The North of Thailand is home to two prime ministers, Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra, deposed in coups in 2006 and 2014. A loyalty to these Northern political figures and the party they controlled correlates with the appearance of banners across the North advocating a separate Lanna state in 2014. But how widespread are these separatist sentiments, and to what extent is the North incorporated into Thai nationalism? This public talk explores whether there are certain elements of nationalism - language, ethnicity, war, elites, religion or territory - that boost Thai national identity in the North more than others, or whether these same elements push in the region in the opposite direction.
Joel Selway is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University and current Visiting Appointment at LSE SEAC.
Jürgen Haacke is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, within the Institute of Global Affairs, and Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE.
The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is a cross-disciplinary, regionally-focused academic centre within the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE.
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