Asian Borderland Research Network (ABRN)

The Asian Borderland Research Network (ABRN) is an active research network of scholars, activists, writers, film-makers and policy makers with a shared focus on borderlands across South Asia, Central Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia. In close collaboration with the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden University, University of Amsterdam, and various partnership institutions worldwide, ABRN aims to encourage academic exchange between network members from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Taking Asian borderlands as unique geo-political regions that connect rather than separate, ABRN recognises the importance of varied histories and experiences of emplacement, replacement, and displacement when situated identities and local livelihoods are in constant negotiation with larger political and economic forces.

To know more about the work we do, please contact Juan Zhang ( for more information.

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