These further details on the upcoming Thai Studies conference in Melbourne have been provided by the conference organisers. Previous New Mandala discussion of this event is available here.

Thainess: Thailand at the Crossroads

11-12 August 2011, Melbourne

A conference co- hosted by RMIT University’s Business College and the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne and sponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy.

The Asia Institute and RMIT University cordially invite academics and students with expertise and an interest in contemporary Thailand to submit papers for the 2011 Thai Studies Conference, to be held in Melbourne 11-12 August.

The conference takes a multi-disciplinary approach. It seeks to bring together researchers from the humanities and social sciences and from areas such as business, economics, law, education, science, health, logistics, engineering, architecture and planning, and environmental studies. The key objective of the 2011 Thai studies conference is to bring together experts in various fields with an interest in contemporary Thailand and to provide a platform for open and productive discussion on issues regarding Thailand and also Thai studies in Australia.

The conference will feature a keynote address from celebrated economist, author and anti-corruption campaigner, Professor Pasuk Phongpaichit.

Broad themes for conference papers include:

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

Submissions for abstracts or papers are due on the 15th of June.

Full paper or abstracts can be submitted directly to the convenor Dr Nattavud Pimpa:

[email protected]

Papers and abstracts will be blind reviewed by a transparent and multi-disciplinary panel consisting of:

Professor Brian Corbitt (RMIT University)

Professor Pookong Kee (The University of Melbourne)

Associate Professor Supriya Singh (RMIT University)

Associate Professor Sharif Al-Saber (RMIT University)

Associate Professor Paul Battersby (RMIT University)

Assistant Professor Pimrawee Rojroongsak (Rajabhat Petchburi University)

Assistant Professor Banpot Wiroonraj (Burapha University)

Assistant Professor Suradech Chotiudompan (Chulalongkorn University)

For more information on the conference, updates and submission guidelines please refer to the following website.