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January 2022

  • Thursday, January 20th Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power In Southeast Asia

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    Thursday, January 20, 20228:00AM - 9:00AMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    BOOK TALK

    What can China’s railway initiative teach us about global dominance? Join us for a panel discussion with the authors of the book ‘Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power In Southeast Asia’ (University of California Press, October 2020).

    ABOUT THE BOOK:

    In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled what would come to be known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—a global development strategy involving infrastructure projects and associated financing throughout the world, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. While the Chinese government has framed the plan as one promoting transnational connectivity, critics and security experts see it as part of a larger strategy to achieve global dominance. Rivers of Iron examines one aspect of President Xi Jinping’s “New Era”: China’s effort to create an intercountry railway system connecting China and its seven Southeast Asian neighbors (Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). This book illuminates the political strengths and weaknesses of the plan, as well as the capacity of the impacted countries to resist, shape, and even take advantage of China’s wide-reaching actions. Using frameworks from the fields of international relations and comparative politics, the authors of Rivers of Iron seek to explain how domestic politics in these eight Asian nations shaped their varying external responses and behaviors. How does China wield power using infrastructure? Do smaller states have agency? How should we understand the role of infrastructure in broader development? Does industrial policy work? And crucially, how should competing global powers respond?

    The book is available for purchase at: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520372993/rivers-of-iron

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    Selina Ho is Assistant Professor and Chair (Master in International Affairs Program) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She is also nonresident Senior Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. She is the author of Thirsty Cities: Social Contracts and Public Goods Provision in China and India.

    David M. Lampton is Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Research Scholar and Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Center. He has served as president of the National Committee on United States–China Relations and was the inaugural winner of the Scalapino Prize in 2010. He is the author of Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping.

    Cheng-Chwee Kuik is Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Asian Studies, the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies at the National University of Malaysia, and a nonresident Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS Johns Hopkins. He received the 2009 Michael Leifer Memorial Prize, presented by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, for his essay “The Essence of Hedging.”


    Speakers

    Gregory T. Chin
    Discussant
    Associate Professor, Department of Politics, York University

    Rachel Silvey
    Chair
    Richard Charles Lee Director of the Asian Institute, Munk School and Professor in the Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto

    Selina Ho
    Panelist
    Assistant Professor and Chair (Master in International Affairs Program) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

    Cheng-Chwee Kuik
    Panelist
    Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Asian Studies, the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies at the National University of Malaysia

    David M. Lampton
    Panelist
    Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Senior Research Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Co-Sponsors

    Belt and Road in Global Perspective Project

    York Centre for Asian Research, York University


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February 2022

  • Tuesday, February 1st Inter-Asian Forum on Film Censorship

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    Tuesday, February 1, 202210:00AM - 11:30AMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Theory/Praxis/Politics

    Description

    This is the second virtual roundtable discussion for the new series – Theory/Praxis/Politics. This forum highlights film practitioners and programmers’ thoughts and reflections on the practices of censorship across Asia. Join our panelists, Sudarat Musikawong, Raymond Phathanavirangoon, and Thaiddhi, as they articulate their first-hand experiences in the field and unfurl the complexities of censorship both in the production and circulation of cinema.

    Theory/Praxis/Politics is a webinar series working to advocate for and bring together perspectives of academics, filmmakers, programmers, civil servants, and other stakeholders with an interest in the question of censorship across Asia and its diasporas. We consider Asia as a productive site in which theory, practice, and politics overlap. The intersection allows us to question not only our understanding of censorship and the ways in which we engage with cinema in the region but also to reconsider the relationship between theory, aesthetics, and politics.

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    RAYMOND PHATHANAVIRANGOON is a film producer and Executive Director of Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC). Previously he was programmer or delegate for Toronto International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival and Cannes Critics’ Week. Prior, he was Director of Marketing & Special Projects (Acquisitions) for sales agent Fortissimo Films. His producing credits include Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s SAMUI SONG (Venice 2017) and HEADSHOT (Berlin 2012), Boo Junfeng’s APPRENTICE (Cannes 2016), Josh Kim’s HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) (Berlin 2015), Pang Ho-Cheung’s DREAM HOME (Tribeca 2010) and ABERDEEN (Hong Kong Film Awards Best Picture nominee 2014), the upcoming THIRTEEN LIVES by Ron Howard, among others.

    SUDARAT MUSIKAWONG is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research at Mahidol University in Thailand. She received her Ph.D. and MA in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She positions her investigations within cultural-political sociology and ethnographic research. Her publications include with Malinee Khumsupa, “Notes on Camp Films in Authoritarian Thailand,” Southeast Asia Research Journal (2019)Her publications include “Gendered Casualties: Thai Memoirs in Activism,” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism (2013); “Mourning State Celebrations: Amnesic Iterations of Political Violence in Thailand,” in Identities, Global Studies in Culture and Power (2010); “Between Celebration and Mourning,” in Toward a Sociology of the Trace, (University of Minnesota Press, 2010); “Art for October Thai Cold War State Violence in Trauma Art,” positions: east asia cultures critique, Volume 18, Number 1, Spring 2010.

    THAIDDHI is a Filmmaker, Producer, and also Film Programmer. He studies Filmmaking at FAMU in the Czech Republic for 3 years master’s degree program in Cinema and Digital Media. His first short film “Awake” won Best Short Film at FAMU Fest 2009. He co-founded Wathann Film Festival in 2011 and worked as a Programmer for the festival. In 2013 he founded Third Floor Film Production to produce Myanmar Independent short films and documentary films. He produced a short film Cobalt Blue (2019) by Aung Phyoe which was selected for the Pardi di Domani International Competition at 72nd Locarno Film Festival. He also worked as a Cinematographer in the recent film Money Has Four Legs (2020) by Maung Sun, which was premiered at New Currents (Busan International Film Festival 2020).


    Speakers

    Sudarat Musikawong
    Panelist
    Associate Professor of Sociology, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University in Thailand

    Raymond Phathanavirangoon
    Panelist
    Film Producer and Executive Director of Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC).

    Thaiddhi
    Panelist
    Filmmaker, Producer, and Film Programmer

    Elizabeth Wijaya
    Moderator
    Assistant Professor, Visual Studies and Cinema Studies Institute; Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the Asian Institute, Munk School, University of Toronto

    Palita Chunsaengchan
    Moderator
    Assistant Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

    Pan-Asian Seminar Series: The Political Life of Information

    Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota


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  • Friday, February 4th Stitching the 24-Hour City: Life, Labor, and the Problem of Speed in Seoul

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    Friday, February 4, 20222:00PM - 3:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    BOOK TALK

    Stitching the 24-Hour City: Life, Labor, and the Problem of Speed in Seoul (Cornell University Press, 2021)

    Stitching the 24-Hour City reveals the intense speed of garment production and everyday life in Dongdaemun, a lively market in Seoul, South Korea. Once the site of uprisings against oppressive working conditions in the 1970s and 80s, Dongdaemun has now become iconic for its creative economy, nightlife, and fast-fashion factories, and shopping plazas. Seo Young Park follows the work of people who witnessed and experienced the rapidly changing marketplace from the inside. Through this approach, Park examines the meanings and politics of work, focusing on what it takes for people to enable speedy production and circulation and also how they incorporate the critique of speed in the ways they make sense of their own work. Stitching the 24-Hour City provides in-depth ethnographic accounts of the garment designers, workers, and traders who sustain the extraordinary speed of fast fashion production and circulation, as well as the labor activists who challenge it. Attending to their narratives and practices of work, Park illuminates how speed is, rather than a singular drive of acceleration, an entanglement of uneven paces and cycles of life, labor, the market, and the city itself.

    Learn more about the book at: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501756115/stitching-the-24-hour-city/#bookTabs=1
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    Seo Young Park is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Scripps College and works on the ethnographic approaches to urban environment, labor, and gender in South Korea. Her writings appeared in Journal of Korean Studies and edited volumes. She is currently working on the public anxiety on air quality issues, and gendered platform labor in Korea.


    Speakers

    Seo Young Park
    Speaker
    Associate Professor of Anthropology, Scripps College

    Laam Hae
    Discussant
    Associate Professor of Politics, York University

    Jesook Song
    Chair
    Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for the Study of Korea

    Co-Sponsors

    Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto


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    Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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