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[邊界研究工作坊] 滇緬邊境市集研究

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 14:00 - 16:00
Location 台大地理系202會議室
講者: 張雯勤 研究員
演講大綱:

Periodical markets existed centuries in “Zomia” encompassing southwestern China, the Himalayan region, and upland Southeast Asia, and still function as significant venues for economic and social exchanges among various ethnic groups in many parts of these historical borderlands. In effect, they entail flows of people, commodities, capital and information whereby connecting the “peripheral” lands with multitudes of “centratlity” beyond state territoriatlity. While several academic works have uncovered the livelihoods, social relations and cultural identities of various ethnic minorities in connection with this economic system in the Himalayan region, and Thai-Lao and Yunnan-Vietnam borderlands (e.g. Harris 2014; Endres 2014; Nishitani and Badenoch 2013; Turner and Michaud 2008; Walker 1999), similar research interests in Burma borderlands have encountered greater challenges because of problem of accessibility and safety concern. Grounded on multiple sites of fieldwork (partly covert) with a perspective of “process geographies” advocated by Appadurai (2000), this talk attempts to examine the mechanism of rotating markets in the frontiers of northern Burma and Yunnan, and the role of migrant Yunnanese traders. Specifically, it looks into the formation of these five-day bazaars in connection with demography, topography, and politico-economic contexts. In addition, it probes the questions: what goods are traded in different areas? How are they transported in relation to geographical factors? What social interactions do we observe at markets among different ethnic groups as well as between men and women? In particular, the intermediary roles of Yunnanese traders, in terms of economic, political and cultural, are addressed. While illustrating the borderlanders’ livelihoods, the talk presents an understudied social history of the area since the 1960s.

講者簡介:

中研院人文社會科學研究中心

學術召集: 徐進鈺教授、洪伯邑教授
Contact 朱凌毅 (02-3366-5836)
附件:
系列演講.pdf
張雯勤 演講公告.pdf
邊界研究工作坊2017秋系列演講.docx
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