ASIANET 2021: Authoritarianism, populism and new forms of nationalism in Asia. Day 2

The annual Asianet conference 2021 is hosted by MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, in collaboration with the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies.


22.10.2021 - 08:30 til 15:30

The conference is held physically at Auditorium 1 at MF, and online participation is not possible.


8.30 – 9.00: Arrival and coffee

9.00 – 10.30: Mythopolitics in the age of Asian authoritarianism

Panel organizer: Guro Warhuus Samuelsen

Chair: Esther S. Tenberg

Silje Lyngar Einarsen, (MF) - New life to ancient lore: The mythopolitics of Sanskrit myths.

Moumita Sen, (MF) - The Mahishasur Movement: An Authoritative Narrative against Authoritarianism?

The’ang Theron, (MF) - A case study on Lokhimon: Myth-Making, Construction of a New Karbi Religious Identity and Recent Developments.

Guro Warhuus Samuelsen, (MF) - Hagiography and myth in the authoritarian populism of Narendra Modi.

Marte Nilsen, (PRIO) - Pop Culture, Art, and Indigenous Ideas of Legitimacy in Struggles over Democratization and Peace in Thailand and Myanmar.

10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break

10.45 – 12.00: Resisting or supporting military rule? Religion, art and culture during and after the 1 February 2021 military coup in Myanmar

Panel organizer: Iselin Frydenlund, MF

Chair: Nyi Nyi Kyaw, University of Duisburg-Essen

Esther S. Tenberg: Autocratic Micro-Publics on Facebook: Negotiating Reality after the Myanmar Military Coup.

Trude Stapnes (PRIO): Artistic Resistance in Myanmar’s Spring Revolution.

Marte Nilsen (PRIO): Kings, queens and little princes: the culture of politics in Myanmar.

Iselin Frydenlund (MF): Buddhist responses to the 2021 military coup.

12.00 – 12.45: Lunch break

12.45 – 14.15: State Politics and Institutions 

Panel organizer: Olivia Yijian Liu (UiO/IKOS)

Chair: Rebekka Åsnes Sagild (UiO/IKOS)

Siv Helland Oftedal, (UiO/IKOS) - The Centralised Politics behind Local Development in Xi Era China: The Case of the Greater Bay Area Initiative.

Yichi Zhang, (UiO/IKOS) - How does adaption to climate construct regional identity? Guangzhou, China.  

Zhou Yunyun (IKOS/UiO) – Gendering China’s Political Elite: Three Generations of Women Cadres and Their Political Narratives.

Kristin Dalen, (Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research) - Return of the Local – Social Cohesion and Trust 10 years after the Wenchuan Earthquake.

Hedda Flatø, (Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research) - Feedback mechanisms under ‘Top-level Design’: What about the silent voices?

14.15 – 14.30: Coffee break

14.15 – 15.30: Nation-building and citizenship

Panel organizer: Henrik Nykvist

Chair: Marielle Stigum Gleiss

Petra Desatova, (NIAS, University of Copenhagen) Authoritarian Electoral Management: Lessons from the 2019 Thai election.

Kari Telle, (Chr. Michelsen Institute) – Policing Religion: Online Prophesies and Godly Nationalism in Indonesia.

Henrik Nykvist, (MF) & Zhou Yunyun, (IKOS/UiO) - Cultivating the 'Successors of Socialism': Communist Youth Leagues Ideological and Political Education Program in China's Middle School.

Myunghee Lee (University of Copenhagen/NIAS) – Authoritarian Legacies, Collective Identity, and Far-right Protest: Lessons from the Taegeukgi Rallies in South Korea