Digital Media and Culture in Southeast Asia

Newton Mobility Grants
Scheme 2016

British Academy &
Office of Higher Education
Commission, Thailand

Centre for Contemporary Social and Cultural Studies,
Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology,
Thammasat University

Media Ethnography Group,
Department of Media and Communications,
Goldsmiths, University of London

the project

This project initiates a long-term partnership between the Centre for Contemporary Social and Cultural Studies at Thammasat University, Thailand, and the Media Ethnography Group at Goldsmiths, University of London. The aim of the partnership is to establish a strong international network, and to build the capacity of postgraduate and early career researchers, to advance new ethnographic methods and critical perspectives for researching the unpredictability of everyday mobile media practices in mainland Southeast Asia.


Our team is currently developing papers under the theme "Mobile Technology and the Paradoxes of Connectivity in Southeast Asia" 
which will be presented at a series of research collaboration events in UK and Thailand

the workshop

"Digital Connectivity in Southeast Asia: approaches and methods" is co-organised by the Centre for Contemporary Social and Cultural Studies (CCSCS), Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University and the Media Ethnography Group, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, with support from Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen University

the team

Our research partnership consists of anthropologists and media researchers with long-term ethnographic research experience working with individuals and groups across mainland Southeast Asia:
Myanmar, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, and in the porous borderlands that define the relations between these nations.
As ethnographers we share a concern to understand the diverse ways people appropriate media technologies and negotiate media environments.