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September 2018

Asia in Focus Issue 6 is out now

September 17, 2018-September 30, 2018

About Issue 6 Issue 6 starts with a look at historical events from the 19th century in Japan, with John Hennessey doing a reevaluation of William Wheeler’s Work for the Kaitakushi, the Japanese government agency responsible for the settlement of the northern island of Hokkaido, through a postcolonial lens. In the second chapter, Deirdre Sneep takes us into the 20th century with an analysis of the history of the smartphone. She sheds light on the dominant techno-orientalist narrative which almost entirely overlooks the historical…

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Asia in Focus: Call for Papers for Issue 7 – Extended Deadline

September 17, 2018-October 15, 2018

Call for Papers for Asia in Focus, Issue 7 Asia in Focus is an entirely free open access publication devoted to research on modern Asian societies from the standpoint of the humanities and the social sciences, with Level 1 ranking in Norway. Now in its second year of publication, Asia in Focus has published an extremely wide range of subject areas from political economy and societal change, to international relations, popular culture, literature, education and film. We operate a double-blind review…

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Internships at Norwegian Embassies

September 25, 2018 - 08:00-October 15, 2018 - 23:59

Different Norwegian embassies in Asia, are looking for applicants for internships. The application deadlines differ from embassy to embassy, but the embassies and consulates looking for interns are in China India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.   More information (in Norwegian).

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Public talk on Nagayo Sensai: The Japanese Pioneer of Primary Health Care and His Eureka Moments

September 26, 2018 - 15:15-17:00
Faculty Library of Social Sciences, Gothersgade Auditorium 1, Gothersgade 140
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In the 1970s while working in Sri Lanka with UNICEF on a Colombo Slum and Shanty Project Eimi Watanabe came across the story of his great-grandfather, Nagayo Sensai. Nagayo Sensai was a pioneer of public health in Meiji period Japan, who tackled these issues of public health through the concept of Eisei. Sensai's story needs to be understood in the context of perhaps the most tumultuous period of Japan's history around the Meiji Restoration (1868) when Japan ended 220 years of isolation, opened its doors to trade, import of new ideas, sciences,…

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UPF and ACE Panel Debate – Digital China

September 26, 2018 - 19:00-20:30
Statsvidenskabliga Institutionen, Paradisgatan 5H, Eden
Lund, Sweden
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By the end of 2017, the number of China Internet users totalled 772 million, with a penetration rate of 55.8%. The Chinese government has embarked on a comprehensive strategy of applying information and communication technologies (ICT) and big data solutions in different realms, including governance and commerce. China has also become a leader in developing artificial intelligence (AI) and different surveillance technologies (for example facial recognition technologies). How should we understand the Chinese puzzle, where rapid informatisation, digitisation, and innovation…

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Minority Rights in the World’s Largest Democracy

September 27, 2018 - 15:00-16:30
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Drottning Kristinas väg 37
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The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) invites you to a seminar on minority rights in the world’s largest democracy, India. One of the defining features of the Indian democracy has been its safeguarding of minority rights. Some observers now suggest that such rights are being challenged. The seminar will provide perspectives on the state of minority rights in India. Why did India constitutionalize minority rights in the first place, who argued for it and how were the ideas justified?…

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October 2018

North Korea: Between Threats, War and Media Spectacle

October 3, 2018 - 15:00-17:00
University of Copenhagen, South Campus, auditorium 22.0.11, Karen Blixens Vej 8
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Will North Korea plunge the whole world into nuclear war? Or do the threats from North Korea just reveal its own vulnerability? Does North Korea’s participation in the Olympic Games herald a new era of peace? At this event researchers from the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) present how North Korea is perceived in China, India, Japan, Russia and South Korea. We will discuss how and why the image of North Korea varies and question our own perception…

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The 14th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship

October 8, 2018

With the goals of further strengthening the fundamentals of international research  into Japan and deepening understanding of Japan, the Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to Japan to conduct residential research. Receiving organizations are: International Research Center for Japanese Studies The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa Kyoto University National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics Ochanomizu University Ritsumeikan University Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Waseda…

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2018 NTNU Japan Seminar: Policies for Promoting Renewable Energy and the Hydrogen Economy: New Challenges and Opportunities

October 8, 2018-October 9, 2018
Augustin Hotel, Trondheim

Although renewable energy technology has advanced remarkably in the past decade, the adoption of this technology has nonetheless varied markedly by country. The 2018 NTNU Japan Seminar tackles this puzzle, focusing on the emerging challenges and opportunities for renewable energy that have arisen as the technology has developed and become increasingly economically competitive, even in the recent environment of declining fossil fuel prices. Special focus is placed on grid stability, capacity and smart grids, storage, and electricity market reform. At…

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Aspirations, Imaginations, and Developments

October 17, 2018 - 10:00-12:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 B, Lund, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 B
lund, Sweden
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In 2015 China launched a new development strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It presents a new vision for a broad international cooperation encompassing about 70 countries along two main trading routes: the ancient land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The political, economic, and global implications of this initiative have been much discussed in the international media. The two presentations by Ph.D. candidate Alvin Yang and Professor Emeritus Roger Greatrex will provide deeper…

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