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Asia Pacific Research Unit (APRU) Eminent Scholar Series 2012

The Asia Pacific Research Unit (APRU) is proud to announce its upcoming Eminent Scholar Series 2012, featuring a talk by Professor Dr Hans-Dieter Evers.

Event details:

Date: 8 November 2012 (Thursday)
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Meeting Room II, Building C-20, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
Speaker: Professor Dr Hans-Dieter Evers. Centre for Policy Research & International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia.


The South China Sea has attracted considerable attention among politicians, journalists and scholars since it has become a contested maritime space. Most works concentrate on conflicts and negotiations to resolve the ensuing issues. In this paper a cultural theory will be applied to stress the importance of conceptions of space found in different cultures. The South China Sea is defined as “mediterranean”. By comparing it to other maritime spaces, like the Baltic and the Mediterranean Sea, lessons will be drawn from the “longue durée” of history, as analysed by French historian Fernand Braudel.

About the speaker:

Hans-Dieter Evers, emeritus Professor of Development Planning and Senior Fellow, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn (on leave) is Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia. Professor Evers taught sociology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; at Yale University, where he was also Director of Graduate Southeast Asia Studies; University of Singapore (Head of Department of Sociology); and Bielefeld University (Dean). He also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, the EHESS (Paris), Trinity College (Oxford), the University of Hawai’i, National University of Singapore, and as Eminent Visiting Professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

His current research is concerned with conceptions of space, maritime studies, knowledge clusters and ASEAN knowledge societies. He has published a large number of refereed journal articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of Beyond the Knowledge Trap: Developing Asia’s Knowledge-Based Economies (New Jersey: World Scientific 2011), The Straits of Malacca (Berlin: LIT 2008), Southeast Asian Urbanism: The Meaning and Power of Social Space (Singapore: ISEAS/McGrawHill 2000; translated as Urbanisme di Asia Tenggara. Makna dan Kekuasaan dalam Ruang-Ruang Sosial [Jakarta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia, 2002]).

About APRU

The Asia-Pacific Research Unit (APRU) of the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia undertake to run a series whereby prominent scholars from the humanities and social sciences are invited to participate in a programme that primarily aim at enhancing the university in the international scholarly community.

The APRU Eminent Scholar Series possesses manifold objectives calculate to benefit the various non-science schools and institutes in particular and the university in general. The Series seek to bring into contact internationally renowned scholars to interact with the university’s community.

 All are cordially welcome to this talk.

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