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Astrid Norén-Nilsson

Astrid Norén-Nilsson is an Associate Senior Lecturer at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University since 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Politics & International Studies (2013) from the University of Cambridge, U.K., where she was a Gates Scholar. She was a research fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), Leiden, the Netherlands, 2013-15. Her scholarship focuses on the politics of Cambodia in the post-conflict reconstruction era (1993 -).

She is the author of the monograph Cambodia’s Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy (Cornell SEAP, 2016). The book was shortlisted for EuroSEAS Social Science Book Prize 2017, with the motivation "Astrid Noren-Nilsson’s Cambodia's Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy (Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program 2016) is a thought-provoking book about Cambodia’s politics that is highly original in its approach, and grounded in some remarkable research, including numerous interviews with prominent figures. Noren-Nilsson explores notions of monarchy and politics that resonate well beyond the Cambodian case. Highlights include a wonderful chapter on prime minister Hun Sen’s appropriation of the Sdech Kan narrative to identify himself with a sixteenth-century commoner who briefly occupied the Khmer throne; as well as an extended discussion of the rise and fall of the royalist political party FUNCINPEC, which won the 1993 post-UNTAC election but within two decades had been practically wiped out by Hun Sen’s CPP. Cambodia’s Second Kingdom throws new analytical light on Cambodian politics and is essential reading for all serious students of the country."  See here for more information

She has published on themes related to the development of Cambodia’s fragile democracy, addressing in particular the role of nationalist imaginings in shaping the era of multi-party elections, as well as the role of transforming perceptions of the current neopatrimonial order and of citizenship.  Her research interests include democratic change, nationalism, the politics of memory, and emerging notions of citizenship and social change in South-East Asia.

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Astrid Norén-Nilsson

Dr. Astrid Norén-Nilsson
Associate Senior Lecturer

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University

Telephone: 046-222 34 81
E-Mail: astrid [dot] noren-nilsson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se

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Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
Lund University
Sölvegatan 18 B, 223 62 Lund

Phone: +46 46 222 38 61
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