A bi-monthly update on Asia-related events in the Nordic Region
View this email in your browser
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
LinkedIn LinkedIn
AsiaPortal AsiaPortal


Asia and Africa in Transition Conference

Joint NIAS and ADI Annual Conference 

Registration is now open! Sign up here

Linkages between Asia and Africa have a transformative impact across the globe in areas ranging from economic development, health care, climate to politics and entertainment. This conference places Asia-Africa engagement as a focal point but also explores the diverse transitions that are occurring within each continent. 

Asia and Africa, with a population of 4.6 billion and 1.3 billion respectively, represent about 80 percent of the world’s population.  Not only have both continents experienced population booms in the last few decades, but they also have access to a wealth of natural resources and represent immense ecological and biological variety, opening up future potentialities. Africa and Asia in transition are creating new imaginaries and leveraging new possibilities, and the linkages between the two are leading to change that ripples across the globe.

Read more about the conference here

Date: 28-30 June 2021 
Please register
Organizers: Asian Dynamics Initiative, NIAS, Global Development Network, UCPH School of Global Health, Sustainability Science Centre, and ThinkChina. 

Olympic Games in Higher Education: Japanese Responses to Internationalization of Universities

During the last two decades university rankings dominate in media headlines, they have an impact on how students choose their universities, and they even shape developments at universities. International rankings, sometimes also referred to as the Olympic games in higher education (HE), are a driver for universities (and governments) to question their reputation, standards, and quality. Japanese universities, being argued of having Western roots in their institutions, are well-known in Asia and a view on Japanese (governmental) HE policy reveals that internationalization is one of the most important aims for the whole HE sector. However, an in-depth analysis reveals the gap between policy aims and policy implementation.

In this presentation Eva Liias examines the discrepancy between internationalization and de-internationalization at Japanese universities. Furthermore, the presentation aims to spark a discussion on the connectedness between HE/universities and the labor market.

Time and date: 11:00-13.00 (CEST) / 12:00-14:00 (Helsinki, EET), Thursday 29 April 2021
Please register for the event by contacting Dr. Kamilla Szczepanska (  
Organizer: Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku, Finland

Pandemic precarity: Covid-19, migrant workers, and state-labour relations in East and Southeast Asia

Creating jobs and providing decent employment is central to global development agendas. Indeed, Sustainable Development Goal 8 targets nothing less than decent work for all by 2030. Yet the precarisation of work is a defining feature of late capitalism, driven by the search for profit and economic growth and enabled by political regimes and the disorganisation of labour. The Covid-19 pandemic obviously had severe impacts on the lives and livelihoods on many of these workers, something that briefly got international attention through the hardships of the many Indian migrant workers who walked the long way home after lockdown was imposed in the country.

Relatively little attention has been given to the situation of workers in East and Southeast Asia during the pandemic. How has the pandemic influenced their lives, and how do they cope during lockdown? And what kind of long-term impacts is the pandemic likely to have on state-labour relations and the prospects for decent work in the region? Focusing particularly on the cases of China and Cambodia, leading experts will answer these questions.
Read more about the event here
Time and date: 12:00 - 13:15 (CET), Thursday 29 April 2021
Please register here at least one hour before the event.  
Organizer: Norwegian Network for Asian Studies

Political Repression and Lèse Majesté in Authoritarian Thailand

A webinar with talks from three prominent scholars of Thai politics:

  • "Braving the fear, surviving the oppression: Struggling for democracy" with Saowanee Alexander, assistant professor of sociolinguistics, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University.
  • "Seized and Locked Up: Protest Speeches in Thailand" with Tyrell Haberkorn, Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • "Lèse Majesté in the 10th Reign" with Kevin Hewison, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contemporary Asia and the Weldon E. Thornton Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Asian Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Read more about the event here
Time and date: 15:00 - 16:30 (CET), Tuesday 4 May 2021
Please register here.
Stockholm Center for Global Asia at Stockholm University 

Book Talk with Jung Chang

The award-winning author Jung Chang will discuss her latest book: Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth Century China – a group biography that is both intimate and epic, and which reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China. This story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal takes the reader on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles’ quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. Jung Chang will also talk about how she became a writer. Her presentation is followed by a conversation about the book with the sinologist Mette Halskov Hansen, professor at the University of Oslo.

Time and date: 15.30 (CET), Tuesday 4 May 2021
The event will be live streamed here
Norwegian Network for Asian Studies

Brokers of Aspirations: Education and Cosmopolitanism

China both sends and hosts high numbers of international students. Is education a means to become cosmopolitan? How is China's place in the global educational landscape changing after Covid?


The event discussant is Yi'En Cheng, Research Fellow in the Asian Migration cluster at Asia Research Institute (ARI). 

Read more about the event and speakers here

Time and date: 15:00 - 16:30 (CET), Wednesday 5 May 2021
Please register here
Heidi Østbø Haugen, professor of China Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo

This event is part of the project Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex).

Nepal as quasi-colony? An energohistorical approach to Nepal-India relations

In this seminar, Mikkel Vindegg uses the Indian “unofficial blockade” on Nepal in 2015/16 to examine the relationship between Nepal and India in a historical perspective. The abrupt stop in trade across the Nepal-India border lasted several months and most immediately resulted in severe energy shortages in urban areas of Nepal. A look through Nepali history shows that the 2015/16 “blockade” was the third time India halted trade at conspicuously timed points—during times of political turbulence in Nepal. A further look at more regular patterns of trade reveal apparent inequities between Nepal and India.

Read more about the event here

Time and date: 14:00 - 15:15 (CET), Thursday 6 May 2021
Please register here.
Norwegian Network for Asian Studies

Book Launch: Perceptions of Climate Change from North India

Aase J. Kvaneid will discuss his book Perceptions for Climate Change from North India: An Ethnographic Account with Dr. Rita Brara. The book explores local perceptions of climate change through ethnographic encounters with the men and women who live at the front line of climate change in the lower Himalayas. From data collected over the course of a year in a small village in an eco-sensitive zone in North India, this book represents an ethnographic account of local responses to climate change, resource management, and indigenous environmental knowledge. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the anthropology of climate change, environmental sociology, and rural development.

Time and date: 15:00 - 16:00 (CET), Monday 10 May 2021
Please register here
Norwegian Network for Asian Studies and NIAS


CfP: Sites and Processes of Ethical Learning – Religion and Self-Making in Asia

Projects of ethical self-making taking place in relation to religious traditions both represent and come to constitute specific forms of subjectivity and personhood. These projects, while often personal and with consequences for the individual, typically take place in specific sites and involve larger groups, networks, or communities of practice.

This conference aims to investigate the varied sites and processes of ethical learning engaged by groups and individuals, across various religious traditions and times, and on a number of scales. The religious and cultural diversity across Asia provides an apt locale for investigating these questions, with significant potential for a rich, varied, and grounded approach to the research questions being investigated. The scope of the conference, however, is not strictly limited to Asia, as it will also benefit from a consideration of the transnational flows which have given influence to these traditions as well as propagated them beyond the strict geographical confines of Asia.

Read more about the call here

Deadline: Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Organizer: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

CfA: Visiting Assistant Professor in the East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies Department

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2021-2022 academic year. We seek applicants with expertise in Taiwanese literature, cultural studies, film and media studies, and/or history. We seek candidates with active research agendas who will participate in research activities in the department, be able to contribute to the departmental emphases, and be available to engage with graduate students working on relevant topics. 

Next Review Deadline: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 8.59 CEST. Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final Deadline: Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 8.59 CEST. Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Organizer: The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Read more about the job posting and apply here.


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.
Find even more events and calls on!
Copyright © 2021 Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp