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Working Paper

Izeki, Tadahisa. 2022. "Problems of Translating Culture-Bound Terms: Taking “Öffentlichkeit” and “Seken” as Examples." Shaping Asia Working Paper n. 2, Bielefeld University and Heidelberg University. Downloadable from here.

Working Paper

Adambussinova, Zarina; Aliia Maralbaeva; Chiara Pierobon; and Aijan Sharshenova. 2022. "Academic Life in Central Asia during Covid-19: Challenges and Opportunities." Shaping Asia Working Paper n. 1, Bielefeld University and Heidelberg University. Downloadable from here.

Newsletter

Shaping Asia Network quarterly newsletter, December 2021. Downloadable from here.

Lecture series

The Shaping Asia - Heritage lecture series continues with three more talks:

  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius (Universität Heidelberg) on the 21. January 2022: 'Building Back Stronger'? Robustness, Resilience and Regeneration in Post-Earthquake Heritage Making in Nepal.
  • Dr. Çiçek Ilengiz (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen) on the 27. January 2022: Energetic Inheritance: Sensing the Heritage of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi (1207-1273).
  • Dr. Zarina Adambussinova (American University of Central Asia in Bishkek) on the 3. February 2022: Dissonance in Heritage: The City Museum of Kökshetau in Peripheral Post-Soviet Kazakhstan.

For more information, visit the series' webpage.

Lecture

Within the Understanding Asia Transnational Care colloquium series, Dr. Megha Amrith (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany) offers a lecture titled The Ends of Transnational Care: Aspirations of Ageing Migrant Domestic Workers.

Date and time are 19. Jan. 2022, 4 p.m. c.t.

For more information, visit the series' webpage.

Project

Prof. Dr. Antje Missbach (Bielefeld University) and Prof. Dr. Heike Drotbohm (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) have been awarded a grant for their project Migration und Im/Mobilität im Globalen Süden in Zeiten einer Pandemie (2021–2024). The project is funded by the German Research Foundation. Visit the project's webpage for more information.

Project

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer, Prof. Dr. Janina Steinert (Technical University of Munich) and Prof. Dr. Sahana Udupa (LMU Munich) lunched a project on online misogyny: Understanding, Detecting, and Mitigating Online Misogyny Against Politically Active Women in Germany, India, and Brazil (2022–2026). The project, funded by the Bavarian Institute for Digital Transformation, will examine online misogyny and gender-based harassment across Germany, India, and Brazil using ethnography, survey, and computational methods.

Project

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka, together with Florin Cristea (Freie Universität Berlin), will be working on a project titled Afflicted Minds–‘Madness’, Morality and Emotions in Rural Bali (2022–2024). The project is funded by the German Research Foundation.

Focusing on the islands of Bali (Florin Cristea) and Timor and Timor-Leste (Thomas Stodulka) in Indonesia, the project contributes to current debates on mental health experiences. Whereas Bali has established itself as a hub for international cooperations and transnational mental health experts, the island of Timor contrasts through almost exclusive local healingscapes. Based on professional networks already initiated during previous and exploratory fieldwork, this project is well connected to the local and international institutions working on mental health and illness on the two islands. It investigates the illness experiences associated with severe psychiatric disorders as intertwined moral, cognitive, and emotional processes. This analytic link promises to provide an in-depth description of how global knowledge flows influence personal and social illness trajectories and outcomes beyond the Global North, by methodologically particularlizing the diverse Balinese and Timorese therapeutic landscapes.

Project

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka and other colleagues at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin have launched a project titled Learning for Democracy from Interfaith Initiatives: Civic Education, Democracy, and Religion. It is funded by Berlin University Alliance Global Engagement for the period 2020-2021. Their official website launch is February 2022 and can be reached via this link.

Lecture series

In the upcoming winter term 2021/2022, the Shaping Asia network organises a lecture series titled Shaping Asia: Heritage. The invited speakers are:

  • Dr. Felix Girke (Universität Konstanz) on 5. November 2021.
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Brumann (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle) on the 2. December 2021.
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius (Universität Heidelberg) on the 21. January 2022.
  • Dr. Çiçek Ilengiz (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen) on the 27. January 2022.
  • Dr. Zarina Adambussinova (American University of Central Asia in Bishkek) on the 3. February 2022.

Please save the dates for now. More information will soon follow.

Colloquium series

Within the colloquium series Understanding Asia: Transnational Care four scholars will deliver talks.

  • Dr. Victoria Kumala Satki (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen) on 27. October 2021.
  • Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) on 24. November 2021.
  • Prof. Dr. Bo Kyeong Seo (Yonsei University, South Korea) on 09. December 2021.
  • Dr. Megha Amrith (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany) on 19. January 2022.

For the programme and registration, please consult their website.

Situating Knowledge/Sites of Knowledge

End of September 2022, Kathmandu

International Workshop within the "Knowledge Production and Circulation" Network

Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Dhruv Raina and Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz.

Embodied and Sensorial Knowledge

18-19 February 2022, Singapore

International Workshop within the "Knowledge Production and Circulation" Network

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Kelvin Low.

Alternative Discourses

17-18 February 2022, Singapore

International Workshop within the "Knowledge Production and Circulation" Network

Coordinator: Dr. Noorman Abdullah.


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