‘Stranger’ and ‘Home-Land’: Religious Practice and Spatial Negotiation of Thai Muslims in Contemporary Bangkok
(Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Modjtaba Sadria)
Since the 1970s, Islamic resurgence and urbanisation have increasingly altered general conceptions of identity and community among the Thai Muslims. Situated to challenge the established essentialist understanding of ‘Muslim space’, this research investigates the relationship between subject formations and spatial negotiations through the everyday prayer practices of the reformist Muslims of Bangkok and the processes carried out in relation to ‘urban’ mosques, ‘public’ prayer rooms and ‘else’-where. The thesis argues for a destabilised body-place of relationships through producing specific conditions of spatial intimacy.
PhD due for completion this summer.
Winyu Ardrugsa is a PhD candidate at the AA funded by the Royal Thai government. He studied architecture at Silpakorn University in Bangkok and Delft University of Technology. He has practiced as an architect and taught design studio in Thailand. His research papers are presented at international conferences.