Grabowsky, Volker
The Asien-Afrika-Institut, University of Hamburg
Brief bio :
Dr. Volker Grabowsky is Professor of Thai Language and Culture (Thai Studies) and head of the Department of Southeast Asian Languages and Cultures, Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg. From 1996 until 1999 he was visiting professor of Traditional Lao Literature at the National University of Laos in Vientiane, thereafter moving to the University of Münster where he taught Southeast Asian History until 2009. He is specialized in the history, traditional literatures, and manuscript cultures of the Tai peoples in mainland Southeast Asia and Southwest China. His numerous publications include the co-authored volumes Chronicles of Chiang Khaeng: A Tai Lü Principality of the Upper Mekong (2008/2011) and The Chronicle of SipsÒng Panna: History and Society of a Tai Lü Kingdom (2012).
Individual Project :

The Preah Vihear temple dispute and its national and regional dimensions

The current border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia is centred on the question of sovereignty over the eleventh-century Khmer temple of Preah Vihear. It has its roots in the demarcation of borders between Siam and France in the early 20th century. This project analyzes the evolution of the border conflict and investigates how the present conflict has given rise to public debates, especially in Thailand, on issues of national sovereignty, ethnicity and historical heritages.