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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

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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.

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January 22, 2021 (Friday) 12:00pm

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