Research Colloquium June session - Auslandsbüro Kambodscha
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New technology and social media platforms played a crucial role in easing civil society’s political fear in the early 2010s, strengthening non-traditional political participation and making democracy more robust. However, later in the decade, thegovernmental co-optation of the digital sphere revived political fear, harming non-traditional politicalengagement and limiting civil society’s opportunities of using digital media to shape public institutions.With this study, I argue that the internet has had a limited positive impact on Cambodia’s democratic consolidation due to the culture of political fear, a well-embedded trait in many citizens after decades of authoritarian rule and conflict.
With this research topic, Research Colloquium is excited to welcome Dr Marc Pinol Rovira, who will present his research paper on the topic of the "Political participation in post-authoritarian regimes in the digital age: Insights from Cambodia".
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17:45 - 17:50 Welcome remarks
By Ms. Dy Sereyvoleak
Ms. Dy Sereyvoleak is a Research Officer at Konrad-Adanauer-Stiftung Cambodia. She holds a degree of International Relations from the Department of International Studies, IFL. Ms. Voleak is a Project Coordinator of the Research Colloquium.
17:50 - 18:20 Paper Presentation
By Dr Marc Pinol Rovira
Dr Marc Piñol Rovira is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Bristol in the UK. In his PhD, also from Bristol, he investigates digital democracy in Cambodia by focusing on the culture of political fear and non-traditional political participation in the digital age. Before doing his PhD, Dr Piñol Rovira did his postgraduate studies in East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds in the UK. He was a Research Fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) in Phnom Penh between and Head of International Relations at Asia Euro University in Phnom Penh between 2014 and 2017. Between 2015 and 2016, he also lectured at Thepsatri Rajabhat University in Lopburi, Thailand.
18:20 - 18:30 Editorial Commentary Session
By Dr. Bradley J. Murg
Dr. Bradley J. Murg is Provost and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor of International Relations at Paragon International University. He is an Editor of the Research Colloquium project.