Moving Southeast Asia: circulations, mobilities, and their contemporary entanglements
Resto Cruz (University of Edinburgh)
Mark Johnson (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Giacomo Tabacco (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)
Johan Lindquist (Stockholm University)
Start time:
23 July, 2016 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short abstract:

A critical examination of circulation and mobility, and how these lenses have been deployed in understanding Southeast Asia, and how these may be fruitfully used in relation to contemporary issues; a platform for exploring new opportunities generated by the EU's renewed interest in the region.

Long abstract:

Both within and outwith social anthropology, there has been a history of examining the Southeast Asian region and its societies through the lenses of circulation and mobility. This panel seeks to build on this history by bringing these lenses to bear on contemporary issues, as well as by reflecting on the potentials, limits, and consequences of deploying these lenses within, and beyond, social anthropology. Our aim in doing so is twofold. The first is to extend the notion of 'critical regionalities' that have been developed in gender and sexual diversity studies. The second is to provide a platform for identifying how anthropologists might respond to opportunities created by the EU's renewed policy interest in the Asia Pacific region generally and Southeast Asia in particular (Horizon 2020 forthcoming calls).

Papers that address any of the themes below are most welcome:

• The intersection and mutual implication of varied forms of circulation and mobility in the region, as well as the frictions that may arise between and amongst these movements;

• How attending to these movements may lead to an understanding of the entanglements between humans and non-humans, including the environment;

• The potential of circulations and mobilities for a rethinking of the domaining practices that have structured anthropological work, and for bringing together enquiries into disparate fields such as: kinship; politics; economy, work, and labour; religion and ritual; and gender and personhood;

• The ways in which movements are interwoven with temporalities, including memories, biographies, intergenerational relations, futurities, waiting, and ruptures and continuities.