Organized Panel Session
The formation of Southeast Asian area studies and the creation of regionally-based organizations have made “Southeast Asia” an important category for research and identification. This has proven to be a useful construct in several respects. However, in more recent work, critics have pointed out trans-regional linkages that extend beyond – and so problematize - the “iron curtain” of area studies. Drawing together case studies from Kachin, Aceh, Timor and Taiwan, this panel explores spaces of belonging at the edges of greater Southeast Asia - where Southeast Asia blends into East Asia, South Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Oceania -- to approach the debate from another perspective. Instead of privileging a single level of belonging, the panel explores the interplay of global, regional, national, and local categories in constructing layered communal identities in these respective areas. Key issues addressed will include local ideology, nationality, religion, resistance, regionalism, glocalization, and knowledge production.