Asian Studies Days 2016 “Religion and Politics in Asian Societies” -Photos and Presentation Videos

The sixth Asian Studies Days were held in Jyväskylä on 25th and 26th of August, with the theme “Religion and Politics in Asian Societies”.

Throughout the world both religious beliefs and nationalistic ideas are being expressed strongly, and often in conjunction. In addition to widely observed and discussed Muslim and Christian activities in politics around the globe, Hinduism in India, Confucianism in China, Buddhism in Myanmar, Shinto in Japan, and Kimism in North Korea, to name a few, are platforms for amalgamation of traditional religions with nationalism. The phenomenon is intriguing as the process often displays also clear anti-globalization, anti-foreign and anti-intellectual elements. Contemplating this phenomenon in Asia is the theme of the conference in Jyväskylä.

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The lectures were recorded and are available from the links below.


Ravinder Kaur: Communal violence in contemporary politics in India

Sirpa Tenhunen: Nordic Centre in India


Sofia Lähdeniemi: Asia Programme in CIMO


Jyrki Kallio: Confucius & comrades: the continuum of sagely rulers of all-under-heaven from pre-imperial China to contemporary Korea


Kenneth Bo Nielsen: Asianettverket in Norway


Ravinder Kaur: Asia Dynamics Initiative


Pekka Korhonen : CIMO funding meets the real world


Kenneth Bo Nielsen: The politics of caste in India’s new land wars


The second day was devoted for a doctoral students’ seminar and it started with a lecture by Laura Stark on what makes a good research plan.

Laura Stark: A good research plan. Read a summary of her lecture at Asianet’s Facebook page.