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Past Events - 2001

Past Events - 2002

[New!]22 – 24 September, 2003 International Workshop

New Perspectives on Asian Epistemologies - Japan

As part of its commitment to enhancing research between Asia and Europe, the Asia-Europe Institute (AEI) through its Intercultural Studies Research Hub is developing a series of workshops that explore new perspectives in Asian epistemology. A fundamental premise of this exploration is how knowledge is constructed, transferred and appropriated, and an area that has received little attention is how these dynamics have evolved among Asians. Analyzing, reflecting upon and theorizing how knowledge is constructed in Asia and between Asians is useful for understanding the kinds of capabilities, sensitivities, skills and insights that have evolved among Asians. The ramifications for the future are enhancing collaboration despite our language and cultural differences in Asia, as well enhancing area studies.

While future workshops in the series could possibly explore Southeast Asian-French, Southeast Asian-Chinese or Southeast Asian-Dutch knowledge exchange, the first in a series of workshops that will explore new perspectives in Asian epistemology will be on Japan. We have identified an elite group of Southeast Asian scholars who have studied in Japan, as well as some Japanese counterparts, who will participate in this workshop from 22 – 24 September. The objective of this first workshop on Japan is to examine, reflect and theorize how Asians have acquired and formulated knowledge from fellow Asians, because the field of colonial/postcolonial theory and discourse has already explored the construction of knowledge by the West of the rest of the world.


  • 12 - 23 May 2003 - AEI Short Course in Education and Curriculum Development

    Under the Overseas Fellowship Programme, Northern Education Project, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan and funded by the World Bank

  • 28 April 2003 - ASEM Room, AEI

    Launch of "French-English-Malay Dictionary on CDRom"

    Joint presentation of the Dictionary on CDRom by Professor Christian Boitet, University J. Fourier, Grenoble, and Professor Zaharin Yusoff, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

  • 21 April 2003 - Auditorium, AEI International Seminar on Lifelong Learning "Lifelong Learning in Malaysia: Moving the Agenda Forward"

    Objectives of the Seminar

    • To understand lifelong learning best practices in Europe.

    • To chart research directions in the field of lifelong learning in Malaysia.

    • To develop a road map for lifelong learning programs and activities in Malaysia.

    • To create national awareness and commitment towards the lifelong learning agenda.

    Two papers were presented and discussed over the one-day seminar, attended by some 70 participants. The paper on "Lifelong Learning Policies and Practices in Europe" was by Mr. Claudio Dondi, President of SCIENTER, Italy, and the second paper "Mapping the Transformation of Society Through Lifelong Learning: Ideals and Realities" was by Professor Dato' Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia.


  • 12 March 2003 - Auditorium, AEI

    A Talk on "Political and Mystical Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia”

    By Dr. Romain Bertrand, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Research and Studies (CERI), France.


    Dr. Romain Bertrand is a French specialist of contemporary South-East Asia. He is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Research and Studies (CERI) which is the renowned academic research institute for foreign affairs and international relations in France. He is also an advisor to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His , publications include the political anthropology of violence in post-Suharto Indonesia, political crises in civil society in Indonesia, and other facets of political change and evolution in Indonesia as well as Asia-Europe diplomatic relationships.


    In the context of his work in the historical ethnography of politics in contemporary Indonesia, Dr. Romain Bertrand explained the "lived beliefs" of central Java that are the vehicle for negotiating social and political situations; and the violence that sometimes ensues from these beliefs. He explored how the use of shamans and witchcraft are efficient political tools to configure power relationships, especially among the elite.


  • 11 February 2003 - ASEM Room, AEI

    A Talk on "Peoples and Cultures of South-East Asia"

    By Professor Dato' Dr. Shaharil Talib, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya.


    The Malaysian Culture Group (MCG) was very fortunate to have the Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Institute,

    Professor Dato' Dr. Shaharil Talib, to tell us more about the story of the Straits of Malacca; why did sailors in the past persevere in their quest to navigate the Straits despite the dangers of piracy; what is the influence of monsoon winds and sea currents on South-east Asian civilizations; what were the main movements of peoples in this area; how are their cultures mixed?

    Students from all over who are studying at the Institute, together with the guests from the Malaysian Culture Group came to gather the answers to these questions and many more, at what proved to be an extremely stimulating and informative talk by the visionary founder of Asia-Europe Institute.



Cultural Activities 

[New!]Sri Lankan Musical Experience: The Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya and the Sri Lanka High Commission are jointly organising “Sri Lankan Musical Experience” to be held on 12th April, 2003 at 8.30 pm. The venue is AEI Auditorium. This event will feature an hour-long performance by Nanda Malini, “The Nightingale of Sri Lanka”, who is visiting Malaysia for the first time. She will be accompanied by two leading Sri Lankan artists, Rohana Weerasinghe and Sunil Edirisinghe as well as other musicians. This event will be a showcase of Sri Lankan traditional and folk music. This is a unique opportunity for music enthusiasts and the public for Sri Lankan creative works of artistic expression. Refreshments will also be served, including authentic Sri Lankan delicacies specially flown in courtesy of Sri Lankan Airlines.


 8:30 pm

Welcome Address and launch by H.E. Dayachandra     Yasasiri Liyanage, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Malaysia.

8:40 pm

Start of performance




Weekly Cultural Showcases: The 220 sitting capacity AEI Auditorium is fully utilized every Wednesday evening to present Asian and European Films with high artistic and educational contents. The venue serves to bring together Asian and European audiences in a sharing of creative activities - that is borderless.

For weekly programmes and reviews of the movies please contact:

Cultural Program Section

Tel: 7967-6920

Fax: 7967-6908



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Last updated: September 30, 2004