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May 2020

Call for Identities Virtual Symposium: The Viral Condition

May 31, 2020

COVID-19 is a truly global event. As the virus races past national borders claiming ever-new territories, the world seems to have come to an abrupt halt. Many nations across the world have undertaken emergency lockdown measures to contain the pandemic: from the closure of schools, universities, and public institutions to cafes, restaurants and commercial establishments that facilitate social life. Airspaces and public transport have been closed, travel is minimal, and public life is receding into private spaces as more and…

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June 2020

Helsinki Taiwanese American Film Festival – all online

June 6, 2020

The University of Helsinki will be hosting its first Taiwanese American Film Festival this June! From June 6th to June 15th, this festival will showcase five short films by Taiwanese Americans filmmakers and a feature documentary about the Taiwanese diaspora experience. This will be the first time these films will be screened together for a Nordic audience. Ranging from dramedy to horror to documentary, these stories explore returning back home and the (re)connection and disconnection with one’s family, culture, and…

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Hong Kong and the Quest for Democracy and Freedom under Chinese Rule (webinar)

June 10, 2020 - 10:00-11:15

One year ago, on June 9, 2019, at least hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers took the streets to protest a proposed extradition bill with China. The bill was eventually withdrawn, but Hong Kong citizens now face Beijing’s so-called “National Security Law”. Will this mean the end of civil liberties and the pro-democratic protests in Hong Kong? How will the Hong Kong citizens react? How should Europe respond? Panel Martin Lee is widely referred to as the “father” of Hong Kong democracy…

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Everyday Justice in Myanmar – new book out in summer 2020 (webinar)

June 10, 2020 - 11:00-12:00

Interview with Senior Researcher Helene Maria Kyed, editor of the book. Everyday justice in Myanmar is the first book to explore how ordinary people in Myanmar access justice and resolve disputes based on a unique collection of ethnographic studies. The empirical findings of the book – drawing on fieldwork in Karen, Mon, Pa-0, Naga areas and in Yangon city – shed important light on the wider dynamics of state making, identity politics, and authority in transitional Myanmar. It also contributes to…

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Shock mobility (webinar)

June 10, 2020 - 14:30-15:45

Webinar with Professor Biao Xiang, Social Anthropology at University of Oxford and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. During the webinar Professor Biao Xiang, will share his current work on mobilities and restrictions during SARS and Coronavirus. His talk will be followed by a conversation with Ninna Nyberg Sørensen and a Q&A session with those attending the webinar. The webinar is held in English on zoom. More information and registration here

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June 11, 2020 - 08:30-17:00
Professorboligen, Karl Johans gate 47
Oslo, Norway
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Which obstacles exist to achieving effective environmental and climate regime in Asia? How is the energy challenge linked to broader political-economic churnings and international tensions? What are the impacts and drivers for Asian consumption booms? How can Asian perspectives on sustainability contribute to sustainable development globally? Asia has for a long time been the most important growth region in the world. Rapid economic growth and urbanisation have intertwined with increased access to education and better health care to reduce abject poverty…

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CfP Special issue of Chakra: A Nordic Journal of South Asian Studies, published by SASNET

June 15, 2020

How do we continue to do proper research in area studies in times when we cannot be mobile? Indeed, this period will be challenging in many aspects. Now it is time to be creative. Your thoughts on this are wanted in a special issue of Chakra: A Nordic Journal of South Asian Studies, published by SASNET. They invite articles for the dual focus on this need for studying the social-political, cultural, economic, and psychological cost of COVID-19. For more info see…

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Post-COVID-19: A new world order? (webinar)

June 15, 2020 - 14:00-15:00

A webinar on a possible new world order with experts on the USA, China, Russia and the EU. Online via Zoom The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed much of the world as we knew it just a few months ago - as family members, friends, social beings, citizens and consumers. The expert community is now divided over the future nature and even structure of the international system. Interpretations range from the very positive (a world of closer co-operation and less…

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Webinar: Key to success in Japan – stories from research and business

June 22, 2020 - 10:00-11:30

Japan is the world’s third largest economy, and an important  contributor to high quality research and innovation. Japan is therefore a high priority partner country for Norway. Team Norway Japan, based at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, together with our partnering government agencies in Norway, would like to invite you to a webinar where we will share ideas and experiences in order to inspire to the development of stronger collaboration with Japan in the areas of research, education and business.…

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2nd application round: Doctoral Intensive Course in Ageing Studies 2020 at Nordic Centre Fudan

June 28, 2020

The multidisciplinary Sino-Nordic Doctoral Intensive Course in Ageing Studies, planned to be held at NC Fudan on 25 - 29 May 2020 and postponed to 12 - 16 October, will accept applications during a second application period 1 May - 28 June. They welcome specifically Chinese students’ applications but accept also Nordic applications. The updated information now appears on the NC website. More information However, please note that, due to the pandemic, the event may have to be postponed to…

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