Organized Panel Session
Colonialism and neocolonialism are political-economic formations that claimed superior command over space and demography through the mechanisms of war, culture, and the production of wealth in what came to be known as the ‘decolonising world’ or the ‘Global South.’
This panel interrogates the various technologies of governance and representation that went into the production and reconfiguration of territory, populations, and spaces of capital at a time when nascent nation-states and new manifestations of empire emerged in Southeast Asia. We bring into conversation the concomitant tensions, sites of resistance, bodies and boundaries that went into the expressions of identity and aspirational lives in what would become questions of ‘national’ futures and citizenship.
These issues are discussed in the backdrop of the continuing political and strategic relevance of Southeast Asia in the expressions of empire. We expound on different and contested examples of indigeneity in conditions of war, ethnic minoritization, the creation of hierarchical cultural and racialized values in making of colonial and national bodies and spaces. This panel features different methodologies such as field and archival research, tied with critical and historically situated perspectives on empire.