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Myanmar Crisis: Challenges and Hopes for a Way Forward (21th July 2021)

The Research Institute for Contemporary Southeast Asia – (Irasec) and the  Regional Center for Social Science and  Sustainable Development (RCSD), Chiang Mai University, invite you to the joint virtual debate on:

Myanmar Crisis:
Challenges and Hopes for a Way Forward

21th July 2021, 5 to 7 PM (Bangkok Time), on Zoom
With Aurore Candier (Irasec), May Oo Mutraw (CMU),
Rémi Nguyen (Irasec) and Min Zin (CMU)
Opening by Christian Lechervy, Ambassador of France in Myanmar
A panel discussion led by Carol Isoux, Journalist

Coorganized by
Claire Thi Lien Tran, director of the Research Institute for Contemporary Southeast Asia (Irasec) and Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, director of the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Chiang Mai University in partnership with the Institut français de Birmanie

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Conducting Field Research in Social Sciences – Vietnam

Appel à communications.


Call for Proposals

In partnership with IRASEC, that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the University of Văn Lang (HCM-city) is organizing on June 9 and 10, 2021 a methodology research seminar for young PhDs and PhD students working in and with Vietnam. The aim of the event is to support fieldwork training in social sciences, particularly in geography, anthropology, ethnology, sociology, economics, tourism and architecture.

This seminar will include a one-day presentation and exchange at Văn Lang followed by a documentary film in the evening and a field visit during which researchers will present their work on site. These two days will be guided by researchers’ fields, from construction and preparation to processing and dissemination in the context of scientific productions.

The seminar will focus on the following suggested topics:

  • What does it involve to do fieldwork? What constitutes a field?
  • How to (un)make a field notebook?
  • What is a field survey in geography and architecture?
  • From micro to macro: statistical and cartographic tools for objectivizing the field.
  • Contributions and challenges of qualitative in situ methods.
  • Reflexivity and field practices.
  • Data is not given: construction and processing of information from the field.
  • To be or not to be: field practices, activism and intimacy.
  • To speak and to make speak: recording, translating, transcribing, interpreting.
  • Participatory fields and action research: serious games, interactive mapping and theater.
  • Individual practices and collective research projects, how to share a field?
  • Between ethics and open source: how to disseminate field data?

Proposals should be no more than 250 words and should be adressed to the the organizers, Dr. Trần Cẩm Thi (Văn Lang) and Dr Emmanuelle Peyvel (IRASEC) at The proposal can be written in Vietnamese, French or English and should also include a short biography of the author. Deadline: Monday April 20, 2021.

Les publications de l’IRASEC en libre accès sur Open Edition

[ndlr] Nouvelle collection de l’IRASEC sur OpenEdition Books.

Toute l’équipe de l’Irasec a le grand plaisir de vous annoncer le lancement de son site de publication dédié aux recherches sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine sur la plateforme OpenEdition Books.

Le site propose le libre accès à des collections de livres portant sur des thématiques nationales ou transnationales couvrant les 11 pays de l’Asie du-Sud-Est et l’Asean. Ces ouvrages, en langue française ou anglaise, sont le fruit de projets de recherche originaux portés par l’institut et ses partenaires scientifiques internationaux dans les différentes disciplines des sciences humaines et sociales.

L’initiative, inscrite dans une démarche d’ouverture de la science, a vocation à favoriser la visibilité, la citabilité et l’accès aux publications portant sur l’Asie du Sud-Est à destination des chercheurs, des étudiants et de tous les citoyens que cette littérature intéresse. Le site sera enrichi au fil des mois par de nouveaux ouvrages et collections, dont une collection en anglais de livres coédités avec NUS Press et celle des « monographies nationales » publiée avec les Indes savantes.

“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 rituels funéraires dans les manuscrits khmers [Irasec – 26 juin 2018]

[ndlr] Annonce d’une conférence organisée par Anne Guillou (anthropologue CNRS) à l’IRASEC à Bangkok dans le cadre du cycle “Bouddhisme et société”.

Les rituels funéraires dans les manuscrits khmers

par Leng Kok-An, chercheur principal, Directeur de la conservation des manuscrits au Fonds d’Edition des Manuscrits du Cambodge – FEMC

Mardi 26 juin 2018 à 18h30

Conférence en khmer, traduite en français et en anglais.

Les manuscrits gravés sur feuilles de latanier, recopiés de génération en génération depuis des siècles, étaient conservés dans les bibliothèques des monastères du Cambodge. La guerre, le régime des Khmers rouges et la négligence en ont provoqué la disparition presque complète. La lecture de ceux qui restent permet néanmoins de pénétrer le sens et de mieux comprendre l’organisation des rituels bouddhiques les plus familiers des Khmers.

Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles.

Source : AFRASE, GIS Asie et Institut Français du Cambodge

Patrick Heuveline : La mémoire des corps : Conséquences sanitaires du régime khmer rouge – Phnom Penh, 4 avril 2017

[ndlr] Annonce d’une prochaine conférence à Phnom Penh dans le cycle des Conférences “Temps, Espace, Mémoire” IRASEC organisé par Anne Yvonne Guillou, anthropologue CNRS / IRASEC, Phnom Penh, 4 avril 2017.

La mémoire des corps : Conséquences sanitaires du régime khmer rouge

Patrick Heuveline, Professeur au département de Sociologie à l’UCLA

Mardi 4 avril à 18h30

Conférence en français traduite en khmer et en anglais
Entrée libre

Les rations alimentaires distribuées durant le régime khmer rouge aux groupes de population déportés étaient insuffisantes au vu des dépenses physiques liées au travail forcé et ont conduit à une malnutrition généralisée. L’invasion vietnamienne qui a chassé les Khmers Rouges du pouvoir a aussi perturbé la récolte et, avec des stocks de nourriture réduits, une famine s’en est suivie. Les preuves les plus flagrantes de ces effets de la malnutrition ont été réunies à propos des famines en Europe aux 19e et 20e siècles. Toutefois, le Cambodge présente un cas très différent de celui des pays européens.

Source : Institut Français Cambodge

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