China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

Floating Boundaries: Ethnicities, Nationalisms and Religious Practices in the Sino-Tibetan Borderland

Friday, July 6
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Magnolia, Lower Ground Floor

This panel examines the floating boundaries in the Sino-Tibetan borderland from the late 14thcentury to contemporary era. Analyzing the making and unmaking of various boundaries, the panel demonstrates a dynamic process of how individual and collective identities are created, negotiated, and even dissolved in different contexts. Faced with the different criteria established by national political authorities and local communities to separate “us” from “other”, inhabitants of the multi-ethnic region usually hold a flexible hence ambiguous identity and improvise in various contexts. HU explores how the early Ming Chinese court utilized the Tibetan Buddhism to preside over the borderland area and how the bottom-up response to state policy reversely reshaped the imperial ethnic discourse. ZHAO probes the rising of the Kham nationalism in the late 19th and early 20th century, and how the Kham identity was embedded in the Tibetan nationalism. Juxtaposing anthropological perspective with the historical approach, BIAN and QIU scrutinize the cultural activities in contemporary Sino-Tibetan borderland societies. BIAN discusses the multiplicity and interactivity of the rituals of various religious traditions in a borderland community, emphasizing the coexistence and fluidity of different religious practices. QIU investigates how a Qiang community promotes their identity by reinventing local folk dances in the context of China's ethnic policy overlapping with post-disaster recovery. By examining the borderland from historical and anthropological perspectives, this panel investigates the dynamic formation and transformation of a frontier spectrum and the interactions between ideas and practices, with specific attention to the borderland's diversity, centrality, agency, and fluidity.

 

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Wenbin Peng

Yunnan Normal University, China (People's Republic)

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Wenbin Peng

Yunnan Normal University, China (People's Republic)

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