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Savina Sirik, PhD Candidate, University of Gothenburg

I am a doctoral candidate in Peace and Development Research at School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. My research aims to understand the complex processes of constructing and representing atrocity narratives in societies that emerged from wars and atrocities. Through the case study of post-genocide Cambodia, I investigate how Khmer Rouge survivors construct narratives of the Khmer Rouge period in interaction with national and transnational memory discourses. By examining memory projects at the Documentation Center of Cambodia, I seek to understand the way in which narratives of the Khmer Rouge are being represented and materialized in public spaces and how these representations reflect the tension of memory at work in post-genocide memorialization. Drawing on my fieldwork in Cambodia, this research attempts to provide an empirically rich account of survivors who construct their understanding of the past and formulate their identities in the context of contemporary identity and memory politics.


Christina Warning, PhD Candidate, Chulalongkorn University

I am currently a PhD candidate at the Thai Studies Center, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. My research explores the relations between Thailand and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the Cold War period during the 1970s and 1980s. Having obtained a Graduate Diploma in Southeast Asian Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra, I was subsequently employed by the United Nations in Bangkok and Phnom Penh in the early 2000s. From 2005-2014, I was working with the German non-governmental organization Welthungerhilfe in Phnom Penh, which I represented as regional director during my final four years in office. Prior to commencing my PhD studies, I completed a Masters Degree with the Southeast Asian Studies Program at the Graduate School of Chulalongkorn University in 2016.