Programme > Plenary sessions

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Monday June 26th at 9:30 am - Introduction to the 6th FNASIC: Frédéric Mion, Director of Sciences Po Paris, Patrice Bourdelais, Director of the InSHS of CNRS, Sébastien Lechevalier, Director of GIS Asie and Jean-François Huchet, Vice- Director of GIS Asie.

Monday, June 26 at 12:30 pm - Speech by Christine Musselin, Scientific Director of Sciences Po, to present the 30th Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) to be held in Kyoto in 2018.

Monday, June 26 at 16:00 pm - Presentation of the Paroles d'Asie, a series of interviews conducted by Jean-François Sabouret, sociologist and research director at the CNRS, with researchers in human and social sciences, experts on Asia. These interviews will be shown during the 3 days of the FNASIC.

 Round tables :

The round table organized by young researchers from GIS Asia: Fleur Chabaille and Julie Remoiville (Wednesday 28 June at 11:45 am) with Gilles Guiheux, director of CESSMA, Christophe Jaffrelot, former director of the CNRS section 40 and Nga Bellis, PhD student and representative of Association of Young Researchers in History - on the subject "Young researchers and research in Asian studies: challenges and prospects".

Speakers for the keynote sessions:

susan.jpg Susan L. Shirk's presentation will be about: “US-China relations are at a precarious point”, on Monday 26 June at 10:00 am.

Under Xi Jinping administration, China is acting more assertively in Asia, more mercantilist in its economic strategies, and more authoritarian in its domestic politics, while at the same time the Donald Trump  administration is questioning some of the fundamental understandings that have undergirded stable relations since the Nixon administration and promising much tougher trade and investment policies.   What are the risks the two countries face?   And in what ways should they both adjust their strategies to achieve a mutually beneficial relationship.

 

dhruv.jpg The title of Dhruv Raina’s conference, which will be held on Monday 26 June at 11:30 am, is: "Aspects of the Mainstreaming of Indigenous Knowledge and Science: The Emergence of an Interdisciplinary Field"

The last three decades have been witness to discussions in academic and policy circles, the field of development studies, social activists and NGOs on indigenous knowledge and indigenous science. Evidently, the term connotes quite different things among these different constituencies, and as I have argued elsewhere, taking the case of South Asia, varies with national contexts as well. Following the vocation of the concept, it could be argued that the Bangalore  Communiqué of 1999 and the more recent UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030 are two important policy and institutional landmarks in the history of a now emerging interdisciplinary field of research displaying all the features of any interdisciplinary field. The present talk reviews the recent history of this widely constituted field of investigation – ranging from the anthropology of knowledge, to climate change studies, to alternate medicine, agricultural sciences,  to geography, land, water and  natural resource management – commencing with an epistemological reorientation of the history of sciences to the history of knowledge(s), and the institutional interventions that have produced a hyper interdisciplinarity that fans out into discourses on sustainability, biodiversity and cosmopolitics, and development itself. This hyper interdisicplinarity is in turn supported by the proliferation of specialized journals often supported and managed by scientific societies. This form of institutionalization draws these variety of knowledge forms into the mainstream of scientific practices, even though within the world of sciences they are still at the periphery.

 

rana_1.jpg Rana Mitter's presentation will be about: "China’s changing  wartime past and  how it will affect the future: history, memory and politics in China today", on Tuesday 27 June at 11:00 am

Beijing’s policies continue to dominate the news in the Asia-Pacific region. Will China and Japan clash in the seas of East Asia? Will China be able to implement social welfare policies that will calm dissent and social unrest? Why did it take so long for China to become such a major power? One unexpected but crucial story that helps illuminate these different questions is the wrenching history of China’s experience during World War II, in the epic war against Japan from 1937 to 1945. Over 14 million Chinese died and some 80 million became refugees during those years. This lecture will explore how the battered China of wartime became today’s superpower in the making – and why. It explores the often-forgotten history of China’s wartime experience and shows how memory of the war has been used to change domestic and international politics in the present day.  It shows that local identity, international relations and China’s sense of nationalism are all deeply affected by changing ways of thinking about the wartime past, and that the changing memory of war continues to constitute a central part of China’s engagement with Asia and  the world.

 

Baldauf.jpg Ingeborg Baldauf’s conference will be on the following theme: “Bring Central Asia back into Asia”, on Tuesday 27 June at 11:45 pm.

Central Asia in a broad understanding, that is, Central Inner Eurasia from the Caucasus to Western Siberia and from the Southern Ural Mountains to the Himalayas, lies at the intersection of a number of scholarly fields – Turkology, Iranian, Chinese, Russian/Soviet, Islamic, and Buddhist Studies. Central Asian/Eurasian Studies, in homology with the geographical area they are dealing with, are thus located at a crossroads of various thematical and disciplinary trajectories. Interestingly however, within the larger framework of Asian Studies the heartlands of the continent have only occasionally played a major role. This contribution attempts to identify some points in the history of science when Central Asia was clearly "part of Asia", and others when it was not. It also attempts to find out which disciplines are more likely to integrate the core into the total, and which ones are perhaps prone to isolate the two from one another. In conclusion, the speaker will put forward some ideas on why and how to balance out Central Asian Studies between areanist, disciplinary, and cross-/trans- approaches.

 

vogel.jpg Steven K. Vogel's presentation will be about "Marketcraft Japanese-Style: What Japan Tells Us About the Art of Making Markets", on Wednesday 28 June at 11:00 am. 

As the Japanese economy shifted from boom to bust after 1990, opinion leaders grew critical of the Japanese economic model, calling for a dramatic shift toward the liberal market model of the United States.  But what would it really take for Japan to “liberalize” its economy? Japan provides a critical test case that illustrates what market development really entails.  According to the market liberal paradigm, the diagnosis and prescription for Japan would be simple: the government should just stop interfering and the free market would flourish.  In fact, however, the Japanese government would have to do more, not less, to enhance competition and to empower markets.  The government would have to build up the legal and regulatory infrastructure to support more competitive labor, finance, and product markets.  The Japanese case illustrates the complex mix of laws, regulations, practices, and norms that sustain a modern market economy, and the range of measures required to enhance market competition.  This talk briefly reviews the core features of Japan’s postwar model (1945-80); examines market reforms since 1980; and discusses what it would take for Japan to transform into a liberal market economy.  It demonstrates that the Japanese government and industry have enacted incremental reforms in many areas – but that Japan has not converged upon the liberal market model.  Moreover, it concludes that government and industry were probably wise not to adopt more drastic reforms that would have been more disruptive, and might have undermined Japan’s institutional strengths even further.

 

brenda.jpg The title of Brenda S.A. Yeoh’ conference, which will be held on Wednesday 28 June at 14:00 pm, is: “Mobile-but-not-free subjects? gendered mobilities in Southeast Asia.”

As a region that has experienced major socio-political and economic transitions in recent decades, Southeast Asia provides a rich and variegated terrain to explore the gendered lives and experienc­es of men and women in a globalizing world of increased migrations and mobilities. Relations of equality and complementarity between Southeast Asian men and women have long been thought to be a re­gional characteristic but much has changed in recent times. Deeper incorporation of the region into the global world or­der provides a mobile context shaping the gendered experiences and micropolitics that men and women sustain in reproducing and resist­ing socio-cultural change and economic development. By the closing decades of the twentieth century, Southeast Asian women, in particu­lar, have seen their lives transformed by rapid but uneven economic growth and development, the penetrating reach of global capital and international business, the strengthening of economic-cum-cultural nationalisms, the rise of the so-called migration industry, the accelerated pace of urbanization, downward trends in fertility, rapid ageing and the increasing feminization of labour migration in the region. Women in Southeast Asia are on the move – as daughters and mothers, wives and workers – often under paradoxical conditions where they are ‘mobile-but-not-free’. At this time of gender-differentiated mobilities, Southeast Asian men are also experiencing pressures to perform masculine subjectivi­ties differently or more flexibly, even if deep-seated transformations in gender ideologies or scripts are more resistant to change.

 

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