Recent years have seen a notable revival of the academic study of ‘frontiers’. Using Frederick Jackson Turner’s (1893) classic concept of the moving frontier line (and its significance for the development of American democracy) as a point of departure, the study of frontiers has been diversified to include (re)conceptualizations of the frontier as an abstract space of territorial expansion, exploration, and exploitation.
Projects under this research cluster engage with the academic study of ‘frontiers’ as “edge[s] of space and time: a zone of not yet – not yet mapped, not yet regulated” (Tsing 2003: 5100). Southeast Asia, the regional scope of the cluster, provides diverse avenues for an engagement with the spatial and temporal qualities of frontiers. Members of the cluster will initially investigate three different sub-projects, including a “heritage frontier” at the upper Mahakam in Central Borneo, organizational aspects of cultural entrepreneurship at “business frontiers”, and the “frontier communities” of KMT villages in Northern Thailand. The output of these projects attempts to combine academic products with reports and recommendations for policy makers to foster a dynamic dialogue between the academic world and the public realm.
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- Barbara Maria Ekamp, Humanities and Language Division, MUIC
- Christian Oesterheld, Social Science Division, MUIC
- Dr. Hardina Ohlendorf, Social Science Division, MUIC
- Dr. Bernard Sellato, Center of Southeast Asian Studies of the National Center for Scientific Research(CNRS) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris/France
Sub-project 1: The Upper Mahakam Region in Central Borneo: Culture, Society and Development in a Frontier Region
Sub-project 2:Frontier Communities: The Kuomintang Villages in Northern Thailand
Sub-project III: Organizing Cultural Entrepreneurship on Frontiers and in Pockets of No Man’s Land in the Global Business World