Magnus Fiskesjö, Cornell University

Associate Professor Ithaca, New York magnus.fiskesjo@cornell.edu

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One key aspect of my current research is ethnic relations and ideas of civilization, in particular civilizing ideals that frame minorities or barbarians in inferior, supportive roles (as in China, Burma etc.), and with notions of sovereignty, citizenship, and state organization thrown in the mix....

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Bio/Research

One key aspect of my current research is ethnic relations and ideas of civilization, in particular civilizing ideals that frame minorities or barbarians in inferior, supportive roles (as in China, Burma etc.), and with notions of sovereignty, citizenship, and state organization thrown in the mix. My research also relates to some of the classical anthropological debates regarding the history and dynamics of center-periphery and ethnic relations, especially in the China-Burma borderlands, where I conducted ethnographic and historical research during the 1990s, and intermittently since then. My ethnographic research has mainly concerned Wa cultural areas, the conditions of the historical autonomy of the Wa (a Mon-Khmer speaking people), and issues such as the place of sacrifice and religion in local and regional history and economy.

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