What’s in it for Sweden? Toward a Shared Agenda for Swedish East Asia Research

Thursday 26 April 2018 / 10:00 - / Registration with breakfast from 09:30

Gothenburg SEB-salen. Vasagatan 1, 411 24 Gothenburg. Click here for a map

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Building on the success of last year’s conference in May at the Stockholm School of Economics on East Asia Research in Sweden, the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), in cooperation with the University of Gothenburg will organize the conference’s 2018 installment on April 26-27.

The title of this year’s conference is What’s in it for Sweden? Toward a Shared Agenda for Swedish East Asia Research. The theme of the conference will center around what our different disciplines, fields, industries and perspectives can and should achieve together. The conference takes place over two days on the University’s premises in Gothenburg. The first day will dig right into the theme of the conference though panel discussions, while the second day will allow you to present your research in a condensed form.

An agenda for the two days follows below.

April 26 (Thu):

09:30: Registration with coffee and sandwich

10:00: Introductory words by Niklas Swanström, Executive Director of ISDP.

10:20: Panel 1 – What unites us? What divides us? 

How do different academic disciplines and industries conduct and make use of research on East Asia? What differentiates Asian Studies from the disciplines and with what implications for society? Are these differences constructed rather than natural and how does this effect those benefiting from East Asia research and Sweden at large?

Participants: Claes-Göran Alvstam, University of Gothenburg; Herbert Jonsson, Dalarna University; Marina Svensson, Lund University

12:00: Lunch

13:20: Panel 2 – Competing or Cooperating for Resources?

What route should be taken by researchers, institutes and universities when applying for funding? How would the researchers and how would Sweden benefit from more or less cooperation? Can we actually cooperate more or would it be counterproductive? Is greater regional centralization of research environments the way forward?   

Participants: Richard Nakamura, the University of Gothenburg; Niklas Swanström, ISDP; Martin Nordeborg, University of Gothenburg

14:50: Coffee Break

15:10-16:40: Panel 3 – Toward a Shared Agenda?

Building on the previous panels: what does a “shared agenda” entail? Should there be a greater effort by researchers, institutes, funders, and industries to reach out to each other? Is there a “prestige problem” among individual researchers and organizations? Are we actually better or worse off with a “shared agenda”? 

Participants: Göran Blomqvist, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences; Ari Kokko, Copenhagen Business School and the University of Gothenburg; Lars Vargö, ISDP

16:40-18:00: Mingling time. 

18:00: Conference Dinner

April 27 (Fri):

08:30: Coffee with pastry 

09:00: Introductory remarks by Patrik Ström, Head of Department of the Department of Business Administration, the University of Gothenburg 

09:05-10:55: Research Panel 1: Gabriel Jonsson, Stockholm University; Alin Kadfak, the University of Gothenburg

10:55-11:00: Break

11:00- 12:30: Research Panel 2: Herbert Jonsson, Dalarna University; Mariya Aida Niendorf, Dalarna University; Kohei Suzuki, the University of Gothenburg

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-15:20: Research Panel 3: Bent Jörgensen, the University of Gothenburg; Ernils Larsson, Uppsala University; Curt Nestor, the University of Gothenburg;

Like last year, the conference is free of charge. Attendance includes lunch both days as well as a Conference Dinner on April 26. The conference receives financial support from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.