Karin Zackari

Karin Zackari

Senior lecturer, PhD in Human Rights, Researcher History

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I hold a PhD. in Human Rights Studies from Lund University (2020).

I am currently writing about solidarity movements with Thailand in the 1970s in Sweden and the rest of Europe.

I am the PI of a research project on the colonial encounters between Scandinavian entrepreneurs and the Siamese royal elite. In the
larger framework of the project my primary focus is on  understanding how in Thailand the notion of citizenship – and its gendered dimensions – developed in tandem with the cultivation of a royal bourgeois selves. Link to the project.

In my PhD. dissertation I analyze photography and the simultaneous histories of state violence and human rights in Thailand. The temporal starting point is with the key events and photographs of the 14 October 1973 movement for democracy and the 6 October 1976 massacre, but the crises and image-movements that I traced are without end. Thailand is a place that does not figure prominently in human rights history, and thus my thesis challenges the often America- and Europe-centric nature of the field. Thailand’s political history is also relevant as it diverges from colonial Southeast Asia and can thus serve as a comparative example in global history. 

In addition to human rights history and discourse my interests are in historiographic photography, images and visual practices, archives, the performative aspects of nationalism and citizenship, political violence, exile, and the political history of Thailand.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Other Humanities not elsewhere specified

Free keywords

  • Thailand
  • human rights
  • photography
  • history
  • memory
  • nationalism
  • social movements
  • justice
  • archives


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