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Diana Fu

Diana Fu’s Book Mobilizing Without the Masses Wins APSA’S 2018 GREGORY LUEBBERT PRIZE

July 10, 2018

Professor Fu’s book was awarded the 2018 Gregory Luebbert Prize for the best book on Comparative Politics from the American Political Science Association. Read more about the book and a Q&A with the author. 

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Professor Lynette Ong

“Thugs-for-Hire” : Subcontracting of State Coercion and State Capacity in China (Perspectives on Politics, 2018)

April 20, 2018

By Lynette Ong (Perspectives on Politics, 2018) Abstract: Using violence or threat of violence, “thugs-for-hire” (TFH) is a form of privatized coercion that helps states subjugate a recalcitrant population. I lay out three scope conditions under which TFH is the...

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RESPECT Daily Reflections

July 18, 2017

Selections from the daily report of the Osaka University students’ experiences in the 9-day intensive program written by 3 Master’s students.

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Welcome Christine Gibb

July 7, 2017

Christine Gibb is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning and the Asian Institute. She is currently researching how gendered religious practices, institutions and norms determine access to disaster assistance...

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Book cover of Land's End by Tania Li

Professor Tania Li Receives Two Book Awards

February 8, 2017

Tania Li, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the Asian Institute, has been awarded two book prizes for her monograph Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke University Press, 2014).

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UCRSEA Urban Climate Resilience Workshop


May 6, 2016

Opening the Second Annual Meeting and Workshop of Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership program (UCRSEA) in Hanoi, H.E. David Devine, Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam, highlighted the importance of building resilient urban futures for the countries in the Mekong...

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October 8, 2015

South Asia: The Journal of South Asian Studies put together an Editor’s Choice Collection of influential articles, in part to run concurrently with the Annual Conference on South Asia, held at the University of Wisconsin.  One of the 10 articles selected is by...

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Mediating the People: Newspapers and Mass Politics in South India

September 16, 2015

Professor Francis Cody received a SSHRC Insight Grant for his project Mediating the People: Newspapers and Mass Politics in South India. Read more about the project below. This project examines the role of newspapers in shaping political life in Tamil Nadu, India....

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Somnio: The Way We See It

September 16, 2015

Doctoral student in Comparative Literature and South Asian Studies Pushpa Acharya recently published a book of Poetry, Somnio: The Way We See It. Read an interview with him and the other authors from the Edmonton Arts Council Blog.

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“We asked for workers. We got people instead.”

March 24, 2015

“We asked for workers. We got people instead.” Such is the nature of the lives of migrant women in Hong Kong. On March 2, 2015 Nicole Constable, director of anthropology and Asian studies at the University of Pittsburg, visited the...

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