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Performative Spaces

Performative Spaces: Nationalism and Decolonization in the Royal Architecture of the Ninth Reign in Thailand

The thesis will be looking at the spatial implications of nationalism and decolonization in the royal “architectural gestures” during the Ninth Reign in Thailand under King Bhumibol Adulyadej (r. 1946-2016). The thesis will disguise itself in the form of a commemorative book⁠—a medium that is very ubiquitously used to propagate this particular royalist nationalism in Thailand. Consisting of three non-sequential, but interconnected parts: “The Craft of Kingship,” “Spaces of Mediation,” and “Audiences, Spectatorship, Participation,” the thesis will explore the royal spaces in and around the Dusit Palace, the Chitralada Palace, and the Grand Palace in Bangkok as the main sites of architectural performativity in order to expose the role of these spaces in the construction of the new nationalism.

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