Open lectures, Future of Asian Studies seminar, LU350 activity Web version
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NEWSLETTER  |  No. 3 - June 2017
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Looking back, looking forward
The end of the spring semester is special as it for many students also means the end of their studies at Lund University. I am happy, but also sad, to send off a new group of students with a Master of Science in Asian Studies to new adventures and challenges, and wish them all the best for the future. We hope you stay in touch with us through our Alumni network, and look forward to see you again somewhere in the world, or in Lund again. During the spring Elenor Marcussen who got her Master degree in 2008 received her Ph.D. from Heidelberg University and is now a Assistant Professor in Dhaka. I also would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her on this new accomplishment.

But the spring semester is barely over before we are planning for the fall semester. We already have a number of interesting lectures lined up on exciting topics such as Chinese communities in Cambodia, China's digital working class, and rule of law assistance in Myanmar, and more is planned. We also organize another Lund University 350th Anniversary Events in September on the timely topic Why Area Studies Are Important: The Future of Asian Studies. We have international speakers such as Professor Hyung-Gu Lynn, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, and editor of Pacific Affairs, and Professor Philippe Peycam, director of International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden, as well as other speakers.

Summer is of course a time for relaxation and holidays but also a busy time when many of our researchers attend conferences. Nicholas Loubere and myself thus attended the Nordic Association of China Studies (NACS) conference in Aarhus earlier in June, and last week I was a keynote at the British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies 2017 Annual Conference in Sheffield

Other colleagues will over the coming months attend the International Convention of Asia Scholars in Chiang Mai in July and the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies in Oxford in August, and teach at the summer school on labour and rights in Venice in July.

I wish you all both a restful and stimulating summer and look forward to an exciting fall semester. We welcome you back to the Centre and the Asia Library on 21 August!

Marina Svensson
Open lectures
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6 September
Socializing Chineseness: Cambodia’s Ethnic Chinese Communities as a Method

Open lecture with Dr. Allen Shih-Lun Chen, Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, School of International Relations & Institute of International Studies, Sun Yat-Sen University, China

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7 September
Laboring through uncertainty: the politics of labor activism in South China

Open lecture with Dr. Darcy Pan, researcher and lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University.

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12 September
China's Digital Working Class

Open lecture with Professor Jack Linchuan Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong

More information here
LU 350 jubilee event
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19 September - Seminar

At this event international scholars and scholars from Lund University and other academic institutions in Sweden will present their perspectives on the current situation and future of area studies, new approaches and projects, including transregional studies, as well as challenges for interdisciplinary studies and area studies.

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Graduation celebration!
On May 31 we celebrated our new Masters of Science in Asian Studies! Photos from the successful celebration can be found on our Facebook page.

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