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November 2021

Hybrid seminar/webinar: Elisabeth Schober: “Of Terraqueous Spaces and Waterborne Capitalism. Speculations in Shipbuilding and its Effects on Subic Bay in the Philippines.”

November 3, 2021 - 12:15-16:00

The Departmental Seminar Series features Elisabeth Schober, Assistant professor at the department of social anthropology at the University of Oslo. The world’s seas and oceans are arguably our largest commons: hard to control, impossible to fence off, and yet heavily contested, they have often encouraged risk-taking among the people engaging with them. Land, and the various property regimes it has given rise to, is frequently thought in opposition to these fluid terrains. By looking at shipbuilding, an industry sat at the very boundary between sea and…

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Online Seminar: “China has arrived as a geopolitical superpower”

November 3, 2021 - 15:00-16:00

China’s rise to superpower status is the most important geopolitical change of our time. On November 3rd , the University of Oslo invites for this online seminar with two international experts on this topic, Elizabeth Economy and Shaun Breslin, in discussion with China correspondent for the New York Times, Amy Qin. Find more information about the event and register here.

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Hybrid Booktalk: “”A Japanese Spring – traveling through an eternally astonishing land”

November 3, 2021 - 16:15-17:15
Scene HumSam- 1. etasje i HumSam-biblioteket i GSH, Moltke Moes vei 39
oslo, Norway
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For twelve years, author and journalist Ina Strøm has traveled regularly to Japan. She comes to the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at the University of Oslo, Georg Sverdrups House, to talk about the adventurous archipelago, starting with the book "A Japanese Spring - traveling through an eternally astonishing land". The book from 2020 takes the reader on a journey that begins in the tropical south with an 85-year-old widow with five girlfriends, via pilgrimage, temple towns and smoky dents…

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Webinar: The Politics of Climate Vulnerability in Southeast Asia

November 3, 2021 - 17:00-18:00

Organizers: NIAS, NYSEAN, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia Climate School, NYU Wagner, APEC Study Center at Columbia University. Description: Determining who is most vulnerable to climate change, and how, is not a simple calculus. Despite the widespread use of rankings and indexes of climate vulnerability, there is no agreement within Southeast Asia on the primary factors that contribute to vulnerability, nor how to measure them. Because indicators can be highly subjective, there is an inevitably political nature to determining who…

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Online Lecture: Decolonisation in Colonial Institutions: Reparative Approaches to Philippine Collections in a U.S. University

November 4, 2021 - 12:00-14:00

The Centre of South East Asian Studies at the University of London warmly invites you to the following event: Abstract The sizable Philippine collections at the University of Michigan underscore this institution’s role in U.S. colonial expansion. Michigan faculty, students, and alumni came to the Philippines to teach, conduct field research, establish business ventures, and participate in colonial administration. This involvement resulted in the accumulation of one of the largest Philippine collections in North America. It is time for the…

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Online Lecture: Master, Mara and the Mad Man

November 9, 2021 - 10:00-11:00

Master, Mara and the Mad Man: Absorbing Russia and the East Europe in the Prose of Lu Xun The event is co-sponsored by the National Central Library (Taiwan), Center for Chinese Studies (Taiwan), and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, MTA). Abstract: This talk selects one part of the book Russia as Master and Monster: The Literary Experiment of Lu Xun, Qu Qiubai and Cao Yu in Transcultural Practices, investigating the theme of "Learning from Russia" during the…

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Hybrid NIAS event: Knowledge Organizations in the Thai Tobacco Control Movement

November 9, 2021 - 15:00-16:30

The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies has invited Joseph Harris Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University to come and give a talk about the role of autonomous knowledge organisation in policy development in Thailand. Scholars have frequently understood development as a process that is either “market-led” or “state-led,” with the industrial development of classic developmental states, like Japan, led by a guiding state agency, like Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry. In Thailand, however, rather than development being…

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JANET (Japan Academic Network in Europe) Forum 2021

November 10, 2021 - 07:30-November 13, 2021 - 12:00

The theme of JANET Forum 2021 on “International Exchange During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Planning ahead for the next few years” provides a unique opportunity for dialogue and exchange among leading Japanese and European universities and research institutions. Specifically, participating Japanese and European universities and academic institutions, as well as affiliated researchers, will present about their universities and topics of interest to promote discussions on the possibilities of collaboration, and will be able to participate in one-to-one dialogues in virtual networking…

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Lecture: Consolidating Power after 1949

November 10, 2021 - 10:30-12:00

"State Formation in China and Taiwan in the post-1949 Era" by Julia Strauss, Soas University of London. The Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Bergen welcomes you to a new lecture in the "Centenary of the Chinese Communist Party" series this autumn semester: "State Formation in China and Taiwan in the post-1949 Era" by Julia Strauss, Soas University of London. In the years following the communist victory against the nationalists on the Chinese mainland in 1949, both the “revolutionary” People’s…

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Roundtable: Southeast Asia’s Contentious Polls: Electoral Management in Comparative Perspective

November 10, 2021 - 13:30-14:30

The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) hosts this workshop with SEAC on Southeast Asian electoral management in comparative perspective. The event will involve a roundtable discussion with 5 invited speakers to be chaired by Prof. John Sidel and will cover a range of viewpoints from across the region. Thailand’s March 2019 elections became intensely controversial after the Election Commission apparently changed the method of assigning party list seats after polling had closed.  In May 2019, riots began outside the Indonesian…

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