[governance-vn] Cambridge, UK, 24-28 March 2009: 'Continuity and Change: (Re)conceptualising Power in Southeast Asia'
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Event dates: Thursday, 26th March 2009 15:00 PM to Saturday, 28th March 2009
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'Continuity and Change: (Re)conceptualising Power in Southeast Asia'
Cambridge, UK - ‘Continuity and Change’ will be a major interdisciplinary and
international conference on Southeast Asia. Its key aim is to reopen the debate
on the issue of ‘power’—both in real life and academic scholarship—as it is
manifest across the region.
CALL FOR PAPERS
‘Continuity and Change: (Re)conceptualising Power in Southeast Asia’
March 26th-28th 2009
Hosted by CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities),
University of Cambridge, UK
James Scott (Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of
Anthropology, Yale University)
Shelly Errington (Professor of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz)
The study of power in contemporary Southeast Asia has never been more timely.
Over the last half-century, the region has undergone innumerable far-reaching
changes. It has witnessed the rise of postcolonial nation-states, rapid
industrialization, economic growth and democratization but also genocide,
political upheaval and widespread repression. Power lies at the core of these
important developments, whether in the form of brute military force or as a more
capillary ‘disciplinary’ influence on religious and political subjectivities.
New religious, economic and political movements—all drawing deeply on local
traditions while proposing new forms of personhood, civil and political
society—cut across national, cultural, ideological and sectarian boundaries.
Yet for all that power can be detected in Southeast Asia, there seems to be
little specifically Southeast Asian about it contemporary scholarly analyses.
This is both puzzling and ironic given the central role that earlier
ethnographic studies of Southeast Asia once played in identifying distinctively
regional modalities of power, prompting us to reconsider how ‘power’ could be
most profitably studied in Southeast Asian contexts.
‘Continuity and Change’ will be a major interdisciplinary and international
conference on Southeast Asia. Its key aim is to reopen the debate on the issue
of ‘power’—both in real life and academic scholarship—as it is manifest across
the region. Conference themes and questions will include:
• Are there, or were there ever, distinctly ‘Southeast Asian’ notions of power
that could still exist as alternatives—or complements—to Western folk and
• Are scholars’ analytic imaginaries of power in relation to nationhood and
governance congruent with the imaginaries of Southeast Asians witnessing or
involved in such projects and processes?
• What are the shapes that power takes?
• How have recent theoretical developments within various disciplines reshaped
our understanding of the nature and location of power?
• How useful is the concept of ‘Southeast Asia’ as a geographical, political and
analytical entity in dealing with these issues?
We invite papers from scholars working in the arts, humanities and social
sciences whose research illuminates novel, exciting and challenging dimensions
of power in Southeast Asian contexts across space and time.
Abstracts, 250 words in length, should be submitted to
sea.continuity.change at googlemail.com
For further details, see our website: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/542, or
email us at the address above.
Submission of Proposal: 1st October 2008
Announcement of accepted proposals: 1st November 2008
Circulation of Paper Abstracts and Panels: 1st March 2009
University of Cambridge
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