Special Lecture “Beyond Nature and Culture of Modern Thai Water Engineering: The Ontology of Infrastructure”

You are invited to public special lecture:

Beyond Nature and Culture of Modern Thai Water Engineering: The Ontology of Infrastructure

by Assistant Professor Dr.Jakkrit Sangkhamanee

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

 

Friday, December 16, 2016 Time: 14.30-16.30 
Alumni Meeting Room, 12th Floor,
Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

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Lecture Synopsis:

The talk will explore Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department Museum for Heavy Engineering where the works and lives of engineers are displayed and narrated and their machines exhibited. Through the museum walk-through, I will analyze the mutual constitution and historical transformation of the amphibious assemblage that makes up Thai water engineering. In some ways, the human and non-human hybridity depicted in the museum exceeds the binary of nature and culture proposed by Philippe Descola in his critical work Beyond Nature and Culture. Tracing the complex interrelation of engineers, landscapes, bureaucracy, statecraft and myth depicted in the exhibits, the talk elicits the museum as a particular, and peculiar, parliament of things that articulates the amodern characteristics of the Thai water engineering assemblage.

The lecture is Co-organized by Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine (IRASEC) and Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS), Chulalongkorn University
In partnership with Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University; RCSD Faculty of Social Science, Chiang Mai University; and Siamese Association of Sociologists and Anthropologists (SASA)

 

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