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By Land and By Sea: China’s Belt and Road in Europe (Feb. 21, 2019)

The Boston University Center for the Study of Asia and the Center for the Study of Europe
are pleased to present the symposium

By Land and By Sea: China’s Belt and Road in Europe

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 1-5:30 pm

at the Pardee School for Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston University

Symposium schedule:

1:00 pm  Welcome

1:15-2:45 pm   Panel 1: Geo-Economic Perspectives

Kevin Gallagher (Boston University): Moderator & Discussant

Philippe Le Corre (Harvard University): “Assessing China’s offensive at the periphery of Europe: South Europe Case Studies”

Thomas Berger (Boston University): “Assessing China’s offensive in the center of Europe: Germany and northern Europe” 

Grant Rhode (Boston University and U.S. Naval War College): “Piraeus: Emerging hub of the Maritime Silk Road in Europe”

2:45-3:00 pm Coffee and tea break

3:00-4:30 pm Panel 2:  Geo-Strategic Perspectives

Min Ye (Boston University): Moderator & Discussant

Vesko Garcevic (Boston University): “Chinese and Russian strategic influence in Southeastern Europe”

Georgios Dimitrakopoulos (former Member of European Parliament):  “The emerging presence of China in the Arctic and the Mediterranean”  

Robert Ross (Boston College and Harvard University): “China and Europe: A bridge too far?”

4:30 pm Reception


About our speakers:

Thomas Berger, Director of the Center for the Study of Asia, and Professor of International Relations, Boston University. Berger joined Boston University in 2001 after having taught for seven years at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of War, Guilt and World Politics After World War II,  Cultures of Antimilitarism: National Security in Germany and Japan and is co-editor of Japan in International Politics: The Foreign Policies of an Adaptive State. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous edited volumes and journals, including International SecurityReview of International StudiesGerman Politics and World Affairs Quarterly.

 

Georgios Dimitrakopoulos served as an elected Greek member of the European Parliament between 1994 and 2009, including five-year terms as Second Vice President of the Parliament and First Vice President of the Petitions Committee. He served on Parliamentary Committees for Foreign Affairs and Constitutional Affairs, as well as on the Security and Defence, External Economic Relations, Legal Affairs, and Human Rights Committees. He served on Delegations for EU relations with Mashreq countries, Turkey, and Malta, and as Rapporteur for the Parliament on EU relations with the Middle East, the Transcaucasian Region, and Iraq, and on the Financing of European Political Parties. He was Chairman of the EU Conciliation Committee on issues of Transport and Air Traffic including the Single European Sky. Dimitrakopoulos has also served Greece as Information Officer at the Press Office of the Greek Embassy in Washington D.C, and as an advisor for Politico-Military Affairs for the Greek Prime Minister and for the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs. He has been a Lecturer on European Politics at the Boston University Brussels Campus, has edited a book on the European Constitution, was director of the newspaper Elefteria, and continues to serve as an active International Affairs Columnist for newspapers and news analysis blog sites.

Kevin P. Gallagher is a professor of global development policy at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, where he directs the Global Development Policy Center. He is the author or co-author of six books: The China Triangle: Latin America’s China Boom and the Fate of the Washington ConsensusRuling Capital: Emerging Markets and the Reregulation of Cross-Border Finance; The Clash of Globalizations: Essays on Trade and Development PolicyThe Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization (with Roberto Porzecanski); The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley (with Lyuba Zarsky); and Free Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond. Gallagher serves on the United Nations’ Committee for Development Policy and co-chairs the T-20 Task Force on International Financial Architecture at the G-20. He previously served on the investment sub-committee of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy at the US Department of State and on the National Advisory Committee at the Environmental Protection Agency.   Gallagher has been a visiting or adjunct professor at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico; Tsinghua University in China, and the Center for State and Society in Argentina.

Ambassador Vesko Garcevic is a Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, at Boston University. During his diplomatic career, he held important positions at the challenging political time of the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and democratic transition of Montenegro. From January 2015 through June 2016, Garcevic was General Director for NATO and Security Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro and National Coordinator for NATO. He was a Montenegrin Ambassador to NATO from 2010 to 2014 as well as a bilateral Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. After Montenegro regained independence in 2006, he served as the first Montenegrin Ambassador to Austria and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He published numerous Op-Eds in media from Europe and the US. He co-authored several policy reports about the Balkans and Montenegro published by the US and European think tanks and research institutions. Garcevic testified before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (June 2017) and the European Parliament (December 2018) on Russia’s interference in Montenegro and the Balkans affairs.

Philippe Le Corre is a senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School. He is also an Affiliate with the Belfer Center’s Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, an Associate in Research at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Asia and Europe Programs). He was a fellow in the Foreign Policy Program of the Brookings Institution in Washington DC from 2014-2017 and previously served as a Special Assistant to the French Minister of Defense and as a senior analyst on Northeast Asia in the Policy Directorate. His latest book is China’s Offensive in Europe (Brookings Press, 2016). He is also the author of a recent Carnegie paper: China’s rise as a geoeconomic influencer. Four European Case Studies (October 2018).

Grant F. Rhode is Senior Lecturer at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, and Adjunct Professor in Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College. He formerly taught at Tufts, Northeastern, and the University of Massachusetts, and has guest lectured at the Indian Naval War College, Goa.  He is Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate of the China Maritime Studies Institute of the U.S. Naval War College, and Visiting Researcher at BU’s Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA).  He has been a Visiting Scholar in Taiwan at National Chengchi University and National Taiwan University.  He is co-author of Treaties of the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1978, as well as articles on Chinese foreign policy, maritime diplomacy in the China Seas, ethnic relations in Japan, and U.S.-China educational exchange.  Dr. Rhode’s current research focuses on China’s role in historical and contemporary Eurasian maritime affairs.

Robert S. Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Associate, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Security Studies, Peking University, a Fulbright Professor at the Chinese Foreign Affairs College, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Strategic Studies, Qinghua University. From 2007 to 2016, he was Adjunct Professor, Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College and in 2009 he was Visiting Scholar, Institute for Strategy, Royal Danish Defence College. His recent publications include Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China: Power and Politics in East Asia and Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power, and Politics. He has testified before Senate and House committees and the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Group, U.S.-China Working Group, United States Congress, and he is a consultant to U.S. government agencies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations.

Min Ye is Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Her research specializes in economic development and globalization in East Asia, with comparison to South Asia. Her publications include Diasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India(Cambridge University Press, 2014), and The Making of Northeast Asia (with Kent Calder, Stanford University Press, 2010). Her articles, “China’s Outbound Direct Investment: Regulation and Representation,” “Competing Cooperation in Asia Pacific: TPP, RCEP, and the New Silk Road,” “Conditions and Utility of Diffusion by Diasporas,” and “Domestic Politics of China’s Belt and Road” have appeared in Modern China Studies (2013), Journal of Asian Security (2015), Journal of East Asian Studies (2016), and Journal of Contemporary China (2019). Min Ye has received grants and fellowship in the U.S and Asia, including a Smith Richardson Foundation grant (2016-2018), East Asia Peace, Prosperity, and Governance Fellowship (2013), Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program post-doctoral fellowship (2009-2010), and Millennium Education Scholarship in Japan (2006). In 2014-2016, the National Committee on the U.S-China Relations selects Min Ye as a Public Intellectual Program fellow.


This symposium is co-sponsored by the BU Center for the Study of Asia and the BU Center for the Study of Europe

 

Export Diversification in LAC: The Role of Chinese Finance in LAC’s Trade Interventions (Feb. 21, 2019)

The BU Global Development Policy Center and the Center for the Study of Asia are pleased to invite you to attend the next lecture in the
Global China Research Series:

Wenjun Cheng

(Ph.D. Candidate, Fudan University, and BU Global Development Policy Center Fellow)

Export Diversification in LAC: The Role of Chinese Finance in LAC’s Trade Interventions

Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 3-4:30 pm
at the Global Development Policy Center, 53 Bay State Road, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215

(for planning purposes, please RSVP to gdp@bu.edu)

Visual Piety and the Construction of Children in the Modern Islamic World (Feb. 21, 2019)

Boston University’s Scripture and Arts Material Religion Series is pleased to present

Jamal Elias

(Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania) 

Visual Piety and the Construction of Children in the Modern Islamic World

Thursday, February, 21, 2019 from 5-7 pm 

at the Eli Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, 147 Bay State Road, Room 201, Boston University, Boston MA 02215

Using a wide range of visual and written sources, Elias will investigate childhood in the modern Islamic world and explore the way concepts of innocent and cuteness influence social understandings of ethics, morality, and community. Focusing primarily on visual representations of children from modern Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan, will discuss important questions of gender, virtue, and devotion, as well as community, nationhood, violence, and sacrifice. In exploring a subject that has never been studied comparatively before, Elias will attempt to extend the boundaries of our understanding of emotion, religion, and visual culture and provide unique insight into Islam as it is lived and experienced in the modern world.

A Healthy Long Life: Horticultural Practices for Cherry Trees in Japan (March 19)

The BU Center for the Study of Asia East Asian Archaeology Forum (EAAF), Preservation Studies Program, and Archaeology Program are pleased to present

A Healthy Long Life: Horticultural Practices for Cherry Trees in Japan

Professor Ron Henderson
(Illinois Institute of Technology— Department of Landscape Architecture)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 4 pm

Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston University

ABSTRACT

Japan has many ancient cherry trees – some over 1,500 years old – which is remarkable given the soft wood and susceptibility to decay that characterize cherry trees. They owe their longevity partly to the genetics of their wild ancestors and partly to their human communities.  The Japanese have devised an array of structural supports that both stabilize and rejuvenate venerable and at-risk trees. One-legged crutches, two-legged braces, rope tents, tree wrapping, and tree skirts are among these devices which are not commonly employed in North America due to a cultural bias toward arboreal naturalism. In Japan, the visible presence of these supports signals a cultural commitment to a long healthy life.

Ron Henderson is Director, Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Department of Landscape Architecture, Chicago; Founding Principal L+A Landscape Architecture; Author of The Gardens of Suzhou (University of Pennsylvania Press 2013); Curator Sakura Orihon: Diary of a Cherry Blossom Journey, U.S. National Arboretum Exhibition, 2018 and 2019; and Senior Fellow of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Research on the cherry trees and blossoms of Japan was supported with a four-month creative artist fellowship sponsored by the Japan-US Friendship Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and Bunkacho Japanese Cultural Agency.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko, Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002)

Sano, Toemon, Sakura: Flowering Cherries of Japan (Kyoto and Tokyo: Mitsumura Suiko Shoin, 1961).

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The East Asian Archaeology Forum, supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, provides a broad range of academic and public presentations on the cultural heritage of Asia.

Redefining the Rules of Development Finance? The NDB and AIIB in a Comparative Perspective (March 21, 2019)

The BU Global Development Policy Center and the Center for the Study of Asia are pleased to invite you to attend the next lecture in the
Global China Research Series:

Caio Borges

(Ph.D. Candidate, University of Sao Paulo, and BU Global Development Policy Center Fellow)

Redefining the Rules of Development Finance? The NDB and AIIB in a Comparative Perspective

Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 3-4:30 pm
at the Global Development Policy Center, 53 Bay State Road, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215

(for planning purposes, please RSVP to gdp@bu.edu)

Women and Poetry in Premodern India (April 4, 2019)

Join us for the symposium

Women and Poetry in Premodern India

on April 4, 2019 from 2-5 pm

in Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 200
Speakers and Presentation Titles:

Dr. Dolores Pizarro Minakakis (Independent Scholar, Cambridge, MA): “I Am That Same One: Women as Object and Subject in Sanskrit Poetry”

Prof. Neelima Shukla-Bhatt (Wellesley College), “Moving Dreamlike on a Fading Road: Women Bhakti Poets of Medieval India”

Prof. Sunil Sharma (Boston University), “Why Shouldn’t I Be Proud: Indo-Muslim Princesses and Courtesans as Poets”

 
Abstract: This symposium will explore the roles of women in the three main South Asian literary cultures: the classical tradition in Sanskrit, vernacular traditions in languages such as Gujarati and Kashmiri, and the Indo-Muslim tradition in Persian and Urdu. The presentations will focus on women as both creators of poems and their representation in poetry by male poets.
This symposium is co-sponsored by the
BU Department of World Languages and Literatures, the BU Center for the Study of Asia, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations, and the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.

Keeping the Goddess in Place in South India: Architectural Changes Transforming Village Goddesses (Apr. 4, 2019)

Boston University’s Scripture and Arts Material Religion Series is pleased to present

Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

(Professor of Religion, Emory University) 

Keeping the Goddess in Place in South India: Architectural Changes Transforming Village Goddesses

Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 5-7 pm 

at the Eli Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, 147 Bay State Road, Room 201, Boston University, Boston MA 02215

 

This talk is part of a larger project that analyzes the agency of five different materialities, beyond what human intentions and/or agency may be in the use of those materials. In this talk, I focus on one of these forms of materiality: the new architecture of small and expanding cement shrines of village goddesses (gramadevatas) that punctuate the rapidly shifting urban landscape of Hyderabad and Tirupati. I analyze the ways these “new” structures can be seen as a material history of urban growth and, most significantly, that they have the potential to change the identity or characteristics of the goddess herself. Gramadevatas traditionally live in open-air spaces on the boundaries of human settlement and on the banks of water sources, protecting those water bodies and the inhabitants of the uru (settlement; home place) from drought and illness. Gramadevatas are moving (cancal) goddesses who have traditionally not permitted permanent structures to be built over or around them; they want to be free to wander beyond their residential sites. However, in the last three decades, gramadevatas are increasingly being “kept in place” through permanent architecture, with or without their permission; and this architecture is changing their identities, the personnel who serve them, and the rituals through which they are served. As one goddess said during possession of one of her devotees, complaining about changes in her temple about which she had not been consulted—“What significance do I have?,” implying the question “Who am I?”

The Politics of Vexed Capital: China’s Railway Projects and Financing Coalitions in Southeast Asia (March 28, 2019)

The BU Global Development Policy Center and the Center for the Study of Asia are pleased to invite you to attend the next lecture in the
Global China Research Series:

Alvin Camba

(Ph.D. Candidate, Johns Hopkins University, and BU Global Development Policy Center Fellow)

The Politics of Vexed Capital: China’s Railway Projects and Financing Coalitions in Southeast Asia

Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 3-4:30 pm
at the Global Development Policy Center, 53 Bay State Road, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215

(for planning purposes, please RSVP to gdp@bu.edu)

The Determinants of China’s Development Finance Flow to Africa: The Case of China-Africa Development Fund (Apr. 4, 2019)

The BU Global Development Policy Center and the Center for the Study of Asia are pleased to invite you to attend the next lecture in the
Global China Research Series:

Hangwei Li

(Ph.D. Candidate, SOAS University of London, and BU Global Development Policy Center Fellow)

The Determinants of China’s Development Finance Flow to Africa: The Case of China-Africa Development Fund

Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 3-4:30 pm
at the Global Development Policy Center, 53 Bay State Road, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215

(for planning purposes, please RSVP to gdp@bu.edu)

What do Latin Americans think of China? Soft Power, Trade and Investment (Apr. 18. 2019)

The BU Global Development Policy Center and the Center for the Study of Asia are pleased to invite you to attend the next lecture in the
Global China Research Series:

Kehan Wang

(Ph.D. Candidate, Boston University, and Global Development Policy Center Fellow)

What do Latin Americans think of China? Soft Power, Trade, and Investment

Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 3-4:30 pm
at the Global Development Policy Center, 53 Bay State Road, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215

(for planning purposes, please RSVP to gdp@bu.edu)