Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

113 - Flows and Frontiers (II): Trans-border Ethno-Religious Movements

7/7/2018
10:20 AM - 11:50 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 distinctive characteristics, it 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 opening of the border for trade and investment has made the frontier and its people a strategic engine of change. This panel brings together interdisciplinary research tapping the trans-border and inter-ethnic relations, frontier mobility, and the crafting of space and identities from diverse cases. In the frontier of Southwest China, India/Nepal, Burma, and Thailand where the researches have taken places, diverse ethno-religious groups have interacted with each other since the pre-modern time to make use of border economic potentiality. Many ethnic armed movements can be also found fighting the state for their autonomous power. However, against the recent regionalization, and neo-liberalization, new dynamics of transborder ethno-religious movements and networks have occurred. The panel also aims to develop insights into the complex processes of the encounter at the local level and the diverse ways in which various groups of people respond to cross-regional forces. Using the movement, network and mobility as the interlinking conceptual lenses, the panel compares and contrasts diverse ethno-religious movements within and across the borders. It has also shown that mobility and networks are significant means for people to redefine their relationship to the center. 


 

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Kwanchewan Buadaeng

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Kwanchewan Buadaeng

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Kunnawut Boonreak

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Yan-ming Lin

Yunnan Academy of Social Science, China

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Peishen Li

Yunnan University, China

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Chung-chi Chao

National Chi Nan University, Taiwan

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Kwanchewan Buadaeng

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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