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Vatthana Pholsena

CNRS Research Fellow
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  • Political science (nationalism, ethnicity, identity politics in peninsular Southeast Asia, especially in Laos)
  • History (political and social history of the Indochina Wars)



  • Exchanges, interactions and strategies in the border zone between South Laos and central Vietnam
  • Collective history and individual life paths of members of the Laos revolutionary elite
  • The ‘aftermath of the war’ generation amongst the Lao diaspora and citizens in Laos, France and Australia




  • Changing Lives in Laos. Society, Politics, and Culture in a Post-Socialiste State, co-dirigé avec Vanina Bouté, Singapore: NUS Press, 2017.
  • Interactions with a Violent Past. Reading Post-Conflict Landscapes in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, co-dirigé avec Oliver Tappe, Singapore: NUS Press, 2013.
  • Laos. Sociétés et pouvoirs,co-rédigé avec Vanina Bouté, Paris: Les Indes Savantes, 2012.
  • LAOS. Un pays en mutation, Paris: Editions Belin-La documentation Française, 2011.
  • “The Experience of War: Four Sino-Indochinese Perspectives”, in European Journal of East Asian Studies, co-dirigé avec Christopher E. Goscha, Vol. 9(2), 2010.
  • “Politics of History and National Identity in Contemporary Laos”, in South-East Asia Research, co-rédigé avec Bruce M. Lockhart, Vol. 14(3), 2006.
  • Post-war Laos: The Politics of Culture, History and Identity, Singapore/New York: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies/Cornell University Press, 2006.
  • Le Laos au XXI° siècle: Les défis de l’intégration régionale, Bangkok: IRASEC, 2004, co-rédigé avec Ruth Banomyong. Translated and updated edition: Laos. From buffer-state to crossroads?, Chiang Mai: Mekong Press, 2006.

Contributions to edited volumes

  • “Politics of Cross-Border Living in Southern Laos-Central Vietnam”, in Ethnic and Religious Identities and Integration in Southeast Asia, Keat Gin Ooi and Volker Grabowsky (dir.), Chiang Mai: Silkworm Press. 2017, pp. 31-55.
  • “A Social Reading of a Post-Conflict Landscape: Route 9 in Southern Laos”, in Interactions with a Violent Past. Reading Post-Conflict Landscapes in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, co-dirigé avec Oliver Tappe, Singapour : NUS Press, 2013, pp. 157-185.
  • “Shifting Visions of the Past: Ethnic Minorities and the ‘Struggle for National Independence’ in Laos”, in Contestations of Memory in Southeast Asia, Roxana Waterson and Kwok Kian-Woon (dir.), Singapour : NUS Press, 2012, pp. 83-105.
  • “In the Line of Fire: The Revolution in the Hinterlands of Indo-China (1957-1961)”, in L’échec de la paix? L’Indochine entre les deux accords de Genève (1954-1962), ChristopherGoscha and Karine Laplante (dir.), Paris: Les Indes Savantes, 2010, pp. 341-359.
  • “Entre passé vécu et passé réécrit : les débuts de la révolution au Sud-Laos (1945-1949)”, in Recherches nouvelles sur le Laos, Yves Goudineau and Michel Lorrillard (dir.), Paris: Ecole française d’extrême-orient (EFEO), Études thématiques n° 18, 2008, pp. 621-638.
  • “A Liberal Model of Minority Rights for an Illiberal Multi-Ethnic State? The Case of the Lao PDR”, Asian Minorities and Western Liberalism, in Will Kymlicka and Baogang He (dir.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 80-109.


  • “State formation, social hierarchies, and ethnic dynamics: a case from upland Laos”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 16 février 2017, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1290263.
  • “Technology and Empire: the Construction of the Yunnan Railway (1900-1910)”, Critical Asian Studies, 2015, Vol. 47(4), 2015, pp. 537-557.
  • “The (Transformative) Impacts of War and Revolution in a border region in Southeastern Laos (1961-1975)”, War & Society, Vol. 31(2), 2012, pp. 163–83.
  • “Life under bombing in Southeastern Laos (1964-1973). Through the Accounts of Survivors in Sepon”, European Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 9(2), 2010, pp. 267-290.
  • “Nommer pour contrôler au Laos, de l’Etat colonial au régime communiste”, Critique Internationale, 45, 2009, pp. 59-76.
  • “Highlanders on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Representations and Narratives”, Critical Asian Studies, Vol. 40(3), 2008, pp. 445-474.
  • “The Early Years of the Lao Revolution (1945-49): Between History, Myth and Experience”, South-East Asia Research, Vol. 14(3), November 2006, pp. 403-430.
  • « The Changing Historiographies of Laos: a Focus on the Early Period », Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 35 (2), 2004, pp. 235-259.
  • « Nation/Representation: Ethnic Classification and Mapping Nationhood in Contemporary Laos », Asian Ethnicity, Vol.3 (2), 2002, pp.175-197.

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