailand is a natural partner for Australia in Southeast Asia, and not just because of its central geographic location, or because of its popularity among Australian tourists - well over 300,000 Australians visited last year.
Thailand is a country that stands out in the region because of its remarkably tolerant society, open and outspoken news media, progressive democratic system and foreign policy, and outwardly-focused economy.
Thailand and Australia currently enjoy an unprecedented level of cooperation and commonality of thinking. Cooperation between Thailand and Australia extends well beyond trade.There are various issues that both countries can and should consider as potential development.
This conference will be an important academic forum that bring together researchers, media and trade practitioners who are interested in the relationship between Australia and Thailand. What have we learnt in the last 60 years? How can Thailand and Australia work together for the benefits of the region? What can and should be done to foster national bonds between Australia and Thailand?
We aim to encourage Australian and Thai academics to showcase their research findings and share their views on the future of Thailand and Australia at this event.
Venue: Business College, RMIT University and Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne
Sub-themes:
- Bilateral Trade between Australia and Thailand
- Thai immigrants in Australia
- Australians in Thailand
- Modern Thai political economy
- Australian Pop culture in Thailand
- Thailand, ASEAN and Australia
- Business and Management in Thailand and Australia
* Paper should not exceed 5,000 words. The author should follow the style and format of The International Journal of Studies in Thai Business, Society and Culture. Please click this link.
** There is no registration fee for this conference because we need to keep the high standard of our papers. We also need to acknowledge support from our sponsors: RMIT University and The University of Melbourne
Important Dates:
Call for Papers: 1 August-1 October 2012
Notification of Acceptance: 5 October 2012
Online Registration: 8 October 2012
Conference Date: 25-26 October 2012
Please submit your full paper to: nattavudpimpa@gmail.com
For registration, please contact: ramila@unimelb.edu.au
Note that some papers from this conference MAY be eligible to publish in
The International Journal of Studies in Thai Business, Society & Culture

AllConferences.Com:  Directory of Conferences, conventions, exhibits, seminars, workshops, events, trade shows and business meetings. Includes calendar, dates, location, web site, contact and registration information.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thai Studies Presentation at DFAT

The Thai Studies conference was a real hit in 2011 and we need to thank our key sponsor, the Australia-Thailand Institute for financial and technical supports.

In November, I was invited by DFAT and ATI to give a brief presentation on Thai studies conference to the public. The function was well-attended by a number of key people from the Royal Thai embassy, the ATI and DFAT.




His Excellency Dr Kriangsak Kittichaisaree (Thai Ambassador to Australia) addresses the gathering





Dr Nattavud Pimpa (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) presents details of his ATI supported grant project with the gathering




His Excellency Dr Kriangsak Kittichaisaree (Thai Ambassador to Australia) and Mr Bill Patterson (Ambassador for Counter Terrorism, and former Australian Ambassador to Bangkok, Dec 04-Jul 08)




Ms Vanessa Wood (Director, ATI Secretariat), His Excellency Dr Kriangsak Kittichaisaree (Thai Ambassador to Australia) and Mr Jeremy Hanson, MLA (Member for Molonglo)





Mr Mike Courtnall, Chair of the Australia Thailand Institute addresses the gathering





Mr Nick Stewart (Canberra Times), Mr Kirk Conningham (Leighton Holdings) and Mr Jeremy Hanson, MLA (Member for Molonglo)


Mr Justin Scarr (Royal Surf Life Saving Society Australia) and Ms Tarina Rubin (Program Manager, SwimSafe Thailand) present details of their ATI supported grant project with the gathering



Mr Bassim Blazey (Assistant Secretary, South-East Asia Bilateral Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) with Mr Stephen Cutting and Ms Lucie Cutting (ATI grant recipients)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pictures from the 1st Thai Studies Conference (2)

The second day of the conference was held at RMIT University (Storey Hall) and the key themes of the day included business and management in Thailand and language and culture. A number of presenters attended the conference on the second day at RMIT University.

Khun Chaimongkol from RMIT University


Khun Suteepon from Monash University


James Wei from the University of Melbourne


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pictures from the conference

The inaugural Thai studies conference was a great success! Over 50 participants from different countries attended the conference at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. Our keynote speakers, Prof. Pongpaijit and Dr. Baker delivered an interesting lecture on the future of Thailand after the 2011 election. These are some photos from the conference.

Our Keynote speaker, Prof. Pasuk Pongpaijit


Marc Askew from the University of Melbourne

Nattavud Pimpa from RMIT University

Christopher Joll from the University of Victoria



Sunsanee Chanarnuparb from Thaksin University

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Event at the Conference: Book Launch by Professor Pasuk Pongpaijit and Dr. Chris Baker


One of the key events at the Thai Studies conference is the launch of "Khun Chang Khun Phaen" (ขุนช้างขุนแผน ฉบับแปล) by our keynote speaker Prof. Pongpaijit and Dr.Baker. The following part has been published in Bangkok Post 0n 24/11/10

From 'Khun Phaen flees with Wanthong' by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit

Now everything's a disaster. I left my home to come and sleep in the wild where there are no lights, only the moon, no roof, only the shade of a tree.

Oh, the misfortune of being born a woman! I should be happy, but I cannot be. I went astray in love's pleasures without thinking of shame. Because I wasn't strong-willed, I now suffer.

It's a waste to have beautiful looks, a pretty name, and a gentle manner if you have a terribly wicked heart. The good in me is the best in the land; the bad, nobody can match.

I can't be angry at Khun Phaen. Out of love he had the nerve to come after me, and spirit me off to the forest, unafraid of the clamour of a court case. He offered his life in exchange for me, Wanthong.

I can't quit now. I have to go with him. Whether I die is down to fortune.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Outlook Section, Beyond the letters, Vasana Chinvarakorn, 22/11/2010, link)

Khun Chang Khun Phaen - a Thai epic poem and one of the most important works in Thai literature, a story of a love triangle that ends in tragedy, originates in a folktale that was written down for the first time in the early 1800s, the story runs as follows:

"Khun Phaen (dashing but poor) and Khun Chang (rich but ugly) compete for the lovely Wanthong from childhood for over fifty years. Their contest involves two wars, several abductions, a suspected revolt, an idyllic sojourn in the forest, two court cases, trial by ordeal, jail, and treachery. Ultimately the king condemns Wanthong to death for failing to choose between the two men. The poem was written down in the early nineteenth century, and a standard printed edition first published in 1917–1918. Like many works with origins in popular entertainment, it is fast-moving and stuffed full with heroism, romance, sex, violence, rude-mechanical comedy, magic, horror, and passages of lyrical beauty. In Thailand, the story is universally known. Children learn passages at school, and the poem is a source of songs, popular sayings, and everyday metaphors."

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

2011 Conference Program

The Conference Program can be accessed at:

http://www.2shared.com/document/SFxhZ8Sm/Thai_Studies_Conference_Progra.html

The first day of the conference is 11 August but you are welcome to join the speech by Khun Meechai Viravaidhaya on Wednesday 10th August.