URGENT AMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: CONFERENCE CANCELLATION
16-06-2014

CANCELLATION OF AMIC 23RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN BANGKOK

Dear AMIC members and friends,

It is with sincere regret that we must bring to you the news that AMIC’s 23rd International Conference has been cancelled. This decision has been taken jointly by the AMIC Board of Directors, the AMIC Secretariat and the conference hosts.

As you will recall, AMIC planned its 2014 conference to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from the 9th-12th July. Our gracious host was to be the Faculty of Communication Arts at Chulalongkorn University. Arrangements were fully in hand, with the ‘call for papers’ completed, sponsorship promotion underway and even a hotel venue organised. The AMIC Secretariat had received close to 300 abstracts which had been put out for peer-review. In the end, over 270 papers had been accepted for the conference.

The political climate in Thailand deteriorated to the extent that martial law was eventually declared. Although the prevailing situation in Bangkok was difficult, in close consultation with the conference hosts and other authorities on security and safety issues, AMIC proceeded with its plans. However, when the Thai military declared a coup late last month and various restrictions, including a curfew, were imposed, the situation became increasingly untenable.

AMIC’s ‘duty of care’ to conference delegates and staff members is such that we are unwilling to expose colleagues from the region and beyond to potential injury or harm in a situation which is impossible to predict. Also, we took note that, once the coup was announced, all major travel insurance companies advised their clients that coverage for Thailand was negated. In addition, Governments worldwide issued travel advisories warning their citizens about travel to Thailand.

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URGENT AMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: CONFERENCE POSTPONEMENT
30-05-2014

POSTPONEMENT OF AMIC 23RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN BANGKOK

Dear AMIC Members and Conference Participants:

Given the extraordinarily difficult and uncertain situation in Thailand, especially in Bangkok, the Board of Directors of AMIC has decided today to postpone the AMIC annual Conference scheduled for July 9-12, 2014 in Bangkok.

The Board deeply regrets the disruption and the inconvenience this change of plans might cause. It was an extremely difficult decision to make as the local organisers had put in much effort to raise sponsorship, invite a Cabinet member as a keynote speaker, and make other arrangements for us to enjoy their Thai hospitality.

But after consultation with our Thai Board Member and other relevant authorities, the Board had to conclude that in the interests of conference participants’ safety and security, the event must be postponed.

The Board has started exploring other dates and, if necessary, other venues to hold the conference later this year. If nothing suitable emerges by July, the Board may cancel this year’s conference and proceed with next year’s conference.

The AMIC Board and Secretariat seek your understanding and patience. We will contact you as soon as new decisions are made. 

 

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HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR AMIC MEMBERSHIP?
23-01-2014

We don't want you to miss all the advantages of being an AMIC member!

AMIC membership operates on a calendar year basis, with the 31st December being the date on which renewals are due. Early-bird renewals will receive a complimentary copy of the AMIC book Asia’s March towards Freedom of Expression and Development. [ K. Seneviratne and S.Singarayar, Eds.]

AMIC membership provides for a range of other benefits and advantages, including discounted rates on AMIC publications, along with access to free on-line journals. It also enables academics and students to attend AMIC conferences and workshops at privileged registration fee rates.

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