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Troubled Waters: The Challenges Facing Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake

                            Cambodia Seminar Series                             

Join us (NIAS), New York Southeast Asia Network, the Center for Khmer Studies, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute today for a talk with Abby Seiff and her new book Troubling the Water: A Dying Lake and a Vanishing World in Cambodia. 

Find more information about the event and register here.

Time and date: 18.00 - 19.00 (CEST), Thursday 21 April 2022
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
New York Southeast Asia Network, Center for Khmer Studies, Weatherhead East Asian Institute

CHERN Training School: 
Introduction to Computational Methods in Contemporary Chinese Studies


NIAS is delighted to invite participants to our webinar series hosted in connection with our CHERN training school. Registration for the on-site workshop is closed, but we still welcome registrations for the following webinars: 

Joanne Kuai: Media innovation in China and its implications on contemporary China research.
Thursday, April 28 at 15.15 - 16.15 (CEST)
Register here

Eric Zhang: Contemporary Chinese Digital Materials in the Big-data Era. 
Friday 29 April at 
13.00 - 14.00 (CEST)
Register here


Find more information about the training school, the webinars and its speakers here.

Time and date: 15.15 - 16.15 (CEST), Thursday 28 April & 13.00 - 14.00 (CEST), Friday 29 April
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, The China in Europe Research Network, Centre for East Asian Studies University Turku 

CfP: Generation Asia Conference 2022 

Last Chance for Individual Abstracts & PhD Workshop Applications

NIAS and the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland are inviting proposals for individual papers for our Generation Asia 2022 Nordic NIAS Council (taking place from 22 - 26 August) as well as applications for the PhD workshop (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.

CfP: Individual Abstracts for Panels
There are still available capacities at the planned panels. See below for more information on which panels are to take place, and where you could submit an abstract. As always, we welcome papers on all aspects of Asian studies, not limited to the conference theme, from across the humanities and social sciences. 

Proposals should include a title and 150 word abstract. Please include your name and affiliation.

Overview Panels Gen. Asia 22:

  • Understanding Overseas Chinese Mobility: Views from the UK, Europe and Australia
  • Afghanistan and the Way Forward: The need for creating indigenous knowledge and incorporating local perspectives
  • Aging Through the Ages in Chinese Culture
  • School bullying and anti-bullying work in Asia: research and practice insights
  • Excavating generations of Identification
  • Keywords for self-development among contemporary Chinese youth”
  • Urban Creativity in Twenty-first Century China
  • Filial piety as doing family in contemporary China
  • Mapping India’s Transformation into ‘The Disinformation Capital of the World
  • Indonesian telephone generation - digital religiosity and new political output [preliminary topic]
  • Asian consumer cultures and sufficiency: perspectives on comfort and constraint
  • Youth Activism in Asia
  • South Korean Politics, Society and Transition
  • Emerging scholars dialogue panel and public event
  • Afghanistan Conflict and the Complexities – Past, Present and Future
  • Generations of Resistance and Revolution in Myanmar


CfP: Ph.D. workshop 25-26 August 2022

We will be running a Ph.D. workshop in conjunction with the 2022 NNC Conference. The Ph.D. workshop is open to students currently enrolled for a doctoral degree. Applications are welcome from students of any nationality who are enrolled at any university. However, we do prioritise applicants affiliated with member institutions of the Nordic NIAS Council. 

While we hope to receive some applications on topics related to the conference theme of Generation Asia, we accept proposals in any fields of Asian studies. We expect to enroll around 12 students in the workshop, who will be expected to be present for all workshop sessions, and be ready to provide detailed feedback on the papers presented. The main focus of the workshop is on intensive review of student papers, but additional sessions will be included on career developments and getting published. Following the same format as our very successful 2020 and 2021 NNC PhD workshops, each paper will be discussed by two established academics, as well as one student peer discussant.

In order to apply for the workshop, you'll 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 pro
gramme, and a recommendation letter from your supervisor. You should present a paper based on one chapter of your thesis. 
If accepted you will need to submit a full paper of 6,000 to 10,000 words, one month before the conference. Of course, participants in the Ph.D. workshop are also welcome to take part in the conference, if both their proposals accepted.

Accommodation from Wednesday for 3 nights will be provided to participants of the PhD workshop. See more information about the Ph.D. workshop here.

For any other questions, please contact or visit the conference's website

Deadline: Friday, 22 April 2022
OrganizerNordic Institute of Asian Studies, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland

Re-Examining the Operation of Hate Speech in Thailand 

TS4 Webinar 

The organizers of the TS4 Seminar Series, NIAS, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) and the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN) are delighted to invite to this event with Mr Anwar Koma (Prince of Songkla University) investigating the links between Thai nationalism, discrimination and hate speech. 

Find more information and register here.

Time and date: 16.00  - 17.30 (CEST), Thursday 12 May 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, New York Southeast Asia Network 

International Responses to the Uyghur Issue


NIAS is delighted to invite to this on- site  lecture with Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland. talking about the international repsonses to the Uyghur issue in China. In this presentation, Julie Yu-Wen Chen examines Uyghur’s international activism, revisits the legitimacy issue of the Uyghur cause for self-determination and survey uneven international responses to it, from states to individuals. 

Find more information here.

Time and date: 12.30  - 14.00 (CEST), Thursday 18 May 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian 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

In Focus Blog on the Asia Portal

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. 

Newest InFocus Blog entry 

Mikael Gravers

We are happy to announce our newest contribution to the InFocus Blog, by Mikael Gravers, Associated Professor Emeritus at Aarhus University and Associate at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS). His article "Nationalist monks provide spiritual support to Myanmar’s brutal generals"  provides a brief analysis of how Buddhism functions in Myanmar’s politics. 

Read the whole article here.



'Spirit Possession in Buddhist Southeast Asia. Worlds Ever More Enchanted' by Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière and Peter A. Jackson (eds.) is available as hardback now! 

This volume examines the upsurge of spirit cults and diverse forms of magical ritual in Buddhist Southeast Asia by exploring the interplay of neoliberal capitalism, visual media, the network cultures of the Internet, and the politics of cultural heritage and identity. 

Get your copy on

Buy the Book here

Book Prize Nomination 


We're delighted to announce our recent book 'Deities and Divas. Queer Ritual Specialists in Myanmar, Thailand and Beyond' edited by Peter A. Jackson and Benjamin Baumann for the 2022 Ruth Benedict Book Prize of the Association of Queer Anthropology. 

The Ruth Benedict Book Prize is presented each year at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting to acknowledge excellence in a scholarly book written from an anthropological perspective about a topic that engages issues and theoretical perspectives relevant to LGBTQ studies.   

'Deities and Divas' is the first book to trace commonalities between queer and religious cultures in Southeast Asia and the West. It reveals how modern gay, trans and spirit medium communities all emerge from a shared formative matrix of capitalism and new media and it provides fascinating new perspectives in transnational cultural, religious and queer studies.

The book is available and for sale. Find it in our webshop. 


Buy the book here

Thai Studies Conference 


Are you attending the 14th International Conference on Thai Studies 29 April to 1 May 2022? 
We're present with a selection of books on the book store page in the online conference page. 

Find us there or visit our webshop where we've collected our recent publications on Thailand and shared a short overview! 


Visit our webshop


Collaborative Damage: An Experimental Ethnography of Chinese Globalization

Book Launch 

The Anthropological Society (Antropologforeningen) in collaboration with the National Museum of Denmark invites to a happy hour and launch of the book ‘Collaborative Damage: An Experimental Ethnography of Chinese Globalization’ (2022) by Mikkel Bunkenborg, Morten Nielsen and Morten Axel Pedersen.

Find more information on the event and register here

Time and date: 15.00  - 16.30 (CEST), Thursday 21 April 2022
Antropologforeningen, National Museum Denmark

Xi Jinping and the return of a personality cult in China?

Monday Lecture 

Stockholm University welcomes to a Monday lecture by Nicola Spakowski, Professor at University of Freiburg, Germany to talk about the unprecedented power of Xi Jinping in the history of post-Mao China. 

Find more information on the event and register here

Time and date: 14.00  - 16.00 (CEST), Monday 24 April 2022
Organizer: Stockholm University

Unravelling the Interplay between Communication Technology and Society

China Talks Lecture

Think China and the Centre for Tracking Society, Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen invite to this China Talks Lecture with Ran Wei, Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Ran Wei will  present findings from two large-scale comparative studies on consumption of mobile news and diffusion and impacts of COVID-19 misinformation in four of Asia’s IT savvy societies (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore and Taiwan). This event is part of the “Tech in Movement” Serial Talk/China Talks with the Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant and takes place online.

Find more information and register here.

Time and date: 09.30  - 11.00 (CEST), Tuesday 26 April 2022
Organizer: Think China, Center for Tracking Society at the University of Copenhagen

Does the Western Economic Model Work in Asia?


ThinkChina at the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Foreign Policy Society have invited Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller to talk about Does the Western economic model work in Asia? Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller has for many years been a prominent voice in the public debate as a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). Adjunct Professor at Singapore Management University & Copenhagen Business School. He is also the author of a number of books: "The Veil of Circumstance: Technology, Values, Dehumanization and the Future of Economics and Politics from 2016"

Find more information and register here.
Please note, the event will be held in Danish.

Time and date: 10.00  - 17.30 (CEST), Tuesday 26 April 2022
Organizer: ThinkChina, Danish Foreign Policy Society 

Digital activism for equality: Opposing casteism in today's India

ASIANET- Fokus Lecture 

The Norwegian Dalit Solidarity Network and the Network for Asian Studies at the University of Oslo invite to a conversation focusing on casteism and activism within the digital sphere in India. How is casteism within the media manifested, and what impact does this have on freedom of expression? What roles do minorities, in particular Dalits, play, in digital and social media? And how effective is media activism for improving the lives of people on the ground?

Find more information and register here.

Time and date: 15.00  - 16.30 (CEST), Tuesday 26 April 2022
Organizer: Centre for Development and the Environment at University of Oslo

Towards Ecological Civilization: Chinese Sustainability and Climate Politics


The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies is pleased to join Lund Sustainability Week 2022 co-hosted by Lund University and the City of Lund and invites to this lecture on Ecological Civilization: Chinese Sustainability and Climate Politics with Jørgen Delman, Professor emeritus, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen and Lu Chen, PhD Candidate at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.

Find more information and register here.

Time and date: 15.00  - 16.30 (CEST), Tuesday 3 May 2022
Organizer: Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies at Lund University

Revitalizing the Countryside - East Asian Approaches


The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS), ThinkChina and Asian Dynamics at the University of Copenhagen invite to this public event by Cornelia Reiher, Professor of Japanese Studies at Freie Universitaet Berlin and Elena Meyer-Clement, Associate Professor of China Studies at University of Copenhagen. The lecture features two talks that will look at the dynamics of internal migration and approaches of rural revitalization by central and local governments in Japan and China.

Find more information and register here.

Time and date: 14.00  - 15.30 (CEST), Thursday 5 May 2022
Organizer: Department of Cross- Cultural and Regional Studies , ThinkChinaAsian Dynamics Initiative at University of Copenhagen 

Engaging China

UiB Academic China Symposium 

The Academic China Forum of the University of Bergen invites to this symposium on China discussing the status and prospects of academic cooperation with Chinese institutions. The theme is investigated through four thematic sessions on Climate Change, Chinese Literature, Sociopolitical Changes and Competence building involving various speakers and panellists.

Find more information and register here.

Time and date: 08.30  - 16.15 (CEST), Wednesday 11 May 2022
Organizer: University of Bergen

Tibetian Materialities


The Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) at the University of Copenhagen is hosting a workshop on Tibetan Materialities. It will take place at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen over the course two days on 12-13 May 2022 and is part of a larger effort to create an international academic forum focused on collaborative, critical thinking and writing for the purpose of shaping new conceptual frameworks, finding synergies for future collaborations, producing conference papers, and writing academic outputs related to Tibetan materialities

Find more information here.

Time and date: 08.30  - 16.15 (CEST), Wednesday 12 - 13 May 2022
Organizer: Asian Dynamics Initiative

China’s Foreign Policy Contradictions

China Talks 

Think China and the Centre for Military Studies, Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen invite to another China Talks Lecture, this time hosting Tim Rühlig,  Research Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations. Tim will present his newest book “China’s Foreign Policy Contradictions: Lessons from China’s R2P, Hong Kong and WTO Policy”, published in 2022 with Oxford University Press. Drawing on an ethnographic study he demonstrates how competing sources of Chinese Communist Party legitimation coupled with a fragmented institutional structure of the political economy of the party-state explain contradictions in China’s foreign policy. He will further discuss implications for the international order.

Find more information and register here.

Time and date: 16.00  - 17.30 (CEST), Monday 16 May 2022
Organizer: Think China, Centre for Military Studies at University of Copenhagen 

Categories, Digital Reconfiguration and Mobility in China 



Co-organized by  the Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University, and Technologies in Practice group and IT University of Copenhagen this international conference  is a joint opening conference for the Network Categorizing People and Resources in Contemporary China (CatCh) and the Moving Data - Moving People (MDMP) project on mobility and China’s social credit system taking place on 18.05.2022 - 20.05.2022. 

The conference aims to provide an open interdisciplinary forum for discussing the potential of categorization and configuration as original and innovative approaches to study social life, relations, practices, and governance in China. Against a backdrop of increasing digitalization and strained relations of trust, how are technologies of categorization and configuration reproduced and transformed in social relationship and digital governance? 

Find more information and the detailed programme here.

Time and date: 10.00  - 18.00 (CEST), 18 - 20 May 2022
Organizer: University of Copenhagen, IT University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University


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 

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