Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

2 - Exploring Asian Connections

7/6/2018
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Silveroak II, Ground Floor

The relevance of transregional frameworks in shaping the idea of Asia has received increasing recognition in recent studies. This encourages us to look beyond fixed structures of political geographies into patterns of mobility, around people, texts, objects, and ideas. It necessitates therefore a greater degree of engagement with the idea of ‘fluid’ boundaries in the Asian context, along with movements, practices and networks that were created around and across it. The proposed panel will interrogate the idea of porous borderlands in the Asian context, by looking into historical and contemporary instances of how the circulation of various practices connected Asian regions. To further such an understanding of Asia, the panel will include papers drawing upon a range of studies from diverse Asian contexts, deploying multi-disciplinary approaches.


Deep connections across early modern South Asia and Arakan will be explored through Portuguese narratives from the Bengal region. Circulation of warfare technology across early modern Eurasia and South Asia occurred alongside the spread of the Persianate cultural world from the Iran and Central Asia into peninsular South Asia, in this case through Sufi mystics. Our final contribution studies the reception of the Indian epic, Mahabharata, in the modern-day South-East Asian literary context.


The panel at once seeks to critically engage with the idea of fixed Asian borders across historical periods, suggesting ways to engage with political geographies through the lens of ideas and practices, appreciate continuities and ruptures across trans-regional networks, problematizing the very idea of narrowly framed Asian regions.

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Kashshaf Ghani

Nalanda University, India

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Anjana Sharma

University of Delhi, India

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Anjana Sharma

University of Delhi, India

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Radhika Chadha

University of Delhi, India

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Pratyay Nath

Ashoka University, India

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