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Transnational Man: the life and trial of Cho Un Kuk, war criminal

Date: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 14:30 to 16:00
 
Transnational man: the life and trial of Cho Un Kuk, war criminal
Guest lecture by Robert Cribb
 
In August 1946, a Korean man, Cho Un Kuk, stood before a British war crimes court in Singapore, charged with ill-treatment of Allied prisoners of war on the Thailand-Burma Railway. With him in court were seven other Koreans, a Japanese lieutenant and a Japanese sergeant major. Cho and his Korean co-defendants had been among thousands of Koreans recruited by Japanese authorities for service as camp guards in Southeast Asia. Many Allied prisoners regarded the Korean guards as more brutal than Japanese soldiers. Cho was found guilty and sentenced to fifteen years in prison; several of his co-defendants were sentenced to death. Cho’s life, partly revealed in the trial record and in subsequent reviews of his sentence, reveals unexpected complexity, including a pre-war sojourn in India. His trial gives a glimpse of the complex position of Koreans in the Japanese imperial project.
 
Robert Cribb is Professor of Asian History at the Australian National University. His research focuses on national identity, mass violence, historical geography and environmental politics, especially in Indonesia. His most recent book, Japanese War Criminals: the search for justice after the Second World War (Columbia University Press, with Sandra Wilson, Beatrice Trefalt and Dean Aszkielowicz) was recently awarded the New South Wales Premier's History Award for General History, which is Australia's leading award for history writing. Robert was director of NIAS from 1997 to 1999.
 
Time: Thursday 19 October 2017, 14:30-16:00
Venue: NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (meeting room), CSS 18.1 (Entrance E), Øster Farimagsgade 5, Copenhagen
 

CFP for MA-Session at the "Environmental Asia" conference

Date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017 to Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The 10th NNC conference Environmental Asia will take place in Oslo 20-22 November 2017.
During the conference we will also organize a special MA-Session. 
This session is for MA students (both current and recently graduated), who write on a topic relevant to the conference.

To learn more, please contact Rune Svarverud, IKOS, University of Oslo ([email protected]).
 
Deadline for abstracts is 1 October 2017. Please send your abstracts directly to Rune Svarverud.
 
The conference and subsequent PhD course are organized by IKOS - Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Oslo University and NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.
 
For more information, please go to the conference website:
www.environmental-asia.com

10th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference and PhD Course 20-24 Nov. 2017

Date: 
Sunday, November 26, 2017

 
The conference and PhD course are organized by IKOS - Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Oslo University and NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
 

Global environmental degradation and climate change are possibly the greatest challenges of our times. They have roots in humanity’s long history of creatively making use of natural resources to generate change, often with unforeseen and unpredictable consequences. As the gravity of the world economy shifts east, Asia finds itself at the center of the global environmental crisis. It is home not just to 60 percent of the world’s population, but also to some of the world’s most rapidly expanding middle classes in the largest emerging economies. As a consequence of climate change, Asia is already feeling the social and economic impact of intensified droughts, floods, storms and pollution. 

The aim of this conference is to facilitate critical discussions about Asia’s environmental pathways. What interests are at stake in current environmental policies, and who represents them? How will Asian societies deal with the double-bind of economic development and environmental protection? What roles do Asian religions and philosophies play in environmental debates? How have people reacted to and coped with major environmental changes in the past, and how do they anticipate the future? By exploring these questions, the conference aspires to promote a deeper understanding of environmental change in Asia.

Keynote Speakers

  • Georgina Drew, Lecturer, Anthropology and Development Studies, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Susan Darlington, Professor, Anthropology and Asian Studies, Hampshire College, USA
  • Heiner Roetz, Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • Mahesh Rangarajan, Professor, Environmental Studies and History, Ashoka University

Commentators for the PhD Course

  • Susan Darlington, Professor, Anthropology and Asian Studies, Hampshire College
  • Heiner Roetz, Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Georgina Drew, Lecturer, Anthropology and Development Studies, The University of Adelaide
  • Geir Helgesen, Director, NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
  • Mette Halskov Hansen, Professor, University of Oslo
  • Arild Engelsen Ruud, Professor, University of Oslo 
  • Aike Peter Rots, Associate Professor, University of Oslo
  • Rune Svaverud, Professor, University of Oslo
  • Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Researcher and Network Coordinator, University of Oslo

Extended Deadline for submitting abstract 29 August 2017 (maximum 300 words)

For more information, please go to the conference website:
www.environmental-asia.com