Program of the 4th BAAS conference in Kaunas (March 5-7, 2020)

Although this preliminary program is overall correct, please refer to the final program published as a PDF file for the most detailed version.

March 5 (Thursday)

Location: all conference activities take place VMU building on V. Putvinskio str. 23, except the opening reception (see below)

8:15 – 9:00          Registration (at the entrance on the 1st floor)

9:00 – 9:15          Opening of the conference (Room 103)

9:15 – 10:10        Keynote presentation (Room 103): Ajay Dubey (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India). India’s Africa Engagement: From Historical Goodwill to Multidimensional Relations

10:10 – 10:30     Coffee break (on the 1st floor)

10:30 – 12:00     1st group of parallel sessions

1.1          Identities in the Middle East (Room 103)

  • Ingrida Kleinhofa (University of Latvia, Latvia). Identities, Values and Affiliations of the Francophone Lebanese-Born Writer Amin Maalouf: A Unique Case or the New Normality?
  • Barbora Gediminaitė (Vilnius Academy of Arts / Vilnius University, Lithuania). Recentered branding of nationalism in the XXIc. Islamic city-museum. Cairo case.
  • Šarūnas Rinkevičius (Vilnius University, Lithuania). The use of Phoenician motives in identity construction in Lebanon in the 20th century.
  • Dalia Sabaliauskienė (Vilnius University, Lithuania). Ritual politeness among young Tehranis.

1.2          Soka Gakkai: A Japanese Buddhist Movement in Global Perspective (Room 310)

Convened by Massimo Introvigne (Center for Studies on New Religions, Italy)

  • Ryo Chounabayashi (Soka University, Japan). History of the Globalization of Soka Gakkai: Cases in the USA and Brazil.
  • Michele Lamb (University of Roehampton, United Kingdom). The Acceptance of Soka Gakkai in the UK and Its Current Situation.
  • Massimo Introvigne (Center for Studies on New Religions, Italy). Soka Gakkai in Italy: Success and Controversies.
  • Rosita Šorytė (International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees, Lithuania). Soka Gakkai’s Global Campaigns for Nuclear Disarmament.

1.3          Exploring the lost historical routes, roots, memories and experiences: India and South East Asia encounters through the Ages (Room 311)

Convened by Rajsekhar Basu (University of Calcutta, India)

  • Dr. Lipi Ghosh (University of Calcutta, India). Understanding India-South East Asia Relations: Perspectives of Overland Physical Connectivities.
  • Dr. Suchandra Ghosh (University of Calcutta, India). Connecting Eastern sea board of India to Regions of Southeast Asia: Religion, Trade and Artistic Exchange.
  • Dr. Rajsekhar Basu (University of Calcutta, India). Looking back at the networks of trade and commerce between India and Burma in the colonial period: Story of expectations and missed opportunities, c. 1860-1948.

12:00 – 13:30     Lunch break

13:30 – 15:30     2nd group of parallel sessions

2.1          Claiming space: Identity, materiality and alterity in Asian societies (Room 103)

Convened by Kristina Jonutytė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania)

  • Kristina Jonutytė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania). Place-making and Belonging in Post-Soviet Ulan-Ude.
  • Kristina Garalytė (Vilnius University, Lithuania). Beef Politics and Dalit-Bahujan Emancipation in India
  • Bayaskhalan Chimitdorzhiev (Buryat State University, Russia). The Balagat state as a Modern Buddhist Theocracy in Inner Asia.
  • Germanovich Anastasia Andreevna (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia). Confucian modern schools: a new trend or uninterrupted tradition?
  • Leons Taivāns (University of Latvia, Latvia). Indonesian Islam Between Secularism and Islamization.

2.2          Linguistics and translation (Room 310)

  • Kim Hye Ran (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia). Difficulties of translation of the Korean literary text (extralinguistic and linguistan aspect).
  • Milda Čepaitytė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania). The comparative analysis of Lithuanian and Korean vowel systems.
  • Lora Tamošiūnienė (Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania). Translation of nature scenes in fiction from Korean into Lithuanian.
  • Mariia Rukodelnikova (Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia). The language of the Central Asian Huizu: the typology changes and the influence of new social conditions.

2.3          Special session: CrossAsia (Room 311)

  • Matthias Kaun (East Asia Department of Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Germany). The Idea of a European Asia Licensing Initiative
  • Georgijs Dunajevs (The National Library of Latvia, Latvia). CrossAsia from a User’s Point of View

15:30 – 15:50     Coffee break (on the 1st floor)

15:50 – 17:50     3rd group of parallel sessions

3.1          Cultural Crossroads in the Middle East. The Historical, Cultural and Political Legacy of Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict from the Ancient Near East to the Present Day (roundtable) (Room 310)

Convened by Holger Mölder (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)

  • Vladimir Sazonov (University of Tartu/ Estonian Military Academy, Estonia.) The Failure of Intercultural Dialogue in the Middle East – the Impact of War Theology to Contemporary Ideological-Religious Conflicts.
  • Peeter Espak (University of Tartu, Estonia). On the Time of Composition of the Hitherto Undated Sumerian Myths.
  • Holger Mölder (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia). The Islamic State, Clash of Civilizations and Their Impact on the Development of Contemporary International Relations.
  • Dovilė Valaitė (Vilnius University, Lithuania). The conception of mental disorders in contemporary Islamic world: between tradition and modernity.
  • Ernestas Jančenkas (Vilnius University, Lithuania). The Concept of Nature in Ibn Ḫaldūn‘s theory of civilisation.

3.2          Japan: history and perceptions (Room 103)

  • Simona Vasilevskytė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania). Early Japanese visits to Kaunas: Yasumasa Fukushima.
  • Ene Selart (University of Tartu, Estonia). Taking sides in the distant military conflict: The media perspective of Estonia about the Sino-Japanese war in 1937.
  • Andrea Revelant (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy). Shidehara Diplomacy and Public Discourse in Japan: The Case of Gaikō Jihō in 1929.

18:15~                   Opening reception (second floor gallery of S. Daukanto str. 28)

 

March 6 (Friday)

Location: all conference activities take place VMU building on V. Putvinskio str. 23

9:00 – 10:00       Keynote presentation (Room 103): Märt Läänemets (University of Tartu, Estonia). Concept of the Humanistic Base Texts. An Approach to Understand and Evaluate the Axial Age’s Spiritual Heritage

10:00 – 10:20     Coffee break (on the 1st floor)

10:20 – 12:00     4th group of parallel sessions

4.1          Superpowers political direction and behavior in the current situation of the Middle East (Room 103)

Convened by Javad Keypour (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)

  • Javad Keypour (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia). The role of energy factor in EU-Iran political relations: an aftermath of the US withdrawal from JCPOA
  • Holger Mölder (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia). Playing the Cold War in the Middle East – what would be US strategic ambitions in the region?
  • Sandra Peets (Tallinn University, Estonia). The War of Rhetorics: the strategic narratives adopted by Sayyīd Rūḥollah Mūsavī Ḫomeynī and Ṣaddām Ḥusayn in the Iran-Iraq war.

4.2          China related politics (Room 310)

  • Konstantinas Andrijauskas (Vilnius University, Lithuania). Physical Infrastructure and Chinese “Creation” and “Expansion” of Inner Mongolia.
  • Ying-kit Chan (Leiden University, Netherlands). Heeding the Warnings: Deng Huaxi and Zheng Guanying’s Shengshi Weiyan.
  • Jing Guo (University of Tartu, Estonia). Political Differences between China and the West in the Context of Glocalization

4.3          Shincheonji, a South Korean New Religious Movement: Expansion, Social Activism, and Coronavirus Controversies (Room 311)

  • Massimo Introvigne (Centre for Studies on New Religions, Italy). Shincheonji: An Introduction.
  • Willy Fautré (Human Rights Without Frontiers, Belgium). Coercive Change of religion and Deprogramming in South Korea: A Case Study of Shincheonji.
  • Rosita Šorytė (International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees, Lithuania). “Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light”: Shincheonji as a Global Social Actor.

12:00 – 13:30     Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00     5th group of parallel sessions

5.1          Political economy: China and Korea (Room 103)

  • Jusif Seiranov (Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania). The impact of large business groups on outward/inward openness of the Korean economy.
  • Eunhee Park (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania). Discourses of Stability and Risk: The Cultural History of the Insurance Industry in South Korea from the 1960s to the 1980s. [via Skype]
  • Vida Mačikėnaitė (International University of Japan, Japan). The links between Chinese companies and the party-state: a survey of economic elite mobility in China.

5.2          Chinese literature (Room 310)

  • Agita Baltgalve (University of Latvia, Latvia). Anthology of Chinese Classical Literature in Latvian Language.
  • Tadas Snuviškis (Vilnius University, Lithuania). Indian Philosophy in China: Was “Daśapadārthī” 勝宗十句義論authored by a Vaiśeṣika?
  • Martina Renata Prosperi (Roma Tre University, Italy). Deviance in and of Contemporary Sinophone Literature: A Selection of Case Studies.
  • Balys Astrauskas (Vilnius University, Lithuania). Social Significance of Rural Migrant Workers (Dagong) Poetry of the Pearl River Delta Region, China

5.3          Gender in Asia (Room 311)

  • Chang Liu (Heidelberg University, Germany). What’s Madonna Got to Do with Post-Mao Chinese Femininity? [via Skype]
  • Dr. Sofia M. Rebrey (Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia). Gender Inequality in Advanced Asia: A Cross-Country Socio-Economic Analysis of Axis Institutions.
  • Kayako Takagi (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania). Women’s language in education of Japanese language: Focusing on the analysis of textbooks

15:00 – 15:20     Coffee break (on the 1st floor)

15:20 – 17:20     6th group of parallel sessions

6.1          Migration, memory and identity: uncertainty and challenges of belonging of transnational migrants and disadvantaged locals (Room 106)

Convened by Vytis Čiubrinskas (Vilnius University, Lithuania)

  • Ilona Kazlauskaitė (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas). Uncertainty of belonging of international students from Asia in the Western Universities: case of academic migration.
  • Kuldip Singh (Guru Nanak Dev University, India).The Illegal Migration from Indian State of Punjab: A View from the Below.
  • Irma Kondrataitė (Vilnius University, Lithuania). The role of NGOs in dealing with prostitution in India: case of counter-hegemonic strategies.
  • Alina Nidagundi (Riga Technical University / University of Latvia, Latvia). The Concept of Identity in Indian Diasporic Literature.

6.2          Literary heritage of Buddhism: old tenets and new interpretations (Room 310)

Convened by Märt Läänemets (University of Tartu, Estonia)

  • Bhikshuni Lozang Trinlae (University of Tartu, Estonia). Critically Establishing the Rational Dynamics of Vajrayāna Contemplative Ritual Processes: An Exploratory Qualitative Phenomenological Study with the Drukpa Tradition of Vajrayāna Buddhism.
  • Andres Herkel (University of Tartu, Estonia). Psychological Meaning of Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, X.
  • Teet Toome (University of Tartu, Estonia). Karma is the Lotus Sutra.
  • Märt Läänemets (University of Tartu, Estonia). Description of levels of spiritual emancipation in the Gaṇḑavyūhasūtra.

6.3          Japan’s foreign policy: State and non-state actors in rethinking the past and looking towards the future of relations in North East Asia (Room 312)

Convened by Kamila Szczepanska (University of Turku, Finland)

  • Dr. Olga Barbasiewicz (Jagiellonian University, Poland). Heading the new era – remembering the past. Japanese-Korean relations at the turn of two historical periods.
  • Dr. Maciej Pletnia (Jagiellonian University, Poland). Internal pressure – Japan War-Bereaved Families Association and their influence on Japanese politics of memory in the international context.
  • Diana Schnelle (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany). Shaping Japan’s foreign policy in a time of energy transition: the role of non-state actors.
  • Dr. Kamila Szczepanska (University of Turku, Finland). Beyond the trappings of state animosities? Development cooperation between North East Asian NGOs in the 21st century.
  • Polkhova Ekaterina (St Petersburg State University, Russia). Russia – Japan cooperation in the Arctic Region.

 

March 7 (Saturday)

Location: all conference activities take place VMU building on V. Putvinskio str. 23

9:30 – 11:00        7th group of parallel sessions

7.1          Alternative Religiosities in the European (Post-)Communist and East Asian Countries: Emerging Diversities within (Trans)Formations, Disruptions, Continuation [Part I] (Room 103)

Convened by Rasa Pranskevičiūtė-Amoson (Vilnius University, Lithuania) and Justina Razumaitė (Vilnius University, Lithuania)

  • Michael Strmiska (Orange County Community College (SUNY-Orange), USA). Eastern Religions in Eastern Europe: Three Cases from Latvia.
  • Rasa Pranskevičiūtė-Amoson (Vilnius University, Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Lithuania). The Hare Krishna Community in the Light of KGB Persecutions: the Case of the Soviet Republic of Lithuania.
  • Justina Razumaitė (Vilnius University, Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Lithuania). Conversion to Christianity in China as a Response to Global and Socio-political Challenges.

7.2          Japanese art (Room 106)

  • Līga Sakse (Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia). Temporality of Japanese Floral Art: Case of AMKK (Azuma Makoto Kaju Kenkyusho).
  • Agnese Haijima (University of Latvia, Latvia). Contemporary Japanese Gardens and Parks.
  • Maret Nukke (Tallinn University, Estonia). The Enlightenment of Danish Prince: Adapting Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a Japanese

7.3          Politics of India [I] (Room 310)

  • Jacek Skup (Jagiellonian University, Poland). Whose heroes are they anyway? Leaders of the independence struggle in Narendra Modi’s historical politics.
  • Kuber Nag (University of Tartu, Estonia). Dalit Literary Activism and Identity Politics in India.
  • Manish Patel (Aarhus University, Denmark). The Implication of Two Poems in Mass-protest.

7.4          Environmental issues in East Asia (Room 311)

  • Katsuhiko Mori (International Christian University, Japan). Competition and Cooperation on Environmental Issues in Asia and the Pacific
  • Hiroshi Ohta (Waseda University, Japan). “Why is Japan faltering in climate diplomacy: The account from the politics of vested interest and path dependence
  • Margarita Putniņa (Buddhist Community Riga Drikung Ngaden Choling, Latvia). Global Society’s Environmental and Psychological Interconnectedness: Problems and Solutions.

11:00 – 11:15     Coffee break (on the 1st floor)

11:15 – 12:30     8th group of parallel sessions

8.1          Alternative Religiosities in the European (Post-)Communist and East Asian Countries: Emerging Diversities within (Trans)Formations, Disruptions, Continuation [Part II] (Room 103)

  • Darima Amogolonova (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia). Constructing new religiosity, contesting secular authorities: Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia in Desecularization process.
  • David W. Kim (Australian National University, Australia). Cao Đài and Gucheon Sangje: Ethnical Grassroots New Religious Movements in Modern Vietnam and Korea.
  • Marika Laudere (Daugavpils University, Latvia). Minority Religions in Latvia: Buddhism.

8.2          Japanese and Chinese art (Room 106)

  • Nataša Visočnik (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia). Collections of Japanese Art in Slovene Museums: Alma Karlin’s Hand Fans.
  • Kristine Milere (Latvian National Museum of Art / Art Museum RIGA BOURSE / Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia). Chinese graphic art collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art [via Zoom]

8.3          Politics of India [II] (Room 310)

  • Ranjan Kumar Sahoo (University of Delhi, India). A study of the concept of ‘Citizenship’ and ‘Democracy’ among the Students and Teachers of the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Vivek Kumar Shukla (Aarhus University, Denmark). Changing Language of North Indian Electoral Politics.
  • Deepika Kashyap (University of Tartu, Estonia). Politics of Space and Identity in Northeast India: Understanding Nyishi and their Lost Glory. [via Skype]

8.4          Japanese politics and society (Room 311)

  • Arvydas Kumpis (Vytautas Magnus University / Klaipėda University, Lithuania). Personal blogs and the spread of Far-right ideas in Japan: the case of Makoto Sakurai’s “Doronpa no hitorigoto”.
  • Aya Kimura (Ochanomizu University, Japan). Museums Acts in Japan and Lithuania: Comparison of National Attitude toward Cultural Institutions.
  • Uģis Nastevičs (University of Latvia / Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia). The Perception of Latvians by Japanese on Twitter.

12:30 – 14:00     Lunch break

14:00 ~                 Cultural activity

BAAS Conference Tartu 2016 Program finalized!

Thursday, 7.04.2016

9.00 – 10.00 Registration & Welcome Coffee (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome Addresses (Jakobi 2 Lecture Theatre)

10.30 – 11.20 Keynote Speech I (Jakobi 2 Lecture Theatre)

Audrius Beinorius (Vilnius University, Lithuania) “(Post) Colonial Imagination and Textological Commitments in Buddhist Philosophy Studies”

11.30 – 13.00 Poster Session I & Coffee Break (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.40 Panels & Sections I

Panel 2: Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Linguistic Perspective, part I (University Main Building, room 232)

Panel 4: Ancient Near Eastern Lamentation Literature: Sceneries of Destruction (University Main Building, room 139)

Panel 6: Chinese Language Studies in Connection with the West, part I (Lossi 3-307)

Section 2: Japanese and Korean Studies: Culture and Literature, part I (University Main Building, room 128)

Section 6: Cross Cultural Studies: East and West, part I (Ülikooli 16-212)

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee Break (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

16.00 – 18.00 Panels & Sections II

Panel 2: Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Linguistic Perspective, part II (University Main Building, room 232)

Panel 6: Chinese Language Studies in Connection with the West, part II (Lossi 3-307)

Section 2: Japanese and Korean Studies: Culture and Literature, part II (University Main Building, room 128)

Section 5: Ancient Near Eastern Studies (University Main Building, room 139)

Section 6:  Cross Cultural Studies: East and West, part II (Ülikooli 16-212)

19.00 Welcome Reception (University Café, Ülikooli 20)

Friday, 8.04.2016

9.30 – 10.00 Late Registration & Morning Coffee (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

10.00 – 10.50 Keynote Speech II (Jakobi 2 Lecture theatre)

Gebhard J. Selz (University of Vienna, Austria) “The Invention of Writing and the Mesopotamian World View”

11.00 – 11.50 Keynote Speech III (Jakobi 2 Lecture Theatre)

Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck, Austria) “Peripheries and Centres: Empires of the Ancient Near East in the 1st Millennium BCE”

11.50 – 13.00 Poster session II & Coffee Break (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.40 Panels & Sections III

Panel 1: Contemporary Conflicts in the Middle East, Their Historical, Cultural and Ethnic Legacy and Possibility for Intercultural Dialogue (Jakobi 2-106)

Panel 3: Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Historical Perspective, part I (Jakobi 2-102)

Panel 5: Soft Security Challenges in East Asia, part I (Jakobi 2-130)

Panel 8: Politics of Identity and Memory in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Fragmentation of Belonging, part I (Jakobi 2-110)

Panel 9: Buddhist Concepts and Practices: Understanding and Interpreting Them in the Contemporary World, part I (Ülikooli 16-212)

Panel 10: Mythological Concepts in Mongolian Literature, Folklore and Language, part I (Jakobi 2-107)

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee Break (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

16.00 – 18.00 Panels & Sections IV

Panel 3: Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Historical Perspective, part II (Jakobi 2-102)

Panel 5: Soft Security Challenges in East Asia, part II (Jakobi 2-130)

Panel 8: Politics of Identity and Memory in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Fragmentation of Belonging, part II (Jakobi 2-110)

Panel 9: Buddhist Concepts and Practices: Understanding and Interpreting Them in the Contemporary World, part II (Ülikooli 16-212)

Panel 10: Mythological Concepts in Mongolian Literature, Folklore and Language, part II (Jakobi 2-107)

19.00 Cultural Event: FA Schola Ensemble – The Bridge Over Time: Italian Instrumental Music from 13th-15th Century Sources and Modal Improvisations (University Main Building, Assembly Hall)

20.00 Conference Club (University Café, Ülikooli 20)

Saturday, 9.04.2016

10.00 – 11.40 Panels & Sections V

Panel 11: Genealogies in the Ancient World, part I (Jakobi 2-102)

Section 1: Chinese Studies: Ancient and Modern, part I (Ülikooli 16-212)

Section 3: Arabic Studies: Politics, Language and Literature, part I (Jakobi 2-114)

Section 7: Linguistic and Cultural Concepts in South Asia (Jakobi 2-130)

11.40 – 12.00 Coffee Break (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

12.00 – 14.00 Panels & Sections VI

Panel 7: What Do We Learn from Crises? Historical Aspects and Alternative Solutions (Jakobi 2-130)

Panel 11: Genealogies in the Ancient World, part II (Jakobi 2-102)

Section 1: Chinese Studies: Ancient and Modern, part II (Ülikooli 16-212)

Section 3: Arabic Studies: Politics, Language and Literature, part II (Jakobi 2-114)

Section 4: Persian, Turkish and Azeri Studies: Texts and Translations (Jakobi 2-106)

14.00 – 14.30 Closing Addresses (Ülikooli 16-212)

15.00 – 17.00 BAAS Board Meeting (Jakobi 2-115)

Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS) Conference Tartu 2016, April 7–9: Preliminary Program announced!

Thursday, 7.04.2016

9.00 – 10.00 Registration & Welcome Coffee (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome Addresses (Jakobi 2 Lecture Theatre)

10.30 – 11.20 Keynote Speech I (Jakobi 2 Lecture Theatre)

Audrius Beinorius (Vilnius University, Lithuania) “(Post) Colonial Imagination and Textological Commitments in Buddhist Philosophy Studies”

11.30 – 13.00 Poster Session I & Coffee Break (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.40 Panels & Sections I

Panel 2: Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Linguistic Perspective, part I (University Main Building, room 232)

Panel 4: Ancient Near Eastern Lamentation Literature: Sceneries of Destruction (University Main Building, room 139)

Panel 6: Chinese Language Studies in Connection with the West, part I (Lossi 3-307)

Section 2: Japanese and Korean Studies: Culture and Literature, part I (University Main Building, room 128)

Section 6: Cross Cultural Studies: East and West, part I (Ülikooli 16-212)

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee Break (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

16.00 – 18.00 Panels & Sections II

Panel 2: Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Linguistic Perspective, part II (University Main Building, room 232)

Panel 6: Chinese Language Studies in Connection with the West, part II (Lossi 3-307)

Section 2: Japanese and Korean Studies: Culture and Literature, part II (University Main Building, room 128)

Section 5: Ancient Near Eastern Studies (University Main Building, room 139)

Section 6:  Cross Cultural Studies: East and West, part II (Ülikooli 16-212)

19.00 Welcome Reception

Friday, 8.04.2016

9.30 – 10.00 Late Registration & Morning Coffee (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

10.00 – 10.50 Keynote Speech II (Jakobi 2 Lecture theatre)

Gebhard J. Selz (University of Vienna, Austria) “The Invention of Writing and the Mesopotamian World View”

11.00 – 11.50 Keynote Speech III (Jakobi 2 Lecture Theatre)

Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck, Austria) “Peripheries and Centres: Empires of the Ancient Near East in the 1st Millennium BCE”

11.50 – 13.00 Poster session II & Coffee Break (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.40 Panels & Sections III

Panel 1: Contemporary Conflicts in the Middle East, Their Historical, Cultural and Ethnic Legacy and Possibility for Intercultural Dialogue (Jakobi 2-106)

Panel 3: Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Historical Perspective, part I (Jakobi 2-102)

Panel 5: Soft Security Challenges in East Asia, part I (Jakobi 2-130)

Panel 8: Politics of Identity and Memory in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Fragmentation of Belonging, part I (Jakobi 2-110)

Panel 9: Buddhist Concepts and Practices: Their Understanding and Interpreting in the Contemporary World, part I (Ülikooli 16-212)

Panel 10: Mythological Concepts in Mongolian Literature, Folklore and Language, part I (Jakobi 2-107)

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee Break (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

16.00 – 18.00 Panels & Sections IV

Panel 3: Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Historical Perspective, part II (Jakobi 2-102)

Panel 5: Soft Security Challenges in East Asia, part II (Jakobi 2-130)

Panel 8: Politics of Identity and Memory in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Fragmentation of Belonging, part II (Jakobi 2-110)

Panel 9: Buddhist Concepts and Practices: Their Understanding and Interpreting in the Contemporary World, part II (Ülikooli 16-212)

Panel 10: Mythological Concepts in Mongolian Literature, Folklore and Language, part II (Jakobi 2-107)

19.00 Cultural Event: FA Schola Ensemble – The Bridge Over Time: Italian Instrumental Music from 13th-15th Century Sources and Modal Improvisations (University Main Building, Assembly Hall)

20.00 Conference Club (University Café, Ülikooli 20)

Saturday, 9.04.2016

10.00 – 11.40 Panels & Sections V

Panel 11: Genealogies in the Ancient World, part I (Jakobi 2-102)

Section 1: Chinese Studies: Ancient and Modern, part I (Ülikooli 16-212)

Section 3: Arabic Studies: Politics, Language and Literature, part I (Jakobi 2-114)

Section 7: Linguistic and Cultural Concepts in South Asia (Jakobi 2-130)

11.40 – 12.00 Coffee Break (Jakobi 2 Lobby)

12.00 – 14.00 Panels & Sections VI

Panel 7: What Do We Learn from Crises? Historical Aspects and Alternative Solutions (Jakobi 2-130)

Panel 11: Genealogies in the Ancient World, part II (Jakobi 2-102)

Section 1: Chinese Studies: Ancient and Modern, part II (Ülikooli 16-212)

Section 3: Arabic Studies: Politics, Language and Literature, part II (Jakobi 2-114)

Section 4: Persian, Turkish and Azeri Studies: Texts and Translations (Jakobi 2-106)

14.00 – 14.30 Closing Addresses (Ülikooli 16-212)

15.00 – 17.00 BAAS Board Meeting (Jakobi 2-115)

Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS) Conference Tartu 2016, April 7–9: Keynote Speeches, Panels, Sections, and Poster Presentations announced!

Keynote Speeches:

Audrius Beinorius (Vilnius University, Lithuania) “(Post) Colonial Imagination and Textological Commitments in Buddhist Studies”

Gebhard J. Selz (University of Vienna, Austria) “The Invention of Writing and the Mesopotamian World View”

Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck, Austria) “Peripheries and Centres: Empires of the Ancient Near East in the 1st Millennium BCE”

Panels:

  1. Contemporary Conflicts in the Middle East, Their Historical, Cultural and Ethnic Legacy and Possibility for Intercultural Dialogue
  2. Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Linguistic Perspective
  3. Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Historical Perspective
  4. Ancient Near Eastern Lamentation Literature: Sceneries of Destruction
  5. Soft Security Challenges in East Asia
  6. Chinese Language Studies in Connection with the West
  7. What Do We Learn from Crises? Historical Aspects and Alternative Solutions
  8. Politics of Identity and Memory in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Fragmentation of Belonging
  9. Buddhist Concepts and Practices: Their Understanding and Interpreting in the Contemporary World
  10. Mythological Concepts in Mongolian Literature, Folklore and Language
  11. Genealogies in the Ancient World

Sections:

  1. Chinese Studies: Ancient and Modern
  2. Japanese and Korean Studies: Culture and Literature
  3. Arabic Studies: Politics, Language and Literature
  4. Persian, Turkish and Azeri Studies: Texts and Translations
  5. Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  6. Cross Cultural Studies: East and West
  7. Linguistic and Cultural Concepts in South Asia

Poster Presentations:

Session 1

Session 2

2nd BAAS Conference 2016: Call for Panels and Papers

FIRST CIRCULAR: CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS

The Second Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS) Conference 2016

Venue: University of Tartu, Estonia

Date: April 7–9th (Thu.-Sat.), 2016

The Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS) comprises University departments that teach and research Asian, Middle Eastern and African — commonly called “Oriental” — studies of the three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Currently BAAS has five member institutions: The Department of Asian Studies, Tallinn University; The Centre for Oriental Studies, University of Tartu; The Department for Asian Studies, University of Latvia; The Centre of Oriental Studies, Vilnius University; The Centre of Asian Studies, Vytautas Magnus University. The First BAAS conference was hosted by Vilnius University from 3–5th April 2014, with the BAAS Charter signed by the representatives of the five member institutions on the final day.

The second BAAS conference will be held at the University of Tartu from the 7–9th April 2016 and organized by the Centre for Oriental Studies. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars from the Baltic countries and outside for presentation and discussion of various aspects of Asian, Middle Eastern and African cultures and societies. The organizers invite panels and individual papers from various fields of Oriental studies based on original research in specific subjects. (Note: the panelists and presenters must be at least MA holders.) As a special part of the conference poster presentations by students (MA students and PhD candidates) is planned.

We encourage submissions of both region-based and across region studies, including but not limited to the fields:

  • African studies;

  • Central Asian studies;

  • East Asian studies;

  • Middle Eastern studies;

  • South Asian studies;

  • South-East Asian studies;

  • Anthropology, sociology and ethnology;

  • Art and visual culture;

  • Asian manuscripts and art collections in Baltic libraries and museums;

  • East and West: cultural exchange and intercultural dialogue;

  • History and civilization;

  • History of Oriental studies;

  • Linguistics and language studies;

  • Literature and translation studies;

  • Politics and modern society;

  • Religion and philosophy;

  • Traditional knowledge systems.

Panel submissions

We are calling for panel proposals that must include: 1) the full name, affiliation and CV of the panel convener; 2) a working title of the panel; 3) a description of the issues to be addressed by the panel and the rationale for the panel (maximum of 200 words); 4) a list of potential presenters (minimum of three). Each panel proposal must include at least three papers. Panel proposals should be submitted to the BAAS Conference Board Secretary by email (andreas.johandi@gmail.com) by the 31st October, 2015. Conveners of the selected panels will receive feedback via email by the 30th November, 2015. The selected panels will made public by the same date on the conference homepage. Panel conveners may then admit more papers on their own responsibility. The conference secretariat must be informed of the final composition of each panel by the 31st January, 2016.

Please find the Panel Submission Form as Appendix 1 of this letter.

Paper submissions

We are also calling for individual papers. The deadline for submission of individual papers is the 30th November, 2015. Submissions should take the form of abstracts of no more than 300 words and sent to the BAAS Conference Board Secretary via email (andreas.johandi@gmail.com). Submitted papers will be arranged into thematic sections or proposed to be joined with one of the selected panels. Authors will receive feedback via email by the 15th January, 2016.

Please find the Abstract Submission Form for Individual Papers as Appendix 2 of this letter.

Students’ poster presentations

MA students and PhD candidates are called to submit poster presentations in the form of large-format (A1) posters. This offers an opportunity for students to discuss their work and research with an academic audience in an informal way and thus obtain experience performing in a high level academic event. The procedure of the poster presentation will be carried out in the following manner: at the beginning of the poster session, presenters should briefly (2–3 minutes) introduce themselves and their research topic; then interested parties can acquaint themselves with the posters, ask questions and discuss the topics with the presenters who will stand next to their presentations. Organizers of the conference are awaiting the submissions of poster presentations in the form of abstracts of no more than 200 words by the 30th November, 2015. Submissions should be sent to the poster session convener and supervisor Vladimir Sazonov via email (sazonov00@gmail.com). Feedback with more detailed information on the preparation of posters will be given by the 15th January, 2016.

All the scholars, academics and lecturers are kindly asked to encourage their students to participate in the poster session. (A helpful overview about designing posters.)

Funding of the Conference

There is no registration fee. Transportation to and from Tartu is the responsibility of each participant. Accommodation fees for the presenters (including those with poster presentations) and keynote speakers coming from outside Estonia will be covered by the organizers.

Executive Board of the Conference

Märt Läänemets, Chairman of the Board, mart_laanemets@yahoo.com
Vladimir Sazonov, Vice-chairman of the Board, convener and supervisor of the poster presentations, sazonov00@gmail.com
Andreas Johandi, Secretary of the Board, andreas.johandi@gmail.com
Peeter Espak, peeterespak@hotmail.com
Teet Toome, teettoome@yahoo.com
Gao Jingyi, gao.jingyi.phd@gmail.com
Laur Järv, Website Manager, laur.jarv@ut.ee

Conference website: https://balticasianstudies.wordpress.com/

Important Dates

May, 2015 Dispatching of the First Circular, Call for Panels and Papers

31st October, 2015 Deadline for submitting panel proposals

30th November, 2015 Deadline for submitting abstracts for individual papers and poster presentations; the selected panels to be made public

15th January, 2016 Selection of individual papers and poster presentations completed and feedback sent to the authors

31st January, 2016 Formation of panels and section themes completed; dispatching of the Second Circular to all presenters

29th February, 2016 The final Conference program completed; dispatching of the Third Circular with program and conference information to all participants

7–9th April, 2016 The Second Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS) Conference in Tartu

Appendixes

International Symposium “Concepts of Human and Humanity in Religions”

University of Tartu
Faculty of Theology
Centre for Oriental Studies, Faculty of Philosophy

International Symposium
Concepts of Human and Humanity in Religions
5–6 December, 2014
Tartu, Jakobi 2 (UT Philosophicum), Room 114

PROGRAM

Friday, 5 December

9:30 – 10:00    Registration and morning coffee
10:00 – 10:15    Opening the symposium, welcome address by Prof. Riho Altnurme, Dean of the Faculty of Theology

First session: Concepts of human and humanity in Ancient World and Pre-Columbian America
10:15 – 10:45    Peeter Espak – The chronology of Sumerian myths about the creation of man
10:45 – 11:15    Vladimir Sazonov – Theology of war and divine warfare of the Neo-Assyrian kings Sennacherib and Esarhaddon
11:15 – 11:45    Tarmo Kulmar – Zum Priesterstand, zum Amt des Oberpriesters und zur Priesterfunktion des Kaisers im Inkareich
11:45 – 12:15    Coffee break
12:15 – 12:45    Mait Kõiv – Man, polis, and the gods in the early Greek thought
12:45 – 13:15    Jaan Lahe – Ein Aspekt des Menschenbildes der Antike: Das Schicksal des Menschen nach dem Tod im römischen Mithraskult im Kontext der Philosophie und Religion der römischen Kaiserzeit
13:15 – 15:15    Lunch break

Second session: Concepts of human and humanity in pre-modern India and China
15:15 – 15:45    Agita Baltgalve – Sanskrit mantras as an intermedium between the human and the divine
15:45 – 16:15    Anna Neivirt – Gods and heroes in a South Indian epic (Kāṭamarāju Katha)
16:15 – 16:45    Märt Läänemets – The evolution of the concept of man in the context of creation myth in Indian traditions
16:45 – 17:15    Coffee break
17:15 – 17:45    Margus Ott – Man in early Chinese philosophical thought
17:45 – 18:15    Erki Lind – Being human – a bodily and an ethical concept in Ge Hong’s early medieval Daoism
19:00    Reception in the University Caffé (Ülikooli kohvik), Ülikooli 20

Saturday, 6 December

9:30 – 10:15    Morning coffee

Third session: Concepts of human and humanity in contemporary religious and spiritual practices
10:15 – 10:45    Alar Kilp – The human rights doctrine of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Armenian Apostolic Church and Russian Orthodox Church as means of ecumenical dialogue and international diplomacy in South Caucasian conflicts
10:45 – 11:15    Henn Käärik – Calvin and the Newcomb’s paradox
11:15 – 11:45    Rasa Pranskevičiūtė – Human and nature: Anastasian environmental communalism and nature-based spirituality in the Post-Soviet region
11:45 – 12:15    Coffee break

Fourth session: Concepts of human and humanity in New Testament
12:15 – 12:45    Randar Tasmuth – Humanness of humans and the transformation (from Saulus to Paulus)
12:45 – 13:15    Ain Riistan – Notes about the humanness of Jesus
13:15 – 13:30    Coffee break
13:30 – 14:30    Round table discussion and making conclusions

Presenteers (in alphabetic order)
Agita Baltgalve, Department of Asian Studies, University of Latvia, lecturer
Peeter Espak, Faculty of Theology, University of Tartu, senior researcher
Alar Kilp, Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu, chair of comparative politics, lecturer
Tarmo Kulmar, Faculty of Theology, University of Tartu, professor of comparative religion
Mait Kõiv, Institute of History and Archeology, University of Tartu, assistant professor
Henn Käärik, Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, assistant professor
Jaan Lahe, The Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, assistant professor
Erki Lind, Faculty of Theology, University of Tartu, Ph.D. candidate
Märt Läänemets, Centre for Oriental Studies, University of Tartu, senior researcher
Anna Neivirt, Chair of Eastern Philosophy and Cultures, Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Petersburg State University, lecturer
Margus Ott, The Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, lecturer
Rasa Pranskevičiūtė, Department of Sociology, Vitautas Magnus University (Kaunas), researcher
Ain Riistan, Faculty of Theology, University of Tartu, lecturer, researcher
Vladimir Sazonov, Centre for Oriental Studies, University of Tartu / Estonian Defense College, senior researcher
Randar Tasmuth, Institute of Theology of the EELC, Biblical Studies, New Testament, professor

Press release (in Estonian)