Southeast Asian Studies has traditionally been a field in which
"Western" scholars have dictated the terms and raised
the questions. Scholars and students in Southeast Asia itself
have been the receptors of knowledge "about" themselves
filtered through the often refractional and refractory colonial
and post-colonial lens. The internet and international conferences
are slowly and quite refreshingly eroding this traditional approach
and has allowed students and scholars worldwide to learn "from"
each other rather than simply learn about" each other.
The Thai/Lao/Cambodian Studies Group (TLC) is an affiliate of
the Southeast Asian Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian
Studies (AAS). It aims to bring together scholars and students
who work in many fields (History, Anthropology, Botany, Women's
Studies, Religious Studies, Ethnomusicology, Linguistics, Archaeology,
Architecture/Urban Planning, Development Studies, Philology, Political
Science, Environmental Sciences, Philosophy, among others) who
find themselves informed by data and experiences in Thailand,
Cambodia, and/or Laos. Its website (tlc.ucr.edu) and its annual
meeting (at the AAS meeting) is a place for these scholars and
students to share resources and expertise.