This is a preliminary program of the conference and it may change in the upcoming days. Locations of sessions will be announced later.
Major changes since the original announcement: 2.3 and 6.3 were switched in time due to a request from one of the presenters.
March 5 (Thursday)
8:15 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Opening of the conference
9:15 – 10:10 Keynote presentation: Ajay Dubey (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India).
10:10 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00 1st group of parallel sessions
1.1 Identities in the Middle East
- 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 (Asia and transcultural studies institute, Vilnius University, Lithuania). Ritual politeness among young Tehranis.
1.2 Soka Gakkai: A Japanese Buddhist Movement in Global Perspective
- 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
- 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
- Kristina Jonutytė (Center for Social Anthropology, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania). Place-making and Belonging in Post-Soviet Ulan-Ude.
- Kristina Garalytė (Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Vilnius University, Lithuania). Beef as Anti-Caste Utopia.
- 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, Institute of Education, 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
- Kim Hye Ran (Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Russia). Difficulties of translation of the Korean literary text (extralinguistic and linguistan aspect).
- Kholkina Liliya Sergeevna (Institute of Linguistics, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia). Approaching Chinese Language-specific Lexicon: Case Study of麻烦 máfan ‘trouble, troublesome; to bother’.
- Milda Čepaitytė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania). The comparative analysis of Lithuanian and Korean vowel systems.
- Lora Tamošiūnienė (Institute of Humanities Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania). Translation of nature scenes in fiction from Korean into Lithuanian.
- Mariia Rukodelnikova (Institute of Linguistics, 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
- 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
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)
- 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, Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Lithuania). The conception of mental disorders in contemporary Islamic world: between tradition and modernity.
- Ernestas Jančenkas (Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Vilnius University, Lithuania). The Concept of Nature in Ibn Ḫaldūn‘s theory of civilisation.
3.2 Japan: history and perceptions
- Simona Vasilevskyte (Centre for Asian Studies, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania). Early Japanese visits to Kaunas: Yasumasa Fukushima.
- Aurore Yamagata-Montoya (Mutual Images Research Association (MIRA), France). “Distinguished guests”: The Iwakura Mission as described in American newspapers during its journey through the US (1872).
- Uģis Nastevičs (University of Latvia; Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia). The Perception of Latvians by Japanese on Twitter.
- 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 ( of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy). Shidehara Diplomacy and Public Discourse in Japan: The Case of Gaikō Jihō in 1929.
3.3 Say Goodbye to “Free China”: history, culture and identity in Taiwan during the post-Cold War era
- Peter Kang (National Donghwa University, Taivan). “Political Incorrectness”? Taiwanese soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War Two and the folk worship of Axis soldiers in the Post-Cold War era.
- Chi-ping Huang (National Chengchi University, Taiwan). The politics of cultural heritages on Taiwanese temples since the Cold War period.
- Tai-guan Li and Siu-theh Lîm (National Academy for Educational Research, National Chengchi University, Taiwan). Development of the Taiwan Aboriginal Studies.
- Hak-khiam Tiun (National Taitung University, Taiwan). Redefining National Languages: Changing language policy in Taiwan.
- Huang-lan Su (National Taitung University, Taiwan). Being “Taiwanese”: Conflicting Ideologies through Written Taiwanese.
18:15~ Opening reception
March 6 (Friday)
9:00 – 10:00 Keynote presentation: 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
10:20 – 12:00 4th group of parallel sessions
4.1 Politics in the Middle East
- Salahs Mohameds Šerifs (Latvian University, Latvia). The Influence of Sufism on the Sudanese Belt.
- 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
- Konstantinas Andrijauskas (Vilnius University, Lithuania). Physical Infrastructure and Chinese “Creation” and “Expansion” of Inner Mongolia.
- Chien-Jung Hsu (Department of Taiwan and Regional Studies, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan). China’s cyber-disinformation warfare against Taiwan.
- Ying-kit Chan (International Institute for Asian Studies 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 Controversies
- 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
- Jusif Seiranov (Faculty of Economics and Business, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania). The impact of large business groups on outward/inward openness of the Korean economy.
- Yossi Mann (Bar-Ilan University and IDC Herzeliya, Izrael). The Impact of China’s new oil benchmark on global energy markets.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Chang Liu (Heidelberg University, Germany). What’s Madonna Got to Do with Post-Mao Chinese Femininity?
- Dr. Sofia M. Rebrey (Moscow State University of International Relations -MGIMO – University, 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
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
- 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 Kondrataite (Vilnius University, Lithuania). The role of NGOs in dealing with prostitution in India: case of counter-hegemonic strategies.
- Alina Nidagundi (Riga Technical University (RTU), University of Latvia (UL), Latvia). The Concept of Identity in Indian Diasporic Literature.
6.2 Literary heritage of Buddhism: old tenets and new interpretations
- Bhikshuni Lozang Trinlae (School of Theology and Religious Studies, 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 (Centre for Oriental Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, 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
- Dr Olga Barbasiewicz (Institute of Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University, Poland). Heading the new era – remembering the past. Japanese-Korean relations at the turn of two historical periods.
- Dr Maciej Pletnia (Institute of Middle East and Far East, Jagiellonian University, Poland). Internal pressure – Japan War-Bereaved Families Association and their influence on Japanese politics of memory in the international context.
- Diana Schnelle (PhD candidate, Department of International Political Economy, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany). Shaping Japan’s foreign policy in a time of energy transition: the role of non-state actors.
- Dr. Kamila Szczepanska (Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku, Finland). Beyond the trappings of state animosities? Development cooperation between North East Asian NGOs in the 21st century.
- Polkhova Ekaterina (PhD candidate, St Petersburg State University, School of International Relations, Russia). Russia – Japan cooperation in the Arctic Region.
March 7 (Saturday)
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]
- 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
- Līga Sakse (Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia). Temporality of Japanese Floral Art: Case of AMKK (Azuma Makoto Kaju Kenkyusho).
- Maxime Danesin (France). Transculturality in Mangaesque literature and its fantasy branch.
- Agnese Haijima (University of Latvia, Latvia). Contemporary Japanese Gardens and Parks.
- Maret Nukke, PhD (Tallinn University, Estonia). The Enlightenment of Danish Prince: Adapting Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a Japanese nō
7.3 Politics of India [I]
- Jacek Skup (Institute for the Study Of Religions, 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 (Department of Global Studies, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark). The Implication of Two Poems in Mass-protest.
7.4 Environmental issues in East Asia
- 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.
7.5 Superpowers political direction and behavior in the current situation of the Middle East
- 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
- Nina Dalai Milan (University of Tartu, Estonia). Russian state energy companies in Kurdistan of Iraq
- Holger Mölder (Tallinn Law School, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia). Playing the Cold War in the Middle East – what would be US strategic ambitions in the region?
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break
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]
- Darima Amogolonova (Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibet Studies, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia). Constructing new religiosity, contesting secular authorities: Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia in Desecularization process.
- David W. Kim (Coral Bell school of Asia and Pacific Affairs, 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
- Zofia Weiss (Wojciech Weiss Museum Foundation, Poland). Polish national identity and Japanese art.
- Nataša Visočnik (Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, 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 and Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia). Chinese graphic art collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art
8.3 Politics of India [II]
- Ranjan Kumar Sahoo (Department of Education (CIE), 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, Aarhus, 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.
8.4 Japanese politics and society
- 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 (Graduate school of Humanities and Sciences, Ochanomizu University, Japan). Museums Acts in Japan and Lithuania: Comparison of National Attitude toward Cultural Institutions.
- Szymon Parzniewski (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom). Imagining disaster resilience building in diverse communities in the UK and Japan.
8.5 Taiwanese culture
- Izabella Łabędzka (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland). Legend Lin Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Ceremonial Theatre of Lin Lizhen in Search of Transcendence.
- Shu-Chun LI (Graduate Institute of Gender Studies Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan). Banality of Evil or Involved Intentionally？System co-operation or Loyalty？The Complexity of “Assailant” in White Terror
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 ~ Cultural activity