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Academic Freedom in Asia, part II



9 March 2023

In two webinars prominent scholars in the field will discuss the state of academic freedom in East and South-East Asia.

Link to the webinar (passcode 390731)

At this second event (see here for info on the first event) scholars will provide further case studies on, respectively, Indonesia (Nugroho), Japan (Kingston), Singapore (Chong) and Thailand (Zackari) that show both similarities and differences that reflect these societies particular political and institutional conditions and developments.

Moderator Marina Svensson

CHONG JA IAN is Associate Professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation: China, Indonesia, Thailand, 1893–1952 (Cambridge, 2012), and has published in journals such as International Security, The European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, Asian Affairs, and the China Quarterly.

JEFF KINGSTON is professor of History and Asian Studies at Temple University, Japan. Among his books are, The Politics of Religion, Nationalism and Identity in Asia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), Nationalism in Asia: A History Since 1945 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), Contemporary Japan: History, and Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Kingston also edited Press Freedom in Contemporary Asia (Routledge 2019), Japan in the Heisei Era (Routledge 2022) and The Routledge Handbook of Trauma in East Asia (Routledge 2023).

STEFANI NUGROHO is lecturer of psychology at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. Nugroho’s research addresses discursive constructions of the nation in the context of Indonesia. Nugroho’s book, The Divergent Nation of Indonesia, Heterogeneous Imaginings in Jakarta, Kupang, and Banda Aceh, was published by Springer Singapore in 2020.

KARIN ZACKARI is a lecturer in human rights at Lund University. Zackari’s research focuses on human rights issues and history in Thailand. Her PhD thesis is entitled Framing the Subjects: Human Rights and Photography in Contemporary Thailand (Media Tryck 2020).

MARINA SVENSSON is professor of Modern China and director of the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies. Her research covers issues related to human rights, digital developments, civil society and academic freedom in China. On the latter topic the most recent publication is “Chinese universities: restrictions on academic freedom and global implications,” in China: Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy.  Ismangil, D., van der Schaaf, K. & Deklerck, S. (eds.). Netherlands: Amnesty International Netherlands, 2020