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The 10th « Engaging With Vietnam » conference – Ho Chi Minh City & Phan Thiet – December 15-21

[ndlr] Message des chercheurs Liam Kelley (University of Hawaii) et Phan Le Ha (Universiti Brunei Darussalam) sur VSG.

The 10th Engaging With Vietnam conference will be held in Ho Chi Minh City and Phan Thiet this December 15-21. September 30 is the deadline for submitting proposals to participate, so there is still time to submit and we are therefore sending this message as a reminder.

We would encourage anyone interested in participating/attending to visit the Engaging With Vietnam website for detailed information about the 10th conference:

As is always the case, this year’s conference is shaping up to be an exciting one, and it will have its share of surprises. The current list of invited speakers/discussants should give some sense of that:

Keynote Panels

This year, the 10th Engaging With Vietnam Conference will feature several keynote panels that delve into the questions and issues regarding dichotomies and dichotomization in knowledge and scholarship production specified above. These panels may include:

• Vietnam’s Participation in and Appropriation of Global-level Dominant Dichotomies: A Dialogue across Geography, Anthropology, and Education
• Milestone Events and their Associated Dichotomies Driving Knowledge Production in Contemporary Vietnam and the U.S: “Doi Moi” for Vietnam and “The Vietnam War” for the U.S
• Dichotomies Embedded in Traveling Policies, Reforms, Ideas, and Practices in Education, Tourism, and Sociology: Vietnam From Within and Afar
• The Historicization of “Us” and “Them” in Knowledge Production about Vietnam: Multiple Sets of Dichotomies in Focus
• Dichotomies in Development and Legal Studies: Vietnam and “the Other”

« Masters of Their Own Destiny »: Asians in the First World War and its Aftermath [call for papers]

[ndlr] Annonce de l’IRASEC à Bangkok. 

L’Irasec organise avec l’université Chulalongkorn une conférence sur le thème  “Masters of Their Own Destiny”: Asians in the First World War and its Aftermath” qui se tiendra du 9 au 11 Novembre 2018 à Bangkok. Date limite d’envoi des propositions : 25 juillet 2018.

“Masters of Their Own Destiny”: Asians in the First World War and its Aftermath


An International Conference and a Photography Exhibition organized by the History

Department, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University and the Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC – CNRS)


Dates:                9-11 November 2018 

Venue:              Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Despite being qualified as a “World War”, the First World War has long been studied primarily in a Eurocentric perspective, notwithstanding the massive participation of non-Western populations in the war (more than two million soldiers or workers, colonial and non-colonial, from Africa and Asia) and the importance of their expectations along with their disillusionment with the Paris peace treaties. In the last fifteen years, there has been greater interest in the participation of the colonized populations in the war effort, in terms of military and economic, as well as social and cultural aspects of the war within the colonial society. But the Asian States and societies have still been considered marginal. Many important reference works on international relations of Asia consider that it is only after the Second World War and the decolonization movements, that the Asian States became true actors, “masters of their own destiny”. They seem to have overlooked an important fact that three sovereign Asian countries (Japan, China, and Thailand) entered into the First World War on the Allied side. Nevertheless, in recent years, several works have been published on the First World War from the Asian perspective.

The perspective of this conference is to consider the First World War as a key moment which permitted, for the first time in history, important migrations of people and the circulation of ideas, objects, and techniques between Asia and Europe in both ways. By overcoming the oversimplified Eurocentric vision that the masses in colonized countries came to support the European war effort, the aim of this conference is to highlight the Asian individual and collective trajectories, marked by their desire to become the “masters of their own destiny” in the colonial and total war contexts. We hope to join together the perspectives of global history, micro history, and history from below. A biographical approach with the illustration of the individuals’ “non-standard” experiences could allow us to measure the impact of a particular experience of war and of Europe on their lives and their family circle, as well as on their societies.

It is the question of analyzing the experience of war, the conditions in Europe, and the return to their homeland from diverse sources: military archives (including the army’s postal censorship commission), colonial archives, diplomatic archives, intimate letters, press, photographs, memories and literary works, etc. How did Asian workers or soldiers seize that exceptional opportunity to “take charge of their own destiny” at both the individual and national level? How did the Asians apply that “exceptional” experience of the First World War and expatriation to their personal and social life? What was the impact of these individuals on the political, economic, social, and cultural destiny of the Asian peoples under Western domination? The transition from individual aspirations by using experiences from Europe, to political aspirations in coming back to their homeland, in other words their capacity to become “masters of their own destiny” will be particularly explored.

Possible avenues of research include (among others):

o   Experience of Asian soldiers on the European front  o Experience of Asian workers in Europe

o   Testimonies of Asian diplomats and officials in Europe

o   Asian political activists and the making of new political networks in Asia o Asian students in Europe and the making of new elite in Asia o Asian mediators of new technics: the making of new professions in Asia


Other events: 

Ø  A photography exhibition entitled “Asians and the Great War”

Ø  A special session on the filmed archives on the Great War with screening and debates of film archives

Ø  Excursion for participants to WWI-related sites and museums and attendance at the 11 November commemoration ceremony in Bangkok

Submission of proposal

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 25 July 2018.

Please submit your proposal using the provided paper proposal to,, and

Successful applicants will be notified by 15 August 2018 .


Bhawan Ruangsilp (History Department, Chulalongkorn University)

Claire Thi Liên Trân (Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC – CNRS, Bangkok)

  • Appel à contributions sur la page Facebook de l’Institut .

Illustration « à la une » : The Siamese Expeditionary Force during the 1919 Paris Victory Parade.

Les relations France – Vietnam – Asia Centre – lundi 9 avril 2018

[ndlr] Annonce d’une rencontre-débat. Présentation de l’Asia Centre.

A l’occasion du 45ème anniversaire des relations diplomatiques entre la France et le Vietnam (1973) et du 5ème anniversaire du Partenariat stratégique franco-vietnamien (2013), Asia Centre organise au printemps 2018 un colloque international d’une demi-journée sur les relations franco-vietnamiennes, qui réunira des diplomates et politiques (anciens et actuels) des deux pays, des chercheurs, académiques et experts des relations franco-vietnamiennes sur des sujets politique et diplomatique, économique, historique, culturel et scientifique.

Avec la participation de :

  • S.E Claude Blanchemaison (ambassadeur de France à Hanoi de 1989 à 1993, Gouverneur français de l’Asia Europe Foundation)
  • Mme Stéphanie Do (Députée, Présidente du groupe d’amitié France-Vietnam de l’Assemblée nationale)
  • M. Duong Van Quang (chercheur, ancien ambassadeur du Vietnam en France, à l’UNESCO et à la Francophonie)
  • Mme Tôn Nu Thi Ninh (ancienne ambassadrice du Vietnam à l’UE).

La liste complète des intervenants, le programme détaillé et les modalités d’inscription seront communiqués prochainement.

La conférence se tiendra en français, dans les Salons de la Maison de la Recherche de l’Inalco (2 rue de Lille, Paris 7), à partir de 13h30.

Source : Asia Centre

Compte-rendus en ligne de la conférence :

Conference Call for Papers and Panels : “1968 and the Tet Offensive”

[ndlr] Annonce du Vietnam Center & Archive.

Conference Call for Papers and Panels

“1968 and the Tet Offensive”

April 27-28, 2018, Lubbock Texas

The Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA) and the Institute for Peace & Conflict (IPAC) at Texas Tech University are pleased to announce a conference focused on the year 1968 and the Tet Offensive. We expect in this conference to approach these historical events in the broadest possible manner by hosting presenters who examine diplomatic, military, international regional, and domestic aspects of the Vietnam War during that year, as well as the strategic and tactical decision-making and actions that led up to and followed the Tet Offensive. This will include presentations that look at all participants to include the US, RVN, DRV, NLF, and the numerous allies and other nations involved. We will also strongly encourage presentations that examine the antiwar and peace movements at home and abroad, the efforts to support the war effort, and the efforts to end the conflict through international diplomacy, as well as military and diplomatic means in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Recent and emerging scholarship on the Tet Offensive and on 1968, more broadly, is refocusing much needed attention on some of the pivotal events that took place during that fateful year. In late November 1967, General William Westmoreland publicly conveyed his optimism regarding eventual US victory in Vietnam, helping President Johnson to buoy flagging US popular and political support for the war effort. In the aftermath of the Tet Offensive, as fighting broke out in every major city throughout the entirety of South Vietnam, many started to doubt the veracity of those previous claims, including prominent politicians and members of the American media.

Attention within the US came to focus on some of the more brutal battles that emerged as US Marines fought to retake Vietnam’s ancient Imperial city in the Battle for Hue and they came under heavy fire during in the Siege of Khe Sanh. As the fighting intensified in Vietnam, so it did in the streets and on campuses across America, as critics of the war continued their calls for an immediate US withdrawal and an end to the war. So powerful was the effect of these events that on March 31, President Johnson announced that he would not seek reelection – adding to the leadership changes already in play with the departure of Robert McNamara as Secretary of Defense in late February and the emergence of General Creighton Abrams and departure of General Westmoreland as commander of US forces in Vietnam in June. The violence that year included some of the most horrific wartime atrocities committed against civilians in Vietnam, including the Hue Massacre and the My Lai Massacre, while violence in the US claimed the lives of nationally prominent figures, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy. The presidential election that year witnessed last-minute attempts by the Johnson administration to end the war in Vietnam sabotaged by the Nixon campaign.

By the end of 1968, approximately 550,000 Americans engaged in more than 200 major combat operations, dropped more than 500,000 tons of bombs, and the overall financial costs of the war for that year alone totaled approximately $20 Billion. 1968 resulted in the highest numbers of casualties in a single year with more than 16,000 Americans and approximately 100,000 Vietnamese killed on all sides. All the while, the North Vietnamese and NLF fought on. With a new president and leadership team preparing to take over in January of 1969, innumerable questions remained as to whether a US victory could be achieved in Vietnam.

This two-day conference will be hosted at the MCM Elegante Hotel and Suites in Lubbock, Texas. Conference organizers welcome both individual presentation proposals as well as pre-organized panel proposals that include a moderator/commentator and three individual presentations. Conference sessions will follow the standard 90-minute format to include 60 minutes for presentations (20 minutes per presentation) followed by 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations by veterans are especially encouraged as are presentations by graduate students. Graduate student travel grants will be made available to select students. All presentations will be video recorded and made publicly available after the conference via the Vietnam Center and Archive website. Select papers may also be published in a collection by the TTU Press.

Proposal submission deadline is February 15, 2018

Please submit a 250 word abstract and separate two-page CV/resume to The program committee of Ron Milam, Steve Maxner, Justin Hart, Dave Lewis, and Laura Calkins will evaluate all paper proposals and develop a program that reflects the many remarkable aspects of 1968. If submitting a panel proposal, please include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker.

Thank you for your interest in participating in this conference.


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Illustration « à la une » : photo de couverture du magazine Life, 9 février 1968 : « A guerilla is taken alive during the Ambassy battle » © 1968 Life.

Colloque international « Genre et nations partitionnées » : 14-15 décembre 2017 – EHESS

[ndlr] Annonce officielle.

Le colloque international « Genre et nations partitionnées » est organisé par Anne Castaing (CNRS/CEIAS) et Benjamin Joinau (Hongik University/CRC)

La « communauté imaginée » qu’est la nation mobilise les symboles les plus archétypaux pour se représenter dans les arts et les médias populaires et ces symboles sont le plus souvent genrés – que l’on pense à la Marianne de la jeune République française. En plus d’être l’écho du genre grammatical des valeurs de cette république dont elle est l’allégorie, Marianne est la figure de l’Alma Mater, à la fois nourricière et protectrice, qualités essentielles d’un Etat-nation ou d’un régime politique. Mais comment se pense une nation divisée politiquement par une partition ?

Continuer la lecture de Colloque international « Genre et nations partitionnées » : 14-15 décembre 2017 – EHESS

Saigon River : colloque de restitution du projet – Hô Chi Minh-Ville 16-17 octobre 2017

[ndlr] Manifestation scientifique France – Viêt-Nam.

Les lundi 16 et mardi 17 octobre 2017, François Guillemot a participé au colloque de restitution du Projet Saigon River. Celui-ci s’est déroulé à l’Université Polytechnique (Dai Hoc Bach Khoa, 268 Ly Thuong Kiet, District 10) à Hô Chi Minh-Ville.

Son intervention, préparée avec Estelle Senna et Laurent Gédéon, s’est appuyée sur deux contributions de la plateforme Virtual Saigon dans le cadre du premier axe du projet : « Évolution de l’hydrosystème de la rivière Saigon en lien avec le développement de la mégalopole d’Hô Chi Minh-Ville ».

La première communication portait sur les défis de l’eau au cours de l’histoire de Saigon prise dans un temps long à travers trois moments clés (l’apport de la marine française, l’urbanisation et la gestion de l’eau sous la colonisation, l’industrialisation du tissu urbain et ses possibles interactions avec le fleuve). La seconde présentait la mise en place du WebSIG dédié au projet, un outil collaboratif de partage des approches scientifiques et des résultats élaboré par Estelle Senna, géomaticienne à l’IAO :

Abstract 1

The history of Saigon on the long term is closely linked to the river that shares its name. This communication focuses on three main aspects of the interactions between the town and its water network. The first part examines some key elements of the urban history of Saigon. The city’s shape is due to the French military presence in Cochinchina. In 1790, Gia-Dinh is redesigned as a citadel on the Saigon River, and there are still traces in the current urban morphology of the ancient canals. But the master plan is really drawn decades later. From 1862, the French Navy design and build Saigon, as the main naval base and capital for the conquered Cochinchina. The second part presents how the civilian power inherits of this grown-up city, at the turn of the century. The historical archives reveal new concerns and approaches in the management of water. A micro-historical approach allows seizing the making of the city « seen from the bottom ». The construction of the current area of Ben Thanh Market on the Boresse marsh in the early 20th century appears as a good case study. The issues of the early twentieth century echoes, to a certain extent and on different scales, that of the beginning of the twenty-first century. Finally, the last part focuses on the economic function of the Chinese arroyo during the twentieth century. From this local experience, the perspective to nowadays industrial zones of Ho Chi Minh City, is analyzed in terms of specialization and location.

Keywords: Saigon river, urban history, canal, water network, naval base, wetland, marshes, Ben Thanh market, industrial zones, Chinese Arroyo

Abstract 2

Within the framework of the Saigon River project (funded by Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes – France) a WebGIS has been made ; from old maps of Saigon to coring locations, it is a digital mapping interface providing access to a part of data produced. This interactive app may then be considered as a way to share the results, but it is not its first aim. This custom-made online tool was created at the early beginning of the project to strengthen the link between the teams. Actually, if disciplines and approaches are different, the space of study is the same. The WebGIS, as “collective container”, has raised cross-disciplinary discussions, everywhere it showed unexpected spatial relations between topics.

Keywords: WebGIS, digital mapping, interactive app, collaborative work, data

Le mardi 17 octobre une présentation générale des trois axes du projet ainsi que des résultats obtenus et des perspectives de recherche a été faite par Émilie Strady (IRD Vietnam).

Pour en savoir plus sur le projet Saigon River (2015-2017) :

Mobiliser la mémoire. Reconstruire les sociétés de post-conflit : la Colombie en perspective

[ndlr] Pour information, des thématiques qui rejoignent celles de notre séminaire.

Colloque international

Du 4 octobre 2017 au 5 octobre 2017

  • Site Descartes – 15 parvis René Descartes ENS de Lyon, amphithéâtre Descartes
  • UDL, Grand Amphithéâtre

Les questions liées à la mémoire (aux mémoires) individuelle(s) et collective(s) revêtent une importance particulière dans les sociétés qui ont connu des événements traumatiques tels qu’une guerre (les deux guerres mondiales, la guerre d’Algérie pour la France) ou un conflit armé (en Colombie), voire une dictature (dictature militaire pour le Brésil et l’Argentine). En Colombie, depuis que le gouvernement a engagé un processus de négociation avec une des plus anciennes guérillas du monde, celle des FARC, les enjeux liés à la mémoire individuelle et collective sont cruciaux. Les accords signés pour sortir de la violence armée représentent un chapitre fondamental dans l’écriture d’un nouveau récit de la nation, que la société en général doit valider.

Le colloque « Mobiliser la mémoire » sur les enjeux du post-conflit en Colombie rassemblera des juristes, des anthropologues, des sociologues, des historiens, des psychologues et des spécialistes d’études littéraires et artistiques. A partir de 8 conférences et tables rondes, laissant large place au débat, le cas colombien sera mis en perspective avec les expériences transitionnelles argentine, brésilienne et française, analysées et modélisées depuis la création du réseau de recherche « Memoria », en 2013.

Le colloque associera comme grands répondants des écrivains, colombiens et espagnols, ainsi que des chercheurs brésiliens (USP, São Paulo) et argentins (équipe EAAF, Buenos Aires) du réseau « Memoria », dans le cadre de l’année France-Colombie 2017.

Programme en ligne : PDF
Affiche en ligne : PDF

François Guillemot : « Disparaître pour survivre à l’histoire : la mort volontaire de l’écrivain Nhất Linh »

Présentation de notre communication au 6e Congrès du GIS Asie (Réseau Asie & Pacifique).

Presentation :

1963 was a milestone for the Republic of Vietnam. As the Ngo Dinh Diem regime entered a major confrontation with the Buddhist movement, another drama played itself out in Saigon. On July 7, the renowned writer Nhat Linh Nguyen Tuong Tam committed suicide. With this radical protest, he thus avoided a court appearance resulting from a failed coup. This tragic signature of his opposition to the authoritarian regime also marks a turning point in the internal fracture within non-communist nationalism. This communication discusses the challenges of his disappearance and explores the torment that haunted the writer in the final years of his life. Finally, the impact of this act is located in the political context of a violent power in decline. Through Vietnamese documentation and archives, I attempt to elaborate the possible interpretations of this act, both personal and political.

Key words : Republic of Vietnam (1955-1963); nationalism; Nguyen Tuong Tam (Nhat Linh) ; suicide; memory.

Résumé :

1963 est une date charnière pour la République du Viêt-Nam (Sud). Alors que le régime de Ngo Dinh Diem est entré dans une confrontation majeure avec les forces bouddhistes un autre drame se joue à Saigon. Le 7 juillet, l’écrivain renommé Nhat Linh Nguyen Tuong Tam se suicide. Signe radical de protestation, il évite ainsi de comparaître au tribunal dans une affaire de coup d’État raté. La signature tragique de cette opposition au régime autoritaire marque aussi une étape clé dans la fracture interne au sein du nationalisme non-communiste. Cette communication revient sur les enjeux de cette disparition et le tourment qui habite l’écrivain dans les dernières années de sa vie. Enfin, l’impact de cet acte est replacé dans le contexte politique d’un pouvoir violent en déclin. Il s’agira de tenter de saisir à travers les documents et les archives vietnamiennes quelles sont les lectures possibles de cet acte à la fois personnel et politique.

Mots clés : République du Viêt-Nam (1955-1963), nationalisme, Nguyen Tuong Tam, suicide, mémoire.

Numéro spécial de la revue Van Dê [Questions] dédié à Nhât Linh paru en juillet 1970. Collection FG

Documents en ligne pour accompagner notre propos :


Souvenirs de proches

Un destin politique en débat

« Lạnh lùng« , Solitude (1935-1936). Une des rares traductions françaises d’un roman de Nhat Linh. Collection FG


  • Laurent Mucchielli et Marc Renneville, “Les causes du suicide : pathologie individuelle ou sociale ? Durkheim, Halbwachs et les psychiatres de leur temps (1830-1930)”, Déviance et société, no 1, 1998, pp. 3-36. En ligne sur le portail Persée.

Voir aussi sur Mémoires d’Indochine : Nguyễn Tường Tam ou le rêve évanoui du Grand Viêt-Nam

Image « à la une » : Di chúc của nhà văn Nhất Linh Nguyễn Tường Tam / Le testament de l’écrivain © DR

Explorer et exposer : voyages, témoignages et objets documentaires – Journées DocAsie 2017

[ndlr] Annonce du réseau DocAsie.

Les 11ème journées DocAsie se dérouleront du 21 au 23 juin 2017 à Marseille. Pour ce 10ème anniversaire, elles se dérouleront entre le Mucem et la Maison Asie-Pacifique et auront pour thème :

Explorer et exposer : voyages, témoignages et objets documentaires.

Autour des collections françaises sur l’Asie.

De l’exploration à l’exposition : Témoignage des relations entre la France et l’Asie, résultat d’une « relation », d’un voyage, le document, de collections asiatiques, est ensuite « objectivé » pour devenir source d’exploration, objet d’études, objet conservé, élément constitutif d’une collection, et peut devenir ensuite objet d’exposition.

Pour en savoir plus : DocAsie

Vietnam Update: The Politics of Life – Call for Papers

[ndlr] Appel à communications.


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:

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 (

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