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Call for Papers: Relocating Governance in Asia: state and society in South- and Southeast Asia, c. 1800-2000

Call for Papers for the conference Relocating Governance in Asia: state and society in South- and Southeast Asia, c. 1800-2000, Leiden University, 22-24 January 2020.

Call for Papers

From its early narrow focus upon the state, the study of governance in modern Asian societies has increasingly expanded to include non-state actors, networks and institutions. Colonial historians, for instance, have drawn attention to the continued importance of precolonial power brokers under European dispensations, as well as the merchants, mercenaries and local informants who helped sustain these. Likewise the authority of postcolonial nation states has been, and continues to be, mediated by the actions of a wide array of actors within civil society, from religious leaders, to media outlets and various NGOs. Together with formal states, these actors have helped shape Asian cultures of governance.

Focusing upon the interactions between state and non-state actors in colonial and postcolonial societies, this conference seeks to explore the modern history of governance in South- and South East Asia. 

Keynote Speakers:

Indrani Chatterjee, University of Texas at Austin

Robert Cribb, Australian National University

Farish Ahmad-Noor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

This conference is made possible by contributions of the programme AMT: Asian Modernities and Traditions, the N.W. Posthumus Network and the Vereniging KITLV / Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies.

For all up-to-date information, see the conference event website.

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