SAMAK KOSEM

samakkosem@gmail.com   
https://chiangmai.academia.edu/SamakKosem
094-048-3702


ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Walailak University, Center of Excellence in Women and Social Security
Research Fellow, March 2018 - Present

Chaing Mai University, Center for ASEAN Studies
Researcher, May 2014 - December 2016

Prince of Songkla University - Pattani Campus, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Adjunct Lecturer, September 2015 - December 2017


EDUCATION

Chaing Mai University
MA, Social Development, 2013
Thesis: “Cultural Politics of Islamic Propagation among Ethnic Youth in Northern Thailand: Case Study of Dawah in Chiang Rai Province.”

Chaing Mai University
BS, Sociology and Anthropology, 2009
Working Paper: “Burmese Muslim at Chang Klan: Life Strategies in Marginality.”


PUBLICATIONS

BOOK EDITOR
- Border Twists and Burma Trajectories: Perceptions, Reforms and Adaptations. Center for ASEAN Studies, Chiang Mai University - 2016. (in English)
- ASEAN Annual Review. Center for ASEAN Studies, Chiang Mai University. Co-edtor: Chayan Vaddhanaphuti - 2015. (in Thai) - ASEAN Connectivity from Below. Center for ASEAN Studies, Chiang Mai University. Co-edtor: Chayan Vaddhanaphuti - 2014. (in Thai)

BOOK CHAPTERS

- “Religion, Nationalism and the Rohingya’s Search for Citizenship in Myanmar” (co-author: Amjad Saleem). In Robert Mason (ed.), Muslim Minority – State Relations: Violence, Integration and Policy. London: Palgrave. 2016. (in English)
- “Border Religio-scape: Making “Muslim Space” in Migrant Communities from Myanmar” In Surichai Wan-Keaw (ed.), Cultural Codes: Reviews on Understanding of Thais and Thai Society.. Chiang Mai: Center for Ethnic Studies and Development, Chiang Mai University. 2015. (in Thai)
- “Islamic Fundamentalism” In Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and Samak Kosem (eds.), ASEAN Annual Review. Chiang Mai: Center for ASEAN Studies, Chiang Mai University. 2015. (in Thai)
JOURNALS
- “City and Vulnerability in the Body of Desire,” Social Sciences Journal. Chiang Mai University, (29)2, 2018: 137-157.
- “Pondan under the Pondok: Reflexive Ethnography of “Queer Muslim” and Childhood Memories in the Religious School,” Journal of History. Thammasat University. Vol. 4 No. 1, January-June 2017: 161-206. (in Thai)
- “Marginality and Border Perceptions: Religious and Ethnic Boundaries among the Muslims in a Refugee Camp,” Journal of Sociology-Anthropology. Thammasat University. Vol. 35 No. 1, January-June 2016: 121-145. (in Thai)
- “Muslim Chao Khao: Muslimization and Re-subjectification of Hmong/Akha Youth amidst the Politics of Conversion in Northern Thailand,” International Journal of Education, Islamic Studies and Social Sciences Research (IJEISR). Vol. 1 No. 1, January  2017. (in English)
- “The Piety of Burmese Muslim Labourer,” Thammasat Journal. 34(3). 27-41, 2015. (in Thai)
- “The Trace of Otherness: “Chao Khao” Muslim and Identity Politics in the Process of Religious Conversion,” Social Sciences Journal. Chiang Mai University, (27)2, 2014. (in Thai)
- “Subject of Freedom: Hmong/Akha Youth Muslims amidst the Articulation of Religiosity and Ethnicity in Muslimization Process,” Journal of Mekong Studies. Chiang Rai Rajabhat University (1)1, 2013. (in Thai)
- “Missionizing Border: Religious Space, Movement, and the Re-identification of Muslim Migrants in theThai-Burma Borderlands,” Social Sciences Journal. Chiang Mai University, (24)1-2, 2012. (in Thai)
- “The ‘Un-naked Life’ of Displaced People and the ‘Mystery Self’ of the Anthropologist,” Journal of Sociology-Anthropology. Thammasat University, (30)2, 2011. (in Thai)
- “Intersectionality of Ethnic and Nation-State Boundaries in Mae Sot Border Town Markets,” Social Sciences Journal. Chiang Mai University, (22)2, 2010. (in Thai)


INVITED TALKS


- “Queer Muslim, Nonhuman and Otherness in Thailand’s Deep South,” Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. March 20, 2018. (in Thai)
- “Violence and Vulnerability: Art and Narratives of Gender in Thailand’s Deep South.” Organised by the Excellence Centre for Women and Human Security, Walailak University. March 9, 2018. (in Thai)
- "Queerness under the Pondok": Bromance and Homosociality in Thai Islamic School,” LGBT Study Group, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Kyoto University. February 8, 2017. (in English)
- “Muslimization and Cultural Politics of Islam Propagation among Hmong/Akha Youth in Northern Thailand,” Zomia Study Group 23rd Meeting, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Kyoto University. February 7, 2017. (in English)
- “Queering Shan Masculinity in the Boy Massage Shop,” Faculty of Education, Srisaket Rajabhat University. November 7, 2016. (in Thai)
- “Missionarizing Border and Muslimization Movement across the Thailand - Myanmar Borderland,” Institute for East Asia Studies, Sogang University. The Republic of Korea. April 4, 2015. (in English)
- “Humanitarian from Below: The Displaced along Thai-Burmese Border”. The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable, Chiang Mai University. January 3, 2014. (in English)
- “Reflections from the Field: The Mystery Self of the Anthropologist”. Society and Health Institute (SHI), Ministry of Public Health, Thailand. November 30, 2012. (in Thai)
- The Protection of Human Rights Policy on the Thailand – Burma Border: The Case of Refugees from War. National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC). September 20, 2012. (in Thai)

INVITED LECTURES


- “Queer Muslim and Films.” International Studies (ASEAN-China), Thammasat University. April 4, 2018.
- “Art Dilemma in Thailand’s Deep South.” Department of Art History, Silpakorn University. April 3, 2018.
- “Visual Ethnography: Queer and Nonhuman.” Walailak University, March 8, 2018.


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE


- Center for ASEAN Studies, Chaing Mai University, Ethnography of ----Checkpoints: Burmese Migrants’ Strategic Uses of Border Identity Cards. 2014.
- Thailand Research Fund,  Religious Spaces and the Self-identification of Migrants in the Thai-Burmese Borderlands. Co-researcher: Assist.Prof. Kwanchewan Buadaeng and Assoc.Prof. Alexander Horstmann. 2013.
- Department of Culture Promotion, Ministry of Culture, Language and Culture of Karen in Western Thailand. Co-researcher: Tiwa Kongnandee. 2011.
- Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Development Changes in Chiang Khong. Co-researcher: Assoc.Prof. Jamaree Chiangthong. 2008.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


- “Bad Border: Military’s Perception towards Violence Saga in Thailand’s Deep South Communities”. Asian Borderlands Research Network. Kathmandu, Nepal. 12-14 December 2016.
- “Missionarizing Border and Muslimization of Dawah Movement”. Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, Bangkok. 15-16 January 2016.
At the Border of Intersectionality, Muslimization of Burmese Migrants across the Thailand/Myanmar Borderland”. 8th EuroSEAS Conference, University of Vienna, Austria. 11–14 August 2015.
- “Refugee Women from Myanmar and Reinterpreting Sacred Spaces along the Border”. 1st International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies. Chiang Mai University. 24-26 July 2015.
- “Peaceful Subjectification to Islam?: Conversion and Internal Conflicts of Ethnic Youth in Muslimization Process”. International Conference on Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes. Prince of Songkla University, Pattani. 21-22 August 2014.
- “Songtheaw Trajectories: Coloured Identity and Strategic Use of ID Cards in the Thai‐Burma Borderland”. 4th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network. City University of Hong Kong. 8–10 December 2014.
- “A Separate Room to God: Sacred Spaces and Subjected Religiosity among Burmese Muslim Women in the Refugee Camp”. 11st International Conference on Thai Studies, University of Sydney, Australia. April 22-24, 2014.
- “The Trace of Otherness: “Hill Tribe Muslim” and Identity Politic in Conversion Process”. APSA 2014. Chiang Mai University, February 15-16, 2014. (in Thai)
- “Muslim Chao Khao: Muslimization and Re-subjectification of Hmong/Akha Youth amidst the Politics of Conversion in Northern Thailand”. 15th annual SEAP Graduate Student Conference Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, New York. March 1-3, 2013.
- “Research Methodology on Muslim Movement in Mae Sot Border Communities”. Methodology in the Borderland Studies: Case Studies of the Burma/Myanmar- Thailand Borderland. Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University. 18 February 2013.
- “Re-identification of Burmese Muslim Migrants along the Thai-Burma Border”. 10th ASEAN Inter-University Conference on Social Development. National University of Singapore and Universiti Brunei Darusssalam, Brunei Darusssalam. 10-12 December 2012.
- “Missionizing Border: Religious Space of Karen Muslims in the Tabligh-Jamaat Network along the Thai-Burmese Border”. The 11st International Conference on Thai Studies. Mahidol University, Thailand. 26-28 July 2011.
- “Muslimization of Ethnic Youths in Northern Thailand”. 10th Graduate Conference on Sociology and Anthropology, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. March 13-14, 2010 (in Thai)
- “The Marginalization of Burmese Muslims in the Chang Klan Community”. Muslim Studies Conference, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. May 20, 2009 (in Thai)
- “A Case Study of the Marginality of Burmese Labourers in the Chang Klan Community in Chiang Mai". Socio-Economic Development and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, Faculty of Economics, Oita University, Japan, August 6-7, 2008.

ART EXHIBITIONS


Artist, “Otherwise Inside”. Photography Exhibition, curated by Christopher Wise and Somrak Sila, WTF Cafe' & Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand. July 19, 2018 - August 16, 2018.

Group Artists, “The Enmeshed”. Group Exhibition, curated by Penwadee Nophaket Manont, Soifa Saenkhamkon and Supphakarn Wongkaew, Art Centre Silpakorn University Wang Thapra in Bangkok, Thailand. November 22, 2017 - December 24, 2017.

Artist, “Teaset”. Photography Exhibition, curated by Anuwat Apimukmongkon, In_t_af Cafe' & Gallery in Pattani, Thailand. November 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018.

Co-artist, “The Campers: Micro-Cosmopolitanism of the Refugee’s World”, (Glimpses of Southeast Asia by SEA-Junction), Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre. November 20-27, 2016.



WORKSHOP


- Burma/Myanmar Research Forum “Border, Bounds and Brinks: Rethinking Boundaries In and About Burma/Myanmar”. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 2-4 October 2015.
- Writing Workshop for Burma Studies.. The University of Mandalay, 2 June 2015.
- The 38th Southeast Asian Seminar: Connectivity in Southeast Asia. The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University. Siem Reap, 22-25 November 2014.
- Advanced Seminar on Southeast Asian Studies: Focus on Cambodia. SEASREP Foundation. The Royal University of Phnom Penh, 4-9 August 2014.