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November 2017

Public lecture: A Sino-Jewish Encounter, A Humanitarian Fantasy

November 3, 2017 - 14:00-16:00

Abstract: In the late 1930s and early 1940s, tens of thousands of European Jews fleeing Nazi genocide found a temporary safe-haven in Shanghai. They were able to do so crucially because Shanghai was an open city under divided governance and because China was at war with Japan and could not exercise sovereign control over its borders. In this paper, I ponder the moral lessons from this fortuitous episode of humanitarianism through the lens of moral philosophy and moral psychology. Using…

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CFP: Global Debates in the Digital Humanities

November 7, 2017

Where does Digital Humanities take place? DH has been described through various metaphors – “big tent”, “trading zone”, “expanded field”, etc. – lacking perhaps one further step: the idea of digital pluralism linked to new geographical and geopolitical dimension. Following this line, we invite proposals for contributions to a collection of essays entitled Global Debates in the Digital Humanities: a collection on the issues and challenges of practicing Digital Humanities (DH) in diverse geographical contexts, countries, and cultures – especially…

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Call for papers: Taiwan in the Globalized World – Relevance of Taiwan Studies to Social Sciences and Humanities

November 10, 2017

The 3rd World Congress of Taiwan Studies (WCTS) will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, on September 6th through 8th, 2018. The general theme of this Congress is Taiwan in the Globalized World, with focus on the relevance of Taiwan Studies to Social Sciences and Humanities. Important Dates Abstract submission deadline: November 10th, 2017 Acceptance notification: December 11th, 2017 Final paper due: August 5th, 2018 See more information in the attached document. Call for Papers-the 3rd WCTS Organized…

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The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

November 15, 2017

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications in the 2017-18 competition year of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions supporting work to expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, to strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and to increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. •  Dissertation Fellowships: one-year stipends to…

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Call for Abstracts: Aspirations of young adults in urban Asia

November 15, 2017

This is a Call for Abstracts to contribute to an ethnographically-informed edited volume on the aspirations of youth and young adults in urban Asia (target publication: 2019). We are particularly interested in contributions from early career scholars. As our aim is to make this edited volume to go beyond Western-centric appraisals and present a truly global portrait, we particularly encourage local scholars from Asian communities to contribute. More information available in the attached file. Call for Abstracts - Aspirations of…

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Asia brown bag talk: Andreas Møller Mulvad

November 22, 2017 - 12:30-13:30
NIAS, room 18.1.08, CSS, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph

The Dream of Democracy is not dead in China. Yes, the Xi administration has turned up the pressure on pro-democratic voices with a cocktail of repression and ideological propaganda. Yet, this should not lead us to assume that the Spirit of 1989 is gone forever. The bold prediction of my talk is that we will see a new popular movement for democracy, seriously challenging the monopoly of power of the CCP, before the PRC turns 100 in 2049.   Andreas…

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Secular governance in Central Asia: the case of Kazakhstan

November 23, 2017 - 15:30-16:45
Medelhavsmuseet. Fredsgatan 2, 103 21, Stockholm.

Since independence, Kazakhstan has remained faithful to secular statehood. In recent years, Kazakhstan’s leaders have strengthened the secular character of the state’s laws and education system. But what does secularism mean in a Central Asian context? How does the state balance the goal of religious freedom with the need to shield the state from religious influence? Within the framework of ISDP’s ongoing research on secular governance in Central Asia and the Caucasus, ISDP invites you to a panel discussion focusing on…

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Xi Jinping’s China – what does the future hold?

November 27, 2017 - 13:00-15:00
NUPI, Oslo

China's president has now started his second term at power. What is the future outlook for the country's economy? And how does Japan perceive its neighbour? In this seminar, Toshiya Tsugami will present political observations of Xi Jinping’s second term and an analysis of the Chinese economy and its prospects. The hopes and concerns over China’s external policy from the perspective of its neighbor, Japan, will also be covered. Toshiya Tsugami is President of Tsugami Workshop Ltd., an independent China…

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Zen and the art of magic, amulets and funerals

November 27, 2017 - 13:15-15:00

- introduction to Japanese religion past and present Public talk by Jørn Borup, Aarhus University Japanese religion is Zen meditation in mountain monasteries. But it is also funeral business and folk religious rituals, ancient mythologies, nationalistic Shinto and post-3/11 green Buddhism. The lecture will give an overall introduction to some of the many facets of Japanese religiosity, including the crises of contemporary secularization. Venue: Søndre Campus, Det Humanistiske Fakultet, lokale 11A.2.19 More information

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Philosopher Kings and Oriental Despots : Leibniz and the Enlightenment Debate Concerning China

November 27, 2017 - 16:00-18:00
Room 27.0.09, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, South Campus, Karen Blixens Plads 8

Guest lecture by Eric S. Nelson, Associate Professor of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In this guest lecture Eric. S. Nelson will discuss the ethical-political and political theological contexts of Leibniz’s reception and interpretation of Chinese political culture and thought. He examines Leibniz’s political philosophy and “political theology” in order to clarify how he interpreted the Chinese political system and Confucian political thought as providing a model of benevolent enlightened kingship rooted in natural theology in the context…

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