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Postdoctoral Researcher Kuan-Jen Chen wins translation prize

Award Celebration

We are happy to announce that our own Dr. Kuan-Jen Chen has recently recieved the "Best Translation of the 2021 Openbook Award in Taiwan". He was awarded the prize for his co-translation of Professor Barak Kushner’s book: Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice.  

Kuan-Jen Chen joined us earlier this year as our ADI-NIAS Postdoctoral fellow, and has inspired us all with his extensive knowledge on Cold War history, modern East Asian history, as well as US foreign policy.

Sincere congratulations to KJ!




Generation Asia Conference 2022 

Call for Panel Proposals 

NIAS and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland are inviting to submit panel proposals for their “Generation Asia – 2022 Nordic NIAS Council Conference".  

About the conference: How is generational change transforming society, culture and politics across Asia? Does a creative, iconoclastic Generation Z pose a major challenge to traditional hierarchies and values? What is the impact of demographic change in countries with a rapidly aging population? Is there something we can learn from Asian traditions of intergenerational exchange?

These and many other intriguing questions arise from the theme of the 2022 NNC conference.

As always, we welcome papers and panels on all aspects of Asian studies, not limited to the conference theme, from across the humanities and social science.

About panel proposals: Proposals should include a title and 150 word abstract. Please indicate whether you are planning a traditional panel format (with 3-4 papers) or a roundtable discussion (3-5 speakers). If you have already identified potential speakers, please give their names and affiliations. We are striving for diverse conference participation in terms of gender, institution, nationality, origin and career stage (for example, no same-university or same-sex line-ups please).

Once we have received the panel proposals we will make an announcement for paper submissions. Based on the paper titles received, we may create some double panels on the proposed topics or organize individual papers into new panels. 

Find more information on the call as well as on the conference here.

Deadline: 10 January 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian StudiesVigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland





Last regular Update in 2021

NIAS Christmas vacation

This NIAS Update will be the last regular one in the year of 2021. NIAS goes on winter holiday from 24 December 2021 until 02 January 2022 and we wish you all merry Christmas and happy vacation. Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter and letting us bring you news about Asia from the Nordic region. The Newsletter will return in the beginning of January. 

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New episodes in the #NordicAsiaPodcast

Looking for a listening experience full of researchers' insights on Asia? Try the Nordic Asia Podcast, co-hosted by NIAS, CEAS, ASIANETTVERKET and Forum for Asian Studies.
Since the last NIAS Update, we've released the following episodes:

Give it a listen on your favorite podcast streaming platform or find it here


Advent Sale

With the first snowfall last week, the copies of ‘Thai Politics and Translation’, edited by Michael Connors and Ukrist Pathmanand arrived in the NIAS Press office.

Find the book here & visit the NIAS Press Webshop for more exciting publications.

Spotlight Myanmar 

In a previous NIAS Press update, we informed you about the event at the Danish Institute of International Studies ‘10 months after the military coup - where is Myanmar heading?’ Here, international Myanmar experts provided critical insights into the current political situation and the main future challenges for Myanmar and its neighbours. Part of the meeting took place under Chatham House rules but the rest was live-streamed. You can view a recording here.

Part of the event was an in-person launch of 'Everyday Justice in Myanmar', edited by Helene Kyed and published by NIAS Press last year. Several contributors briefly presented their findings and took part in a general discussion of what impact the coup has had on the rule of law and how justice is pursued in Myanmar today
(cf. photo below, taken by  head of NIAS Press Gerald Jackson. Left to right: Helene Kyed, Anders Baltzer Jørgensen, Kirsten McConnachie and Elizabeth Rhoad).







New Reviews

‘Belittled Citizens’, by Giuseppe Bolotta received another excellent review in International Sociology. 

Harold R. Kerbo writes: “This book presents some very needed and fascinating research including fieldwork over a span of 10 years by Professor Bolotta.[…] As the title suggests, his focus was on the children in the slums to better understand how they cope and how they view themselves as one of the lowest ranking humans in this tough situation in Bangkok. This focus on the poorest children, to my knowledge, has not been done in the way he has done so. […] I highly recommend this book to all who want an accurate understanding of Thailand today. There are few books about Thailand which give such a rather complete presentation of children in the Thai society throughout history and conditions today.” 

Access the whole review here & find the book in the NIAS Press Webshop.   


'Fishers, Monks and Cadres', by Edyta Roszko was reviewed by Hy V. Luong in Anthropos

Hy V. Luong states: "“Edyta Roszko’s book “Fishers, Monks, and Cadres” makes an important contribution to our understanding of the
interaction of state, religion, and community in contemporary Vietnam." 

Find the review in the current Anthropos issue & get the book in the NIAS Press Webshop



More E-Books  


In the last NIAS Update, we surprised our readers with the e-book of 'Deities and Divas'.

This week, we have another e-book out! 
‘Salafism and the State’, by Chris Chaplin is now not only available as Hardback and Paperback but also as an E-book. You can purchase and download it on our NIASPress Webshop.  


And it does not stop there. Get involved!

We want to produce many more E-books and we would love to hear what title our readers want to see as an E-book next.
If you have an E-book wish, please reach out to and let Fanny, our publishing assistant, know.  

Reviewing 2021  


To continue our review of 2021, let us think back to the publication of ‘Salafism and the State’, by Chris Chaplin.

Published in May 2021, ‘Salafism and the State: Islamic Activism and National Identity in Contemporary Indonesia’ is a ‘[…]deeply informative work on an increasingly influential movement within Indonesian Islam.’ Dr Greg Fealy, Australian National Universit

It is thus not surprising that his fascinating work is popular amongst our readers; his Nordic Asia podcast episode was downloaded 6000 times!
You can listen to the podcast on the Nordic Asia Podcast, on Spotify or your usual podcast app. 
The book is available on as E-book, Paperback and Hardback. 





Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies 

Annual Event

The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies (CJAS) based at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen invites to their annual event in 2021, celebrating Professor Emeritus Jørgen Delman, China Studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen. The event will take place on South Campus and includes presentations by various scholars as well as a reception. The organizers ask for two separate registrations. 

Find out more information about the event and view the full programme here.

Time and date: 14.15  - 17.30pm (CET), Thursday 09 December 2021
Organizer: Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, 
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies,  Asian Dynamics Initiative and Think China at the University of Copenhagen

Women in faith-based disaster response to the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake

Online Lecture 

The  Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku warmly invites to this online guest lecture with Paola Cavaliere, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies at Osaka University, Graduate School of Human Sciences, and the Associate Director of the Human Sciences International Undergraduate Programme. Her research interests are in the area of gender, religion and civil society in Japan and Paola is currently investigating disaster-related gender and religious dimensions of vulnerability and resilience through an analysis of women’s roles in faith-based volunteer groups contributing to post-disaster activities. 

Find out more information about the event here.

Time and date: 09.00  - 10.15am (CET), Monday 13 December 2021
Organizer: Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku

Taiwan Studies Lecture Series: Beijing’s Cross-Strait Diplomacy through the Lens of Marriage Migrants in Taiwan

Online Lecture 

The  Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich invites to this online lecture on  with Dr Lara Momesso, School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, University of Central Lancashire. This talk will explore how a group of migrants from the PRC residing in Taiwan have become  a target of Beijing in its cross-Strait diplomacy and how they have responded to Beijing’s initiatives

Find out more information about the event here.

Time and date: 12.00 - 14.00pm (CET), Friday 17 December 2021
Register here.
Organizer: Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich


CfA: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Arctic Studies 

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available at the Department of Social Science, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, with the Barents Chair in Politics (Professor Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen) at the Arctic university in Norway (UiT). 

The postdoc is expected to do Arctic International Relations research with a focus on the Circumpolar Arctic. Areas of research can be the Arctic in international political, economic, technological and security systems; science, technology and international politics in the Arctic; science diplomacy; world order and Arctic order. Other approaches to Global Arctic Studies are welcome. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. The position is a fixed term position for a duration of 3 years.The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: Sunday, 19 December 2021
 Department of Social Science, Arctic University Norway 




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