Week @ CSEAS
February 23, 2015 - February 27, 2015
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February 27, 2015 - Ben Tausig (Department of Ethnomusicology, School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook)
A Division of Listening: The Sonic Broadcasts of the Thai Military at Bangkok Political Protests
The Thai military's psychological operations unit (whose name is abbreviated ?.?.?. in Thai, or PJW in English) has consistently been at the front lines in recent military operations against protesters and in support of the ruling junta. Among PJW's strategies is to use live and recorded music, comedy, and soothing speech to manipulate crowds on behalf of the military. This talk narrates and contextualizes PJW’s fifty-year history, which has not been critically represented in any language. But more urgently, I advance an argument about PJW’s role in the past fifty years of Thai governance and citizenship. I claim that PJW’s musical practices typify a Cold War-era instrumentalization of culture in Southeast Asia that has been sustained through a series of historical contortions and revived fervently in the present. In the past five years, PJW’s musical performances reveal above all the ascendency of class politics, even as such politics remain discursively forbidden in Thailand at literal gunpoint. Class division in Thailand is apparent wherever Thais listen to PJW these days. I examine these listening practices, and demonstrate their relationship to what I regards as a class-based political fissure in Thailand that is growing ever-wider.
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On Campus Events:
“Moments: Siem Reap in Faces,” an exhibit of work from a University of Wisconsin summer 2014 global service learning course
Now through Friday, March 20, 2015. Memorial Library Exhibit Space (1st floor).
The exhibit features photographs by Page Bazan and Phorn Sewpheng along with reflective essays by UW students who participated in the course “Buddhism and Service Learning in Cambodia” and an exhibition of books drawn from Memorial Library’s Khmer language collection. The course was jointly offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison’s programs in Religious Studies, FIG (First Year Interest Groups), the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, IAP (International Academic Programs), and the Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap, Cambodia (an American Overseas Research Center). The exhibit is sponsored by Memorial Library, FIG, IAP, Religious Studies, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
Filipino Conversation Table
Thursday, February 27, 5:00 pm. Lakefront Cafeteria, Memorial Union.
For more information, please contact, Bridget Johnson or Noemi Yutuc.