Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thai Studies Conference in Melbourne

Thai Studies Conference in Melbourne
Thai Studies Conference
Thainess: Thailand at the Crossroads
RMIT University
11-12 August 2011

Call for Papers:

Thailand remains its significance in the region as one of the key players in the global political-economy and contemporary culture. Thailand has been in the media limelight in the last 5 years, due to its drastic political and economic challenges. Like all countries in South East Asia, a number of global factors affect domestic situations in Thailand. Thailand has been challenged by globalisation, a worldwide phenomenon that touches every aspect of human life from cradle to cremation. Science and technology, economic developments, information technology and media, tourism, consumerism, global climate change and financial crisis: all are globalised phenomena that affect Thailand. How Thailand handles the influences of globalisation that ranges from materialism to militarism and terrorism is a subject of major concerns for students of Thai Studies.

At the 10th International conference on Thai Studies at Thammasat University in Bangkok (9-11 January 2008), the key question of the conference was what the effect of transnationalised world to modern Thailand is. Yet, a transnationalised world can refer also to a world where the distortion of truth, ideological domination and censorship by the state are the norms and not the exceptions. Question on “Thai Identity” or “Thainess” and the way it affects social, political and organisational factors remain unanswered in contemporary Thailand. Thai Studies, thus, can be seen as a interdisciplinary-study of the particular in a world that upholds a more liberating universal values.

It is important that the studies of Thailand in terms of social, political, economic and institutional development are continuously done and disseminated by scholars who are interested in Thailand from various perspectives.

As an active global player in business and management education in the Asia Pacific, RMIT University’s business college will host this important conference in Melbourne. This conference will offer the fruits of academic researches to help alleviate the suffering caused by the impact of poor understanding of contemporary Thai state and society. It will also serve as a forum of discussion among scholars and members of Thai community in Australia.

This conference will also serve as an academic platform to discuss various issues that reflect upon the value of Thainess, and what it means for modern Thailand and scholars in Thai studies in Australia

Conference Sub- Themes:

A) Politics and Governance in Thailand
B) Business and Management in Thailand
C) Media, Technology and ICT in Thailand
D) Thai Language, Social and Culture

Submission Guidelines:

- Though submissions relating to the major theme of the Thai Studies Conference are encouraged, papers can deal with other issues relating to the broad topic of contemporary Thailand, Thai society and business. The papers may be grounded in any major Thai Studies disciplines including business, politics, culture, history, education, policy and governance in Thailand. Conceptual, theory building, or empirical papers from the above disciplines are welcome.

- All submissions must be original and should not have been previously accepted for publication in a journal or be under review at another conference.

- All papers will be blind reviewed. Accepted papers will be assigned to paper or interactive paper sessions by the Program Chair. Papers presented at the conference will be published in the CD proceedings of the conference.

- Papers should be prepared and presented in English. There is no page limit but contributors are encouraged to limit their paper to less than or equal to 10 pages (A4 paper, font 12, double spacing with margins of 1 inch) including the cover page, abstract, text, references, table and figures.
- As least one of the authors must register before the deadline of registration, attend and present the paper in the conference. Otherwise, the paper will not be included in the conference program and proceedings.

Full paper can be submitted directly to the Convenor at

Tentative Timetable:

1 April- 15 June 2011 : Call for Papers/Abstracts
3 June 2011 : Deadline for submission of papers
10 July 2011 : Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
1 June - 30 July 2011 : Registration
11-12 August 2011 : Conference Period

Academic and Social Panel discussions:

This conference will include one panel discussion on “Thailand and Australia.” The panel will investigate various aspects of Thais in Australia, Thailand in the eyes of Australian media and relationship between both countries. More information will be updated.

Conference Partners:

RMIT University (Business College and ASIA@RMIT)
The Royal Thai Embassy, Canberra.
Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne

Panel Members:

Professor Brian Corbitt
Deputy PVC, Business Research, RMIT University

Mr. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, The Royal Thai Embassy

Professor Supriya Singh
Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University

Professor Pookong Kee
Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Paul Battersby
School of Global Studies, Social Science &Planning, RMIT University

Dr. Nattavud Pimpa
School of Management, RMIT University

Dr.Nuttawuth Muenjohn
School of Management, RMIT University

Ms. Sopa Coles
Thai Language School, Melbourne

Conference Convenor:

Dr. Nattavud Pimpa
(Senior Lecturer, School of Management)
RMIT University
+61 3 99251531

Note: The conference is supported by the Royal Thai Embassy and Asia@RMIT. There is NO registration fees for this conference.

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