Asķuver Ķslands (ASĶS)

 

Asķuveri Ķslands var formlega komiš į legg žann 16. desember 2005 af Hįskólanum į Akureyri og Hįskóla Ķslands. Eins og nafniš gefur til kynna felst hlutverk žess ķ žvķ aš standa aš og skipuleggja rannsóknir og menntastarfsemi sem snżr aš Asķu. ASĶS er žar meš ętlaš aš stušla aš auknum įhuga ķslensks menntafólks aš įlfunni og žar meš auknum skilningi Ķslendinga į henni almennt.

 

Hnattvęšingin meš hröšum samskipta- og feršamįta nśtķmans hefur gert aš verkum aš Asķa er ekki eins fjarlęg Ķslandi og įšur var og żmsum kann e.t.v. aš finnast enn. Gagnkvęm įhrif fjarlęgustu landa eru nś meiri en nokkru sinni fyrr og žvķ er žaš mikiš hagsmunamįl aš hafa skilning į forsendum žeirra įhrifa sem valda hvaš mestu. Ķ nįnustu framtķš mun hlutur Asķu fara óšum vaxandi į öllum svišum heimsmįla - višskiptum, stjórnmįlum og menningarmįlum - 21. öldin er öld Asķu.

 

Eitt af meginhlutverkum Asķuversins er aš skipuleggja og hafa umsjón meš B.A. nįmi ķ Asķufręšum sem Hįskóli Ķslands og Hįskólinn į Akureyri standa sameiginlega aš. Asķufręši skiptast ķ nokkrar įherslulķnur samkvęmt land- og menningarsvęšum. Žegar er bošiš upp į austur-asķska įherslulķnunu en einnig er rįšgert aš hefja kennslu ķ sušur-asķskum fręšum viš Hįskóla Ķslands innan skamms.

 

Asķuveriš stendur einnig fyrir rįšstefnum, mįlžingum og fyrirlestrum sem tengjast mįlefnum Asķu. Fyrsta rįšstefna žess var haldin 11. nóvember 2006 en var žaš mįlžing um tķmabil Mao Zedong sem haldiš var viš Hįskóla Ķslands ķ samstarfi viš Kķnversk-ķslenska menningarfélagiš. Sjö erlendir og tveir innlendir fyrirlesarar héldu ašgengileg og fróšleg erindi um żmis efni sem tengjast tķmabili Maos ķ Kķna. Nęsti stóri višburšurinn veršur rįšstefna um kynjatengda Asķufręši sem haldin er ķ samstarfi viš hin norręnu samtök Gendering Asia Network. Einnig er rįšgert aš standa aš fjölmörgum fyrirlestrum og annars konar uppįkomum į hinu akademķska įri 2006-7. Sjį krękjuna „višburši“ hér vinstra megin.

 

Loks starfar Asķuveriš nįiš meš öšrum rannsóknarstofnunum sem tengjast Asķu. Ber žar helst aš nefna Norręnu Asķustofnunina (NIAS) ķ Kaupmannahöfn sem er tengill žess viš ašrar norręnar menntastofnanir. Asķuveriš er ķ žann veginn aš byggja upp önnur samstarfsnet, til aš mynda viš asķska hįskóla og nįmsleišir ķ Asķufręšum ķ Evrópu. Ķ framtķšinni er stefnt aš žvķ aš Asķuveriš verši upplżsingamišstöš um Asķu og nįm ķ Asķu og jafnvel alhliša mišstöš fyrir ķslensk-asķsk samskipti.

 

Frekari upplżsingar veitir Geir Siguršsson, forstöšumašur. Netfang: geirs@unak.is - sķmi: 4608574.

 

 

 

 

Asķuver Ķslands (ASĶS) – The Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies

 

The Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies was formally founded on 16 December 2005 by the University of Akureyri and the University of Iceland. As the name of the Centre suggests, its role is to initiate and coordinate research and education concerning the Asian region. Until the foundation of ASIS, there has been no particular venue to conduct Asian research and studies in Iceland, which has had the unfortunate consequence that the region has gained scarce attention by Iceland-based scholars. A seminal task of ASIS is to change this fact.

 

Asia is not as distant from Iceland as it used to be. Globalization and the ease and speed of modern transportation and communication brings the region straight into our own backyard – or ours into theirs. The chief mission of ASIS is to promote understanding of the Asian region among Icelandic scholars, professionals and public in order to be better capable of taking care of our ever-expanding, increasingly common backyard.

 

One of the Centre’s first and most important projects is to plan and coordinate the two universities’ mutual B.A. programme in East-Asian studies. The programme, which will formally commence in 2007, will combine the Japanese minor currently offered at the University of Iceland and the courses in Chinese studies launched by the University of Akureyri in the spring semester of 2006. Visiting lecturers from neighbouring Scandinavian and European universities will complement these courses to make the first programme in East-Asian studies in Iceland a strong and attractive one.

 

It is further planned to construct a South Asian studies programme at the University of Iceland in the near future. The Centre will contribute to this task by coordinating preparations, establishing contacts and gathering relevant information.

 

ASIS is also a venue for conferences, workshops and individual lectures on Asian issues. The Centre's first conference was held on 11 November in collaboration with the Icelandic-Chinese Culture Society (KĶM), but this was a conference on the Mao Zedong era in China, commemorating that 30 years had passed since Maos death in September. Seven scholars from American, British, German and Swiss academic institutions and two independent Icelandic scholars gave accessible and fascinating presentations on political, historical, philosophical, linguistic and poetic aspects related to the Mao Zedong era.

 

In june 2007, the Centre will organize a conference on Asia-related gender issues in collaboration with Gendering Asia, a Scandinavian based organization. Anticipated is also a workshop with the Icelandic business community on the unexplored opportunities in Asia for Icelanders as well as Asian opportunities in Iceland.

 

There is a long list of potential lectures to be given at the Centre during the academic year 2006-7, predominantly on East Asian and South Asian social and cultural issues. The lecturers are from Europe, N-America and Asia. ASIS welcomes other suggestions for lectures in Iceland.

 

ASIS further closely collaborates with other research institutes with an emphasis on Asia, such as the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies – NIAS. ASIS is a member of the Nordic NIAS Council, which provides it with direct access to the most important Scandinavian educational institutions with a focus on Asia. It is currently seeking to construct further networks, e.g. with Asian universities and Asian programmes in Europe. In the near future, ASIS ought to serve as a networking resource for education and information on the Asian region, and an all-inclusive communication centre for Icelandic-Asian interactions.

 

The contact person at the Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies is Geir Sigurdsson, Director. E-mail: geirs@unak.is, Phone: (+354) 4608574


 

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