Disenchantment and Re-enchantment of Social and Natural Landscapes in the Southeast Asian Hinterlands (2)

Full panel title
Disenchantment and Re-enchantment of Social and Natural Landscapes in the Southeast Asian Hinterlands (2)

Anu Lounela (University of Helsinki), Kenneth Sillander (University of Helsinki)

Date & Time
Wednesday 16 August, 11:00 – 12:30

Room 11


The Great Spirit and Facebook
Monica Janowski (SOAS)

Magic in modernity: a case study from Borneo
Isabell Herrmans (University of Helsinki)

Modernization, Mechanization and the Continuity of Enchantment in East Kalimantan
Michaela Haug (Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology)

City excitement, rural virtues. Enchantment and public discourse among rural youths in Laos (Tai Vat, Houa Phan)
Pierre Petit (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Panel abstract 
This panel explores different forms of disenchantment and re-enchantment in the uplands and hinterlands of Southeast Asia. How has accelerated development, expanding state control, commodification, unprecedented resource extraction, and far-reaching environmental degradation, affected social relations and relations with the natural environment on the Southeast Asian periphery? Sometimes imagined as the last refuges of animism, wilderness and stateless peoples, what forms of magic, animacy, and non-capitalistic forms of morality, exchange and sociality remain in the thoroughly transformed social and natural landscapes of the rapidly deforesting hinterlands of Southeast Asia? What forms of enchantment endure, or emerge, in the capitalocene and plantationocene? What forms of disenchantment have been brought about through secularization, purification, monetarization and bureaucratization, and what kinds of re-enchantment have developed in the wake of processes such as indigenization, ethnic and religious revitalization, nature conservation, and tourism? We welcome contributions that focus on different forms of disenchantment or re-enchantment of nature, social relations, things, cultures or heritages in or across any relevant analytic domain including kinship, politics, religion, and environmental relations.