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Asien-Orient-Institut UFSP Asien und Europa (2006–2017)

Contact Zones in Asia and Europe

Workshop, 14.-15. Juni 2011


UFSP Asien und Europa


Prof. Dr. Sven Trakulhun, Prof. Dr. Andrea Riemenschnitter

Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer:

  • Samir Boulos (University of Zurich
  • Tobias Delfs (University of Zurich/Kiel University
  • Dr. Mark Gamsa (Tel Aviv University/EUI Florence
  • Dr. Dhiravat Na Pombejra (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok)
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Riemenschnitter (University of Zurich)
  • Angela Sanders (University of Zurich)
  • Prof. Dr. Sven Trakulhun (University of Zurich)
  • Wasana Wongsurawat (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
  • Dr. Yue Zhuang (University of Edinburgh)


Contact zones are spaces in which people that are geographically and historically separated come into contact with each other, establish ongoing relations, or clash. By spatial and social mobility some borders are overcome while others are redrawn or restructured. Contact zones are, for example, border regions between national or imperial frontiers, port cities, or colonial and non-colonial centres of international trade in Asia and Europe. They can be regarded as specific sites of transition, as „third spaces“ in which cultural and social differences are being constantly negotiated. The conference aims at investigating the historical dynamics and present figurations of both mutual exchanges and cultural conflicts prevalent in these zones.

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