Panel at EuroSEAS 2019: “The government intermediary: the role of middlemen and socio-cultural brokers in past and present Southeast Asia, ca. 1800-2000.” Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, 10-13 September 2019

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Dear colleagues,

We are looking for one to two more paper proposals and a discussant for our panel “The government intermediary” at EuroSEAS 2019 in Berlin.

This panel deals with the role of people, networks, groups and other "cultural brokers" in between colonial governments and regional colonized indigenous societies that furnished the conveyance of government policy as imagined by colonial bureaucrats and transformed on the spot. We also welcome papers that investigate how colonial governing traditions continued throughout the era of decolonization, and how intermediaries fared following the rise of post-colonial nation-states. The aim is to move beyond stereotypical ideas of ([post]colonial) governance in Southeast Asia and enhance our general understanding of how states communicate(d) with its subjects.

For a full panel description, see:

If you are interested, please send an abstract of 300 words, short bio, and contact information to and The deadline is the 15th of May.


Funding might be available for conference participants, so please indicate if you need funding support for travel expenses and/or conference fees. For more information, see the conference website: