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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.

Asia and Africa, with a population of 4.6 billion and 1.3 billion respectively, represent about 80 percent of the world’s population. Major changes have taken place both within and between the two continents in areas ranging from economic development, trade, health care, demography and climate to politics and entertainment, with impacts that reach out in many cases across the globe. Placing Asia-Africa engagement and dynamics as focal points, this conference will feature keynote speeches and a range of panels and roundtables across disciplines, temporalities and themes.

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.
Organizers: 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 

The Struggle for Democracy in Myanmar: From Public Protest to National Unity Government

An Annual Lecture

In this lecture, Ei Thinzar Maung reflects on the experiences of mass mobilization against the military coup and the creation of a National Unity Government. Ei Thinzar Maung is a respected and well-known human rights activist who has emerged as a leading political activist and a symbol of public resistance after the coup. She was at the forefront of student mobilization against the National Education in 2014, was a vocal opponent against the Rohingya genocide in 2017 and has been a leader of the Democratic Party for a New Society. She is currently the incumbent Deputy Minister of Women, Youths and Children Affairs of the National Unity Government.

The lecture will be in the format of a pre-recorded presentation in Burmese, with English sub-titles. It will be followed by a panel discussion among Burmese activists in Norway, focusing on their strategies and experiences in providing support for the democracy movement in Myanmar. The lecture and panel will be moderated by Professor Kristian Stokke (Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo)

Read more about the event here
Date and Time: Friday 11 June 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 (CEST)
Please register here

From the Asian to the Indo-Pacific Century?
An Asian Futures Public Seminar

The ‘Indo-Pacific’ has recently emerged as a central geopolitical concept, arguably replacing Asia and the Asia-Pacific in contemporary strategic discourse. Initially associated with the so-called ‘Quad’ (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) consisting of Japan, India, Australia and the United States, the ‘Indo-Pacific’ is now part of broader attempts to reorder of global geopolitical lines, security and alliance patterns, political alignments, economic infrastructures, and the wider land/sea-scape. This Asian Futures roundtable brings together scholars from Europe, India and Japan to discuss the implications of this shift towards the ‘Indo-Pacific’.


  • Akio Takahara, Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, Tokyo University
  • S.D. Muni, Professor Emeritus, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Premesha Saha, Associate Fellow, Observer Research Foundation


  • Peter Marcus Kristensen, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen


  • Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor, Modern India and South Asia Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • Jørgen Delman, Professor Emeritus, China Studies, University of Copenhagen
Read more about the event here

Date and Time: Wednesday 16 June 2021, 10:00-11:30 CEST
Please register here
Organizers: Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) and Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen

Sustainable urban mobility in Vietnam: Transformations, challenges and future Prospects

This webinar asks how we can make sense of urban mobility in Vietnam from a sustainability perspective. What can we learn from Vietnam’s past and ongoing mobility transformations and is there a possible future without gridlocked cities packed with cars? Focusing mainly on Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City, this webinar has invited leading international experts to help us answer these questions. The webinar will be chaired by Arve Hansen, leader, Norwegian Network for Asian Studies. 


  • Hue-Tam Jamme, Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Science and Urban Planning, Arizona State University
  • Ivan Small, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Vietnam Studies Programme, ISEAS
  • Binh Nguyen, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, McGill University

Read more about the event here

Date and Time: Wednesday 9 June 2021, 10:00-11:30 CEST
Please register here at least one hour before the event. 
Organizer: Asianettverket 


Available this month

Salafism and the State: Islamic Activism and National Identity in Contemporary Indonesia, written by Chris Chaplin is going to be published in June.

This ethnographic study explores the role of Islamic activism amongst Indonesian youth and how it has transformed the country’s religious and political discourse. Read more on Nias Press' site.



Extended Deadline: NIAS Virtual SUPRA Programme

Are you writing your PhD or Master thesis during the Autumn semester of 2021?
The NIAS SUPRA Programme is a 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. 
Find more information and the application form here.

Deadline: Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)

CfP: Taiwan – A Frontline of Democracy under Threat

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies (IJTS) is currently organising a topical section entitled ‘Taiwan: A Frontline of Democracy under Threat?’. This topical section welcomes contributions addressing a number of multi-faceted topics, including (but not limited to) institutional building, social movements practices and their influence on the political system, civil society participation, democratic backsliding and recession, the democratic regime-health policies enforcement nexus. More broadly, we expect this topical section to fill the increasing need for scholarly research and policy enforcement to systematise the wide range of political, social and economic dimensions representing key analytical means to understand current trends and prospective developments of the Taiwanese democracy.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline:  Sunday, 13 June 2021
Organizer: The International Journal of Taiwan Studies (IJTS)

CfA: A 3,5-year position as associate professor in Modern China Studies at Oslo University 

From January 2022, a 3,5-year temporary position of Associate Professor in modern China Studies is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.

The person hired will divide his/her time equally between research and teaching, and the successful candidate will contribute to the development of research, both individually and in collaboration with others in the department. The main research areas of the present staff cover broad areas of Chinese society and politics, such as China’s global relations, Chinese language and literature, environment, education, contemplative history, migration, ethnic minorities, religion and Taiwan. There is ample opportunity to integrate one’s own research results in most courses. 

See the full requirements and apply for the position here.

Deadline:  Sunday, 20 June 2021
Organizers: Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo

CfP ASIANET 2021: Authoritarianism, populism and new forms of nationalism in Asia

The annual Asianet conference 2021 is hosted by MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, in collaboration with the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies.

The recent decade has witnessed a turn to authoritarianism in many countries in Asia. We see this in India under Modi, the Rajapaksa regime in Sri Lanka, the civil-military rule in Thailand, the rule of Duterte in the Philippines, China’s assertive nationalist turn, and last but not least the military coup in Myanmar. This authoritarian turn is intrinsically linked to various forms of populist politics and new forms of nationalism or “nation-building”. At this year’s Asianet conference we focus on these interlinkages between authoritarianism, populism and nationalism in contemporary Asia.

Read the full Call for Papers here.

Deadline:  Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Organizers: Asianettverket and MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society 

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.

The workshop and resulting compendium will bring policymakers, scholars, and practitioners on a common platform to share their research projects that address climate challenges in Southeast Asian cities. We are interested in topics ranging from analysis on climate risks, inclusive and sustainable urban development, and innovative interventions to enhance cities’ mitigation and adaptation goals.

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: ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute

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, 30 June 2021
Organizer: Center for Chinese Studies at National Central Library

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: Aalborg University and IT University of Copenhagen


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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