Engendering History: Gender, Sexuality, and Love in Thailand, Lao PDR, and Cambodia
Ashley Thompson suggests an engendering of history that bears "the potential to make history, literally and figuratively, insofar as it threatens or promises to upset established notions of the field" (2008:106). This panel takes up Thompson’s call to engender history and interrogates dominant conceptions of gender, sexuality, and love in modern Thailand, Lao PDR, and Cambodia. From texts to textiles, classrooms to forests, and wedding photos to state records, the papers focus on particular spaces and materials that vibrated with social and political intensities through the long period of the Cold War in Thailand, Lao PDR, and Cambodia. The panel shows how materiality and spatiality were key aspects that shaped the ideological extremes that manifested in violence and unrest in Southeast Asia, and the panel begins its inquiries in the 1950s.
Alexandra Dalferro, Phd Candidate, Cornell University
"Weaving Queer Pasts and Futures in Thailand"
Chairat Polmuk, Lecturer, Chulalongkorn University
"Of Eros and the Forest: The Topography of Love in Lao Revolutionary Literature"
Catriona Miller, PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Sewing Patterns and Visions of Democracy: Khmer Women Organizing during Decolonization (1948 – 1952)"
Arnika Fuhrmann, Associate Professor, Cornell University
Elizabeth Wijaya, Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Studies and Director, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto