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New Zealand Asian Studies Society Conference Speakers and Programme

Conference Programme

Keynote speakers

Our Nicholas Tarling Lecture (sponsored by NZASIA) will be delivered by:

Dr Jane Fergusonjane.ferguson2

Dr Jane M Ferguson is a Lecturer in Anthropology and Southeast Asian History at the Australian National University and the Editor of the Journal of Burma Studies. Her ethnography and research record spans Mainland Southeast Asia, from rock bands of the Shan State Army at the Thai-Burma border to the ghosts that haunt Yangon’s Mingaladon Airport. Other projects include ethno-national histories, land laws, and transnational black market popular culture. Her current research is an ethnographic-style history of the symbolic and material work of commercial aviation in Mainland Southeast Asia.

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Professor Subrata K Mitra

Prof Mitra2
Subrata K. Mitra, Ph.D. (Rochester) is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), and Visiting Research Professor, NUS, Singapore. The dynamic interaction of culture and rationality has deeply influenced his research profile, which focuses on governance and administration, citizenship, hybridity and re-use, the evolution of the Indian state from classical to modern times, the transition to democracy and its consolidation, and security and foreign affairs of South Asia. He has published widely, with numerous books, journal articles and chapter contributions in each of these areas, contributing both to the theory of political science as well as empirical studies and comparative research in area studies.  Culture and Rationality (Sage 1999), The Puzzle of India’s Governance (Routledge 2005), Re-use: the Art and Politics of Integration and Anxiety (Sage 2008), Politics in India (Routledge 2011, next edition due in September 2017), Kautilya’s Arthashastra: Classical Roots of Modern Politics in India (Nomos 2016) represent different facets of his oeuvres.

Professor Mitra's presentation is sponsored by New Zealand India Research Institute (NZIRI).

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Professor Manami YASUI
Manami YASUI

Manami YASUI is a Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto, Japan. Her research encompasses Japanese Folklore Studies and Cultural Anthropology. After completing her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Osaka University, she taught at Tenri University from 1998 to 2017 before joining Nichibunken. She has also been a Visiting Professor at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, and Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. Her publications include Kaii to Shintai no Minzokugaku: Ikai kara Shussan to Kosodate o toinaosu [Folklore Studies of the Spiritual and the Body: Rethinking Childbirth and Childrearing from the Spiritual World] in Japanese (Serica Publishing, Tokyo, 2014) and many journal articles and book chapters including ‘Depictions and Modelings of the Body Seen in Japanese Folk Religion: Connections to Yokai Images’, Advances in Anthropology, Special Issue on Folk Life and Folk Culture, April 2017. While she continues to work on Yokai and the supernatural in Japanese folklore, she is also exploring customs and human relations around pregnancy and childbirth as well as changes in medical care in Japan and Micronesia from folkloric and cultural anthropological perspectives.

Professor Yasui's presentation is sponsored by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken). 

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Conference programme

The conference programme will be published on this website.

Monday 27th Tuesday 28th Wednesday 29th

8.30-1.00 Pre-conference Postgraduate Workshop

1:30: Opening (O-Taiko)
1:45: Mihi whakatau, Welcome
2.00-3.00 Keynote 
3.00-3.30 Tea
3.30-5.00 Session 1 (Parallel Panels)

5.30- Nicholas Tarling: In Memoriam

9.00-10.30 Session 2 (Parallel Panels)
10.30-11.00 Tea
11.00-12.30 Session 3 (Parallel Panels)
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.30 Keynote 
2.30-3.00 Tea
3.00-4.30 Session 4 (Parallel Panels)
4:30-5:00: Chinese Ensemble

5.00 NZASIA AGM

6.30 Conference Dinner

9.00-10.30 Session 5 (Parallel Panels)
10.30-11 Tea
11.00-12.30 Session 6 (Parallel Panels)
12.30-1.30 Lunch  -  Gamelan
1.30-2.30 Keynote 
2.30-3.00 Tea
3.00-4.30 Session 7 (Parallel Panels)