Mekong Region encompasses six countries: Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. This region has been recognized for its diverse cultural richness, yet at the same time is rapidly changing. Globalization and regionalization generate unprecedented flow of goods, investments, people, and images across national boundaries. Knowledge of the region’s social and cultural diversities under transformation will contribute to mutual understanding, cooperation, sustainable development and prosperity of the region.
The Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region (CERP) was established in 2003. At present (2009) the center is composed of 30 researchers affiliated with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and also with the Faculty of Architecture, and Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts. Each year there are several Ph.D. and M.Sc. students conducting research under the supervision of the Center’s staff.
CERP will conduct research and generate new body of knowledge on the pluralistic societies and cultures in the Mekong Region, and will suggest development alternatives that are sustainable and respectful of cultural differences.
1. To conduct research on pluralistic societies in the Mekong Region in such areas as social and cultural pluralism, linguistic pluralism, ecological pluralism and resource management.
2. To integrate research into graduate-level education and build a body of knowledge based on Asian experiences.
3. To disseminate information for academic and development purposes.
To date (May 2008), CERP has worked with 80 researchers from various disciplines and faculties in Khon Kaen University. A total of 27 research projects have been completed, and 36 are being implemented. CERP researchers have actively participated in Mekong academic communities, presenting and publishing up to 133 research papers in national and international conferences and journals.
In 2007 CERP has obtained 19 patents for innovative designs for silk textile, based on traditional heritage. The center has also organized several academic conferences, seminars, special lectures, trainings, and exhibition on social and cultural plurality of the Mekong Region. The center has since 2005 published an academic journal, Journal of Mekong Societies, which has gained a reward from the National Commission for Higher Education as a quality academic journal in social sciences, for four years consecutively. CERP also publishes about 15 books, and a quarterly newsletter. In 2010 CERP will host the Third International Conference on Lao Studies in Khon Kaen.
|1. Transnational economy, transnational investment, regional development and their impacts in the Mekong Region||
1.1 Transnational migration in the Mekong Region
1.2 Border economy and societies
1.3 Transnational development, transnational investment and their impacts
|2. Transnational societies and cultures in the Mekong Region||
2.1 Cross-cultural marriage
2.2 Transnational families and communities
|3. History of the Mekong Region||
3.1 Analysis of history text books
3.2 Mekong economy and polity: an historical analysis
3.3 International relations in the Mekong Region
3.4 State of knowledge on history of the Mekong Region
|4. Cultural pluralism and cultural diversities in the Mekong Region||
4.1 Mekong architecture
4.2 Mekong literature, linguistics, languages and language teaching
4.3 Education systems in the Mekong Region
4.4 Mekong ethnic diversities
4.5 Religions and beliefs in the Mekong Region
4.6 Art in the Mekong Region
|5. Sustainable development, natural resource and environmental management, development alternatives in the Mekong Region||
5.1 Human resource development in the Mekong Region
5.2 Natural resource and environmental management in the Mekong Region
5.3 Local wisdoms and indigenous knowledge in the Mekong Region