The Shifting Boundaries of Social Imaginaries in the Mekong:
Schooling, History, and Politics in an Era of Regionalization
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship (September 2015-March 2017)
Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-up – KAKENHI (August 2017-July 2019)
Southeast Asia is building a regional community through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional body representing 11-member states. After successfully establishing an economic community in 2015, where capital and people can freely move across national borders, ASEAN and its partners now aim to build a socio-cultural community by 2020. ASEAN wants to build a regional identity, uniting over 600 million people, which the technocrats believe will be achieved partly through schools. Competing interests from outside the region, notably from Japan and China, have a geopolitical stake in the formation of ASEAN’s regional identity — will the region sympathize with Chinese or Japanese interests? The objective of this research is therefore to explore the tensions and borders between national and regional identity making inside state schools within the context of globalization and Asian international relations.
This research project was highlight in Modern Diplomacy, an e-magazine.
Brehm, W. (in press). “The challenges of multicultural education in the Mekong: Disputed histories, contested identities.” In Cha, Y.K, Ham, S., and Lee, M. (Eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Multicultural Education Research in Asia Pacific.
Brehm, W. and Kitamura, Y. (Eds). (Forthcoming). Historical Memory in the Mekong: Struggles over regional identity inside schools.
“History from below, censorship from above: Memory, identity, and schooling across the Mekong” presented at the Asia Pacific Economic and Business History Conference, Hobart, Australia (February 16, 2018).
“The Trauma of Remembering: Politics and National Identity in Post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia” presented at the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia Conference, Bangkok, Thailand (December 16-17, 2017).
“Curricular challenges to multicultural education in the Mekong: Disputed histories, contested identities” presented at the University of Canberra, Australia (February 16, 2017).
“Remembering to Forget Kor Pram: Politics and National Identity in Post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia” – presented at the conference on Borders of memory: national commemoration in East Asia, Kyushu University (December 18, 2016)