5-7 November 2010
Asian Borderlands: Enclosure, Interaction and Transformation
Venue :
Furama Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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The conference began by a distinguished lecture by James C. Scott on his latest book, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, which became an overarching theme of the conference.  His book focuses on the dynamics of state evasion in the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and its lower ranges that run from the Central Highlands in Vietnam, most of Laos, Northern Thailand, Southwest China, Northern Burma, Northeast India, Eastern Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet. This large geographical area and a range of provocative ideas and theories covered by the book provided an excellent basis for 61 interesting presentations in the conference. Panels went beyond the ideas presented in the book, with topics ranging from politics, identity, ethnicity, scale issues, research ethnics, rituals and archival research. These topics were addressed by scholars from all over the region, as well as Australia, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands. Other non-academic activities included photo exhibitions on Life in South Asian Borderlands and Path of Perseverance: The Chin from Burma, the poster presentation on Reshaping Eurasian/Japan's Border Studies and  the screening of the movie The Songs of Eh Doh Shi. These activities also provided a space for the exchange of ideas and discussing about borderlands from a different perspective. Policy dialogue on “Rights, state and cross-border resources” focused on economic development and social impacts in the Mekong Sub-region with speakers such as Dr. Carl Middleton, Mr. Niwat Roykaew, and representatives from Northeast People’s Alliance.

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