The Fourth International Symposium of
Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia
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Regional Routes, Regional Roots?
Cross-Border Patterns of Human Mobility in Eurasia
Date: December 11-12, 2010
Location: Breezé Plaza, Osaka
Official Language: English
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The main objects of our winter symposium are: 1) to examine the role of human mobility in creating the nation-state contours of regional powers; 2) to see how much “leverage” border-crossers and borderland peoples have enjoyed to realize varied desires and ambitions in their interactions with their home countries and international orders; 3) to gather scholars from China, India, Russia, Europe, Asia, and North America, to integrate each expertise, and to elaborate on the methodology for a common research agenda.
Friday, 10 December

ITP International Workshop for Young Scholars
Imperial Past and Migration in East and West: Bridging Japan, Eurasia and Britain

Saturday, 11 December

 Opening Remarks

Session 1: Pilgrimage: Confession and Consumption

Yoko TAKAYAMA(Asia University) 

Red Souvenirs: Commodification of Chinese Propaganda Arts    

Eileen KANE(Connecticut College, USA)

Stops along Russian Hajj Routes

Chihiro KOISO(Osaka University) 

Dual Routes of Hindu Pilgrims in West India(2010.12.7REVISED)
Tomoko MORIKAWA(Hokkaido University)
Daisuke FURUYA(Osaka University)

Session 2 : Home, Sweet Home?  Invitation to the Diaspora 

Gulnara MENDIKULOVA (Center of Diaspora Studies, the World Association of the Kazakhs, the Republic of Kazakhstan)  

The Kazakh Diaspora Politics of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Surat HORACHAIKUL (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand) 

The Indian Thais and Their Connectivity with India

Liu HONG(Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Home Away from Home? The Chinese State and the Making of New Diaspora
Mitsuharu AKAO(Osaka University)
Natsuko OKA(Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization)

Session 3 : The Mobile Businessman: Merchants' Diaspora and Networks

Artsvi BAKHCHINYAN (Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia)

The Activity of Armenian Merchants in the Context of International Trade

Stephen DALE (Ohio State University, USA) 

The Geography, Economy and Society of Indian Diasporas

Ryoichi HISASUE(The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

Chinese Banking Business in Singapore: Background and Development in the First Half of the 20th Century
Takashi OISHI(Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)
Takayuki YOSHIMURA(ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

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Sunday, 12 December

Special Panel: Proliferation of Knowledge: Fostering Elites and Building the State Contours

WANG zhixin (St.Thomas University, Japan)

To the Horizon and Beyond: China's Awakening to Modernization
  • Japanese
  • English

  • Jyoti R. DANDEKAR (International Office Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, India)

    Higher Education Institutions in India and Globalization of Indian Universities

    Rafik MUKHAMETSHIN ( Russian Islamic University, Kazan, Russian Federation)

    Development of Islamic University Education in Russia: Challenges and Perspectives
  • Russian
  • English
  • Discussant:
    So YAMANE  (Osaka University)
    Shinichiro TABATA(Hokkaido University)

    Session 4 :
    Cries from the Periphery

    Michael REYNOLDS (Princeton University, USA)

    The Ends of Empire: Assessing the Place of the Kurds in the Early 20th Century

    Masato TORIYA (Sophia University) 

    Afghanistan as a Buffer State between Regional Powers in the Late 19th Century

    Uradyn E. BULAG(University of Cambridge, Britain)

    Seeing Like a Minority: Political Tourism and Ethnic Narrative in Early Socialist China
    WANG Ke(Kobe University) 
    Akihiko YAMAGUCHI(University of the Sacred Heart)

    Session 5 :
    Gaining through Mobility: Migration and Settlement

    Jessica Allina-Pisano & André Simonyi (University of Ottawa, Canada)

    Theorizing Borderlands: Heihe-Blagoveshchensk in Comparative Perspective

    Sumie NAKATANI(Kagoshima University)

    Native Towns of the Marwaris, a Diasporic Trading Community in India

    Cui YANHU (Xinjiang Normal University, China)

    Between Nomadism and Settlement: Case Studies on Social and Cultural Changes of Nomadic Society in Xinjiang, China
    Jeff SAHADEO (Carleton University, Canada)
    Kimitaka MATSUZATO(Hokkaido University)


    Closing Remarks
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    Monday, 13 December
    RP Special Seminar

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    Organizing Committee of the Symposium:
    "The Contours of State and Border-Crossings" Project Office
    (Research Institute for World Languages, Osaka University)
    YAMANE So (Osaka University), KOMATSU Hisae (SRC),NAGANAWA Norihiro (SRC) ,
    KOSHINO Go (SRC) , GOTO Masanori (SRC)

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