about the project

Proceeding from a broad conception of power as the heteronomous reduction of individual and collective autonomy which can be effected through military, economic, ideological, and political means, the project “Power and Strategies of Social and Political Order” will address a range of questions pertinent to the study of various Asian and Middle Eastern societies from the ancient past to the present. Additionally, it is designed to contribute to an improved historical, sociological, cultural, and anthropological understanding of the emergence, stability and transformation of political and social structures more generally. In this sense, the project promises to foster a fruitful exchange with scholars who pursue research on other than sinophone cultures and in other fields of specialization, including such disciplines as sociology, intellectual history, philosophy, archaeology, and anthropology. The project will also prove to be highly relevant to the pressing issue of understanding contemporary societies, though not from the perspective of a shallow presentism but, instead, through a methodologically and theoretically informed study of the longue durée based on a close examination of primary sources. The project is devided into three closely interconnected research panels exploring the topic from different perspectives: Foundations of Power, Representations of Power, and Structures of Power.

Events

Talk: Dr. Nobuko Toyosawa
21/03/2019

Talk: Dr. Nobuko Toyosawa

Title: Japan and the Contexted Center of 18th-Century East Asia Speaker: Nobuko Toyosawa (Oriental Institute, CAS)   Time: April 11, 2019,...

Taiwan Lecture on Chinese Studies: Prof. Chen Hsi-yuan
26/09/2018

Taiwan Lecture on Chinese Studies: Prof. Chen Hsi-yuan

hen Hsi-yuanResearch Fellow Professor Chen Hsi-yuan from the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica will be the speaker at the 4t...

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Here you can find recent information about our project and various activities from the two regions in which we are operating.

Talk: Dr. Nobuko Toyosawa

21/03/2019 Tana Dluhosova

Title: Japan and the Contexted Center of 18th-Century East Asia Speaker: Nobuko Toyosawa (Oriental Institute, CAS)   Time: April 11, 2019,...

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New Publication

26/02/2019 Tana Dluhosova

Ondřej Klimeš edited a special issue: Special Issue on Ideology, Propaganda, and Political Discourse in the Early Xi Jinping Era (2012–2017)...

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Taiwan Lecture on Chinese Studies: Prof. Chen Hsi-yuan

26/09/2018 Tana Dluhosova

hen Hsi-yuanResearch Fellow Professor Chen Hsi-yuan from the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica will be the speaker at the 4t...

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