Of Earthly Elements: Changing Environment and Civil Society in Thailand and Southeast Asia

Dr Janit Feangfu1, Dr. Pasoot Lasuka2, Dr. Visisya Pinthongvijaykul3

1Australian National University, Canberra ACT , Australia, 2Chiang Mai University, Maung, Thailand, 3Chandrakasem Rajabhat University , Bangkok, Thailand

Chair: Janit Feangfu


The effects of harmful environmental changes caused by humans have increasingly taken their tools on human and non-human habitats alike in all parts of the world. With its focus on Southeast Asia and Thailand in particular, our interdisciplinary panel explores how recent environmental crisis, environmental transformation and politico-social environment at once form and transform various communities. Through its collection of papers, the panel investigates an “ad-hoc community” linking through hazy air pollution crisis in Southeast Asia, fish as companion species with reference to environment and health in Thailand and the centrality of food and travelling as a critique of Thailand’s socio-economic disparity in a Thai novel.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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