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September 2018

Asian Studies Days 2018 at Aalto University – Call for Abstracts

September 12, 2018-September 13, 2018

The Finnish University Network for Asian Studies arranges the annual Asian Studies Days on October 17-18 at Aalto University in Helsinki with two focus: India, and sustainable urban development. A doctoral seminar will be arranged in connection with the Asian Studies Days. With financial support from FinCeal, we can provide small travel grants for Nordic doctoral candidates who present a paper on either the "India" or the "Sustainable urban development in Asia" session of the doctoral seminar. Doctoral candidates are…

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Towards a New Chinese Welfare State – Perceptions about Distributive Justice in China

September 12, 2018 - 09:30-15:30
Borggata 2B, Borggata 2B
Oslo, Norway
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What do Chinese people think about redistribution and fairness, and how do these attitudes correspond with the government’s efforts to build a universal “social safety net”? These were some main question for the start-up of the project in 2013. At this closing conference, we will present and discuss the results. What kind of distributive inequalities are acceptable and not in the eyes of the Chinese public? Moreover, to what extent do social distribution and public goods provision mattered to the…

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NIAS Guest Lecture: Inter-Korean and Kim-Trump Summits and the Future of the Korean Divide

September 13, 2018 - 15:00-16:30
NIAS meeting room (18.1.08), Øster Farimagsgade 5
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Abstract U.S. President Donald Trump hailed his recent summit with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un as a “very important event in world history,” claiming Kim has given his “unwavering” commitment to dismantle its “very substantial” nuclear arsenal. How does this summit, along with the April summit between the two Koreas, affect the 70-year division on the Korean Peninsula? We often approach the Korean divide as a historical event which started with Korea’s liberation from Japan in 1945 and lasted during…

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Canon Foundation: Research Fellowship to Japan and Europe.

September 15, 2018

The Canon Foundation in Europe offers Research Fellowships in Europe and Japan. Every year, we have about 15 Research Fellowships for Europeans and Japanese researchers who are looking for funds to do research in Japan and Europe respectively. Who is eligible? European and Japanese nationals. Non-nationals should have permanent citizenship in Europe or Japan. Applicants with at least a Master’s degree obtained within the last 10 years. Europeans are expected to do their research in Japan and Japanese to do…

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The Rise of the Indian Wealthy Elite

September 17, 2018 - 14:00-15:30
Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A
Copenhagen, Denmark
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India as a late industrializer has an unusual development trajectory. It is still rooted in agriculture but has a dynamic service sector. Puzzlingly, its manufacturing sector is stagnating despite the availability of vast reserves of unskilled and semi-skilled workers. Although India has shed its state-led economy since the reforms of the 1990s and embraced globalization enthusiastically, the results have been very mixed. High growth rates have accompanied diversification of the economy: income growth for some have been spectacular, but for…

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Public Guest Lecture: The Forgotten Secret of Japanese Books

September 17, 2018 - 17:00-18:00
South Campus, Faculty of Humanities, room 27.1.47, Karen Blixens Vej 8
copenhagen, Denmark
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Public Guest Lecture by Professor Peter Kornicki, University of Cambridge Japanese books have been collected in Europe since the seventeenth century, but until the nineteenth century nobody in Europe was able to read them. So why were Europeans so interested in Japanese books? That is the first puzzle. The second puzzle is this: why are Japanese books so distinctive by comparison with books produced in China, Korea or Vietnam? The answer to this question is connected to a third puzzle:…

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Religious Nationalism, Populism, and Democracy in India

September 19, 2018 - 08:00-17:00
University of Copenhagen, South Campus,Room 10.4.05, (4th floor meeting room), Karen Blixens Plads 8
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Abstract: Since the end of the Congress one-party regime in India, the post-Congress polity has been dominated by two tendencies: religious nationalism and caste-based activism. In theory, these tendencies are opposed to each other because the former is typically characterized as a centripetal force that seeks to unify the nation and its fragments whereas the latter is viewed as a centrifugal force that keeps the nation in fragments. Between 1989 and 2014, however, these tendencies and their underlying forces sometimes combined…

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How has Trump Pushed Europe and Asia Together?

September 19, 2018 - 09:00-10:30
NUPI, C.J. Hambros plass 2D PB 7024 St. Olavs Plass
Oslo,
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One of the unforeseen consequences of President Trump’s erratic foreign policy has been to push Europe and Asia closer together. This is what Fraser Cameron will argue when he visits NUPI on 19 September. Trump’s decision to tear up the Trans Pacific Trade (TPP) agreement, pull out of the Paris climate change accords, denounce the Iran nuclear deal, attack the WTO and introduce tariffs on long-standing allies, has led to great uncertainty and anxiety in the Asia-Pacific region. The result…

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From Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to Belt-Road Initiative

September 20, 2018 - 12:15-13:30
PAM seminar room 3, University of Oslo

China just held its “largest diplomatic event of this year” in Beijing, the third China-African Summit, also known as Forum of China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) established in 2000. The large amount of financing for Africa that was announced by the Chinese leader has so far stimulated many debates both within China and in the world. Yet only a year ago, another huge debate about China and Africa was about Africa’s inclusion (finally) into China’s big Belt & Road Initiative. How to…

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Monsters in Korean Film

September 21, 2018 - 10:00-11:30
South Campus, room 27.0.09, Karen Blixens Vej 8
Copenhagen, Sweden
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Lecture by Dr. Ji-Yoon An, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen This lecture will focus on Bong Joon-ho’s The Host (Goemul, 2006) and Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan (Busanhaeng, 2016). Based on the readings in the list provided beforehand, the lecture will begin with Bong’s The Host to examine the different ways that scholars have read the monster in this film. We will engage with not only the symbolic metaphors of the monster, but also the industrial significance of this movie. We…

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