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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. The Newsletter will return in August.


Asia and Africa in Transition 
The Annual ADI and Annual NNC Conference

Sign up here by Friday, 25 June 2021.
In 2021, the annual ADI conference and the annual NNC conference will join forces with a number of globally oriented networks and centres at the University of Copenhagen. All panels and plenary sessions will have online options for attending. If the regulations at the time permit, some panels will have a hybrid format with the possibility of attending in person.

Overview of all panels can be found here.

Keynote Speakers:
Read more about the conference here.
Date: Monday, 28 June - Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Please register for the event here by Friday, 25 June 2021.
Organizer(s): Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI), Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (NIAS), Global Development Initiative, University of Copenhagen School of Global Health, Sustainability Science Centre, and Think China 

Brothers and Sisters from Afar: Understanding China’s Islamic Diplomacy and its Muslim Minorities in the Southeast Asian Context


In this talk, Dr. Yang Yang examines China’s recent Belt and Road Initiative (the BRI) and their implications to China’s Muslim community and Muslim-majority countries along the routes of the new Silk Road. China engages the cultural imaginaries of the Silk Road in the official narratives, especially the Arab and Persian merchants and adventurers and their long journey across deserted land to China. The Muslim travelers’ admiration of the Chinese civilization and the Chinese empire’s inclusive attitude towards them made some of them to settle in China and became integrated in the local society. In contrast, China’s Muslim minorities, often portrayed as descendants of these early Muslim travelers on the Silk Road, do not share similar experiences.

Read more about the event here
Date and Time: Thursday 23 June 2021, 16:00 - 17:00 (CEST)
Please write to if you would like to attend the webinar.

Organizer(s): Asia Research Institute at the University of Singapore

(Re)Writing LGBTIQ History in the Philippines: Lessons from the Field

The last of the lecture series Decentering Heteronormative Historiography in the (Post)Colonial Philippines is about rewriting LGBTIQ history in the Philippines. Organized by Kiel Ramos Suarez, Humboldt University (HU) Berlin, and Advancing Philippine Studies at HU with the support of the Philippine Studies Series Berlin, this webinar series covers a range of topics related to the LGBTQ movement in the (Post)Colonial Philippines.

Read more about the event here

Date and Time: Tuesday 13 July 2021, 10:00-12:00 CEST
Please register 
Organizer(s): Kiel Ramos Suarez, Humboldt University (HU) Berlin, and Advancing Philippine Studies at HU with the support of the Philippine Studies Series Berlin


20% off Summer Sale 

NIAS Press is offering a 20% discount on all books!
Coupon Code: Summer21
This offer starts on the 28th of June and is valid until the 28th of July.

New Publication 

Salafism and the State: Islamic Activism and National Identity in Contemporary Indonesia by Chris Chaplin is newly published.
This ethnographic study explores the role of Islamic activism amongst Indonesian youth and how it has transformed the country’s religious and political discourse.

"Chaplin’s book presents a superb study of Indonesian Salafism. Rich in narrative detail, acutely observed, theoretically engaged and elegantly written, this is a deeply informative work on an increasingly influential movement within Indonesian Islam."
(Dr Greg Fealy, Australian National University)

The book is available for purchase on the NIAS Press' website.


Future Publication 

After several scrupulous checks between the edited text and the Thai original, Thai Politics in Translation: Monarchy, Democracy and the Supra-constitution, by Michael K. Connors and Ukrist Pathmanand is finally set to be out in the beginning of September 2021. 

Book Review

Friederike Trotier’s fascinating book Nation, City, Arena: Sports Events, Nation Building and City Politics in Indonesia is reviewed in South East Asia Research

“Using a ‘spatial-geographical’ approach, Trotier has drawn on archival and ethnographic sources to produce a sizeable, balanced and unique set of data that results in a well-substantiated and persuasive argument. … [Some conceptual] limitations should not diminish the larger significance of the book as a well-researched, comprehensive and pioneering work in Indonesian history, the politics of sports, and South East Asian studies. Overall, Nation, City, Arena offers an Asian Games-size account of the politicization of sports and the sportization of politics in our contemporary world”.
- Lou Antolihao (2021): Nation, city, arena: sports events, nation building, and
city politics in Indonesia, South East Asia Research

Read the full article here.

NIAS Press Publication Longlisted for 2021 ICAS Book Prize

NIAS Press is proud to announce that Fishers, Monks and Cadres: Navigating State, Religion and the South China Sea in Central Vietnam, by Edyta Roszko was longlisted for the ICAS book prize 2021 – Best book in the Social Sciences.


CfP: Cities and Climate Challenge in Southeast Asia Workshop and Compendium

The Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme is pleased to invite scholars and analysts in your institutions to participate in the Call for Papers: Cities and Climate Challenge in Southeast Asia Workshop and Compendium that will take place virtually between September to October 2021.

Interested candidates are to submit an abstract of 300-500 words to with a short bio-data by 25 June 2021. Following a selection process, contributors will be invited to submit their first draft and attend an online workshop to discuss their papers. The compendium will be published in the last quarter of 2021.

For more details, see attached terms of reference here.

Deadline:  Friday, 25 June 2021
Organizer(s): ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute

CfA: Leverhulme Research Leadership Award PhD studentship

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is calling for applications for a studentship as part of the Leverhulme Reearch Leadership Award: Mapping Sumatra’s Manuscript Cultures. This project focuses on three case studies: the Palembang royal library, looted by the British in 1812 and by the Dutch in 1821, and dispersed across institutional collections in several countries; the libraries of religious schools in the Minangkabau highlands digitised by the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP 144); and personal libraries from Aceh, again digitised by the EAP (EAP 329).

Read more about the call here

Deadline: Friday, 9 July 2021
Organizer(s): School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London

CfA: MOFA Taiwan Fellowship

The Taiwan Fellowship is established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to award foreign experts and scholars interested in researches related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, mainland China, Asia-Pacific region and Chinese studies to conduct advanced research at universities or academic institutions in Taiwan.  The Taiwan Fellowship, echoing the APEC Scholarship Initiative, provides 12 Chinese Taipei APEC Fellowship openings per year exclusively for scholars and experts from developing APEC economies. The annual application period is from May 1 to June 30 (for grants for Jan. – Dec. the following year).

Read more about the call here

Deadline:  Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Organizer(s): Center for Chinese Studies at National Central Library

CfP: The International Conference on Populism in Asia

The International Conference on Populism in Asia: The Same or Different Story? invites Asia-Pacific experts in the world to get together and exchange their empirical observations and research findings on populism in the Asian-Pacific countries, such as the details of its making, consequences, and implications. The conference intends to draw a comprehensive picture of populism in Asia and construct a comparative framework to contrast the models of populism in different political systems in the Asia-Pacific with the conventional wisdom derived from the West. Papers are now invited from interested scholars for this conference to be convened on 3-4 December 2021 in Hong Kong. Quantitative research based upon innovative data approaches is highly preferred.

Read more about the conference here.

Deadline: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Organizer(s): The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

CfP: 2021 IJTS Research Article Competition

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies is pleased to announce the 2021 IJTS Research Article Competition. IJTS is the first internationally collaborative, multidisciplinary, and peer-reviewed academic research journal in English dedicated to all aspects of Taiwan studies, including social sciences, arts and humanities, and topics which are interdisciplinary in nature. 

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Organizer(s): International Journal of Taiwan Studies

CfA: Two Postdoctoral Positions

At the IT University of Copenhagen, the postdoc will join the active Technologies in Practice research group, one of Scandinavia’s largest interdisciplinary STS environments looking at the intersection of society and IT. They will be responsible for designing an ethnographic study that attends to the making of the SCS as a sociotechnical phenomenon, following technologies, their makers, environments and consequences of use for populations on the move. See the full requirements and apply for the ITU Postdoc here.

At Aalborg University, the postdoc will join the interdisciplinary research cluster Global Politics and Diversity at the Department of Politics and Society. The post doc will be responsible for designing an ethnographic study focusing on how China’s mobile population (migrants, tourists, students etc.) are affected by and themselves affect the creation and implementation of the SCS. See the full requirements and apply for the Aalborg University Postdoc here.

Read more about the call here

Deadline: Sunday, 1 August 2021
Organizer(s): Aalborg University and IT University of Copenhagen

CFA: Full-time Doctoral Researcher Position

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) invites applications for a three-year, full-time position as Doctoral Researcher for the project POPAGANDA: Pop Culture, Art, and Ideas of Legitimacy in Struggles over Democratization and Peace, led by Senior Researcher Marte Nilsen. Working within the field of Humanities or Social Sciences, the Doctoral Researcher to be employed in this project will conduct fieldwork-based research on how indigenous belief systems and cosmologies are utilized in popular culture and art in Myanmar or Thailand, to generate political legitimacy in struggles over democratization and peace. The work conducted here will result in a PhD dissertation in English.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: Monday, 9 August 2021
Organizer(s): Peace Research Institute Oslo, financed by Research Council of Norway

CfP: COVID-19 in Asia: Communication, Nationalism and Technology


The 6th International Conference hosted by Asia Centre seeks to identify the economic, political, social impacts of the pandemic upon national and international society and to search for practical solutions to challenges, which include shrinking democratic space and regression in rights in Asia.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: Monday, 30 August 2021
Organizer(s): Asia Centre

CfA: Fully Funded, 3-year-long PhD

The Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a 3-year PhD-scholarship on the topic of Buddhist pilgrimage in the Anthropocene. The scholarship is fully funded for three years and will be filled on February 1, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Organizer(s): Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

New Podcast

Sinophone Unrealities: A New Podcast by University of Stavanger

The University of Stavanger (Norway) hosts a series of conversations with scholars, translators, and authors about the weird, fantastic, speculative and science fictional aspects of contemporary Sinophone literature. Find their full list of episodes or listen to their latest podcast episode on their website. They've released the first episode:


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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