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The Highlander Journal is an academic, open-access, and peer reviewed online journal, broadly concerned with the study of populations historically situated at the margins of the state, and is inspired by debates on the spatio-cultural aspects of ‘Zomia’. This concept was used originally to imagine an alternate cartography of upland Asia, which in-turn spurred debates on state, culture, and social formation in the so-called peripheries. The Journal is a unique and accessible forum for multidisciplinary and comparative discussions, taking these concepts within and beyond Asia and thereby engaging with global conversations on interconnection and fragmentation.

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Current Issue

Volume 3, No. 1

Published August 17, 2023

Issue description

This is the first issue in Highlander Journal’s third volume, and it includes an editorial briefly celebrating the Highland Institute's 10th anniversary, and introducing a short but varied selection of scholarly genres in the issue, exploring diverse facets of culture, envir ... See the full issue

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