Professor Thongchai Winichakul shares his insights on the 1976 massacre in Bangkok


Thongchai Winichakul教授分享他對1976年發生的曼谷大屠殺事件的見解

The Ruby Lecture attracts a full-house audience


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Date: 08 Oct 2018 (Monday)

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Distinguished Scholar reflects on virtue and cruelty of history through perspective of 1976 Bangkok massacre

著名學者從1976年曼谷大屠殺事件 反思歷史的道德性和殘酷性

The Department of History presented the Ruby Lecture on 3 October. Professor Thongchai Winichakul, Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Chief Senior Researcher of the Institute of Developing Economies, USA, delivered a lecture entitled “The Virtue and Cruelty of History: The Unforgetting of the 1976 Massacre in Bangkok”. The lecture attracted a full house of 150 attendees.
 
Professor Winichakul discussed how various factors, including the state’s suppression and censorship, shame and historical ideology, contributed to the limited discourse on the massacre at Thammasat University in Bangkok on 6 October 1976. Although, in his viewpoint, history is cruel and hurtful, studying history is also a virtue, allowing him to analyse the complexity of the incident and develop a sense of morality towards different situations. 
 

歷史系於10月3日再度舉辦「四十周年誌慶講座」,由威斯康辛大學麥迪遜分校榮休教授、現任日本貿易振興機構亞洲經濟研究所首席高級研究員Thongchai Winichakul教授主講,反思1976年10月發生的曼谷法政大學大屠殺事件。講座吸引超過150人出席。
 
Winichakul教授剖析了政權鎮壓和審查、人民內心的不安和羞恥,以及歷史意識形態如何令屠殺事件在40年來成為一段被噤聲的過去。縱然歷史是殘酷的,但他透過學習歷史,去了解不同事情的關係和複雜性,從而建立一套有益於世道、人心的價值觀,彰顯德善。