AAS 2018 Annual Conference

March 22-25 | Washington, D.C.

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Deadline for Receipt of All Proposals is August 8, 2017.

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CFP: Historicizing the Nature/Culture Divide in Modern [Southeast] Asia
Last Post 25 Jul 2017 08:11 PM by Quentin Pearson. 0 Replies.
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25 Jul 2017 08:11 PM
    We are two historians of Southeast Asia who are seeking 1-2 more presenters for a proposed panel tentatively titled "Historicizing the Nature/Culture Divide in Modern [Southeast] Asia." Both of our papers focus on Thailand/Siam, so we hope to find a panelist working on another country/culture or potentially region.

    Working Abstract:

    The papers on this panel collectively inquire into the supposed boundaries between the natural and social worlds. We take it as axiomatic that these divides are historically and culturally contingent, and pose the question: How did new forms of technology, science, commerce, law, and governance help to transform traditional conceptions of such borders? Do Southeast Asian histories suggest something like Bruno Latour’s (1993) "purification process"? Is there evidence of resistance to such efforts? Do these conditions attest to the formation of "alternative modernities," or do they too help to affirm Latour’s provocative denial of modernity? Lim explores the nature-culture divide through the lens of habits and practices surrounding labor-time. He identifies changing notions of capitalistic time-sense and monetary profit in early twentieth century Siam and links those changes to the emerging specter of financial crisis. Pearson examines the accident as a technology for partitioning the realm of human responsibility from the natural world. He identifies a distinct genealogy of 'accidental reasoning' in late nineteenth century Siam as part of a broader "imperial lexicon" (Gluck & Tsing 2009).

    Please send inquiries or proposals (title, 250-word abstract, & short CV) to: Trais Pearson (qap2@cornell.edu) and Samson Lim (samson_lim@sutd.edu.sg) as soon as possible.

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