Past Events - 2001
22 – 24
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
Under the Overseas Fellowship Programme,
Northern Education Project, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan and funded by the
28 April 2003 - ASEM Room, AEI
Launch of "French-English-Malay Dictionary
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
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
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
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
efficient political tools to configure power
relationships, especially among the elite.
11 February 2003 - ASEM Room, AEI
A Talk on "Peoples and Cultures of
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,
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
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
Welcome Address and launch by H.E. Dayachandra
Yasasiri Liyanage, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Malaysia.
Start of performance
220 sitting capacity AEI Auditorium is fully utilized every Wednesday
evening to present Asian
and European Films with high artistic and
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