Research

Research and Research-related Activities on Borneo


Victor King  has made a contribution to the study of the societies and cultures of the island of Borneo. He served as the UK Director of the Borneo Research Council from 1985 to 2008, and continues as a member of its International Advisory Board. He has been a Fellow of the Council since 1972 and has edited two volumes of its Conference Proceedings (Tourism in Borneo: Issues and Perspectives 1994 [(No 4] and Rural Development and Social Science Research: Case Studies from Borneo 1999 [No 6]). He published the first general historical-anthropological text on Borneo: The Peoples of Borneo in 1993, as well as the first general museum-based text on Borneo with Jan B. Avé The People of the Weeping Forest and in its Dutch edition Oerwoud in Ondergang, Culturen Opdrift to accompany the major exhibition at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden opened by Sir David Attenborough in 1985. He has supervised or co-supervised some 15 postgraduate research theses on Borneo and served as internal examiner for three further theses on Borneo, the majority written by local scholars. He has also served as external examiner for doctoral theses on Borneo at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, London School of Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Kent at Canterbury, Edinburgh, Leicester, Loughborough, The Open University, Oxford Brookes, Uppsala University, University of Helsinki, University of Malaya, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Australian National University, Newcastle (Australia), Queensland, La Trobe, and Griffith University. He served as International Advisor at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (2003-2006) and External Examiner in Sociology-Anthropology at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (1999-2001, 2009-2011).


He was also the first British scholar to study and organise the translation and publication of the work of the renowned Dutch explorer, traveller, photographer and film-maker Dr Hendrik Tillema, which was brought to fruition in the edited volume HF Tillema, A Journey among the Peoples of Central Borneo in Word and Picture, Oxford University Press, Singapore, 1989, paperback edition, 1990. His early work on Borneo examined issues of ethnicity (see, for example, 1979, 1982), cognatic kinship and the kindred (see, for example, 1976, 1978, 1991), and structural analysis and symbolism (see, for example, 1977, 1980. 1985). He has recently returned to some of these interests with 'Borneo Studies: Perspectives from a Jobbing Social Scientist (2009), as well as two working papers Culture and Identity: Some Borneo Comparisons (2012) and Borneo and Beyond: Borneo Studies, Anthropology and the Social Sciences (2013), and a specially prepared article for the Tun Jugah Foundation journal Ngingit entitled ‘Derek Freeman and the Iban Kindred: a Pertinent Correspondence’ (2014). His later work on Borneo focused on rural development issues (1986, 1988, 1990, 1992), environmental change (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999) and tourism (1993, 1994).


He also has an interest in travel writing on Borneo and has compiled two anthologies in Oxford Paperbacks: The Best of Borneo Travel (1992, fourth edition, 2001) and Moving Pictures: More Borneo Travel (1999, 2000). The Best of Borneo Travel has recently been translated into Indonesian with a new preface, entitled Kalimantan Tempo Doeloe by Kommunitas Bambu, Depok (2013).  Another edited book in Oxford Paperbacks, Explorers of South-East Asia: Six Lives (1995), also contains three chapters on Borneo exploration based on the lives of Robert Burns, Carl Bock and A.W. Nieuwenhuis.

He has recently been engaged as an External Advisor on a ‘high impact’ research project directed by Dr Welyne Jeffrey Jehom on Iban textiles (pua’ kumbu’) at  Universiti Malaya. He has also completed a paper re-evaluating the work of Derek Freeman on Iban culture and society, entitled ‘Claiming Authority: Derek Freeman, His Legacy and Interpretations of the Iban of Borneo’.  

 



Recent research

Tourism

From 2009 to 2013 Victor King was principal investigator of a research team [comprising Michael Parnwell recently at Leeds University and the Macau University of Science and Technology, Michael Hitchcock previously at the IMI University Centre Lucerne and the Macau University of Science and Technology, and Janet Cochrane previously at Leeds Metropolitan University; with research assistance provided by Sigrid Lenaerts, Goh Hong Ching, Jayesh  Paranjape, and Joanna Fross, and involving local researchers including Kannapa Pongponrat  (Mahidol University, and now at the Asian Institute of Technology), Jayum Jawan  (Universiti Putra Malaysia), I Nyoman Darma Putra (Universitas Udayana), Erik Akpedonu (Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila), and Kusmayadi Husein  (Sahid Institute of Tourism)] undertaking research on a comparative study of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia funded by the British Academy through the Research Committee of ASEASUK. The programme of research on tourisam in which he has been involved since the early 1990s was featured in The British Academy’s ‘Evolving Societies: A showcase of overseas research into community, identity and environment’ held at the Barbican Centre in November 2007. It builds on the three co-edited volumes with Michael Hitchcock and Michael Parnwell:Tourism in South-East Asia (1993), Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions (2009) and Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia (2010), and with Michael Hitchcock the special issue of Indonesia and the Malay World (2003) entitled ‘Tourism and Heritage in South-East Asia’. More recently he had co-edited with Ploysri Porananond Rethinking Asian Tourism: Culture, Encounters and Local Response (2014) and is also co-editing Tourism and Monarchy in Southeast Asia (2016).


Arising from the world heritage project he has co-authored a paper with Michael Parnwell on World Heritage Sites in Thailand: a Comparative and Critical Appraisal published as an e-paper in the Leeds East Asia Papers series (New Series No. 1, 2010); a revised version has been published by the SOAS Journal South East Asia Research as ‘World Heritage Sites and Domestic Tourism in Thailand: Social Change and Management Implications’ (vol. 19, 2011, pp. 381-420). Another paper on Melaka as a World Heritage Site: Cultural Politics, Identities and Tourism in a World Heritage Site was also presented in the Leeds East Asia Papers series (New Series No. 4, 2012).  Recently he has written a paper for the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam in its Working Papers Series, UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspectives, (2013, No 4). An additional paper on ‘UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia: Problems and Prospects’, with Michael Hitchcock has appeared in the co-edited book by Porananond and King (2014).  His edited book UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspective (2016) has been published with NIAS Press, Copenhagen with chapters on heritage sites in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. He has presented lectures on the research programme and on case material from Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines at Oxford, Cambridge, Ateneo de Manila (twice), Macau University of Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, the University of Hull, School of Oriental and African Studies, Chiang Mai University  and the SADACC Trust (South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts) in Norwich in association with the University of East Anglia.

Continuing his interest in the comparative study of tourism and development in Southeast Asia he is now working with Dr Ploysri Porananond at Chiang Mai University on human resource development  and staff training in the hospitality sector in Phuket, Thailand and in Bali, Indonesia.


Area Studies and Southeast Asia as a Region

His other preoccupation during the past decade has been devoted to the conceptualisation and rationale of Southeast Asia as a region and the development of Southeast Asian Studies in the UK, Europe and more widely in institutional and scholarly terms. He has published a series of papers on these issues, including 'South-East Asia: a Field of Anthropological Study?' (2002); Defining Southeast Asia and the Crisis in Area Studies: Personal Reflections on a Region (2005); 'Southeast Asia: Personal Reflections on a Region', (2006); The Development of Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (and Europe): the Making of a Region (2011);  and he has recently co-edited (with Park Seung Woo) The Historical Construction of Southeast Asian Studies: Korea and Beyond
(2013) with a co-written editorial introduction ‘The Construction of Southeast Asian Studies and the Emergence of a Region’, and a sole authored chapter on the theme of ‘British Perspectives on Southeast Asia and Continental European Comparisons: the Making of a Region’. He has published a much longer version of this paper in the Leeds East Asia Paper series as The Development of Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (and Europe): the Making of a Region (New Series No3, 2011). The most recent contributions have been ‘Scholarly Viewpoints’ on area studies, in the International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies (2013)  ‘Southeast Asian Studies: the Conundrum of Area and Method’  in a volume edited by Mikko Huotari, Jürgen Rüland and Judith Schlehe (eds) entitled Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies (2014: 44-64). He has recently served as guest editor for a special issue of the Korean journal Suvannabhumi on ’Southeast Asian Studies: Area, Method and Comparison’ with an ‘Introduction’ and a paper entitled ’Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian Studies: Issues in Multidisciplinary Studies and Methodology’ (2015, vol. 7, pp. 3-47). He has also written a review article on ‘Conceptualising Culture, Identity and Region: Recent Reflections on Southeast Asia’ for Pertanika: Journal of Social Science and Humanities (2016).


Other projects 

Victor King is currently involved in a wide range of other projects.  He is working on a volume entitled Identities in Motion: the Sociology of Cultural Change in Southeast Asiawhich is intended as a companion to his The Sociology of Southeast Asia: Transformations in a Developing Region (NIAS Press/University of Hawai'i Press, 2008, reprint as an e-book, 2011). He is engaged in writing a substantially revised edition of his co-authored book with William D. Wilder on The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia: an Introduction (Routledge, 2003, reprint 2006). Both of these projects are much delayed.


Other current projects comprise the compilation of a four-volume reader with David Harrison and Jerry S. Eades for Routledge entitled Tourism in East and Southeast Asia: Critical Concepts in Asian Studies, and with Ooi Keat Gin a four-volume series entitled Southeast Asian Studies: Critical Thinkers, again for Routledge.


As Eminent Visiting Professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam in 2012 and 2013  he  has been co-editing two volumes for the Institute of Asian Studies at the University, to be published by Springer, Singapore; Borneo Studies in History, Culture and Society   (with Zawawi Ibrahim and Noor Hasharina Hassan)  and Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia (with Zawawi Ibrahim).


Funded Research Projects since 2000

UK Register of South-East Asianists, British Academy, 2000-2001; Socio-economic Development in Perak, Malaysia, British Academy, 2002-2005; The Middle Classes in South East Asia, British Academy, 2006-2008; Language-Based Area Studies Initiative, White Rose East Asia Centre, HEFCE, ESRC, AHRC, 2006-2012, and  Sasakawa Foundation, Japanese Studies initiative, 2008-2013; and LBAS initiative funded by the AHRC from 2012-2015; The Management of World Heritage Sites in South-East Asia: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, (with Michael Parnwell, Michael Hitchcock and Janet Cochrane), British Academy/ASEASUK, 2007-2013; Collaborative research on modern East Malaysia: Visiting Fellowship Scheme, Tun Jugah Foundation, 2006-2013; Borneo Studies programme, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 2012-2013. 


Editorships and Membership of Boards of Journals

1979-81: Associate Editor, Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science (SEAJSS, National University of Singapore).
1980-1997: Member, International Editorial Advisory Board, Studies in Third World Societies, (College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va).
1981-85: Editorial Committee member, SEAJSS (NUS, Singapore). 
1985-2000: Member, International Advisory Board, SEAJSS (NUS, Singapore). 
1987-continuing: Joint Editor, ASEASUK News, Newsletter of the Association of South-East Asian Studies in the UK (Hull, SOAS).
1990-continuing:  Member, Editorial Board, Modern Asian Studies (University of Cambridge). 
1992-1995: Member, Advisory Board, Ilmu Masyarakat (Malaysian Social Science Association).
1993-1998: Member, International Advisory Board, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV, Leiden).
1993-1997, 2010-13: Member, International Advisory Board, Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (Universiti Putra Malaysia). 
1995-1999: (general editor with forewords) Anthologies of South-East Asia (Oxford in Asia Paperbacks, Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University Press), 5 volumes. 
1993-1997, Member, Advisory Board; 1997-2001: Member, International Advisory Board,Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography (NUS, Singapore).  
2000-continuing: Member, International Advisory Committee, Sojourn: Journal of Southeast Asian Social Issues (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore).
2000-2003:  Member, Editorial Board, Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal (Universiti Brunei Darussalam). 
2003-continuing:  Member, Advisory Board, East Asia: an International Quarterly (University of Durham). 
2003-continuing:  Member, Editorial Advisory Board, South East Asia Research (SOAS). 
2003-2006: series editor, with W.D.Wilder and then Michael Hitchcock (2006-continuing), The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia, Routledge (9 titles published and 2 forthcoming). 
2005-continuing: Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang).
2009-2013: Member, Editorial Board, International Institute of Asian Studies, IIAS Publication Series, (University of Amsterdam Press).
2011-continuing:  Member Editorial Advisory Board, TRaNS: Trans-National and –Regional Studies of Southeast Asia, (Sogang Institute for East Asian Studies, Sogang University, Seoul).
2012-continuing: Member Editorial Board, Asia Matters: Business, Culture and Theory, (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam).
2014-continuing, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research.
2016-continuing, Associate Editor, Asian Journal of Tourism Research (Center for Tourism Research, Chiang Mai University, Thailand).
2016-continuing, Co-editor-in-Chief, Suvannabhumi. Multi-disciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, South Korea).
2016-2018, Senior Editorial Advisor, Monograph series, ‘Critical Perspectives on the Mekong Region’ (Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University, Thailand).
2016-continuing, Member Editorial Board, Asia in Transition series, Institute of Asian Studies and Springer, Singapore, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.




Conferences and Other Activities since 2001

Panel convenor, 'Tourism and Heritage in Southeast Asia ', European Association of Southeast Asian Studies, SOAS, September, 2001 (and paper with Gwynn Jenkins, 'Heritage and Development in a Malaysian City: George Town under Threat?).

Paper/keynote, 'Anthropology and Development', 7th Biennial International Conference, Borneo Research Council, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah , Malaysia , June, 2002.

Keynote address, International Institute for Asian Studies, Amsterdam/Leiden, 'Southeast Asia: Personal Reflections on a Region', and 'Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom', Southeast Asian Studies in Europe: Reflections and New Directions, November 2004.

Paper, ‘Defining Southeast Asia and the Crisis in Area Studies: Personal Reflections on a Region’, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, University of Lund, April, 2005.

Co-organiser:  'Tourism in Asia' conference, Leeds Metropolitan and Leeds University, June 2006 (and paper on 'Anthropology and Tourism in South East Asia').

Co-organiser:  'Civil Societies and Middle Class Identities in South-East Asia', 24th ASEASUK Conference, Liverpool, (paper ‘The Middle Classes in Southeast Asia’), September 2008.

Keynote address: 'Borneo Studies: Perspectives from a Jobbing Social Scientist’, Malaysian Social Science Association, 6th International Conference, August, 2008.

Public Lecture: ‘35 Years of Research in the Heart of Borneo’, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, June 2010.

Corporate Talk: ‘Culture and Identity: Social Science and Modern Southeast Asia’, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Perak Campus, July 2010.

Organiser: Panel ‘Heritage Tourism and Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia with specific reference to UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ (and paper ‘Melaka as a World Heritage Site: Cultural Politics and Identity in Malaysia’), 26th ASEASUK Conference, University of Cambridge, September, 2011.

Chair for the panel on ‘Culture’, and presentation on ‘UNESCO World Heritage Sites: a Comparative and Critical Appraisal’, Southeast Asian Studies Symposium on ‘Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asia’, Project Southeast Asia, University of Oxford, 10-11 March 2012.

Paper ‘UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspective’, Institute of Philippine Culture and Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila, 22 June, 2012.  

Paper ‘Culture and Identity: Some Borneo Comparisons’, 11th Biennial International Conference, Borneo Research Council, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 25-28 June, 2012.

Public lecture ‘UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspective’; Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 29 September, 2012.

Organiser and Chair, International Workshop, ‘Borneo Studies: the State-of-the-Art and Future Directions’, and presentations on ‘Borneo and Beyond: the Contribution of Anthropology to Borneo Studies and the Wider World’, and ‘Identities in Borneo: Constructions and Transformations’, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 30 November-1 December 2012. 

Keynote introductory address ‘Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia: Uncertainty, Risk and Trust’, ASEAN Inter-university Seminar, ‘Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia, Universiti Brunei Darussalam,  10-12 December, 2012.

Paper ‘Identities in Borneo: Constructions and Transformations’ 2nd Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, Project Southeast Asia, University of Oxford, 9-10 March, 2013; and roundtable discussion on ‘The Future of Borneo Studies’, 10 March 2014. 

Paper ‘UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia: Comparisons and Management Policies ’, Macau University of Science and Technology, 5 July 2013.

‘Paper, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia: Comparisons and Management Policies’, Institute of East Asian Studies, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 29 August, 2013.

Public lecture ‘UNESCO World Heritage, Identity and Economic Development: Southeast Asia Compared’, Institute of Philippine Culture, Southeast Asia Program,  Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila, 25 September, 2013.

Keynote address ‘World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia: Problems and Prospects’, International Conference on Tourism and Culture in Asia’, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 17-18 November, 2013.

Public lecture, ‘Cities of Splendour: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia’, History of Art series, University of Hull, 28 November, 2013.

Public lecture,  ‘UNESCO in Southeast Asia: : World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspectives’, The SADACC Trust and University of East Anglia, Norwich, 4 March 2014.

Seminar with Professor Vincent Houben, ‘Interdisciplinary Area Studies: Problems and Possibilities’, as part of our external review of the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, 15-18 March, 2014.

 Intellectual Discourse, UNESCO in Southeast Asia: Comparative Perspectives’, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 27 June, 2014.

Special Lecture, ‘Tourism and Research’, Department of Tourism/ Centre for Tourism Studies and Academic Services, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University, 25 August, 2014.

Keynote address, ‘Tourism Research and Multidisciplinary Studies: Issues and Problems’, International  Conference on Tourism and Development, Centre for Tourism Studies and Academic Services, Chiang Mai University, 29-30 August, 2014, and ‘Tribute to Professor Erik Cohen’ on receipt of a special award from Chiang Mai University, 29 August, 2014.

Special lectures, ‘Whither the Sociology of Southeast? Some Reflections on 40 Years of Sociological Research’, 3 September, 2014, and ‘Southeast Asian Studies: the Conundrum of Area Studies and Methodology’, Regional Center for Sustainable Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, 10 September, 2014.

Seminar Paper, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia: Issues, Problems and Prospects, Centre of South East Asian Studies, SOAS, 11 November, 2014.

Keynote address, ‘UNESCO and World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia: Issues and Concepts’, 4th International Conference on Tourism Research, Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA and Sustainable Tourism Research Cluster, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 9-11 December, 2014.

Workshop,  ‘Academic Writing and Publishing’, Centre for Tourism Studies and Academic Services, Chiang Mai University, 13-15 December, 2014.

Seminar paper, ‘Southeast Asian Studies: the Conundrum of Area Studies and Methodology’, Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 18 February, 2015.

Public lecture, ‘ASEAN and Tourism: Regionalism, Perspectives and Encounters’, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 2 March 2015 (coverage in The Brunei Times and The Borneo Bulletin

Opening address,  ‘Development Studies: the Deep Past, the Complex Present and the Problematical Future’, conference on ‘Rethinking Development Studies in Southeast Asia: State of Knowledge and Challenges’, Center for ASEAN Studies and the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development at Chiang Mai University, 7-8 March 2015.

Keynote address,  ‘Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian Studies: Issues in Multidisciplinary Studies and Methodology’, International Conference of the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea,  ‘Regional Characteristics of Southeast Asia and its Comparisons with Others (and) Approaches to Southeast Asian Studies: Methodological Quests’, 23-24 April 2015.

Special lecture, ‘An Engagement with the Sociology of Southeast Asia and Future Directions’, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, 27 April 2015.

Seminar paper, ‘Southeast Asian Studies: the Conundrum of Area Studies and Methodology’, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, 30 April 2015.

Public lecture, ‘Southeast Asian Studies: the Conundrum of Area Studies and Methodology’, College of Arts and College of Tourism, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, 2 May 2015.

Introductory address, ‘Textiles Tales of Pua Kumbu: Polysensory Intermedia  Exhbition, Galeri Seni, Universiti Malaya, 13 June, 2015.

Public lecture ‘Revisiting “Indigenous Knowledge” in Southeast Asia: is it a dead-end or a Way Forward?’, Universiti Malaya, 15 June, 2015.

Keynote address, ‘Ethnicity and Tourism: Culture on the Move’, International Conference on ‘Tourism and Ethnicity in ASEAN and Beyond’, Chiang Mai University, 15-16 August, 2015.

Workshop seminar on ‘Academic Publishing’, Chiang Mai University, 18-19 August, 2015.

Open lecture on ‘Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Southeast Asia: a View from Outside the Region’, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, 25 November, 2015.

Workshop/seminar paper on ‘Borneo Studies: Brunei and Malaysia: Borders and Boundaries’, Research Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University, 26 November, 2015.

Keynote address ‘Culture and Identity in Southeast Asia: Continuing the Impasse or the Way Forward?’, 6th International Conference on Southeast Asia, Universiti Malaya, 2-4 December, 2015.

Roundtable discussion ‘Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian Studies: the Future’, 6th International Conference on Southeast Asia, Universiti Malaya, 2-4 December, 2015.

Paper, ‘Convergence and Divergence in Tourism Development: Issues of State and Region in Malaysian Borneo. Brunei Darussalam, and Indonesian Kalimantan’, International Seminar on ‘Tourism in Asia: Economic Development and Socio-cultural Change’, Center for Tourism Research and Research Administration Center, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-25 |February, 2016.

Keynote address, ‘Southeast Asian Studies: from Euro-American Centrism to Asia-centrism? Or is Culture and Identity the Way Forward?’, International Conference of ISEAS/BUFS, ‘Revisiting and Reconstructing Southeast Asian Characteristics’, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, 26-28 May, 2016.

Seminar, ‘Academic Publishing in International Journals: the Main Issues’, RCSD, Faculty of Social Sciences and Research Administration Center, Chiang Mai University, 15 June 2016.

Keynote address, ‘Emerging Tourisms and Tourism Studies in Southeast Asia’, International Conference on ‘Emerging Tourism in the Changing World’, Centre for Tourism Research and Research Administration Center, Chiang Mai university, 12-13 November 2016.