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45th Annual Council for Thai Studies

Nov 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - Nov 11, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Royce 314,

Inquiries: jenjit@humnet.ucla.edu



Friday, November 10, 2017

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Registration and welcome

1:00 – 2:20 p.m.

Session I:

Fictions of Diversity – Hjorleifur Jonsson, Arizona State U

Tai Groups’ Social Network: The Traditional and the Present (Case Study on Tai Groups in the Northeast of Vietnam) – Hoang Thi Le Thao & Ly Viet Truong, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences

The Role of Thai Women in the Circulation of Traditional Culture in Some Mountainous Provinces of Northern Vietnam – Thanh Huyen, Pham Thi & Nguyen Thi Thuy Huong, Hanoi U of Education

Global Processes and Local Lives: A View from a Shan Household in Rural Thailand – Nicola Tannenbaum – Lehigh U

2:20 – 2:35 p.m.

Coffee/ tea break

2:35 – 3:35 p.m.

Panel 1: Lanna-ism(s) – past, present and future

! Paper #1: Constructing Lan Na: Dara Rasami’s Role in Creating Lan Na-ness in Chiang Mai, 1910-1933 – Leslie A. Woodhouse, U of San Francisco

! Paper #2: The Future of the Urban Past: History and Heritage in the Heart of Chiang Mai – Taylor M. Easum, U of Wisconsin

! Paper #3: Place and Celebration in the Murals of Northern Thailand – Rebecca S. Hall, Santa Monica College

3:35 – 5:00 p.m.


Session II:

! Changing Landscape and Sacred Myth: Ethnoarchaeology of the Naga in the Northern Thailand – Piyawit Moonkham, Washington State U

! Thainess: A Culture of Casual Discrimination – Surada Chundasutathanakul, Suan Dusit U, Thailand

! Neo-Colonialism in American Musicals: A Case Study of The King and I Natalie Tantisirirat, U of Michigan

! The Under-Navel Matter: Sexuality as Folk Aesthetics in Luk Thung Music – Nattapol Wisuttipat, Kent State U

5:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Welcome speech by Royal Thai Consul General Thanee Saengrat

5:15- – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome reception & ALC 70th anniversary celebrations Performances by the Thai Tourism Authority, Los Angeles


Saturday, November 11, 2017

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Keynote speech – Prof. Dr. Anan Ganjanapan, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Session III:

Nation, Ethnos, and Empire: Thailand in Greater East Asia – Sean Cronan, Cornell U

A Study of the Overseas Chinese Business Strategy in Thailand: “How do they use the Network Exchange Game to Mitigate Market Uncertainties?” and further Application – Kamolnich Swasdiphanich, Ministry of Finance, Thailand

Saving the Nation or Smashing One’s Own Rice Pot: Thai Airline Employees and the Bangkok Airport Occupations of 2008 – Jane M. Ferguson, Australian National U

Who Owns Ban Chiang?: The Discovery, Collection and Repatriation of Ban Chiang Ceramics – Melody Rod-ari, Loyola Marymount U


11:00-11:15 a.m.

Coffee/tea Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Session IV:

To the Buddha’s Footprint: Conveying Phu’s Poetry in Translation – Anothai Kaewkaen, Washington U, St. Louis, Missouri

The Movement of Thai Left-Wing Writers in the 1950s: Its Emergence and Development – Artit Srijan, Pranakorn Rajabhat U, Thailand

The Russian Revolution in the Eyes of a Thai Royal – Jeffrey Shane, Ohio U

M.L. Boonlua Speaks: The Military Should not be Involved in Politics: A Critical Review of Thutiyawiset – John Hartmann, Northern Illinois U

12:35 – 1:35 p.m.


1:35 – 2:35 p.m.

Session V:

Thailand’s Military: Ideology and Sense of Mission – Paul Chambers & Napisa Waitoolkiat, Naresuan U, Thailand

Absence Proliferates Accounts: The Case of the Removal of the 1932 Revolution Plaque – Penchan Phoborisut, California State U-Fullerton

Mothering the Nation: Gendered Nationalism and Patriotic Patriarchy – Kanjana Thepboriruk, Northern Illinois U

2:35 – 3:35 p.m.

Session VI:

Decoding the Mysterious Siamese Music in the seventeenth century French Account and the Matter of Historical Siamese Tuning – Jittapim Yamprai, U of Northern Colorado

Using Pleng Diaw to Teach Style: Examining the Pedagogy of the “Solo Repertoire” of Thai Classical Music – Benjamin Pongtep Cefkin, U of Colorado, Boulder

Interpersonal Relationships of Thai Classical Music Teaching and Learning after Institutionalization – Hei Ting Wong, U of Pittsburgh



3:35 – 3:50 p.m.

Coffee/tea break

3:50 – 4:50p.m.

Panel 2: UCLA’s Thai Musical Heritage: Sixty Years of Performance, Recording, and cultural Exchange

Paper #1: UCLA’s Thai Musical Instrument Collection from Acquisition in 1960 to Restoration in 2015 – Helen Rees, UCLA

Paper #2: The Journeys of the Thai Musical Instrument Collection at UCLA: The Restoration Project since 2015 – Supeena Insee Adler, UCLA

Paper #3: Bangkok in Los Angeles: Ritual, Cultural Heritage, and Innovation – Deborah Wong, UC Riverside

4:50 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing remarks


Accommodations and Lodging

Below, is a list of accommodations both affiliated and unaffiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles. Please try to book accommodations as soon as possible, as space is limited. We also encourage you to try to reach out to family and friends in the area to mitigate accommodation expenses.

UCLA Affiliated Lodging:


  • UCLA Guest House (on campus)


○ Website: http://guesthouse.ucla.edu/


○ Average Price Per Night: $199 – 219 (taxes not included) ● UCLA Luskin Conference Center (on campus)

○ Website: http://luskinconferencecenter.ucla.edu/reserve/ ○ Average Price Per Night: $259 – 279 (taxes not included)

  • UCLA Tiverton House


○ Website: http://tivertonhouse.ucla.edu/


○ Average Price Per Night: $199 – 279 (taxes not included)

Non-Affiliated Hotels: ● Claremont Hotel:

○ Website: http://www.claremonthotelwestwood.com ○ Average Price Per Night: $126

○ Claremont Hotel is in a walking distance to UCLA ● Hilgard House:

○ Website: http://www.hilgardhouse.com/ ○ Average Price Per Night: $198

○ This hotel is in a walking distance to UCLA.


○ Average Price Per Night: $189 – 229 (taxes not included) ○ This hotel is in a walking distance to UCLA.

  • Hotel Angeleno:


○ Website: http://www.hotelangeleno.com/


○ Average Price Per Night: $239 – 359 (taxes not included) ○ Hotel Angeleno provides a free shuttle to UCLA

You may also try checking Airbnb in the surrounding Westwood area. Below is a link with preset parameters for apartments near the UCLA campus.


Nov 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Nov 11, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Royce 314