Programme ASIANET 2021

Authoritarianism, populism and new forms of nationalism in Asia

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Abstracts and author bios (pdf)

Thursday 21. October

8.30 – 9.00: Arrival and coffee

9.00 – 9.10: Opening speech by Arve Hansen, leader, Network for Asian Studies - Centre for Development and the Environment, UiO.

9.10 – 9.15: Greetings from rector Vidar L. Haanes - MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society.

9.15 – 9.30: Welcome & practical information from conference organizers Henrik Nykvist and Iselin Frydenlund.

9.30 – 10.30: Keynote speech by Duncan McCargo. Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, and Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.

Paper: Digital Natives and Political Participation: From Thai Protests to the Milk Tea Alliance

40 min presentation, 20 min Q&A.

Chair: Iselin Frydenlund

10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break

10.45 – 11.45: The 1 February 2021 military coup: What now for Myanmar?

Panel organizer: Iselin Frydenlund, MF  

Chair: Marte Nilsen, The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Fellow Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI)/Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities. University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. - Myanmar Spring? From Protest to Civil Disobedience to Armed Revolution.

Nitha Bor Siangpum, - (International Research Consultant at NINU -Women in Action Group) - Facebook, the De-Facto Government of Myanmar: The role of social media in the Myanmar´s Spring Revolution 2021.

Terese Virginia Gagnon (University of Copenhagen/NIAS) – The Role of Ethnic Organizations in Resisting Authoritarianism and Nation-Building in Post-Coup Myanmar

11.45 – 12.30: Lunch break at MF canteen

12.30 – 14.00: Round Table Book Discussion - Routledge Handbook of Autocratization in South Asia.

Panel organizer: Kenneth Bo Nielsen, (UiO/IKOS)

Chair: Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Sten Widmalm, (Uppsala University)

Øivind Fuglerud, (Museum of Cultural History/UiO)

Maren Aase, (SUM/UiO)

Marc Lanteigne, (The Arctic University of Norway)

Farah Mihlar, (University of Exeter)

14.00 – 14.15: Coffee break

14.15 – 15.15: Strongmen of Asia

Authoritarian leadership is an increasingly dominant style in South and Southeast Asian democracies. Why is that?

Panel Organizer: Arild Engelsen Ruud, (UiO/IKOS)

Chair: Sten Widmalm, (Uppsala University)

Nicole Curato, (University of Canberra) - The Spectacle of the Strongman: The case of Rodrigo Duterte (Nicole will give her presentation on Zoom).

Arild Engelsen Ruud, (UiO/IKOS) - On the possible usefulness of the term strongman.

Øivind Fuglerud, (UiO/Museum of Cultural History) - The King and the Demon: oligarchic politics in post-war Sri Lanka.

15.15 – 15.30: Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00: Round Table Discussion - Local Traditions, Heritage-Making, and the Nation-State: Whales of Power.

Panel organizer: Aike Rots, (UiO/IKOS)

Chair: Aike Rots, (UiO/IKOS)

Lindsey DeWitt, (Ghent University)

Florence Durney, (UiO/IKOS)

Tuan Anh Nguyen, (UiO/IKOS)

Marius Palz, (UiO/IKOS)

Sonja Åman, (UiO/IKOS)

18.00: Dinner

Friday 22. October

8.30 – 9.00: Arrival and coffee

9.00 – 10.30: Mythopolitics in the age of Asian authoritarianism

Panel organizer: Guro Warhuus Samuelsen

Chair: Esther S. Tenberg

Silje Lyngar Einarsen, (MF) - New life to ancient lore: The mythopolitics of Sanskrit myths.

Moumita Sen, (MF) - The Mahishasur Movement: An Authoritative Narrative against Authoritarianism?

The’ang Theron, (MF) - A case study on Lokhimon: Myth-Making, Construction of a New Karbi Religious Identity and Recent Developments.

Guro Warhuus Samuelsen, (MF) - Hagiography and myth in the authoritarian populism of Narendra Modi.

Marte Nilsen, (PRIO) - Pop Culture, Art, and Indigenous Ideas of Legitimacy in Struggles over Democratization and Peace in Thailand and Myanmar.

10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break

10.45 – 12.00: Resisting or supporting military rule? Religion, art and culture during and after the 1 February 2021 military coup in Myanmar

Panel organizer: Iselin Frydenlund, MF

Chair: Nyi Nyi Kyaw, University of Duisburg-Essen

Esther S. Tenberg: Autocratic Micro-Publics on Facebook: Negotiating Reality after the Myanmar Military Coup.

Trude Stapnes (PRIO/UiO): Artistic Resistance in Myanmar’s Spring Revolution.

Marte Nilsen (PRIO): Kings, queens and little princes: the culture of politics in Myanmar.

Iselin Frydenlund (MF): Buddhist responses to the 2021 military coup.

12.00 – 12.45: Lunch break

12.45 – 14.15: State Politics and Institutions 

Panel organizer: Olivia Yijian Liu (UiO/IKOS)

Chair: Rebekka Åsnes Sagild (UiO/IKOS)

Siv Helland Oftedal, (UiO/IKOS) - The Centralised Politics behind Local Development in Xi Era China: The Case of the Greater Bay Area Initiative.

Yichi Zhang, (UiO/IKOS) - How does adaption to climate construct regional identity? Guangzhou, China.  

Zhou Yunyun (IKOS/UiO) – Coalition-Based Gender Lobbying: Revisiting Women’s Substantive Representation in China’s Authoritarian Governance.

Kristin Dalen, (Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research) - Return of the Local – Social Cohesion and Trust 10 years after the Wenchuan Earthquake.

Hedda Flatø, (Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research) - Feedback mechanisms under ‘Top-level Design’: What about the silent voices?

14.15 – 14.30: Coffee break

14.30 – 15.45: Nation-building and citizenship

Panel organizer: Henrik Nykvist

Chair: Marielle Stigum Gleiss

Petra Desatova, (NIAS, University of Copenhagen) Authoritarian Electoral Management: Lessons from the 2019 Thai election.

Kari Telle, (Chr. Michelsen Institute) – Policing Religion: Online Prophesies and Godly Nationalism in Indonesia.

Henrik Nykvist, (MF) & Zhou Yunyun, (IKOS/UiO) - Cultivating the 'Successors of Socialism': Communist Youth Leagues Ideological and Political Education Program in China's Middle School.

Myunghee Lee (University of Copenhagen/NIAS) – Authoritarian Legacies, Collective Identity, and Far-right Protest: Lessons from the Taegeukgi Rallies in South Korea

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