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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes and sponsors a number of events such as lectures, film screening, workshops, symposia, conferences, exhibits, and performances throughout the year.  Several of these events are in collaboration with other U-M units, and are often free and open to the public. To see what we have planned for this semester, please visit our 2020 Lecture Series page.

CSEAS Lecture Series. Moments of Silence: the Unforgetting of the October 6, 1976, Massacre in Bangkok

Thongchai Winichakul, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, January 22, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Event is free and open to the public; please register at
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST

This talk will be a discussion of Professor Winichakul's latest book, Moments of Silence: the Unforgetting of the October 6, 1976, Massacre in Bangkok (University of Hawai`i, 2020).

The ‘October 6 massacre’ remains enigmatic to Thai society. The unforgetting—the inability to remember or forget, or to articulate memories in a meaningful way—has been due to the state’s suppression, shame and guilt, historical ideology, and the changing politics. This book is the story of the changing memories and the variable conditions for silence over the past forty years.

Thongchai Winichakul is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His book, Siam Mapped: a History of the Geo-body of a Nation (1994), was awarded the Harry J Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies (AAS, USA) and was translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Thai. He was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Award in 1994. and was President of the Association for Asian Studies in 2013/14. He has also published eight books in Thai.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange. Contact:
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Cseas Lecture Series, History, Lecture, Politics, Southeast Asia, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of History, Department of Political Science