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Highland Connections SIGNED

Remoteness and Connectivity: Highland Asia in the World

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙499˙875 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙875 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2020-04-30


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 Project objective

Asian highlands from the Afghan Pamir to Kashmir, Tibet and Northeast India are of great geopolitical concern. Remote, yet thoroughly connected to the outside world, they figure in public debate alternately as sanctuaries for transnational insurgents, as trafficking routes in the global drug and wildlife trade, and as realms of authentic tribal culture. Though making headlines around the globe as independent cases, we lack a conceptual understanding of their entanglements, role and position in a globally connected world. The aim of this project is to lay the conceptual groundwork for a new apprehension of the positionality of remote areas around the globe. It rests on the hypothesis that remoteness and connectivity are not two independent features but constitute each other in particular ways. My objective is to explore the nexus of remoteness and connectivity – a fundamental dynamic that has never been studied from a comparative, transnational perspective. Highland Asia, the chosen study area spanning the mountain regions between Pamir and Eastern Himalaya, transcends the boundaries of nation-states and area studies. It offers a unique vantage point to reveal a bigger picture. The project is timely. 25 years after the end of the Cold War, Highland Asia experiences a rapid increase in transnational exchange. Old trade routes closed for generations are being re-opened and the quest for natural resources and new markets attracts capital and new actors to the highlands. The hotspots of tension at the edge of Asia’s rising powers are becoming junctures of exchange. The project studies this ongoing but little understood transformation in real time. The project will be carried out by an international team of four researchers at LMU Munich. Interdisciplinary in outlook but grounded in anthropology, 52 months of fieldwork will be conducted in 4 transnational settings in Highland Asia. Results will be published in 2 edited collections, 20 papers, and individual monographs.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Martin Saxer
Presence without Encounters
published pages: 1-11, ISSN: 1075-8216, DOI: 10.1080/10758216.2018.1545589
Problems of Post-Communism 2019-12-16
2019 Martin Saxer
Provisions for remoteness: cutting connections and forging ties in the Tajik Pamirs
published pages: 187-203, ISSN: 0964-0282, DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12640
Social Anthropology 27/2 2019-12-16
2019 Galen Murton
published pages: 1-4, ISSN: 2624-9081, DOI:
Roadsides 2 2019-12-16
2019 Carolin Märtens
Back to the Future: The Aftermath of Soviet Modernity in Tajikistan’s Pamirs
published pages: 28-34, ISSN: 2624-9081, DOI:
Roadsides 1 2019-12-16
2019 Alessandro Rippa
Zomia 2.0: branding remoteness and neoliberal connectivity in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone, Laos
published pages: 253-269, ISSN: 0964-0282, DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12649
Social Anthropology 27/2 2019-12-16
2019 Rune Steenberg, Alessandro Rippa
Development for all? State schemes, security, and marginalization in Kashgar, Xinjiang
published pages: 274-295, ISSN: 1467-2715, DOI: 10.1080/14672715.2019.1575758
Critical Asian Studies 51/2 2019-12-16
2018 Martin Saxer, Alessandro Rippa, Alexander Horstmann
Asian Borderlands in a Global Perspective (Introduction)
published pages: 1-14, ISSN: , DOI:
Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands 2019-12-16
2015 Maertens, Carolin and Martin Saxer
Recent floods highlight the Tajik Pamirs’ entanglements with the outside world
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2016 Rippa, Alessandro
\"Zomia 2.0: Political #remoteness and neoliberal connectivity in two casino towns in Myanmar and Laos.\"
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2016 Saxer, Martin
A Spectacle of Maps. Cartographic Hopes and Anxieties in the Pamirs
published pages: 111-136, ISSN: 2158-9674, DOI:
Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 21 2019-05-29
2016 Rippa, Alessandro and Martin Saxer
Mong La: Business as Usual in the China-Myanmar Borderlands
published pages: 240-252, ISSN: 2158-9666, DOI:
Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 19 2019-05-29
2016 Rippa, Alessandro; Rest, Matthäus; Gupta, Radhika; Joniak-Lüthy, Agnieszka; Müller, Juliane; Rail, Lisa; Saxer, Martin
On Roads: A Review Letter
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Cultural Anthropology 2019-05-29
2017 Alessandro Rippa, Yi Yang
The Amber Road: Cross-Border Trade and the Regulation of the Burmite Market in Tengchong, Yunnan
published pages: 243-267, ISSN: 2051-364X, DOI: 10.1017/trn.2017.7
TRaNS: Trans -Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia 5/02 2019-05-29
2016 Rippa, Alessandro
Oltre il Khunjerab: Violenza, Confini e rappresentazioni dello Stato tra Xinjiang (Cina) e Pakistan [Across the Khunjerab: Violence, Borders and Representations of the State between Xinjiang (China) and Pakistan]
published pages: 83-108, ISSN: 2038-9795, DOI:
Quaderni Asiatici 113 2019-05-29
2015 Rippa, Alessandro
How timber trade is shifting China-Myanmar Relations
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2016 Saxer, Martin
Pathways. A concept, field site and methodological approach to study remoteness and connectivity
published pages: 104-119, ISSN: 1935-2212, DOI:
Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies 36(2) 2019-05-29
2015 Rippa, Alessandro
Bao Zhuoxuan’s arrest and Mong La-China relations: Business as usual
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2017 Rippa, Alessandro
Centralising Peripheries: The Belt and Road Initiative and its role in the Development of the Chinese Borderlands.
published pages: 1-21, ISSN: 2155-6237, DOI:
International Journal of Business Anthropology 7(1) 2019-05-29

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