Eli Elinoff

From the Editor: Environmental Politics in and after Military Authoritarianism in Thailand

This special collection for the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia explores the ongoing legacies of environmental politics in, and perhaps after, military rule in Thailand. The five scholars in the collection explore various directions Thailand’s environmental policy and politics have taken under the Thai military. Their work shows how ecological change in Thailand is shaped by struggles between democratic conflict, authoritarian impunity, capitalist extraction, and, more recently, advancing climate change. [...]

Julius Bautista

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that has caused an unprecedented disruption of the foundational institutions in the public health and economic sectors. Given that 190 countries have mandated the complete or partial closure of schools – a measure that has affected more than 1.7 billion students worldwide (World Bank 2020) – it is important to underscore that the pandemic should also be considered a global educational crisis. Audrey Azouley, the Director-General of UNESCO, has declared that COVID-19 has caused “the most unprecedented disruption in the history of education.“ (UNESCO 2020: iii).   Educational institutions around the world have responded by implementing measures with the intent of maintaining the continuity and inclusiveness of their programs while safeguarding the interests [...]

Message from the Editor:

This collection of articles from the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia (KRSEA) is published with the financial support of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University. We have compiled all the English articles from Issue 13 (March 2013), to Issue 20 (September 2016). This period marked a turning point for KRSEA with the re-launch of the website in March 2013 and the new online archive of earlier issues. That was when I was assigned as the chief editor of the KRSEA.



Philippine Literatures in a Derridean Sense: A Problem of (Re)versing the Region?

by Lawdenmarc Decamora in Issue 30

To sever the conundrums of a decentered regional literature speculated around and astride the national sympathies of culture bearers stemming from the notional question that pushes literature as literatures, or literatures as but a primal instance of the literary experience of the literati, albeit a centrality of its systemic coming together of telescopic hierarchies is being charged with folkloric origins, such a hierarchy of voices circulating in and from the regions should be reformed, or like a myth formally demythicized, in a structuring that is both theoretically violent and, as far as the Derridean discourse is concerned, forgiving. [...]

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