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Council on Thai Studies

Annual Meeting

October 18-19, 2013

In Celebration of the 180th Anniversary
of Thai-U.S. Diplomatic Relations

The Council on Thai Studies or COTS, which was founded at Northern Illinois University in 1972, is an informal organization of scholars interested in all aspects of Thai studies.  COTS annually provides scholars and students with a venue for reporting preliminary findings, opportunities to receive prepublication feedback and a forum to discuss field and archive challenges.

The conference will lead off with a lecture Oct. 18 by NIU alumnus Srisompob Jitpiromsri, director of the Center for Conflict Studies and Cultural Diversity at Prince of Songkla University in Pattani, Thailand. His talk will be “The Formation of Peace Discourse and the Politics of Recognition in the Patani Peace Process.” While at NIU for the conference, Jitpiromsri is also accepting a Distinguished Alumni award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The keynote speaker Oct. 19 will be University of Leeds professor of Southeast Asian politics Duncan McCargo. His talk will be “Dispensing Justice? The Work of Thai Police Investigators.”

Thai Studies Book Giveaway Table

There will be a table of used books on Thai studies for participants to take. If you have a classic or important book dealing with Thai studies that you no longer use, please consider bringing it along to the meeting for new student scholars of Thai studies.

COTS 2013 is organized by the Thai Studies Group at NIU which includes John Hartmann (Foreign Language and Literatures), Julia Lamb (CSEAS), Andrea Molnar (Anthropology), Chalermsee Olson (Founders Library), Grant Olson (COTS 2013 chair, Foreign Languages and Literatures), and Danny Unger (Political Science).

COTS 2013 is generously supported by the NIU Thai Teaching and Research Fund (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand) and the Asia Foundation, Washington, D.C.  NIU support comes from the College of Libreral Arts and Sciences and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  The Tai Culture at Northern Illinois University exhibit is curated by Prof. Catherine Raymond, Director of the NIU Center for Burma Studies with art, artifacts, maps and manuscripts from various NIU collections: the Center for Burma Studies, the NIU Anthropology Museum, and the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection in University Libraries.

Thailand Revealed: A half-century of Thai studies at NIU