SSEAC Webinar Series - State and Society

Join us on Thursdays in 2021 for a special webinar series dedicated to Southeast Asia.

In June-July, we’re proud to showcase the breadth of our research with a special webinar series with a focus on our key research theme - State and Society.


Wartime sexual violence against men: Making sense of the silences in Cambodia's war crimes tribunal

Thursday 17 June, 5pm AEST / 9am CEST

Join Dr Rosemary Grey for an insight into the prosecution of wartime sexual violence in the International Criminal Court and Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Assailing accountability: Executive aggrandisement under the Jokowi administration

Thursday 1 July, 5pm AEST / 9am CEST

Join Mr Thomas Power as he exposes the illiberal tendencies of Indonesian democracy under Joko Widodo's presidency.

From troops to trolls: Inside Thailand's information operations

Thursday 24 June, 5pm AEST / 9am CEST

Join Dr Aim Sinpeng for an eye-opening discussion of how the Thai State uses social media for political purposes.

Precarious homeland activists: The case of Myanmar

Thursday 8 July, 5pm AEST / 9am CEST

Join Dr Susan Banki for an essential discussion of the dilemmas faced by Myanmar political activists who have fled overseas. Photo credit: UN Women/Allison Joyce

About the speakers

Susan Banki's research interests lie in the political, institutional, and legal contexts that explain the roots of and solutions to international human rights violations. In particular, she is interested in the ways that questions of sovereignty, citizenship/membership and humanitarian principles have shaped our understanding of and reactions to various transnational phenomena, such as the international human rights regime, international migration and the provision of international aid. Susan's focus is in the Asia-Pacific region, where she has conducted extensive field research in Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh and Japan on refugee/migrant protection, statelessness and border control. 

Dr Rosemary Grey is a lecturer at Sydney Law School, the Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law, and an active member of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Her research focuses on gender & international criminal law, particularly the prosecution of gender-based crimes in the International Criminal Court and Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Rosemary's current research is funded by two Australian Research Council (ARC) grants for her DECRA project, “Reproductive Crimes in International Law: Lessons from Cambodia”, and a Discovery Project, “Reimagining Judging in International Criminal Courts: A Gendered Approach.” Her book, Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes in the International Criminal Court, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. 

Tom Power is a lecturer in the Department of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney and a PhD candidate at the Department of Political and Social Change, The Australian National University. He researches democracy, party politics and corruption in Indonesia. He has published with the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies and is the co-editor of Democracy in Indonesia: From Stagnation to Regression? (ISEAS, 2020).

Aim Sinpeng is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations and a Thailand Country Coodinator for the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on digital politics in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand. She is the author of Opposing Democracy in the Digital Age: the Yellow Shirts in Thailand (University of Michigan Press, 2021) and co-editor of From Grassroots Activism to Disinformation: Social Media in Southeast Asia (ISEAS, 2020). Her current projects, funded by Facebook and Australia's Department of Defence, examine issues of disinformation attacks and hate speech in Southeast Asia.