Michael Eilenberg

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Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Aarhus University.


Michael Eilenberg's primary research interests center on issues of state formation, sovereignty, autonomy, citizenship, agrarian expansion and climate politics in frontier regions of Southeast Asia. In particular he investigates state-society dynamics in the Malaysian and Indonesian borderlands on the island of Borneo. Within this research frame, he has been dealing with different transnational processes such as illicit cross-border trade, labour migration, and other kinds of cross-border movements. Especially the anthropology of borderlands and borders is central to his analysis of the different practices and strategies taking place along Southeast Asia’s borders. This approach shows how seemingly marginal and isolated populations, such as many border people, are shaped in national and transnational dialogues.