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April 2019

From Barbarians to minorities to assimilation: The future of China’s ethnic minorities 

April 8, 2019 - 12:30-13:00
NIAS meeting room (18.1.08), Øster Farimagsgade 5
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Brown bag talk by Associate Professor Magnus Fiskesjö, Dept. of Anthropology, Cornell University. Abstract: We are currently witnessing a sharp turn in Chinese ethno-politics, with forced assimilation of ethnic minorities, especially in Western China. There is now a question of whether the recognition of ethnic minorities as such will be sustained, or whether they will be formally and effectively abolished, if the system of minority nationalities in place since the 1950s is cancelled and replaced with a new, neo-nationalist arrangement recognizing…

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Visualizing Asian Cities Photo Exhibition

April 8, 2019 - 15:00-17:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Asia Library, Sölvegatan 18B, Lund, Sweden

The 15 photographs in this exhibition were selected from nearly 100 submissions to the photo contest Visualizing Asian Cities arranged by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies. Asian cities are vibrant and diverse places that reflect unique histories at the same time as they are undergoing rapid changes.  The cities are however often depicted in rather stereotypical fashion in media so the challenge was to explore and visualize cities through images that show complexities, contradictions, and changes. The…

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Peace in Korea: Dream or Real Possibility?

April 9, 2019 - 14:00-16:00
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Hausmanns gate 3, 0186 Oslo, Norway

In 2017, peace on the Korean Peninsula seemed like a distant dream. North Korea carried out an unprecedented number of nuclear and missile tests; threats and invectives were exchanged between Pyongyang and Washington; and the UN Security Council adopted new and harsher sanctions against North Korea. 2018 transformed the dream into what seemed to be a real possibility. There were no more tests. North Korea accepted South Korea’s invitation to send representatives to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and a whirlwind of summits…

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Mellem København og Kanton – handel, netværk og kulturmøder mellem Kina og det Oldenborgske Monarki, 1730-1840

April 9, 2019 - 19:30-21:30
Forsamlingshuset, Onkel Dannys plads 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

Foredrag ved Benjamin Asmussen, museumsinspektør, ph.d. - M/S Museet for Søfart. I 1700-tallet begyndte i København en indbringende handel med Kina, drevet af danmarkshistoriens måske største og rigeste firma, Det Danske Asiatiske Kompagni, der eksisterede fra 1732 til 1844. Store summer blev tjent, personlige kontakter blev etableret og handelen skabte velstand både i København, i Danmark, i helstaten, i Østersøregionen og i Kina, men alligevel er meget af den glemt i dag. Vi kender næsten intet til de mennesker, der…

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International Conference: China, Sustainable Development and Economic Policy-Making

April 10, 2019-April 11, 2019
Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark

This conference brings together globally renowned experts, representing the perspectives of law, economics, environmental protection and climate change studies, political sciences and cultural studies to discuss pressing issues concerning China's development. Significant growth of the Chinese economy in the last three decades, combined with a wide range of innovative reforms and initiatives has led to the country assuming the position of a key global power. As the economic growth subsides, China is increasingly hard-pressed to seek balance between invigorating the…

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Theories of Ethnogenesis of Korean People in the DPRK

April 10, 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 15, Oslo, Norway

Welcome to the lecture "The Evolution of the Theory of Ethno-genesis of Korean People in the DPRK: from the legends to the fairy tales" by Far Eastern National University's senior lecturer, Vadim Akulenko. The historical transformation of the theory of Korean people’s ethno-genesis in the DPRK is an excellent example of how Korean history was being “creatively reinterpreted” by the North Korean scholars, who strive to follow the orders of the Great Leader and the Workers' Party of Korea. The…

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ISDP Forum: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – Stirring Tensions or Spurring Development?

April 10, 2019 - 14:00-15:30
Medelhavsmuseet. Fredsgatan 2, 11152 Stockholm

When the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was launched in 2015 it was hailed both as positive step in relations with China and as a cure to Pakistan’s economic woes. With loans, grants and investments that might rise to $60 billion, the infrastucture and industrial projects that make up CPEC are sure to affect Pakistan on numerous political and social levels. In this ISDP Forum, Marvi Memon, former Federal Minister and Chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), will deliver a presentation on CPEC and its political and social…

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Special seminar: China, Sustainable Development, and Economic Policy-making

April 12, 2019 - 10:00-12:00
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, South Campus, room 9A-1-01 (Nanna Berg Auditorium, 1st floor)

This event is a highly focused seminar with top international experts, commenting on most recent developments regarding China and sustainable development in the context of trade and investment exchanges with the Nordic countries. It will be of particular interest for professional, legal and business audiences. Discussed topics will include: China and UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, The Belt and Road initiative, Involvement of China in new trade and investment agreements, New developments in international economic dispute resolution, and The policies…

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Digitalisation and Democracy in Asia

April 12, 2019 - 15:00-16:30
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm, Sweden

Digitalisation impacts political processes in ambiguous ways across Asia. Digital messenger services enable grassroots mobilisation, but can also cause violence. Political parties campaign on social media, and use the same platforms to harass their opponents. Political operators analyses big data to reach groups less inclined to vote, but also to sway opinions through disinformation. In addition increased online surveillance and proposed regulations to restrict Internet use in the name of national security are of concern to local civil societies. This…

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Disaster Narratives: The Remaking of Everyday Life After the Indian Ocean Tsunami

April 15, 2019 - 13:00-14:30
Room B600 (Building B, 6th floor), Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Open seminar with Annemarie Samuels, Assistant Professor, Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami caused immense destruction and over 170,000 deaths in the Indonesian province of Aceh. It was followed by the largest humanitarian operation the world had ever seen, and by a range of social and political transformations in this war-afflicted region. How did survivors remake their lives in the face of these losses and changes? What does post-disaster reconstruction look…

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