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Surviving the State: Struggles for Land and Democracy in Myanmar

Lunch Talk


NIAS is delighted to be able to invite you to the next lunch talk, this time with Dr. Hilary Faxon, Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen. Dr. Hilary Faxon investigates environment, development and technology in Southeast Asia, and is currently working on her first book and a second project that incorporates grounded perspectives into theorizations of development in the digital age.

During Myanmar’s attempted political transition in the 2010s, land was not only the basis of livelihoods and national development, but also a critical domain for negotiating citizenship after half a century of authoritarian violence and racialized exclusion. In this talk, Dr. Faxon will discuss her in-progress book on grassroots struggles over land.

Turning on its head a rich tradition of scholarship in Southeast Asian Studies that posits land as a tool for state-making or an outlet for state-escape, the book argues that land is key to ‘surviving the state,’ a set of socioecological practices forged through cultivation and dispossession as well as the gendered work of care and connection. Centering the perspectives of small farmers and grassroots activists, the book show how embodied histories of state violence ultimately undermined reforms that aimed to redistribute land and recognize ethnic territory during Myanmar’s decade of democracy.

Find more information about the event here.

Time and date: 12.30 - 13.30 (CET),  23 November 2022
Place: 4.2.49, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5


A SLAPP in the Face: the State of Academic Freedom in Thailand

Lunch Talk


NIAS is delighted to be able to invite you to yet another lunch talk, this time with Karin Zackari (PhD.), lecture in human rights and researcher in history at Lund University. Her writings are on human rights history in Thailand, visual practices in human rights movements, state violence and nationalism. She is also a member of Scholars at Risk at Lund University.

Thailand is usually found in the lower tiers of global human rights and freedom rankings. Yet, in the past ten years academic freedom in Thailand has decreased substantially. The talk addresses the indicators of de facto academic freedom, and the various ways in which academic freedom has been attacked in Thailand since the return to military authoritarianism in 2014. Special attention is given to the increase of the use of strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) to censure and silence scholars and students.

Find more information about the event here.

Time and date: 13.00 - 14.00 (CET), 30 November 2022
Place: 4.2.49, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5


The Role of Digitalized Resistance in Myanmar

Virtual Talk with Mai Van Tran

NIAS postdoctoral researcher Mai Van Tran will, as part of the 2022 Myanmar Research Center (MRC) Dialogue Series, speak at the virtual event "Democratic backsliding disrupted: The role of digitalized resistance in Myanmar". The event is organized by the Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific.

More than one year since its coup, the Myanmar military has neither established effective control of the territory nor crushed online dissent. What factors have enabled the resistance forces to deny the consolidation of military rule? This question among others is addressed in order to deepen the understanding of Myanmar's post-coup contestation dynamics as well as other cases of unpopular autocratization in the current-day digital era.

Find more information about the event and register here.

Time and date: 09.00 - 10.00 (CET), 18 November 2022

News from the Asia Portal

Newest InFocus Blog Entry

Could the Kanjuruhan stadium disaster spark Indonesian police reform?


The newest contribution to the InFocus Blog is authored by David Aled Williams and Kari Telle, senior researchers at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Norway. The article discusses the 1 October disaster at the football stadium on Java, in which 135 people lost their lives, and the role of the police in this regard.

Read the article here.

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. 


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


'From Tribalism to Nationalism' for sale! 

Edited by Yves Goudineau and Vanina Bouté (eds), the book 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 edited volume is dedicated to Grant Evans, whose work is emblematic of this “anthropological turn” in Lao studies. 

From Tribalism to Nationalism is now available worldwide, wherever you buy your books. 


Buy the book here

ICAS 2023 Book Prize Nominations 

We’re pleased to share our nominations for the ICAS 2023 Book Prize in Social Sciences, English Edition: 

Find more information in our blog entry

NIAS Press Books on Laos


Are you attending the 7th International Conference on Lao Studies from 15 - 18 Nov 2022?  
We've put together a collection of all our books on Laos in our newest blog entry.  
Amongst our most recent ones are: 

  • Goudineau, Bouté/ From Tribalism to Nationalism (2022)
  • Stolz/ Living Kinship, Fearing Spirits (2021)
  • Goldston/ Engaging Asia (2019) 

& many more, take a look in our blog: ▶

To the blog entry


The Social Credit System in China

Online Seminar


The Finnish China Law Center invites to an online seminar on the topic of the social credit system in China. The event is part of the Center’s new mini seminar series on topical issues of Chinese law.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 13.15 - 14.45 (CET), 17 November 2022
Finnish China Law Center

Unbundling the Warrior and the Samurai in Japanese History

Guest Lecture

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm University is happy to invite to this guest lecture with Mikael S. Adolphson, Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge. The lecture will elucidate the transformative process of the Samurai becoming an iconic figure in Japanese history and discuss the consequences for contemporary society.  

Find more information about the event here.

Time and date: 13.00  - 14.00 (CET), 22 November 2022
The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm University

Class, Politics and Agrarian Policies in Post-Liberalisation India

Online seminar

Asianettverket at the University of Oslo invites to this online seminar in which Sejuti Das Gupta analyses India’s agrarian transformation after 2004. 

Find more information about the event here.

Time and date: 14.30  - 15.45 (CET), 23 November 2022
Organizer: Asianettverket

Changing regional identities and intercultural communication

Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference 2022

The Vigdís Institute and International Centre at the University of Iceland are holding a conference on the topic of changing regional identities and intercultural communication. 

Find more information about the event here.

Time and date: 24-26 November 2022
Vigdís Institute and International Centre

Contemporary Hong Kong-Taiwan Relations in the Shadow of the Peoples Republic


The Insitute for Security and Development Policy welcomes to this webinar in which the mutual support between the democracy movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong will be discussed by Simon Cheng Man-kit, Kacey Wong, Tseng Chien-yuan, Eric Poon, Wu Jieh-min, and Joseph Yu-shek Cheng. 

Find more information about the event here.

Time and date: 09.00  - 13.00 (CET) 25 November 2022
Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP)

Taking Stock and Looking Towards the Future of Contemporary Japanese Studies

Stockholm Seminar on Japan

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs invites to the 100th Stockholm Seminar on Japan, which will be on site and back to its original form. However, to mark the occasion there will this time be a panel discussion focusing on areas covered in the series, but more importantly, to look towards the future of important areas for Japanese studies.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 15.30 - 17.00 (CET), 25 November 2022
Organizer: The Swedish Institute of International Affairs

[Nowegian event]
Er stormaktsrivalisering tilbake? Kina, USA og Russland i det 21. århundret

Annual lecture

Asianettverket invites to this year's annual lecture with Øystein Tunsjø, in which he discusses whether we can talk about a return of great power rivalry between China, the USA and Russia.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 18.00 - 19.30 (CET), 28 November 2022
Organizer: Asianettverket

Chinese Philosophers and Philosophy: Personal Reflections



The Institute for Security and Development Policy invites to this webinar in which Nicholas Bunnin critically explores his four decades of engagement with outstanding Chinese philosophers and philosophy students, focusing on the Philosophy Summer School in China, which he co-founded with Professor Qiu Renzong.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 10.00  - 11.30 (CET), 29 November 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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