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Vatthana Pholsena

Bio: 

Vatthana Pholsena is a research fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). In 2013, she returned to the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at NUS as an Associate Professor. 

Research: 

Her current research covers the social history of the Vietnam Wars from the vantage point of the Lao-Vietnamese borderlands, and the nexus between state, local elite, and ethnicity in post-socialist Laos. More generally, her research interests include the processes of state and social formation in borderlands, the interaction between the past and personal and collective memories, and post-socialism in Asia. She is mostly known for her work entitled Post-war Laos. The Politics of Culture, History and Identity (ISEAS-Cornell University Press, 2006). She recently published Interactions with a Violent Past. Reading Post-Conflict Landscapes in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (NUS Press, 2013, with Oliver Tappe, eds.).