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The Making and Unmaking of the National Museum of Cambodia’s Textile Collection

Cambodia Seminar Series

NIAS is delighted to invite to the third online lecture of the "Cambodia Seminar Series" organized in collaboration with the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN), the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) and Columbia University Weatherhead East Asia Institute. In this seminar, Dr. Magali An-Berthon, Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow attached to the Center for Textile Research at the University of Copenhagen and  textile historian focusing on the contemporary history of Southeast Asian dress and textiles, will address the textile collections and archives at the National Museum of Cambodia. The talk will be moderated by Dr. Eve Zucker, Department of Anthropology at Yale University. 


Find more information about the event and register here.

Time and date: 14:00 - 15:30 (CET) Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Center for Khmer Studies, Weatherhead East Asia Institute at Columbia University and NYSEAN

Beyond Boundaries: The Cold War, International Politics, and Modern East Asia

Online Workshop 

NIAS, in collaboration with the National Chengchi University Taiwan, invites to this workshop on 'The Cold War, International Politics and Modern East Asia'. Organized by our Postdoctoral Resercher Dr. Kuan- Jen Chen, the workshop will take place over the course of two days and involves a number of panels and different speakers. The international workshop aims to gather scholars from Nordic and East Asian countries to create a dialogue between international history and politics. 

Find the detailed programme for the workshop and register for the event here.

Time and date: 08:00 - 11:15 (CET) Thursday and Friday, 24 - 25 March 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Enabling Activist Resilience against Repression:
Emergence and Effects of Bystander Protection during Protest Crackdowns in Myanmar

                                Lunch Talk 

NIAS is reviving the lunch talk series in which researchers at the institutions can present their research and face questions of interested listeners. For our next lunch talk, Postdoctoral Researcher Van Tran  will present her research on the emergence and effects of bystander protection during protest crackdowns in Myanmar. The lunch talk will take place online via zoom, and you can find the details for registration below. 


Find more information about the event here.

Time and date: 12:30 - 13:30 (CET) Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

CfA: Introduction to Computational Methods in Contemporary Chinese Studies - CHERN training school

Ever wanted to learn computational methods in contemporary China studies, but have no idea on how to get started? Join the hands-on workshop to learn basics in computational methods. 

We, the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies NIAS (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), the China in Europe Research Network (CHERN) and the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS at University of Turku, Finland) are delighted to announce our first face to face CHERN Training school taking place in Copenhagen on April 28th, 29th 2022 and invite for applications. This training is a continuation to the CHERN training webinar (November 2021) that introduced basic issues and tools in computational methods for contemporary Chinese studies. 

Find more information on the call and find out how to apply here.

Deadline: Sunday, 20 March 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 
China in Europe Research Network and Center for East Asian Studies at University of Turku

CfA: Virtual SUPRA Programme

 Vacancies in May 2022

NIAS' Virtual SUPRA programme is a four-week programme designed to support PhD candidates and MA students studying Asia with their thesis. The programme includes: 

  • Individual academic mentoring
  • Presentation of thesis work with feedback
  • Thorough introduction to the AsiaPortal resources
  • Sessions on publishing and career development
  • How to create an academic presence online
  • Academic podcasts – what to do and what to say
We still have vacancies for the month of May and are looking forward to your applications.
Find more information and apply here.

Deadline: Tuesday, 15 March 2022
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

CfP: Generation Asia Conference 2022 

Extended Deadline for Panel Proposals or Individual Abstracts

NIAS and the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland are inviting proposals for the “Generation Asia – 2022 Nordic NIAS Council Conference". The main conference will take place on 22-24 August 2022, and the Ph.D. workshop will follow on 25-26 August. 

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 sciences. 

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Proposal types:

  • Main conference: panel or individual abstracts
  • Ph.D. workshop: individual abstracts 

About proposals:

  • Conference proposals should include a title, 150 word abstract and information about the participant(s). Please follow the instructions on the conference page, that you can visit here.
  • In order to participate in a PhD workshop, you should present a paper based on one chapter of your thesis. You need to submit a title, an abstract (should not exceed 300 words) outlining your PhD topic, as well as a CV, a cover letter explaining which year you are in the PhD programme, and a recommendation letter from your supervisor. If accepted you will need to submit a full paper of 6,000 to 10,000 words, one month before the conference.

Please contact for any other questions.

Deadline: Thursday, 10 March 2022
OrganizerNordic Institute of Asian Studies, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland


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


Update on upcoming books  

The publications for 2022 are well underway and we want to keep you informed on the current status.  

’Spirit Possession’
just gone to print
 ‘Fragrant  Frontier’ 
following  soon
‘The Work of  Gender’
out in April

These sample copies plus a selection of new and recent NIAS Press titles will be on display at the AAS annual meeting in Honolulu later this month (March 24 - 27). Sadly, we shall not be attending in person this year. However, if you are in Honolulu, you can find our books at the Exhibit Hall on the University of Hawai'i Press's book tables. 

Follow us on social media or visit our website, for more information and the outlook for 2022


New Review


'Belittled Citizens. The Cultural Politics of Childhood on Bangkok's Margins' by Giuseppe Bolotta was  reviewed by Hjorleifur Jonsson, Professor at School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University in South East Asia Research.

"Giuseppe Bolotta’s study of slum children (dek salam) in Bangkok is clear-eyed, sympathetic and a pleasure to read. The book’s focus is in many ways on the meanings of Thai-ness, which is often used for justifying discrimination and authoritarianism. [..] Belittled Citizens is an excellent ethnography. Its focus on marginalized children offers a compelling angle on Thai society and on international humanitarian discourses. " (Hjorleifur Jonsson)

Find the full review in the journal here and visit the NIAS Press Webshop for more information. 

Buy the Book here

Queer Comrades on Vogue Australia's Essential Queer Reading List


'Queer Comrades. Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China' by Hongwei Bao was listed a foundational text of queer studies in the 2022 Essential Queer Reading List by Vogue Australia 

The book is the first book on gay identity and queer activism in the People's Republic of China examined from a cultural studies perspective offering keen insights on identity, power and governmentality.


Visit the NIAS Press Webshop for more information.


Buy the Book here


(In)visibility of Sacred Waste: Asian Perspectives

Online lecture

The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University invites to this online lecture on "(In)visibility of Sacred Waste: Asian Perspectives". While reflecting on sacred residues as traces of the intersubjective interdependences between human worshippers and super-natural forces that are embodied in anthropomorphic iconographies, the participants in this roundtable will explore the (in)visibility of sacred waste across Asia and reflect on the extreme fluidity, volatalibility, and adaptability of sacred power. 

Find more information on the event and register here

Time and date: 15.00  - 17.00 (CET), Friday 11 March 2022
 Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University

Southeastern Europe-China Relations

Digital Guest lecture

Julia Marinaccio from the University of Bergen and Alessandro Albana from the Asia Institute and Ca' Foscari University of Venice invite to this online lecture on "Southeastern Europe-China Relations". The lecture draws on recent research on China’s increasing presence in various countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea basin, and the Western Balkans as separate sub-regions, that is an area defined as “Europe’s southeastern periphery.”

Find more information on the event and register here

Time and date: 16.30  - 18.00 (CET), Monday 14 March 2022
 Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Bergen and the Asia Institute and Ca' Foscari at the University of Venice

Ocean Governance: Sustainability and security seen from Japan and Europe


The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) invites to this online lecture on core ocean governance challenges and reflections on how to strengthen ocean-related cooperation from Japanese and European perspectives

Find more information on the event and register here

Time and date: 10.00  - 11.15 (CET), Tuesday 15 March 2022
 Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Cultural Translation and Karmic Ideology


The Department of Social Anthropology (SAI), Sosialantropologisk Programutvalg (SAPU) and Asianettverket at the University of Oslo invite to this lecture with Dr. Phil Øyvind Jaer speaking on "Cultural Translation and Karmic Ideology". Dr. Jaer will discuss the question of cultural translation, highlighting the need for both texts and fieldwork as source mate­rial for the ‘writing’ of ethnography in a civilizational context like India. The event takes place in person at Eilert Sundts Hus in Oslo.

Find more information on the event and register here

Time and date: 16.00  - 18.00 (CET), Tuesday 15 March 2022
 SAI, SAPU and Asianettverket

Now what, India? State assembly elections 10 Feb – 7 Mar

Hybrid Seminar

Bergen Global, a joint project from the University of Bergen and Chr. Michelsen Institute, invites to this hybrid seminar discussing the most central themes of recent elections in India. Anwesha Dutta, Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Shrey Nishchal will address the following questions: How has the economic mismanagement, the lacking adequate response to Covid, and the highly controversial farm bills affected the election? How and why did the effects vary from state to state? And where does Modi and the BJP stand after this? 

Find more information on the event and register here

Time and date: 08.30  - 09.30 (CET), Wednesday 16 March 2022
 Bergen Global

Magic Millets: Food Sovereignty and the Revival of Heritage Crops in Eastern Himalayas

Public Lecture

Asianettverket at the University of Oslo (UiO) invites to this event with Bengt Karlsson, Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Sweden discussing a number of issues relating to the present hype around heritage crops, taking his point of departure in a new project on food sovereignty among upland farmers in Eastern Himalayas. The lecture takes place in person at UiO campus. 

Find more information on the event and register here

Time and date: 12.15  - 13.30 (CET), Wednesday 23 March 2022
 Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Oslo

When the Eternal Meets the Imperishable: Plastics and Religion in Contemporary Asia

Online Seminar

The Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Studies (CCBS) located in the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen invites to this online seminar on Plastics and Religion in Contemporary Asia. This seminar will explore how the incorporation of plastics into the sacred disrupts our everyday relationships with this now ubiquitous material. It will explore the imagined and material qualities of plastics as they are present in Asian religions and ideologies. 

Find more information on the event and register here

Time and date: 07.00  - 09.00 (CET), Thursday 31 March 2022
 Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies


CfA: European Summer School in Chinese Digital Humanities

The European Association for Chinese Studies invites graduate students and post-doctoral researchers without a prior background in the digital humanities to The European Summer School in Chinese Digital Humanities, “New Foundations in Digital Chinese Studies“. It is the first initiative to address the needs as well as the potential of digital humanities in Chinese studies since the 2016-2017 summer schools at Leiden University. The summer school will be held at Aix-Marseille University on June 20-23, 2022. 

Find more information on the call here.

Deadline: Sunday, 20 March 2022
 European Association for Chinese Studies

CfA: 2022 Huayu Enrichment Scholarships

The Taipei Representative Office in Denmark invites citizens of the Kingdom of Denmark and Iceland to apply for the 2022 Huayu Enrichment Scholarships, offered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Republic of China (Taiwan). These scholarships provide applicants with the opportunity to study Mandarin in Taiwan, increase their understanding of its culture and society, and promote mutual understanding and interaction between Taiwan, Denmark and Iceland.

Find more information here.

Deadline: Saturday, 30 April 2022
OrganizerTaipei Representative Office in Denmark

CfA: 2022 Taiwan Scholarships 


The Taipei Representative Office in Denmark invites citizens of the Kingdom of Denmark and Iceland to apply for the 2022 Taiwan Scholarships, offered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Republic of China (Taiwan). The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage young people from the Kingdom of Denmark and Iceland to undertake degree programs in Taiwan from September 2022.

Find more information here

Deadline: Saturday, 30 April 2022
OrganizerTaipei Representative Office in Denmark 

Asia Portal In Focus Blog

Call for Contributions

In Focus is a forum for articles with a focus on Asia (here defined as East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Oceania and South 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 In Focus Blog entry 

Zac Goldfinch 

Our In Focus Blog at the Asia Portal has a new contribution. Zac Goldfinch writes on "How Transnational Corporations are rendering Myanmar’s Sanctions Ineffective". He is a MA Graduate in Global Development from University of Leeds. 

Read the whole entry here.

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