Upcoming Events

In December, 2018 we completed our book launch tour, which included events in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and the US (see Past Events below). Unfortunately, two planned events in Vientiane were cancelled on short notice so no book launch events took place in Laos. Grant funding for the book launch tour has now been concluded. The editors can still consider requests for additional presentations on the book in 2019 and beyond but have no scheduled events planned at this time. We will still add to the Updates and Reviews section of this site from time to time.

Past Events

December 6 As part of the 2018 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Land and Energy, held December 4-6, 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar, three contributing authors of Dead in the Water will lead a session to discuss the book's findings and their implications for the concept of "sustainable hydropower" in the Mekong region and beyond.

November 30 Minneapolis, MN USA - Seminar at University of Minnesota with DITW book co-editors Shoemaker and Robichaud.


November 29 The Dead in the Water co-editors will both participate in a book launch event in Minneapolis sponsored by The McKnight Foundation and the Sabo Center at Augsburg College. 4pm. Refreshments provided!


Oct. 24 - Nov. 2 Over a one week period, book launch events were held in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. This included a press/CSO event for journalists in Myanmar on November 2 attended by over 60 participants.

October 19, 2018 Book launch/presentation at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand


October 18, 2018 Dead in the Water co-editor Bruce Shoemaker will participate in a public panel presentation about Lao hydropower issues: "Dams, disaster and ecological justice: hydropower legacies in the Mekong" at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, 6-8pm.

October 16, 2018 Book launch/presentation on Dead in the Water at Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand 10am to noon.


October 14-15, 2018 Informal workshops/discussions with civil society groups, Chiang Mai, Thailand

October 13, 2018 Bali, Indonesia. Unfortunately, local authorities shut down the Peoples Global Conference Against the World Bank/IMF, the parallel civil society gathering planned to protest the World Bank/IMF and to talk about alternatives models of development. This forced the cancellation of the scheduled discussion of Dead in the Water and World Bank support for large infrastructure in the region.

October 10, 2018 World Bank/IMF Annual General Meeting, Bali, Indonesia. As part of the World Bank's Civil Society Policy Forum, Inclusive Development International and Bank Information Center-Europe sponsored a panel discussion session looking at Nam Theun 2 and sharing findings from Dead in the Water. Book co-editor Bruce Shoemaker and contributing author Kanokwan Manorom both participated, along with Kate Geary as moderator. Despite being invited to participate in the panel, the World Bank refused to have any of its staff participate.

September 20, 2018 Dead in the Water co-editor William Robichaud made a presentation on the book and related issues at a private event in Redding, CA for the "Mekong Funders Network", a coalition of private foundations supporting environmental grant making in the Mekong region.

August 28, 2018 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Cornell's Southeast Asia Studies Program and Department of Natural Resources will host a joint presentation by Bruce Shoemaker, co-editor of Dead in the Water, at 3:30pm in Fernow Hall, G24.

July 12-13, 2018 Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. While a full book launch will not take place for a couple of months, Carl Middleton, one of the contributing authors for Dead in the Water, will host a "mini-book launch" at a conference "Innovation in Human Rights, Development Studies and Resource Politics". Copies of the book will be available.

April 27, 2018 Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Book co-editors Bruce Shoemaker and William Robichaud gave a presentation on the book, in advance of its June 16th release, as part of the Center's Friday Forum Lecture Series. For more info see seasia.wisc.edu/friday-forum-lecture-series-spring-2018/.