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February 2020

ChinaTalks: Cold Games – The Emergence of Sino-American Strategic Competition in the Arctic

February 13, 2020 - 16:00-17:30
NIAS meeting room (18.1.08), Building 18, 1. fl, room 18.1.08 , Øster Farimagsgade 5
Copenhagen, Denmark
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ThinkChina, The Centre for Military Studies at Department of Political Science, UCPH, and NIAS are happy to invite you to ChinaTalks. Marc Lanteigne, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Tromsø, will give a talk on the emergence of Sino-American strategic competition in the Arctic. Abstract Over the past year, the Arctic has begun to assume a higher place on the US security agenda, largely prompted by fears of being leverages out of the region by growing China-Russia cooperation in the…

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Call for papers: Radical Nationalism and Fascism in East Asia: New Approaches in Research

February 14, 2020
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Aim of the conference: Despite intense scholarly interest in the history of radical nationalism and fascism, the connections between fascist/radical nationalist ideas and particular East Asian nationalist thinkers is an important theme that appears to have been mostly ignored by ‘Western scholars’. The European study of fascism and the study of major strands of East Asian nationalisms and fascisms do not seem to be connected and two well-established academic disciplines – studies of nationalism and fascism studies in East Asia…

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CfA: Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation

February 15, 2020

SJSF calls for applications for its yearly exchange grant. The objectives of the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation are to enhance friendly relations between the five Nordic countries and Japan and to promote exchange between the peoples of the countries concerned, to increase international understanding and to attain peace in the world. The Foundation fulfills its objectives by providing grants and scholarships to organizations, institutions and individuals in the Nordic countries and Japan. The aim is to promote research, development, education and…

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Call for applications Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Fellowships

February 15, 2020

Every year, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy grants a limited number of fellowships to scholars and practitioners from outside Taiwan who wish to pursue research related to Taiwan’s democracy and human rights. The TFD divides its fellowships into four categories: Dissertation Fellowships, for PhD candidates writing their thesis; Postdoctoral Fellowships, for those who have recently received their PhD; Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellowships, for those who want to be involved in democracy and human rights projects in Taiwan; and…

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CfP: South Asia across the Nordic Region 2020

February 15, 2020

The SANR annual meeting offers a platform to present ongoing research and enhance scholarly collaboration across Nordic research institutions and universities. Since its first inaugural meeting in Copenhagen (2017), followed by Oslo (2018) and Uppsala (2019), SANR has emerged as an important community in the Nordic region for building future frameworks of cooperation, for exploring potential research collaborations, and for presenting cutting edge research undertaken by Nordic scholars. SANR is especially geared to support younger scholars in need of mentorship…

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The Development Dilemma of the Yellow Tiger (Malaysia) and White Elephant (Thailand)

February 20, 2020 - 13:15-15:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18
Lund, Sweden
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Open lecture with Kamaruddin Abdulsomad Malaysia and Thailand have achieved very impressive economic growth since the early 1970s. Many observers have predicted that both countries will become the next tiger economies of Asia. The World Bank has claimed that both countries have used market mechanism and minimum state intervention to create economic growth. However, many indicators have showed that the states have played very important role in both economies. Unlike in South Korea and Japan state intervention in Malaysia and…

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Transformations of Tibetan Sacred Landscapes: Modernisation, Buddhist Economics, and State Secularism

February 21, 2020 - 10:00-11:00
Building 10, room 10.4.05, South Campus, University of Copenhagen, Karen Blixens Plads 8

Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies invites you to a guest lecture by Anna Sehnalova, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. Abstract The talk opens with an introduction to Tibetan indigenous notions of sacralisation of landscape and their interplay with Buddhism. To provide an example of thus created Buddhist sacred sites of the natural environment, the talk focuses on one of the most sacred mountains of Tibet, Amnye Machen (A myes rma chen), located in East Tibet (contemporary mGo log Prefecture, Qinghai…

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Lunch lecture by Tom Pepinsky: “Migrants, Minorities, and Populism in Asia”

February 21, 2020 - 12:00-13:30
NIAS meeting room (18.1.08), Building 18, 1. fl, room 18.1.08 , Øster Farimagsgade 5
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Populists in East and Southeast Asia generally refrain from invoking anti-migrant and anti-minority sentiments as part of their mobilizational strategies. This differentiates them from “exclusionary” populists in Europe, even though many Southeast Asian countries are diverse societies with long histories of migration and ethnic chauvinism. Because the categories of peoplehood that were set alongside the onset of mass politics at independence remain salient today, they constrain contemporary Asian populists’ rhetorical and mobilizational strategies—even in Southeast Asia’s diverse societies. The Asian…

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Selling the Silk Road: China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) in Myanmar

February 24, 2020 - 10:15-12:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18
Lund, Sweden
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Open lecture with Mads Barbesgaard, Department of Human Geography, Lund University The BRI is often described as a ‘grand strategy’ led by President Xi Jinping, centrally planned and rolled out by obedient state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The sheer size of the initiative – 136 countries have received US$90 billion in Chinese foreign direct investment and exchanged US$6 trillion in trade with China - can make the BRI appear monolithic and inevitable. However, using a political economy analysis, this talk presents an…

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ISDP Forum: Deciphering China’s Policy towards North Korea

February 26, 2020 - 10:00-11:30
Sjöfartshuset, Skeppsbron 10
Stockholm, Sweden
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A common perception is that North Korea is China’s strategic asset and natural ally due to ideology, geographical proximity, great power competition, and the fact that they fought on the same side in the Korean War. A more careful look at China’s policies on North Korea reveal, however, evolutions in approach. In particular, deciphering China’s North Korea policies under Xi Jinping has recently been a subject of intense debate. From a chilly start, relations between the two states appear to…

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