Official Launch of the Forum Asia Pacific (FOR APAC)

When: 15 December 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Bibliotheksaula of the Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg

Content: This launch is a semi-public event to celebrate the transition from the former Chinese Studies Center to the Forum Asia Pacific with interested students, scholars, and invited stakeholders from politics, society, culture, and business. The focus will be on input and discussion about fostering transdisciplinary collaboration with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

A registration is required:
– for an online-participation via
– for an offline-participation via

Launch Poster

10:00am – Start
Moderation: Dr. Alexander JOST, FOR APAC, University of Salzburg

10:00-10:20am – Welcome Address
Rector Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Hendrik LEHNERT, University of Salzburg
Univ.-Prof. Kyoko SHINOZAKI, Ph.D. & Mag. Judith SUCHANEK, FOR APAC,University of Salzburg

10:20-11:20am – Keynote Lecture
Prof. Dr. Brenda Saw Ai YEOH FBA, National University of Singapore: “Theorising from Asia… and back to Europe: Decolonising migration studies”

11:20-12:00pm – Podium Discussion 
Prof. Dr. Brenda Saw Ai YEOH FBA, National University of Singapore, Geography/Asia Research Institute
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Petra DANNECKER, University of Vienna,Development Sociology/Department of Development Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. John DUNLOP, FOR APAC, University of Salzburg,Biological Physics/Department of Chemistry and Physics of Materials
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rossella FERRARI, University of Vienna,Sinology/Department of East Asian Studies
Moderation: Dr. Ruard ABSAROKA, FOR APAC, University of Salzburg,Department of Musicology and Dance Studies

12:00-12:15pm – Concluding Remarks 
Landesrätin Andrea KLAMBAUER
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tanja ANGELOVSKA, FOR APAC, University of Salzburg

12:15-1:00pm – Reception, Foyer of the Große Universitätsaula

FOR APAC successfully launched!

On December 15, the FOR APAC welcomed around 55 participants from universities, ministries, politics, social stakeholders and diplomatic missions during its launch event.

This opening showcased our vision and where we currently stand.   Prof. Brenda Yeoh’s (NUS) keynote lecture “Theorising from Asia… and back to Europe: Decolonising migration studies” excellently connected agenda-setting themes with societal relevance studied/to be studied in a wide range of disciplines. The keynote stirred a number of questions in the Q&A from the audience while the podium discussion engaged with a productive exercise of having transdisciplinary conversations about migration/mobility, the internationalization of higher education institutions, the issue of power and knowledge production, and climate change as well as their interaction as a future research agenda (panelists:   Prof. Petra DanneckerProf. John Dunlop  Prof. Rossella Ferrari, &   Prof. Brenda Yeoh). The event recording can be found  here.

We have just begun with this exploratory phase bottom-up. We look forward to having further lively discussions with you in the months!