â€˜Continuity and Change: (Re)conceptualising Power in Southeast Asiaâ€™
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 â€˜disciplinaryâ€™ influence on religious and political subjectivities. New religious, economic and political movementsâ€”all drawing deeply on local traditions while proposing new forms of personhood, civil and political societyâ€”cut across national, cultural, ideological and sectarian boundaries.