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The Newsletter 77 Summer 2017

The Newsletter 77 Summer 2017

Learning to love the city in Northeast India

The rapid urbanisation of India’s Northeast frontier is one of the most crucial transformations the area has witnessed, yet urban environments are rarely part of imaginations of the frontier, unlike the stereotypical images of plantations, jungle insurgency, spectacular topography, and colourfully dressed ethnic minority communities. In the Focus section of this issue guest editor Duncan McDuie-Ra explores the cities of India’s ‘unruly borderland’ as crucial sites in their own right, and as sites in which to experiment with different ways of researching the region.


1.......... Cover download PDF
2.......... Contents download PDF
3.......... From the Director download PDF

The Study

4 - 5

Bengali settlers in the Andaman Islands: the performance of homeland 
By Carola Erika Lorea
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A user-centred reinterpretation of the Siebold incident
By Radu Leca
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An unholy brew: alcohol in pre-Islamic Java
By Jiří Jákl
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8 - 9

Chinese export paintings in Dutch public collections: a shared cultural visual repertoire
By Rosalien van der Poel
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10 - 11

Bulging biceps in urban India. A middle class goes to the gym
By Michiel Baas
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The Opinion


South Korea: the corruption that built its economy
By Michael Rock
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The Region

13 - 15

News from Australia and the Pacific
Edited by Ana Dragojlovic, Edwin Jurriëns and Andy Fuller
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16 - 17

News from Southeast Asia
Regional editor Terence Chong
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18 - 20

News from Northeast Asia
Regional editor Kyuhoon Cho
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21 - 23

China Connections
Regional editor Lena Scheen
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The Review


Late Imperial China's maritime boundaries and beyond
By Robert J. Antony
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24 - 25

Building Filipino Hawai’i
By Shane J. Barter and Rayen Rooney
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Speaking of the self
By Niroshini Somasundaram
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Ports of the Ancient Indian Ocean
By Richard Fynes
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27........ New reviews on download PDF

28........ New titles on download PDF

The Focus: Learning to love the city in Northeast India

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Learning to love the city in Northeast India
By Duncan McDuie-Ra
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32 - 33

Shillong: tribal urbanity in the Northeast Indian borderland
By Bengt G. Karlsson
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Mizo urbanity, media infrastructure and the state
By Lallianpuii
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Agartala as a settler-colonial town 
By R.K. Debbarma
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36 - 37

Chungthang: an emerging urban landscape in Sikkim
By Mona Chettri
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38 - 39

From the heart to the plate. Debates about dog meat in Dimapur
By Dolly Kikon
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Remaking Dibrugarh in contemporary Assam
By Sanjay Barbora
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The Network


Visual Documentary Project
By Mario Lopez
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The 2017 ICAS Book Prize Shortlists
By Paul van der Velde (General Secretary IBP)
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44 - 45

Leiden University’s new Asian Library
By Sandra Dehue and Rosalien van der Poel
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IIAS Reports


Sanskrit - Across Asia & Beyond
By Elizabeth A. Cecil
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The social roles of academics: reflecting on the project of a Delhi City Museum
By Xiaomei ZHAO and Yike Hu
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Perspectives on Asian Studies in Latin America
By Cláudio Pinheiro
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Global Debates, Local Realities - 2017 Winter School on Media Activism and Postcolonial Futures in Hong Kong
By Sarah McKeever, Anna Julia Fiedler, Gayathry Venkiteswaran
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50 - 51 The Adspace download PDF

52......... IIAS Announcements download PDF

53......... IIAS Research and Projects download PDF

54 - 55... IIAS Fellowship Programme download PDF
In the spotlight: Laxshmi Greaves and Jirí Jákl

The Portrait


Japan Museum SieboldHuis
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