Laur Kiik

Laur Kiik
The University of Tokyo | Todai · Tokyo College (University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study)

laur.kiik@tc.u-tokyo.ac.jp

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This chapter draws from periods of ethnographic field research in the Kachin region from 2010 to 2015, covering the lead up to the breakdown of the ceasefire and the discourses that emerged in relation to it subsequently. It therefore discusses in critical terms how large parts of Kachin society understand the ceasefire era and the reasons for its...
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When reading ethnographic literature on nature conservation, one may wonder: where has nature gone? Social anthropologists have written nuanced ethnographies of how the environmental projects of governments and transnational NGOs encounter, dispossess, clash culturally with, and try to govern native people across the world. Yet, these diverse ethno...
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How do movements against resource extraction projects handle ethnic conflict? In 2011, Burma/Myanmar created a diplomatic scandal when it one-sidedly halted the construction of the Myitsone Dam, derailing China’s then largest-ever hydropower project abroad. Leading up to its suspension, this project faced resistance by Burma’s ethnic majority Bamar...
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In a time of deepening social and ecological crises, the question of research ethics is more pertinent than ever. Our intervention grapples with the specific personal, ethical, and methodological challenges that arise at the interface of conservation and social science. We expose these challenges through the figure of Chris, a fictional anoymised c...
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In 2011, Burma/Myanmar one-sidedly halted the billions-worth construction of Myitsone Dam, derailing China's then-largest-ever hydroelectric project abroad and creating a lasting controversy in China-Burma relations. This decision followed an unprecedented public outcry in Burma and a decade of inter-ethnic resistance against this mega-project. Thi...
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When reading anthropological writings on global nature conservation, one may wonder: Where are the conservationists? Anthropologists have written nuanced ethnographies of how native people encounter and are dispossessed by transnational environmental NGOs and conservation policies. Yet, anthropologists have neglected the other side of those worldwi...
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--- PDF IS HERE: https://osf.io/f8dqj/download --- Hydropower development in capacity-constrained countries can unfold through unsound policy arguments, narrow institutional and implementing arrangements, and ad hoc decision making processes. To derive insights for more legitimate policy making, we provide the first holistic account of Myanmar’s l...
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摘要克钦人担心缅族人有意挤压族群空间,缅甸民族主义者担心中国 “接管” 缅甸,中国人担心 “西方势力阴谋破坏”。几个水电站,怎么变成这个样子?
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In 2011, the Burmese military-backed government stunned global audiences by unilaterally suspending the construction of the Myitsone Dam, the cornerstone of China’s largest hydropower project abroad. This prominent failure of China’s “Going Out” investment strategy reverberated globally. Both Western and Chinese accounts frame the event as a pivota...
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In this paper, we explore certain aspects of boundaries and ‘transnational’ circulations, which we think policymakers should pay attention to. Firstly, we emphasise that borders should not be taken for granted. Moreover, taken outside a state-centric perspective, ‘crossborder’ phenomena should not be assumed as new or objectively ‘problematic’. To...
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In contemporary social anthropology and related disciplines, there are at least three sources of great excitement about potentially paradigm-shifting renewed relationships – and serious integrations – with natural sciences. These are the "Anthropocene" proposition, in which humans are viewed as a geological force; new neuroscience research on the b...

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Kachin Nation, Nature, and War
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China's Myitsone Dam Mega-Project in Kachin, Burma
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Nature Conservation Meets Social Science