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4th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network
Activated Borders: Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships

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The conference was organized by the Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC), City University of Hong Kong, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Netherlands and the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN). It featured papers and panels that addressed continuities and transformations along routes and borders in Asia, broadly related to the theme “Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships.”

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The Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC) was inaugurated on 27 February 2001 as a faculty-based research centre within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (now the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, CLASS). It is the only research Centre focused on Southeast Asia in Hong Kong. SEARC has established a strong international reputation as an important setting for the study of political, economic, and social issues in contemporary Southeast Asia. While receiving funding in most years from City University of Hong Kong (CityU), SEARC members have actively sought competitive external grant funding, helping to foster a steady output of high-quality publications and working papers. The Centre has also attracted many respected scholars as visitors who, in carrying out research projects and conducting seminars, have further energized the Centre. And in regularly sponsoring international conferences, workshops, public addresses, and roundtables, SEARC has contributed widely to public debate and intellectual life at CityU.



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Recent Seminars

Between colonial legacies and national policies: The racialization of religious groups and its impact on social (dis)unity (1910s-2010s)
12 Jan 2015 (Mon)
Abstract: This paper analyzes how the colonial and post-colonial governments of Malaysia and Singapore managed and shaped “racial” and “religious” id... details
Why NIE Fails: Institutional Persistence and Development Dilemmas in Middle-income Countries
01 Dec 2014 (Mon)
Abstract: The role of institutions has moved to centre stage in the international development community since the mid-1990s. However, the theoretical framework for thinking ... details
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Recent Working Papers

Date Title Author
26 Jan 2015 (Mon) Between colonial legacies and national policies: The racialization of religious groups and its impact on social (dis)unity (1910s-2010s) Dr Chiara FORMICHI
22 Jan 2015 (Thu) Why NIE Fails: New Institutionalism and Old Institutions in Thailand Dr Veerayooth KANCHOOCHAT
19 Jan 2015 (Mon) Kipling, “Mandalay” and Burma in the popular imagination Dr Andrew SELTH
13 Nov 2014 (Thu) The Effect of Electoral Rules on Public Goods Provision: An Experimental Approach in Thailand's 2011 General Elections Dr Joel SELWAY, Dr Allen HICKEN and Dr Noppadon KANNIKA
30 Oct 2014 (Thu) The historical background to Vietnam’s contemporary state enterprise sector: the policy story Prof Adam FFORDE
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