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PRIMITIVE - An Art Exhibition by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Artist’s Talk, The Making of Primitive
Time: 14.00 – 16.00 hrs.
At: William Warren Library, 4th floor, Henry B. Thompson building
By: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
**Remark: A Talk will be in Thai, with English translation
Roundtable Discussion on History and Memory
Time: 16.00 – 18.00 hrs.
At: William Warren Library, 4th floor, Henry B. Thompson building
With: Chiranan Pitpreecha, Sunee Chaiyarose, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Facilitated by: Sirote Klampaiboon
**Remark: Discussion will be in Thai, with brief English summary

About the panelists

Chiranan Pitpreecha

Chiranan Pitpreecha was born in Trang province in February 1955. She was a well-known figure in the 1970s student movement in Thailand. Following the violent suppression in 1976, she, along with thousands of Thai students, fled to the jungle and joined the Communist insurrection. Almost immediately after she returned from the jungle in 1981, under the protection of amnesty law, her poem, Cracked Pebble was selected "The best Poem of 1981" by P.E.N. International, Thailand. She then resumed her education at Cornell University in the United States where she received a B.A. and M. A. History. Chiranan is one of Thailand's best-known authors, and has produced a wide range of writings for Thai periodicals and newspapers, from poetry, history, and travel articles to social commentaries. In 1989 The Missing Leaf, her first poetry book based on personal experiences in the jungle, won the prestigious South East Asia Write Award. In 1992 P.E.N. International, Thailand, selected “First Rain” as “The Best Poem of the Year”. Her works have been translated into English, French, German, Japanese, and Malay.

Sunee Chaiyarose

Sunee Chaiyarose studied Bachelor degree in Economics, and later graduated Master of Arts at Thammasart University. She was a Comrade at Nongbualampoo Province in the Northeast of Thailand, after 6 October 1976-1983. During 1996-1997, Sunee was Member of Constitutional Drafting. Later in 2001-2009, she was Commissioner of Human Rights Commission of Thailand. From May 2011 until present, Sunee Chaiyarose has been the Vice-President of Law Reform Commission of Thailand.

Sirote Klampaiboon
Sirote Klampaiboon is a guest lecturer in Social Science Theory and Human Rights Studies at Southeast Asia Studies Program of Thammasat University and Human Rights and Social Development of Mahidol University. He studied Political Science and International Cultural Studies at the University of Hawai at Manoa, USA.

Apart from editing two academic volumes in Theory and Knowledge at the Age of Globalizatoin (2001), Imperialism and Terrorism (2002), Sirote is also the author of Labour's critique on the Monarchy (2004), Democracy is not ours (2007), and Democracy is also ours (2011). He is a translator of Global Non-killing Political Science (2009), and Amartya Sen's Identity and violence (forthcoming)

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