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Keynote Speakers

Duncan McCargo

His ESRC-funded ninth book, Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell University Press 2008) won the Asia Society's inaugural Bernard Schwartz Book Prize for 2009 ; Jury co-chair Professor Carol Gluck described it as a 'vivid on-the-ground account of the Thai insurgency showing how national politics, rather than minority religion, drives the violence that is too often ascribed either to ethnicity or Islam. This is a lesson that applies not only to Southeast Asia but to many parts of the world.' He appears regularly on BBC radio and television, has written commentaries very recently for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Economist, and is often cited in media outlets ranging from the New York Times to USA Today. He has also given briefings to senior officials including UN staff and the President of the Thai Senate. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Tai Studies by Mahasarakham University.

Mathias Jenny

High school in Zurich, Switzerland; one year as an exchange student in Bangkok, Thailand (Bodin Decha High School, 1984/85)

Baan Somdej Chao Phraya Teachers' College and Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok (BA level, major subject: Thai Language; 1987-1990)

Lic.phil. in General Linguistics (subsidiary subjects: English Linguistics, Rhaeto-Romansh Literature and Linguistics) at the University of Zurich (corresponding to MA), completed in 2001; Title of thesis: The aspect system of Thai

PhD in General Linguistics in 2005; title of dissertation: The verb system of Mon

Gopa Sabharwal

The vice chancellor of Nalanda University in India, Sabharwal was a Fullbright scholar at Chatham University and planed to model a portion of her new campus after Eden Hall at Chatham. The Indian room at the University of Pittsburgh is designed to represent the original Nalanda University, destroyed 800 years ago, as described in the writings of the Chinese scholar Xuan Xang, who studied there and wrote extensive journals.

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