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Art History and Art Practices in India and their Discontents in Global Times

On Monday, October 27, 2014 Parul Dave Mukherji, Dean of School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi will assess the impact of globalization on art history and art writing and its relevance in Indian and disscuss how an anthropological perspective of art has paved the way for New art history in India and finally for visual studies in its wake. More details here.

Political Economy Analysis in the World Bank: A Participant Observer's Perspective

On Monday, October 27, 2014 Dr. Yasuhiko Matsuda, a Senior Public Specialist (Social Protection and Labour Unit) of South Asia region and who also works at the World Bank will be leading a seminar on the evolution of the use of operational political economy analysis in the World Bank. More details here.

UPCOMING SEMINAR: Contesting International Society in East Asia

On Wedesday, October 29, 2014 Professor (Emeritus) Barry Buzan, London School of Economics will explore how bringing together international relations theory (English School) and East Asia specialists to investigate whether or not there is a distinctive regional international society in East Asia, and if there is, what its characteristics might be. More details here


The Department of Asian Studies at UBC is offering a 12-week intensive Chinese language program taught in China. Students are going to earn a total of 12 credits. Application deadline is January 15, 2015, 3:00pm. An information session is held on October 27, 2014, Buchanan B 319, 1pm - 2pm. More details here.


A special innovative course is offered by UBC’s Department of Political Science Professor Yves Tiberghien (Director of the Institute of Asian Research), in partnership with the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China. Application deadline is January, 15, 2015, 12:00pm. Information Sessions are held on November 4, 2014, and November 5, 2014. More details here.



Mongolia Today
Information and analysis of contemporary Mongolia

High Peaks Pure Earth
Translations of blogs from Tibet and People's Republic of China

Asia Pacific Memo

Memo #313
Canada-China FIPA: Just the Facts, Please
Memo #312
After the Massacre of 2011: Challenges to Peace and Security along the Mekong River
Memo #311
The Perilous Start and Uncertian Future of the Jokowi Era in Indoenesia
Memo #310
The Year in Maylaysian Politics: Democracy's Crooked Trajectory 
Memo #309
The Lost Generation: "Barefoot Doctors" in Post-Reform China


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My Father and the Republic" (Video Interview with Novelist, Dramatist, and Historian Pai Hsien-yung)

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Upcoming Events
Monday, Oct 27, 2014
Art History and Art Practices In India and their Discontents in Global Times
Event - The Centre for India and South Asia Research and Art History and Visual Art Department

Monday, Oct 27, 2014
Political Economy Analysis in the World Bank: A Participant Observer’s Perspective
Seminar - The Centre for Southeast Asia Research at the UBC Institute of Asian Research

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
Contesting International Society in East Asia
Event - The IR Colloquium, UBC Department of Political Science and the Institute of Asian Research

Friday, Oct 31, 2014
Abenomics Two Years In: Successes, Failures, and Transformations
Event - Institute for Asian Research, Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS, CNRS, Oxford University, Waseda University, Stanford University

Monday, Nov 03, 2014
The Illustrated Biography of the Priest Ippen
Event - Institute for Asian Research, the Centre for Japanese Research, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Asian Studies, Consulate General of France and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies through the French Scholar Series

Friday, Nov 14, 2014
Memories of Karafuto in Hokkaido Philip Seaton, Hokkaido University
Event - Centre for Japanese Research

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