Truth on Trial in Thailand
Author: Michael K. Connors
Michael K. Connors in conversation with David Streckfuss, author of Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason and Lèse-majesté. Streckfuss's Truth on Trial in Thailand builds on what was already an extraordinarily accomplished PhD dissertation taken at Wisconsin–Madison (1998) under the supervision of Alfred McCoy and Thongchai Winichakul. The original material has been revised and expanded in the context of Thailand's regime-shaking struggles since the 2006 coup d'etat that felled Thaksin Shinawatra and the accompanying excess of defamation and lèse-majesté claims. Truth in Thailand is also marked by the author's recent engagement with the theorists of the "state of exception," Carl Schmitt and Giorgio Agamben. See David Streckfuss. Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason and Lèse-majesté. London: Routledge, 2011.