Islands of Power: Nature, Place-Making and Territoriality in Maritime East Asia
Researcher: Aike Peter Rots
This is a larger comparative project, which overlaps partially with “Sacred heritage”. It investigates place-making practices taking place at contested islands in East Asia, ranging from the heritagisation and sacralisation to the promotion of “domestic” tourism and the establishment of natural parks, all of which are employed as strategies for appropriation and control.
Looking at ways in which physical, social and mental space is constructed and negotiated on the ground – i.e., by local actors who live on and/or give shape to these islands – the project also also intends to look at the various tactics employed to resist ongoing militarisation, ranging from environmental advocacy to sacralisation.