Crossroads-Asia Workshop „Tracing Connections – Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Multilocalities“

Centre for Development Studies (ZELF), Freie Universität Berlin, Malteserstraße 74-100, D-12249 Berlin
Centre for Development Studies (ZELF), Freie Universität Berlin
20.06.2013 - 21.06.2013
Kreutzmann, Hermann

We cordially invite you to the Crossroads Asia Workshop “Tracing Connections – Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Multilocalities” at the Centre for Development Studies (ZELF), Freie Universität Berlin held on 20 – 21 June 2013.

During the workshop we aim at reflections and discussions on the meaning of spaces and places in multilocal contexts. The oral presentations will be based on a selection of empirical case studies rooted in Central Asian and South-West Asian contexts. Particular attention will be given to aspects of mobility and migration as well as borderland studies. The workshop is structured in two separate sections dedicated to one of these domains each and will be opened by keynote lectures by Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam) and Paolo Novak (School of Oriental and African Studies, London) respectively. In the subsequent sessions we will bring together researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds from the BMBF-funded competence network “Crossroads Asia – Conflict, Migration, Development” as well as scholars working in related fields of interest, to present their results from ongoing projects.

To participate in the workshop we kindly request you to register until 31st of May 2013 by sending us an email with your particulars. Participation in the workshop is free of cost.


Thursday, 20th June 2013

11:00 Welcome and introduction by Prof. Dr. Hermann Kreutzmann (ZELF, FU Berlin)

Keynote: Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam): Tracing trade: Contemporary transformations of space and place at Asian crossroads

The (re)production of multilocal geographies: Space and place in networks of migration and mobility
Aksana Ismailbekova (ZMO, Berlin): Urban space of Osh. Multilocal networks of migration and conflict
Christoph Wenzel (Central Asian Seminar, HU Berlin): Between urbanization and forced migration. How multilocalities touch the ground in an Afghan city
Ayfer Durdu (Central Asian Seminar, HU Berlin): Spaces of matrimony building. The hotal institution in Mazār-e-Šarīf, Northern Afghanistan
Andreas Benz (ZELF, FU Berlin): Multilocality as an asset. Translocal development and change among the Wakhi of Gojal, Pakistan
Rana Behal (Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi): Transporting and transforming agrarian communities across geographical spaces under the British Imperial System: Indian immigrant labourers as coolies in South East Asian and Assam plantations

18:00-19:30 Screening of the documentary ‘Char – The no man’s island’ by Sourav Sarangi

Friday, 21st June 2013
Keynote: Paolo Novak (SOAS, University of London): Embodying global spaces

Perspectives from border(land)s as places of divide and interaction
Antía Bouzas (ZMO, Berlin): Moving borders and retaining orders in the Baltistan-Ladakh region
Just Boedeker (ZMO, Berlin): Reframing social spaces. Examples of Baloch social practices at the political boundaries of states
Henryk Alff (ZELF, FU Berlin): Post-Soviet positionalities: Relations, flows and the transformation of Bishkek’s Dordoy Bazaar
Rune Stenberg (Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies): Crossing at Irkeshtam. Networks of trade and marriage across the southern Sino-Kyrgyz border
Martin Saxer (National University of Singapore): Remote pathways – the non-peripheries at the edge of nation states

15:30-16:00 Summary and discussion (Henryk Alff and Andreas Benz)

For more information and registration please contact:
Henryk Alff ( or Andreas Benz (


Centre for Development Studies (ZELF)
Freie Universität Berlin
Malteserstraße 74-100
D-12249 Berlin

Crossroads-Asia Workshop „Tracing Connections – Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Multilocalities“, 20.06.2013 – 21.06.2013 Berlin, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 23.05.2013, <>.
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