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Call for Papers: Space, Movement and Place in Southeast Asia

Call for Papers: Space, Movement and Place in Southeast Asia

UC Berkeley & UCLA Joint Conference on Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, April 2-3, 2010

Spatial relations in Southeast Asia have long underpinned, stimulated and framed key works on political organization in the region, from Stanley Tambiah’s ‘galactic polity’ to Thongchai Winichakul’s ‘geo-body’ to Benedict Anderson’s ‘imagined communities’ to James Scott’s ‘zomia’. This conference proposes to re-examine these formulations, while exploring new research and new understandings about space, landscape and human impact in Southeast Asia. In other words, what applications can be adapted from these kinds of formulations for contemporary urban formations, regional alliances and transnational identifications? How have colonial pasts informed spatial presents? How does gender inform the planning and practice of city, rural and temple life? What new aspects of human activity and life can be accessed and interpolated into theoretical understandings of space in Southeast Asia?

We invite submissions for presentations from scholars and graduate students conducting original research in the social sciences and humanities that address the primary themes of the conference. We are particularly interested in papers that examine the dynamic interaction of concept and practice; material and ideal. Specific topics or categories suggested for presentations include the following:

• Performance traditions and adaptations in cultural space
• Architecture, urban planning and the production of space
• Artistic traditions and aesthetic conceptions of place and landscape
• Transmission of religious theology and ritual practice
• Conflicts over access to land for cultivation, forestry and conservation, industrial agriculture and other uses
• Local economies and integrated trading networks (riverine, overland, seas)
• ‘Illegal’ trade across borders and space (trafficking, piracy)
• Migration and migrant diasporas
• Maps, marginality, boundaries and the state
• Past histories and the production and control of space and territory
• Populations, disease and regimes of public health
• The public sphere and public space
• Families, households and domestic space
• Transnational popular culture in a digital age

Special guest speakers to be announced. The conference will be held on the UC Berkeley campus.

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSON: Monday, JANUARY 25, 2010.  Abstracts should include your name, affiliation and discipline and contact information (including e-mail address).

Final papers will be due by Monday, March 22, 2010. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes. AV equipment will be available for Powerpoint and other visual presentations. The conference organizers are not able to offer travel support to presenters.

Contact: Center for Southeast Asia Studies, 2223 Fulton St., No. 617, Berkeley CA 94720 – 2318.
Tel: (510) 642-3609; Fax: (510) 643-7062; E-mail: cseas@berkeley.edu

The Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA form a consortium U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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