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Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 10th – 12th April 2017, Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

We are very excited about the conference. We have managed to secure three panels at the conference. Below is a list of the papers and presenters:

  • “Beijing’s Urban Villages as Sites of Ideological Contestation” – Jane Hayward
  • “What do Chinese Christians think about politics? Examining liberal democratic values and support for political institutions amongst young urban believers” – Phil Entwistle
  • “The Role of Policy Advice in China’s and Japan’s Economic Policies since the Global Financial Crisis” – Patrick Koellner
  • “Is an “Abe Doctrine” Emerging in Japanese Foreign and Security Policies?” – Hugo Dobson
  • “Railway Infrastructural Development in Indochina: A Route to Stability” – Liam McCarthy-Cotter and Leanne-Marie McCarthy-Cotter
  • “Too confident in democracy? Understanding authoritarian leaders’ strategic miscalculations during democratic transitions: Evidence from Myanmar” – Christopher Raymond
  • “Revisiting the Police of Regime-Masses Crisis in 2014: Exploring the Transformation of Hong Kong Policing” – Laurence Ho
  • “Dualisation, Social Inequality and Labour Market Reform: Korean Trade Union Strategies in Economic and Social Crisis” – Timo Fleckenstein and Soohyun Christine Lee
  • Discursive Appropriation of Political Accountability: The Establishment and Transformation of Political Appointment System of HKSAR” – Dr. Gary TANG
  • “A Weak Legislature? Analysis of the Legislative Procedure of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong” – Mr. Wang Leung TING
  • Electoral Impacts of Opposition Disunity in Hybrid Regimes: Evidence from Hong Kong Legislative Elections 2004-2016” – Dr. Stan Hok-Wui WONG and Mr. Nick Or
  • Hollowing-out’ the Administrative State: Explaining the Politics of Quasi-Autonomous Agency in Hong Kong” – Dr. Raymond Hau-yin YUEN

We are also holding our Specialist Group Annual General Meeting  (Monday 10 April 2017, Graham Hills 511, 1.30pm-2.15pm).

We are also planning to hold our first Specialist Group Social Night during the Conference. The plan is to meet up for some food and drinks, and put the world to rights! This will be a great chance to meet new faces, and catch up with those working in a similar area.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the event. More information about the Conference can be found at: https://www.psa.ac.uk/conference/2017-conference.

The Conference will be a great opportunity to meet up with those we met at the Conference last year, as well as meet new faces. So if you are planning to attend please let us know!

Also, please feel free to circulate information regarding the conference to colleagues and post-graduate students.

Hopefully see you in Glasgow!

We wish to draw your attention to the below opportunity.

 

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies  seeks to appoint a Research Fellow to work in the research project “Every Immigrant is an Emigrant: Paths of Migration Policy across Countries.” Applications are invited for a part-time position (65%), with a 3-year contract, starting 1 May 2017. Screening of applications will begin on 23 February 2017.

 

The link to the call is on the GIGA’s vacancies webpage: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/de/stellen-und-praktika

 

Please pass this on to anyone you feel may be interested.

 

 

PSA Conference 2017 and other news

We hope that you all had a wonderful festive break, and have had an enjoyable start to 2017.  We are planning for 2017 to be a active year for our Specialist Group, we have lots of ideas and we are looking forward to sharing these with you.

The first thing coming up is the: Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 10th – 12th April 2017, Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

We are very excited about the conference. We have managed to secure three panels at the conference. Below is a list of the papers and presenters:

  • Beijing’s Urban Villages as Sites of Ideological Contestation – Jane Hayward and Małgorzata Jakimów
  • What do Chinese Christians think about politics? Examining liberal democratic values and support for political institutions amongst young urban believers – Phil Entwistle
  • The Role of Policy Advice in China’s and Japan’s Economic Policies since the Global Financial Crisis – Patrick Koellner
  • Dualisation, Social Inequality and Labour Market Reform: Korean Trade Union Strategies in Economic and Social Crisis – Timo Fleckenstein and Soohyun Christine Lee
  • Reframing Centuries of Cham Forced Displacement – Claire Sutherland
  • Railway Infrastructural Development in Indochina: A Route to Stability – Liam McCarthy-Cotter and Leanne-Marie McCarthy-Cotter 
  • Too confident in democracy? Understanding authoritarian leaders’ strategic miscalculations during democratic transitions: Evidence from Myanmar – Christopher Raymond
  • Discursive Appropriation of Political Accountability: The Establishment and Transformation of Political Appointment System of HKSAR – Dr. Gary TANG
  • A Weak Legislature? Analysis of the Legislative Procedure of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong – Wang Leung TING
  • Electoral Impacts of Opposition Disunity in Hybrid Regimes: Evidence from Hong Kong Legislative Elections 2004-2016 – Stan Hok-Wui WONG and Nick Or
  • Hollowing-out’ the Administrative State: Explaining the Politics of Quasi-Autonomous Agency in Hong Kong – Raymond Hau-yin YUEN

We are also going to hold our Specialist Group Annual Meeting at the Conference (date, time and location TBC). I will circulate the agenda nearer the time, if anyone would like to add an item to the agenda then please do let me know.

We are also planning to hold our first Specialist Group Social Night during the Conference. The plan is to meet up for some food and drinks, and put the world to rights! This will be a great chance to meet new faces, and catch up with those working in a similar area.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the event. More information about the Conference can be found at: https://www.psa.ac.uk/conference/2017-conference There is still time to sign up for the Early Bird Rate. There is also a postgraduate access fund, the decline for application to this fund is 1st Feb (See website for more details).

The Conference will be a great opportunity to meet up with those we met at the Conference last year, as well as meet new faces. So if you are planning to attend please let me know!

Also, please feel free to circulate information regarding the conference to colleagues and post-graduate students.

Hopefully see you in Glasgow!

PSA Conference 2017 Call for Papers

The next PSA conference will be in Glasgow, 10-12th April 2017. We are hoping to follow from last year and have a strong set of panels and papers running.

We are happy to receive papers that cover any aspect of politics and policy in Southeast and East Asia. We will organise the panels and develop the themes based upon the paper abstracts we receive. Please send your abstracts by 1st October 2016.

Alternatively if any of you wish to propose and run your own panel then please do let me know on l.cotter@sheffield.ac.uk.

Click here to download the Panel Proposal Form

Click here to download the Paper Proposal Form

We are really looking forward to reading your abstracts and seeing you at the conference in Glasgow. This year we are also going to organise a Special Group informal dinner and drinks at the conference, more information to follow.

Just to remind you, you don’t have to be a member of the PSA to be a member of our specialist and present at the conference, but I would encourage you all to join! Please feel free to forward this Call for Papers to colleagues/PGRSs that may be interested (there will be a fund to support PGRs, we will send more information when it becomes available).

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AAS Annual Conference

On behalf of the Program Committee for the Association for Asian Studies, I am pleased to issue the Call for Papers for the AAS Annual Conference to be held in March 16-19, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA.

Details are available here.

Invitation is open for all colleagues in Asian studies to submit proposals for Organized Panels, Roundtables, Workshops, in addition to Individual Papers sessions to be created by the Committee.  The Committee seeks sessions that will engage panelists and audiences in the consideration of ideas, information, and interpretations that will advance knowledge about Asian regions and, by extension, will enrich teaching about Asia at all levels. AAS Membership is not a requirement for the submission of a proposal.

The deadline for submission of all proposals and LDC travel grant requests is Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 5pm EST.  All proposals must be submitted electronically via the AAS website.  This site will be available for submissions from Wednesday, June 29 through Tuesday, August 9, 2016.  After the submission deadline your proposal will be forwarded to the appropriate program committee members for review.  You will find detailed instructions for submissions below.  You will also find more detailed information about the conference (FAQ’s, participant information, registration an hotel information) on the AAS website.

If you have any questions regarding panel participation that are not answered in this Call for Papers or FAQ’s, please contact the AAS secretariat at AASconference@asian-studies.org.

We look forward to an exciting and intellectually stimulating conference in Toronto that reflects the dynamism of Asian studies and the AAS.

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We have finalised the schedule for our inaugural workshop.

Please see below an outline of the day, explaining what will be happening in our sessions, and some action points that our participants will be addressing on the day.

Researching Southeast and East Asia Workshop Schedule

1030-1045: Arrival. Tea and Coffee

1045-1230: Session One: Bridging the Gaps: Disciplinary Challenges to Researching Southeast and East Asia.

The first session explores the challenges that face scholars of East and Southeast Asia, bridging the gap between the subfields of Politics, International Relations and Area Studies, and will provide the opportunity to foster an interdisciplinary approach to our studies, and ideally an internationalised one.

Action: We would invite all delegates to think about their thoughts on how disciplinary divisions have affected their capacity to study your region? What does your (sub)discipline offer? What is it lacking? How can we make our work truly inter/trans-disciplinary? What institutional mechanisms should we develop to make this happen? (Whether our Specialist Group, or other)

1230-1330: Lunch Provided

1330-1530: Session Two: Exploring the Opportunities: Sharing the Experience of Researching Southeast and East Asia.

The second session recognizes that while it is imperative that academics think creatively about how to fund, conduct, and disseminate their research, and while collaboration outside of academia can be a significant and fruitful endeavour, these dimensions of scholarship may be intimidating to the uninitiated. This session will therefore bring together a mix of scholars and practitioners, enabling them to share ideas and best-practices, providing a forum for scholars at all stages to learn from each other the “tips of the trade” of tackling the multitude of challenges that researchers face.

Action: We will have presentations from representatives of Foreign Affairs Committee, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Overseas Development Institute, and The Foreign Policy Centre, outlining how they work researching the region, and how they see the relationship between academia and practice in developing policy driven/impactful research. We invite all delegates to think about their experiences in working with non-academic researchers, and how they think about embedding impact within their research activities. Or, perhaps, what challenges have you faced in engaging with the impact agenda.

1600-1700: PSA Politics and Policy in Southeast and East Asia Specialist Group Annual Meeting.

(Full Agenda to Follow)

Action: Please email Leanne-Marie McCarthy-Cotter (l.cotter@sheffield.ac.uk) if there are specific items you would like to add to the agenda.

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We have finalised a one-day workshop for the purpose of discussing current best practices, challenges, and issues in researching politics and policy in Southeast and East Asia. It is arrranged in collaboration between Nottingham Trent University’s Insecurity, Political Violence, and Change research cluster, and the PSA Specialist Group Politics and Policy in Southeast and East Asia.

These sessions set out to explore and attempt to foster solutions to two core challenges that researchers in East and Southeast Asia face: interdisciplinary disconnect, and the need for more effective impact beyond academia.

The first session explores the challenges that face scholars of East and Southeast Asia, bridging the gap between the subfields of Politics, International Relations and Area Studies, and will provide the opportunity to foster an interdisciplinary approach to our studies, and ideally an internationalised one.

The second session recognizes that while it is imperative that academics think creatively about how to fund, conduct, and disseminate their research, and while collaboration outside of academia can be a significant and fruitful endeavour, these dimensions of scholarship may be intimidating to the uninitiated. This session will therefore bring together a mix of scholars and practitioners, enabling them to share ideas and best-practices, providing a forum for scholars at all stages to learn from each other the “tips of the trade” of tackling the multitude of challenges that researchers face.

The day will end with the Politics and Policy in Southeast and East Asia Specialist Group Annual Meeting where we will prepare for the coming year.

The workshops will foster a network of participants working in similar areas (and possibly many in the same countries). It will work towards creating a support network of peers who not only face similar issues in field research, but may also encounter each other in the field. It will create opportunities to explore collaborative projects across members, and across disciplinary boundaries. The workshop will be especially useful for the growing proportion of Asia-focused scholars not at universities with strong Asia-studies centres, who are thus less likely to interact regularly with similarly Asia-oriented scholars, as well as those seeking to move from other areas of study to research on Asia.

To book your place please follow the link here.

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Many thanks for the great discussions during the PSA conference in Brighton over the past few days. I hope you are already planning for the next PSA in Glasgow on 10-12 April 2017!

We would like to thank the panel members for their vibrant presentations, and for those attending our panels. It was fantastic to meet you all, and finally put some faces to names.

We have a few things to let you know about:

Firstly, we have decided to update our specialist group name. We are now Politics and Policy in Southeast and East Asia. It was felt that our previous name did not explicitly capture Southeast Asia appropriately. So to clarify, we cover both Southeast and East Asia. We hope that everyone likes our new name.

Secondly, as we mentioned to many of you at the PSA16 conference, we are going to hold our first one-day conference/workshop this summer (details TBC). The workshop will explore disciplinary divisions and barriers between those who study our regions. Or more significantly, how we can overcome the divides between areas studies, international relations, policy analysis, and political science. It will be an opportunity to share knowledge, methods, skills, and insight.

Thirdly, and attached to the above, we intend to hold our Specialist Group annual meeting after the one-day conference/workshop. This will be an opportunity for us to discuss the direction of the group and establish future plans.

Fourthly, as we want to build on the momentum that PSA16 gave us, could you all promote and advertise the group to colleagues and graduate students, specifically those who may have not felt the PSA was for them in the past, as we are very keen to extend our membership across disciplines.

Lastly, if you’re not already following us on Twitter then please do so @PSA_SEandE_Asia and keep visiting our website https://politicsandpolicyineastasia.wordpress.com We are going to focus on getting more events, information, blogs, and resources on the website. So if anyone has anything to contribute, then please to let us know.

We look forward to meeting with you all again.

 

PSA Conference 2016

We are delighted to have two panels at the PSA Conference taking place in Brighton between March 21-23. The theme of the conference is ‘Politics and the Good Life’. 

We have attracted an impressive range of contributors for both panels. 

The first panel ‘Establishing a Good Life: Politics and Policy in East Asia’ reviews the formation of several contemporary political issues, and explores the nature of the region’s challenges from a range of perspectives. The panel debates the intricacies of the policies that have been designed and implemented to facilitate the pursuit of ‘good politics’ in East Asia. This panel will take Monday 21st March 14:15 – 15:45 at Hilton Meeting Room 1, and will be chaired by Dr. Liam McCarthy-Cotter (Nottingham Trent)

The second panel Pursuing a Good Life: Politics and Policy in East Asia’ explores the strategies that have been deployed by a range of East and Southeast Asian actors to establish ‘good politics’ in the region. Analysing a range of issues from a variety of politics and International Relations perspectives to illustrate the challenges the region faces.  This panel will take place Tuesday 22nd March 09:30 – 11:00 at Hilton Meeting Room 1, and will be chaired by Dr. Leanne-Marie McCarthy Cotter (Sheffield).

Details of the panels can be found below.

Panel One: ‘Establishing a Good Life’ Politics and Policy in East Asia  

Chair: Dr Liam McCarthy-Cotter

Strategic uncertainty in the Asia-Pacific: Drivers, responses and evolving security order

Dr Elena Atanassova-Cornelis (Catholic University of Louvain & University of Antwerp)

Rising Powers and State Transformation: The Case of China

Dr Lee Jones (Queen Mary, University of London)

Let’s forget about a NATO in East Asia: a constructivist analysis of the ASEAN Way of security cooperation

Miss Chau Nguyen (University of East Anglia)

Beijing’s “March West”: “One Belt, One Road” and China’s Quest for Great Power Status

Dr Michael Clarke (National Security College, Australian National University)

 Panel Two:  ‘Pursuing a Good Life’ Politics and Policy in East Asia’

Chair: Dr Leanne-Marie McCarthy-Cotter

Through Whose Lens? The Politics of Regional and Global Surveillance in East Asia

Ms Maria Theresa Anna Robles (University of Warwick)

Japan’s state transformation in ICT regulation after the 1980s

Dr Masahiro Mogaki (The University of Sheffield)

Decentralisation and Subnational Autonomy – Evidence from East and South Asia

Ms Eunkyung Shin (University of York)

China’s counter-terrorism strategy: research, practical challenges and IR implications

Miss Chi Zhang (University of Leeds)