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November 2017

North Korea and the USA: the simplified black and white conflict

November 28, 2017 - 15:15
NUPI, Oslo

Since 1947 members of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board has maintained the 'Doomsday Clock' representing an analogy for the threat of global nuclear war. The hypothetical global catastrophe is "midnight". Its original setting in 1947 was seven minutes to midnight. 70 years later the Clock stands at two and a half minutes to midnight, due to President Donald Trump's comments over North Korea, Russia, and nuclear weapons. This setting is the Clock's second-closest approach to midnight since its introduction.…

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The Indus River Basin as Sovereign Space: Nature and the Partition of India

November 30, 2017 - 16:15-18:00
P. A. Munch’s hus seminarrom 10, Niels Henrik Abels vei 36
Oslo, 0371
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The Indus Basin of contemporary India and Pakistan witnessed the development under British colonial rule of the largest, integrated irrigation system in the world.  The development of this system not only transformed production in the region, but also came to play an important role in the ideological justifications for British rule.  The bifurcation of the river basin at the time of partition in 1947 thus signaled a crisis both in water management and in the linking of the sovereign claims…

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Religious Practice and Education in Tibetan Buddhism

November 30, 2017 - 16:30-18:30
Sophus Bugges Hus, Auditorium 1 Oslo, + Google Map

  Lecture on religions practice and education in Tibetan Buddhism by Khenpo Sodargye from Larung Gar. Larung Gar is a large Buddhist monastic settlement in Sichuan Province in China. With over ten thousand residents it is frequently considered the Buddhist monastery in the world. It was established in 1980 by the late Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, and has been an influential force in the reestablishment of Buddhism in the region in recent decades. As one…

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December 2017

Enterprise Hindutva: Five Prototypes in Urban India

December 1, 2017 - 10:15-12:00
PA Munchs hus seminarrom 3, University of Oslo

The expansion of social media in India has marked a distinct debate culture among the middle classes, shaping a new milieu of ideological affiliations. Amidst a diversity of online voices, social networking sites are active with an alert and assertive group of Hindu nationalist sympathizers whom I call the “ideological warriors of New India”.  This talk delineates the new media cultures surrounding this ideological group, and the varied motivations that cluster around the enthusiasm to announce the arrival of the confident…

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An Overview of Japanese Cinema & Japanese Film as a Source for Research on Modern Japan

December 4, 2017 - 15:15-17:00

JapanSession: Dick Stegewerns Public guest lecture on the history of Japanese cinema by Dick Stegewerns, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. This lecture will give an introduction to what is now exactly 120 years of Japanese cinema. The emphasis will be on special characteristics of the Japanese film industry, such as the theatrical nature of its roots and early (silent) history, its use for government (war) propaganda, the belated rise of independent cinema, the erotic format…

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Eating the “Spirit of the Grasslands”: The Trade and Slaughter of the Tibetan Mastiff

December 4, 2017 - 16:15
University of Copenhagen, South Campus, room 10-4-05 Copenhagen, Denmark + Google Map

Public talk with Séagh Kehoe, University of Nottingham. Since the early 1990s Tibet Fever (Xizang Re) has been sweeping Mainland China. Framing Tibet as an exotic place steeped in magic and timeless folk living in enchanted landscapes, Tibet Fever has seen middle-class Han urbanites willing to pay a premium for anything associated with Tibetan areas and it’s people. While this state-sponsored marketization of Tibetan culture has been heralded as an important source of development for the ‘backward’ periphery region, it…

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10th Annual ISDP-AMS Conference

December 8, 2017 - 08:00-17:20
Citykonditoriet, Adolf Fredriks kyrkogata 10
Stockholm, Sweden
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The Institute for Security & Development Policy and the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy for Military Science invite you to attend the 10th Annual ISDP-AMS Conference, which this year will cover an array of topics relevant to current trends in Chinese and European security. Since 2008, ISDP and AMS have cooperated on various multilateral issues pertaining to defense and foreign policy. The tenth conference will revisit previous conference topics such as conflict management, joint military exercises and terrorism in a contemporary context. The conference include…

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Xi Jinping´s “New Era”: What Does It Mean for China´s Role in the World?

December 8, 2017 - 15:00-16:30
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Drottning Kristinas väg 37
Stockholm, Sweden
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During its 19th National Congress in October, the Communist Party of China adopted a new guiding ideology: “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”. What is ”Xi Jinping Thought” and how will it impact China’s foreign relations? Has China left behind Deng Xiaoping’s old adage to “hide our capabilities, and bide our time”? Which contributions and challenges does Xi Jinping’s “New Era” present to world order? Panelists: Alice Ba, Professor, Political Science & International Relations,…

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Mourning through Protest in Seoul: Debates over Governance, Morality and Legitimacy after the Sewŏl Ferry Disaster

December 8, 2017 - 16:15
South Campus, Faculty of Humanities, Room 10-3-28 (building 10, third floor) Copenhagen, Denmark + Google Map

  Public guest lecture by Dr. Liora Sarfati (Tel Aviv University). When the Sewŏl Ferry sank in 2014, leaving 304 dead (among them 250 high school students) and 9 missing passengers, South Korea was shocked and grieving. The mass mourning soon turned into extensive anti-government protests that amalgamated in the winter 2016 to the impeachment of the former president, Park Kun-hye. While South Korea has often been categorised a homogeneous nation, I suggests that complex relationships between social classes create…

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Call for Papers | First AEEAO International Conference “Creating New Synergies: Beyond Our Frontiers”

December 11, 2017

The First AEEAO International Conference should be a rendezvous where scholars in the field of EAS might interact with other colleagues and share their research outcomes. Therefore, the Organising Committee of the conference would like to invite researchers to send their paper presentation or poster proposals within any of the following fields of knowledge: • Art • Science • History • Language and Translation • Literature • Philosophy and Thought • Politics and Economy • Sociology and Anthropology Deadline: 11…

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