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Online lecture by Mukaddas Mijit

GUEST LECTURE Uyghur stage performance: From Sanahi Nafis the reformist artistic troupes to Intangible Cultural Heritage (UNESCO) by Mukaddas Mijit Date 15. 7. 2020 10 AM Location Trainee centre ONLINE on ZOOM Join Zoom meeting HERE Abstract Uyghur musical art, particularly through its large ensembles of traditional songs and dances, is today mainly performed on professional stages. Broadcast live on television and subsequently shared on the internet, these artistic representations symbolize Uyghur cultural identity. The On…

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Online lecture by Andrei Dörre

GUEST LECTURE Feeding the Mountains: Shifting Foodscapes in High Asia by Andrei Dörre Date & Time 1. 7. 2020 10 AM Location Trainee centre ONLINE on ZOOM Join Zoom meeting HERE Abstract High mountains represent fringe areas of the ecumene. Due to the often marginal productivity of locally available resources, high mountain populations commonly rely on external exchange relations to meet their basic needs. Reliable food provision in the high mountains is thus structurally based on…

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Virtual workshop: Close Reading of Sources from the Uyghur Homelands

Workshop Virtual workshop: Close Reading of Sources from the Uyghur Homelands Date & Time June 22-26, 2020 3PM-5PM Location Online via Big Blue Button platform. This is a closed workshop. In case you are interested in joining please contact organizer Rune Steenberg (rune.steenberg@upol.cz) Abstract The workshop brings together experts working on Xinjiang to present and conduct a close reading of original sources from the region to each other. No limitation as for language or historical…

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Online lecture by Dong Jo Shin

GUEST LECTURE ‘Utopian Speak’: Language Assimilation in China’s Yanbian Korean Borderland, 1958-1976 by Dong Jo Shin Date 17. 6. 2020 2:30 PM Location Trainee centre ONLINE on ZOOM Join Zoom meeting HERE Abstract China’s ethnically Korean citizens in the Yanbian borderland underwent language suppression during the era of high socialism, driven by a sweeping vocabulary of Maoist social utopianism. As China’s ‘leading ethnic group’, the revolutionary Han undertook an ‘Anti-Local Nationalism’ campaign denunciation advising that ethnic…

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Online lecture by Andreas Mandler

GUEST LECTURE Maintaining Agricultural Livelihoods in Rural Tajikistan: Knowledge Practises Among Smallholder Farmers in the Zerafshan Valley by Andreas Mandler Date & Time 10. 6. 2020 10:00 AM Location Trainee centre ONLINE on ZOOM Join Zoom meeting HERE Abstract Due to its mountainous topography, Tajikistan has very little arable land at disposition. However, more than 70% of the Tajik population lives in rural areas. Since national independence, Tajikistan’s agricultural sector, and its rural communities too, undertake…

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Chinese multilateral regional initiatives in the developing world

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES Chinese multilateral regional initiatives in the developing world Date & Time May 7, 2020 Location Online via Zoom Abstract There are two intellectual starting points of this research initiative. First, Chinese foreign policy attention towards the developing world has been increasing in recent years, and it might even be at the expense of the attention it pays towards the developed world. Second, the Chinese efforts in the developing world are conducted with…

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Workshop on publishing in international journals

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES Workshop on publishing in international journals Date & Time February 11-13, 2020 To help researchers develop strategies for publishing in international scientific journals. This includes strategies as to how to write articles and frame one’s arguments, as well as how to choose the most appropriate journal and how to deal with the editors. Location Palacký University, Vodární 6, Trainee Centre 3.40., Olomouc, Czech Republic Goal To help researchers develop strategies for publishing in international…

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Southeast Asia’s and Russia’s Relations with China

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES Southeast Asia’s and Russia’s Relations with China Book of Abstract Download it by clicking the button below. Download Date & Time January 29, 2020 Location Palacký University, Křižkovského 12, Room KB 2.15., Olomouc, Czech Republic  Biographies Sergei Akopov is Professor at the Department of Applied Political Science at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE), Campus St. Petersburg in Russia. His research interests include Political Philosophy / Political Theory, Transnational…

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Gulfs and Bridges: Inter-cultural Influences and Emergence of Modern Literature in Tibet

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES Gulfs and Bridges: Inter-cultural Influences and Emergence of Modern Literature in Tibet Date & Time November 23, 2019 Location Palacký University, Křižkovského 12, Room 1.12., Olomouc, Czech Republic Abstract The workshop “Gulfs and Bridges: Inter-cultural Influences and Emergence of Modern Literature in Tibet” is focusing on modern Tibetan literature approaching it from the stimuli it received from neighboring cultures and literatures. Within a larger framework of the “Sinophone borderlands” project, which scrutinizes…

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Modernization in South-East Asia and Western Pacific

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES Modernization in South-East Asia and Western Pacific Date & Time October 10-11, 2019 Location Palacký University, Křižkovského 12, Room 2.13 & Room 1.11., Olomouc, Czech Republic Abstract The objective of this workshop is the modernization in Southeast Asia and West Melanesia. It will be focusing on issues such as biodiversity, environmental initiatives and projects concerning the changes related with the substinence and growth of global connections. These issues are increasingly pressing in…

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International workshop Peoples and languages of the Sino – Russian borderlands: Dauria​

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES International workshop Peoples and languages of the Sino – Russian borderlands: Dauria Date & Time October 9-10, 2019 Location Palacký University, Křižkovského 12, Room 2.15, Olomouc, Czech Republic Abstract The region with the historical name of Dauria comprises lands around north-eastern Sino-Russian border – administratively the northernmost part of Heilongjiang, northern part of Inner Mongolian Hulunbuir, and the adjacent parts of Russia. The culture and history of the Dagurs and other peoples…

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Material Culture Conference

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES Material Culture Conference Date & Time September 6-7, 2019 Location Palacký University, Křižkovského 10, Room 3.05 & 2.25., Olomouc, Czech Republic Abstract The project Sinophone Borderlands – Interaction at the Edges invites to a conference on material culture from 6th to 7th of September 2019 that focuses on the perception of material culture in Asia today. The conference seeks for approaches in studying material culture and its changes due to changes of livelihoods, environments, connectivity and…

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The 1st International Workshop on Cantonese Syntax

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES The 1st International Workshop on Cantonese Syntax Book of Abstract Download it by clicking the button below. Download Date & Time June 27-28, 2019 Location Palacký University, Univerzitní 3, Auditorium 225, Olomouc, Czech Republic Abstract The 1st International Workshop on Cantonese Syntax will be held on 27-28 June, 2019, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. . It aims to provide a forum for researchers to meet and discuss current development in Cantonese…

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Chinese Agriculture Abroad

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES Chinese Agriculture Abroad Book of Abstract Download it by clicking the button below. Download Date & Time June 7-8, 2019 Location Palacký University, Křižkovského 10, Conference room 2.25., Olomouc, Czech Republic Abstract China’s presence in neighboring countries is growing at a fast pace. One of the recent manifestations of this is Chinese “land rush” and investments in agricultural infrastructure. Mass media constantly report that Russian, Tajikistan or Kazakhstan government would lease huge…

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Security and Risks of Fieldwork

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES Security and Risks of Fieldwork Date & Time May 29, 2019 10:00 – 15:00 Location Palacký University, Vodární 6, Trainee centre, Olomouc, Czech Republic Abstract Aim of the workshop is to open a discussion about security and risks of anthropological fieldwork. The workshop addresses question how to protect fieldworker against risks stemming from both environmental and cultural conditions and selected topic of fieldwork. The history shows that anthropologists face many types of…

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China´s Belt and Road Initiative Conference

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES China´s Belt and Road Initiative – Conference Date & Time March 20-21, 2019 Location Palacký University, Křížkovského 12, Olomouc, Czech Republic, Auditorium of Václav Havel Abstract The main aim of this two-day conference is to compare the economic and strategic impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), introduced in 2013, on three different regions: Central Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia. By comparing the Chinese strategies to promote and implement the…

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Sinophone Borderlands Data Collection and Management Workshop

workshop & conferences Data Collection and Management Workshop Date & Time December 17-19, 2018 Location Palacký University, Křižkovského 10, block C, auditorium 3.05  & Univerzitní 3, room 225 About workshop This workshop deals with the data collection and management practices within the Sinophone Borderlands project. The aim is to present the methodologies to other project members, so that parallel data can be collected in multiple field sites, leading to interdisciplinary research within this project. The second…

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Surrounded by water — Bangladesh then and now

WORKSHOP & CONFERENCES Surrounded by water – Bangladesh then and now Date & Time November 12, 2018 10AM – 5PM Abstract The workshop on topics around Bangladesh and the Delta of the Ganges River is aimed to spread information on Bangladesh and South Asia around in Czech academia. Current issues like climate change, changing livelihoods, Islam and society in Bangladesh, the Ganges delta as a habitat and slums in Dhaka are the topics that are…

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Online lecture by Thomas Loy

Guest lecture The Jews of Central Asia Between Bukhara and Jerusalem Date & Time 27. 5. 2020 10:00 AM Location Trainee centre ONLINE on ZOOMJoin Zoom meeting HERE Abstract In the late 19 th century, wealthy Jews of Central Asia (Russian Turkestan, Bukhara, andAfghanistan) founded a colony outside of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The ‘Bukharan Neighbourhood’ (Shekhunat ha-Bukharim) quickly developed into the most important cultural and religious centre for Persian speaking Jews.…

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Online lecture by Borjigin Shurentana

GUEST LECTURE The Identity based Dilemma in Mongolia’s Relationship with China Date & Time 20. 5. 2020 10:00 AM Location Trainee centre ONLINE on ZOOMJoin Zoom meeting HERE Abstract Abstract: In this paper I evaluate current Sino-Mongolian relationship through focusing on the construction of the relationship between Mongolia and increasing importance of Chinese economic exchanges as it pertains to the formation of contemporary Mongolian identity. The main purpose of my study is to obtain both a…

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Online lecture by Hedwig Amelia Waters

Guest lecture Building merit—the moral economy of illegal resource extraction in the Mongolian borderlands Date & Time 22. 4. 2020 11:00 AM Location Trainee centre ONLINE on ZOOMJoin Zoom meeting HERE Abstract Although the widespread gathering and extraction of small-scale wildlife—like fish, medicinal plants, stone, animals, etc.—is formally illegal and contradicts historical pastoral treatment of the land, the province of Magtaal—the easternmost Mongolian township on the Mongolian/Chinese border—increasingly economically subsists off of these activities. Specifically, the…

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Chinese influence in the world: Global strategy, local impacts

In case of interest, please, register here: bit.ly/Registration_Chinese_influence_in_the_world Various activities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have led to heightened concerns about threats to national security in various parts of the world. Covert and overt overseas attempts to increase China’s influence have intensified under Xi Jinping’s leadership. While there is growing evidence of attempts of the PRC to influence the internal affairs of other countries in economic, political and societal domains, it is typically…

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Kristina Kironska: The New Era of Sino-Burmese Relations: Changes in the bilateral relationship in view of China’s rise and Myanmar’s reforms

Guest lecture The New Era of Sino-Burmese Relations: Changes in the Bilateral Relationshop in View of China’s rise and Myanmar’s reforms Date 26. 2. 2020 10:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract In this lecture you will learn about how Myanmar’s relationship with China has evolved from Myanmar (before 1989 Burma) being aligned with China; through Myanmar hedging on the side of the United States; to Myanmar employing a double-hedging strategy with two…

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Luboš Bělka: Six Years in Tibet: the Czechoslovaks in Lhasa 1954-1959

GUEST LECTURE Luboš Bělka: Six Years in Tibet: the Czechoslovaks in Lhasa 1954-1959 Date 15. 1. 2020 14:30 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract The lecture introduces the proposal for a project focused on the processing and subsequent use of research material relating to the unique period of the 1950s, when Czechoslovaks visited the People’s Republic of China; tourism at that time did not exist. The Czechoslovak visitors reported on their experiences through…

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Friedrich Edelmayer: The Sinophone Borderlands in the Context of Global Studies

GUEST LECTURE Friedrich Edelmayer – The Sinophone Borderlands in the Context of Global Studies Date 18. 12. 2019 10:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract This presentation will deal with different aspects of the interactions between some Chinese influenced border regions and the “outer world”, mainly with the activities of the Spanish and Dutch during the 17th century at the island of Taiwan (Formosa with its European name) and the Portuguese in Macao. The…

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Vladimir S. Oskolkov: In search of the grave of Chingiz Khan

GUEST LECTURE Vladimir S. Oskolkov: In search of the grave of Chingiz Khan Date 4. 12. 2019 11:30 Location Room 1.47, Křížkovského 10, Olomouc Abstract The personality of Genghis Khan is surrounded by many legends. Legends accompanied him from birth to death. Some of these legends were created among the advisers of the Mongol khans and were intended to exalt and deify the personality of the founder of the Mongol empire. Some authors of some…

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Ishani Naskar: India Neighbourhood Policy and China

GUEST LECTURE Ishani Naskar: India Neighbourhood Policy and China Date 27. 11. 2019 10:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract Thus the limelight has turned now on to Asia, particularly on the two giant neighbours of Asia, India and China. In various ways which both these countries are described, Asian giants, geo-civilisational neighbours, the elephant and the dragon, the relationship between both these countries blow hot and cold. Now the popular understanding about…

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Haowen Jiang: Inclusory constructions in Formosan languages

GUEST LECTURE Haowen Jiang: Inclusory constructions in Formosan languages Date 27. 11. 2019 13:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract This talk addresses synchronic types, diachronic changes, and implicational relationships of inclusory constructions in Formosan languages. Inclusory constructions are often made up of a plural pronominal and an NP, but they refer to the singular counterpart of that pronominal in conjunction with that NP. The plural pronominal is then said to be “inclusory”…

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Steven Saxonberg: Semi-Civil Society: A Missing Link in Explaining the Democratization of Communist Dictatorships?

GUEST LECTURE Steven Saxonberg: Semi-Civil Society: A Missing Link in Explaining the Democratization of Communist Dictatorships? Date 6. 11. 2019 10:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract Much has been written about the role of civil society in bringing down communist regimes; however, scholars have largely ignored the officially sanctioned organizations. Using the examples of Hungary and Czechoslovakia, this article shows that when political openings arise, official organizations (which evolve into ‘semi-civil society’)…

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Shu-Fen Lin: The New “Social” Question: Refugee, Social Policy and State-Building in Wartime China

GUEST LECTURE Shu-Fen Lin: The New “Social” Question: Refugee, Social Policy and State-Building in Wartime China Date 30. 10. 2019 13:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract Over the last two decades or so, a growing literature on China during World War II (or the second Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945) has taken a revisionist turn and reappraised the role and practices of the Nationalist Government, focusing on a wide array of the military-party-state’s attempts…

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Asio Liu: PLACE OF EXCEPTION: Penghu Vietnamese Refugee Camps in the Taiwan Strait

GUEST LECTURE Asio Liu: PLACE OF EXCEPTION: Penghu Vietnamese Refugee Camps in the Taiwan Strait Date 29. 10. 2019 15:00 Location Class 203, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract The boat people who came to Taiwan in 70s and 80s created the oldest strata of Vietnamese diaspora in Taiwan. Trough the narrations of the refugees, the documentary movie is depicting the lives, fates and sufferings of the Vietnamese boat people who finally settled in Taiwan. Between 1979-1988,…

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Thi Ha Hoang: ASEAN-China Community of Common Destiny: Towards the Future or Fast-forward to History?

GUEST LECTURE Thi Ha Hoang: ASEAN-China Community of Common Destiny: Towards the Future or Fast-forward to History? Date 23. 10. 2019 13:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract As the power balance in Southeast Asia is shifting due to China’s rise, the regional order is being re-shaped with Beijing’s strategy to bind the future of Southeast Asia into its own under the brand of an ASEAN-China Community of Common Destiny (CCD). In this…

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Peter Hays Gries: How the West feels and thinks about China—and why

GUEST LECTURE Peter Hays Gries: How the West feels and thinks about China—and why Date 23. 10. 2019 10:00 Location Auditorium 1.25, Křížkovského 10, Olomouc Abstract How do Western publics feel about a rising China? What China policies would they prefer? And what are the primary drivers of their views? Based on nationally representative surveys of the American, British, French, and German publics, this talk will argue that a shared Liberal heritage unites much of…

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Laurent Sagart: The formation of Sino-Tibetan from the point of view of animal and plant domestications

GUEST LECTURE Laurent Sagart: The formation of Sino-Tibetan from the point of view of animal and plant domestications Date 23. 10. 2019 10:15 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract Drawing on the conclusions of a recent collective paper, this presentation will examine how a gradually improving understanding of East Asian domestications throws light on the age and homeland of the ST family. Language families are born when speakers of a language gain access…

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Penelope Howe: Word order and the verb voice system in Northern Malagasy dialects

GUEST LECTURE Penelope Howe: Word order and the verb voice system in Northern Malagasy dialects Date 23. 10. 2019 09:15 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract Malagasy is often cited as a language that clearly exhibits Verb-Object-Subject (VOS) basic word order. While a rare trait worldwide, this is relatively more common among Austronesian languages, since verb-initial word order (VSO or VOS) descends from Proto-Austronesian. Although pragmatic considerations and certain syntactic constructions permit other…

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Jinjin Lu: Chinese academic “going out” and “bringing in” mobility plan: Mars hits the Earth

GUEST LECTURE Jinjin Lu: Chinese academic “going out” and “bringing in” mobility plan: Mars hits the Earth Date 16. 10. 2019 11:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract Chinese academics (academic staff and research students) have been encouraged by the national mobility strategic plan of “going out” and “bringing in” for years. This program not only speeds up the academic mobility for Chinese overseas returnees but also opens a window for foreign academics…

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Konstantinos Tsimonis: ChinaThreat.eu: Securitizing Chinese economic presence in Europe

GUEST LECTURE Konstantinos Tsimonis: ChinaThreat.eu: Securitizing Chinese economic presence in Europe Date 16. 10. 2019 10:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract This paper unpacks the discursive construction of a European ‘China Threat’ narrative by European think tanks. We theorize think tanks as crucial actors in the securitizing process, especially at the initial stages where ideas and reference frames are formed. Despite having no decision-making authority, think tanks participate as securitizing actors in…

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Alan Chong: Singapore Engages China’s Belt and Road Initiative: The Pitfalls and Promises of Soft Strategies

GUEST LECTURE Alan Chong: Singapore Engages China’s Belt and Road Initiative: The Pitfalls and Promises of Soft Strategies Date 25. 9. 2019 10:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract As a trading state that practices ‘abridged Realism’, Singapore engages China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) through soft strategies. On the politico-security front, Singapore has maintained a measured continuity in criticizing China’s disregard of international law in relation to territorial disputes in Asia and…

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Bill Hayton: The Recent Developments in the South China Sea

GUEST LECTURE Bill Hayton: The Recent Developments in the South China Sea Date 18. 9. 2019 10:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract Confrontation has returned to the South China Sea. In the past few months there have been clashes between Chinese vessels and those of Vietnam and Malaysia over rights to offshore gas fields. The Philippines has backed away from confrontation and left its offshore resources untapped. In all three countries, China’s…

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Preciosa de Joya: The Filipino-Chinese (Tsinoys) and their narratives of loyalty to the motherland

GUEST LECTURE Preciosa de Joya: The Filipino-Chinese (Tsinoys) and their narratives of loyalty to the motherland Date 10. 7. 2019 10:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract In a country where a great number of people are either unemployed or forced to seek employment abroad, the influx of Chinese migrant workers has created a backlash of anti-Chinese sentiment among many Filipinos. Adding insult to injury, some weeks ago, a Chinese trawler allegedly rammed…

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Jan Mrázek: Encounters with China and Singapore in Riau Islands and Indonesian ‘South China Sea’: Images, Stories, Nets

GUEST LECTURE Jan Mrázek: Encounters with China and Singapore in Riau Islands and Indonesian ‘South China Sea’: Images, Stories, Nets Date 3. 7. 2019 10:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract In the last few years, Jan Mrázek has organized several seafaring voyages for his students mostly Singaporean Chinese, with a few Malays – to the Riau Islands Province of Indonesia, a sea of hundreds of islands, historically, culturally and economically closely linked…

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Hermann Aubie: Freedom of expression and repression in China from 1989 to 2019

GUEST LECTURE Hermann Aubie: Freedom of expression and repression in China from 1989 to 2019 When 19 June 2019, 14:00-15:00 Where Trainee Center, 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract Thirty years ago, during the protests of 1989 on Tiananmen Square in Beijing and in other Chinese cities, students and workers-led demonstrations called for democracy, greater press freedom and freedom of expression. Thirty years on after the massacre of the 1989 movement, state repression has been increasing…

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Malcom Cook: Australia’s Myth-Busting Relation with China

GUEST LECTURE Malcom Cook: Australia’s Myth-Busting Relation with China When 19 June 2019, 11:00-12:00 Where Trainee Center, room 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract Australia’s current relations with China seriously challenge two very popular grand strategic assumptions that are frequently referred to by Chinese interlocutors. The first challenged assumption is that the more another state trade with China, the more its economic and non-economic policies will or should become aligned with those of China or risk…

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Tuong Vu: Rethinking War and Revolution in Vietnam

GUEST LECTURE Tuong Vu: Rethinking War and Revolution in Vietnam Date June 19, 2019, 10:00-11:00 Location Trainee Center, 3.40, Vodární 6 Abstract This talk presents Tuong Vu’s arguments in his latest book titled Vietnam’s Communist Revolution: The Power and Limits of Ideology. This book focuses on the evolving worldview of Vietnamese revolutionaries over 80 years as they led Vietnam through wars, social revolution, and peaceful development. Vu’s findings show the depth and resilience of their commitment…

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Jeanne Marie Stumpf-Carome: Ethnography: The Risky Business of Documenting Repression

GUEST LECTURE Jeanne Marie Stumpf-Carome: Ethnography: The Risky Business of Documenting Repression Date May 29, 2019, 10:00-11:30 Location Trainee Center, 3.40, Vodární 6 Abstract Fieldwork, even in the best of “democratic” environments, can have data management and security snares.  Ethnography pursued in settings with legislative conditions, such as an Internal Security Act and/or post 9/11 a Patriot Act, holds hazards¾not unlike a Chinese Finger Puzzle.  Charged to “Tell it like it is” by Singaporeans without…

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Pascal Abb: Think Tanks in China

GUEST LECTURE Pascal Abb: Think Tanks in China When: May 28th, 2019, 15:00-16:30 Where: Trainee Centre, 3.40, Vodární 6 Abstract: Since the Chinese government’s 2015 announcement to establish a series of „new-type think tanks with Chinese characteristics“, such institutes have featured heavily within current efforts to improve domestic governance and gain a more prominent voice on the global stage. Significant amounts of money have been made available, mainly to overhaul existing institutes that are tightly…

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Shogo Suzuki: Will the AIIB trigger off a ‘new round of rivalry’ between China and Japan?

GUEST LECTURE Shogo Suzuki: Will the AIIB trigger off a ‘new round of rivalry’ between China and Japan? Date May 22, 2019, 10:00-11:00 Location Trainee Centre, room 3.40, Vodární 6 Abstract The establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has had a significant impact on economic diplomacy in East Asia. The AIIB is substantially funded by China, and there are some anxieties that it will come to rival and eclipse the Asian Development Bank, where Japan plays a key role. Will the…

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Adam Yuet Chau: The Indonesian Chinese in Indonesia, China and Hong Kong: Serial Migration and Cultural Identity

GUEST LECTURE Adam Yuet Chau: The Indonesian Chinese in Indonesia, China and Hong Kong: Serial Migration and Cultural Identity Date Wednesday, March 22, 2019, 11:00-12:00 Location Trainee Centre, Vodární 6 Abstract This talk is on the lives and cultural identities of the Indonesian Chinese, particularly the few hundred thousand among them (mostly youth) who returned to China between 1950s and 1970s, worked and formed families there, but eventually left China in the 1980s, mostly for…

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Wolfram Schaffar: In Search of Theories and Concepts to Make Sense of BRI – World Systems Theory, the Imperial Chain and the Primacy of Inner Factors

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2019, 10:00-11:30 Where: Trainee Centre, Vodární 6 Abstract: Since the launch of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the project has been compared to the expansion of the Roman Empire, the rise of the Ming Dynasty or to the Marshall Plan. Indeed, recent developments – an escalating trade war between China and the USA, warnings against “new colonialism” by the Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, and the EU’s acknowledgement of…

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Mark Beeson: The China Challenge in the Asia Pacific

GUEST LECTURE Mark Beeson: The China Challenge in the Asia Pacific When: Monday, May 13, 2019, 11:30 -13:00 Where: Trainee center 3.40, Vodární 6 Abstract: The rise of China is the most important development in the Asia-Pacific region in recent times – possibly ever. Whatever China’s leaders do and however its economy performs, it will have global ramifications. This seminar looks at some of these possibilities in a region in which the United States has…

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Ian Ja Chong: Where Have I Seen This Before? Colonialism, the Cold War, and China’s Belt and Road

GUEST LECTURE Ian Ja Chong: Where Have I Seen This Before? Colonialism, the Cold War, and China’s Belt and Road Date April, 24, 2019, 10:00 -11:30 Location Trainee center 3.40, Vodární 6 Abstract China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) seeks to connect East Asia with Europe and Africa through a network of railroads, highways, ports, and airports traversing Central and Southeast Asia. Optimists see the exercise as bringing much needed infrastructure, development, capital, and…

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Filip Kraus: Vietnamese Migration to Taiwan (ROC)

When: March 28, 2019, 15:00-16:30 Where: Room KC-2.04, Křížkovského 14, Olomouc Abstract: The lecture provides a basic understanding of Vietnamese migration to Taiwan that attempts to analyse and explain various phenomena such as push and pull factors shaping Vietnamese migration to Taiwan; decision process leading to the migration; historical trajectory of Vietnamese migration to Taiwan; brokerage agents that dominate the process of Vietnamese migration to Taiwan; or living and working conditions of Vietnamese people in…

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Ian Storey: The South China Sea Dispute: The Key Issues

GUEST LECTURE Ian Storey: The South China Sea Dispute: The Key Issues Date March 27, 2019, 13:00-14:30 Location Trainee center 3.40, Vodární 6 Abstract This presentation aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the South China Sea issue, one of the Asia-Pacific’s most complex and intractable territorial and maritime jurisdictional disputes. It will examine the dispute from a number of aspects, including the legal, resources, political and strategic dimensions. The speaker will explore the development…

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Wing-Fai Leung: Chinese Cinema in the Era of Capitalisation, Globalisation and Digitalisation

GUEST LECTURE Wing-Fai Leung: Chinese Cinema in the Era of Capitalisation, Globalisation and Digitalisation Date 06 February 2019, 13:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6 Abstract This talk presents a comparative study of Chinese and Indian freelancers who use the global crowdsourcing platform Upwork. It is the result of research conducted in collaboration with Professors Premilla D’Cruz and Ernesto Noronha of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.  In this lecture, Dr. Leung examines (a) how…

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Wing-Fai Leung: Freelancing globally: Upworkers in China and India, neoliberalisation, and the new international division of labour

GUEST LECTURE Wing-Fai Leung: Freelancing globally: Upworkers in China and India, neoliberalisation, and the new international division of labour Date 05 February 2019, 10:00 Location Trainee centre 3.40, Vodární 6 Abstract This talk presents a comparative study of Chinese and Indian freelancers who use the global crowdsourcing platform Upwork. It is the result of research conducted in collaboration with Professors Premilla D’Cruz and Ernesto Noronha of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.  In this lecture,…

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Lectures by Sergey Abashin

GUEST LECTURE Lectures by Sergey Abashin Ethnic Category in Historic Context: forgotten people and new nations Date 24 January 2019, 10:00 Location Krizkovskeho 14, room KC-1.07 Abstract We are accustomed to calling Central Asian inhabitants Uzbeks, Kyrgyzs, Tajiks, Kazakhs, and Turkmens. However, a little over a hundred years ago, the ethnographic map looked quite different. At that time, Sarts, Kara-Kirghizs, and Kirghiz-Kaisaks comprised the majority of the population. What happened with the names of the…

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Ildikó Bellér-Hann: Homogenization and Fragmentation: knowledge production of the Uyghur elite in Xinjiang during reform socialism

GUEST LECTURE Ildikó Bellér-Hann: Homogenization and Fragmentation: knowledge production of the Uyghur elite in Xinjiang during reform socialism Date 22 January 2019, 10:00 Location Krizkovskeho 14, room KC-1.07 Abstract In my talk I would like to introduce my research project titled “Between homogenization and fragmentation: textual practices as strategies of integration and identity maintenance among the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, China (20th‒21st centuries)” which has been running since 2017 and which is supported by the Danish Velux…

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Victor H. Mair: The Tarim Basin as the Crossroads of Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages

GUEST LECTURE Victor H. Mair: The Tarim Basin as the Crossroads of Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages Date 21 January 2019, 10:00 Location Krizkovskeho 14, room KC-1.07 Abstract Since the glory days of the Silk Road, mainly from about the 2nd c. BC to the 15th c. AD, the importance of the trade routes that passed through Eastern Central Asia was widely recognized.  What was not known were the facts about…

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Nicholas Evans: Waving to the other side: the language of poetry in indigenous Australian song

GUEST LECTURE Nicholas Evans: Waving to the other side: the language of poetry in indigenous Australian song Date 17 December 2018, 14:30 Location Krizkovskeho 10, auditorium 3.05 Abstract Poetry and song are inextricably interwoven in most indigenous Australian traditions. And the poetic masterpieces found across the continent are little-known outside their immediate communities, tied up as they are with the intricacies of the languages they are sung in. As a result, Australia has little awareness…

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Ivan Franceschini: Dreamwork China

GUEST LECTURE Ivan Franceschini: Dreamwork China Date 06. 12. 2018 Location Meeting room 1.25, Křížkovského 10, Olomouc Abstract Dreamwork China is a 2011 documentary by Tommaso Facchin and Ivan Franceschini. In the suburbs of Shenzhen, in Guangdong province, young workers talk about their lives, existences built on a precarious balance between hope, struggles, and wishes for the future. Around them, activists and NGOs strive to give sense and meaning to words like rights, dignity, and equity.…

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Ivan Franceschini: Outsourcing Exploitation: Chinese and Cambodian Garment Workers Compared

GUEST LECTURE Ivan Franceschini: Outsourcing Exploitation: Chinese and Cambodian Garment Workers Compared Date 05. 12. 2018 Location Meeting room 3.40, Vodární 6, Olomouc Abstract In recent years, Cambodian garment workers have often launched extensive, coordinated strikes to demand higher minimum wages and other political concessions. In China, on the contrary, most protests in the garment sector target specific employers and remain contained inside single factories or industrial zones. How to explain these different patterns of…

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Elisa T. Bertuzzo: Archipelagos. From Urbanisation to Translocalisation

GUEST LECTURE Elisa T. Bertuzzo: Archipelagos. From Urbanisation to Translocalisation Date 15. 11. 2018 Location Křížkovského 10, room 1.25, Olomouc Abstract How do increasing movement and mobility impact the production of space in fast urbanising regions? When everyday life is determined by multi-locality and temporary inhabitation, which chances of participation, representation and self-determination do inhabitants retain? The author, who accompanied everyday commuters, seasonal migrants, street vendors, across Bangladesh as well as various states of India…

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Natalia Rhyzova: Survey on China perception

SPEAKER Dr. Natalia Rhyzova TOPIC Survey on China perception; Planning of activity within DU3, DU4, DU7 DURATION 16. 08. 2018 – 23. 08. 2018 LOCATION Trainee centre, room no. 3.40, Vodární Street No. 6, Olomouc CONTENT Consultation and training in connection with survey on public opinion (economic anthropology) Training “Databases and Surveys on Economy at borders: Exchange, validation and evaluation methods” Training within the DU3: Trends in development on Russian-Chinese borders Russian Federation Case Studies…

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