Séminaire Dialogues entre recherches classiques et actuelles sur l’Asie du Sud-Est avec Paul Christensen

Pour la prochaine séance du séminaire “Dialogues entre recherches classiques et actuelles sur l’Asie du Sud-Est”, le jeudi 17 mars de 10h30 à 12h30 en salle 25-B du bâtiment EHESS Condorcet, nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir Paul Christensen (Université de Göttingen) pour un exposé présentant son nouveau projet de recherche au Cambodge et intitulé “Land and sand, -scaped and shaped”. Il sera donc, une nouvelle fois, question de sable.

Paul Christensen nous invitera à relire plusieurs extraits de la thèse soutenue par May Ebihara à Columbia en 1968, Svay, a Khmer Village in Cambodia (pp.5-13, 279-287, 573-577), disponibles sur le nextcloud du séminaire : https://mesdocuments.aria.ehess.fr/s/pctRHjBbCW3kD3z. Vous y trouverez également quelques lectures complémentaires :

Anna L. Tsing, “Natural Resources and Capitalist Frontiers”, Economic and Political Weekly 38 (48), 2003

Melissa Marschke, Jean-François Rousseau, Laura Beckwith, Lukas Van Arragon, Displaced Sand, Displaced People: Examining the Livelihood Impacts of Sand Mining in Cambodia, Paris, AFD, 2021


The lecture “Land and sand, -scaped and shaped” consists of two parts: first, it will focus on the work of May Ebihara, whose village study “Svay – a Khmer village in Cambodia” made a significant contribution to our knowledge of Cambodia before the second and third Indochina wars. Her work continues to provide inspiration for current research projects such as that of Dr Paul Christensen, whose research project examines how the extraction of the natural common resource of sand is negotiated in the context of Southeast Asia (particularly Cambodia and Singapore).
The increasing demand for construction aggregates makes sand and gravel the most used natural resources in the world, but sand resources are already depleted in many places. Large consumers such as China and Singapore need large quantities of sand from Southeast Asian countries, especially from coastal areas and river delta areas such as the Mekong. However, intensive mining promotes the destruction of ecosystems and creates political and social conflicts. After export bans of sand in Malaysia Indonesia and Cambodia, illegal trade is also flourishing, driven by the high profit margins of the sand trade. The project will answer the question of how landscapes and sandscapes are negotiated in Southeast Asia and what are the social consequences of sand mining in Southeast Asia. What social consequences, ecological dynamics, but also possible potentials does sand mining provoke for the actors involved? Dr Paul Christensen presents his research design for a future study of sand landscapes in Southeast Asia.

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