02–03 May 2018

Asian Borderlands

A Workshop and Book Launch, Tallinn University

Alexander Horstmann, Martin Saxer and Alessandro Rippa

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The publishing of the Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands (March, 2018) is yet another milestone in the studies of borders generally and in the growing field of Asian border studies specifically. This workshop is to critically evaluate the current state in the interdisciplinary research on borders and bordering, explore the future trends and new methods, while also establishing connections between 'the mainstream' and Asian border scholars.

The workshop, in two sessions and open for invited participants, explores thus where the Asian border studies as an interdisciplinary field is heading and teases out complementary theoretical insights from Asian border research to contribute to wider scholarship on one hand, and identify new innovative methods to studying any border, on the other. The first session focuses on the ongoing research and projects, while the second session explores the potentialities of border studies as it has evolved into a wide and dispersed enquiry rich in nuances and directions.

The launch of the Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands is intended for wider audiences—political or social stakeholders in borders, students and people potentially thinking with borders within the wider society—because we strongly hold that the insight from borders and bordering can enhance the explanatory power in understanding the converging social worlds across the globe.


  • Alexander Horstmann, Tallinn University, School of Humanities
  • Karin Dean, Tallinn University, School of Humanities
  • Martin Saxer, LMU Munich
  • Alessandro Rippa, LMU Munich
  • Bengt Karlsson, Stockholm University, Department of Social Anthropology
  • Tomas Cole, Stockholm University, Department of Social Anthropology
  • Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern; Human Geography Group, Université de Fribourg
  • Jussi Laine, University of Eastern Finland,
  • Nick Megoran, Newcastle University, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

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