Archives par mot-clé : géographie

Jean-Christophe Victor, « un intellectuel intègre qui n’a jamais transigé » [décès]

[ndlr] Nouvelle du décès soudain à l’âge de 69 ans de Jean-Christophe Victor, fils de l’explorateur Paul-Émile Victor et de la journaliste Éliane Victor. Connu notamment pour être le fondateur de l’émission « Le dessous des cartes » diffusée sur Arte et du Lépac (Laboratoire d’études politiques et d’analyses cartographiques) dont il assurait la direction scientifique.

Interrogé par L’Express, Pascal Boniface, le directeur de l’Institut de relations internationales et stratégiques, a rendu hommage à Jean-Christophe Victor, le créateur de l’émission Le dessous des cartes, décédé mercredi 28 décembre.

Expert géographe, spécialiste en géopolitique, en relations internationales et anthropologue, Jean-Christophe Victor est décédé mercredi à l’âge de 69 ans. Il était surtout connu pour avoir créé et présenté Le dessous des cartes, émission hebdomadaire d’Arte qui s’appuyait sur les cartes, l’histoire et la géographie pour « faire comprendre » la géopolitique et les événements actuels.

Lire la suite : L’express, 29/12/2016 (article de Victor Garcia).

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Image « à la une » : Lépac (CV de Jean-Christophe Victor).

Séminaire “Mémoires d’Indochine” 2016 : Séance 6

Année universitaire 2016-2017 / Master Asie Orientale Contemporaine (ASIOC) / Semestre 1

ENS de Lyon / Sciences Po Lyon

Mémoires d’Indochine :

Imaginaires nationaux :

de l’empire colonial aux états-nations d’aujourd’hui

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Jeune Hmong de Sapa © 1996 FG

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Marges, ethnies minoritaires et frontières

Séance 6 : mardi 15 novembre 2016 (F111)

Il a été beaucoup question dans ce séminaire de l’espace indochinois, de sa géographie (physique, humaine et culturelle), de ses marges, de sa composition ethnique ou de ses frontières. Cette séance poursuivra l’investigation en rappelant les principales révoltes montagnardes qui ont secoué l’espace transnational indochinois de la fin du XIXe siècle jusqu’à une période récente pour tenter de saisir les multiples revendications identitaires qui entendent s’inscrire dans la durée.

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Exposés oraux

Espace indochinois colonial et post-colonial, imaginaire national et enchevêtrement des guerres :


  • anderson_limaginairenational_pocheAnderson, Benedict, L’imaginaire national. Réflexions sur l’origine et l’essor du nationalisme, Paris, La Découverte / Poche, 2006.

Exposé de Léa Debraux

Présentation de l’éditeur : La Découverte


  • LePasséDesKhmers_couv.Abdoul-Carime, Nasir / Mikaelian, Grégory et Thach, Joseph (eds.), Le passé des Khmers. Langue, textes, rites, Berne, Peter Lang, 2016.

Exposé d’Élisabeth Beauvallet

Présentation de l’éditeur : Peter Lang


  • cesari_lindochineenguerresCesari, Laurent, L’Indochine en guerres 1945-1993, Paris, Éditions Belin, Histoire Belin Sup, 1995.

Exposé de Rémy Lacaze

Présentation de l’éditeur : Belin

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Quelques ouvrages clés :

  • Guérin, Mathieu, Hardy, Andrew, Nguyen Van Chinh et al., Des montagnards aux minorités ethniques. Quelle intégration pour les habitants des hautes terres du Viêt Nam et du Cambodge ? Paris / Bangkok, L’Harmattan / IRASEC, Analyses en regard, 2003. Cote IAO : 103AV.06/227
  • Hardy, Andrew [2003], Red Hills. Migrants and the state in the highlands of Vietnam, Copenhagen, Singapore, NIAS press / ISEAS, 2005. Cote IAO : 604AV.03/1161
  • Hickey, Gerald C., Free in the forest: ethnohistory of the Vietnamese central highlands, 1954-1976, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1982. Cote IAO : 600AV.03/534

Image « à la une » : Rizières en terrasse de Sapa © 1996 FG

Pamela D. McElwee : Forests Are Gold Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam

[ndlr] Parution d’un ouvrage intéressant sur les forêts vietnamiennes. Selon son auteure, il s’agit d’une étude interdisciplinaire à cheval entre l’anthropologie, les études environnementales, la géographie et l’histoire. Présentation de l’éditeur.

McElwee_ForestsAreGoldForests Are Gold examines the management of Vietnam’s forests in the tumultuous twentieth century-from French colonialism to the recent transition to market-oriented economics-as the country united, prospered, and transformed people and landscapes. Forest policy has rarely been about ecology or conservation for nature’s sake, but about managing citizens and society, a process Pamela McElwee terms « environmental rule. » Untangling and understanding these practices and networks of rule illuminates not just thorny issues of environmental change, but also the birth of Vietnam itself.

Pamela D. McElwee is associate professor of human ecology at Rutgers University. She is the coeditor of Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America.

Source : University of Washington Press

Réf. : Pamela D. McElwee, Forests are gold : trees, people, and environmental rule in Vietnam, Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2016, 312 p. ISBN : 9780295995489

Site personnel de l’auteure : http://www.pamelamcelwee.com/forestsaregold/

Image « à la une » : Poster de propagande de l’artiste Le Thiep (1977).

 

P.-E. Bachelet : Cartographies et représentations géographiques du Campā, des premiers siècles de l’ère chrétienne au milieu du XIXe siècle

Pierre-Emmanuel Bachelet a soutenu le lundi 8 juillet 2013 son mémoire de Master 2 en Histoire moderne et contemporaine à l’ENS de Lyon. Mémoire dirigé par Jean-Pascal Bassino (Professeur, Université de Grenoble) et François Guillemot (IR CNRS, IAO).

Reposant sur l’étude rigoureuse d’un corpus de près de 70 cartes anciennes de multiples provenances (européennes, chinoises, vietnamiennes, japonaises ou arabes), P.-E. Bachelet propose une approche du territoire cam par le ciel et une vue de la mer. Ce Champa « vu du ciel et de la mer » offre une image inédite de la représentation spatiale (par les étrangers) de ce royaume disparu et de son importance à travers les siècles. En faisant appel aux documents cartographiques et géographiques (à travers les données des routiers), cette étude historique, entreprise sur la longue durée, est une belle contribution aux études cam et ouvre des perspectives de recherche sur les réseaux commerciaux, la représentation de l’autre et la circulation des idées en Asie du Sud-Est.

Détail du Kunyu Wanguo Quantu (坤輿萬國全圖). Reproduction japonaise, circa 1605
Détail du Kunyu Wanguo Quantu (坤輿萬國全圖). Reproduction japonaise, circa 1605

Cartographies et représentations géographiques du Campā, des premiers siècles de l’ère chrétienne au milieu du XIXe siècle

Un aperçu de la géographie du royaume cam d’après les géographes et les navigateurs asiatiques, musulmans et européens.

Pierre-Emmanuel Bachelet, ENS de Lyon

Résumé

Cette étude s’intéresse à la place qu’occupe le Campā dans la cartographie européenne, musulmane et asiatique et dans les textes qui ont trait à sa géographie. Il tente d’apporter un éclairage différent, à travers un nouveau type de sources, sur l’importance du royaume cam dans les réseaux commerciaux d’Asie du Sud-Est et sur la connaissance qu’en ont les géographes et navigateurs. Les cartographies chinoise, japonaise et vietnamienne y sont abordées : ces cartes mettent l’accent sur la conception symbolique que les Chinois ou les Japonais ont du monde, ou encore sur les revendications politiques et territoriales des Chinois et Vietnamiens en Asie du Sud-Est. Les cartographes musulmans et européens tentent quand à eux de donner une image plus réaliste de ces contrées éloignées, en intégrant à leurs travaux des informations issues des auteurs médiévaux (Marco Polo…), de Ptolémée et bien entendu des navigateurs qui explorent les côtes cam à partir du XVIe siècle. Dans tous les cas on assiste à une standardisation autour de critères cartographiques occidentaux, du XVIIe au XIXe siècle : le Campā occupe une place de plus en plus réduite dans ces cartes, ce qui est peu étonnant vu les amputations territoriales subies au long de ces périodes. Récits de voyage, routiers, récits de missionnaires et encyclopédies permettent de compléter cet aperçu en intégrant des descriptions des côtes, des coordonnées et d’autres détails sur la géographie du royaume cam.

P.-E. Bachelet a travaillé en M1 sur l’historiographie du Campā et sur les sources européennes relatives à l’activité commerciale, la situation politique et la société cam. Il a consacré son M2 à la place du Campā dans la cartographie et projette de travailler en thèse sur les relations entre le Campā/le Sud Viêt Nam et le Japon aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles.

Haunted Landscapes and Ambiguous Memories: Interactions with the Past in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia [2010]

Haunted Landscapes and Ambiguous Memories: Interactions with the Past in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Convenors: Dr Oliver Tappe, Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle and Dr Vatthana Pholsena, Research Fellow, Institut d’Asie Orientale, Lyon.

[Panel EUROSEAS Aug. 2010]

Historical experiences of war and revolution have left visible traces in the landscapes of mainland Southeast Asia. In particular, war-ridden landscapes of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia are sites of contested and ambiguous memory. While the two Indochina Wars entailed scars both on peoples and places, experiments of orthodox socialism such as forced collectivization contributed to the character of the region as a topographic and demographic palimpsest. Lao, Vietnamese and Cambodian landscapes represent different historical layers and bear inscriptions of competing ideologies. From prisons and battlefields to re-education camps and resettled villages: 20th century history confronts people with manifold lieux de mémoire telling about sorrow and violence. The past lingers on in the physical, often ruined environment as well as in precarious objects such as unexploded ordnance.

Studies in the anthropology of landscape have discussed how people shape landscapes and landscapes shape people in an interactive cultural process. The transformative power of human activity on the physical environment is related to the power of the landscape generating affects on people. Landscapes can be considered as representations of cultural memory and mark the nexus of past, present and future. Both as meaning producing spatial forms and contested discursive sites of memory, landscapes influence imaginings of past experiences and visions of the future. Radical alterations of the physical environment – be it by large-scale bombing or the flooding of a hydropower dam site – thus affect traditional livelihoods as well as individual mental states. The understanding of everyday social life is inseparable from its cultural and physical surroundings.

In our panel we would like to examine how people interact with sites of traumatic or violent memory. Vietnamese landscapes contaminated by Agent Orange, the haunted killing fields of Cambodia and the Lao highlands scattered with cluster bombs are prominent examples of memorial landscapes as inhabited and constantly re-envisioned. The following questions shall be addressed: How do these landscapes affect the population and shape discourses of identity and memory? What are the people’s coping strategies in order to carry on living in brutally transformed and ruined landscapes that are also sites of haunting, traumatic memories? How do official historiographies try to occupy and define landscapes of memory? How do memories of suffering and displacement correlate with tendencies of making sites of memory available for tourist consumption?

We invite scholars to tackle and discuss these questions at the intersection between history and anthropology. By looking at how people and ‘violent’ landscapes interact, this panel attempts at giving new insights with regard to Southeast Asian memory discourses.

Panel proposal by:

  • Dr. Oliver Tappe, Research fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Germany) tappe@eth.mpg.de
  • Dr. Vatthana Pholsena, Research fellow, Institut d’Asie Orientale, Lyon (France) vatthana.pholsena@ens-lyon.fr

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Sacrifice, Heroism and the construction of a revolutionary lieu de mémoire – The case of Vieng Xay, Lao PDR.

Oliver Tappe

Vieng Xay, today a sleepy town of a few thousand inhabitants, represents one of the most dramatic episodes in Lao history. Between 1964 and 1973, the Lao highlands suffered constant air bombing by the Americans. Alongside the Plain of Jars and the Ho-Chi-Minh-Trail – discussed by Vatthana Pholsena and Elaine Russell – Houaphan province in Northeast Laos was the main target of the bombing campaign since it harbored the headquarters of the Lao communist movement. Supported by the North Vietnamese, the Pathet Lao fought a fierce civil war against the Lao royalists backed by the US. When the bombings escalated, the leadership moved into the caves of the karst mountains around Vieng Xay. Thousands of civilians followed this example and a proper cave city with more than 20,000 inhabitants emerged. The revolutionaries built commando centers, warehouses, schools, hospitals and factories inside the caves. Yet, the people’s everyday life meant constant struggle for survival.

Today, the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party highlights the legacy of the years in the caves as example of bravery, sacrifice and solidarity between Party and the so-called ‘Lao multi-ethnic people’. Vieng Xay emblematizes the liberation struggle of the valiant Lao people against foreign aggressors. Therefore, it plays a key role within the narratives of official revolutionary historiography and museum exhibitions. In recent years, Vieng Xay was promoted as a tourism destination, now attracting many visitors from the lowland Lao cities and from abroad. On the one hand, the hardships of the war years are now presented to younger Lao generations; on the other hand, foreign visitors get aware of a less known chapter of cold war history. Unlike most Lao history books, the official cave tour also illustrates the small fates of the population that suffered from the war. Yet, the relation between heroism and trauma remains ambivalent. Vieng Xay represents regional pride and the commitment to revolutionary solidarity as well as individual suffering and traumatic memories. Official commemorative politics imply the transformation of suffering into sacrifice and heroism – the utilization of memory for ideological purposes. Besides, some aspects of the region’s history such as the reeducation camps are still suppressed as they would disturb the nicely arranged narrative of the righteous revolutionary struggle. This paper shall discuss the politics of memorial landscapes as media of shaping, reproducing, and controlling collective memory.

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Transformed landscapes in south-eastern Laos: From the ruins of war to large-scale ‘development’

Vatthana Pholsena

This presentation focuses on a rural area in south-eastern Laos located on the Lao-Vietnamese border: Sepon district in Savannakhet Province. This area is predominantly inhabited by Mon-Khmer peoples, who are classified into two groups in Sepon (the Makong or Mangkong and the Tri) but known as one group in Vietnam (the Vân Kiêu or Bru-Vân Kiêu). However, there is also a significant minority of Tai-speaking Phuthai. The district of Sepon (formerly spelled Tchepone) is located in the east of Savannakhet Province on the 17th parallel that divided Vietnam into a communist zone in the north and a non-communist zone in the south as a result of the Geneva Agreements signed on July 21, 1954. Consequently, Sepon constituted a strategic centre and logistics base area for the North Vietnamese Army, and was one of the most important nodes on the transportation network widely known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Today, however, the landscape of (borderless) war – i.e. trails, craters, bare mountain slopes – is progressively giving way to a landscape of (national) development – asphalt roads, large-scale commercial plantations, hydropower projects. Traces of the past are receding in Sepon, though historical layers of ruins – remnants of war and reminders of the immediate postwar period – remain very much stamped onto the everyday landscape. In this paper, I interrogate the effects of this altering landscape on people’s war memories, and more
broadly, on their dealings with the past and negotiation with the present.

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Laos – Living with Unexploded Ordnance (UXO): Past Memories and Present Day Realities

Channapha Khamvongsa and Elaine Russell, Legacies of War

Laos is the most heavily bombed country in history. U.S. Vietnam War-era bombings from 1964-1973 left nearly half of Laos contaminated with vast quantities of unexploded ordnance (UXO). Today, close to 78 million unexploded cluster bombs litter forests, rice fields, villages, school grounds, roads and other populated areas. Over 34,000 people have been killed or injured by UXO since the bombing ceased, and each year there are 300 new casualties. More than half of all confirmed cluster munitions casualties in the world have occurred in Laos. Nearly 40 years on, only a fraction of these munitions have been destroyed. UXO has shaped the lives of generations, challenging their spirit, ingenuity, and cultural beliefs. For those who lived through the war and aftermath, memories are still sharp and painful, while younger generations focus on the future and ways of coping with the current reality.

The presence of UXO in the day to day lives of the Lao people has caused terrible human losses and a heavy economic burden for a country struggling with extreme poverty. From contamination of half the arable land to strains on a grossly inadequate health care system, the impacts of UXO are far reaching. The constant and unpredictable threat takes a psychological toll. Children, particularly boys, are the most vulnerable, making up 60 percent of the casualties. Cultural beliefs and biases toward people with disabilities are challenged by the rising number of UXO injuries, which often result in lost limbs. When husbands are killed or injured, women assume non-traditional roles as the primary worker in the fields or by taking jobs, such as working for the all-woman UXO clearance team. Despite the risks, people have adapted and found creative uses for scrap metal, bomb casings, and defused cluster munitions. But the desperate need for income, has also led people to collect scrap metal for sale, which in turn has caused more UXO casualties.

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Urban and rural lands in Cambodia: dealing with the scars of the past, building a memory for tomorrow.

Ariane Mathieu

The years of conflicts as well as the Khmer Rouge revolution and regime have strongly left their marks on the Cambodian land. I would like (i) to present the main transformations undergone by Khmer territories, and notably to underline the radical differences between rural and urban areas, and (ii) to highlight the way the actors manage to live with a kind of reasonable pragmatism in these spaces, which of course constantly remind of the sorrowful past, but should not inhibit current and future life. Besides, I would like to examine how the memory of Khmer Rouge times has been crystallized around specific places, both at national and local levels.

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Breathing new life into remnants of war in Southeast Asia

Krisna Uk

This paper offers an ethnographic insight into the survival strategies of local communities living in a post-conflict environment that remains affected by explosive remnants of war. Despite the heavy bombardment of the Ho Chi Minh trail from 1964 to 1975, which destroyed the physical landscapes of Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam, local populations living in former zones of heavy conflicts have developed practical ways to cope with the daily stress of environmental hazards. This paper examines the ways in which ethnic minority villages located in Northeast Cambodia has adjusted its daily livelihood by physically and psychologically coping with the multiple devastations caused by the wars.Whether in the form of live bombs, scrap metal, human remains, individual or collective memories, the material that is processed through collection, recollection, re-cycling and refashioning is key to a powerful therapeutic process that deals with an environment, which is emotionally and physically charged with a violent past. This paper seeks to discuss the extent of local resilience especially when it is confronted with the environmental damages caused by the extensive deployment of technological warfare by external powers. By drawing on the material culture of post-conflict ethnic minority communities, it argues that the life cycle of war-generated objects is illustrative of how the desolated landscapes of battlefields and memories can be ingenuously transformed so as to bear new meanings, take over new functions and embark into a new life.

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The legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam

Susan Hammond

[abstract follows]

Source : Global Studies / Göteborg Universitet

 

Ian G. Baird: Political Memories, Economic Land Concessions, and Landscapes in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Paper presented at the International Conference on Global Land Grabbing II – October 17‐19, 2012 – Organized by the Land Deals Politics Initiative (LDPI) and hosted by the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Abstract
Recently I have argued that ‘political memories’ —which are crucial for establishing and maintaining ‘political capital’, based on individual and group positioning during past wars and conflicts— are important when considering varied outcomes from negotiations that occur in the Lao People‘s Democratic Republic in relation to large-scale economic land concessions (see Baird and Le Billon 2012, Political Geography). In this paper I expand on the idea of political memories by considering the concept in relation to the theoretical framework presented by Hall et al. (2011) in their book Powers of Exclusion, which stresses the importance of interactions between regulation, force, the market and legitimation for understanding different types of exclusionary processes, especially in relation to access to land. I argue that political memories are particularly relevant when it comes to the idea of legitimation, and that the concept of political memories fits well into Hall et al.’s framework. In relation to large-scale plantation, mining and hydropower dam concessions, I stress the importance of political memories in (re)shaping understandings of landscapes.

Lire la suite : Cornell Land Project (pdf)

Ian Baird, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, see Ian Baird Profile

Ian G. Baird is an Assistant Professor of Geography and an affiliate of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Geographically, his research is focused on mainland Southeast Asia, especially Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. He is particularly interested in upland peoples, including the Brao and Hmong, and the ethnic Lao. Much of his research revolves around political ecology, human-environment relations, the co-management of natural resources, resource tenure issues, development studies, post-colonial studies, social movements, social theory, social and spatial (re)organization, identities, boundaries, and 19th and 20th century mainland Southeast Asia history. He conducts research regarding social justice and environmental issues associated with internal resettlement in Laos, economic land concessions in mainland Southeast Asia, and hydropower development in the Mekong region. He also has a keen interest in indigenous peoples’ issues. He has worked with progressive non-government organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations in Southeast Asia for most of the last 25 years. He believes that environmental justice issues should be recognized more widely as being fundamentally linked to human rights, including rights to livelihoods. He has an extensive academic publication record.

Email: ibaird@wisc.edu

Source : Human Rights Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Madison