Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia Issue 30: From the Editor: Environmental Politics in and after Military Authoritarianism in Thailand


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University proudly presents the new issue (30) of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia (March 2021) titled “Environmental Politics in and after Military Authoritarianism in Thailand.” We have five articles as follows:

1.     Wither the Environment? The Recent Student-led Protests and (absent) Environmental Politics in Thailand, by Jakkrit Sangkhamanee 

2.     Irrigation Isan: Northeastern Identities and the Politics of Water, by Kanokwan Manorom

3.     Environmental Movements and the Politics of Morality: Revisiting Environmental Movements under and, Perhaps, after the Thai Military Government, by Bencharat Sae Chua

4.     Climate Change in Thailand: On Politics of Knowledge and Governance, by Chaya Vaddhanaphuti

5.     Environmental Gentrification and Eco-authoritarianism: Restoring Canals under the Military-led Government in Thailand, by Boonlert Visetpricha

In this issue, we have Eli Elinoff, Senior Lecturer , Cultural Anthropology, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, serving as our Guest Editor. Thank you very much.

All articles are translated from English into Japanese, Thai, Bahasa Indonesia, Filipino and Vietnamese.

This issue, as usual, also includes a section of book reviews. The list of book reviews is below:

1.     The Way of the Cross: Suffering Selfhoods in the Roman Catholic Philippines by Julius Bautista, reviewed by Miyawaki Satoshi

2.     Studying Singapore before 1800 by Kwa Chong Guan and Peter Borschberg (Eds.), reviewed by Alex Tham

3.     Overflow: A Future History of Manufacturing in China by Zhan Shi, reviewed by Shulan Zhao

4.     Books on Indonesian Labour Movement and Workers’ Struggles from the First-Person Perspective by (Several Authors), reviewed by Fathimah Fildzah Izzati

5.   Semasa Kecil Di Kampung (In my Village, When I was a Child) by Muhammad Radjab, reviewed by Isral Naska

Finally, for the Trendsetters column this month, we present a piece on “Philippine Literatures in a Derridean Sense: A Problem of (Re)versing the Region?”, by Lawdenmarc Decamora who is a faculty researcher at the Research Center for Culture, Arts and Humanities, University of Santo Tomas.


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For Trendsetters, here it is: