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IIAS Events

May 2017

May
02
2017
IIAS Lunch Lecture

In February 2011, thieves invaded the Pipala Mata temple in Osian, a small village in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan. They had come to steal the gods—more specifically, the massive 8th century stone sculptures of Kubera, Ganesha and Durga venerated as the tutelary deities of the Pipala community. Before they could be sold to black-market antiquities dealers, however, the thieves were apprehended and the stolen images recovered by police.

May
09
2017
Film screening

Three films about different phenomena associated with Asia's fast growing cities. Followed by discussion and Q&A.
'Home on Display' examines the construction of homes for China’s new rich; 'An Empty Home' focuses on another Chinese phenomenon: city homes that are fully furnished yet are empty most of the year. In the last film 'The Vanishing Village', local rurals and embedded researchers tell about what happened when the encroachment of the city of Hanoi changed the rural life of many in nearby La Tinh.

May
10
2017
Seminar

The ninth annual IIAS-TU Delft Seminar will take place in Leiden on 10-11 May 2017.

Convenor: Dr Grgory Bracken, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Theory Section of the Architecture Department, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).  

‘City and Society: The Care of the Self’ is a multi-disciplinary seminar, with contributions that examine the built environment of Asia from the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, applied sciences, Middle Eastern and Far Eastern studies, anthropology, and social science.

May
10
2017
Buddhist Studies Lectures

In this lecture, Dr Jens Wilkens will outline the structure and contents of this most important narrative work in Old Uyghur as well as highlight the unique features of the stories within the framework of Buddhist narrative literature. Lecture and Q&A . Drinks afterwards.

May
23
2017
UKNA - Urban Asia presentation series

In this presentation, Professor Pralay Kanungo will focus on two slums in the city of Bhubaneswar, once an ancient temple city, today India's top most 'smart city': one tiny, the other a mega slum complex, consisting of a cluster of slums being encircled by rich and posh localities. After discussing the slum's history, planning, economy and politics, Kanungo will highlight how the slum dwellers have successfully resisted state’s agenda to make the city ‘slum free’.

May
31
2017
Conference

An afternoon with two lectures and dicusssion: “Reorienting the Study of Chinese Pure Land Buddhism” by Dr Charles Jones, and “The Return of Chinese Tantra: Neo-Zhenyan and its Evolving Polemic” by Cody Bahir.
Drinks afterwards.