Inscribing Siam: The State of Documentary and Spatial Practices

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Inscribing Siam: The State of Documentary and Spatial Practices. / Ivarsson, Søren; Suwannakij, Sing.

I: Modern Asian Studies, 08.11.2017.

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Ivarsson, S & Suwannakij, S 2017, 'Inscribing Siam: The State of Documentary and Spatial Practices', Modern Asian Studies.

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Ivarsson, S., & Suwannakij, S. (2017). Inscribing Siam: The State of Documentary and Spatial Practices. Manuskript afsendt til publicering.

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Ivarsson S, Suwannakij S. Inscribing Siam: The State of Documentary and Spatial Practices. Modern Asian Studies. 2017 nov 8.

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Ivarsson, Søren ; Suwannakij, Sing. / Inscribing Siam: The State of Documentary and Spatial Practices. I: Modern Asian Studies. 2017.

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