Visualising human rights in Thai history

Project: Dissertation

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • History



The working title of my Ph.D. dissertation is "Visualising human rights in Thai history". I explore how nationalism has set a frame, of limits and potentials, for people in Thailand to perform and claim human rights. Political issues such as democracy, development, freedom and liberties, are all contested topics in a nationalist historiography of unity and sameness. These concepts are at the same time part of a process to define a relationship between the state and its subjects, thus the public political space informs the political agency of people and, in continuation, their access to human rights. I use photographs and publications mainly from the 1970's onwards to trace articulations of human rights in Thailand.
Questions that guide this project concerns nationalism, state violence, resistance and social movements in relation to a human rights regime.

Layman's description

I study how social and political movements have written human rights into Thai history. Through photographs of state violence I trace a history in opposition to a nationalist historiography.
Effective start/end date2012/08/312018/12/30


Related research output

Karin Zackari, 2016, State Terror, State Violence: Global Perspectives. Koch, B. (ed.). Springer, p. 71-92

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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