7 March - GLASS Faculty Roundtable

Professor Caroline Humphrey will lead a GLASS Faculty roundtable discussion on International Borders and the Incoherent State. The event is free and open to the public.

International Borders and the Incoherent State

Date & Time 
7 March 2014

Gravensteen, Room 11
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

Roundtable Questions

Is the idea of the coherent state no longer tenable? From the perspective of its borders and margins, the state and its classical image as exercising full authority within its borders has eroded. Increased mobilities (of people, commodities, networks) across national borders has undermined simple binary couplings such as legality and order, state and authority, legitimacy and power. Exploring questions of fluid or ‘incoherent’ borderlands, this roundtable will raise the following questions:

- In what ways do transnational flows and mobilities, and the multiple state strategies to contain, bypass, deflect or co-opt them, produce ‘incoherent states’ or new concepts of the state?

- How is the concept of sovereignty reconfigured by competing sources of authority and the social configurations created in border zones across Asia? Do these border practices effectively render differences between strong and weak states irrelevant and if so how and to what extent?

- What new subjectivities and moral geographies are produced in such zones?

Caroline Humphrey will kick-off the roundtable with a brief presentation on the case of state incoherence at the Russia-China border.

Format and Panelists

In addition to Caroline Humphrey, we will invite three additional researchers to make 10 minute statements to address the questions above from their own fields of regional experience and expertise. We will also invite a larger group of researchers from within and outside of Leiden to take part in the discussion. The event is open to the public and we encourage all interested students and researchers to attend and participate in the general discussion. 

1. Caroline Humphrey (Anthropology, Cambridge)
2. Barak Kalir (Anthropology and Sociology, UvA) 
3. Erik de Maaker (Anthropology, Leiden)
4. Leonard Blussé (History, Leiden)

Chair: Leo Lucassen (History, Leiden)

Last Modified: 19-02-2014