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CfA: NIAS Virtual SUPRA Programme

Spring Semester 2023

Are you writing your PhD or Master thesis on an Asia-related topic during the Spring semester of 2023? 

The NIAS SUPRA Programme is an 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.

This is 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)

Find more information and the application form here.

Deadline: 1 November 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies



New guest researcher at NIAS

Bernard Z. Keo 
NIAS welcomes new guest researcher Bernard Z. Keo!

Bernard Z. Keo is Lecturer in Asian History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He investigates decolonisation and nation-building in post-World War II Malaya and Singapore, focussing particularly on the trajectory of the Peranakan Chinese of the Straits Settlements in Malaya's path to independence with further interests in the Malayan Emergency, transnational connections across the Malay world, and the end of empire in Southeast Asia.

Bernard has been given an office space at NIAS and will be with us until the end of November. Welcome Bernard!


NIAS & Press at Frankfurt Book Fair

Philip Kyhl and Gerald Jackson 


An update from NIAS assistant director, Philip Kyhl (left) and NIAS Press Editor-in-Chief, Gerald Jackson (right), shows signs of good spirits at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where the two are exploring future possibilities and getting many new ideas. They welcome anyone in the area to drop by for a chat at the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, where they will be until 23 October. 


New e-resources on the AsiaPortal!

AsiaPortal News


In the e-resources collection on the Asia Portal you will now find three new collections of historical newspapers from China, South and Southeast Asia. They hold local and national newspapers published in the period from the middle of 19th century to the 1970s. The newspapers are freely available as open access titles.

Late Qing and Republican-Era Newspapers (292 titles)
South Asian Newspapers (9 titles)
Southeast Asian Newspapers (125 titles)

We also have recently added new free Indian e-resources, as well as 13 new e-book titles from NIAS Press, available for staff and students at NNC institutions, under new resources.
Visit the AsiaPortal to find all of our 400+ e-resources as well as news and events from the Nordic region.


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. 


Autumn Sale!

At NIAS Press we are celebrating the autumn break with a sale! 

Use the discount code Oct22 and get 15% off!


Jin Ping Mei Books arrived


Finally, our office copies of 'Jin Ping Mei- A Wild Horse in Chinese Literature' arrived today! 
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.
We're so excited to hold the hardcopies of this incredible scholarship in our hands.

Next week, there's going to be a symposium that discusses the scholarship here in Copenhagen. There are still some spots left for scholars and students of Chinese humanities.

▶ Check out the NIAS website for more information


To the book

New Review

Our recent book 𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝘁 𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗕𝘂𝗱𝗱𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮. 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱𝘀 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗘𝗻𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 edited by Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière & Peter A. Jackson (2022) received two new reviews, read more below.
Janet Alison Hoskins, University of Southern California writes in The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology Anthropology :
"𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑠 𝑎 𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑖𝑡 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑡𝑜 𝐵𝑢𝑑𝑑ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑚, 𝑡𝑜 𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑜𝑛𝑠. ‘𝐵𝑢𝑑𝑑ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝑆𝑜𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝐴𝑠𝑖𝑎’ 𝑖𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑀𝑦𝑎𝑛𝑚𝑎𝑟, 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑, 𝐶𝑎𝑚𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑖𝑎 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑉𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑛𝑎𝑚 (𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑒𝑟ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝐿𝑎𝑜𝑠)—𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑚𝑝ℎ𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑑𝑎 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑 (𝑓𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑒𝑛)."
Read the full review here.
Ward Keeler, University of Texas, and writes in South East Asia Research:
"𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑢𝑎𝑙 𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑜𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟 𝑟𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑐𝑟𝑖𝑝𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑔𝑢𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑑𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑙𝑜𝑝𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑢𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑢𝑛𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑒𝑛𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡. 𝐶𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑙𝑦, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠, 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑙 𝑡𝑜 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑒 𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟, 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒 𝑐𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑏𝑢𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑡𝑜𝑝𝑖𝑐𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑓𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑖𝑡 𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑢𝑚𝑠, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑜𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑛𝑢𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑠, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑙𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑑 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑠"
Read the full review here.

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To the book


Taiwan Cinema as Soft Power: Authorship, Transnationality, Historiography

Open Seminar

The University of Zürich invites to this hybrid seminar with Song Hwee Lim, Professor of Cultural Studies at CUHK and author of Taiwan Cinema as Soft Power: Authorship, Transnationality, Historiography. The lecture proposes that because Taiwan is a nation without hard political and economic power, cinema becomes a form of soft power tool that Taiwan uses to attract global attention, to gain support, and to build allies.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 18.00  - 20.00 (CEST), 20 October 2022
Organizer: University of Zürich

ChinaTalk: Kuaishou and the Limits of Social Mobility in Digital China


ThinkChina at the University of Copenhagen invites to this lecture by Margaret Hillenbrand, Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture at the University of Oxford, on social mobility and digital creativity in China. 

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 16.00  - 17.30 (CEST), 25 October 2022
Organizer: ThinkChina

Global morgen: Hvor går Kina med Xi Jinping?


Sølvberget bibliotek og kulturhus invites to this lecture by anthropologist, authour and China specialist, Marte Kjær Galtung who will talk about Xi Jinping and his political plan for China. 

Please note that the event will be held in Norwegian, and on site at Sølvberggata 2, 4006, Stavanger.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 08.30  - 09.30 (CEST), 26 October 2022
Sølvberget bibliotek og kulturhus

Jin Ping Mei: The Oral, the Written and the Pictorial in Late Imperial Chinese Fiction

Book Launch and Symposium

The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Vandkunsten Publishers and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies are pleased to be able to invite all interested to an international symposium on the late 16th Century novel, Jin Ping Mei.  

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 16.00 (CEST) 26 - 17.00 (CEST) 28 October 2022
The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Vandkunsten Publishers and NIAS

Decoupling: A crisis of interdependence or the end of globalisation?


The University of Nottingham’s Taiwan Studies Programme and Asia Scotland Institute present a joint online webinar with an expert panel discussing of the term “decoupling” that has been used by many analysts to describe the lessening of political, investment, trade, innovation, and digital links between China and the West.

.hereFind more information on the event

Time and date: 16.00 - 14.30 (CEST), 27 October 2022
University of Nottingham's Taiwan Studies Programme and Asia Scotland Institute

Meet Nicholas Loubere, author of “Global China as Method”

On site lecture


Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki invites to this talk with Nicholas Loubere, who, with his book; Global China as Method challenges the assumption that China represents a fundamentally different ‘other’ that somehow exists outside the ‘real’ world.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 10.15  - 11.30 (CEST), 28 October 2022
Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki

Nation-Building and De-Colonisation: Taiwan’s Alternative to the “China Model” in Xi Jinping’s New Era of Cultural Nationalism?

Online Lecture


The Department of Cultures at the University of Helsinki invites to this online lecture with James Leibold, where he will explore some key drivers of current diverging nation-building projects in the PRC and the ROC and offer some preliminary thoughts on how we begin to explain and conceptualise these contrasting policies and ideologies.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 09.15  - 10.30 (CEST), 31 October 2022
Organizer: Spotlight Taiwan Helsinki, University of Helsinki

China’s Polar Silk Road Revisited

On site lecture


The Institute for Security and Development Policy welcome to this joint ISDP-KAS (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung) event to launch the report: “China’s Polar Silk Road Revisited”. During this in-person event, Larissa Stünkel (Research Fellow with ISDP’s Stockholm China Center) will present the key findings of this year’s ISDP-KAS report on China’s Polar Silk Road. 

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 09.30  - 11.00 (CEST), 31 October 2022
The Institute for Security and Development Policy

Taiwan Studies and Sinology Studies in the World



In celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Taiwan Resource Centers for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) program which is initiated by the National Central Library (NCL) and has been developed under the joint efforts with TRCCS partners worldwide, the NCL holds this Symposium “Taiwan Studies and Sinology Studies in the World: International Symposium Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Taiwan Resource Centers for Chinese Studies (TRCCS).

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date:  1 - 2 November 2022
National Central Library

The Mood in Taiwan under Pressure from China

Online Lecture


The Institute for Security and Development Policy invites to this digital conversation with Jing Bo-jiun, Research Fellow at ISDP and the Swedish journalist Jojje Olsson, where they will give a talk on the current mood in Taiwan under the recently increased pressure from mainland China.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 10.00 - 11.30 (CET), 2 November 2022
Institute for Security and Development Policy


CfP: Asian Studies Doctoral Seminar 22

Finnish University Network for Asian Studies


The Finnish University Network for Asian Studies is hosting the Asian Studies Days at the University of Turku and invites doctoral researchers in Finnish Universities whose doctoral thesis develops new knowledge about East, Southeast or South Asia (society, politics, economy, business, culture, history, law) to sign up for the Asian Studies Doctoral Seminar.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: 26 October 2022
Finnish University Network for Asian Studies

CfP: Special issue on ‘Transitions and Challenges in Taiwan’s Economy and Society’

International Journal of Taiwan Studies


The International Journal of Taiwan Studies welcomes contributions to their journal addressing issues related to the economic and social transitions in Taiwan. 

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: 31 October 2022
European Association of Taiwan Studies

CfA: Internship Opportunities

Institute for Security and Development Policy


The Institute for Security and Development Policy welcomes applications for their intern programme for the spring semester 2023. Specifically, they are looking for interns for their China Center, Japan Center, Korea Center and Center for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs, supervised by the respective Head of Center. They are also looking for interns to work with the Asia Program more broadly, supervised by ISDP’s Executive Director.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: 31 October 2022
The Institute for Security and Development Policy

CfA: FECCS Grants for Researchers Working on China Related Topics

 The Fudan-European Centre for China Studies

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. 

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: Open-ended deadline 
Fudan-European Centre for China Studies

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