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Call for Applications. Deadline 1 December 2016.

Summer #Workshop on #Lanna #Weaving and Dyeing in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

This two week workshop aims to engage both the theory and practice of #craft knowledge by teaching participants the #Lanna techniques of #weaving alongside expert weavers, at the same time engaging with the scholarly challenge of making embodied craft knowledge explicit. As the students are trained in crafts by practitioners in a weaving workshop near #ChiangMai, they will discuss concepts such as tacit expertise and technological literacy, #pedagogy in sensory and material knowledge, #innovation and #sustainability in traditional technological cultures, with the practitioners, as well as invited scholars and activists in #history, #anthropology, and #sociology from around the world.

Workshop dates: 6 – 23 July 2017
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Screening of "Tempo Chalak", Tempo Driver, a multi-Lingual Nepalese movie. Ganga Bahadur Nemkul, the producer and the storywriter of the film will be present in person during the presentation of the film. Leiden, 11 October 2016

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IIAS Lunch Lecture. Reimagining Beauty and the Beast: social stratification through human - animal metamorphosis at the Sino-Russian border.

In this lunch lecture, IIAS fellow Dr Sayana Namsaraeva (Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge) will discuss dehumanising narratives and new “bestiary” vocabularies at the Sino-Russian border. Leiden, 18 October 2016

http://iias.asia/event/reimagining-beauty-beast-social-stratification-through-human-animal-metamorphosis-sino-russian
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This seminar aims at bringing together a group of specialists who will discuss the ethnic constellation in Northeast Asia, and in particular focus on the various narratives, either internal or external, that are attached to these groups, whether they are large and dominant (Han Chinese; Russian, Korean), or small. How do they regard themselves, how do they portray their background; how do they position themselves vis-à-vis the other ethnic groups and the dominant state; what is their relationship to neighbouring states, and especially to people of the same ethnic group living in the adjoining country; and how are they being described by the dominant political powers. The discussions will focus on the historical background and/or modern (economic, political) developments. Vladivostok, 26 - 28 September 2016
A group of specialists will discuss the ethnic constellation in Northeast Asia
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Call for papers: Vietnam and Korea as "Longue Durée" Subjects: Negotiating Tributary and Colonial Positions. Deadline 5 July 2016

First part of a two-parts conference jointly organized by: Seoul National University, Asia Centre (Seoul), Vietnam National University (Hanoi), International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden), Leiden University (Leiden), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). An initiative directed by IIAS. http://iias.asia/vietnamkorea
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Lunch lecture by IIAS fellow Dr Manuela Ciotti. This lecture explores the presence of India – through national and individual representations - at the Venice Art Biennale. Leiden, 7 June 2016.
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Book launch of Ambassador Shri P.A. Nazareth’s Dutch edition of his much acclaimed book #Gandhi’s Outstanding Leadership.
Shri P.A. Nazareth, former ambassador of India to The Netherlands, is the author of this well-known book, published in March 2006. The book has since come out in twelve Indian and ten foreign languages. Recently, the Gujarati edition published by Navjeevan Trust (NT), Ahmedabad, was jointly presented by NT Chairman and Ambassador Nazareth to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, on July 13, 2016. The Dutch translation has a foreword written by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Leiden, 21 October 2016.
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#CallforPapers: Shadow #SilkRoad: Non-state Flow of Commodity, Capital, and People across Eurasia. Deadline: 15 November 2016. Workshop dates: 25 – 26 May 2017, Hong Kong.

The workshop aims to bring together scholars in the field for an intensive discussion of the shadow economy as a conceptual framework to examine the cross-border flow of goods, capital, and labor against the backdrop of the formal market and state, with a particular geographical focus of #Eurasia, now repackaged by the Chinese government as the Belt and Road zone.
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UKNA - #Urban Asia presentation series No. 1: In this lecture, Dr Rituparna Roy will speak about the presence of #Kolkata in her maiden collection of shorts - GARIAHAT JUNCTION (for which she is seeking representation). It is a collection of ten stories, of contemporary Indian women who have reached a critical juncture in their lives. Set primarily in post liberalized, post-millennial Kolkata, it mostly explores the lives of middle-class Bengali women in or from the city. Kolkata is just not a backdrop in #GARIAHAT JUNCTION; it is also one of the characters, one of the threads that bind the stories together. And it functions both as a distinct metropolis, as well as a microcosm of India.

In the lecture, Roy will read extracts from three stories in the collection - tracing through them the trajectory of the city, as it impinged on personal lives, from the 1970s to the early years of the new millennium. Leiden, 20 October 2016

http://iias.asia/event/kolkata-her-maiden-collection-shorts-gariahat-junction
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Buddhist Stories Carved in Stone. On the Techniques of Narrative Representation in Ancient India. Lecture by Professor Dr Monika Zin, organised by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and IIAS. The lecture aims to present the most specific characteristics of #narrative representations in ancient #India with special reference to the art of the kingdom of the #Sātavāhanas, a dynasty which ruled in central and southern India between the 1st c. BCE and the 3rd c. CE. It will include examples from the reliefs of the recently discovered and relatively little-known #stūpa in Kanaganahalli (Karnataka), which are of enormous importance for our knowledge of ancient India and early #Buddhism. Amsterdam, 6 October 2016.

http://iias.asia/event/buddhist-stories-carved-stone-techniques-narrative-representation-ancient-india
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The newest issue of The Newsletter is here! Focus theme:
Memory and commemoration in Central Asia. Read it all on the IIAS website or subscribe to receive a free hardcopy: http://iias.asia/the-newsletter/newsletter-74-summer-2016
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IIAS Lunch Lecture. After providing a critique of contemporary cities and urbanization processes in Asia, professor Mike Douglass will go on to compare six alternative directions for city-making, namely the concepts of livable cities, sustainable eco-cities, smart cities, the just city, the good city and progressive cities. Leiden, 9 June 2016.
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IIAS is a research institute based in Leiden, the Netherlands. It encourages the multidisciplinary and comparative study of Asia and, acting as a national, European and global mediator, actively promotes national and international cooperation.
IIAS facilitates fellowships and research, and  organises workshops, conferences, as well as public lectures. IIAS welcomes all Asia-related research, channelling most of its activities through three clusters – Global Asia, Asian Cities and Asian Heritages.
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