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Questions of Subjectivities: Academics and Higher Education of Asia, Present and Future

What Workshop
Speaker(s) Mallika Shakya, Vishalache Balakrishnan, Sikder Monoare Murshed, Nguyen Viet Khoi and Ambeth R. Ocampo
When 2014-10-28
from 10:30 to 12:30
Where Sano Shoin, Hitotsubashi University, Kunitachi, Tokyo
Language English
Organized by
Center for the Study of Peace and Reconciliation
Japan Foundation
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Concept of workshop

In the context of globalization, the interactions of people and states in Asia have deepened much more than ever before. Ideas of official regionalism, such as ASEAN, ASEM and SARC, are now being considered in practice. At the non-state level, the high mobility of people, commodities and information is forming a new type of the space beyond state borders, such as animation cultures, religious networks, and youth trends in Asia.

    However, interactions among intellectual, academics and students in higher education have not been that dynamic in Asia. Academia has been the preserve of elites in Asia and oriented towards the West. But now following recent economic growth, states are investing in the higher education and more scholars who obtained advanced degrees in western countries are returning to teach in Asia. Also, Asian university students have increasing experience of the West, while  universities in Asia are establishing more courses to attract students from Asian and western countries. This trend has heightened awareness among scholars and universities of the contents of teaching and studies. It has also stimulated questions of subjectivities in the higher education as  capitals for creating the future leaders and ideas to promote peace and stability of Asia.

    At this workshop, inviting scholars in the leading universities in Asia, we will discuss such questions as: Should and how can Asia be taught in university curricula?  Is there a distinct Asian perspective or approach to social sciences and humanities?  How should the social science theories derived from western experiences be used to teach about the West and the non-West in Asian academia?   How is it possible for the research and education in Asian universities  to be subjective  but not exclusive ?


10:30 – 10:35    Introduction
10:35 – 11:50    Presentation (15 minutes/ each)

  • Mallika Shakya (Nepal) Associate Professor, University of South Asia
  • Vishalache Balakrishnan (Malaysia) Senior Lecturer, University of Malaya

  • Sikder Monoare Murshed (Bangladesh) Professor, University of Dhaka

  • Nguyen Viet Khoi (Vietnam) Professor, University of Economics and Business
, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
  • Ambeth R. Ocampo (Philippines) Associate Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Moderator: Yoshiko Ashiwa (Japan) Professor, Hitotsubashi University

11:50- 12:30    Questions from students and discussion

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