My current work focuses on two related projects, both of which centre on the production of a book manuscript with associated articles around them.
The first project is a manuscript, contracted with Cambridge University Press, entitled 'Ritual, Symbol and the Invention of ASEAN'. The work, part of a series on Southeast Asian Politics and Society Series, provides a new perspective on the nature, working and endurance of ASEAN by examining its role as a symbolic and ritual form of governance. Alongside this central project, to be delivered by April 2018, I am in the early stages of preparing an article manuscript exploring ritual, symbol and governance by regional organisations.
The second project develops an innovative historical and conceptual account of story of human rights in Southeast Asian regionalism. Here, using a discursive institutionalist framework, I examine how indigenous ideas about appropriate social, economic and political relations between ruler and ruled shaped the early ASEAN and impacts on how that organisation engaged with global human rights norms subsequently. Alongside the manuscript itself I have prepared a series of empirical and theoretical articles that complement and extend this project.