Dynamic Borderlands: Livelihoods, Communities and Flows
12-14 Dec 2016, Katmandu, Nepal
5th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network
Dr. Bundell is putting together a panel proposal for this conference: the panel’s focus will be on Taiwan and the region, with the keywords: “borderlands, state, history, community.”
If you are interested in taking part in this panel, contact Dr. Blundell.
Borderlands in Asia are often seen as marginal, isolated and remote. Social scientists are now recognising that borderlands generate a dynamism in and of themselves, and that cross-border linkages are far more central to historical change than previously acknowledged. In recent times, development across Asia has been markedly unequal and this has led to new borderland dynamics – both productive and destructive – that urgently need to be addressed.
Borderlands are also ‘dynamic’ in the sense that the realignment of borders and the creation of new kinds of borders are recurrent processes throughout history. Think of the exchange of hundreds of enclaves in India and Bangladesh, disputes over the construction of new island territories in the South China Sea, or the liberalisation of some Asian airline services.
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. Examples could be air and maritime borders, high-altitude borderlands, borderlands with a high risk of natural disasters, nomadic and migratory communities, and control over cyberspace.
For this upcoming 5th Asian Borderlands conference in Kathmandu, we invite submissions that address the following questions:
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?
More information at the conference website: