Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

Flows and Frontiers I: Geography of Networks and Economy of Mobility in Asia

Saturday, July 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Chinar, First Floor

Frontier of Asia has long been a marginal topic within Asian Studies. While Asia has been defined in terms of the distinctive characteristics and circumstances of the particular geographic area, such Asian sphere has often been located at the center. The historical construction of Asia is thus a spatial politics which involves the molding of region and identity through the construction of the centralized space along with the exclusion of the margin. However, the rise of new power, especially China and recent flows of capital into various peripheries have rendered the frontier and its people a strategic engine of change.

The proposed double panel brings together interdisciplinary research, weaving trans-border economic relations, frontier mobility, and transnationalism, through the geography of networks and economy of mobility. Against the backdrop of China’s rise, regionalization, and neo-liberalization, the panels seek to explore the patterns of change and apparatus of uneven mobility at various types of boundaries interlinking diverse cases from central and marginal Asia, and Asian borderlands in order to understand the diverse ways in which different groups of marginal people respond to transborder and transnational forces. Departing from the predominant state-centered perspective to understand Asia, the panel seeks to rethink the margin in the relationship with regionalism, migration, and transboundary negotiation. 

Pinkaew Laungaramsri

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Pinkaew Laungaramsri

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Pinkaew Laungaramsri

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Isha Gharti

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Jiangyu Li

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Claire Thi Lien. Tran

The Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia, Thailand

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