ANU Anthropology Seminar by Holly High: ‘Can You Policy?’: Researching Lao Science and State in Covid Times

Please join us for the final seminar of Semester 2, 2021.

Title: ‘Can you Policy?’ Researching Lao Science and State in Covid Times

Speaker: Holly High, Deakin University

Date & time: Mon 25 Oct 2021, 3–4pm

Via Zoom: 
Meeting ID: 937 9210 4939      Passcode: 800615

Abstract: In Lao PDR, the standard translation for policy is nanyubay. But this word is much older than contemporary definitions of policy as principles or courses of action followed by a party or organization. It has broader meanings of the help, incentives, and rewards extended by those who have some kind of power. This paper explores Lao concepts of policy through ethnography among scientists and policy makers in Laos. It describes research by Holly High (who will be presenting), Souphinh Vongphachanh, Vilaything Sisouvong, Souliyong Thammavongsa, and Hilary Smith, and includes comments on the particularities of doing research in COVID times.


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