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Call for Contributions: Virtual Workshop 'ASIA.LIVE: Locating Livestreaming in Asia'

List members may be interested in the following upcoming event, for which we are inviting audiovisual submissions, with the option for contributors to later also submit accompanying research articles for publication.

Hosts: Leiden University, the Leiden Asia Centre, and Asiascape: Digital Asia. 
Organisers: Florian Schneider, Dino Ge Zhang, Gabriele de Seta.
Date: 13 September 2019
Abstract Deadline: 20 June 2019

New Book, Caumanns, Sernesi, and Solmsdorf (eds), Unearthing Himalayan Treasures, Festschrift for Franz-Karl Ehrhard

Poted on behalf of Dr. Marti Sernesi

Dear colleagues,

I am very glad to announce the publication of the felicitation volume in honour of Professor Franz-Karl Ehrhard:

Unearthing Himalayan Treasures: Festschrift for Franz-Karl Ehrhard. Edited by Volker Caumanns, Marta Sernesi, and Nikolai Solmsdorf. Marburg: Indica et Tibetica Verlag, 2019. xxiv, 488 pp. ISBN 978-3-923776-62-7.

The volume includes twenty-six contributions on the religious and literary traditions of Tibet and the Himalayas: please see the table of contents below.

435: the updated count of ethnic-minority intellectuals in Xinjiang now in mass detention

Today the Uyghur Human Rights Project updated its count of confirmed detentions/forced disappearances of ethnic-minority intellectuals (artists, authors, academics etc.), a key part of Chinese authorities' forced-assimilation campaign targeting the ethnic minorities of Xinjiang, western China, including with mass internments in concentration camps, mass surveillance, blanket criminalization of everyday religious practices, forced marriages, and more.

query about the "Asian smile"

Dear colleagues, 

Apologies for this intrusion by an interloper (my own field is modern Europe, with a focus on post-1945 Germany)!

I am currently finishing up a book on German reactions to genocides that took place in other countries after 1945, and one country I focus on is Cambodia. In the course of my research, I have repeatedly come across, in German press coverage and elsewhere, the trope "Asian smile" in reference to the Cambodians. The subtext seems to be that luking beneath the ubiquitous "Asian smile" is a much darker side...


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