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Dear Kalpana,

many thanks again for your thought-provoking and engaged presentation on the India-Nepal border.
When listening to your presentation and also having the presentation of Sarah Green in mind, where she spoke about various, overlapping and interactive b/orders, I think that the conceptualization of Sarah might be very helpful to frame and analyses your case.

Especially the term tidemark, which was coined by her, as a way of stressing that new border regimes might overlap and interact with other (former) social orders – which may be still visible (as a tidemark) and which interact – , at least situationally – with the new b/orders ( maybe and also in form of networks) can be a very interesting approach.
I also like to refer to what she has called “grey zone” in another article, a space which is non-binary, as the binarism dissolves at a certain location and at various moments through the interactions of various b/orders (and more specifically actors which refer to these different b/order sets as a knowledge reservoir).

I think it would be good to find out what are the connections and disconnections between the new and the former b/orders, and what kind of new b/orders are thus established here.

Maybe also the term crosslocation is helpful, as I understand it in the way that the locational positioning of various actors and the – partly diverting – definition of this positioning by other actors is important. Taking it from this angle, there are very different and often conflicting perspectives in the India-Nepal border space, which you could forefront in your description. With this, you highlight the disparities and also ambiguities of this border area as much as the practices of bordering and crossing.
So far my thoughts, which I hope are inspiring.


The literature I refer to is:
Green, Sarah, 2010: ‘Performing Border in the Agean’, Journal of Cultural Economy, 3: 2, 261— 278.
Green, Sarah, 2010: Making Grey Zones at the European Peripheries. In: Ida Harboe Knudsen and Martin Demant Frederiksen (ed.) Ethnographies of Grey Zones in Eastern Europe. Anthem Press. 173-185.

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