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We welcome two new SUPRA Students at NIAS!

Eva Coratella is an Italian student of University of Turku, Finland. She is working on her Master’s thesis “From the Great Famine to the Food Waste: The Role of Memory in the Rise of Awareness.” She has conducted fieldwork in Shanghai as a language student of Fudan University. The purpose of her research is to investigate whether the memory of the Mao’s Great Famine (1958-1961) has had an influence on the eating behaviour of the Maoist generation. Moreover, the research analyses whether an intergenerational transfer of memory between the elder and the present generation has occurred.



Lars Olav Aaberg is a Norwegian master student in Gender Studies at Centre for Gender Research at University of Oslo. He is also a student affiliate at Norsk Institutt for By- og Regionforskning (NIBR) in Oslo. His master thesis examines the construction of masculinities in an urban slum in the context of a women-specific self-help group in Kerala, South India. His thesis is largely based on ethnographic data he gathered during an extensive fieldwork period in Kerala while a Research Affiliate at Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

NIAS Research Seminar: Birdwatching in Japan

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 13:15 to 14:15

Birdwatching is a serious hobby with elements of science, sports and leisure. Based on two months’ visit to Japan, Stig Toft Madsen reports on birdwatchers, their equipment, “twitching” and messaging services, mechanisms for screening sightings, the institutional set-up in the voluntary sector, the relation between academic ornithologists and non-academics, overseas birders, international networking and tourism, and the role of the imperial family.

Time: 2 February 2016, 13:15-14:15
Venue: NIAS Meeting Room, Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK-1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark

We welcome two new SUPRA Students at NIAS!

Prakruti Ramesh, PhD, University of Aarhus

Topic: Cartoons, Public Space, and the Making of a Regional Imaginary


Liz Kiziukiewicz, MA, Lund University

Topic: The Arctic dimension of the Sino-Russian cooperation as an exercise in the image projection in international relations

We welcome two new SUPRA Students at NIAS!

Soe Myint AungUniversity of Oslo, is working on his PhD: The Politics of Democratization in Burma/Myanmar: How the Mode of Transition Defines the Outcome



Fan LiUniversity of Oslo, is working on his MAsustainable hydropower development - human rights perspective

Welcome to the two new SUPRA Students

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Moumita Sen, University of Oslo, is working on her PhD: “Clay-Modelling in West Bengal.”






Knut Aukland, University of Bergen, is working on his PhD: “Devotion and Leisure: Hindu Pilgrimage and Domestic Tourism in India.”


Asia in Focus Issue 2 out now!

We are proud to announce the release of Asia in Focus, Issue 2. In the second issue you will find works on collective memory in Taiwan, on the creation of a colonial consciousness in early 20th century Japan, on youth activism in Myanmar, on the motorbike revolution in Vietnam, and on how the ‘green lung of Bangkok’ is being threatened.

Click here to read the e-journal or visit the website to download the entire journal or individual articles.

Please do share the news about the latest issue with your colleagues, students, departments and networks.



Call for Articles and Reviewers for Asia in Focus, Issue 3:

Asia in Focus is a Nordic journal on Asia published by NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. Over the years, NIAS has helped new scholars at Nordic member institutions reach an audience outside their own turf, by giving courses on how to publish and how to reach a global readership. With Asia in Focus, we have taken this one step further and offer early career researchers a unique opportunity to publish their work: we provide more focused guidance and feedback than they would get from a mainstream journal, and give full recognition and respect to the stage scholars are at on their academic career ladder.

We kindly invite Master students and Ph.D. students from the humanities and social sciences, who are affiliated to a Nordic institution, to submit an academic essay or academic article on a subject involving one or more Asian countries (from Central Asia to Oceania, excluding Australia and New Zealand) for Issue 3. 

We now also welcome article submissions all year round, and are keen to expand our editorial team with additional external reviewers. 

More detailed information can be found in the attached Call for Articles and on the journal website Please print and share the attachment with your colleagues, students, departments and networks.

For further enquiries, email the Editorial Team at [email protected]

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2016
Publication date: June 2016



Asia Brown Bag Lecture: Trine Brox and Miriam K. Zeitzen

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

NIAS and ADI invite you to a brown bag lecture by Trine Brox and Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, who will present the project:

Prince Peter and The Third Danish Expedition to Central Asia - 7 years in Kalimpong

Venue: NIAS Meeting Room, 18.1.08, CSS. Østerfarimagsgade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

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’One Belt - One Road’ – and the Implications for China-EU Relations

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 16:00 to 18:00

With Senior Policy Fellow François Godement, Director of the Asia and China Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

Venue: NIAS meeting room, CSS 18.1 (Entrance E), Øster Farimagsgade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Public Talk by Professor Purwo Santoso

Friday, November 27, 2015 - 13:30 to 15:00

Welfare Regime for Democratizing Indonesia

A recent democracy study, conducted at the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in collaboration with the University of Oslo (UiO), reveals that for Indonesians democracy means more than just political liberty. Other key factors are welfare creation, accumulation and distribution and the way they shape transformations toward democratic governance. Hence, democratization requires a change in the prevailing welfare regime. Studies suggest that democratization in Indonesia is suffering from stagnation. A careful research is required to map out the possible breakthrough.

Purwo Santoso is Professor of Government and Head of Department of Politics and Government at the Faculty of Social and Political Science, Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. His research interests include: Decentralization in Indonesia; Local Government and Institutions; Democratization; Local Governance; Environmental Politics.

Date and time: Friday, 27 November, 13.30-15.00
Place:  NIAS, room 18.1.08, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph

Welcome to the two new SUPRA Students

Monday, November 23, 2015 to Sunday, December 6, 2015

Miriam Innbjør, MA, University of Oslo is working on her project:

“Eco-tourism Development in the Inle Lake Region, Myanmar”




Sanna Lehtinen, MA, University of Tampere is working on her project:

“Documentary Theatre in Traditional Legal Systems of East Asia”