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September 07, 2011

CFP: Connections, Corridors, and Communities

3rd Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network
Connections, Corridors, and Communities

Deadline for applications: 1 December 2011
Conference dates: 12 - 15 October 2012

Host: Centre for Southwest Borderland Ethnic Minority Studies, Yunnan University (YU), Kunming, China

Prof. He Ming (YU), Dr. Joy Bai (YU), Dr. Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam, UvA), Prof. Willem van Schendel (UvA) and Dr. Erik de Maaker (Leiden University)

Extensive land and maritime networks have crisscrossed Asia for centuries, providing the basis for encounters between diverse ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, and political groups. Today, developments such as new infrastructural projects, an increase in media access, and renewed interest in shaping cross-border cultural identities serve to both underscore these long-standing linkages and create new forms of connections across Asia. During the 3rd Asian Borderlands Research Conference in Kunming, we invite submissions that address continuities and ruptures along routes and borders in Asia, broadly related to the theme, "Connections, Corridors, and Communities".
• Connections: How are Asian borderlands made more (or less) visible through the study of cross-border connections? In what ways does the idea of the "borderland" remain resilient throughout political and historical ruptures? What are the characteristics of various kinds of connections that are being created (as well as cut off) in Asian borderlands?
• Corridors: Are networks and paths throughout Asian borderlands being forged, reopened, diverted, or closed, and what are the effects of such processes? Can one conceive of "corridors" in relation to maritime or island borderlands, information technology networks, or bodily borders in Asia?
• Communities: What constitutes a "community" or "communities" in and across Asian borderlands, and how might these be contingent upon other factors, such as politics, environmental issues, and history? What are some of the barriers and restrictions to the creation of communities in the context of Asian borderlands? In what ways is a community defined by the state, by organizations, and/or by local individuals?

Since one of the main goals of this conference is to spur collaboration and conversation across diverse fields in the hope of building up a more nuanced picture of the intersections and relationships across Asian borderlands, submissions are invited from scholars, writers, policy studies researchers, artists, filmmakers, activists, the media, and others from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. We invite conceptually innovative papers, based on new research, in order to develop new perspectives in the study of Asian Borderlands.

Only a small number of individual papers will be selected. We therefore encourage you to submit a full panel or roundtable proposal. We will consider proposals for panels and roundtables that have a thematic focus, are of a comparative character, and involve scholars or practitioners affiliated with different institutions.*

*New to this Asian Borderlands conference, the roundtable format is intended to allow for a more open forum on a broader theme. Typically, panelists will each address the main issue or topic of the roundtable, and the remainder of the time is open for an informal discussion between the panel members and a more extended question-and-answer period with the audience. Some examples of wide themes in relation to Asian borderlands may include, but are not limited to: migration; security; gender; technology; environmental issues, etc.

Please visit http://asianborderlands.net to submit proposals. The deadline is 1 December 2011.
Participants will be notified towards the beginning of the year 2012.

Very limited financial support may be made available to specific scholars residing in Asia and some junior or low-income scholars in other parts of the world. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please submit along with your abstract for a panel and/or paper a short letter stating the motivation for your request. Please also specify the kind of funding that you have applied for or will receive from other sources. Please note that the conference operates on a limited budget, and will not normally be able to provide more than a partial coverage of the costs of travel.
Further information about registration fees, the venue, and logistics will be provided on the ABRN website once the panels have been accepted.

For more information, please visit the website at http://asianborderlands.net, or email info@asianborderlands.net

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September 06, 2011

CFP for Edited Volume: Religious Minorities Project

Call for Papers for an Edited Volume on:
Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Localities of Southeast Asia: Areas of Toleration and Conflict

Institute Of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)
Deadline for Abstracts: 15 September 2011

Bernhard Platzdasch
Visiting Research Fellow, ISEAS
Email: platzdasch@iseas.edu.au

Johan Saravanamuttu
Senior Visiting Fellow, ISEAS
Email: saravanamuttu@iseas.edu.au

We, the editors, are seeking contributors to a volume that will address significant areas of inter-religious dealings in the public sphere and in everyday life in Muslim-majority localities in Southeast Asia. The book intends to give a comprehensive account and provide nuanced analysis of social, economic and political contexts of areas of conflict and toleration between various minority communities and the majority religion. Addressing these areas will allow for a timely reflection on the challenges inter-religious relations are facing today in Muslim-majority localities in Southeast Asia. The editors would like to bring a novel approach to the table, concentrating on cutting edge case studies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei. At the same time, we encourage submissions that approach the subject from a variety of perspectives and across a number of disciplines and fields related to the following streams: Religion in public space, religion in everyday life, inter-faith dialogue, religion and politics, and comparative religion.

Potential contributions may include selected areas covered by the following list of topics:

Religion in public space:
• The legal framework for freedom of religion in Indonesia & Malaysia
• The dynamics of shari’ah and civil law in Malaysia
• Case studies of Islamisation and the non-Muslim responses in Muslim-majority localities in Thailand, Southern Philippines, etc.
• Case studies about the situation of Muslim minorities in Eastern Indonesia, North Sulawesi etc.

Inter-faith Issues and Dialogue
• Inter-faith relations in peninsular Malaysia seen through the MCCBCHST (Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism)
• The Allah controversy in Malaysia and its implications
• Rivalry over permissions to built places of worship and Muslim-Christian relations in various areas in Indonesia
• The situation of the Christian communities of Sabah and Sarawak
• The controversies over conversion from Islam in Malaysia

Religion and Politics
• The politics of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and other minority religious in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei
• The position of the Ahmadiyah within Indonesian Islam after the 2008 decree
• Transmigrant – Indigenous Relations in Kalimantan since 2000
• Dynamics of Islamisation and local mystical/syncretist belief systems in Central and East Java
• The implications of Indonesia’s “Pornography Bill” revisited

Interested scholars are requested to submit a 200-400 word abstract for a paper contribution. Abstracts should include your paper’s title as well as your name, affiliation, and contact information along with a short biography up to 100 words submitted to the editors. Proposals are required to give an indication of the arguments likely to be advanced. Notification of acceptance will be by 1 October 2011.

Bernhard Platzdasch

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September 01, 2011

CFP: The Art of Neighbouring: Old Crossroads and New Connections along to PRC's Borders

Jointly organized by the Asian Migration Cluster and the Open Cluster, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Date: 1 – 2 March 2012
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Websites: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1209


What does China’s rise mean for its immediate neighbours? This simple question is what this workshop hopes to address. Reflecting on the PRC’s rapid economic growth, its strategic decisions to foster trade, secure influence and access to natural resources, and its efforts to prevent unrest in the borderlands, this workshop explores the ways in which people’s lives and futures are affected by living along the PRC’s borders.

For local societies situated within zones of contact, the close proximity to the PRC is becoming increasingly relevant. As rising China (the nation, the notion, the buzzword) channels aspirations, triggers fears, and creates opportunities, “the art of neighbouring” becomes a crucial skill in the borderlands – a skill that includes evading, openly opposing, making use of, or renegotiating the border situation.

The shared experience of neighbouring is shaped by the making of borders and their “closures” and “openings”. In the first half of the 20th century, the fuzziness of erstwhile frontier zones was replaced by sharp contours of the ‘geo-bodies’ of nation-states. Political and military conflicts between the PRC and its neighbouring states brought many long-established trans-border relations to a halt; more recently, new stimuli of economic growth and material prosperity readily impelled a momentum of “opening up”. As ancient crossroads emerge as zones of contact and translation again, borderland communities actively engage with new possibilities; they also become targets of new regulatory regimes to “manage” the flows of people and goods between nation states.

This workshop explores the ways in which the closure and re-opening of China’s borders condition the myriad realities of making as well as being China’s neighbours through peace and turmoil. By theorizing “the art of neighbouring”, this workshop offers an alternative perspective to observe the ordering of border practices and strategies, as well as to understand relations between nations, territories, geo-political positionalities, and historical connections.

We invite anthropologists, geographers, historians, political scientists and scholars from associated disciplines to submit paper abstracts to explore the following questions:

• How do new dreams and aspirations about China provoke desires of migration? How are migratory flows to and across national borders encouraged and facilitated?
• How are new regulatory regimes implemented? How do they redefine legality and illicitness, and how are these locally negotiated?
• What are the economic, political and social impacts of Chinese investment, development aid and designated special zones?
• How do newly arrived actors at the periphery engage with “native” borderlanders?
• What are the roles of rekindled ties of friendship, kinship, common religion or ethnicity in forging efficacious networks that promote greater cross-border mobility? How do remembering and forgetting, private and collective interpretations of “closure” and “opening up” as well as desire and anxiety shape borderland identities?
• And finally, how do imagined borders and fictive ties animate the dynamics between the “mainland” and the “diaspora”?


Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (500 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please send your form to Ms Valerie Yeo at valerie.yeo@nus.edu.sg, by 15 October 2011.

Successful applicants will be notified by 10 November 2011 and will be required to send in a draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 10 February 2012.

To accompany this workshop, we plan to organize a small-scale photo exhibition at the main venue. The objective of the photo exhibition is to attract attention and interest of people who are less familiar with the various borderlands adjacent to China. We hope that with a collection of photographs that portray everyday life in the borderland, the audience will appreciate the diversity, the transformations, the vulnerability and resilience of these diverse border zones.

We invite submissions of photographs on China’s borderlands, the cultural practices of border-crossings (literal as well as symbolic), and images that reflect the theme of “neighbouring”.

Submissions could be in both digital and non-digital forms. Please include copyright and caption information in your submissions. Digital photographs must be at least 2,400 pixels wide if a horizontal image or 2,400 pixels tall if a vertical image, in high-quality JPEG or RAW. We prefer original, unmodified camera images. If your files are larger than 5 MB, or if you wish to submit photographs in printed form, please contact the workshop convenors Dr Martin Sazxer (arijms@nus.edu.sg) and Dr Zhang Juan (arizj@nus.edu.sg).

Workshop Convenors

Dr Martin SAXER
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arijms@nus.edu.sg

Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arizj@nus.edu.sg

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