Welcome to the website of the 6th French Network for Asian Studies International Conference (FNASIC)

Dates : 26-28 June 2017.

Place : Sciences Po, Paris.

Organisers : the French Network for Asian Studies.

Calendar : Registration is now open : here

Conference programme will be available online next spring.


Keynote speakers :

1) Dhruv Raina

Dhurv Raina

Dhruv Raina is Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He studied physics at Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from Göteborg University. His research has focused upon the politics and cultures of scientific knowledge in South Asia. He has co edited Situating the History of Science: Dialogues with Joseph Needham (1999) and Social History of Sciences in Colonial India (2007), Science between Europe and Asia (2010). Images and Contexts: the Historiography of Science and Modernity (2003) was a collection of papers contextualizing science and its modernity in India. S.Irfan Habib and he co-authored Domesticating Modern Science (2004). His most recent book is Needham’s Indian Network (2015). He has been a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, a Visiting Faculty at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin;  Maison.des Sciences de l’Homme and Université de Paris Diderot, Paris;  the ETH, Zurich and Caius and Gonville College and Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Cambridge University, UK. In addition to which he was the first incumbent of the Heinrich Zimmer Chair for Indian Philosophy and Intellectual History at Heidelberg University.

Dhruv Raina's presentation will be about: Aspects of the Mainstreaming of Indigenous Knowledge and Science:The Emergence of an Interdisciplinary Field



2) Pratap Bhanu Mehta


Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President, Centre  for Policy Research, New Delhi, India’ Leading Think Tank. He has also taught at Harvard, Jawaharlal Nehru University and NYU Law School. His areas of research include, political theory, society and politics in India, governance, political economy and international affairs. He is also the recipient of the prestigious INFOSYS PRIZE 2011, the  Amartya Sen Prize, 2012  and the Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award for  distinguished contribution to the Social Sciences, 2010. Mehta has published extensively in several fields.  He has scholarly papers in political theory, constitutional law, intellectual history,  and politics and society in India.. His recent books include, The Burden of Democracy, and five co edited volumes: India’s Public Institutions, The Oxford Companion to Politics in India and Shaping the World: India and Multilateralism; The Oxford Companion to Constitutional Law in India, and Rethinking Higher Education   He is also a member of the collective that produced the influential Non-Alignment 2.0, that lays out a framework for India’s foreign policy. He has also done extensive public policy work. He was member of the National Security Advisory Board, Government of India. He was also Member-Convenor of the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission. He is a prolific participant in public policy debates. He is editorial consultant to the Indian Express. His columns have also appeared in a number of national and international dailies including the Financial Times,  International Herald Tribune, etc. He was named as India’s most influential public intellectual by several leading dailies. He is also on the Editorial Board of numerous journals including the American Political Science Review and Journal of Democracy. Mehta has a B.A. First Class in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University (St. John's College); and a Ph.D in Politics from Princeton University.

3) Brenda S.A. Yeoh

Brenda Yeoh

Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Professor (Provost’s Chair), Department of Geography, as well as Vice Provost (Graduate Education), National University of Singapore. She is also the Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. Her research interests include the politics of space in colonial and postcolonial cities, and she also has considerable experience working on a wide range of migration research in Asia, including key themes such as cosmopolitanism and highly skilled talent migration; gender, social reproduction and care migration; migration, national identity and citizenship issues;  globalising universities and international student mobilities; and cultural politics, family dynamics and international marriage migrants. Her latest book titles include The Cultural Politics of Talent Migration in East Asia (Routledge, 2012, with Shirlena Huang); Migration and Diversity in Asian Contexts (ISEAS press, 2012, with Ah Eng Lai and Francis Collins); Return: Nationalizing Transnational Mobility in Asia (Duke University Press, 2013, with Biao Xiang and Mika Toyota); Transnational Labour Migration, Remittances and the Changing Family in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, with Lan Ahn Hoang); as well as a paperback reprint of her book, Contesting Space in Colonial Singapore: Power Relations and the Urban Built Environment (originally published in 1996 by Oxford University Press).

Brenda S.A. Yeoh's presentation will be about: Mobile-but-not-free subjects? gendered mobilities in Southeast Asia.

4) Steven K. Vogel

S Vogel

Steven K. Vogel is the Il Han New Professor of Asian Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the political economy of the advanced industrialized nations, especially Japan. He is the author of Japan Remodeled: How Government and Industry Are Reforming Japanese Capitalism (Cornell, 2006) and co-editor (with Naazneen Barma) of The Political Economy Reader: Markets as Institutions (Routledge, 2008). His earlier book, Freer Markets, More Rules: Regulatory Reform in Advanced Industrial Countries  (Cornell, 1996), won the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize. He also edited his mother’s book, Suzanne Hall Vogel, The Japanese Family in Transition: From the Professional Housewife Ideal to the Dilemmas of Choice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), and a volume on U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing World (Brookings, 2002).  He is currently working on a book, tentatively entitled Marketcraft, that argues that markets need rules not simply to protect people and the environment from collateral damage but to function effectively in the first place. It explores why viewing markets as institutions that are deeply embedded in law, regulations, practices and norms is essential to understanding recent developments in advanced economies such as the United States and Japan. Vogel won the Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Excellence Award in 2002, and the UC Berkeley Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Graduate Student Instructors in 2005.  He has been a columnist for Newsweek-Japan and the Asahi Shimbun, and he has written extensively for the popular press.  He has worked as a reporter for the Japan Times in Tokyo and as a freelance journalist in France. He has taught previously at the University of California, Irvine and Harvard University. He has a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Steven K. Vogel's conference will be on the following theme: Marketcraft Japanese-Style: What Japan Tells Us About the Art of Making Markets.


5) Rana Mitter


Rana Mitter is Deutsche Bank Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China. He is the author of several books, including  A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World (Oxford, 2004) for which he was named Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year. His most recent book China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival (Penguin, 2013) won the 2014 RUSI/Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, was named as a 2013 Book of the Year in the Financial Times and the Economist and was named a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. In the UK he is a regular presenter of the arts and ideas programme Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3. He comments regularly on contemporary Chinese politics and society in media around the world, and his reviews and essays have appeared in newspapers including the Financial Times, International New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Caijing, and Outlook (India).  He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.

Rana Mitter will talk about: China’s changing wartime past and how it will affect the future: history, memory and politics in China today.


6) Susan L. Shirk


Susan Shirk is the Chair of the 21st Century China Program and Research Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California - San Diego. She is also director emeritus of the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). Susan Shirk first visited China in 1971 and has been teaching, researching and engaging China diplomatically ever since. From 1997-2000, Shirk served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia.    In that capacity she was responsible for coordinating all aspects of US policy toward China; helped plan Jiang Zemin’s 1997 state visit to the U.S., Bill Clinton’s 1998 state visit to China, and Zhu Rongji’s official visit to the U.S. in 1999; and participated in the negotiations for China’s accession to the World Trade Organization.In 1993, she founded, and continues to lead, the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), a Track 1.5 forum for discussions of security issues among defense and foreign ministry officials and academics from the U.S., Japan, China, Russia, South Korea and North Korea. Shirk's publications include her books, China:  Fragile Superpower; How China Opened Its Door: The Political Success of the PRC's Foreign Trade and Investment Reforms; The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China; Competitive Comrades: Career Incentives and Student Strategies in China; and her edited book, Changing Media, Changing China.In 2015, the UC-San Diego chancellor awarded Susan Shirk the Revelle Medal for extraordinary service to the campus. The Girl Scouts named her one of San Diego’s “Cool Women” in 2016. Shirk served as a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board, the Board of Governors for the East-West Center (Hawaii), the Board of Trustees of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and an emeritus member of the Aspen Strategy Group. Dr. Shirk received her BA in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College, her MA in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Susan Shirk will talk about: US-China relations are at a precarious point.


7) Ingeborg Baldauf


Ingeborg Baldauf received her doctoral degree in Turkology and Islamic Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria, and took her habilitation (with a book on script reforms among Turkic-speaking peoples in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union) at Bamberg University, Germany. After working as a professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany, she finally came to Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin, where she has been a full professor of Central Asian Languages and Cultures since 1995. Additional affiliations included a short-term director position of the Berlin Centre of Modern Oriental Studies and a guest professorship at the Faculty of Uzbek Language and Literature of the Uzbek National University, Tashkent. Research in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Tatarstan and Tajikistan (medieval and early modern literature, folklore, local Islam, oral history, Uzbek dialects).

Ingeborg Baldauf's presentation will be about: Bring Central Asia back into Asia.



Sébastien Lechevalier, Jean-François Huchet,
Director and vice-director of Réseau Asie (CNRS) and GIS Asie

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