The Cost of Rebellion: The Thai State’s Crackdown on the Reimagination of Democracy

Online Lecture

The Justice in Southeastasia Lab (JSEA Lab) located at the University of Wisconsin- Madison invites to this online lecture with Dr. Bencharat Sae Chua, Mahidol University.

This lecture discusses the youth-led pro-democracy movements in Thailand since 2020 and explores how they have changed the Thai political landscape by challenging the hegemonic power of the monarchy that has dominated the Thai cultural and political spheres for decades. Almost two thousand people have been charged, many of them arbitrary detained, for participating in the demonstrations which spread across the country during the last two years. They have protested even during the height of the pandemic and asked challenging questions about the monarchy despite the risks. Not only have the movements defied the authoritarian regime, they have also questioned the underlying cultural values that have provided the foundation for unjust social relationships and the restriction of civil and political rights. The lecture will highlight the state’s retaliation against these outspoken protesters. By sharing their stories, the judicial harassment they face, and other forms of intimidation, the limits and possibilities of the imagination of democracy and justice in Thailand will be brought to light. The lecture will also discuss how their courageous campaigns for democracy, and the public learning about the struggles of the last two years, have broadened the Thai imagination of democracy and human rights.

Bio: Bencharat Sae Chua is a lecturer at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University. Her research interests include the culture of human rights, social movements, and citizenship rights. With the recent political conflict in Thailand, she also focuses on the contention over the meanings of democracy and human rights, and the state of human rights under authoritarian regimes.

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Please note, the event takes place at 3am CET. 

University of Wisconsin- Madison
Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

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