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Top down or bottom up? Politics and Society in Thailand and Indonesia

11/07/2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Speakers: Alex Arifianto, Research Fellow, Indonesia Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University – Singapore
Christopher Ankersen, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Center for Global Affairs
Moderated by: Amy Freedman, Department Chair and Professor of Political Science and International Studies at LIU Post

This panel discussion will look at the broad question of whether changes in society are happening as a result of political manipulation from the top; or because of substantive changes within culture, values and beliefs.

Dr. Arifianto’s talk, titled “From Identity Politics to New Sectarianization? Political Islam and the 2019 Indonesian Election”, will look at the 2019 Indonesian elections and ask if the polarization and divisiveness is a new and lasting feature of Indonesian society, or if it is a function of specific electoral dynamics unique to these candidates and this moment in time.

Professor Ankersen’s talk, titled “Culture in Action: The Case of Contemporary Thai Politics”, will examine the cultural images being used to construct oppressive strictures in contemporary Thai politics and explore whether these structures are manifestations of long-standing cultural norms or if they are being manipulated from elites for regime survival.

Thursday, November 7, 2019
2:30 PM-4:00 PM
International Affairs Building, Room 918
No registration required.
For press inquiries, please contact Ariana King, ak4364@columbia.edu

This event is organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.

Event Contact Information:
Athina Fontenot


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm