2016-2017 Asian Borderlands

The study of Asia is conventionally framed by regional and nation-state boundaries that profoundly shape, and constrain, the ways people understand this complex and diverse continent.  Asian Borderlands is meant to draw our attention to those borders themselves in the hope of illuminating commonalities and mobilities that transcend boundaries, the often marginalized peoples who inhabit these areas, and the distinct ways of life along the borderlands that are typically missed by area studies scholarship.  In addition, a focus on frontiers and borderlands can bring into sharper focus certain state practices and historical trends that often go unnoticed when we only consider the dominant political and population centers of Asia.  In this sense, borderlands can be spaces where nations narrate their identities with particular clarity.  For this reason, we view Asian borderlands less as marginalized spaces and more as central sites where power, place, and identity intersect and are made visible.


Asian Borderlands: Remembering the Japanese-American Internment - 75 years 2017.02.23

CAS Speaker Series Asian Borderlands Thursday, February 23, 2017 British and Irish Studies Room, Norlin Library, CU Boulder 4:30 p.m. - light reception 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - keynote and panel Keynote Speaker - Tom Ikeda Cohosted by the Center of the American West Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, dated February 19, 1942, gave the military broad powers to ban any citizen from a fifty- to sixty-mile-wide coastal area stretching from...

Asian Borderlands Series: Displaced and Stateless People in Asia 2017.03.09

CAS Speaker Series Asian Borderlands Thursday, March 9, 2017 4:30 p.m. - reception 5:00 - 7:00 - keynote and response British & Irish Studies Room, Norlin, CU Boulder Keynotes - Catherine Allerton and Malik Mujahid In this talk, Catherine Allerton (Lecturer, Anthropology, London School of Economics) examines the unique experiences of children (aged 8-18) who have been ‘born across borders’ to Indonesian and Filipino migrant parents in Sabah, East Malaysia...

Asian Borderlands - Mosquito-Relish Diplomacy: Civil Pluralism in the Asian Borderlands 2017.04.06

CAS Speaker Series Asian Borderlands Thursday, April 6, 2017 4:30 p.m. - reception 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. - keynote 6:30 - 7:00 P.M. - Q & A British & Irish Studies Room, Norlin, CU Boulder What alternatives exist to rigid borders? How can examples from Southeast Asia help us answer this timely question? In this talk, anthropologist Hjorleifur Jonsson asks how ethnic minorities navigate being in a zone claimed by...