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NIAS Update goes on Summer Holiday

This NIAS update will be the last before the fall, as the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies goes on summer holiday. We, here at NIAS, wish you all a wonderful summer. Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter and letting us bring you news about Asia from the Nordic region. We will return in August and are looking forward to providing you with new information soon.  

CfA: NIAS SUPRA Programme

Autumn Semester 2022 

Calling all students writing either an MA or PhD thesis on an Asia-related topic next semester!

Come and engage with the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies through our most important, free of cost student service: The SUPRA programme.

Tap on our expert information and rich resources and help share Asia-related expertise across the Nordic region. The four-week programme is designed to develop PhD and MA students’ theses through supervision, peer review and academic feedback. The recipients also receive an introduction to NIAS LINC’s digital resources and receive sessions on how to further their academic careers through public presentations, podcasts, publishing and social media.

More specifically, 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: The programme is open to all students writing their MA or PhD thesis on any Asia-related topic, but applicants from NNC institutions will be prioritized.

Find more information and the application form here.

Here's what former SUPRA-students have said about their experiences being on the programme:

“The SUPRA programme has helped me to broaden my approach. I am glad to be part of the prestigious SUPRA programme and I look forward to my future research in the following SUPRA topic. I am thankful to NIAS staff, post-doc scholars … for mentoring me throughout the programme.”
(SUPRA-alumni, February, 2022)
“Thank you for the opportunity. Four weeks with NIAS got me so inspired to keep on doing what I am doing. To be able to meet and connect with amazingly talented scholars is one of the best things in the programme.”
(SUPRA-alumni, May, 2021)
“The NIAS Librarian has been extraordinarily supportive in helping me locate a source I was not able to find. And she found it in Cambridge!”
(SUPRA-alumni, February, 2022)


Deadline: 10 August 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies


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 and ASIANETTVERKET. 
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

News from the Asia Portal

InFocus blog- Call for Contributions

In Focus is a forum for articles with a focus on Asia. We welcome well-written contributions from early career researchers as well as senior researchers on topics with relevance to modern and contemporary Asia. The blog has existed since 2008 and hold contributions on a number of different topics over the years.
The target length of the articles is 800-1000 words. If you have an accompanying picture, please feel free to include it with your submission.
You can send your submission to with the subject 'New blog submission'.
Contributions are reviewed on a rolling basis when sent to us. 


New Catalogue for 2022 

Our new catalogue for 2022 is ready and we're super happy to share these news with you! 

Find new books for the upcoming season, our most recent publications as well as a full stocklist of NIAS Press imprints since 2022 in our new e-catalogue that you can access by clicking the button below. 

Find the catalogue here

Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière and Peter A. Jackson with the Nordic Asia Podcast

What is the relationship between Spirit Possession Rituals and Buddhism in mainland Southeast Asia?

How has modernity transformed Spirit Possession cults in the 21st century and
what has led to the efflorescence of possession rituals across Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in recent decades? 

Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière and Peter A. Jackson joined Terese Gagnon on the Nordic Asia Podcast handing out important insights of their new edited volume 'Spirit Possession in Buddhist Southeast Asia, Worlds Ever More Enchanted'.

Spirit Possession examines the upsurge of spirit cults and diverse forms of magical ritual in Buddhist Southeast Asia by exploring the interplay of neoliberal capitalism, visual media, the network cultures of the Internet, and the politics of cultural heritage and identity. 

Visit the NIAS Press Webshop to find the book and get your copy here.


Incoming title in 2022

Our next book to be presented in the framework of the outlook 2022 is Vibeke Børdahl & Lintao Qi's book 'Jin Ping Mei. A Wild Horse in Chinese Literature'. 

The late 16th-century novel Jin Ping Mei is considered one of the six classics of Chinese literature but also something of a wild horse, its graphically explicit depiction of sexuality earning it great notoriety. The present volume aims to draw together the fragmented scholarship on Jin Ping Mei and help future generations to understand and appreciate this important work.

Jin Ping Mei  is scheduled to be published in November 2022, and we'll promise to keep you updated along the way. Visit our website, or follow us on our social media, where where we regularly inform about new publications. See the buttons below

To the 2022 Outlook


How to deal with China? EU- China relations in the light of the war in Ukraine

Online Workshop & Youth Dialogue

EuropaUnion Deutschland invites to both an Online workshop and a youth dialogue on on issues and demands related to EU-China relations. 

Find more information and register for the workshop here

Find more information and register for the Youth Dialogue here.

Time and date: 16.00  - 19.30 (CEST), 30 June 2022
Organizer: EuropaUnion Deutschland


 CfP:   International Journal of Taiwan Studies topical section "Indigenous language policies in Taiwan and Beyond", guest-edited by Elizabeth Zeitoun

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies calls for papers that will focus on Indigenous language education (including textbook development, e-learning, teachers’ training, Indigenous language teaching, learning at home and in Indigenous villages), the standardisation of Indigenous language testing, linguistic assessment of language vitality in general or in a particular community, reflections on the National Languages Development Law, alternative (and/or comparative) views on language revitalisation and any other topics related to linguistic policies.

Find more information on the call here.

Deadline: 31 July 2022
The International Journal of Taiwan Studies

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