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March 26, 2017


Wrestling beetles and ecological wisdom

BeetleWrestling beetles and ecological wisdom:
exploring a political natural history in Northern Thailand

2 May 2019 – 10am
Auditorium, National Museum Bangkok
Members THB 100.-, Non-Members THB 200.-.

Beetle fighting is a game that builds upon an uncanny cooperation between human beings and Rhinoceros beetles (xylotrupes Gideon). It has developed at a high level of refinement and institutionalization in Northern Thailand for years if not centuries. Beetle fighting is even being widely presented as a regional pride, a marker of the local Lanna identity, a portrayal of local ecological wisdom. It will be shown that the intimate relationship between human beings and coleoptera suggests efficiently the "harmonious connection built by human populations with their natural environment" claimed by players in the name of Northern Thais.

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April 11, 2019


Roundtable on Sustainable Cities

Illustration flyerRoundtable on Sustainable Cities
21 March 2019, IHS FR Jakarta

On March 21, Christine Cabasset participated in a roundtable discussion on "The Sustainable City: A Necessary Response to Climate Change in Indonesia? "as part of the annual evening organized by the French-speaking section of the Indonesian Heritage Society - IHS. Through some fundamental themes such as the concepts of reduction/adaptation to climate change, risks and coastal zone management, pollution control, territorial governance, and innovations, the three speakers, surprise guest Hayuning Anggrahita (Dr. in geography, professor at Indonesia-UI University), Nicolas Bernier (engineer and consultant in sustainable development), and Christine Cabasset (Dr. in geography, IRASEC), discussed the environmental challenges facing urban areas and the technical and human means to face them. The speakers warmly thanked the organizers, Daria Maksimova and Elisabeth Blanchi.

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April 9, 2019


Conference on tourism at Jakarta

Logo evening lecture sriesConférence sur le tourisme
19 mars 2019, IHS EN Jakarta

At the invitation of the Indonesian Heritage Society - IHS English-speaking section, Christine Cabasset participated on March 19, 2019 in the monthly Evening Lectures on the theme of "(Eco)Tourism: The good, the bad, and the future", alongside Krystyna Krassowska (guide, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society). With 195 people, the Erasmus Huis auditorium at the Dutch Embassy was full, testifying to the interest of the subject as well as the effectiveness of the organizing team, including Annemarie Hellmans and Birgitta Hogendoorn. Christine Cabasset's presentation on coastal tourism polarities focused on their formation and spatial and architectural reconfiguration in a tense environmental context, as well as on their sustainable development challenges.

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April 9, 2019


The State of Land in the Mekong Region

Couverture State of the Land in the Mekong Region Micah L. INGALLS and Jean-Christophe DIEPART, et Al
Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, and Mekong Region Land Governance, with Bern Open Publishing
2018, 105p., anglais
ISBN: 978-3-906813-78-3 (print), 978-3-906813-79 (eprint)

The State of Land in the Mekong Region brings together key data and information on current status and trajectories of change with regard to land resources, their social distribution, and the conditions of governance that shape them. The book is a collaborative effort between MRLG and CDE (University of Bern).

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April 2, 2019


Lancement de L’Asie du Sud-Est 2019 à Jakarta

Lancement ASE2019  JakartaChristine Cabasset (IRASEC) et Gabriel Facal (CASE et IrAsia), ont assuré, le 20 mars 2019, un double lancement de L’Asie du Sud-Est 2019. Bilan, enjeux et perspectives à l’IFI Wijaya (Jakarta Sud) et à l’Université Indonesia (UI). Ces deux événements ont été organisés en collaboration avec, et grâce au soutien de, l’ambassade de France / l’Institut français (IFI) en Indonésie et au Timor oriental.

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April 2, 2019

New release

L’Asie du Sud-Est 2019

Couverture Asie du Sud-Est 2019L’Asie du Sud-Est 2019 -Bilan, enjeux et perspectives

Sous la direction de Christine Cabasset et Claire Thi-Liên Tran
Irasec et Les Indes Savantes,
2019, 452 p. (ISBN : 978-2-84654-519-8)

Chaque année, l’Institut de recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine (Irasec), basé à Bangkok, mobilise une vingtaine de chercheurs et d’experts pour décrypter l’actualité régionale. L’Asie du Sud-Est – véritable carrefour économique, culturel et religieux – constitue un espace unique d’articulation des diversités sur la longue durée et le demeure plus que jamais aujourd’hui. Cette collection permet de suivre au fil des ans l’évolution des grands enjeux contemporains de cette région continentale et insulaire de plus de 640 millions d’habitants et d’en comprendre les dynamiques d’intégration régionale et de connectivités avec le reste du monde.



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March 1, 2019


Sommet entre Donald Trump et Kim Jong-un

Sommet Trump - Kim Jong-un à HanoiAu Vietnam, le modèle qui pourrait inspirer Kim Jong-un

Journal de Dimanche, 25 février 2019


Thi Anh-Dao TRAN a été interviewée par François Camps pour le Journal du Dimanche, à propos du second sommet entre Donald Trump et Kim Jong-un qui se tiendra prochainement à Hanoi.


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February 26, 2019


Coastal areas governance

Workshop, Timor-Leste - fevrier 2019“Coastal areas governance in a context of rapid tourism urbanization and climate change in Southeast Asia”

Fundação Oriente, Dili, Timor-Leste
February 6th, 2019

Christine Cabasset (IRASEC) and Vicente Paulino (Universidade nacional Timor LoroSa’e – UNTL) organized a workshop on “Costal areas governance in a context of rapid tourism urbanization and climate change in Southeast Asia”, on the 6 February, kindly hosted by the Fundação Oriente in Dili. This workshop was ending a research programme funded by the Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC, currently based in AIT Thailand), and handled by researchers from IRASEC, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Thailand) and the University of Udayana Bali (UNUD, Indonesia). Dili workshop has seen the light thanks to the support from the France Embassy in Indonesia and in Timor-Leste, and especially from the France Institute (Institut français) in Timor-Leste.

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February 18, 2019

Cahier des IFRE

Les espaces de la citoyenneté

Couverture du Cahier des IFRE - n°5

Le cinquième numéro du Cahier des IFRE porte sur l’exercice de la citoyenneté dans un espace public en mutation et illustre bien la qualité et l’intérêt d’analyses réalisées au plus près des acteurs du monde contemporain.

L'Irasec a participé à ce numéro avec l'article d'Abigaël PESSES, « Internet et sociétés civiles en Asie du Sud-Est », initialement paru dans Asie du Sud-Est 2018 - bilan, enjeux et perspectives.


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February 17, 2019

Call for papers

Chinese Global Engagement Abroad: Changing Social, Economic, and Political Configurations

Logo CEFCAn international conference
for PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers

5 - 6 July 2019

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, HKUST, Hong Kong



There has been significant expansion and globalization of Chinese capital, people, and ideas since the early 2000s. The Chinese government’s “going out” (zou chuqu) policy and more recent Belt and Road Initiative reflect a domestic context of capital over-accumulation, an attempt to ensure adequate supply of raw materials and energy, as well as interest in fostering the global competitiveness of its enterprises. In the process, China’s foreign direct investment (FDI) has increased globally, particularly in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. This has resulted in China becoming the most important source of FDI in the world with 158.29 billion US$ annually in 2017. Flows of capital, people, and ideas from China have not only increased, but also greatly diversified over the last two decades to reach fields as diverse as energy, trade, transport, media, education, finance, and so on. If China’s global imprint has been most prominent in the economic or geo-economic fields, the country’s increasing presence also has important social, cultural and political aspects. Hence, this conference will discuss how Chinese global engagements shape new political, economic, and social configurations.

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February 14, 2019

Special lecture at Chulalongkorn University

Is China really the “Middle Kingdom”?

Poster of the special Lecture by Anne CHENG

The Institute of Asian Studies,
The Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia
and Chula Global Network present

A special lecture at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Is China really the “Middle Kingdom”?
Professor at Collège de France, Chair in Intellectual History of China


Discussants :
- Wasana WONGSURAWAT (Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University)
- Professor Emeritus Surichai WUN'GAEO (Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University)


February 18th 2019
Time 10 -12am (registration 9 am)
Venue : Saranitet Conference Room, 2nd floor, Main Auditorium, Chulalongkorn University


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February 12, 2019