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Unpacking Myanmar's Failed Coup? A Roundtable Discussion

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In this webinar, Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung, Professor and Chair of political science, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Myat The Thitsar, PhD candidate, University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Helene Maria Kyed, Senior researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, and Liv Stoltze Gaborit, Postdoctoral researcher, Lund University and co-founder of Myanmar Action Group Denmark, will discuss new political developments in light of the Myanmar coup. Speakers will also examine its economic impact, and how these developments may affect the loyalty of police officers and soldiers to the military junta and the prospects for desertions and splits. The event will be moderated by Duncan McCargo, Director of NIAS.

Read more about the event here

Date and Time: Wednesday 19 May 2021, 14:30-16:00 CEST
Please register
Organizers: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Asian Dynamics Institute (ADI), Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), and New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN)

China's Rise / Asia's Response Conference
15th Biennial Conference of Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) & NIAS - Nordic Institute for Asian Studies 14th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference

Registration now open! Sign up here by Monday, 31 May 2021.
During this two-day interdisciplinary conference, we are welcoming participants to share their findings on how the rise of China occurs, and how China’s rise is perceived, and how different states and societal actors have reacted to it in Asia. Evidence of sinicization, de-sinicization and re-sinicization will be identified and studied. The conference  will consist of keynotes, panels, and roundtables, while also reserving time for informal discussions and networking.

Read more about the conference here.

Date: Thursday, 10 June - Friday, 11 June 2021
Please register for the event here by 31 May
Organizers: Nordic Association for China Studies, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), and Nordic NIAS Council (NNC)

Climate, Health, and the Imagination of Human Futures

The Opening Seminar of Fudan-European Centre for China Studies 

On the occasion of developing new cooperation between the University of Oslo and Fudan University through the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies (FECCS), FECCS is pleased to bring to you an open forum to highlight some of our joint research interests. The forum features three topical seminars with outstanding scholars and experts from China and Norway. This event will offer a unique opportunity to share research insights and dialogues on the innovative solutions to climate changebrain health, and the cross-cultural imagination of human futures in various formats of fiction.  

Read more about the event here
Date and Time: Tuesday 18 May 2021, 9:00 - 12:15 (CEST) 
Please register here before Saturday15 May 2021.
Organizer: Fudan-European Centre for China Studies (FECCS)

Xunzi's practical philosophy of governance; concepts of rites (li), law (fa) and social order and contemporary Chinese Party-State

Professor Matti Nojonen from the University of Lapland will give a guest lecture with three overlapping layers focusing on the political/governance philosophy of Xunzi (荀子, ca. 310-237 B.C.) who was one of three so called grounding fathers of Confucianism. Professor Nojonen is Professor of Chinese Culture and Society at the University of Lapland, Finland. He has been working on China for three decades on traditional and contemporary  Chinese philosophy, social, institutional and value base changes in China, institutional reform policy, traditional and current Chinese strategic thinking and Chinese over-seas direct investments (including the Belt and Road Initiative).

Read more about the event here
Date and Time: Monday 24 May 2021, 13:15 - 14:45 (CEST)
Please register here by Thursday 20 May 2021. 
Organizer: Finnish China Law Center 

Taiwan's Opportunities and Challenges During the Pandemic: Domestic Politics, Foreign Relations and Global Health Strategies 

This seminar goes beyond the clichés about Taiwan’s handling of COVID-19. It is not just about creating a narrative of Taiwan’s success or how that narrative is being suppressed in the international community. Instead, it invites experts from the medical humanities, political science, and diplomacy to help us critically examine the curious case of Taiwan. The speakers are Dr. Jonathan Sullivan, Associate Professor at University of Nottingham, Dr. Harry Yi-Jui Wu, a historian of medicine at the University of Hong Kong, Dr. Niklas Swanström, Director of the Institute of Security and Development Policy, and Dusica Ristivojević, Senior Researcher at the University of Helsinki Kone Foundation Bold Initiatives. 

Read more about the event here

Date and Time: Tuesday 25 May 2021, 9:00-11:00 CEST
Please register here by Friday, 21 May 2021
Organizer: University of Helsinki Chinese Studies

Open Webinar: The Cyber threat Landscape in East Asia and Policy Challenges

State-sponsored cyber attacks are on the rise. New serious challenges include cyber propaganda and manipulation of democratic processes. But what kind of cyber attacks does national security focus on? How may state-sponsored cyber-attacks be deterred? Are there avenues for possible future international cooperation? In this talk, Dr. Jun Osawa, will address these questions and themes related to the emergence of cyber threats in Northeast Asia, such as cyber espionage and ‘Made in China 2025’, North Korean cyber-attacks on financial institutions, and cyber manipulation. These emerging security threats will be tied to a discussion on the contest for digital world supremacy, especially between the United States and China.

Read more about the event here

Date and Time: Wednesday 26 May 2021, 10:00-11:30 (CEST)
Please register here
 Stockholm Center for Global Asia


New Publication

NIAS Press is excited to announce the publication of Giuseppe Bolotta’s new book “Belittled Citizens: The Cultural Politics of Childhood on Bangkok’s Margins”. Exploring the intersection between Thai politics, urban poverty, religion, and global humanitarianism from the perspective of “slum children” in Bangkok, this fascinating, engaging and illuminating study offers startling new insights into how ideas of “parenthood” and “infantilization” shape Thai political culture.
The book is available on our website at the end of this month.



CfA: Huayu Scholarship - Language Learning in Taiwan

The MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program (HES) is established by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to encourage international students to undertake Mandarin Chinese (Huayu) courses in the Republic of China (Taiwan); in order to provide them with opportunities to increase their understanding of Taiwanese culture and society, and to promote mutual understanding and interactions between Taiwan and the international community.

Read more about the call here

Deadline: Monday, 31 May 2021
Organizer: Education Division of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles

CfA: Research Grant Program to Assist Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies

This program is aim at foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors (including post-doctoral researchers) and doctoral candidates in departments related to Chinese studies at foreign universities, as well as researchers at related foreign academic institutes. The research should be undertaken in Taiwan, and be focused mainly on Taiwan or Chinese studies. CCS provides assistance with research expenses, research materials, liaison with universities and research institutions, and use of CCS facilities, etc. Research tenure is one month to one year. Applications should be submitted to the CCS by May 31 of each year before the year in which grants are intended to be used; notification of CCS’s decision will be given by the end of August of the same year after a careful review.

Read more about the call here

Deadline: Monday, 31 May 2021

Organizer: Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) at the National Central Library (NCL) in Taiwan


NIAS Virtual SUPRA Programme

Are you writing your PhD or Master thesis during the Autumn semester of 2021?
The NIAS SUPRA Programme is a online four-week programme designed to further your thesis and academic profile! The programme includes:
  • Individual academic mentoring
  • Feedback sessions on your thesis work
  • Thorough introduction to the AsiaPortal resources
  • Sessions on publishing in academia
  • Sessions on career development and how to create an academic presence online
  • Opportunity to create an academic podcast
NB: Applicants from NNC institutions will be prioritized. 
Find more information and the application form here.

Deadline: Tuesday, 1 June 2021
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)


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.
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