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March 2019

ISDP Forum: Leading Liberals? EU-Japan Relations Under New Partnership Agreements

March 25, 2019 - 15:00-16:15
ISDP Offices. Västra Finnbodavägen 2, 13130 Stockholm, Sweden

On February 1, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed between the European Union (EU) and Japan formally entered into force. Pending ratification by EU Member States is also the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), a document outlining areas of cooperation in the political sphere. On paper, these agreements allow two parties who have found common ground on values like democracy, a market-based economy and human rights to cooperate on safeguarding the liberal world order. Actions, however, speak louder than words…

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Connecting Europe and Asia-Pacific

March 26, 2019 - 14:00-15:30
Europahuset, Regeringsgatan 65, 2nd floor, Stockholm

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is a forum for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe on the big challenges of a fast-changing world. ASEM leaders have decided to designate a day in March as the “ASEM Day”. In order to highlight this, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and the European Commission representation in Sweden invite you to a seminar to discuss how Europe can promote its connectivity and partnership with Asia-Pacific. Moderator: Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin,…

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Rethinking Feminist Political Economy: Global assembly Lines, Transformative Politics and Economic Justice in South Asia

March 26, 2019 - 14:15-15:45
Senter for Utvikling og miljø (SUM), Sognsveien 68, seminarrom i 4. etasje, Oslo, Norway

In this seminar, Sandya K. Hewamanne analyses how former factory workers navigate global capitalism. Sandya K. Hewamanne is Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Essex. Her talk is the first in the new SDG Asia Seminar Series, a collaboration between the Network for Asian Studies and the Oslo SDG Initiative. Feminist political economists have long challenged dominant tropes of capitalism by focusing on lived experiences of economic activity and their potential to re-inscribe social worlds in ways that are more meaningful. Although these approaches…

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Russia in the Middle East

March 28, 2019 - 15:00-16:30
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm, Sweden

Russia is no newcomer to the Middle East but the influence of Moscow in the region is growing. As Russia's appetite for influence rises, so do the risks. Russia has returned to the Middle East. In 2019, Moscow has more or less won the war in Syria, is selling arms to Algeria and Egypt, and has teamed up with Saudi Arabia to put its thumb on the scale of global oil prices. Russia works closely with both Iran and Turkey,…

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“Rethinking the Himalayas”: 2nd Annual NHRN Conference CFP

March 29, 2019
University of Copenhagen

The Nordic Himalaya Research Network (NHRN) Conference is an event for researchers in the Nordic region and beyond who work on all aspects of research related to the Himalaya region, spanning India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. The NHRN was established in 2018 with the aim of bringing together scholars from across disciplines who work on this easily-overlooked but strategically important region. The conference offers a platform for scholars of the Himalayas to present their research and meet other researchers, and…

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The Current State of Journalism in China: Difficulties and Hopes

March 29, 2019 - 10:15-12:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Sölvegatan 18 B, Room 005, Lund, Sweden

Open lecture by Ph.D. candidate Fang Kecheng, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.   Gone are the golden years of journalism in China. Amid the global journalism crisis caused by the rapid development of digital technology and the collapse of the business model, with further blow from President Xi Jinping’s strict media control, Chinese news media have been losing circulation, revenue, talents, and influential stories. However, the need for quality journalism, especially investigative journalism, has never gone away. And…

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April 2019

Internet and Politics in China: Taking stock and moving forward

April 1, 2019
South Campus, University of Copenhagen, Karen Blixens vej 8, 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark

Invitation for submissions to the seminar "Internet and Politics in China: Taking stock and moving forward" at University of Copenhagen, May 9, 11.00-15.00. This seminar aims to critically reflect on the current discussion on internet and politics in Greater China. We are open to submissions that address the following questions: What have we learned from existing scholarship in the field? What are, or would be, emerging research topics and themes to study the internet and politics in contemporary China? How…

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The visibility and the invisibility of authority in China: on contemporary dynamics of secrecy, power and heritage

April 1, 2019 - 13:30-17:00
University of Helsinki, Unioninkatu 37, Room 1055 (Faculty Meeting Room), Helsinki, Finland

A Doctoral Programme in the Social Sciences International Workshop in collaboration with Social and Cultural Anthropology. Secrecy can create distinctions and ambivalences; it can build trust and break down relationships, protect and endanger groups and individuals; give control and create vulnerabilities; provide a means to mediate between untrusting persons or groups. In this workshop we will discuss the kind of work secrets are made to do in various political and inter-personal contexts in contemporary China. In a nation marked by…

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japan’s and/or Korea’s Contemporary Society

April 3, 2019
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sölvegatan 18 B
Lund, Sweden
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Applications are now open for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. The person employed is expected to work independently but should also cooperate with other researchers within the subject. The postdoctoral fellow should participate in and contribute to the research environment through active participation in research seminars and other research related activities within the subject, and thus stimulate theoretical discussions, contribute with own research within the field, as well as contribute…

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The EU-Japan Trade Agreement: What are the implications?

April 3, 2019 - 15:00-16:30
Room Torsten, Stockholm School of Economics, Sveavägen 65, Stockholm, Sweden

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan entered into force on 1 February 2019. It establishes a free trade area with a combined market of around 640 million consumers, accounting for roughly a third of the world's gross domestic product (GDP). It is the EU's largest bilateral agreement to date and also a new type of trade agreement wider in scope than the previous ones.What are the key differences? What are the expectations and what does it…

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