miércoles, 22 de octubre de 2014

Asian Studies programs threatened at Copenhagen University

Dear colleagues,

I am writing you today in a sad affair. Several Asian Studies programs at the University of Copenhagen are threatened with closure.

All of a sudden the Danish Minister for Education, Chrstine Antorini, has issued orders to reduce the intake of students on an MA level by 30%, which would, due to Danish laws, automatically mean an even larger cut (up to 50%!) in the B.A. intake. For many of the subjects at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, where our programs are located, the plans announced by the Ministry and to be implemented by the Faculty are a disaster. The plan would mean that for instance Tibetan Studies could be completely closed down next year.

The plans of Mrs. Chrstine Antorini would also be a disaster for many other small subjects such as Hebrew, Eskimo, and American Indian Studies, but also for Indian, Korean, and South-East Asian Studies. Such cultures and languages with their long and rich history would all of a sudden not be represented anymore in the academic landscape of Denmark. I don’t need to tell you that this would have catastrophic consequences for how these cultures would be in future represented in the media and in politics in Denmark.

I would therefore like to ask you to voice concern about this development to the Minister of Education, Chrstine Antorini, and to the leadership of Copenhagen University. Their addresses are given below.

If you have any questions in this regard, you are welcome to contact me or our Institute leader, Dr. Ingolf Thuesen, directly.

Best regards,

Jan-Ulrich Sobisch
Tibetan Studies, Copenhagen University

Prof. Dr. Ingolf Thuesen: i-leder.tors@hum.ku.dk

Chrstine Antorini
The Ministry of Education
Frederiksholms Kanal 21
1220 Copenhagen K

President of the University of Copenhagen
Ralf Hemmingsen

Please kindly provide us with a copy, if you decide to write a letter for our support.
Dr. phil. Jan-Ulrich Sobisch
Associate Professor for Tibetan Studies
Erasmus Coordinator / ToRS
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens vej 4, Bygning 10, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark
Tel. office: +45 51 30 29 97
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martes, 21 de octubre de 2014

The Silk Road House presents:

A Kazakhstani artist Katya Nikonorova, an artist in residence through the Arts Link Fellowship program and the California College of Arts, will present the work of a wide variety of artists from Kazakhstan. This presentation will include internationally known artists as well as members of the vibrant, young and up-and-coming Kazakh art community. Nikonorova will address the conceptual and aesthetic development of Kazakh contemporary art through their work and speak about the trends and themes that are most relevant to the artists working in Central Asia.

Katya Nikonorova was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1981. She received her degree in Architecture and Urban Planning at Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Since 2000, Nikonorova has focused on a contemporary fine arts practice. She has participated in exhibitions, seminars and workshops internationally including exhibitions in Almaty, Bishkek, Moscow, London, Paris, Turin and Singapore. Her work frequently addresses the topic of architecture, land and urban planning. Nikonorova's most recent works explore questions around spirituality and mysticism. Since 2012, she has held her own biennale, entitled "Biennale of Katya Nikonorova" in Almaty. She will present her second biennale during her Arts Link Fellowship in San Francisco.

The event will take place at SRH on Saturday (sic!) October 25, at 5-7pm.

Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 (between Milvia & Martin Luther King; enter by side door in passageway under black Zabu Zabu awning); e-mail: silkroadhouse@yahoo.com; website: http://www.silkroadhouse.org/; facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SilkRoadHouse; tel.: 510-981-0700.

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.


"Paving the Great Way"

 Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the publication of my book, Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu’s Unifying Buddhist Philosophy.  The book traces a continuity of philosophical interest and purpose across Vasubandhu’s diverse works.  It is now available from the Columbia University Press website, here:

Please note that anyone who uses the promo code “GOLPAV” to buy the book from this site will receive a 30% discount off the price of the book.

Here are some advance reviews:

"Vasubandhu, one of the greatest minds in the history of Buddhism, is brought to life in these pages. Gold's synthetic treatment of Vasubandhu's most important ideas is a model for how to treat the work of a classical Buddhist thinker. Written in clear and lively prose, Paving the Great Way will be the definitive work on this great Buddhist philosopher for many years to come... Essential reading for anyone interested in classical Buddhist thought." — José Ignacio Cabezón, Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies, UC Santa Barbara

"Gold has done something extraordinary: he has pulled together the key philosophical strands running through Vasubandhu's works, thereby demonstrating far greater continuity than might have been suspected, and he has given us a much deeper and more compelling author as a result. This book will forever change the way we read Vasubandhu." — Mark Siderits, Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University

"A rare example of a sustained and subtle engagement with the whole career of one of history's greatest Buddhist philosophers, Paving the Great Way makes an important and eminently readable case for thinking that the works of the prolific Buddhist thinker Vasubandhu represent the development of a unified philosophical project." — Dan Arnold, University of Chicago

"Jonathan Gold has given us the definitive book on Vasubandhu's philosophy. Paving the Great Way is a masterpiece of philosophical exposition, synthesis and creative commentary. Gold addresses every facet of Vasubandhu's considerable and varied corpus, and integrates them in his articulation of Vasubandhu's original synthesis of Buddhist ideas. Gold brings to this project great philological erudition, deep philosophical insight, scrupulous commentarial skills and a marvelous lucidity in exposition. This book is a major contribution not only to Vasubandhu scholarship, but to Yogācāra studies; not only to Yogācāra studies but to the history of Indian philosophy; not only to the history of Indian philosophy but to the history of world philosophy and to the engagement between Western and Buddhist philosophical scholarship." — Jay L. Garfield, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities, Yale-NUS College

Please also note that there will be a panel discussing the book at the AAR Annual Meeting in San Diego (Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.), co-sponsored by the Buddhist Philosophy Group and the Religions and Chinese and Indian Cultures: A Comparative Perspective Group.  See the AAR website for further information about the session here: http://papers.aarweb.org/program_book?keys=A23-215&field_session_slot_nid=All
Best Regards,
 Jonathan C. Gold
Associate Professor
Department of Religion
Princeton University
1879 Hall, Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544


Estimados amigos e interesados en China y la relación México-China:

Por este medio nos permitimos informarles que el
Embajador Sergio Ley López dictará una conferencia en el marco del Ciclo de Conferencias China-México del Cechimex titulada "LA RELACIÓN MÉXICO-CHINA".

El evento se llevará a cabo el miércoles 29 septiembre a las 10 a.m. en el Aula Magna Jesús Silva Herzog, primer piso del Edificio Anexo de la Facultad de Economía, Ciudad Universitaria UNAM. Mayores informes al 56222195 y ver el mapa de ubicación en: http://www.economia.unam.mx/cechimex.

El Embajador Sergio Ley López es miembro de carrera del Servicio Exterior Mexicano desde 1984 y se desempeñó como Director General para Asia y Pacífico; Cónsul General de México en Shanghai y Embajador de Méixco en China (2001-2007), entre muchas otras funciones en la Cancillería. En 2008 fue nombrado Presidente del Instituto Asia Pacífico del Tecnológico de Monterrey y en 2009 se le designó Presidente de la Sección Empresarial para la Región Asia y Oceanía del Consejo Empresarial Mexicano de Comercio Exterior, Inversión y Tecnología, A.C. (COMCE).

Pueden acceder a anteriores eventos del Ciclo de Conferencias del Cechimex (presentaciones y/o video) en: http://www.economia.unam.mx/cechimex/index.php/es/conferencias

Saludos, enrique dussel peters

Dr. Enrique Dussel Peters
        Posgrado en Economía

        Centro de Estudios China-México
        Facultad de Economía
         Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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viernes, 17 de octubre de 2014

BOOK Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism

Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions (Columbia University Press, winner of the 2013 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, Historical Studies, from the American Academy of Religion) is now available in an affordable paperback edition: <http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-16240-1/making-sense-of-tantric-buddhism>

The press has authorized me to inform you that anyone who uses the promo code “MAKWED” to purchase the paperback edition of the book from this site will receive a 30% discount.

This could be a good opportunity to pick up a copy before the panel on the book to be held next month at the AAR Annual Meeting, which will feature Gudrun Bühnemann, Ronald Davidson, David DiValerio, David White, John Nemec, and myself (quad-sponsored by the Buddhism Section, Tantric Studies Group, Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group, and Yoga in Theory and Practice Group). 

Christian K. Wedemeyer
Associate Professor of the History of Religions
Chair, History of Religions Area
Assistant Marshal of the University
University of Chicago Divinity School
1025 E 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637