This workshop focuses on militia in Southeast Asia that are affiliated with religious groups or utilise religious iconography. An important consideration is how militia express their religiosity and what are the consequences for individual personal piety of participation in these groups.
This workshop seeks papers that draw upon rich empirical and ethnographic research about these security groups that operate outside the boundaries of direct state control. A significant issue underpinning this workshop is an examination of the effect of these non-state security groups whether they be in the Philippines, Thailand or Indonesia. An essential part of this assessment is to review whether religious groups are, in fact, alternatives to formal state authority, and if they are, what are the consequences of this governance arrangement. This workshop intends to consider these issues from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore
NUS Bukit Timah Campus, 469A Tower Block #10-01, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
65-6516 4224(DID) :: 65-6779 1428 (Fax)
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