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November 2019

Judicialization in Authoritarian Regimes: The Expansion of Powers of the Chinese Supreme People’s Court

November 29, 2019 - 10:15-11:45
Room P545, 5th floor of the Porthania Building (Faculty of Law), University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 3. Finland + Google Map

The Finnish China Law Center will host a guest lecture ‘Judicialization in Authoritarian Regimes: The Expansion of Powers of the Chinese Supreme People’s Court’ by Professor Björn Ahl from the University of Cologne. For more information, please see this link.

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CFP: European Scholars of South Asian International relations (ESSAIR)

November 30, 2019

The European Scholars of South Asian International Relations (ESSAIR) are delighted to announce a Call for Papers for the Inaugural Annual Conference at the École Militaire, Paris on 10 July 2020. They welcome abstracts from established academics, emerging scholars and postgraduate students concerning their research on South Asia under the wide aegis of International Relations and History, including political science, security studies, foreign policy, IR theory, comparative politics, and institutionalism. Research can relate to any specific state, bilateral or multilateral…

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CfA: Short-Term Resident Fellow Programme on contemporary Taiwan

November 30, 2019 - 08:00-17:00

The European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan – A CCK Foundation Overseas Center (CCKF-ERCCT) at the University of Tübingen, Germany, pursues the objective of promoting and facilitating postgraduate social science research on contemporary Taiwan and scholarly cooperation between Europe and Taiwan. To this end, two Ph.D. students or postdoc researchers from Europe and Taiwan are invited to join the center in Tübingen for a period between three to six months. For more information, please visit their website.

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December 2019

Digital Asia Cultural, Socio-Economic, and Political Transformations

December 2, 2019 - 08:00-December 6, 2019 - 17:00

12th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference & PhD Course Asia has the largest Internet population in the world in absolute numbers, and it is also at the forefront of digital developments in many fields, including governance, entertainment, and e-commerce. The region, however, encompasses a diverse digital landscape that reflects divergent histories, cultures, and socioeconomic and political realities. Proposals should focus on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are used by, and affect, individuals and communities in their cultural, socioeconomic, and…

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Thai Politics in Flux: the 2019 Elections and their Aftermath

December 2, 2019 - 10:15-12:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Asia Library, Sölvegatan 18, Lund

Abstract This presentation will discuss the polarization that has afflicted Thailand's recent politics, as seen in the highly contentious March 2019 elections and the subsequent re-appointment of 2014 General Prayut Chan-ocha as prime minister. It asks whether Thailand is experiencing some form of democratic rollback: exactly how can the county's current politics best be characterised? Bio Duncan McCargo is Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, working mainly on…

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Deferral and Intimacy: Long-distance Romance and Thai Migrants Abroad

December 2, 2019 - 13:00-14:30
B600 (House B, 6th Floor), Stockholm University

Open seminar by Andrew Alan Johnson, Visiting Fellow at the Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University. Mr. Johnson will present an ethnographic study of the Thai male romantic partners of Thai women working abroad as sex workers or marriage migrants, and their engagement with the problems of impermanence and deferral. Via the “work of waiting” (Kwon 2015) of those left behind, he argues that waiting is in tension with the impermanence of hopes, selves, and bodies. Mr. Johnson asks: what does…

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The Best Populist in Town? Duterte and the Success of the Populist Rhetoric

December 4, 2019 - 13:15-15:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Asia Library, Sölvegatan 18, Lund

Abstract This lecture will discuss the widely used but often misunderstood concept of populism and why might populism be bad for democracy. It will then focus on the rise of populists in Southeast Asia with a special focus on the Philippines' president, Rodrigo Duterte. Bio Dr Aim Sinpeng is a lecturer in comparative politics at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on social media and politics in Southeast Asia, particularly on issues of political engagement, electoral campaigning, activism and…

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ChinaTalk: The New Superpower Rivalry between China and the US

December 5, 2019 - 15:00-16:30
NIAS, meeting room 18.1.08, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph

Abstract The United States and China are today much more powerful than any other state and the distribution of capabilities in the international system is now bipolar. This new era of U.S.–China bipolarity differs from the U.S.–Soviet rivalry of the second half of the twentieth century. The most important difference is not economic interdependence, ideology, institutions, the role of nuclear weapons or political leaders, but geopolitics. Based on a new geostructural realist theory, The lecture will focus on explaining and…

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Film Screening: Shusenjo – The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue

December 5, 2019 - 17:00-20:00
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm, Drottning Kristinas väg 37,
Stockholm, Sweden
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The 85th Stockholm Seminar on Japan How has the issue of women's rights become the battleground of political quandary in Japan and South Korea? The film Shusenjo delves deep into the highly controversial 'comfort women' issue and presents the viewpoints of those who are involved in the debate. It attempts to find answers to some of the biggest questions for Japanese and Koreans: Were 'comfort women' prostitutes or sex slaves? Were they coercively recruited? And, does Japan have a legal responsibility to…

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Spring of Hope or the Winter of Despair? – Social Democratic movement in Thailand after the 2019 election under the rise of monopoly capital

December 9, 2019 - 12:30-13:30
NIAS meeting room (18.1.08), Building 18, 1. fl, room 18.1.08 , Øster Farimagsgade 5
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Abstract On March 24, 2019, Thailand held its first general election since the military seized power from the elected government led by Yingluck Shinawatra in 2014. For much of history, Thailand’s modern political history is one of periodic upheavals, coups d’état, and aborted democratic experiments. The military junta led by Prayuth Chanocha promised to restore peace and harmony in the country and to allow political elections within one or two years. After years of delay, the long awaited general election…

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