Tamara Loos; Department of History, Cornell University
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum; 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Free and Open to the Public
Center for Advanced Study
The talk focuses on the life of a renegade Thai prince named Prisdang (1851-1935), who spent half of his life abroad in political exile. In the juridical and political context of turn of the century Siam, no genuine difference existed between the concepts of exile by government threat and self-exile. Loos explores parallels with notions of self-censorship in Thailand's explosive high-stakes context of lèse majesté today and critiques the discipline of history's demand for causality. These michrohistories reveal subjective experiences of the world in a way that engages the reader in an intimate dialogue with history and role of affect in narrative nonfiction.
Complete abstract available at cas.illinois.edu