Relocating Governance in Asia: State and Society in South- and Southeast Asia, c.1800-2000

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January 22, 2020 to January 24, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Borderlands, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies

Relocating Governance in Asia: state and society in South- and Southeast Asia, c. 1800-2000


From its early narrow focus upon the state, the study of governance in modern Asian societies has increasingly expanded to include non-state actors, networks and institutions. Colonial historians, for instance, have drawn attention to the continued importance of precolonial power brokers under European dispensations, as well as the merchants, mercenaries and local informants who helped sustain these. Likewise the authority of postcolonial nation states has been, and continues to be, mediated by the actions of a wide array of actors within civil society, from religious leaders, to media outlets and various NGOs. Together with formal states, these actors have helped shape Asian cultures of governance.


Focusing upon the interactions between state and non-state actors in colonial and postcolonial societies, this conference seeks to explore the modern history of governance in South- and South East Asia. A detailed programme can be found on the conference website.


Keynote Speakers:


Indrani Chatterjee, University of Texas at Austin

Robert Cribb, Australian National University

Farish Ahmad-Noor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Attendance is free of charge. Please register by sending an email to


Date: Wednesday 22 January 2020 - Friday 24 January 2020

Daily start: 09:30

Location: Kamerlingh Onnes Building, Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden

Room: Lorentzzaal (A 1.44)

Contact: Girija Joshi, Maarten Manse or Sander Tetteroo at


This conference is made possible by contributions of the programme AMT: Asian Modernities and Traditions, the N.W. Posthumus Network and the Vereniging KITLV / Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, the Institute of History and the Faculty of Law.

Contact Info: 

Girija Joshi (Institute for History, Leiden University)

Maarten Manse (Leiden Law Faculty)

Sander Tetteroo (Institute for History, Leiden University)