|Record of activities in 2020 at KURCPI
Research Seminar No.201, 27 January 2020
16:30-, The Interdivisional Education and Research Building, 5th Floor
「Island Research and Border Studies」
(Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University／International Center for Island Studies, Kagoshima University)
Border Studies shares with Political Geography a question of how to analyze space. Island Research is a field that examines the space of islands, defining this space through concepts like “maritime”, “liminality”, and “insularity”. These concepts understand islands as ‘singular’ spaces, but this is often questionable. For example, the Northern Territories are often glossed as four islands, but one of these, Habomai, is in reality a series of islets, rather than a single island. Tsushima, too, is often treated as a unitary space, although this seems unjustified given the historical division between Kami-Tsushima and Izuhara.
From this critical perspective, Border Studies is able to deconstruct and reconstruct Island Research. In this paper, I would like to deploy the three border studies tools of ‘timeline’, ‘permeability’, and ‘social structure’ in order to reconsider the issue of island spatiality.