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Newest InFocus Blog Entry

Nathaniel L. Moir


The newest contribution to the InFocus Blog is by Nathaniel L. Moir, research associate in the Applied History Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His article "Bernard Fall: A Soldier of War in Europe, A Scholar of War in Asia" provides a brief analysis of Bernhard Fall's Life, academic contributions and his relevance in a contemporary context.

Read the whole article here.

ChinaTalk: The New Normal in the Taiwan Strait

Ph.D. and Associate Professor Camilla T. N. Sørensen


This ChinaTalk sets out to give an assessment of the security situation and the evolving military balance in the Taiwan Strait following the visit in early August of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, to Taiwan. The comprehensive Chinese military exercises around Taiwan as well as the careful, but firm, US and Taiwanese responses indicate how “a new normal” is being established in the Taiwan Strait characterized by a higher level of security tension and military presence and activities. It is more unstable with few remaining conflict management mechanisms in place. There are upcoming domestic events and developments in both China and the US as well as in Taiwan that hold dangerous potential. The talks ends with a discussion of how to manage the more unstable situation and thus avoid a military conflict in the Taiwan Strait.  

Camilla T. N. Sørensen, Ph.D. and Associate Professor at the Institute for Strategy and War Studies at the Royal Danish Defense College (RDDC). Her research fields include Geopolitics, Security Studies and Strategy with a specific focus on China, East Asia and the Arctic. She has lived in China for shorter and longer periods over the past 20 years and has published extensively on East Asian security, Chinese foreign and security policy and in recent years on Arctic politics and security with a focus on China

For more information on the event click here.

Time and date: 15.00  - 16.30 (CEST), 27 September 2022
ThinkChina & Centre for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen


CfA: NIAS Virtual SUPRA Programme

Autumn Semester 2022, November Intake 

Are you writing your PhD or Master thesis during the Autumn semester of 2022?

We still have 3 available spots for our NIAS SUPRA Programme in November 2022. If you're writing your thesis, make sure to apply for the 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: 30 September 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies


CfP: Asia in Focus 

Asia in Focus has found a new home at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University! After several years of managed at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen University, the journal has moved across the Öresund to Sweden. 

The journal publishes Asian Studies research broadly conceived, including both humanities and social sciences, but not linguistics.

The new editors aim to maintain the emphasis helping early-career researchers publish high quality articles. They will ensure authors receive in-depth feedback on their work, in order to enable them to reach a high standard. They thus demand a high standard from our authors, both in original submission, but especially where authors are invited to resubmit. 

Read more about the submission requirements here.

Deadline: 30 September 2022
Organizer: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University


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. 


Vibeke Børdahl, co-editor of 'Jin Ping Mei' with the NAP tomorrow!

This week, we spontaneously interviewed one of our authors, Vibeke Børdahl, for the Nordic Asia Podcast. In the interview, she talks about her latest works on 'Jin Ping Mei' giving an insight to the publication of the last translation into Danish published by Vandekunsten (2022) as well as the edited volume on the novel that comes out with NIAS Press (2022).  

Listen to the episode wherever you listen to your podcast and reach out to us, if you have any further questions. 

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. 


To the episode

'From Tribalism to Nationalism' has gone to print!  

We're delighted to announce that 'From Tribalism to Nationalism. The Anthropological Turn in Laos' edited by Yves Goudineau & Vanina Bouté has gone to print.

The edited volume brings together the fieldwork studies in Laos of a new generation of international researchers who deliberately turned towards anthropological questioning with new theoretical perspectives. The book is dedicated to Grant Evans, whose work is emblematic of this “anthropological turn” in Lao studies.

From Tribalism to Nationalism is scheduled to be on sale from November 2022 an onwards. We'll keep you updated along the way. 

To the book

New Review In!

Guanie Lim, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, writes in the Japanese Journal of Political Science (2022), 1-2 on Khoo Boo Teik and Jafar Suryomenggolo's book "States and Societies in Motion": 

"In summary, this book does what it intends to do – a festschrift honouring a respected scholar –
exceedingly well. Containing contributions from Shiraishi’s extended network of colleagues, former
pupils and friends, it also connects and contextualizes some of the key development issues in East
Asia over the last few decades. [...] the book is a recommended source of information for both general and specialist
readers interested in the dynamics of regional development." 

Read the full review here.

States and Societies in Motion was published with us in 2020 and can be found in our webshop. See the button below. 

To the book


A Dangerous Trinity? Dispute Inflation, Dispute Escalation, and Two-Level Games in East Asia


The Stockholm Center for Global Asia invites to an open seminar with Todd Hall, Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford, Tutor for Politics at St Anne’s College, and Director of the University of Oxford’s China Centre for a talk on the series of disputes playing out in East Asia within the maritime periphery of the People’s Republic of China. 

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 15.00  - 16.30 (CEST), 22 September 2022
Stockholm Center for Global Asia

Agricultural and Rural Transformations in China


ThinkChina under the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen invites to this seminar on the development of China’s rural heartlands and the urban-rural linkages. 

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 15.30  - 17.30 (CEST), 22 September 2022
Organizer: ThinkChina

Yan Geling 严歌苓

Guest Lecture

The East Asian Lunch Seminars at the University of Oslo invites to this guest lecture by authour Yan Geling, where she explores Chinese experiences from the mid-19th century to the present day. Her books range from stories about a youth who is a dancer in the Chinese army to novels about the treatment of prisoners of conscience during the Cultural Revolution

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 12.15  - 13.15 (CEST), 28 September 2022
East Asian Lunch Seminars

Xi Jinping’s China

Book Launch

Universitetsforlaget & Etterretningskolen in Oslo are hosting a book launch of the book 'Xi Jinping's China', where Karsten Friis, senior researcher and head of the Security and Defence Research Group at NUPI interviews the authors Marte Kjær Galtung and Stig Stenslie. In their book, the authors use Xi’s life as a prism to understand the country’s political development over the last ten years. In what direction is China heading, and what does it mean for Chinese people in general – and the world in general?
This event will be held in Norwegian.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 18.00  - 19.00 (CEST), 29 September 2022
Universitetsforlaget & Etterretningskolen

 Workshop for Young Sinologists

Digital Lecture

In order to promote and enhance the understanding of Sinological and Taiwan Studies resources in Taiwan for future Sinologists, the National Central Library Taiwan is going to hold a three-day introductory workshop on archival research and digital humanities. Participation is free but limited. The workshop contains a keynote speech, five lecture courses, two guided tours within NCL and a full day trip to two major historical sites in Taipei.

Find more information on the workshop and register here.

Deadline: 29 September - 1 October 2022 
Organizer: National Central Library Taiwan 

China-Russia Friendship Between People and States

Open Lecture

The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University invites to this open lecture with Ed Pulford, University of Manchester. Drawing on Pulford's anthropological fieldwork in northeast China and eastern Russia and a more detached study of the diplomatic relationship, this talk will place a political examination of the state bond into dialogue with ethnographic study of everyday relations along the border, offering a dual perspective which shows what interpersonal relationships have to tell us about international ones and vice versa.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 16.00  - 18.00 (CEST), 3 October 2022
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University

 From Algorithmic Capitalism to Collaborative Authoritarianism

Online Seminar

The Centre for Tracking and Society (CTS) and Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen invites to this online seminar with Prof. Haiqing Yu, RMIT University on China's big-data-enabled price discrimination. The aim of this seminar is not only to map out the contour of the Chinese public opinion on the issue but also the interaction among different players and stakeholders in agenda setting, which eventually led to the policy and legislative changes.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 10.00  - 12.00 (CEST), 4 October 2022
Organizer:  Jun Liu, Centre for Tracking and Society and Department of Communication

The Abe Legacy

Japan Seminar Series

The Stockholm Seminar on Japan (SSoJ) invites to the next seminar (webinar) in the series, in which Wrenn Yennie Lindgren and Richard Nakamura will discuss Shinzo Abe's important legacy in Japanese politics.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 11.00  - 12.00 (CEST), 4 October 2022
Organizer: European Institute of Japanese Studies, Asia ProgrammeDepartment of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies and the Swedish Defence University

Poetics and Everyday Resistance: A Conversation with Liu Wai Tong


The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University invites to a conversation with poet, writer, and photographer Liu Wai Tong (廖偉棠, pinyin: Liao Weitang), and the centre’s Post-doctoral Fellow Jinyan Zeng, where Liu will revisit poems written over the past three decades in responding to social movements, social incidents, women poets’ writing, and unofficial poetry initiatives in the Chinese-speaking world.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 13.00  - 14.30 (CEST), 20 October 2022
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University


CfP: Articles for Asia in Focus

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University

Asia in Focus is a peer-reviewed journal published online twice a year by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. Initiated to provide Masters and PhD students with a widely accessible and transnational forum to publish their findings, the journal accepts submissions (academic articles, academic essays, book reviews) from students from all European institutions of higher education.

Read more about the submission requirements on AsiaInFocus’ website.

Deadline: 30 September 2022 
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies

CfF: FECCS Grants for Researchers

The Fudan-European Centre for China Studies, University of Oslo

From the 7th of September 2022, the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies (FECCS) will offer small grants to support researchers working on China-related topics from Nordic, Chinese and other European universities in building up research networks, in producing high-quality research in collaboration with Fudan University scholars, and in undertaking substantive fieldwork in relevant subject areas. 
The grant has an open-ended deadline and targets especially early-career scholars.

Read more about the FECCS Small Grants on the call for funding page.

Deadline: Open-ended
Organizer: Fudan-European Centre for China Studies at the University of Oslo

CfP: Graphic Narratives: Thinking through Visual Research

Asia Research Institute, and the NUS Department of Japanese Studies

Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore invite scholars and artists interested in visual storytelling, to present their work at a two-day workshop at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. The workshop aims to foster conversations on graphic narratives, particularly, comics, and their numerous conceptual and methodological possibilities. While we are interested in narratives in the Asian context, we are open to papers that explore topics that cut across regions.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: 5 October 2022 
Organizer: Asia Research Institute

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