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April 2019

CFP: Changing Bangladesh

April 30, 2019
University of Oslo, Blindern Campus, 12th floor meeting room of Niels Treschows building

The Bangladesh Studies Network Workshop at the University of Oslo, 13-14 June 2019, call for papers. Once dubbed a ‘basket case’ and struggling with mass starvation, poor infrastructure, gender disparity, political turmoil, and aid dependency, Bangladesh has over the past 45 years made remarkable progress.  Changes are visible in all spheres of life, including culture, society and politics. And yet the country still faces significant challenges, including continued inequality, climate change, rising authoritarianism, and corruption. Set against this backdrop, this…

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May 2019

Innovation at the Margins: Illicit Entrepreneurship in Socialist China

May 2, 2019 - 10:15-12:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Sölvegatan 18 B, Room 005, Lund, Sweden

Open lecture by Adam Frost, Ph.D. candidate in History and East Asian Languages at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge. Contrary to popular belief, the modern Chinese economy did not spring into being in 1978 with Deng Xiaoping’s call for “Reform and Opening Up.” Rather, it was a product of an incremental transformation, decades in the making, driven by bottom-up entrepreneurial innovations. Drawing upon an array of non-traditional sources, including contraband archives, oral histories, and the…

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The Stinking Empire – Soil and Fertilizers in Chinese History

May 2, 2019 - 12:15-13:15
University of Oslo, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, P. A. Munchs hus, Niels Henrik Abels vei 36, PAM seminar room 1, Oslo, Norway

A lectuer by Jörg Henning Hüseman, lecturer for Chinese culture and history at the East Asian Institute of Leipzig University. The history of Chinese agriculture, viewed across the longue durée, is an organic one. Only during the 1960s, more and more farmers began to use agricultural chemicals to protect their plants and to fertilize their soil. Today, China is not only the largest consumer, but also the largest producer of chemical fertilizers. Nowadays we have to deal with the problem…

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

May 9, 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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Internet and Politics in China: Taking stock and moving forward

May 9, 2019 - 11:00-16:00
South Campus, University of Copenhagen, Karen Blixens vej 8, 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark

This conference aims to critically reflect on the current discussion on internet and politics in Greater China. 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 can we consolidate the status quo and move the field forward beyond, for instance, the case of China and contribute to a broader theoretical discussion? Speakers come from different disciplines, including political science,…

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International Conference: Frontiers of Accumulation

May 13, 2019-May 14, 2019
University of Copenhagen

Convened by: Dr. Ravinder Kaur and Dr. Eli cook, University of Copenhagen and Haifa University. For decades, scholars studying global capitalism often chose “the market” as their central organizing principle and theoretical framework. In the past few years, however, a growing cadre of historians, sociologists, anthropologists and geographers have begun to shift their attention away from “the market” and back towards capital and the social processes through which it is accumulated. In this conference we would like to continue this…

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India’s Energy Transition – Climate Goals and Persistent Development Injustices

May 13, 2019 - 15:15-16:45
University of Oslo, Senter for utvikling og miljø, Sognsveien 68, 0855 Oslo, Norge

Scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change indicates dire consequences if the world continues the use of fossil fuels that powered past industrialization. As the world’s third largest primary consumer of energy, climate scientists and policymakers eagerly follow India’s energy trajectory. Simultaneously, India is one of the most vulnerable nations to climatic change, with an increased number of hot days and more frequent and intense precipitation. Most exposed to these climatic extremes are India’s poorest residents, particularly the 30% of the…

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New Sources of Early Confucian Thought: Confucian Dialogue Texts among the Shanghai Museum Manuscripts

May 15, 2019 - 14:15-16:15
University of Oslo, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, P. A. Munchs hus, Niels Henrik Abels vei 36, PAM seminar room 12, Oslo, Norway

In this talk, Scott Cook will discuss what some recently excavated manuscripts from early China tell us about the lively debates among Confucius’s followers in the 4th century BC. New insights Among recently excavated Warring States (475-221 BC) bamboo manuscripts—in particular the grave-looted manuscripts of Chu purchased by the Shanghai Museum 上博楚簡—there are a number of texts in which we find Kong Zi (Confucius) portrayed in dialogue with important ministers and disciples, each offering, in contrast to what we find…

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Management consulting and post-Mao visions of transformation and expertise

May 16, 2019 - 10:00-11:30
SCORE, Stockholm University, Frescativägen 14A, Stockholm, Sweden

Open seminar with Kimberley Chong, Department of Anthropology, University College London (UCL). Based on 16 months fieldwork inside the China arm of a leading global management consultancy, this seminar examines the conceptualization and performance of management consulting expertise. A central figure of financialization, management consultants are often depicted as experts who preach the standardization of organizational practice, as exemplified by the trope of ‘best practice’. Seeking to unpack this now ubiquitous term, I show how management consultancy also entails the development…

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“Naming an Era” – The Fiftheenth Conference of the Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society (NAJS).

May 23, 2019-May 24, 2019

Reflecting the occasion of the end of the Heisei period, and teh Japanese government selecting a new era name in Spring 2019, papers summing up the recent history of Japan and/or focusing on trends that have relevance for the future of the country are especially welcome. We also invite paper proposals on other topics related to contemporary Japanese society and culture, including politics, economy and business, sociology and anthropology, popular culture, literature, religion, and art. Proposals from scholars based in…

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