In the early 2000s, with an article entitled “Geographies of Knowing, Geographies of Ignorance”, Willem van Schendel explored how areas are imagined and how knowledge constructs them into “heartlands” and “borderlands”. Re-elaborating on these ideas, Mandy Sadan has argued that centres normally know much less about their peripheries than the peripheries know about centres. The pictures below continue this problematic trend, but at least are ordered from the supposed borderlands to the supposed heartlands, from northern Shan State (Myanmar) to Mandalay, Yangon and Bangkok.
All photos (C) Francesco Buscemi, 2019.
(C) Francesco Buscemi
PhD candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the Pisa-based Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. His main areas of interest include insurgency and non-state actors.