South China Sea

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In recent years, the South China Sea has become a locus of increasing importance in media and policy circles. The attention is in large part due to the growing competition over access to its shipping routes and resources. Yet, discussions about and political claims over the South China Sea are often framed in reductive strategic terms. This preponderance limits our capacity to think critically about the South China Sea as a contested maritime space and its possible futures.
The proposed workshop will seek to look at the South China Sea through different lenses. Ones that bring into focus the diverse ways in which it is possible to understand and imagine the South China Sea. The aim is to expand the terms of debate on the South China Sea towards an accommodation of more fine-grained sets of historical, linguistic and cultural perspectives. (Re-)conceptualising the South China Sea as a “mediterranean sea” would allow us to compare it with and draw lessons from other landlocked seas in Asia and elsewhere.
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South China Sea

  1. 1. South China Sea WorkshopInstitute of Asian Studies,Universiti Brunei DarussalamGadong BE 1410, Brunei Darussalam
  2. 2. Reframing the South China SeaTowards a Mediterranean Understanding of Culture and Resources• In recent years, the South China Sea has become alocus of increasing importance in media and policycircles. The attention is in large part due to thegrowing competition over access to its shippingroutes and resources. Yet, discussions about andpolitical claims over the South China Sea are oftenframed in reductive strategic terms. Thispreponderance limits our capacity to think criticallyabout the South China Sea as a contested maritimespace and its possible futures.
  3. 3. Reframing the South China SeaTowards a Mediterranean Understanding of Cultureand Resources• The proposed workshop will seek to look at the South China Seathrough different lenses. Ones that bring into focus the diverseways in which it is possible to understand and imagine the SouthChina Sea. The aim is to expand the terms of debate on the SouthChina Sea towards an accommodation of more fine-grained sets ofhistorical, linguistic and cultural perspectives. (Re-)conceptualisingthe South China Sea as a “mediterranean sea” would allow us tocompare it with and draw lessons from other landlocked seas inAsia and elsewhere.• For further details accesshttps://sites.google.com/site/iasubd/home• Proposed conference date: 11 -13 November 2013 (to beconfirmed).• Contact: Prof Hans-Dieter Evers hdevers@uni-bonn.de and Dr PaulCarnegie paul.carnegie@ubd.edu.bn
  4. 4. Conference Website• The workshop is scheduled to take place 11 -13November 2013 (to be confirmed).• See the conference website for furtherinformation:https://sites.google.com/site/iasubd/
  5. 5. Conference ScheduleDay OneOpening of the Workshop and welcome addressDay Two Key Note AddressSession 1 Resources of the South China Seaa. Claims to the South China Sea territory resourcesa. Fishing, shipping, tourisma. Oil, gas and other natural resourcesSession 2 The South China Seas as a mediterranean seaa. History of trade and shipping in the SCSa. Imagined communities, sates and empires around the SCSa. The SCS in comparison: Baltic, Mediterranean, Java Sea, et alDay TwoSession 3 The South China Sea as a Cultural Areaa. Linguistic domains and the exchange of knowledge and religiona. Traditional and modern popular culture, migration and contactsa. Is there a SCS culture and civilization? (Panel discussion)Closing Session
  6. 6. CALL for PAPERSSend paper proposals to:Prof Hans-Dieter Evers hdevers@uni-bonn.deand Dr Paul Carnegie paul.carnegie@ubd.edu.bnInstitute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei DarussalamGadong BE 1410, Brunei DarussalamWebpages:http://www.ubd.edu.bn/index.php?id=157https://sites.google.com/site/iasubd

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