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What's new at NIAS?

New Postdoctoral Researcher Myhunghee Lee
 joins the NIAS Team 

Myunghee Lee received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Missouri and is the recipient of the 2020 David M. Wood Excellence in Political Science Research Award. She joined the NIAS family this month and we asked her about how she experienced her time at NIAS so far. 

Myunghee explains: "I am more than excited to join NIAS as the Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. It has been about two weeks since I officially started and I am already very impressed by the welcoming, warm atmosphere here. Glad to meet and work with these kind, friendly, and smart people at NIAS. During my appointment, I will conduct research on authoritarian education and post-democratization citizen behaviour in South Korea and Poland. In the project, I will compare how anti-communist and communist education create different post-democratization citizenships." 

Warm welcome to our team and we are looking forward to working together!

NIAS' Researchers participate at NYCAS 2021 


NIAS Researchers Duncan McCargo, Petra Desatova and Terese Gagnon are participating at this years' New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) where they will present their latest research. 

Chaired by Postdoctoral Fellow Petra Desatova, Duncan McCargo, Director of NIAS, will present his paper on story completion exercises to research contentions politics in Thailand on Friday, October 1st at 5:00-6.30PM (CET). 

Terese Gagnon presents her research on severing seed sovereignty in Mae La refugee camp in Thailand on a panel on Racial and National Identity on Saturday, October 2nd, 09:00AM - 10.30AM (CET). 

The detailed programme can be found here.
Register until 29th of September, and join our researchers on their virtual panels!




Terese Gagnon receives the Graduate Honorable Mention for the Marleigh Grayer Ryan Student Writing Prize from NYCAS

Our Postdoctoral Researcher Terese Gagnon received the Graduate Honorable Mention Winner Award for her paper "There are no Seeds Here. Severing Seed Sovereignty in Mae la Camp". Terese will present her paper on the New York Conference on Asian Studies on October 2nd (cf. paragraph above). 

For more information about the award, click here.

Congratulations to the award!   





Standoff in Burma/Myanmar: What can be done?

Virtual Talk

Co-hosted with the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYESEAN) and the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, NIAS invites for this virtual talk that takes on the path to investigate what’s possible in the standoff in Myanmar following the wrangling at the UN General Assembly over who represents the country: the junta that seized power in February or the representative of the democratically elected but ousted government. The panel will explore what options are available to actors in Myanmar and to external actors, and delve into the dynamics and challenges facing the junta and the National Unity Government.

Find more information about the panel discussion and register here

Time and date:  2pm - 3.30pm (CET), Friday October 8th, 2021 
Organizers: The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN) and School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University

 Seeding Change for a Human Rights Economy: Towards a New Social Contract

Online Lecture

This lecture by Dr. Jyoti Sanghera will focus on the two-year experience of the Surge Initiative of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that has recently entered into a partnership with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights at the University of Lund. The aim of the Surge initiative is to connect human rights with macroeconomic analysis and policies with the objective of realizing economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and the Sustainable Development Goals for all, without discrimination. The shift underscored in this analysis is to explore the human rights pathways to a new social contract by centering a human rights economy.

Find more information about the event here.

Time and date: 1pm - 3pm (CET), Thursday October 7th, 2021
Register here.
Organizer: Centre for East and South East Asian Studies, University of Lund

Inequality in Contemporary China 

Brokex Autumn 2021 Seminar Series

Common prosperity is an important goal for the future development of the Chinese economy. This is a response to several decades of increasing inequality during the reform era. Which groups of the Chinese population have so far missed out on the advantages of rapid economic growth? What is their situation? In this Seminar Series, organized by the University of Oslo and chaird by Dr. Jingyu Mao,  Reza Hasmath will introduce his book "Ethnicity and Inequality in China" and Manfred Elfstrom will present his new addition "Workers and Change in China". 

Find more information about the Seminar series and connected events here.

Time and date: 3pm - 4.30pm  (CET), Wednesday October 6th, 2021 
Please register here.

Organizers: University of Oslo

Rooms Within China

Book Launch and Exhibition

Rooms Within China is a kaleidoscopic collection of 100 photographs captured by 20 of the most noteworthy contemporary photographers from China. Originating from a wide array of areas, generations and artistic approaches, the contributors altogether form an eclectic image of Chinese contemporary photography and illustrate a broad spectrum of expressions within the complex and diverse phenomenon that is China.

Find out more information about the event here. 

Time and date: 12am - 8pm (CET), Saturday October 9th, 2021
Location: Asia House, Indiakaj 16, 2100 Copenhagen
Organizer: The Tofu Collective

The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66


Organised by the Stockholm Center for Global Asia, Professor Geoffrey Robinson draws on his book The Killing Season, which examines one of the largest and swiftest instances of mass killing and incarceration in the twentieth century—the shocking anti-leftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965-66.

Find out more information about the event and register here.

Time and date: 6pm (CET), Thursday October 14th, 2021
Organizer: Stockholm University

Gendered Engagements with the Covid-19 Pandemic 

Opening Roundtable Discussion

The National Central Library of Taiwan invites together with Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) and Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association to the Roundtable Discussion “Gendered Engagements with the Covid-19 Pandemic” that takes place in the framework of the 7th Sino-Nordic Gender and Women Studies Conference and the "Gendering Transformations" Online Conference. 
The Roundtable Discussion marks the opening of the conference and touches upon feminist engagements during the pandemic, ranging from raising cirtical discourses, taking actions and impacts on Covid-19 governances. 

Find more information on the roundtable here
Follow this link, for information on the general conference.

Time and date: 1pm- 3pm (CET), Thursday October 15th, 2021
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, National Central Library of Taiwan, Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association 




Gendering Transformations

7th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference

The National Central Library of Taiwan invites together with Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), the Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network and the Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association to the online conference “Gendering Transformations” taking place virtually on October 28th- 31st 2021.  

This conference focuses on the strategies for and complexities in feminist transformative practices at local, regional, national and transnational levels. Critical engagements with the possibilities and limitations of transformation – of differences that make a difference – through intersectional perspectives are important and timely in the face of a series of global challenges and crises such as economic and ecological crisis, refugee crisis, ageing society, increased inequalities and polarization of the society. It is crucial to ask not only the how of the transformations, but also who are the driving forces behind the transformations, and how the feminist movements are positioned in these transformations from different geopolitical locations. To address these questions, continued discussions on the relationship and dynamics between feminist academic and activist practices are necessary. The aim of the conference is thus to explore the complexities of power relations at work in the multiple modalities of feminist academic and activist engagements.

Visit this link for the detailed programme and find more information on the conference here.

Time and date: October 28th- 31st, 2021
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, National Central Library of Taiwan, Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association, Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network 


First Review Arrived

Chris Gisueppe Bolotta's ethnography 'Belittled Citizens: The Cultural Politics of Childhood on Bangkok's Margins', has received its first review.  

The book is unusual in that it looks at the wider contexts and struggles for change for those growing up poor in Thailand. Childhood in Thailand has tended to be seen through the lens of sexual exploitation and abuse by Westerners and Thai children seen as uniquely vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation. While Bolotta never underplays the difficulties these children face, and their risk of multiple forms of exploitation, his book is ultimately a hopeful and uplifting one and the children emerge from its pages as resilient, resourceful agents of change, albeit ones negotiating a tough and challenging world, where freedom and success remain perilous.”, writes Heather Montgomery, Professor of Anthropology and Childhood at The Open University. 

The full review can be accessed here.

The Paperback is available in store in the beginning of October!

'Salafism and the State'

The New York Southeast Asia Network is hosting the event on Chris Chaplin’s book 'Salafism and the State: Islamic Activism and National Identity in Contemporary Indonesia’ together with NIAS.

Time and Date: 11:00 AM - 12.30 PM (CET), October 13, 2021
Moderator: Margaret Scott, co-founder of NYSEAN

  • Chris Chaplin, author of ‘Salafism and the State’, political anthropologist with a main focus on Islamic activism and social movements.
  • Greg Fealy, scholar of Indonesian politics and history, specialized on Islam.

Attendees will receive a special 20% discount on the book.

Chris Chaplins' Podcast interview on the Nordic Asia Podcast can be listened to here: 




New Title out soon! 

'Thai Politics in Translation: Monarchy, Democracy and the Supra-constitution', edited by Michael K. Connors and Ukrist Pathmanand, is going to be available very soon.  



We are once again inviting for applications for our virtual SUPRA Programme. The deadline is approaching soon, so make sure to send out your application in time!

The virtual SUPRA Programme is a four-week programme, designed to support your thesis writing process and enhance your academic profile! The programme includes:

  • Individual academic mentoring
  • Feedback sessions on your thesis work from NIAS academics
  • 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

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: Friday, October 1st, 2021
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

CfA: PhD Fellowship in the field of Consumer Plastic Use and Disposal in India 

The University of Aarhus invites applications for a fully funded PhD fellowship in Consumer Plastic use and Disposal in India provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 February 2022 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 February 2022.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: Friday, October 1st, 2021
OrganizerAarhus University 

CfP: Japan- Nordic Collaborations on Health Data Research 

Nord Forsk  is issuing a call for proposals on Japan–Nordic collaborations on health data research. The aim of the call is to generate new knowledge on healthy ageing and longevity through Japan-Nordic research collaboration. The thematic framework includes fundamental, translational/basic clinical and epidemiological research on populations in the Nordic countries and Japan.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: Thursday, October 7th, 2021
Organizer: NordForsk

CfA: PhD Scholarship Korean Studies 

The section of Korean Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a 3-year PhD-scholarship  as part of the project "Tempting Tunes: Interfaces of Sound and Narrative in Korean Culture". The scholarship is fully funded for three years and will be filled on February 1, 2022. 

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: Monday, November 1st, 2021

Organizer: University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross- Cultural and Regional 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, 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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