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GETSEA Community Book Read: Christian Lentz
A community book read with Christian Lentz, author of Contested Territory: Ðien Biên Phu and the Making of Northwest Vietnam and winner of the 2021 Benda Prize.

Please note that this event is for current graduate students and faculty at GETSEA institutions, with the goal of facilitating an intimate conversation for graduate students who have read the book in question.

Lentz’s work focuses broadly on Southeast Asia’s politics, society and environment by focusing on nationalism, state formation and agrarian political economy. He has been a professor in the Department of Geography at UNC-Chapel Hill since 2011 and served as interim director of the Carolina Asia Center in Spring 2020.

In the book, Lentz explores the 1954 battle of Ðien Biên Phu, where French colonial forces were defeated by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV). This marked the end of the French empire in modern Vietnam, as well as Cambodia and Laos. Lentz expands his analysis of the battle to include the encompassing Black River region and a longer time frame, from 1945 to 1960, thus contextualizing a significant moment in world history. He also offers a novel conceptualization of territory as a contested process, political technology, and contingent outcome of grounded struggles.

Oct 19, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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