“It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar.”

― Edward W. Said

"A developing country that wants to develop its economy must first of all keep natural resources in its own hands."
- Deng Xiaoping

Monday, February 19, 2018

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger

Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group

The Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group is an academic collaborative project that aims to further the study and practice of digital diplomacy.
The group is led by Professor Corneliu Bjola (University of Oxford) working together with Jennifer Cassidy (DPhil candidate, University of Oxford) and Ilan Manor (DPhil candidate, University of Oxford).
The group holds regular talks, workshops and public events with members of the diplomatic community in London and Europe.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution By Priya Satia

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

By Priya Satia

Penguin Random House - 2018

We have long understood the Industrial Revolution as a triumphant story of innovation and technology. Empire of Guns, a rich and ambitious new book by award-winning historian Priya Satia, upends this conventional wisdom by placing war and Britain’s prosperous gun trade at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and the state’s imperial expansion. Satia brings to life this bustling industrial society with the story of a scandal: Samuel Galton of Birmingham, one of Britain’s most prominent gunmakers, has been condemned by his fellow Quakers, who argue that his profession violates the society’s pacifist principles. In his fervent self-defense, Galton argues that the state’s heavy reliance on industry for all of its war needs means that every member of the British industrial economy is implicated in Britain’s near-constant state of war.  Empire of Guns uses the story of Galton and the gun trade, from Birmingham to the outermost edges of the British empire, to illuminate the nation’s emergence as a global superpower, the roots of the state’s role in economic development, and the origins of our era’s debates about gun control and the “military-industrial complex” — that thorny partnership of government, the economy, and the military. Through Satia’s eyes, we acquire a radically new understanding of this critical historical moment and all that followed from it. Sweeping in its scope and entirely original in its approach, Empire of Guns is a masterful new work of history — a rigorous historical argument with a human story at its heart.

Technological Forms and Ecological Communication: A Theoretical Heuristic by Piyush Mathur

Technological Forms and Ecological Communication: A Theoretical Heuristic

by Piyush Mathur 

Lexington Books - 2017

Investigating the phenomena of technology, science, technique, and mass communication, Piyush Mathur contends that the enterprise of science communication may be misleading vis-à-vis technology—if in part because it frequently coextends with a flawed, but dominant, notion of science that presumptuously implicates technology anyway. Grappling with what authentically constitutes science and the prospective effects of its realization on a global future of mass communication, Mathur explores how various technological forms play specifically into ecologically sensitive mass communication. The result is an eco-communicative theory of technology that includes its classification based upon a set of qualitative principles and a profile of the notion of development. On the whole, though, Technological Forms and Ecological Communication: A Theoretical Heuristic brings the fields of philosophy and history of science, philosophy and sociology of technology, communication studies, and development studies into conversation with one another.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Shanghai University Graduate School Accepting Applications for MA and PHD

Application Guide2018上海大学国学生学金申指南
Guide for Scholarship Application 2018


Shanghai University Introduction (2008)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Cfp: The 1st International Conference on “China and the South Asia” November 24-25, 2018 Shanghai University

The 1st International Conference on “China and the South Asia”

November 24-25, 2018 Shanghai University
College of Liberal Arts, Center for Global Studies and Center for South Asian Studies
Shanghai, China

As China goes global, South Asia and Indian Ocean is posit to play important roles in China’s economic and security environment. Vibrant and emerging democracies, growing economies and home to major religions of the world, South Asia juxtapose culture, economy and politics. Regional connectivity and development plan offers substantive benefit to the regions but it is also changing the status quo and new makeover. Regional cooperative mechanism is relatively weak and internal rivalry lure great powers to play decisive role. China’s influence in the region is growing, the US is trying to maintain status-quo and India is rising to go beyond the region as well protecting its interests in the region. In this context, the conference aims to bring Chinese and International scholars to discuss and debate various issues concerning China and South Asia to build a harmonious region paving the way for Asian Century.  Conference proceeding will be published in the edited book or in a special issue of a reputed and referred journal. Papers are invited, but not limited to, on following topics. 

1. China and South Asia: Historical Connections
2. Connectivity and Development
3. Religion, Society and Culture
4. Changing Dynamics in South Asia
5. Belt and Road Initiative 
6. Populism and Politics in South Asia
7. Rising Nationalism
8. Globalization and Asia
9. Emerging Security Order
10. Energy Security
11. Ethnicity, Gender and Migration
12. Environment and Sustainable Development
13. Media
14. Regional and International Organisations
15. CivilSociety 

The deadline for submitting abstract is April 30, 2018. Accepted proposals will be notified by May 30, 2018 and full draft papers will be due by July 31, 2018. Please send 200-300 words abstract and brief bio as an email attachment to Rajiv Ranjan (rajivranjan@i.shu.edu.cn).

Registration Fee: There is no registration fee for the conference. Lodging & Boarding: Organiser will cover lodging & boarding expenses during the conference. Organising Committee:  
Prof. Guo Changgang, Shanghai University, China  
Prof. Zhang Yong-an, Shanghai University
Prof. Wang Sanyi, Shanghai University
Prof. Jiang Shixue, Shanghai University
Prof. Zhang Shulan, Shandong University
Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Prof. Pradeep Taneja, University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Rajiv Ranjan, Shanghai University
Dr. Amjad Abbas Khan Magsi, University of Punjab, Lahore
Dr. Liu Yi, Shanghai University  
Dr. Yang Chen, Shanghai University, China
Dr. Wu Hao, Shanghai University
Dr. Chen Hao, Shanghai University, China
Dr. Tugrul Keskin, Shanghai University, China
Dr. Zhang Kun, Shanghai University

Organized by Center for Global Studies, Center for South Asian Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Shanghai University, People’s Republic of China Contact details: Dr. Rajiv Ranjan, Assistant Professor Shanghai University, College of Liberal Arts, East Campus, Graduate School Building, Room No. 403B, Baoshan Nanchen Road, 333, Shanghai, China-200444
Mr. Qasim Sodhar, PhD Candidate & Research Assistant, Centre for South Asian Studies, Shanghai University, Email: qasim_shu2016@yahoo.com     
Important Dates: Last Date for abstract: Notification of Acceptance Full Draft Paper: 30 April 2018 31 May 2018 31 July 2018 Letter for Visa: Conference: Final paper: 15 September 2018 24-25 November 2018 25 December 2018