International Conference on "Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand"

2014-08-21 08:45
2014-08-22 16:45


Updated Program
[17 Aug 2014]

International Conference

Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes :

Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand

August 21-22, 2014

Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus, Thailand

Co-Organized by

Center for Conflict Studies and Cultural Diversity, PSU, Pattani lll Faculty of Communication Sciences, PSU, Pattani lll Institute for Peace Studies, PSU, Hat Yai o Faculty of Political Science, PSU, Pattani lll College of Islamic Studies, PSU, Pattani lll Deep South Watch

Thursday August 21, 2014

Venue:     International Islamic Sciences Building, College of Islamic Studies

08.00 – 09.00


09.00 – 09.20

Opening Session

Welcome AddressAssoc. Prof. Dr.Chusak Limsakul, President of Prince of Songkla University

09.20 – 10.00

Keynote Address: "From Bombs to Banners ? Have Rebels Changed from Armed to Unarmed Tactics?"

Prof. Dr. Stein Tønnesson, Research Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway; Leader of East Asia Peace Program, Uppsala University, Sweden

10.00 – 10.40   

Keynote Address : “Between Scylla and Charybdis: Harnessing the Potential of New Media for Conflict Transformation”

Sanjana Yajitha Hattotuwa, Head of the Media Unit, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka

Venue:    Faculty of Communication Sciences

10.40 – 11.00


1.     Photo Exhibition : “Something to Talk About” by Deep South Photojournalism Network (DSP)

2.     Photo Exhibition : “Myanmar in Transition” by Kerstin Duell

3.     Exhibition : Knowledge for Deep South (K4DS)

Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30   

Session 1 Panel 1 :  Political Conflict, Social Movements and Peace

Venue : A301 

Presenters :

Ahmad (Shinwari) Naveed – ‘Hostility’ of Ungoverned Borderland Pakhtunsto Outside World: A Case Study of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)


Kerstin Duell – From Diaspora Activism to Conflict Resolution: Political Exiles and Ethnic Leaders in Burma/Myanmar


Onanong Thippimol– The Political Role of Acehnese Ulama and Debates Over Islamic Law in Aceh, 1945 - 1962


Wattana Sugunnasil - Democracy and Decentralization: People’s Perception in the North


Commentator :

Assoc. Prof. Dr.Chantana Banpasirichote  Wun-Gaeo, Chulalongkorn University

Session 1 Panel 2 : Peace Journalism, Media and Peace

Venue : A302 

Presenters :

Phansasiri Kularb – Beyond Conventional Professionalism: The Diverse Roles of Thai Journalism in the Southern Conflict


Kanuengkwan Nunkaew and Raja Pokharapurkar – Cross Media Ownership and its impact: A Comparative Study of Media Organization in India and Thailand in the Context of Conflict


Zakee Phithakkumpol– Re-examining the Past in the Indonesia Present: An Analysis of the Documentary Film ‘The Act of Killing’


Aminoh Jehwae and Siti Hajar Che Man – Conflict Resolution in Southern Border Provinces of Thailand in the Novel Promdaen


Commentator :

Assoc.Prof. Dr.Ubonrat Siriyuwasak

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.00

Session 2 Panel 1: Conflict Resolution and Peace Process

Venue : A301 

Presenters :

Douglas Olthof – Living Together Separately: Nationalism, Decentralization and the Absence of Shared Identity in Thailand’s Southernmost Provinces


Pirongrong Ramasoota – Hate Speech in the Media


Apichaya O-In – Partnerships of International and Local Actors for the Transformation of Peace Constituencies in the Far South of Thailand


Bussabong Chaijaroenwatana – Evaluating the Initiatives of the Insider Peacebuilders Platform in the Context of the Southern Thailand/Pattani Peace Process


Commentator :

Dr. Norbert Ropers, Prince of Songkla University

Session 2 Panel 2:  Social Movements and Peace

Venue : A302 Presenters :

Samak Kosem– Peaceful Subjectivation to Islam?: Conversion and Internal Conflicts of Ethnic Youth in Muslimization Process


Akkanut Wantanasombut – Unheard Voices : The Youth’s Movements Toward the Conflict in Thailand’s Southernmost Provinces


Ekkarin Tuansiri – Dynamism, Changes and Social Reform of Pattani Society


Thanyatorn Saipanya – How to Be Appropriately Beautiful: Understandings and Practices of Muslim Woman Activists’s Dressing in the Deep South of Thailand



Asst.Prof.Dr.Suchart Setthamalinee, Payap University

Session 2 Panel 3:

Patani Peace Process

Venue : A303 



Don Pathan and Ekkarin Tuansiri – Negotiating the Future of Patani: Negotiating Peace in the Malay Provinces of Thailand


Punpipit Pipitpun – Thailand’s National Security Policies toward the Islamic Unrest in the Deep South: ComparingThaksin, Surayud and Abhisit Governments


Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat – Thinking Outside the Box? Lesson Learnt from Peace Dialogue in Southern Thailand


Srisompob Jitpiromsri and Norbert Ropers– Discourses on Conflict and Peace in Southern Thailand: The Power of Framing Ethnopolitical Relationships


Commentator :

Prof.Dr.Ponmoni Sahadevan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

15.00 – 15.15

Coffee Break

15.15 – 16.45   

Roundtable Discussion:  “Asian’s Landscape of Peace Processes: Achievements and Challenges”

Venue : A103 


Victor Biak Lian, Operations Director of Euro-Burma Office, Brussels, Belgium

Raul Torralba, Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), Mindanao, Philippines

Dr. Kerstin Duell, Myanmar Programme Manager of the German Konrad-Adenauer Foundation

18.30 – 21.30

Welcome Dinner

Venue : CS Pattani Hotel

Friday August 22, 2014

 Venue:   International Islamic Sciences Building, College of Islamic Studies

08.30 – 09.15   


09.15 – 10.00   

Keynote Address: “Peace Journalism as a Contribution to Conflict Resolution”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), University of Sydney, Australia

Venue:   Faculty of Communication Sciences


10.00 – 10.30



1.     Photo Exhibition : “Something to Talk About” by Deep South Photojournalism Network (DSP)

2.     Photo Exhibition : “Myanmar in Transition” by Kerstin Duell

3.     Exhibition : Knowledge for Deep South (K4DS)

Coffee Break

10.30 – 12.00   

Session 3 Panel 1 : Conflict Resolution and Peace Process

Venue : A301 

Presenters :

Iulia Padeanu – Face to Face: Assessing the Managed Contact Theory and its Role in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation


Ponmoni Sahadevan – How India Makes Peace?


Yasmin Sattar – The Lesson Learned from an Ongoing Turkish-Kurdish Peace Process


Commentator :

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wattana Sugunnasil, Chiang Mai University

Session 3 Panel 2 : ICT and Communication

Venue : A302 

Presenters :

G. Balasubramania Raja and Jone Antony Raja – Social Issues Shared and Discussed in Social Networking Sites by College Youth


Muazzan Binsaleh and Sariya Binsaleh – Mobile Learning Implementation Framework in the Conflict Area of the Four Southernmost Provinces of Thailand



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kanita Nitjarunkul,

Prince of Songkla University

12.00 – 13.30   


13.30 – 16.15

Open Discussion :“On the (Peace) Road Again. Pa(t)tani in New Conditions.”

Venue : A103 

Participants :

Asst. Prof. Dr. Bussabong Chaijaroenwatana

Major General Nakrob Boonbuathong

Don Pathan

Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat

Romdon Panjor

Pornpen Kongkajornkiat

Moderator : Thapanee Ietsrichai

15.00 – 15.15

Coffee Break

16.15 – 16.30   

Closing Remarks : Asst. Prof. Dr. Srisompob Jitpiromsri, Director of the Center for Conflict Studies and Cultural Diversity (CSCD), Prince of Songkla University

Venue : A103 

Saturday August 23, 2014

09.00 – 15.00

Post-conference Field Trip in Narathiwat and Pattani Provinces



Stein Tønnesson

Topic : From Bombs to Banners? Have Rebels Changed from Armed to Unarmed Tactics?

Professor Dr. Stein Tønnesson is a Norwegian peace researcher and historian. His main areas of research are Vietnam, nation building in Southeast Asia, and the disputes in the South China Sea. In 2001-2009, he was Director of Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway. He has spent one year as Randolph Jennings Senior Fellow at United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. (2010-2011).

Since 2011, he leads a research program on the 'East Asia Peace' at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is currently Associate editor for Asia, Journal of Peace Research; and a frequent commentator in Norwegian and international media on issues of peace and conflict. His publications focusing on Conflict and Peace Studies in Asia such as Could China and Vietnam Resolve the Conflicts in the South China Sea? (in Song, Yann-huei & Keyuan Zou, eds, Major Law and Policy Issues in the South China Sea: European and American perspectives, Franham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2014, 207-233); What Is It that Best Explains the East Asian Peace Since 1979? A Call for a Research Agenda (Asian Perspective, 2009, 33(1): 111-136; The Impact of the Law of the Sea Convention on Conflict and Conflict Management in the South China Sea (Ocean Development and International Law, 2013, 44(3): 235-269).


Jake Lynch

Topic : Peace Journalism as a Contribution to Conflict Resolution

Associate Professor Dr. Jake Lynch is Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney and an Executive Member of the Sydney Peace Foundation. From 2010-2012, he was Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA).

He has spent the past dacade developing and campaigning for Peace Journalism - and practising it, as an experienced international reporter in television and newspapers.

His publications include Debates in Peace Journalism (Sydney University Press, 2008); Peace Journalism (with Annabel McGoldrick, Hawthorn Press, Stroud, UK, 2005) and refereed chapters in books including the Routledge Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies (Oxford, 2007) and Democratising Global Media (Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, 2005).


Sanjana Yajitha Hattotuwa

Topic : Between Scylla and Charybdis : Harnessing the Potential of New Media for Conflict Transformation

Sanjana Hattotuwa is currently a Senior Researcher and Head of the Media Unit at the Centre for Policy Alternatives. He is a frequent commentator on journalism and new media in domestic and international fora.

Since 2006, Sanjana is a Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Through the Foundation, he works to further the use of ICTs in crisis information management and peacekeeping initiative at the United Nations.

In 2010, Sanjana was the first Sri Lankan to be awarded a prestigious TED Fellowship, two years after he was awarded a News & Knowledge Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Ashoka Foundation. Both awards recognise pioneering efforts to leverage web based citizen journalism and new media to bear witness to violence and strengthen democracy, human rights and a just peace.

Sanjana is widely recognised as a vital voice in the design and implementation of ICTs and new media ecosystems in peacebuilding, online dispute resolution, conflict transformation and crisis response.