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6th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference

Date: 
Sunday, August 27, 2017 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Conference call - call for Abstracts!

6th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference

AGE, AGENCY, AMBIGUITY
- gender and generation in times of change

 

This conference focuses on gender and generations in times of social and economic change, in particular economic crises, migration and environmental challenges. In China and the Nordic countries processes of industrialization, urbanization, deregulation, migration and globalization have had profound effects on gender and generational relations that display both differences and similarities. They relate to gender and generational aspects of family life, family-work relations, ageing societies, the situation of the younger generations, popularization of higher education, the expanding middle class and emerging precariat, the environment and sustainable development, and the increasing inequalities between different groups and classes. All this has far-reaching impacts on the conditions for gender equality work and academic research practices.

Venue: University of Oslo, Norway
Time: August 27-30th 2017

Registration: please use the registration form at
https://nettskjema.uio.no/answer/sino-nordic2017.html
Deadline: 15th December 2016

Keynote speakers

  • Michael Kimmel, Professor of Masculinity Studies and Sociology at Stony Brook, New York, USA
  • Yan Yunxiang, Professor of Anthropology and Chinese Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
  • Pun Ngai, Professor of Social Sciences at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
  • Pei Yuxin, Assoc. Professor of Social Work at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • Lene Myong, Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Helene Aarseth, Assoc. Professor of Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Oslo, Norway

Read the full call for abstracts here

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

Date: 
Tuesday, August 29, 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

 
 

"Goodbye iSlave - A Manifesto for Digital Abolition" Guest Lecture by Jack Linchuan Qiu

Date: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 14:15 to 16:00
 
Goodbye iSlave - A Manifesto for Digital Abolition
 
Guest lecture by Jack Linchuan Qiu, Professor, School of Journalism & Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Welcome to a brave new world of capitalism propelled by high tech, guarded by enterprising authority, and carried forward by millions of laborers, enslaved along the assembly line and inside the data mine. Is this what humanity is destined for? Focusing on the notorious Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn and instances of maniac Apple consumers in China, Jack Qiu examines how corporations and governments collude to build systems of domination, exploitation, and alienation. He contends that the conditions of labor have deteriorated so much that they parallel the Atlantic slave trade. Arguing as a digital abolitionist, Qiu draws inspiration from transborder activist groups and incidents of grassroots resistance to make a passionate plea aimed at uniting--and liberating--the forgotten workers who make our twenty-first-century lives possible.
 
Discussant: Professor Hanne Petersen, JUR Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies
 
Time: 13 September 2017, 14:15 - 16:00