Sunday, February 17, 2013

Deadline for Nordic Conference on East Asia

The 25th anniversary conference of the Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies (NAJAKS) will be held in Bergen, Norway, on August 21-23, 2013. The conference theme is Translation, Education and Innovation.

Ethnomusicologist Keith Howard (Professor, SOAS) is one of the Keynote Speakers for NAJAKS 2013, and as one of the conference hosts I will be chairing the concluding plenary session. Music performances are also being planned, and we intend to organize a paper session on performing arts in East Asia. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 1st, 2013.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Visit to Beijing, China

Bergen University College is looking to strengthen its relationships with Chinese institutions, and plans are in the works for another visit to Beijing in just a few months. I look forward to visiting with Chinese colleagues, and I hope more Chinese researchers will come visit Bergen University College, especially to celebrate the move into the new campus in Kronstad:


In the upcoming trip to Beijing, I am hoping we can formally establish suitable partnerships for exchange of music teachers and students, online seminars, and various kinds of comparative research, including the Understanding Talent project:

Residency in Riga, Latvia

I look forward to spending a week soon in Latvia, giving lectures under the auspices of the Nordplus exchange program at the Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy (RPIVA):

The main purpose of this trip to Latvia is to lecture for Master students and advise some Doctoral students at RPIVA, and plans are in the works for a collaborative research project as well.
Riga is a delightful city with a rich history and rapid new developments, and RPIVA has many new initiatives to strengthen education-related research.