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IIAS Events

April 2017

April
06
2017
Seminar

A two-day seminar (6-7 April) which juxtaposes issues related to contemporary India and China on a common scholarly platform.
The tentative programme (with speaker's abstracts) is now available.

April
06
2017
Lecture

The Friends of the Kern Institute (VVIK) organizes her next lecture by Alessandro Battistini (IIAS, Leiden), titled 'Flowers, daggers, and bitten lips: citrakāvya in Sanskrit literature'. The lecture will be held on Thursday 6th April 2017, 16.00h—17.30h, with drinks afterwards.

April
11
2017
Seminar

This afternoon seminar will bring together a group of scholars and other experts to explore not only exchanges of jars and their contents between Asia and the West but also across Eurasia, integrating aspects of inner-Asian exchanges, interactions between North and South, between the Chinese imperial court and the provinces, and between urban and rural.

April
11
2017
Book presentation

Historian Hans Hägerdal (Linnaeus University, Sweden) presents the first translation in English of a narrative of the history of Sumbawa, an island in eastern Indonesian with a long and highly interesting past, and a recorded history spanning a period from pre-modern Hindu-Javanese influences until today. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A until 16:45 with drinks afterwards.

April
12
2017
Lecture

A public lecture by Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies Dr. Helmut Tauscher at Leiden University.

April
18
2017
IIAS Lunch Lecture

The relocation of Bengali refugees in the Andamans transported a rich baggage of oral literature and performative traditions, which still provide strong links with the past and the “homeland”. What is the role of the transmission and performance of oral literature and traditional repertoires of songs in constructing and reinforcing “Bengaliness”? How is the performance of traditional verbal arts strengthening a displaced community’s sense of belonging? What is the use of congregational music in processes of identity-making?

April
20
2017
IIAS Lunch Lecture

Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong face severe and increasingly frequent flooding events, stemming from a rapid urban development that prioritises real estate and infrastructure while neglecting centuries-long traditions of urban design and living in harmony with the omnipresent water in the Pearl River Delta. In this lecture, Marcin Dąbrowski attempts to shine some light on the factors that affect the capacity to adapt to flood risk exacerbated by climate change of these three differentiated PRD Cities that operate in different governance contexts of mainland China and Hong Kong.