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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Infrastructure Building, Mobility, and Solidarity


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: from 29 Aug 11:00 to 30 Aug 12:45


Room 3.134

In the past two decades, both cities and rural areas around the world gained new forms of mobility and complexity in shaping human encounters. One perspective in anthropology is to see cities and developing rural areas as sites for the confluence of infrastructures and cultures. Infrastructures here include not only roads, railways, water pipes, or electric grids, but also media, Internet, and languages that allow for the trafficking of people, goods, ideas, beliefs, and lifestyles. To think of infrastructures relationally requires us to look at the ways in which old and new infrastructures are woven into the everyday workings of a locale, and how they inform the distribution of resources, generate political contestation, and articulate the locality with globalizing forces. Then, what kinds of forces are behind the establishment of these old and new infrastructures? How do infrastructures become landscapes, and how do certain aesthetics mediate this process? How do local, translocal and transnational people perceive, use, react or navigate such revamped ways of connectivity? What kinds of politics, imaginaries, memories and belongings are emerging? How will connections among people generate new forms of solidarities, albeit truncated ones? This panel welcomes papers addressing emerging aspects of urban and rural lives across different sites in the global south, and aims to develop understanding of the relations between infrastructure building, mobility, and solidarities.


  • 29 Aug 11:00 - 12:45 P 48.1
    • Prof. Daming, Zhou (Center for Migration and Ethnicity)
    • Prof. Chee-Beng, Tan (Anthropology Department of Sun Yat-sen University)
  • 29 Aug 15:30 - 17:15 P 48.2
    • Prof. Daming, Zhou (Center for Migration and Ethnicity)
    • Prof. Chee-Beng, Tan (Anthropology Department of Sun Yat-sen University)
  • 30 Aug 11:00 - 12:45 P 48.3
    • Prof. Daming, Zhou (Center for Migration and Ethnicity)
    • Prof. Chee-Beng, Tan (Anthropology Department of Sun Yat-sen University)

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Displaying 14 contributions out of 14
In the Internet era, People's Daily life is filled with "machine intelligence"". From household appliances and daily life to personalized user customization and news subscription, people are more and more dependent on tools, especially intelligent tools, compared with the past. This article investigated the output of built-in algorithm about africans impression of news and information analysis thr ... More
Presented by Dr. Ji GUANGXU on 29/8/2019 at 15:50
In Japan the population has been notably decreasing since 2008 with resultant social issues. This does not reflect a gradual social change nationwide but rather more rapid and adverse impacts on some rural areas. I conducted anthropological fieldwork in one of these rural areas in Japan, the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture, where a population of over 10,000 in 1960 had halved by 2018. We can see ... More
Presented by Dr. Goro YAMAZAKI on 29/8/2019 at 11:00
This study explores how ASEAN’s regional economic cooperation concentrates infrastructure construction in borderlands in order to accomplish a free flow of people and commodities across the border and how development in the borderlands is meant to be different from that of other sites. This study focuses on the case of the Chiang Rai border area in Northern Thailand where the North-South Economi ... More
Presented by Dr. Hyun Jung CHAE on 30/8/2019 at 11:00
Almost without exception, China's fast-growing megacities have been hit by the spicy cuisine, and for those cities outside China’s traditional spicy zone, the proliferation of spicy food also represents a major challenge to the traditional local cuisine. The change of food culture is de facto a symbol of the transformation from traditional Chinese regional cities to modern migration cities. In t ... More
Presented by Dr. Yu CAO on 29/8/2019 at 12:00
As a newly emerging China-NIAHS (National Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) in 2017, Shizhu Coptis has increasingly become the topic concerned by researchers and the local government. It has been acknowledged with its unique medical significance, and also its traditional production system is of great value culturally, socially and economically to the solidarity of the county and beyond. Thi ... More
Presented by Dr. Qian TIAN on 29/8/2019 at 12:20
Recently, the impacts of heritage tourism on space identity is considered to be important reflection of the global-local dialectic, the locals' place identity is reshaped during the contest of ownership and authorship. As a result, the development of Kaiping as a heritages site inspires a lot of discussion. The paper adopts a comprehensive method of literature, observation and interview to analyze ... More
Presented by Dr. Xueji WANG on 30/8/2019 at 11:40
Dulong people are one of the smallest ethnic groups officially recognized as one of the 56 ethnic groups in China. They are well-known in China as the face tattoo people. The history of the Dulong is not well documented, because they have been living isolated in the Dulong Valley which sits in the mountains bordering Tibet and Yunnan, one of the most remote regions of China. With the construction ... More
Presented by Dr. Gang CHEN on 29/8/2019 at 11:20
Cross-border education and research activities have become increasingly vibrant and there has been a growing trend of foreign scholars moving to China for their work and life. In order to understand how their mobility process was initiated, arranged and reconfigured, it is critical to focus on the migration infrastructure that they are situated. Drawing on ethnographic research with 50 western sch ... More
Presented by Bingyu WANG on 29/8/2019 at 16:10
Chengtoushan Ruins situates in Hunan, China. Having a history of over 6500 years, it is known as the site where the cultivation of rice started, as well as where the first preliminary city in ancient China was founded. Since 2002, the local government have been managing the development of Chengtoushan as a tourist attraction centered on its cultural heritage, including the construction of Chengtou ... More
Presented by Zhijun CAI on 29/8/2019 at 11:40
Solukhumbu District of Nepal, located on the southern foothills of Mt. Everest, is a famous region for mountain tourism. More than 30,000 foreign tourists visit this area yearly and most of Sherpa people, the local residents, are now taking part in tourism industry as climbing/trekking guides, porters and lodge owners. There are no transportation facilities as in roadways except a small airstrip; ... More
Presented by Dr. Fukachi FURUKAWA on 29/8/2019 at 15:30
The rapid development of tourism makes homogeneous rural communities morph into heterogeneous ones by attracting non-local workers to move into the locales. Dynamic interactions between destination community and tourism migrant workers (TMWs) in the integration process remain unexplored, particularly when it comes to TMWs from urban to rural areas who have mixed motivations for consuming tourism r ... More
Presented by Dr. Jiuxia SUN on 30/8/2019 at 11:20
This paper discusses the occurrence and factors about the protection and governance for Erhai Lake in Dali, Yunnan China. In recent years, Erhai Lake protection has become a public event that has drawn public attention. There have always been disputes between the government and the inn owners. The disputes seem to focus on the conflict, but it is a consequence of long-term local development. From ... More
Presented by Dr. Yu KAO
As the most intuitive representation in regional culture, ethnic architecture changes in the image and connotation under the dual role of globalization and localization, bringing a series of restructuring in the man-land relationship. At the beginning of urbanization in Xishuangbanna, China, the Dai Ganlan-style houses are gradually transformed into Han flat-roof buildings that integrated in the f ... More
Presented by Dr. Xin WANG on 29/8/2019 at 16:30
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