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New Type of Great Power Relations: Global Power and Chinese National Identity 

15:00-16:30 (CET), Wednesday March 3, 2021

China’s global economic and political power has expanded. How will China use its new position to change the world? How does the country’s rise change its self-perception? Manjari Chatterjee will discuss how China’s elites actively reframe the country’s image based on her book  Why Nations Rise: Narratives and the Path to Great Power (Oxford University Press 2021). Lina Benabdallah's presentation probes the type of power mechanisms that build, diffuse, and project China’s power in Africa. It draws on her book Shaping the future of power. Knowledge Production and Network Building in China-Africa Relations (University of Michigan Press 2020). Ilaria Carrozza will chair the seminar. 

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This event is organized the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo (UiO) as part of the project Brokering China's Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex)


How to Get Published in an Asian Studies Journal

16:00 (CET), Friday March 5 2021 

How do you go about publishing an article in the field of Asian studies? What are journal editors looking for? Why do most journal articles make very little impact while others become instant classics? How do you deal with critical reviews and rejections? Join us for an informal discussion with Julie Chen and Hyung-Gu Lynn, in conversation with Duncan McCargo, followed by Q & A.

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This event is co-hosted by NYSEAN - New York Network of East Asian Studies, ADI - Asian Dynamics Initiative and NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.

China-Central Asia Relations: A Reality Check

10:00-11:30 (CET), Tuesday March 9, 2021

As Central Asian states approach the 30th year of independence in 2021, this lecture by Niva Yau examines the state of bilateral relations with China, a regional player of increased importance in the past decade. For the region, cooperation with China supported the rise of individual Central Asian leaders and induced a larger sense of independence from Russia. The Central Asian energy landscape has been oriented towards China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) provides a regional security structure. The regional presence of China has grown exponentially in the past decade, with the Belt and Road Initiative that drove Central Asian leaders ideologically closer to Beijing and lead to adaptation of China’s authoritarian technologies – opening the door to Chinese private security companies and a Chinese military base in Tajikistan (as it is called by the West), an anti-drug trafficking centre (as it is referred to by China). This guest lecture pays special attention to the bilateral dynamics from the perspective of individual Central Asian states in navigating relations with China.

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This event is organised by the Asian Studies Research Seminar at Lund University.  

Myanmar after the coup

12:00-13.00 (CET), Wednesday 10 March, 2021

On 1 February, Myanmar’s military seized power after detaining the country's civilian leadership, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint. The coup was staged on the day Parliament was scheduled to hold its first session since the November elections, in which the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a large majority of the body’s available seats. The military and its political allies have since the election raised allegations of fraud, but have not been backed by the electoral commission. Citing the 2008 constitution the military has declared a year-long state of emergency, and says it will hold a "free and fair" election once the state of emergency is over. The coup has reversed the limited political reforms that the military itself installed in 2011 to create a “disciplined democracy”. However, the military seems unable to control or hold back the democratic revolution of Myanmar society that has taken place in the same period. Civil resistance against the coup has been extensive, and the past weeks have seen tens of thousands of people taking to the streets daily to protest the coup, in demonstrations not seen since the “Saffron revolution” of 2007.

This ASIANET seminar discusses the events leading to the coup in Myanmar, and explore possible future scenarios. What does the military intend to achieve during the state of emergency? And what will the coup and the widespread civil resistance mean for Myanmar’s democratic future?

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Please register here at the latest one hour before start. 

The Coup and the Intricacies of Power-Sharing in Myanmar

16:30-18:00 (CET), Thursday March 11, 2021

The February Coup of the Tatmadaw raises important questions about the nature of power-sharing and the future of democracy in Myanmar. Why did the Tatmadaw end a power-sharing agreement that took them two decades to install and that gave them a huge number of prerogatives and powers? What does it tell us about the self-perception of the Tatmadaw in the ‘disciplined democracy’? Almost immediately after the coup, people took to the streets to demand the return of democracy and re-installment of the popularly elected government. What can be said about the resistance against the coup and military rule? How can women's’ active participation in the current anti-coup resistance be described? What will be the implications of the coup for the future political trajectory of the country? Will Myanmar go back to direct military rule?

Speakers: Marco Bünte, Jenny Hedström, and Debbie Stothard

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This seminar is co-organized by the ABF Stockholm, the Olof Palme International Center, and the Forum of Asian Studies at Stockholm University

Thailand Update: Protests Revisited

Since the emergence of mass student-led rallies in mid-July 2019, political protest has once again become a major focus of interest in Thailand. This year’s Thailand Update (the sixth so far) links discussions of previous rounds of protest – notably the 6 October 1976 events, the subject of a major new 2020 book by Thongchai Winichakul – to ask searching questions about these recent demonstrations.

Speakers: Duncan McCargo, Thongchai Winichakul, Tyrell Haberkorn, Prajak Konkirati, Aim Sinpeng, Saowanee Alexander, and Kanokrat Lertchoosakul 

Date & Time: 15:00-17:15 (CET), Monday March 15, 2021 and 15:00-17:30 (CET), Tuesday March 16, 2021

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Please register here for both days of the conference.

This event is co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the New York Southeast Asia Network and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.


Call for Papers: Authoritarian Populism in South Asia

Deadline: Wednesday March 31, 2021

Panel with presentation of papers and discussion South Asia across the Nordic Region (SANR) meeting, 27-28 May 2021, University of Copenhagen

We invite contributions to these and more topics, from seasoned scholars and juniors, from tenured and untenured, fullblown papers and half-baked ones.

Read more here.

Please send title and abstract to Marie Yoshida by 31 March.


New episodes in the #NordicAsiaPodcast

Looking for a listening experience full of researchers' insights on Asia? Try the Nordic Asia Podcast, co-hosted by NIAS, CEAS, ASIANETTVERKET and Forum for Asian Studies. Since the last NIAS Update, we've released the following episodes:

Give it a listen on your favorite podcast streaming platform or find it here.
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