Nationalism studies, Oriental studies

Course date

30 July - 10 August, 2001
Application deadline
15 February, 2001
Course Director(s): 

Pál Nyíri

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Course Faculty: 

Frank Dikötter

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom

Prasenjit Duara

Department of History, University of Chicago, United States of America

Penny Edwards

Centre for Cross Cultural Research, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Dru Gladney

School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, United States of America

Alexander Lomanov

Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

Aihwa Ong

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States of America

Louisa Schein

Anthropology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, United States of America

Daojiong Zha

Graduate School of International Relations, International University of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Course Objectives
Issues of contemporary politics and society are increasingly prominent in Asian studies, driven by policy and business demand for practical understanding of a region seen as increasingly important as well as by the maturing of interdisciplinary approaches arising at the crossroads of social sciences and humanities. Nationalism and transnationalism – as the identity and practice of being anchored in more than one nation or state have been dubbed – are central issues in the critical re-examination of the Western concept of ‘Asia’ and the understanding of the future of Asian nation-states (or their alternatives) and regional configurations. This course attempts to introduce the multifaceted debate on the nature and future of Chinese nationalism and transnationalism inside and outside China to Asianists in Eastern Europe and give participants the skills - including ability to find and critically read printed, audiovisual, and online narratives - to apply these theories to case studies. In so doing, it also intends to stimulate the study of contemporary Asia in Eastern Europe by introducing participants to the state of the art of scope, method and discourse in Asian studies in Anglo-Saxon scholarship. We hope that research proposals prepared by participants will not only whet their appetites but generate interest in instructors, leading to help with search for funding and research collaborations.
Course Level, Target Audience
The course is designed for young academics currently engaged in serious research on Asia in any discipline. Participants need not be specialists of China or familiar with issues of nationalism and transnationalism.