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NEWDAY - The Nansen East-West Dialogue Academy Open for Registration

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018

Creating better relations by seeking mutual understanding: Harmony in diversity

Summer course 7-17 August 2018 - Lillehammer, Norway

NEWDAY is a cross-cultural dialogue academy founded to provide a platform for the development of closer and better relations among scholars and university students from East Asia and the Nordic region of Europe. NEWDAY offers an inter-disciplinary training program addressing current global challenges in a unique social setting.

Dialogue about what among whom?
The pace of change has never been faster. Where we are headed is not at all clear. That is a question to be debated, and dialogue is needed. The NEWDAY project maintains that humane leadership is needed, and we believe that devoted and concerned students of today are the prospective leaders of tomorrow.

In an effort of contributing our part to this important task, we are calling concerned students from East Asia and the Nordic countries to Lillehammer, a small but Olympic town in Norway. The summer course takes place at Nansen Academy, a distinctive People’s High School, where you will spend ten days together with outstanding scholars, media people and political leaders.

The contemporary world needs open minds and innovative thinking. We believe that respectful cross-cultural dialogue is a necessary tool in order to create international understanding with appreciation of differences.

The NEWDAY motto is Creating better relations by seeking mutual understanding: Harmony in diversity. You are invited to join us. Welcome!

Application and information

Application for NEWDAY 2018 is now open. For more information, click here.

For more information: [email protected]

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CFP 11th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference & PhD Course Asia on the Move

Monday, November 5, 2018 to Friday, November 9, 2018

The conference and PhD course are organized by Centre for Peace Studies at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway & NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Asia – a region that contains nuclear states, the second and third largest economies in the world, the largest global population – is on the move!

The continent which has changed the most in the 21st century is Asia: be it Asia’s engagement with the Arctic region, presence in Africa, economic prominence, or geopolitical influence within and outside of the region, increased population movements in and outside Asia, increased risk of climate change, democratization and citizenship issues, nuclear proliferation and security threats to and from some of the Asian countries – all require in-depth analysis for good global governance.

For example, the rise of China in Central Asia has led to many speculations, including a ‘New Great Game’ with Russia and the United States. On the other hand, new moves from both parties on the Korean peninsula may see a ‘new hope’ for peace.  Sideways, in the context of climate change and ‘arctic race’, new geo-ecopolitical, and geostrategic dynamics led to the growing interest of non-Arctic states in the affairs of the Arctic. Engagement of countries like China, Japan, Korea and India in the Arctic will significantly influence the evolving dynamics in that region.
Meanwhile, forced migration (e.g. Rohingya issues) and climate change induced displacement, corruption, violation of human rights and citizenship, crisis in Asian mega cities, and rising inequality have huge influence on ‘The Move’ and hence require much attention from policymakers and academics working on Asia.  

In this context, the annual NNC conference 2018 will take place in the High North venue of Tromsø, at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Arne Strand, Lecturer, Director, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway
  • Cholpon Chotaeva, Professor, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø, Norway
  • Mohammad Salehin, Associate Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø, Norway

Deadline for submitting abstract (maximum 300 words) 27 August 2018:

For more information, please go to the conference website: