Forum Fall Semester 2006-07
September 8, 2006 - Ian Coxhead (Ag. Econ., UW-Madison)
Vietnam's WTO Accession: Process, Progress and Prospects
In May 2006, Vietnam and the U.S. agreed to terms under which the U.S.
would support Vietnam's bid to join the WTO. What does Vietnam stand
to gain from WTO accession? What sacrifices has it made to achieve this?
In 2000, Vietnam and the U.S. had signed a bilateral trade agreement.
Why were new talks required? How important to Vietnam are economic relations
with the US? How will WTO accession interact with the doi moi reform
September 15, 2006 - Paul Handley (Journalist)
The King Never Smiles: The Politics of Thailand's King
In 60 years on the throne, Thailand's venerable King Bhumibol has established
an image as being above politics and as an independent force for liberal
democratic values. Handley, whose recent biography of the king was
banned in Thailand, will talk about how Bhumibol created this image,
all the while playing an active and highly conservative political role
which has stifled democratic development.
September 22, 2006 - Kris Olds (Geography, UW-Madison)
Global Assemblage: Singapore, Western Universities, and the Socio-Economic
This talk focuses on the critical role of academic
freedom as an underlying factor in the globalization of education services, and global knowledge
flows. This issue is explored via an analysis of the 1997 to present creation of opportunities
for the provision of new foreign-led or foreign-linked "education services", especially Western
higher education services, in Singaporean space.
September 29, 2006 - Wilfrido Villacorta (Professor
Emeritus, De La Salle University)
ASEAN: A Continuing Experiment in Regioncraft
The institutional development of ASEAN is a process of managing the diversity of its member countries--the differences in political systems, cultures, economic development, geo-strategic traits, and foreign relations. As ASEANís former Deputy Secretary-General, Villacorta examines what binds member countries, and the implications for the Asia-Pacific regionís future.
October 6, 2006 - Terence Lee (Political Science
Ph.D., UW-Madison & Post-Doc. Fellow, Harvard University)
Crackdown? The Military and Regime Maintenance in Indonesia, the Philippines and
In a political crisis, under what conditions will militaries comply with an authoritarian regime? order to suppress demonstrations and protect the regime? The presentation analyzes the cases of military non-compliance to the task of regime maintenance during the October 1973 Thailand, February 1986 Philippines, and May 1998 Indonesia political crises in which major demonstrations led to the collapse of the Thanom and Praphat, Marcos and Suharto regimes, respectively. The presentation also examines why the Thai military complied with orders to put down pro-democracy demonstrations in May 1992.
October 13, 2006 - James Ockey (NIU)
Identity and the Religio-nationalist pilgrimages of Haji Sulong
Abdulkadir al Fattani
October 20, 2006 - No Friday Forum
October 27, 2006 - Eric Tagliacozzo (Associate Professor
of History, Cornell University)
Remembering Devotion: Oral History and the Pilgrimage to Mecca from Southeast Asia
This talk explores the pilgrimage to Mecca (or Hajj) through oral history
testimonies of Muslims from many countries in Southeast Asia. The talk is the
last chapter of an ongoing book project which is attempting to write the history
of the Hajj from this huge and extremely diverse region.
Room Change: 8411 Social Sciences
November 3, 2006 - Thongchai Winichakul (History,
Conversations with the Perpetrators
Thirty years after the October 1976 massacre in Bangkok, how do those who involved in
the killing look back and talk about their roles in the incident? What are "patterns" of their
views of the past? Is there any revealing truth? What is the future of the memory of the massacre?
November 10, 2006 - No Friday Forum
November 17, 2006 - Nonglak Rojanasaeng (Development Studies, UW-Madison)
Problems and Prospects of Adaptive Co-Management (ACM) of the Fishing Communities in Phangnga Bay, Southern Thailand.
There is now evidence that the plan for ACM is both feasible and applicable, and that the present
conditions are conducive to such planning in at least three areas--in resource management, in a
capable local community, and in the support and collaboration with stakeholders.
November 24, 2006 - No Friday Forum
(Thanksgiving break Nov 23-26)
December 1, 2006 - Erick Danzer (UW-Madison)
Rise of the Farmers: Democratization and Agricultural Politics in Indonesia
In this talk, Erick Danzer describes key patterns of agricultural politics
during the New Order as well as how those patterns have changed since 1998.
In particular, he shows how the political position of farmers has improved
as a result of economic and political liberalization.
December 8, 2006 - Mary McCoy
When Stories Get Legs: Baligate, Bulogate and All the Gates
The talk addresses the question of why some stories, and notothers, get legs. Cases from both
the US and Indonesia provide a key to understanding the narrative arc of non-proprietary coverage
December 15, 2006 - Last class day: No Friday