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November 2018

Open seminar: Human Rights and the New Political Order in Cambodia

November 13, 2018 - 18:00-19:30
Forum for Asian Studies Department of Political Science Stockholm University, Universitetsvägen 10 F, the F-building, 7th floor
Stockholm, Sweden
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Astrid Norén-Nilsson, Center for East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University, and Thomas Hammarberg, Swedish diplomat and human rights defender. Astrid Norén-Nilsson, associate Senior Lecturer, Center for East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University. Her scholarship focuses on the politics of Cambodia in the post-conflict reconstruction era (1993-) and she is the author of the monograph Cambodia’s Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy (Cornell SEAP, 2016). She has published on themes related to the development of Cambodia’s fragile democracy, addressing…

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Hyperstructures: Re-thinking large-scale infrastructure development in Highland Asian borderlands

November 14, 2018 - 12:30-13:30
NIAS, meeting room 18.1.08, Øster Farimagsgade 5
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Lunch talk by Galen Murton, Assistant Professor, James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia The borderlands of Highland Asia have been for decades at the center of ambitious infrastructure projects and speculations. From the Soviet construction of roads and airports in the Pamirs, to India’s substantive investment in hydropower development, large-scale projects are not new. However, the scale and ambitions of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) promises a dramatic departure from earlier interventions. Therefore, an analysis of a number of large-scale…

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诶 比 西 of Reading: Ezra Pound’s Chinese

November 15, 2018 - 10:15-12:00
P.A. Munchs hus, seminarrom12, Niels Henrik Abels vei 36
Oslo, Norway
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In this lecture, Michael Kindellan (Sheffield) will discuss the modernist American poet, translator and provocateur Ezra Pound (1885-1972), with special attention to Pound’s radical and often contentious translations of Chinese.  In this lecture, I propose to give a critical account of Ezra Pound’s long, influential and often highly contested engagement with Chinese thought and writing. I’ll attend in particular to Pound’s appropriation and deployment of Chinese as it pertains to his related, controversial forays into philological and translational practice, reading…

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Public Spaces and Gendered Intersectionalities in Indian Cities

November 16, 2018 - 12:15-13:30
Meeting room 252, PA Munchs Hus, Blindern, Oslo Oslo, Norway + Google Map

Public Spaces and Gendered Intersectionalities in Indian Cities Do Indian cities offer women greater control over public spaces? In this seminar, Prof. Saraswati Raju from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) interrogates the a priori categorization of space into the public and the private in the context of South Asian cities. Drawing on published and unpublished sources, Prof. Raju problematizes the idea of the 'blurring of spaces' in urban contexts and shows how women’s freedom of mobility and their visibility in essentially masculine public spaces…

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Citizen Participatory Journalism in Korea

November 20, 2018 - 13:15-15:00
Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 B
Lund, Sweden
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Open lecture with Yeon-ho Oh, adjunct professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Seoul, Korea, and founder and CEO of OhmyNews. OhmyNews is a South Korean online newspaper website with the motto "Every Citizen is a Reporter". It was founded by Oh Yeon Ho on February 22, 2000. It was the first of its kind in the world to accept, edit and publish articles from its readers, in an open source style of news reporting. OhmyNews was influential…

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China’s activities in Greenland

November 21, 2018 - 10:00-12:00
Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderivej 51A
Copenhagen, Denmark
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With the publication of China’s white paper on Arctic strategy and the goal of establishing a Polar Silk Road, Chinese investment supported by the Chinese state is expected to increase in the coming years. Greenland has a prominent place in this strategy and Chinese companies view Greenland as a new frontier for business. There are also concerns, however, especially in Denmark and the US, that China is trying to boost its strategic position in the Arctic. This seminar discusses recent…

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Anastasia Piliavsky: Hierarchy as a Theory of Life

November 21, 2018 - 14:15-16:00
f, Moltke Moes vei 31
oslo, Norway
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Anastasia Piliavsky, Fellow and Director of Studies in Social Anthropology at Girton College, Cambridge. Dr. Anastasia Piliavsky teaches Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. As Early Career fellow at CRASSH Piliavsky is undertaking a Newton-Leverhulme funded project “India’s democratic boom and its implications” (2016-2019). Her research for the past 14 years has focused on thieves, policemen, gossip and secrecy (among other things) in the Indian province of Rajasthan, and on political life in India more generally, including questions of why the country…

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China’s engagement in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Xinjiang

November 26, 2018 - 10:00-12:00
Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderivej 51A
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Will China’s Root Cause model provide regional stability and security? The seminar will discuss China’s westward policy by analyzing the opportunities and obstacles related to its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as well as discussing the potential of China’s approach to stabilizing the troubled areas in Afghanistan and Pakistan through development. The logic behind China’s policy is that economic development will lead to more stability by addressing what is seen as the root…

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The “People’s War on Terror” and the Mass Internment of Muslims in Xinjiang

November 26, 2018 - 13:15-15:00
Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 B
Lund, Sweden
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Open lecture with Dr. Rachel Harris (SOAS, University of London) In China's northwestern border region of Xinjiang, coercive forms of disciplinary state power now condition the experience of everyday life for millions of Uyghurs and other Muslim minority peoples. The mechanisms of surveillance and control extend across the region and right into family homes, underpinned by an unprecedented system of mass detention. Over the past ten years researching Uyghur Islam, I have observed the steady rise of religious piety in…

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NIAS Lunch Talk: The Socialist Tower of Babel in 1950s China

November 27, 2018 - 12:30-13:30
NIAS, meeting room 18.1.08, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph

Abstract: In the 1930s, Chinese Communists brought in the Soviet Union’s campaign of anti-illiteracy and sought to replace Chinese characters with the Latin alphabet. This talk examines the transformation of the Latinization Movement in 1950s China, as the advocates of this movement turned from cultural revolutionaries into state-builders of the People’s Republic of China. It presents the language policy of the PRC in the 1950s in relation to the Soviet Union’s model of language construction, interrogating the ideology of linguistic commonality that…

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