Academic journal article Borneo Research Bulletin

Borneo-Kalimantan Inter-University Conference on "Social Transformation in Coastal Communities of Borneo" Was Held August 29-30, 2005, at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kota Samarahan

Academic journal article Borneo Research Bulletin

Borneo-Kalimantan Inter-University Conference on "Social Transformation in Coastal Communities of Borneo" Was Held August 29-30, 2005, at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kota Samarahan

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Borneo-Kalimantan Inter-University Conference on "Social Transformation in Coastal Communities of Borneo" was held August 29-30, 2005, at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kota Samarahan.

Conference Background: Since the fifteenth century the culture area of Nusantara has been fragmented by successive colonial powers resulting in the formation of the modern political entities of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines. Often these nations are hardly more than a political boundary line marked out by the politics of the Anglo-Dutch-Spanish imperial powers and in some instances by poor cartography and the fanciful ethnology of colonialism. After several hundred years, each of these nations has developed according to imperial templates. Consequently, scholars in these countries not only differ markedly in their epistemological and ontological positions but have also not been "talking to each other" academically or intellectually. As a result, we are missing out on a tremendous wealth of knowledge that researchers in each of these countries have accumulated and constructed. Upon realizing the lack of academic and intellectual interaction between Sarawak, Sabah, and the four provinces of Kalimantan, and to lesser extent Brunei, the Institute of East Asian Studies initiated, with support of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Tanjungpura, Pontianak, West Kalimantan, the establishment of a common forum to increase and intensify such interaction. …

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