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Pham Xuan Thach : Au-delà de l’idéologie: la guerre dans le roman vietnamien contemporain – 01/12/2017

[ndlr] Annonce de la Section des Études vietnamiennes de Paris.

Séminaire d’actualité de la recherche en études vietnamiennes

La Section des Études vietnamiennes (UPD – Inalco) est très heureuse de recevoir Pham Xuan ThachProfesseur à l’Université Nationale de Hanoi pour une intervention intitulée :

Au-delà de l’idéologie: la guerre dans le roman vietnamien contemporain

Comment écrire librement la guerre lorsque la guerre et l’écriture elles-mêmes sont des actes hautement idéologiques ? Pham Xuan Thach analysera deux figures de la littérature vietnamienne contemporaine : Bao Ninh dont l’unique roman, Le Chagrin de la guerre, demeure un des textes majeurs des années 1986-1991, et Nguyen Binh Phuong dont la création domine la scène littéraire depuis 1991. Quelles empreintes le réalisme socialiste a-t’il laissé dans l’œuvre de Bao Ninh ? Comment a-t-il dû combattre cette doctrine dominante pour forger son propre discours sur la guerre ? De quelle manière Nguyen Binh Phuong, quant à lui, a-t-il pu se libérer du cadre idéologique dont il est issu ? Plus généralement, dans quelle mesure la littérature vietnamienne a-t-elle pris congé des héritages du réalisme socialiste durant ces trois dernières décennies ?

Il interviendra le vendredi 1er décembre 2017, de 16h à 17h30dans l’amphi 4 de l’Inalco (65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris).

Séminaire d’actualité scientifique ouvert à tous.

Soyez les bienvenus !

Free Vietnam’s Political Prisoners! [HRW]

[ndlr] Infographie de l’ONG Human Rights Watch publiée le 2 novembre 2017, comprenant les liens vers les portraits de quinze personnalités emprisonnées pour leurs idées politiques.

In Vietnam, more than 100 political prisoners are currently locked up simply for exercising their basic rights. Rights bloggers and activists face police harassment, intimidation, surveillance, and interrogation on a daily basis. Activists face long stints of pre-trial detention, without access to lawyers or family in a one-party police state that brooks no dissent.

International donors and trade partners should press for the end to the systematic persecution of peaceful critics. Join us in calling for the immediate release all people imprisoned and detained for peacefully exercising their rights.

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Libérer les prisonniers politiques au Vietnam

Au Vietnam, plus d’une centaine de prisonniers sont incarcérés pour des motifs politiques ou religieux, en violation de leurs droits fondamentaux. Les activistes et blogueurs sont régulièrement harcelés par la police. Ceux qui sont arrêtés sont souvent privés d’accès à une assistance juridique ou de visites familiales, dans cet État à parti unique où les points de vue discordants ne sont guère tolérés.

Les bailleurs de fonds internationaux et autres interlocuteurs devraient presser le gouvernement de cesser de persécuter les opposants pacifiques, et de remettre en liberté tous les prisonniers politiques. Une liste de plus de 100 prisonniers figure en Annexe du communiqué en français, les profils ci-dessous sont en anglais.

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Hãy trả tự do cho tù nhân chính trị ở Việt Nam!

Ở Việt Nam, hiện có hơn 100 tù nhân chính trị bị giam giữ chỉ vì đã thực thi các quyền cơ bản của mình. Các blogger và nhà hoạt động nhân quyền hàng ngày phải đối mặt với nạn sách nhiễu, đe dọa, theo dõi và thẩm vấn của công an. Trong một chế độ độc đảng công an trị không chấp nhận bất đồng chính kiến, các nhà hoạt động bị tạm giam trong thời gian dài mà không được tiếp xúc với luật sư hay gia đình.

Các nhà tài trợ và đối tác quốc tế cần gây sức ép để chấm dứt tình trạng đàn áp một cách có hệ thống nhằm vào những người lên tiếng phê phán ôn hòa. Hãy sát cánh cùng chúng tôi kêu gọi phóng thích ngay lập tức tất cả những người đang bị giam, giữ vì thực thi các quyền con người của mình một cách ôn hòa.

Source : HRW

Thomas A. Bass : Censorship in Vietnam – Brave New World

[ndlr] Parution du nouvel ouvrage de Thomas Bass sur une des clés du fonctionnement de l’Etat-Parti vietnamien. A ne pas manquer.

What does censorship do to a culture? How do censors justify their work? What are the mechanisms by which censorship—and self-censorship—alter people’s sense of time and memory, truth and reality? Thomas Bass faced these questions when The Spy Who Loved Us, his account of the famous Time magazine journalist and double agent Pham Xuan An, was published in a Vietnamese edition. When the book finally appeared in 2014, after five years of negotiations with Vietnamese censors, more than four hundred passages had been altered or cut from the text.

After the book was published, Bass flew to Vietnam to meet his censors, at least the half dozen who would speak with him. In Censorship in Vietnam, he describes these meetings and examines how censorship works, both in Vietnam and elsewhere in the world. An exemplary piece of investigative reporting, Censorship in Vietnam opens a window into the country today and shows us the precarious nature of intellectual freedom in a world governed by suppression.

This is an eye-opening, disturbing, sad, and altogether fascinating account of censorship in contemporary Vietnam. Even more than that, Thomas Bass introduces us to a number of brave Vietnamese poets and fiction writers who have endured almost unimaginable hardships merely for expressing the humane values that most Americans take for granted. —Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried

Thomas Bass’s account of his struggles with censorship in Vietnam is the most detailed I have encountered. It helps explain why history as a discipline is in such a sorry state in Vietnam. The past is a minefield, like the landscape.—Hue-Tam Ho Tai, author of The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam

Thomas A. Bass is the author of seven previous books, including The Spy Who Loved Us (2009) and Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home (1996). He is a Professor of English and Journalism at the State University of New York, University at Albany.

Réf. : Thomas A. Bass, Censorship in Vietnam: Brave New World, Amherst, MA, University of Massachusetts Press, 2017, 248 p. ISBN: 978-1-62534-295-9

Censorship in Vietnam – Press release

Censorship in Vietnam – Advance reviews

Séminaire « Mémoires d’Indochine » 2017 : séance 1

Année universitaire 2017-2018 / Master Asie Orientale Contemporaine (ASIOC) / Semestre 1

ENS de Lyon / Sciences Po Lyon

Mémoires d’Indochine :

Récits de vie, histoire et littérature : connexions et déconnexions

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L’enthousiasme révolutionnaire

Séance 1 : mercredi 20 septembre 2017 – salle D4.070 (IAO)

La première séance de ce séminaire porte sur les enjeux de la littérature et de l’histoire. Pour en cerner les contours, nous nous appuierons sur le discours de Gao Xingjian prononcé devant l’académie suédoise le 7 décembre 2000 à l’occasion de la remise du Prix Nobel de littérature. Nous examinerons ensuite le corpus de textes traduits du vietnamien qui nourrira les différentes thématiques du séminaire.  Dans un second temps, nous décrypterons le style pédagogique du témoignage héroïque en le resituant dans la chronologie historique de la révolution vietnamienne de 1945.

Sources mobilisées :

  • Gao Xingjian, La raison d’être de la littérature, La Tour d’Aigues, Éditions de l’Aube, L’Aube poche, 2000.
  • Hoang Quoc Viet, « Peuple héroïque » [extraits], in Récits de la résistance vietnamienne, Paris, Librairie François Maspéro, Petite Collection Maspéro, 1971, p. 150-175.

Texte à lire pendant la séance :

  • Dao Phuong, « Les bicyclettes de Dien Bien Phu », in De la reconquête française à Dien Bien Phu. Témoignages et récits, 1945-1954, Hanoi, Éditions en langues étrangères, coll. Fleuve Rouge, 1985, p. 272-279.

Image « à la une » et illustration : Cach mang thang tam [La Révolution d’Août] © Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer (ANOM). Photographies FG.

Report of the second annual civil society conference in 2017 [document en ligne]

{ndlr] Publication en ligne du rapport annuel sur la société civile vietnamienne.


Dear colleagues and friends,
PPWG would like to share the report of the second annual civil society conference, organized in 2017. The report was developed based on combination of all ideas and opinions at the conference. We want to express our sincere thanks to all participants for their open-minded contribution and listening. Full report in English can be downloaded at: 

http://ppwgvietnam.info/ Content/Home/Documents/second- annual-civil-society- conference-report.pdf

PPWG

« Breaking the Silence » – Khmer Mekong films & WSD Handa Center – Centre Bophana – 1er juillet 2017

Annonce du Centre Bophana à Phnom Penh :

Projection du film documentaire :

Breaking the Silence

Produit par Khmer Mekong films & WSD Handa Center, 2017, 50 min, version anglaise

Samedi 1 juillet à 17h : Ciné Samedi

Breaking the Silence est un film documentaire sur la violence sexuelle et sexiste pendant le régime du Kampuchea démocratique. De la salle d’audience aux salles de classes, des forums de la société civile aux tables familiales, les survivants révèlent leurs souffrances, jusqu’à présent cachées, qui continue d’avoir un impact sur la société cambodgienne 40 ans après la chute des Khmers rouges.

Entrée libre.

Contact :
Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
64 Street 200
Okhnia Men
Phnom Penh 12211
Cambodia
+855 (0) 23 992 174

Copyright © 2016 Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, All rights reserved.

 

Source : Bophana Center

Vietnam Update: The Politics of Life – Call for Papers

[ndlr] Appel à communications.

CALL FOR PAPERS

2017 Vietnam Update: The Politics of Life

20-21 November 2017

Australian National University, Canberra

Vietnamese people often tell their foreign visitors that Vietnam is the most secure place in the world. The country has no terrorists, no political disorder, and the police are second to none. Decades of devastating warfare are long-past. Poverty is declining and incomes are rising in a region with good economic prospects. People in Vietnam appear to fling themselves at life’s everyday challenges with intensity and no little optimism.

But Vietnamese today are questioning ends and means, particularly as they relate to human security; they thirst for transparency and reliable ways to assert control over life. In the country and the city, in material, ideological and psychological realms, and at local, national and regional scales, the ability to feel secure is slipping away. This leads to high system maintenance costs and exhaustion as people exert themselves to amass the means and the trust they require to obtain existential security. Increasingly, questions are being asked as to whether life might be lived in a better way.

This Vietnam Update is dedicated to exploring the politics of life in Vietnam. The organisers call for original research papers that address the following sets of questions:

  1. For many Vietnamese, the most significant risks to life come from their own region as neighbours stake claims and leverage power asymmetries in ways perceived to be detrimental to the very existence of the country. Doubts about co-ordinating mutual security through ASEAN co-exist with concerns about the merits of rapprochement with America. Preoccupations with China manifest in anxieties about encirclement, infiltration, collusion, manipulation and incitement. How are such anxieties given voice and how does the government respond? Online criticisms and protests by activists are met with repression, but throughout the country – both within the government and beyond  – debate rages about how to secure the nation. One of the deepest questions is: who is to be trusted with the nation’s security?
  2. The recent censure and demotion of high level leaders for misconduct or poor performance attests to the openly competitive nature of political power. Party leaders continue to warn about the threats posed by ideological and moral degradation, but are there indications that leaders are being selected according to new standards of meritocratic governance? It has become conventional to tie political outcomes to factional power struggles or a contest over the spoils of patronage but to what extent does politics represent a contest between alternative visions for how the country should be governed and how life is to be lived?
  3. Capitalist market relations are central to gaining access to basic life needs formerly obtained through government programs, state enterprises and co-operatives, or via family, community or customary economies. Market logics influence the supply of housing, land, food, healthcare and education, and most government services attract formal or informal user fees. The pursuit of market efficiencies is linked to precarious livelihoods, indebtedness, and widening social disparities. How are such processes experienced and debated within Vietnamese society? Are there attempts to push back against or mitigate the commoditisation of life?
  4. Technology, industry, science and new production and exchange systems have unleashed material plenty and improved life for tens of millions of people. However, doubts about the benefits of headlong modernisation appear in concerns about the harm done by chemical effluents, carcinogens, pesticides and unsafe food, along with urban expansion, traffic chaos and unsafe workplaces. Agrarian intensification, agricultural commoditisation and land concentration have increased productivity but also engender livelihood insecurities and pose existential threats to rural communities and customary ways of life. In what ways are citizens suturing gaps and controlling such risks through mutual assistance, security from below, or deliberative modes of living and being?
  5. For a number of Vietnamese, the material, spiritual and psychological strains of modern life are such that a retreat into simpler modes of living, equated with the past, offers an appealing alternative. At the same time, tradition is blamed for ills as diverse as corruption, excessive drinking, age, gender and ethnic hierarchies, and doctrinaire thinking. As youths study abroad and gain exposure to the cultures of the world, many are led to wonder: what values and institutions work? Do Vietnamese need a state religion, a prescribed traditional or ‘Western’ culture, civics lessons, or democracy to have the means to obtain security and hold each-other to account?
  6. One of the most intriguing developments in the politics of life come from networks of activists who use media, community affiliations and ties to government insiders and resources to vocally and persistently oppose official development projects, land confiscations and foreign investments considered harmful to human wellbeing. Recent actions range from social media campaigns to sit-ins, flash demonstrations, and the capture of public officials by frustrated villagers. In this workshop we are interested to explore whether the politics of material security represents a singular domain in which citizens may significantly oppose or influence government decisions and development directions through engaging in overt political action perhaps in ways not seen previously in Vietnam.

The organisers are seeking proposals for papers on these themes to be presented at a conference to be held at the ANU, Canberra on 20-21 November 2017.

Proposal Submission:
Interested contributors should send their proposals and a one page CV to Philip Taylor by 20 June 2017. Email: Philip.taylor@anu.edu.au

Each proposal should be no longer than 600 words. The proposal should outline how the paper relates to the issues highlighted in the above sets of questions and the kind of research the paper will be based on. Preference will be given to papers that promise a rich analysis and have an interdisciplinary dimension. The conference organisers will then decide which proposals to accept. We will then extend invitations to the authors of the selected proposals to prepare and present their papers to the conference. The organisers also reserve the right to solicit papers, if necessary, from individuals who did not submit proposals.

Funding for travel and accommodation is available and details will be discussed later with each paper presenter.

Paper Specifications:
The paper itself should be submitted 30 days before the date of the conference.

The paper should not exceed 10,000 words and it should include appropriate bibliography and citations. Each paper should include an abstract of 250 words.

Presentation and Publication:
We envisage about twelve paper presentations during a two day workshop in Canberra on 20-21 November 2017. At the Update each author will have approximately 40 minutes to summarise what her/his paper argues and the evidence used.

The conference will also include presentations about recent political and economic developments in Vietnam.

Organisers request the right of first refusal with regards to publishing the accepted papers, which may be included, subject to any necessary revisions to meet publication requirements, in a refereed book or journal collection that we hope will be published within a year of the conference.

For more information on this Vietnam Update theme or questions about paper proposals please contact Philip Taylor (philip.taylor@anu.edu.au).

Vietnam Update Committee: Huong Le Thu; Phuc To; Ashley Carruthers; Kim Huynh; David Marr; Tana Li; Benedict Kerkvliet; Sango Mahanty.

Changing Lives in Laos: Society, Politics, and Culture in a Post-Socialist State [parution]

[ndlr] Parution d’une nouvelle publication sur le Laos contemporain sous la direction de Vatthana Pholsena et Vanina Bouté. Présentation de l’éditeur.

Changing Lives in Laos:

Society, Politics, and Culture in a Post-Socialist State

Edited by Vanina Bouté and Vatthana Pholsena

Changes in the character of the political regime in Laos after 2000, a massive influx of foreign investment, and disruptions to rural life arising from improved communications and new forms of mobility within and across the borders have produced a major transformation across the country. Witnessing these changes, a group of scholars carried out studies that document the rise of a new social, cultural and economic order. The contributions to this volume draw on original fieldwork materials and unpublished sources, and provide fresh analyses of topics ranging from the structures of power to the politics of territoriality and new forms of sociability in emerging urban spaces.

« In Changing Lives in Laos, Vanina Bouté and Vatthana Pholsena have assembled an invaluable collection of papers on Laos by key established and emerging scholars of the country. While Laos remains under-studied compared to most of the region, these chapters show an increasingly thorough engagement with people and places and a better understanding of the texture of transition and transformation. »
Jonathan Rigg, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

« This new book on Laos, edited by two leading specialists on this country, features articles by a new generation of historians, anthropologists, geographers and political scientists. Studying state formation, new economic trends, and issues such as the cultural integration of ethnic minorities and rural migration, this interesting book brilliantly demonstrates how in less than fifty years Lao society has been deeply transformed. »
Yves Goudineau, Director of the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO), Chair in Comparative Anthropology of Southeast Asia (Paris)

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CONTENTS
List of Illustrations
1. Introduction
Vanina Bouté and Vatthana Pholsena

PART I: STATE FORMATION AND POLITICAL LEGITIMATION
2. The History and Evolution of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party
Martin Rathie
3. Shaping the National Topography: The Party-State, National Imageries, and Questions of Political Authority in Lao PDR
Oliver Tappe
4. ‘Special Operation Pagoda’: Buddhism, Covert Operations, and the Politics of Religious Subversion in Cold-War Laos (1957-60)
Patrice Ladwig
5. War Generation: Youth Mobilization and Socialization in Revolutionary Laos
Vatthana Pholsena
6. Socialist Pathways of Education: The Lao in East Germany
Nicole Reichert

PART II: NATURAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE AND AGRARIAN CHANGE
7. The Poltical Ecology of Upland/Lowland Relationships in Laos since 1975
Olivier Évrard and Ian G. Baird
8. The New ‘New Battlefield’: Capitalizing Security in Laos’ Agribusiness Landscape
Michael B. Dwyer
9. Reaching the Cities: New Forms of Network and Social Differentiation in Northern Laos
Vanina Bouté

PART III: ETHNIC MINORITIES ENGAGING WITH MODERNITY
10. Ethnic Belonging in Laos: A Politico-Historical Perspective
Grégoire Schlemmer
11. Piglets Are Buffaloes: Buddhification and the Reduction of Sacrifices on the Boloven Plateau
Guido Sprenger
12. Rubber’s Affective Economies: Seeding a Social Landscape in Northwest Laos
Chris Lyttleton and Yunxia Li

PART IV: IN SEARCH OF OPPORTUNITIES: MOVING ACROSS AND OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY
13. Migration and Mobility in Laos
Sverre Molland
14. Patterns and Consequences of Undocumented Migration from Lao PDR to Thailand
Kabmanivanh Phouxay
15. Textiles Economy in Laos: From the Household to the World
Annabel Vallard

Bibliography
Contributors
Index

Source : NUS Press

Lien-Hang Nguyen : Who Called the Shots in Hanoi?

[ndlr] Le Viêt-Nam en guerre pendant l’année 1967 : une vue de Hanoi. Signalons cet excellent article de l’historienne Lien-Hang Nguyen.

As any account of combat in the Vietnam War will tell you, America fought an “elusive enemy”: guerrillas who would strike and then disappear; battalion commanders who refused to engage in open battles. But there’s more to the cliché than most people realize. Even by 1967, America’s military, intelligence and civilian leaders had no real idea who was actually calling the shots in Hanoi.

To some extent, this is what the North wanted — the impression that decisions were made collectively, albeit under the gentle guiding hand of President Ho Chi Minh. But the American confusion also, inadvertently, reflected the messy, factionalized reality of North Vietnamese politics, one that historians are only now coming to grasp. Thanks to the slow if capricious process of historical declassification, the publications of renegade memoirs and histories, the dissemination of “open letters” by disgruntled former leaders, and the careful and painstaking research and analysis by Vietnam specialists, we now have a better understanding of who was on top in Hanoi and what battles he waged to get there.

Lire la suite / Read more : The New York Times, The Opinion Pages, 14/02/2017.

Lien-Hang Nguyen is a professor of history at Columbia and the author of the forthcoming “Tet 1968: The Battles That Changed the Vietnam War and the Global Cold War.”

Image « à la une » ; Ho Chi Minh, le président de la RDVN et Le Duan, le secrétaire général du Parti des Travailleurs du Viêt-Nam [futur PCV] à Hanoi.

Tzvetan Todorov, essayiste et historien des idées, est mort

[ndlr] Triste disparition d’un grand chercheur dont les travaux ont accompagné le séminaire Mémoires d’Indochine.

Tzvetan Todorov, essayiste et historien des idées, est mort

Français d’origine bulgare, né à Sofia en 1939, il était un théoricien de la littérature et a notamment travaillé sur le rapport des Occidentaux à l’altérité et sur l’expérience totalitaire.

L’essayiste et historien des idées Tzvetan Todorov est mort à 77 ans, a-t-on appris mardi 7 février. « Infinie tristesse d’apprendre la mort de Tzvetan Todorov, penseur de la liberté », a réagi Sandrine Tolotti, ex-rédactrice en chef du bimestriel littéraire Books, dont M. Todorov était membre du comité éditorial.

Lire la suite : Le Monde, 07/02/2017.

Pour en savoir plus :

  • Le philosophe et historien Tzvetan Todorov est mort, L’Express, 07/02/2017. L’essayiste franco-bulgare est décédé à 77 ans. Tzvetan Todorov avait quitté la Bulgarie dans les années 60 afin d’échapper au communisme. Il a notamment travaillé sur la pensée humaniste et sur le totalitarisme.
  • Disparition d’un humaniste : Tzvetan Todorov, Les Inrocks, 07/02/2017. Le philosophe et historien des idées Tzvetan Todorov est mort à l’âge de 77 ans. De la théorie poétique à la critique politique de son temps et à l’éloge des insoumis, il ne cessa de déployer une pensée profondément humaniste.
  • L’essayiste Tzvetan Todorov est mort, Télérama, 07/02/2017. […] Auteur de plus d’une quarantaine d’essais, il avait notamment publié Face à l’extrême, la vie morale dans les camps de concentration (1994),  La Vie commune, réflexion sur la nature sociale de l’homme (1995), Mémoire du mal, tentation du bien (2001), Les Ennemis intimes de la démocratie (2012). Son dernier ouvrage, Insoumis, était paru à l’automne 2016.
  • Agnès Bozon-Verduraz, Tzvetan Todorov, ou la lucidité de l’exilé, Télérama, 07/02/2017. L’intellectuel est mort le mardi 7 février à Paris à l’âge de 77 ans. Touche-à-tout des sciences humaines, cet enfant de Bulgarie était aussi dur avec la dictature qu’il était exigeant de la démocratie. Nous republions un entretien datant de 1996, paru à l’occasion de la sortie de son livre “L’Homme dépaysé”. Et plus de vingt ans après, ses paroles sonnent toujours aussi juste.
  • David Caviglioli et Grégoire Leménager, Mort de Tzvetan Todorov, le fantastique humaniste, BibliObs, 07/02/2017. Dans la vie intellectuelle française, Tzvetan Todorov, mort dans la nuit du 6 au 7 février à l’âge de 77 ans, a occupé une place singulière. On n’a jamais pu le rattacher à un camp. Il ne figure pas dans le panthéon de la French Theory. Très anti-communiste, notamment à cause de son parcours personnel, il a fait partie du moment antitotalitaire, sans devenir un «nouveau philosophe».

Image « à la une » : © 1996 ULF ANDERSEN / Aurimages / AFP