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Thailand Social Science Seminar Series (TS4)

Join us in the second week of each month on Zoom to hear from the world's best experts on Thailand
This virtual seminar series brings together social science experts from across the globe to discuss pressing issues facing Thailand.

In addition to providing an in-depth scholarly analysis of social issues in Thailand, this series will foster new opportunities for networking between those working in Thailand and around the world.

This series is sponsored by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC), the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) and the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN). 

2022 Schedule

Day Time (PT) Time (ET) Time (CET) Time (ICT) Time (AET) Event/Registration
13 January 2022 06:00 09:00 15:00 21:00   - Living in Interesting Times: Patterns and Problems in Contemporary Thai Politics
10 February 2022 17:00 20:00   -   -   - Australia-Thailand COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Comparative Perspective
11 February 2022   -   - 02:00 08:00 12:00
9 March 2022 23:00   -   -   -   - Language Choice as a Political Tool
10 March 2022   - 02:00 08:00 14:00 18:00
12 May 2022 07:00 10:00 16:00 21:00   - Re-examining the operation of hate speech in Thailand: the case of Buddhists and Muslims
9 June 2022 17:00 20:00   -   -   - The Psychology of Inequality
10 June 2022   -   - 02:00 07:00 10:00


Catch up on previous TS4 talks!


Of Harems and Eunuchs: Theravada Buddhist Courts of Mainland Southeast Asia in Comparative Perspective

Undermining Democracy: The Election Commission of Thailand in the 2019 Election

The United States and the Thai Royal Family from a Historical Perspective



TS4 Organising Committee

Saowanee T. Alexander is an assistant professor of sociolinguistics at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University. Her research focuses are relationships between language and politics and ordinary redshirts’ participation in Thai politics.

Petra Desatová is a postdoctoral researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. She has published several articles on Thai elections and also works on the politics of nation branding. Her recent article (co-authored with Saowanee T Alexander) on the Election Commission of Thailand and its role in the mismanagement of the 2019 Thai election has been published in the Politics journal. In addition to her academic work, Petra is also one of the hosts on the Nordic Asia Podcast, a recently launched podcast series that she helps to run.

Professor Michele Ford is Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Her research focuses on Southeast Asian labour movements, the intersection between national and international trade unions, labour migration, and labour’s engagement in the political sphere. She has been involved in extensive consultancy work for the ILO, the international labour movement and the Australian government.

Duncan McCargo, Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, is best known for his wide-ranging work on the politics of Thailand. His earlier books include the best-selling The Thaksinization of Thailand (with Ukrist Pathmanand, NIAS Press 2005), and the award-winning Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell 2008). More recently, he has published Fighting for Virtue: Justice and Politics in Thailand (Cornell 2019) and Future Forward: The Rise and Fall of a Thai Political Party (with Anyarat Chattharakul, NIAS Press 2020).  Email:

Dr Aim Sinpeng is the co-founder of the Sydney Cyber Security Network and has served as the Expert Contributor for Varieties of Democracy and the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index, which measure degrees and types of democracy. Her other scholarly works examine popular movements against democracy in democratising states, particularly in Thailand. Prior to her academic career she worked for the World Bank, a Toronto-based investment bank, governments of Thailand and the Czech Republic and the New York State Democrat Party.