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  • Montpellier

    Call for papers - Asia

    Fleeing the Nazis: the blessed exiles of Asia?

    This meeting is a continuation of the franco-german conference held in Berlin in 2014 about "Heroes and heroic myths : a social and cultural construction : Germany, France, Japan" (published in 2017 at Leipziger Universitätsverlag). After having studied those ambivalent constructions of warrior 'heroes', this new conference focuses on two other ambivalences associated with WWII : the position of host states towards exiles fleeing from nazism and the "survival ethic" of the exiles themselves.

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  • Montpellier

    Call for papers - Asia

    The first Japanese embassy in Europe (1582-1590) and the "De missione legatorum iaponensium ad Romanam curiam"

    Intercultural exchanges and their communication

    Cet appel à contribution s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un projet de traduction et d’édition critique du De missione legatorum iaponensium ad Romanam curiam. Il invite à des communications qui, prenant nécessairement pour point de départ le De missione – dont existent déjà des traductions dans plusieurs langues modernes  – mais aussi les divers écrits de Fróis, pour éclairer cette œuvre.

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  • Conference, symposium - Ethnology, anthropology

    Desired Identities

    New Technology-based Metamorphosis in Japan

    In Japan, characters now invade social networks up to the point where a whole industry of character-camouflage is prompting millions of web users to merge with videogames-like creatures. How can we understand this phenomenon? What social changes does it contribute to shape and to mirror?During the course of an international workshop, researchers from various disciplines are invited to share their experiences and outcomes concerning this phenomenon, which has been stamped kyara-ka, “transforming into a character” (Aihara Hiroyuki, 2007). It is now giving birth to what Nozawa Shunsuke (2013) calls “an emerging art of self–fashioning”. Based on elaborate techniques of disguises, the kyara-ka phenomenon covers a variety of communication strategies and practices. Exploring all the aspects of this “thingification of humans”, the workshop will reflect on how and why a growing number of people market themselves as characters.

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - Ethnology, anthropology

    Desired Identities

    New technology-based metamorphosis in Japan

    In Japan, the kyara-ka phenomenon, ‘transforming into a character’ (Aihara Hiroyuki, 2007) is now giving birth to what Nozawa Shunsuke (2013) calls ‘an emerging art of self–fashioning.’ Based on elaborate disguise techniques, the kyara-ka phenomenon covers a variety of communication strategies and practices: cosplay, kigurumi, Vtubing, utaloid voice banks, use of voice-image filters to upload videos where humans look like characters… Exploring all the aspects of this ‘thingification of humans’, the conference will reflect on how and why a growing number of people market themselves as characters. The conference goal is to address the complexity of issues raised by these voluntary and, perhaps, ironical acts of obliteration. What is the profile of men and women who transform themselves into computer-graphic creatures? How do they deal with being loved only through their digital alter-ego? What little or grand narratives are being produced alongside? Can we still deal with the phenomenon in terms of authenticity (original) versus artificiality (copy)? What negotiations or refusals underly the use of characters as social masks?

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  • Taipei

    Call for papers - Asia

    Sinophone Studies in Europe and the Americas

    Research Center for Chinese Cultural Subjectivity in Taiwan (CCS) will be holding 2019 “Sinophone Studies in Europe and the Americas”(SEA) International Young Scholars Conference at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, November 19-21, 2019. The conference invites both critical scholarship and creative writing in various fields of Sinophone studies.

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  • Paris

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - Asia

    Association française d'études chinoises thesis prize

    Un double prix récompense chaque année lors de l’assemblée générale de l'Association française d'études chinoises deux thèses de doctorat soutenues en France durant l’année précédente.

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  • Call for papers - Asia

    Sinophone musical worlds and their publics

    China Perspectives / Perspectives Chinoises

    Recent success of Chinese reality television singing competitions broadcasted on national television or streamed directly on the internet, has shown the extent of musical genres represented in the Chinese world, from pop to folk via hip-hop or rock ’n’ roll. The popularity of new musical styles up to then considered as deviant as well as the recent attempts of the State to intervene directly on musical contents, tend to blur the distinctions between “mainstream” (流行) music, “popular” (民间) music as non-official, “underground” (地下) music or even “alternative” (另类) music. This call for papers aims at promoting a better understanding of the transformations of Chinese “musical worlds”, in the sense that Becker gave to “art worlds”, which stresses the role of cooperation and interactions between the different actors of the artistic sphere.

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  • Paris

    Study days - Asia

    Chinese objects and their lives

    Over the last twenty years, material culture studies have occupied a growing place in the social sciences. How does this growing interest in objects and material culture reveal itself in Chinese studies? Choosing from different disciplines and different periods, this AFEC workshop aims to examine how to approach objects in the humanities and social sciences—from everyday objects to natural objects, consumer goods, technical or scientific instruments, objects of study or devotion, or ritual objects and works of art. By bringing together specialists from different fields (history, art history, archaeology, technology, anthropology, literature, sociology, etc.), the workshop explores the life, trajectory and the possible metamorphoses of the value, status and function of objects, as well as the relationships these artefacts have with individuals—raising in addition questions of their social uses—by focusing on their religious, symbolic, political, economic, emotional or memorial dimensions.

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  • Scholarship, prize and job offer - History

    Assistant professor in History at Nazarbayev University

    The department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies in the School of humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan invites applications for a fixed term position as assistant professor in history.

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  • Sheffield

    Conference, symposium - Asia

    New approaches in Chinese garden history

    In honour of Dr Alison Hardie's retirement

    A conference exploring new developments in Chinese garden history, created in honour of Dr Alison Hardie's retirement.

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  • Call for papers - Education

    Quality Assurance and Value Management in Higher Education

    Quality et conduite de la valeur pour l'enseignement du supérieur (pédagogie, organisation etc.)

    This book will aim to provide identified and relevant proposals of good practices to promote the outcomes and favor the issues of Higher Education providers; proposals that integrate all stakeholders dialogic expectations (the clients: trainers, trainees, companies and society) in a resolutely innovative optical within the sense of sustainability and the EFQM Excellence model. Within theoretical results into perspective by the concrete practice work, clues will be presented to help quality through design process, pedagogy, organization and management for WIL in Higher Education. Value management principles and standards are considered as a global framework to develop such trainings to achieve success in a European Environment (European Standards and Guidelines) but not only: facing uncertainties and constraints. Obviously strategy, policy and leadership have to be considered.

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  • Paris

    Study days - History

    Common Experiences, Common Desires ? Tracing an Intellectual History between China and Africa

    Conférence ANR Espaces de la culture chinoise en Afrique (EsCA)

    In his 1954 presentation to dignitaries from across Asia and Africa, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai acknowledged the differences between the two cultural spheres; nevertheless, Zhou stressed, a more important factor in all future relations should be the “common experiences and desires” of people from across the two continents to create a new world from the ashes of war and colonialism. Building on Zhou’s insight into commonalities of experience, this presentation will trace the cultural intersections that have existed between China and African since the 1920s.

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  • Taipei

    Conference, symposium - Ethnology, anthropology

    Bodily Cultivation & Cultural Learning

    9th International Symposium of CORPUS International Group for the Cultural Study of the Body

    Le 9e symposium international de CORPUS groupe international d'études culturelles sur le corps aura lieu à Taipei du 24 au 26 mai prochain. Organisé avec l'académie Sinica et l'université nationale des arts de Taiwan, il rassemblera des intervenants venus d'une dizaine de pays sur le thème « Éducation du corps et apprentissage culturel ».

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  • Geneva

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - Sociology

    A three year post-doc position in the Department of Sociology, University of Geneva (80%)

    Le/la post-doc que nous recrutons sur un poste à 80% participera durant 3 ans au projet financé par le fonds national Suisse de la recherche scientifique (dirigé par la prof. Mathilde Bourrier): « Organizing, Communicating, and Costing in Risk Governance: Learning Lessons from the H1N1 Pandemic ». Il/Elle travaillera plus particulièrement sur les deux composantes du projet portant sur les facteurs organisationnels et communicationnels de la gestion de la pandémie, en Suisse, aux États-Unis et au Japon. La personne recherchée a obtenu son doctorat en sociologie ou en anthropologie depuis moins de 3 ans, d'excellentes capacités à mener des terrains de recherche dans plusieurs pays, et d'un intérêt marqué pour les questions de santé globale (global health).

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Science studies

    Individual itineraries and the circulation of scientific and technical knowledge in East Asia (16th-20th centuries)

    How did individuals' geographical mobility contributed the circutation of  knowledge in East Asia (16th-20th centuries)? In China, Korea and Vietnam, the bureaucratic systems dictated a specific mode of mobility of the elites. But the ways in which individual itineraries shaped the circulation of knowledge need to be studied not only for civil servants, but also for various socio-professional groups, such as the scholars privately employed by high officials, craftsmen, medical doctors, traders, Buddhist monks, and emperors themselves. To these groups should be added the actors of the globalisation of knowledge during this period.

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