Conférence SFEMT/CECMC : Grassland Feuds, Frontier Territoriality, and State-Making on the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands of Republican and Early PRC China

La Société Française d’Etudes du Monde Tibétain (SFEMT) et le Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine (CECMC) ont le plaisir d’annoncer la tenue de la conférence suivante :

Grassland Feuds, Frontier Territoriality, and State-Making on the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands of Republican and Early PRC China

par Benno Weiner (Carnegie Mellon University)

le mardi 28 novembre à 17h00-19h00

Salle 1.023, Bâtiment de recherche Sud, Campus Condorcet 5, cours des Humanités, 93300 Aubervilliers (plan d’accès : et en ligne, via le lien suivant :

Discutants : Jérôme Doyon (CERI, Sciences Po) & Stéphane Gros (CNRS, CESAH)

Résumé de la conférence :

In early 1941, the Kuomintang dispatched a well-known scholar-official, Gao Yihan, to resolve a “grassland dispute” between two Tibetan chiefdoms on the Qinghai-Gansu border. As Gao quickly discovered, the Gyelwo-Gengya feud was part of a much larger contest put into motion by the collapse of Manchu Qing power and competition between a host of regional actors to shape the post-imperial order. It also pitted statist desires to create and enforce bounded political- legal jurisdiction against the mobile nature of pastoral society and the norms of monastic/religious authority that often stretched across state boundaries and into sometimes distant, non-contiguous communities. A decade later, state media touted the Chinese Communist Party’s purported success in finally resolving the Gyelwo-Gengya feud to be one of its foremost achievements in “nationality work” during the early period of the PRC. This paper examines
efforts by the late-Republican and early-PRC states to mediate grassland disputes as key components in state-making processes designed to territorially and epistemologically discipline the Sino-Tibetan frontier according to the demands of progressively more powerful and interventionist state formations. It also argues that the state’s inability to eliminate these types of disputes is an avenue through which to measure the incomplete nature of these transformations.

Benno Weiner is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. He is author of the Chinese Revolution on the Tibetan Frontier and co-editor of Contested Memories: Tibetan History under Mao Retold. His most recent article, “‘This Absolutely is not a Hui Rebellion!’ The Ethnopolitics of Great Han Chauvinism in Early Maoist China,” was published in the October issue of the journal Twentieth Century China.

Modération de la conférence : Xénia de Heering (IAO, CECMC), Marie-Paule Hille (CECMC)

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