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Kings and Dictators: The Legacy of Monarchy and the New Authoritarianism in Asia

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9:00am to 10:00pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Kingship is both ancient and modern. This conference investigates the history and legacy of monarchy in Asia, as well as the current rise of authoritarianism which frequently involves the revival and manipulation of the legacy of kingship. Presentations and discussion will concern both monarchy in history and today, and how today’s new dictators draw on the legacies of monarchy for the legitimation and mystification of their power and position across Asia.

Speakers include:

Nerissa Balce, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Milinda Banerjee, Presidency University, Kolkata
Thak Chaloemtiarana, Cornell University
Sebastian Dettman, Cornell University
Geethika Dharmasinghe, Cornell University
Pamela Crossley, Darthmouth College
Magnus Fiskesjö, Cornell University
Thomas Gibson, University of Rochester
Tyrell Haberkorn, University of Wisconsin, Madison
James Laine, Macalester College
Kaja McGowan, Cornell University
Astrid Norén-Nilsson, Lund University
Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, University of Wisconsin, Madison

This conference is jointly organized by the East Asia Program, South Asia Program, Southeast Asia Program, and Comparative Muslim Societies Program with support from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and Institute for the Social Sciences.

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