Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Amer. Anthro. Assoc. -- CFP on islands and enclaves

This interesting conference looks like it might be tailor made for the Taiwan issue:


March 20, 2007

Call for panel participants: "Islands and enclaves: Exploring the ambiguities and boundaries of non-contiguous nation-states" for American
Anthropological Association conference, Washington, D.C. 28 November - 2 December, 2007

From: Anna Lim

2007 American Anthropological Association Annual Conference
Washington, DC
(28 November -- 2 December 2007)

Proposed session title and abstract:

*Islands and enclaves: Exploring the ambiguities and boundaries of non-contiguous nation-states*

If nation-states are almost always defined by some notion of boundedness, what happens when certain parts of the nation-state are not territorially contiguous with what is considered the political center of that nation-state? In this panel, we will be looking at islands and enclaves
that are not nation-states themselves, but in one way or another fall under the jurisdiction of a geographically distant political body, forming part of a larger nation-state. The physical distance that separates these islands and territories from their "mainland" can lead to ambiguity, not only in how these spaces are understood and configured by the state, but also in how the populations concerned may imagine themselves and that relation. Despite this ambiguity (or perhaps because of it), that distance tends to be made materially and symbolically significant, whether geographical contiguity is or is not explicitly considered a defining feature of that political entity....

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Please feel free to forward this message to others who might be interested.

If you would like to participate, please send an abstract (maximum 250 words) to Nona Moskowitz ( or Anna Lim (

The submission deadline is Sunday, 25 March 2007 (noon)

We will confirm acceptance into the panel by Tuesday, 27 March 2007. For more information about the conference, please check the AAA website at:

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