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May 2018

Public Lecture with Prasenjit Duara – ‘Revisiting the Chinese World Order’

May 21, 2018 - 13:15-15:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Sölvegatan 18 B, Room 005
Lund, Sweden
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Guest lecture with Professor Prasenjit Duara, Duke University There are unexpected convergences between the imperial Chinese order and the emergent global order. The historical evolution of forms of global domination since the end of the 19th century saw modern imperialism succeeded by what I have called ‘the imperialism of nation-states’ which represented the principal form of domination among states during much of the 20th century and in some form also through the Cold War. Despite continued warfare conducted by the…

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Seminar: Where the Silk Road Economic Belt meets the Polar Silk Road: Nordic prospects, visions, projects

May 22, 2018-May 23, 2018
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus, Karelian Institute

China’s investments to Nordic countries is a rapidly growing phenomenon. Existing and intensively growing Chinese tourism, growing Chinese investments in enterprises, the recent initiative on Chinese investments in a new railway “Arctic Corridor” towards Arctic all give Nordic Countries a special role in the new geopolitical picture. Processes of globalization and activities in the Arctic are different: they focus on resources, domination, presence, even the ‘new Arctic identity’ concept, which promotes new Arctic multiculturalism. All these processes are very important…

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ISDP Forum: Engaging Central Asia and the Caucasus: The Long Game on the Silk Road

May 22, 2018 - 16:00-17:30
Medelhavsmuseet. Fredsgatan 2, 103 21, Stockholm.

This ISDP Forum marks the launch of a new book, The Long Game on the Silk Road: US and EU Strategy for Central Asia and the Caucasus, by S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell. A presentation by Svante E. Cornell, Director of ISDP will be followed by remarks from Ingrid Tersman, Ambassador to Ashgabat, Baku, Dushanbe, Tashkent. The Forum will be moderated by Lars Vargö, Distinguished Fellow at ISDP. More information.

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Where the Silk Road Economic Belt meets the Polar Silk Road: Nordic prospects, visions, projects

May 23, 2018-May 24, 2018
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus, Karelian Institute

First Seminar by Eurasian Studies Network   23-25.05.2018 at University of Eastern Finland Joensuu Campus   China’s investments to Nordic countries is a rapidly growing phenomenon. Existing and intensively growing Chinese tourism, growing Chinese investments in enterprises, the recent initiative on Chinese investments in a new railway “Arctic Corridor” towards Arctic all give Nordic Countries a special role in the new geopolitical picture. China’s “White Paper” (28.01.2018) brings this process to new geopolitical level. At seminar we will discuss the question:…

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Asia Brown Bag Talk: Sacred Cetaceans: Comparing Whale Worship in Vietnam and Japan

May 23, 2018 - 12:30-13:30
Room 18.1.08, CSS, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5
Copenhagen, Denmark
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ADI and NIAS are pleased to invite you to an Asia Brown Bag Talk by Aike P. Rots, University of Oslo. In various parts of the Asia-Pacific region, whales, dolphins, and other aquatic mammals are associated with divine power, and are  the objects of ritual veneration. In particular, as Aike P. Rots, associate professor in contemporary Japan studies, will show in this presentation, worship traditions centered on cetaceans have been preserved in coastal regions in Vietnam and Japan. In both countries, whale-related rituals…

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Happiness and the good life in Japan

May 24, 2018 - 09:30-10:45
South Campus, Njalsgade 76, Room 4A-0-68, Njalsgade 76
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Keynote address at the 14th Annual NAJS Conference Professor Dr Wolfram Manzenreiter, Dept. of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna, will share findings from his current research, shedding light on the merits of ethnographic research to understanding the diversity of happiness in contemporary Japan. The lecture is part of the 14th Annual NAJS Conference (Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society). You can read more about the conference here. More information.

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The Anthropology of South Asian Politics Today

May 31, 2018 - 14:15-17:00
PAM seminarrom 1

Lisa Björkman is Assistant Professor, Department of Urban & Public Affairs, University of Louisville. She has written on the encounter in the Indian city of Mumbai between liberalising market reforms and the materially-dense politics of the city’s water infrastructures, exploring the everyday political, social, and material dynamics that produce and inhabit flows of water through the growing and globalising city. On this she published Pipe Politics: Mumbai’s Contested Waters (Duke University Press 2015). Later she probed popular and scholarly debates…

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Morgenstierne Seminar: The anthropology of South Asian politics today

May 31, 2018 - 14:15-17:00
PAM seminarrom 1

Lisa Björkman and Nicholas Martin will give join forces at this double lecture. Lisa Björkman is Assistant Professor, Department of Urban & Public Affairs, University of Louisville. She has written on the encounter in the Indian city of Mumbai between liberalising market reforms and the materially-dense politics of the city’s water infrastructures, exploring the everyday political, social, and material dynamics that produce and inhabit flows of water through the growing and globalising city. Nicholas Martin is Assistenzprofessor für Moderne Indologie in…

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June 2018

SUPRA Nordic Scholarship for MA and PhD students Fall 2018

June 1, 2018
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, NIAS

If you are working on a MA or PhD thesis during Fall 2018 and need some inspiration, literature or simply just time to write on your thesis, then NIAS has something to offer: the Nordic Scholarship! The Nordic Scholarship covers inexpensive travel to Copenhagen, two weeks board and accommodation plus a working place at NIAS! A perfect chance to concentrate on your thesis, have inspirational talks with our researchers or access material from Northern Europe's most comprehensive Asian studies library.…

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Call for Abstracts: Belt & Road Initiative, Sustainable Development and Law

June 11, 2018

This two-day conference shall focus on issues of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - the major development initiative of the Chinese government, and a signature foreign policy of President Xi Jinping - in the following four topics: (1) legal and sustainability significance of the BRI; (2) national, regional and global dimensions; (3) specific fields of law and sustainability; and (4) practitioners´ legal perspectives: projects and cases. The conference language is English. Selected papers of the conference will be published in English. Abstracts (500 words)…

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