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Two student assistant jobs

NIAS and NIAS Press

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies invites candidates for two student assistant positions: one at NIAS (read more here) and one at NIAS Press (read more here). Each of the positions start 1 February.

The closing date for applications is the 21 and 22 January 2021.
Applications received thereafter will not be considered.


China's Rise/Asia's Responses

Call for paper, panel and PhD abstracts for virtual conference and PhD workshop, 10-11 June 2021
15th Bi­en­nial Conference of Nordic As­so­ci­ation for China Stud­ies (NACS)
14th Annual Nordic NIAS Coun­cil Conference

China’s power in economic, political, military and cultural terms is mounting. In our contemporary world, this rise in China’s influence has been phenomenal. However, the extent, of its actual impact on Asian countries and societies remain subject to scholarly and practitioner debate. To understand the significance of China’s ascendancy, some would argue, there is a need for concise and accurate analysis of its political, economic, and military engagement, as well as its proclaimed intentions. Tools to conduct such studies on the power and influence of China are, according to some scholars, still missing, and at best, insufficient.

Regardless, what matters is how “actors” (broadly defined to include policy-makers, business people, elites, intellectuals, general public) in different Asian countries perceive, interpret and respond to China’s engagement and use of power. Obviously, some embrace China, while others reject it outright; in addition, there are significant bystanders neither embracing nor rejecting. In any case, how do these Asian actors rationalize their positions? How do they act out their stance towards China? These questions are critical because – voluntarily or involuntarily –  many societal actors assumed to have played a role in making their communities, societies and/or countries become more sinicized, de-sinicized or re-sinicized than before.  If this assumption holds, are these actors collaborators or competitors of China? In what ways, and how, have they enabled or disabled the sinicization, de-sinicization and re-sinicization?

The conference runs from 10 to 11 June. Prior to the conference is a two day PhD course (8-9 June - see more in the full call). Participants in the PhD course are expected to also take part in the conference (with or without a paper presentation).

Key­note Speak­ers

  • William A. Callahan, London School of Economics
  • Camilla T. N. Sørensen,  Royal Danish Defence College
  • Mette Halskov Hansen, University of Oslo

Read the full call here.
Deadline: 25 January 2021

Asia and Africa in Transition

Call for papers for international conference, 28-30 June 2021

In 2021, the annual ADI conference and the annual NNC conference will join forces with a number of globally oriented networks and centres at the University of Copenhagen.

The organisers are:

  • Asian Dynamics Initiative
  • NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
  • School of Global Health
  • Sustainability Science Centre
  • ThinkChina
  • UCPH Global Development

Call for Papers and Panels

Linkages between Asia and Africa have a transformative impact across the globe in areas ranging from economic development, climate and demography to health and health care, politics and entertainment. Placing Asia-Africa engagement and dynamics as focal points, this conference will feature keynote speeches and a range of panels and roundtables across disciplines, temporalities and themes.

Keynote Speakers

  •     Ching Kwan Lee, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles
  •     Jonathan Rigg, Professor and Chair in Human Geography at the University of Bristol
  •     Reiner Klingholz, Former Director of Berlin Institute for Population and Development

Read the full call here.
Deadline: 31 January 2021


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Webinar: Japanese Media on Territorial Disputes and Political Geography of East Asia

with Lukáš Laš (University of Ostrava, Czechia) and Simon Wellisch (University of Münster, Germany)

A guest lecture devoted to Japan’s territorial disputes in East Asia based on an article published in ‘Asian Geographer’ in 2020, hosted by CEAS - University of Turku.

Abstract: We will introduce general issues of political geography in East Asia, then compare all Japanese territorial disputes with neighbouring states and connect the findings to broader international phenomena, meanings and repercussions. In the first part, we will introduce our research design and how we approached deconstructing selected media discourses on Japan’s territorial disputes, namely in The Asahi ShimbunThe Japan News and The Japan Times, covering articles from 2002 to 2018. We conducted a mixture of content and discourse analysis with the lexicostatistical tool AntConc in the general framework of critical geopolitics. The outcomes illustrate that nationalist geopolitical imaginations are popular among all researched newspapers with strong dominance of solely Japanese toponyms. On top of that, we will explore other problems – the continental shelf expansion in Japan’s and South Korea’s naming dispute over the Sea of Japan/East Sea.

Time and date: 11-13 CET, Thursday 21 January 2021
Read more: through this link.

Registration:  Please contact Kamila Szczepanska ( to receive a zoom link.


Japan Alumni and Researcher Assembly

Online assembly with information on Scholarship and webinar

Japan Alumni and Researcher Assembly (JARA) aims to promote networking within the Japan-related research community in Denmark, and to provide a forum for Danish and Japanese researchers, professionals and students to meet, discuss new ideas, and promote Japan-related research and student scholarships.

JARA is co-organized by the Embassy of Japan in Denmark, Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Stockholm Office, JSPS Alumni Club in Denmark (ACD), Tokai University European Center (TUEC), and Tokai University Alumni Association in Denmark.

The JARA academic program has this year been arranged as part of TUEC’s 50th anniversary “Quality of Life” webinar series (seminar #5), and hosted by Tokai University. It includes a JARA webinar with the title: "Quality of Life and Gender Issues: Breaking down barriers and the importance of international collaboration"

Time and date: 9AM - 11AM (Denmark), Friday 29 January 2021
Read more and registration through this link.
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