(Co-sponsored by Kaken Research Grant (A) 18H03599 “Zomia 2.0: Development, Ethnicity, and Religion between Southeast Asia and South Asia” (PI: Prof. Masao Imamura), KINDAS, South Asia and Indian Ocean Studies Seminar)


【Date & Time】October 1 (Monday), 2019 14:00~18:00
【Venue】Conference Room (AA447), 4th Floor, Research Building No. 2, Yoshida Main Campus, Kyoto University
(Building No. 34 of the above map)


This workshop aims to foster an unlikely dialogue between current eruptions over territorial claims, urgencies to demarcate borders and cultures for globalizing in ‘Zomia’ Asia. China’s continued claims, for example, on what India considers its Northeast region or the ongoing disputes over harnessing the voluminous Eastern rivers such as the Brahmaputra have refocused debates over how ‘borderlands’ need to be politically negotiated as ambiguous spaces. The Belt Road Initiative (BRI), meanwhile, is rapidly emerging as a defining effort to reconceptualise and literally reconstruct geography through infrastructure and perhaps reworking the region’s existing geopolitical arrangements. And last, but not least, can Asian cultural templates for globalizing serve as the larger political context for talks about connectivity and new subjectivities.


Chair: Tatsuro Fujikura (Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)


Speakers & Titles:


Jabin Thomas Jacob (Associate Editor, China Report)

“Economic Development as Cartographic Aggression: Some Thoughts on the Tibet-Arunachal Border”

Edward Kiernan Boyle (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Kyushu University)
“Contentious Connections: Trade and Investment in India’s Northeast”

Mari Miyamoto (Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University)
“Mobility and Highlanders: The Problem of Borders in the Eastern Himalayas”

Ruth Gamble (David Myers Research Fellow, China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University, Australia)
“Imperial Inheritance: The Dubious Historical Narratives that Underpin India and China’s Great Water Game in the Eastern Himalaya”

Kimberly Thomas (JSPS Fellow, Center for South East Asia, Kyoto University)
“River Borders and Securitizing Infrastructures in South Asia”

Patrick McCartney (JSPS Fellow, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University)
“Global Yogascapes: Theo-political Economies of Wellness and (Self)-Development in Asia”

Rohan D’Souza (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)
“Re-Imagining India’s North-East, Again: Did Geography Sidestep History in Vision (2020)?”




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