2017 Vietnam Update: The Politics of Life

Event details

Update conference

Date & time

Monday 20 November 2017 to Tuesday 21 November 2017
8.30am–5pm

Venue

Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Building
ANU Canberra

Speaker

Various international, national and ANU speakers

Contacts

Bell School

Additional links

LINK TO THE PROGRAM HERE

LINK TO THE ABSTRACTS HERE

LINK TO PREVIOUS UPDATE PUBLICATIONS HERE

For those interested in attending the conference dinner on Monday 20 November, please register and pay here

Vietnamese today are questioning ends and means, particularly as they relate to human security. Thirty years after the country’s communist leadership decisively embraced market integration policies, poverty is declining, incomes are rising, and lives and livelihoods are being transformed. However, as regional tensions create new uncertainties, citizens are preoccupied with trust, accountability and control as they grapple with widening social disparities, opaque governance, environmental insecurity and increasing life complexities. As debates rage about how best to safeguard the nation’s wellbeing, Vietnamese show that they thirst for transparency, fairness and reliable ways to assert control over life. Increasingly, questions are being asked as to whether life might be lived in a better way.

The 2017 Vietnam Update is dedicated to examining the politics of life. During a two-day public workshop in Canberra on 20-21 November 2017, sixteen academic specialists will analyse significant developments in Vietnam’s society, politics and international relations. Presenters will document the challenges to life posed by regional power disparities, social inequalities, environmental destruction and state incapacity. They trace new varieties of political activism and examine the strategies citizens utilise to mitigate risk and suture gaps through mutual assistance and security from below. As Vietnamese people confront new threats, the papers show that they also endeavour to wrest control over life through deliberative modes of living and being.

For more information on past Vietnam Updates and publications please go to the Department of Political and Social Change, Vietnam Update Series

Updated:  22 March 2016/Responsible Officer:  Su-Ann Tan/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team