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The Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia (in conjunction with the Asia Institute, Griffith University, Australia)

Speakers: Anne Booth (SOAS), Anja Franck (Gothenborg), Graham K. Brown (Bath), Meghann Ormond (Wageningen), Alex Sutton (Warwick), Lena Rethel (Warwick), Alexandra Buckland-Wright (Manchester), Christopher Wylde (York), Juanita Elias (Griffith), Alice Nah (York), Carol Tan (SOAS), Adam Tyson (Leeds), Jojo T. Nem Singh (Sheffield), Ben Richardson (Warwick), Michael Keating (Richmond) and Oliver Hensengerth (Northumbria)

Workshop organized by Dr Lena Rethel (Warwick) and Dr Juanita Elias (Griffith)

Thursday, the 26th of July 2012, 9 am - 6 pm, S2.77 (Social Sciences building), The University of Warwick

On July 26th, 2012 the Griffith Asia Institute (GAI), Griffith University, Australia in conjunction with the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick are organising a one-day workshop on The Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia. The workshop will take place at the University of Warwick. For further information, please find the workshop programme attached.

This month, it has been fifteen years since Thailand floated the baht, an event commonly held to have marked the onset of the Asian financial crisis. The crisis itself led to a massive consolidation of the political economy literature on Southeast Asia and has provided a fertile ground for advancing political economy scholarship on the region ever since. However, much of the literature is very much focused on elites, especially the tensions that emerged between different groupings of state elites in the aftermath of the crisis.

By contrast, this workshop will adopt an 'everyday IPE' perspective looking at how the emergence of more neoliberal forms of economic policymaking are sustained, reproduced and challenged through everyday practices - for example in terms of the rise of new commodity trading regimes (e.g. around palm oil or halal products), the expanding of markets for migrant domestic work, or the alliances formed between civil society groups and states/donor agencies that further extend the reach of the market into the lives of ordinary people across this economically, culturally and politically diverse region.

The workshop will bring together scholars working on various aspects of Southeast Asia’s contemporary political economy including consumption, finance, gender, environment, trade and work and from a range of disciplines such as anthropology, business studies, geography, law and political science/international relations.

Workshop attendance is free, but please register by sending an email to for catering purposes. Please note that if you register but don’t attend, food might have to be thrown away.

The full programme of the different sessions and more information on the speakers' topics can be downloaded here.