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Ideologies in East and South-East Asia: Legacies and contemporary developments

7,5 credits, fall semester 2023

In this course ‘ideology’ is understood as a ubiquitous phenomenon that underpin political, social and cultural beliefs and practices. The course studies how ideologies are formed, translated and contested during different historical periods and in different societies and contexts in the region. It addresses how ideologies shape people’s everyday life, including their work, education, cultural and private life. This course begins with an overview of how ideologies can be understood based on different disciplines, including how the field of research has developed and which methods are used in the study of ideologies. The course focuses specifically on a theoretical examination of the concepts of nationalism and communism, as well as on their emergence, development and contemporary legacies in East and South-East Asia. The course also addresses how actors in different countries in the region have and are influenced by each other and how ideologies are adapted to local conditions. The history and contemporary manifestations of nationalism and communism in specific countries in East and Southeast Asia are studied in more detail. The course also addresses specific national ideologies and newer ideologies and their development in the region such as for example Pancasila and populism. It also focuses on the manifestations of ideologies in political, social and cultural life and their impact on the everyday life of the individual. This means that manifestations such as propaganda, how ideologies are conveyed in various media, including film and art, and in museums and schools are studied. The course provides opportunities for in-depth study of the ideologies in the country that are most relevant to the doctoral student’s own research project. But the course also encourages the doctoral student to broaden her/his horizons and compare how similar ideologies have developed and expressed themselves in a country/countries other than the one the doctoral student is studying.


Some online lectures and seminars, maybe in person too depending on PhD students, as well as a final workshop/seminar in Lund where PhD students present papers and with one more lecture by an invited guest.

For PhD students enrolled in Swedish universities travel and accommodation in Lund will be covered.

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