Research seminar with Prof. Charles F. Keyes – University of Copenhagen

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Research seminar with Prof. Charles F. Keyes

On 1 September, 14.30 - 16.00 the Department of Anthropology hosts a research seminar with Charles F. Keyes, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and International Studies, University of Washington. 

"From Peasant to Cosmopolitan Villagers: Refiguring the ‘Rural' in Northeastern Thailand"

Abstract

In May 2010 the Thai military put an end to several months of demonstrations by Red Shirt protestors in Bangkok. The protestors, in their tens of thousands, came primarily from rural northeastern Thailand, where Professor Keyes has done ethnographic fieldwork since the early 1960s. In this talk, he will provide a background for the recent political conflicts, arguing that northeastern villagers have become workers in a global system of labor and see themselves as cosmopolitans, even while retaining their identity as 'villagers'.

All are welcome!