This anthology of essays explores the historical and contemporary dimensions of representations of knowledge in Borneo as they are associated with social spaces and places where power and contesting strategies are enacted. The publication addresses processes of representation that characterize the regions of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan on Borneo Island in southeast Asia. Taking representation as the central reference point, authors are invited to contribute essays that variously embrace or resist the assumptions particular representations generate, politicizing their implications or challenging discourse around such articulations.
We seek essays that explore the interconnections and synergies between theory, method and politics in the field of representation, and in the light of complex and changing socio-political and cultural issues that affect countries, peoples, institutions and practices in Borneo. The editors are especially interested in scholarly essays on gendered agency, indigenous subjectivity or identity and, in general, on the re-presentation and understanding of local traditional knowledges in Borneo as they relate to cultures of consumption and as cultures for planning and development.
We invite authors to submit essays that describe the historical or contemporary experiences of any one of Borneo’s ethnic minority groups or that address any of the following questions:
What specific representations of knowledge have been or are being produced about local communities in Borneo?
How do these representations contribute to or resist dominant discourses produced about those local communities?
Why have specific dominant representations of particular ethnicities emerged? _ What are the alternative, peripheral or silenced representations?
How is it possible to reconcile forms of representation and the realities they constitute?
Is it possible to write a history of a culture without yielding to reinscribing Western mythologies?
In a period of rapid commodification and intense consumerism, what is at stake when we speak of the political implications of representation?
If we engage the problematic of representation, how does that extend (or not) the frames of the discipline of cultural studies?
Does an emphasis on representational politics challenge specific structures of power?
What is the role of popular cultural forms, such as art, advertising, film and music, in addressing issues of representation?
How does one frame the question of representation with the overlapping dimensions of class, gender, ethnicity and religion?
What is the most useful way to approach the emerging major discourses, debates and issues on representation in the context of studies on southeast Asian peoples and cultures?
By no means are the themes and issues limited to the above questions.
- 1 July, 2012: We invite abstracts (300 words) and brief bio (50 words) together with a short CV including contact details, and one example of previously published work in a relevant field.
- 1 August, 2012: Acceptance letters sent to authors.
- 1 October, 2012: Submissions of papers.
The essays will be in English, and we encourage contributions from around the world. Essays should be limited to 4,000-6,000 words long (plus Endnotes and Works Cited) and should comply with MLA citations.