M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
Chulalongkorn University’s M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies program was established by the Faculty of Arts in cooperation with the Institute of Asian Studies in 2003. Both institutions are centers of research and teaching on Southeast Asia within Chulalongkorn University and Thailand and have a rich experience in international studies and collaborative research programs.
The program is issue-based and multi-disciplinary in orientation. Along with the core courses on Southeast Asian history, politics, economics and culture, students have the option to study Burmese, Cambodian or Vietnamese as language electives. The program also incorporates a traveling classroom component, which takes students to Southeast Asian countries and allows them to experience the societies and cultures of each country first hand.
Objectives of the Program
The program aims to train young Southeast Asian scholars to become specialists on the region. It also hopes to contribute to the body of knowledge on Southeast Asia from the perspective of Southeast Asians.
Since its inception in 2003, the program has attracted a total number of 50 students both from within and outside of the region. Five students have already been conferredtheir degrees. Below are the thesis topics of students for school year 2003-2004:
- ASEAN and Low-Level Security Cooperation (Mr. Johannes Lund)
- Buddhism and Political Legitimation in Burma, 1988-2003 (Ms. Rattanaporn Poungpattana)
- The Relationship between Thailand and Myanmar: Conflicts and Confrontation under the Thaksin Shinawatra’s Government (M.L. Pinitbhand Paribatra)
Visiting Fellows, 2003-2004
To widen its scope of research and establish linkages with other scholars within and outside the region, the program hosts a number of visiting fellows each year. Among the fellows for 2003-2004, include Dr. Guy Lubeigt (Centre National de la Researche Scientifique, Paris), Mr. Philip Cunningham (Neiman Fellow and Knight, International Press Fellow), Dr. Collin MacAndrews (Asian Development Bank), Dr. Chutatip Maneepong (Shinawatra University), Dr. Zulkifli Mohamada (Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia) and Dr. James Barnhart (Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania).
Aside from the regular classes, the program also organizes public lectures each year. The following were the lectures held for 2004:
- ASEAN Regional Identities, Dr. Eric Thompson, National University of Singapore, July 2004
- Contest Terrains: Reproductive Health, Rights and Choices in the Philippines, Congressman Nereus Acosta, Philippine House of Representatives, July 2004
- Reclaiming the Southeast Asian Goddess: Healing and Empowerment for Women in the Region (with focus on Philippine and Thai Examples), Dr. Flaudette May Datuin, University of the Philippines, July 2004
- Music of Southeast Asia, Dr. Dusadee Swangviboonpong, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, June 2004
For more information on the program, please contact:
Dr. Sunait Chutintaranond
Director, Southeast Asian Studies Program
Room 205, 2nd Floor, Faculty of Arts Building
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel. No. 662-2184892, 2184862, 2184886
Fax No. 662-2184889