[skip to content]

Atit Pongpanit, 2nd Year

The South East Asia (SEA) Department therefore becomes an ideal place to explore this particular topic as the department provides interesting courses in Thai cinema conducted by internationally prominent lecturers.

PhD South East Asian Studies

My research focuses on Thai cinema with a focus on sexual minorities in relation to the themes of “coming out” and “staying out”. The South East Asia (SEA) Department therefore becomes an ideal place to explore this particular topic as the department provides interesting courses in Thai cinema conducted by internationally prominent lecturers. SEA is one of not many departments in the world where Thai cinema has been intensively taught and studied.

Besides the educational environment that matches the nature of my research, I also found the “SOAS” environment matches the nature of my personality. I remember being really impressed when reading the SOAS regulations mentioning explicitly that there will be no discrimination against genders and sexualities, especially homosexualities, in any circumstance.

Being a SOAS student for almost two years, if I do have to think of something to complain, that will be our SOAS GBLT student society that is so strong and efficient that there have been so many interesting and inspiring activities going on. I wish I could have attended all of them.