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News From the Nordic Region

    Secular governance in Central Asia: the case of Kazakhstan

    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 [...]

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

    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 [...]

    Zen and the art of magic, amulets and funerals

    – 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 [...]

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

    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 [...]

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

    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 [...]