Dynamic Borderlands: Livelihoods, Communities and Flows
The 5th Asian Borderlands conference will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 12-14 December 2016. It will address questions such as: What new borderland flows, corridors, and paths are (or have been) taking shape, and what impacts do they have on livelihoods and communities; How can we use these Asian cases to rethink social theories of various kinds?
Dates: 12-14 December 2016
Panels of the 5th Asian Borderlands conference will address questions such as: What new borderland flows, corridors, and paths are (or have been) taking shape, and what impacts do they have on livelihoods and communities; How can we use these Asian cases to rethink social theories of various kinds? In this conference we would like to place special emphasis on borders and cross-border flows of people and objects that have not been highlighted in previous conferences.
Please visit the Conference website for full information, including the programme with abstracts of all accepted proposals, registration information, practical information and contact details.
Attending the conference
Te conference is open to everyone interested in the theme. Registration is required. Please refer to the Registration page for information.
It is no longer possible to submit a proposal for a panel.
The conference is organised by Social Science Baha; IIAS and and the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN).
About the Asian Borderlands Research Network
Scholarly and political boundaries divide Asia artificially into units, such as South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and so on. These divisions not only mask the many and varied commonalities that transcend such boundaries, they also reinforce the marginalisation of people who live in the so-called border areas. Yet a better appreciation of these ‘transitional zones' is in fact critical to our historical understanding of processes of social and cultural change in the states lying beyond them. Nonetheless, such a focus remains peripheral to area studies and the disciplines which feed into them.
The Asian Borderlands Research Network has been developed in order to recognise the links, both historical and contemporary, that connect people in these borderlands, focusing on the border regions between South Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, where the prevailing notions of area studies have been particularly limiting.
The purpose of the network is to encourage academic exchange between both local and foreign scholars from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Its concerns are varied, ranging from migratory movements, transformations in cultural, linguistic and religious practices, to ethnic mobilization and conflict, marginalisation, and environmental concerns. Its aim is to generate new knowledge and methodologies in order to better understand these transitional zones, and to contribute to a reconfiguration of theoretical and methodological approaches to borderlands in general. We particularly want to invite scholars from any of the regions involved to participate in the network, its conferences, and to contribute to the organizational effort.