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The Newsletter 70 Spring 2015

The Newsletter 70 Spring 2015

Central and Inner Asia: New Challenges for Independent Research

The study of Central and Inner Asia faces a multitude of challenges, brought about by the break-up of the Soviet Union, the emergence of new states, the rise of China, the development of new national narratives, and a diminishing interest from Europe and the United States. This edition of the Focus addresses some of the problems, and proposes new policies to promote the proper understanding of a region that, to many, lies in a disregarded area on the map of the world.


1.......... Cover download PDF
2.......... Contents download PDF
3.......... From the Director download PDF

Annika Schmeding wins the 2014 IIAS National Master’s Thesis Prize in Asian Studies

The Study

4 - 5

The politics of dancing in Japan 
By Ryan Hartley
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6 - 7

'Strange peoples': The Sama Bajo in VOC perception and policy
By Lance Nolde
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8 - 9

Encoding visual imagery of Ki Suryŏn exported to the West 
By Victoria Ten
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The Opinion - Under the Umbrella
Chief Editor: Beatrice Oi-yeung Lam


Umbrella sociology 
Alistair Fraser
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10 -11

Understanding the Umbrella Movement from the perspective of governance in post-1997 Hong Kong
By Kwok Wing-hei, Richard
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Youth participation in the Umbrella Movement: the role of new media
Compiled by Carmen Tong
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“This is my choice, the right choice!” Police solidarity and power: some observations of police usage of social media
By Leona Li & Josephine Sham
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The voices unheard: gender politics and LGBT activism in the Umbrella Movement
By Liona Li, Candice Tang and Clara Tang
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Epilogue. Doing umbrella sociology
By Beatrice Oi-yeung Lam
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The Study continued

14 - 15

The medical spur to postcolonial Indonesian science: the Soekarno era 
By Vivek Neelakantan
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16 - 17

A bullet train or a paved road? Local accounts of high-speed rail reform in China
By Tabitha Speelman
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The Temple of Heaven: cosmological symbolism 
By Chen Chunhong
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The Focus: Central and Inner Asia: New Challenges for Independent Research

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Central and Inner Asia: New Challenges for Independent Research
By Irina Morozova, Alexander Cooley and Willem Vogelsang
Guest Editors
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To the studies of Soviet vostokovedenie: the precarious Marxist debates
By Irina Morozova
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Debates on nomadic feudalism in Soviet thought
By Nikolay Kradin
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The state and trends of Mongolian historical studies 
By J. Boldbaatar
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Information collection & accessibility in Mongolia, Inner Mongolia & Xinjiang
By Morris Rossabi
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Recollecting Central Asia's Soviet past
By Timur Dadabaev
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Evidence & history in archival documents: civil war in Semirech'ye
By Ablet Kamalov
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Publishing challenges for local Central Asian scholars
By Andrew Wachtel
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Scenarios for future Central Asian studies
By Nargis Kassenova
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The geopoliticization of Central Asian scholarship
By Alexander Cooley
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The Review

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Translating twelfth century China
By Hang Lin
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20 - 21

Reading the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
By Emilian Kavalski
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Hindu kingdoms, to the Mughals
By Rachel Parikh
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22........ New reviews on download PDF


Modernity experienced at an everyday level
By Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits
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Living in the urban periphery of Hà Nôi
By Hans Schenk
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A photographic journey into modern Indian kingship
By Souvik Naha
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The Network

37......... IIAS Outreach download PDF


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News from Southeast Asia
What is to come in Thailand? by Michael J. Montesano

Populist policies and the rural-urban divide by Puangthong Pawakapan

A new polity in the making? by Porphant Ouyyanont

40 - 41 ...... ICAS Book Prize download PDF

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Hungry ghosts meet Ming bling: re-framing 50 years in the life of an empire by Anna Grasskamp

New discoveries on Southeast Asia's maritime and diplomatic history 1600-1800 by Hendrik E. Niemeijer

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Responses to the manifesto ‘Heritage beyond the boundaries 
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48 - 50

IIAS Reports
Female Islamic authority in comparative perspective: exemplars, institutions, practices by David Kloos and Mirjam Künkler

Transcending the Bay of Bengal by Michael Laffan

Re-examining the ‘Subaltern’ by Paul Rabé

A multi-disciplinary approach to analyzing climate change in Yangon by Paul Rabé

University of Amsterdam hosts the 4th edition of the Sri Lanka Roundtable by Joeri Scholtens (UvA) & Maarten Bavinck (UvA)

51......... Announcements download PDF



Special feature:
The Alumnus

Gwen Bennett
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53......... IIAS research and projects download PDF

54 - 55..... IIAS fellowship programme download PDF

The Portrait


Envisioning journeys through Asia
The Smithsonian
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