Organized Panel Session
In this panel we explore how power, broadly defined, is currently understood by academics and local players, highlighting often unnoticed similarities and contrasts between mainland and island Southeast Asia. Our rethinking begins with the seminal works on power by Lucien Hanks (1962) and Ben Anderson (1972). Since then much has changed throughout the region, as well as in the approaches scholars use and the topics they analyze. Nonetheless, institutional structures consistently separate mainland from island Southeast Asian scholarship, making it rare that we hear the resonances between them.