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The 1st ICLSMay 20-22, 2005 | Northern Illinois University, USA 


 

First International Conference on Lao Studies

Tentative Conference Schedule

Updated May 16, 2005

An official Conference Program is available at the Download Page.


Presentation time is 15 minutes in length, with 5 minutes for questions.  The Conference will be held at the Music Building and Visual Arts Building located on the campus of Northern Illinois University.

 

Friday May 20, 2005

 

 

12:00-1:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION

 

1:00-1:30 p.m.

OPENING & WELCOME

Concert Hall,  Music Building. Open to the Public.

 

John G. Peters, President of NIU
Rathindra Bose, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, NIU

Harold A. Kafer, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, NIU
Catherine Raymond, Center for Burma Studies & Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Art, NIU
Susan Russell, Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, NIU
John Hartmann, Conference Co-chair, Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature, NIU
Vinya Sysamouth, Conference Co-chair

Carol Compton, Conference Committee, Announcer and Introductions

 

Time

Friday,

1:30 -

2:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

History I

Looking From the Past into The Future of Lan Xang

Chao Anouvong Sethathirath IV

North Carolina, USA

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

Indo-Lao Cultural Rapprochement  In Ancient and Medieval Times

Patit Paban Mishra, India

 

History of Wapikhamthong Province, Kingdom of Laos

Bouaphet Sygnavong, California, USA

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

Moderator:  Greg Green, Illinois, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Gender & Development Economics

Gender, Land Rights and Culture in Laos: A Study in Vientiane, Districts, Villages and Households

Loes Schenk-Sandbergen, The Netherlands

 

Development Opportunities for Women in Rural Laos

Kathryn Sweet, Lao PDR

 

The Image of Women in the Sex Trade

Susada Viravong,

Washington, DC, USA

 

 

 

 

Moderator:  Somsonge Burusphat, Thailand

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Buddhism & Culture

How Does Buddhism Help the Community?

Ven. Phramaha Bounkong Singsouvanh, Hawaii, USA

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

The Lao Language and Lao People

Khampha Sidavong,

Connecticut, USA

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

Viewing Laos through Buddhism: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Phra Dussdi Dhammacitto Manisaeng,

Kansas, USA

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

Moderator:  Khammany Mathavongsy,

California, USA

 

 

15 Minutes Break

 

 

 

Friday

2:45 -

3:45 p.m.

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

History II

Tiao Phetsarath and the Lao Issara

Grant Evans, Hong Kong

 

 

 

 

Touby Lyfoung and the Emergence of Youthful Leadership among the Lao Hmong

Mai Na M. Lee, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

Historical Presentations in the Lao Texts: From the Independent to the Socialism Era

Yaowalak Apichatvullop, Thailand

 

 

Moderator:  Greg Green, Illinois, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Land Use & Livelihood Field  Studies I

Dynamics of Fallow Vegetation in Shifting Cultivation in Northern Laos:  A Case Study In Houay Phee Village, La District, Udomxay Province

Isao Hirota, Japan

 

The “Slippage” Implementation of Forest Policy by Local Officials:  A Case Study of the Protected Areas of  Savannakhet Province, Laos

Kimihiko Hyakumura, Japan

 

Plant Uses in Minor Subsistence of Hill Peoples: From an Ethnobotanical Aspect

Yukino Ochiai, Japan

 

 

Moderator:  J. Lin Compton, Wisconsin, USA

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Buddhist Manuscripts & Teaching

The Preservation of Palm Leaf Manuscripts in Lao PDR

Dara Kanlaya, Lao PDR

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

Towards a Computerization of the Lao Tham System of Writing

Gregory Kourilsky, France, and

Vincent Berment, France

 

Buddhist Pedagogy in Laos: Past and Present

Justin McDaniel, California, USA

 

 

Moderator:  Buasawan Simmala, Wisconsin, USA

 

15 Minutes Break

 

 

 

Friday

4:00 -

5:00 p.m.

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

Economics I

The Road to Serfdom and Back: the  Process of Marketization in Laos

James Soukam, New York, USA

 

 

Governance, Barriers, and the Socioeconomic Prospect in Laos

Mana K. Southichack, Hawaii, USA

 

 

 

Lao Social Structure

Boike Rehbein, Germany

 

 

 

 

Moderator: Hongvilay Thongsamouth, California, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Land Use & Livelihood  Field Studies II

The Trade Flow of Agro-forestry Products and Commodities in Northern Mountainous Regions of Laos

Satoshi Yokoyama, Japan

 

Lao Wisdom on Land and Forest Use: Rethinking Principles of Environmental Governance Yasuyuki Kono, Japan

 

 

Testing Assumptions:  The Recent History of Forest Cover in Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area, Khammouan and Bolikhamxay Provinces

William G. Robichaud, Canada

 

 

Moderator:  Vinya Sysamouth, California, USA

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Architecture and Art

The Social and Symbolic Situation of the Artist in Lao Tradition and Diaspora

Tiao Nithakhong Somsanith, France

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

Burmese Influence in Lao Architecture: Late Eighteenth to Early Nineteenth Century

Catherine Raymond, Illinois, USA

 

 

Transformation of the Buddhist  Language in Lao Modern Architecture: What is Laotian Modern Architecture?

Thongkhoun T. Pathana, Rhode Island, USA

 

 

Moderator: Kingsavanh Pathammavong, Washington  DC, USA

 

 

5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

RECEPTION AT NIU ART MUSEUM in Altgeld Hall, including rice buffet (free of charge for conference registrants).

Location:  Burma Gallery in Altgeld Hall.

Current Exhibit: "The World of Burmese Buddhism" (Center for Burma Studies)

 

6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

FILM FESTIVAL (open to the public)

Location:  Rooms 100, 102, and 103, in the Art Building.

 

 

Saturday May 21, 2005

 

 

Continental Breakfast (included with registration)

 

8:00-8:30 a.m.  REGISTRATION

 

Time

Saturday,

8:30 -

9:30 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

Economics II

U.S. –Laos Trade and Investment “Opportunities and Challenges”

Buasawan Simmala, Lao PDR &

Wisconsin, USA

 

Foreign Direct Investment in Lao PDR: Promotion Strategies

Sianong Phomkong, Lao PDR

 

Sustainable Tourism Paradigm in Lao PDR (1986-2004)

Boonyasarit Aneksuk, Thailand

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

 

 

Moderator:  Mana K. Southichack, Hawaii, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building,Room 173

 

Women & Culture

Lao Women:  Transmitters of Tradition and Culture

Bounheng Inversin,

Washington DC, USA

 

 

Rice, Women and Rituals

Elisabeth Preisig,  Lao PDR

 

 

Laos  1965:  Feminist Consciousness and

Social Critique

Maria Carmen Domingo-Kirk, California, USA

 

 

 

 

Moderator: Laty Keodouangsy, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Lao Traditional Medicine I

Traditional Medicine Stations: A Plan to Study and Popularize Lao Traditional Medicines

Charlotte Gyllenhaal, Illinois, USA

 

 

Lao Traditional Medicine Mapping Project Mary Riley, Illinois, USA

 

 

The Influence of Cultural Tradition and Geographic Location on the Level of Medicinal Plant Knowledge Held by Various Cultural Groups in Laos

Amey Libman, Illinois, USA

 

Moderator: Tassany Prasoeuthsy, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

 

Saturday

9:30 -

10:30 a.m.

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

War in History I

The Contributions of the Laotian Ethnic Minorities in the Building of Laos

Yang Dao, Minnesota, USA

 

 

 

Laos in the Vietnam War:  The Politics of Escalation, 1962-1973

Patit Paban Mishra, India

 

 

 

The Formation and Maintenance of the Anti-Lao Government Forces

Shoua Yang, Illinois, USA

 

 

 

Moderator:  Frank Osanka, Wisconsin, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Lao Literature

Research Work on the Thao Hung Epic by Maha Sila Viravongs: A Comparative Study of the Political Ideology Expressed in the Thao Hung Epic

Douangdeuane Bounyavong, Lao PDR

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

Women’s Identities in Contemporary Lao Literature after National and Democratic Revolution in 1975

Umarin Tularak, Thailand

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

Xung Xin Xai:  The Local Traditions of Laos

Niphasone Souphom, Washington, DC, USA

 

 

Moderator:  Carol J. Compton, Wisconsin, USA

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Lao Traditional Medicine II

Collaborative Studies on Lao Medicinal Plants under the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups Program

Djaja D. Soejarto, Illinois, USA

 

 

Plant Use in Laos as Viewed through the Eyes of European Explorers

Kristine L. Callis, North Carolina, USA

 

Aloha Medical Mission to Lao PDR

Sakuna Thongchan, Washington, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator:  Nancy Xiong, Wisconsin USA

 

 

15 Minutes Break

 

10:30 a.m.

POSTER PRESENTATION

Music Building Gallery

Predicting Primary Forest Recovery in a Fragmented Landscape: a Restoration Roadmap

Faith Inman, North Carolina, USA

 

 

 

Saturday

10:45-

11:45 a.m.

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

War in History II

Legacies of War:  A Project on the Secret U.S. Bombings in Laos, A Panel

Channapha Khamvongsa, New York, USA

Sary Tapaporn, California, USA

Bounthanh Phommasathit, Ohio, USA

Lee Thorn, California, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator:  Frank Osanka, Wisconsin, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Media, Performance & Literature

Media in the Lao  PDR: Post Chintanakane Mai Challenges

Viengsay S. Luangkhot, Washington  DC, USA

 

“Public” and “Private”: Notes on Media, Performance, and the Public Sphere in the Lao PDR

Bret Johnson, Wisconsin, USA

 

Awakening Ancient Voices of Sang Sin Xai through Radio

Tutu Phimviengkham, Washington DC, USA

 

 

Moderator:  Vinya Sysamouth, California, USA

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Archaeology

Recent Archaeological Research in the Lao PDR

Thongsa Sayavongkhamdy, Lao PDR

 

Middle Mekong Archaeological Project Phase I:  The Luang Prabang Survey

Joyce C. White, Pennsylvania, USA

 

New Discovery of Buddha Collection at Tam Nong Papha, Thakhek District, Khammouan Province, Central Laos

Viengkeo Souksavatdy, Lao PDR

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

Moderator: Catherine Raymond, Illinois USA

 

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

LUNCH (included with registration)

 

12:00 noon

BUSINESS MEETING: Music Building Room 173.  The meeting is open to those who are interested in hosting the Second International Conference on Lao Studies to be held in 2007.  A new host will be selected at this time.

 

12:00 noon

VIDEO SHOWING: Vientiane in the Flow of History

Produced by Gregory Green,  NIU

Art Building, Room 100

 

Time

Saturday,

1:00-

2:00 p.m.

 

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

History III

Cultural Heritage of the Lost Kingdom In the United States:  The History of Laotian People in America

Kingsavanh Pathammavong,

Washington DC, USA

 

Lao History Stories:  Towards Multivocality in History Writing

Anna Karlstrom, Sweden

 

Hmong Americans:  30 Years in Review

Kou Yang, California, USA

 

 

 

 

Moderator:  Grant Evans, Hong Kong

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Lao Music I

Performing Isan-Style Lam in Laos: An Expression of Pan-Laoism or Thai Hegemony

Terry E. Miller, Ohio, USA

 

 

 

Going ‘Glocal’:  Lao Music in Transnational Spaces

Adam Chapman, Australia

 

The Cultural Collision between Folk Performing Arts, Molam and the Culture Industry

Prayut Wannaudom, Thailand

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

Moderator:  Carol J. Compton, Wisconsin, USA

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Law & Culture

How to Get Rid of an Unwanted Suitor: Advice from Hmong Elders

Susan Meredith Burt, Illinois, USA

 

 

 

Hmong in Wisconsin:  Attitudes  toward Minnesota’s Hmong Marriage Bill

Shoua Thao, Wisconsin, USA

 

Lao-America and the Laws that  Shape It

Hongvilay Thongsamouth, California, USA

 

 

 

 

Moderator: Tina Arounsack, California USA

 

 

15 Minutes Break

 

 

 

Saturday

2:15 -

3:15 p.m.

 

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

Education I

K-16 Lao Language Curriculum for Wisconsin

Seree Weroha, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

Project Voices, Individuals, and Pictures:  Engaging Hmong Parents, Schools, and CBOs to Support Student Learning and Academic Achievement

Laty Keodouangsy, Wisconsin, USA

 

State-Mandated Selective Testing, Classification, and Tracking of English Learners in California Public Schools

Yang Sao Xiong, California, USA

 

 

Moderator: Phoumy Sayavong, California, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Lao Music II

The Mouth Organ of Laos:  An Instrumental Constant at the Heart of Complex Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

Veronique de Lavenere, France

 

Khaen Repertories:  The Development of Lao Traditional Music in Northeast Thailand

Priwan Nanongkham, Ohio, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator: Terry Miller, Ohio, USA

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Health & Culture

The Place of Story, Silk and Song: Collaborative Development Practice in Laos

Ellen A. Herda, California, USA

 

 

Development Practice in Primary Health Care: A Participatory Service and Education Model in Lao

Valerie Dzubar, California, USA

 

 

Women, Weaving, and Well-Being:  The Social Reproduction of Health in Laos

Kristin V. Lundberg, Kansas, USA

 

 

Moderator: Pom Outama  Khampradith, Washington, USA

 

 

15 Minutes Break

 

 

 

Saturday

3:30 -

4:30 p.m.

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

Education II

The Power of Narrative:  Students Daring to Dream in Lao PDR

Kara Burnett, California, USA

 

 

 

Social and Cultural Perspectives of Lao Developing Voices through Writing

Rassami Souryasack, California, USA

 

Lao Primary Schools Teachers’ Perceptions of the Developmental Stages of Youth in UXO-Impacted Communities

Christy Hicks, Michigan, USA

 

 

Moderator: Bounheng Inversin, Washington DC, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Resources on Laos

A Digital View of Laos:  The Joel M. Halpern Laotian Slide Collection, SEAiT, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joel M. Halpern, Massachusetts, USA, and

Larry Ashmun, Wisconsin, USA

 

SEASITE Lao:  Web Resources for   Lao Studies

John Hartmann, Illinois USA and

Kip Thammavongsa, Illinois, USA

 

SEAAdoc:  Documenting the Southeast Asian American Experience

Anne Frank, California, USA

 

 

 

Moderator:  Sangkhom Ratsavong, Wisconsin, USA

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Textiles and Culture

Tai Banners:  Buddhist Import or Adaptation

Rebecca Hall, California, USA

 

 

 

Stories of Silk:  Lao Textile Tourism

Sandra Cate, California, USA

 

 

The Process of Assimilation: Interview  Narratives of Six Lao-American Women Refugees

Vinthany Souvannarath, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

Moderator:  Jacqueline Butler-Diaz, Arizona, USA

 

5:00 p.m.      

Buses leave for Elgin for LAO CULTURAL NIGHT, Elgin High School; 1200 Maroon Drive; Elgin, IL 60120

 

9:30 p.m. 

Buses leave for  NIU (Buses will pick-up and drop-off at the Holmes Student Center, NIU campus.)

 

 

Sunday May 22, 2005

 

 

Continental Breakfast (included with registration)

 

Time

Sunday,

9:00 -

10:00  a.m.

 

 

 

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

Culture and History I

The Chao Ai-Chao Nong Legend and Tradition

Suksavang Simana, Lao PDR

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

 

Gerrit Wuijsthoff’s Journey to the Lao Court at Vientiane, 1641-1642

Wouter Feldberg, The Netherlands

 

 

The Laos Historiography in the Socialist State Period of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Kitirat Sihabun, Thailand

 

 

 

Moderator:  Viengsay Luangkhot, Washington DC, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Lao Language & Research

Language in Laos:  An Agenda for Research

Nick Enfield, The Netherlands

 

 

 

 

Contemporary Lao Writing

Souksomboun Sayasithsena

Washington, DC USA

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

On-Line Translation Services for the Lao Language

Vincent Berment, France

 

 

Moderator: Karen Adams, Arizona, USA

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Development & Irrigation

A Sustainable Irrigation Project in Lao PDR:  Effective Management of Pump Irrigation Projects in the Mekong River and Its Tributaries

Fongsamuth Phengphaengsy, Japan

 

Kaan Baan:  Sipsongpanna Lue’s Communal Village Activities in Irrigation

Vinya Sysamouth, California, USA

 

 

 

Is Hydropower the Best Option for Laos’ Development?

Aviva Imhof, California, USA

 

Moderator:  J. Lin Compton, Wisconsin, USA

 

15 Minutes Break

 

 

 

Sunday

10:15 -

11:15 a.m.

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

Culture and History II

Naming Process of the Tai-m`en: Influences of  Culture on Language

Rattana Chanthao, Thailand

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

Lao Nationalism as Reflected  in Primary and Secondary School Texts

Jaruwan Thammawat, Thailand

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

 

The Relationship between Differential Acculturation Levels and Perception of Intergenerational Conflict and Depression in Lao-American Adolescents

Phoukham Kelly Bounkeua, Washington, USA

 

Moderator:  Khammany Mathavongsy,

California, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Historical Linguistics & Lao Tones

Linguistic and Historical Continuities of the Tai Dam and Lao Phuan:  Case Studies in Boundary Crossings

John Hartmann, Illinois, USA

 

Tones in Proto-Lao, Modern Lao, and Future Lao

Phinnarat Akharawatthanakun, Thailand

 

 

 

 

Acoustic Phonetics of Lao Tones

Marlys A. Macken, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

 

 

Moderator:  Nick Enfield, The Netherlands

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Rural Development

Reaching the Poorest in the Lao PDR Requires Cutting Edge Approaches

Jacquelyn Chagnon, Lao PDR

 

 

 

Rural Financial Development:  Credit Credit Access and Credit Constraints of Rural Farm Households in Naxaithong and Phonghon Districts in Lao PDR

Phinseng Channgakham, Japan

 

Aiding or Abetting? Village Relocation and International Donors in the Lao PDR

Bruce P. Shoemaker, Minnesota, USA

 

 

 

 

Moderator: William Sage, Arizona, USA

 

 

15 Minutes Break

 

 

 

Sunday

11:30 -

12:30 a.m.

 

Strand A

Music Building, Room 152

 

Intercultural Contact  & Survival

Intercultural Contact and  Exchange: The Philippine-Lao Nexus

Penelope V. Flores, California, USA

 


The People Within and Without: Constructing a Pan-Lue World on the Northwest Coast of North America

Shih-chung Hsieh, Taiwan

 

Lessons of Refugee Survival

J. Pete Fuentecilla, New York, USA

 

Moderator: Toni Philadeng, California, USA

 

Strand B

Music Building, Room 173

 

Linguistics: Lao Syntax

Lao Numeral Classifiers in Comparison to Central Thai

Somsonge Burusphat, Thailand

 

 

Interpreting Four-Word Phrases and Related Patterns in Lao Discourse

Carol  J. Compton, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

The Lao Copula /men/ as a Focus Marker

Karen Barto, Arizona, USA

 

Moderator: John Hartmann, Illinois, USA

 

Strand C

Music Building, Room 171

 

Cultural Conservation

Linking the Lao Loum Diaspora in Northern Illinois with Cultural Conservation Practice in Vientiane, A Panel

Alan Potkin, Illinois, USA

Chaleunxay Phommavongsa, Lao PDR

Catherine Raymond, Illinois, USA

Souneth Photisane, Lao PDR

Vanpheng Keophannh, Lao PDR

(In Lao & English, rklk]k;)

 

 

 

Moderator:  Alan Potkin,  Illinois, USA

 

This session is open to the public.

 

 

12:30 p.m.                 

CLOSING SESSION

Concert Hall,  Music Building.   Open to the Public.

 

Grant Evans, Professor,  University of Hong Kong, Summary of the First International Conference on Lao Studies

Julia S. Lamb, Conference Committee and NIU, Southeast Asian Outreach Coordinator, Comments of Appreciation

Vinya Sysamouth, Co-chair, Comments of Appreciation

John Hartmann & Vinya Sysamouth, ICLS co-chairs: Present Lao Studies banner to the Second International Conference on Lao Studies host (to be held in 2007)

Second ICLS Host: TBA

 

Greg Green, Conference Committee and NIU Southeast Asian Librarian, Announcer

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