The Southeast Asian Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) presents an annual Pattana Kitiarsa award to a graduate student that has written the best conference paper on Southeast Asia. The award was established to honor the memory of Pattan Kitiarsa, who was an Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He died at the early age of 46, and the field lost a leading scholar. The award includes a monetary prize and a certificate to be presented at the subsequent AAS Annual Conference.
In March, UMass political science graduate student Khora Phuaphansawat presented “My Eyes are Open but My Lips are Whispering’: Anti-Royalism in Thailand after the 2006 Coup D’etat” at the AAS conference in Seattle. Her dissertation chair, Timothy Pachirat explained that this paper was only one part of a larger “politically courageous and intellectually innovative” project. We are pleased to share that earlier this month, Khora’s paper was selected for the Pattana Kitiarsa award. Khora will be traveling to Toronto for the March 2017 Annual Conference of the AAC in order to accept her award.
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