Reading Across RI: Political Dissent in Vietnam

Monday, March 18, 2013

7:00 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Mon, 2013-03-18 19:00 - 20:15

Crossing the Line: (Self-) Censorship and the Limits on Political Dissent in Vietnam

Ken MacLean, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change, Clark University, Worcester, MA.

Dr. MacLean will trace political dissent within the Vietnamese context, featuring writers from the late 1950s “Nhan Van-Giai Pham” Affair, to Nguyen Chi Thien of the ‘60s, and the emergence of the present-day cyber dissidents. A brief historical overview, from the anti-colonial struggle of pre-1945 to the post-Doi Moi reform period (2006-present), will set the context for a discussion on the shifting limits of freedom of expression, the costs of “crossing the line,” and what the future of Vietnam may hold.

 Ken MACLEAN is an Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change, the current Coordinator for the IDSC Undergraduate Program, and the Director of Asian Studies. He holds degrees in Ph.D. in Anthropology (University of Michigan 2005); M.S. in Environment Justice (School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Michigan 2004), B.A. in Anthropology (Princeton University, 1990). Before coming to Clark University, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Comparative and International Studies (Emory University, 2005-2007).

MacLean conducts research in mainland Southeast Asia (primarily Vietnam and Burma) as well as the greater South China Sea. His current topical interests include ethnographic approaches to the study of: States and State-Effects, Violence and Repression, Forced and Irregular Migration, (Post-) Socialism, Legal Regimes and Documentation, Critical Security Studies, and Digital Communicate Technologies.

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