Democracy and Civil Society in Southeast Asia


University of Hamburg, Department of Southeast Asian Languages and Cultures Public ZOOM Lecture Series in the Summer Semester of 2022

Friday 14 – 16 h CEST, Digital – Zoom

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Civil Society in Myanmar – Back to Ground Zero?
Prof. Dr. Marco Bünte, Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen


Imagining the Polity – Protest, Law and History in Thailand
Prof. Dr. Tyrell Haberkorn, Associate Professor, Asian Cultures and Languages, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Democratization and Civil Society in Malaysia
Dr. Andreas Ufen, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg


Welcome to Singapore – Authoritarianism and Civil Liberties
Kirsten Han, journalist, We, The Citizens, Singapore


Rightless Resistance – Rural Indonesians vs Palm Oil Companies
Prof. Dr. Ward Berenschot, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam


Between Authoritarianism and Democracy – Civil Society and Political Change in the Philippines
Prof. Dr. Aries Arugay, Associate Professor, Departement of Political Science, University of Philippines Diliman


A Transition Interrupted? Peace, Politics, and Power in Cambodia
Dr. Katrin Travouillon, Department of Political and Social Change at the Coral Bell School, Australian National University and DFG-Kooperationsprojekt “No access. How the State of Peacebuilding Archives Undermines Democracy“, Philipps-Universität Marburg


The Political Landscape of Laos – an Overview
Dr. Kearrin Sims, Development Studies, College of Arts, Society & Education, James Cook University, Australia


Roundtable Discussion
Arkar Oo, Bopha Phorn, and other representatives of the civil society in Southeast Asia


Why History does not End – Vietnam‘s Politics from Comparative Perspective
Prof. Dr. Pham Quang Minh, Faculty of International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

Prof. Dr. Jörg Engelbert, Vietnamese Language and Culture / Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elsa Clavé, Austronesian Languages and Cultures

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Asien-Afrika-Institut, Universität Hamburg