Opening Day – May 23

Diversity of Asian Civilizations

Raiņa boulevard 19, Mazā aula, Room 239: 9:00-18:00


9:30-10:00 Registration for the conference

10:00 Opening of the conference

Introduction to the conference by Prof. Kaspars Kļaviņš, head of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Latvia

Welcome speech by the Pro-Rector of the University of Latvia Prof. Guntars Kitenbergs


10:30-11:30 Keynote speeches

Keynote speech by Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn (leading China expert, advisor to the Chinese government, “China Reform Friendship Medal” laureate, USA)

Keynote speech by Prof. Zhang Weiwei (China Institute of Fudan University, China)


12:00-13:00 Break


First Section 13:00-15:00

Moderator: lect. Karīna Jermaka


Kaspars Kļaviņš (University of Latvia)

The Concepts of "Emptiness" and "Nothingness" in the Context of Dialogue Between Asian and European Philosophies and Science


Li Lihua (South China Normal University)  

Sparta and the Formation of Lu Xun’s Revolutionary Spirit      


Arnis Silins (University of Latvia)

The Entangled Self in the Time Tricks: The Entanglement of Our Higher Self – Is the Problem Solved in Vedic Tradition, or Should We Not Call It a Problem at All?


Agita Baltgalve (University of Latvia)

Epithets of Buddha in Asian and in European Languages (In the Example of the "Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra" by Śāntideva)


15:00-15:30 Coffee Break, Room 240


Second Section 15:30-18:00

Moderator: prof. Kaspars Kļaviņš


Karīna Jermaka (University of Latvia)

Intellectual Sources of the Universally Oriented Philosophy of Kang Yuwei (康有為) (1858–1927)


Taeha An (Yale University)

Baekseong, Minjok, and Minjung: Renaming the “People” amidst Multiculturalism and Global Migration in Korea


Ingrida Kleinhofa (University of Latvia)

A Model for Peaceful Coexistence and Exchange of Cultures: Mezzaterra by Arab Emigration Writer Ahdaf Soueif


Piotr Machajek (SWPS University)

Exploring the Forest: Review of World Literature Discourse in the PRC  


23.05. Opening Day Events

Kalpaka boulevard 4, Room 108, from 18:30 pm

Welcome drink

Opening of Chinese Ink Painting exhibition

Opening of Agnese Haijima’s personal exhibition of Japanese temari