Heidelberg Ethnology : Occasional Paper N° 6 (2017) : Goods and Ethnicity : Trade and Bazaars from a Gift Perspective; A Discusssion
Guido Sprenger, with commentaries from Chris Gregory, Kostas Retsikas & Hans Peter Hahn
Drawing on ethnographic observations in Lao markets and bazaars, this article proposes a new and experimental framework for the analysis of multi-ethnic trading. It explores bazaars and trade as sites of the (re-)production of ethnicity through the perspective of gift exchange theory. On markets, transcultural differences can be identified and stabilized through the exchange of goods and money. This draws attention to the role of trade items as foci – and perhaps even as non-human agents – in the emergence of ethnicity and other forms of local identity. The value of items’ specific origins is thus linked to social structure. This helps us to see how the shaping of group identity can be better understood by considering how the goods they bring to market carry with them some features of the gift.
Occasional Paper N° 5 (2017) : Studying Sites of Buddhist Leisure : A Discussion of Justin Thomas McDaniel’s Architects of Buddhist Leisure
Thomas N. Patton, David Morgan, Anne Hansen, Thomas Borchert, Richard Fox & Justin Thomas McDaniel
Occasional Paper N° 4 (2016) : The Other Side of the Gift: Soliciting in Java – A Discussion
Konstantinos Retsikas, with commentaries from Carla Jones, Daromir Rudnyckyj and Guido Sprenger
Occasional Paper N° 3 (2015) : Islam and the Perception of Islam in Contemporary Indonesia
Occasional Paper N° 2 (2015) :Optical Allusions: Looking at Looking, in Balinese and Dutch Encounters
Occasional Paper N° 1 (2015) : Beyond the Whorfs of Dover: A Study of Balinese Interpretive Practices
CFP : 9th Annual International Asian Dynamics Initiative Conference, 26-28 June 2017, Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen : Asia in circulations
Deadline for submitting abstracts : 1 March 2017
The conference attends to the ways in which connected histories, flows and connections both within and beyond territoriality are taking shape. What kind of circulatory worlds are produced through these multiple connections forged across temporalities via commodity trade, investments, human migration, technology, tourism, religion, art, literature and other forms of cultural consumption? How has Asia historically circulated beyond its territorial boundaries? And how do these circulations shape the contemporary world?
We invite abstracts for paper presentations addressing Asian circulations and dynamics in a global context, but especially welcome perspectives relating to one of the panels listed below.