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September 2020

Book talk: Dynamics of Caste and Law: Dalits, Oppression and Constitutional Democracy in India

September 21, 2020 - 15:00-16:00

Caste has become a visible phenomenon often associated with discrimination, inequality and politics in India and globally. India’s constitutional democracy has had a remarkable goal of creating equality in a context of caste. Despite constitutional promises with equal opportunities for the lower castes and outlawing of untouchability at the time of independence, recurring atrocities and inadequate implementation of law have called for rethinking and legal change. In this book talk Dag Erik Berg gives a presentation of his new book Dynamics…

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Book talk: Overcoming Isolationism: Japan’s Leadership in East Asian Security Multilateralism

September 23, 2020 - 17:00-18:00

In the wake of the Cold War, Japan suddenly reversed years of steadfast opposition to security cooperation with its neighbors. Long isolated and opposed to multilateral agreements, Japan proposed East Asia's first multilateral security forum in the early 1990s, emerging as a regional leader. What led to this surprising and sudden change of position? Overcoming Isolationism explores this question and offers a corrective to the misperception that Japan's security strategy is reactive to US pressure and unresponsive to its neighbors. For…

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Rallying for Democracy? Thailand’s Latest Student Protests

September 23, 2020 - 18:30-19:30

ASIANET: fokus webinar with NIAS Director Duncan McCargo, Senior Researcher with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Marte Nilsen, and foreign news journalist and former Asia correspondent for Aftenposten Kristoffer Rønneberg. Although Thailand held an election in March 2019, the clique of generals who seized power in the 2014 military coup remain in office. Student-led political protests against Thailand's hybrid regime began on 18 July, when speakers at a Bangkok rally demanded the dissolution of parliament, constitutional reform and an end to the official…

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What Happened To The ‘New Malaysia’? Politics Since The 2018 Elections

September 24, 2020 - 02:00

Webinar sponsored by the New York Southeast Asia Network, NYU Wagner, and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. NOTE: This virtual event will take place on September 23 at 8PM NY/September 24 at 2AM in Denmark/September 24 at 8AM Malaysia. May 2018 saw a momentous change of government in Malaysia, ending the 50-year-run of one of Asia's most resilient authoritarian coalitions. March 2020 saw another—this time, without an election. Amid public-health and economic turmoil, Malaysia has been navigating uncharted political waters…

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Webinar: Asian Cities in the Global (Urban) Governance of COVID-19

September 24, 2020 - 16:00-17:15

Networking Cities in a Time of Crisis: Asian Cities in the Global (Urban) Governance of COVID-19 by Prof Michele Acuto (ARI ASIA TRENDS 2020) Prior to the advent of the coronavirus pandemic cities the world over had been progressively taking a centre stage in global efforts to tackle the challenges of climate change, resilience, migration and more. Spearheaded by the major networks of cities such C40, but also with substantial support from the philanthropic sector and the multilateral arena, cities…

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October 2020

Global Taiwan Studies Salon: The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Taiwan’s External Relations: Views from Japan

October 2, 2020 - 14:00-15:30

Organised by the Japanese Association of Taiwan Studies, International Journal of Taiwan Studies, European Association of Taiwan Studies, North American Taiwan Studies Association The COVID-19 has been described as a “catalyst.” It accelerates previously existing changes in society. In less than three months, the epidemic which started in China quickly became a global pandemic, coming to bear in significant ways on national economies, societies, politics and international relations. Already strained Cross-Strait and Sino-U.S. relations have further deteriorated during the pandemic,…

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Call for abstracts: SASNET Conference 2020 “Rethinking the Politics of Memory in South Asia”

October 3, 2020

The current debates around the politics of memory and memorialization reinforce that the act of remembrance and forgetting in the present does not exist in isolation from the past that informs them. This mnemohistorical continuity becomes even more apparent in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic which has highlighted, like never before the structural and systemic nature of privilege and inequality. The groups and categories of people who have been most adversely affected by the pandemic are also those…

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𝐒𝐔𝐏𝐑𝐀 𝐍𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐜 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏

October 15, 2020

Are you writing your PhD or MA thesis in the spring of 2021? Are you looking for inspiration, materials or a space for concentrating on your writing? Then apply for the NIAS SUPRA Nordic Scholarship! The Nordic Scholarship covers inexpensive travel to Copenhagen, board and accommodation plus a working place at NIAS! A perfect chance to focus on your thesis, have inspirational talks with our researchers or collect material from our library resources. 𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝟏𝟓 𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎…

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Asia and Africa in Transition PhD Workshop

October 19, 2020-October 20, 2020

19-20 October 2020 │ University of Copenhagen NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Asian Dynamics Initiative Though the annual 2020 NNC/ADI conference has been postponed to 2021 as a consequence of the global coronavirus, the PhD workshop will take place on the dates initially planned. It will be an intensive workshop for a limited number of PhD students working on Asia. More information here.

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Online seminar: China’s New Minority: Africans in China, Their Identities and Well-Being

October 23, 2020 - 10:15-11:30

In the past decade, the relations between China and African countries have transcended from state-level multi-lateral and bilateral exchanges to the micro-level, with important implications for households and individuals. Of note has been the varying forms of population migrations between the two places for reasons ranging from business ventures, education, asylum-seeking and family making and reunification. The focus of this seminar is on the well-beings of Africans, as a new kind of minority in China. Topics range from psychological distress…

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