Military State Formation, Sovereignty and Authenticity in the Wa Hills of China and Burma

Start date: Thursday, 4 February, 17:00
End date: Thursday, 4 February, 18:30
Venue: the China Centre

4Feb2016 The Wa Hills (2)The Wa Hills of the China-Burma borderland were not governed by centralised states until the 1960s. This presentation deals with military state formation in the region, focusing on claims to authenticity and sovereignty.

Hans Steinmüller is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics. He is the author of Communities of Complicity: Everyday Ethics in Rural China (Berghahn 2013). His research interests include everyday ethics, family, ritual, gambling, and local governance. In his current research project he deals with kinship and political authority in the borderlands of China and Burma.