ISTR Asia Pacific Conference, 2017

Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)

December 4-5, 2017
Jakarta, Indonesia
Hosted by Trisakti University

Akihiro Ogawa, Keynote Speech
Keynote AddressGlobal Challenges and Sustainability in the Asia Pacific:  The Role of the Third Sector

Asia Pacific International Academic Committee
Australia: Ruth Phillips, University of Sydney
China: Xijin Jia, Tsinghua University
Jiangang Zhu, Sun Yat-sen University
Hong Kong: Kin man Chan, Chinese University of Hong Kong
India: V.J. Byra Reddy, UPES
Bangladesh: Salma Akhtar, University of Dhaka
Indonesia: Maria R. Nindita Radyati, Trisakti University
Japan: Masayuki Deguchi, MINPAKU
Aya Okada, Kanazawa University
Korea: Sangmi Cho, Ewha Womans University
Pakistan: Rashid Imtiaz, Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy
Philippines: Maria Faina Diola, University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance
Taiwan: Shih-Jung Hsu, National Chengchi University

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Conference Program (2017)

Conference Report (2017)

116th American Anthropological Association annual meeting

The Moral Economy of Protest in East Asia
December 2nd, 2017
Washington, D.C.

Anru Lee (panel chair)

Dulam Bumochir (presenter)


  • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
    A Destabilizing Stability: The Cultural Politics of Protest and Control in Hong Kong
  • 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM
    Herders’ Protests: Pasture, National Identity and State in Mongolia and China
  • 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
    The limits to morality: Petitioner politics in Northeast China’s rustbelt
  • 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
    The Moral Economy of Language Protests in Tibet
  • 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
    Martyrs, Sacrifice, and the Gifts of Faith: The Moral Economy of Muslim ‘Rebellion’ in China
  • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

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National University of Singapore Newsletter: Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia

National University of Singapore newsletter (November, 2017) featuring interview with editor Akihiro Ogawa on the Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia.


For the man-in-the-street, what is important about scholarship on civil society in Asia?

Civil society is an arena where grassroots people have access to public affairs. If we understand how civil society functions in our society, we will also understand whether citizens have access to politics; to shape governance. Actually this was my starting point for studying civil society almost two decades ago.

Since then, as a scholar, I have been arguing that civil society needs to be re-conceptualised from its Eurocentric origins as the idea often refers to a particular set of relationships between the state and individuals in the West. We know that each society moulds its own version of civil society, reflecting social relationships arising out of specific experiences.

The number of studies on civil society in Asia lags behind the abundant studies on the interconnections between economic and political spheres in the region, which provide evidence of deepening ties and interdependencies within Asia over recent decades. I believe the authors of the Handbook provide a good start for all of us to understand civil society in Asia….

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Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia (published September, 2017)

Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia published in late September 2017

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